You Cannoli Die Once
by Shelley Costa is a fun cozy mystery that
starts a series that features a colorful Italian family which owns a
restaurant named Miracolo that has mementos from the great Caruso
adorning its walls. Eve Angelotta has had to shelve her dreams of
becoming a famous dancer after an unfortunate accident but she has
poured her energy into being the head chef for the restaurant which is
firmly under her grandmother's rule. She is prepared to deal with
everything in her kitchen except the dead body who gets more mysterious
by the day, especially when it turns out that his ties to her
grandmother threaten to force her nonna to spend the rest of her life in
prison. Of course the only benefit would be that Eve would finally be
able to serve cannoli in the restaurant, but that, of course, would be
too high a price to pay for the privilege.
This laugh out loud
tale combines a murder mystery with an entertaining picture of an
Italian restaurant and its larger-than-life staff. The gradual
unfolding of clues combined with the delicious glimpses of the
flamboyant characters who season this story make this a great read with
plenty of quirky situations that provide a enjoyable introduction to the
series. There are lots of fun developments that will keep one's
attention, a hint of romance and delightful demonstrations of the
author's ability to pen a tongue-in-cheek
story that should garner
her lots of new fans, of which I am one. I look forward to plenty of
additional tales from this talented writer (even if I am too much of a
coward to try the recipe for preparing the featured cannoli).
A copy of this delightful title was provided to me in exchange for an honest review and I hope to read many more by this fun author!
Don't forget I have a e-book giveaway at this link and several contests are ongoing PLUS the Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt has started at Night Owl Reviews at this link (maybe I'll FINALLY win something at this one but I haven't broken my losing streak yet, lol)
The Romance Reviews still has its Sizzling Summer Reads at this link.
Romance Books 4 Us has its June Wedding Contest at this link
There are several book giveaways at Reviews By Crystal's blog at this link (make sure you look around, there are several giveaways there)
There are plenty more out there but I have had several edits (yummy reads due out soon from some of my favorite erotica authors!) so haven't had as much time to wander as usual. If you come across one that is particularly interesting, leave a note in the comments and I will share