Victoria Rienzi thinks she is returning home to her beloved Jersey Shore to research a historical novel and take cooking lessons from her grandmother.
Unfortunately for her—but happily for the reader—murder keeps getting in the way.
In this mystery series by Rosie Genova, the Rienzi family restaurant is always the scene of the crime or involved in some way. So the fictional Victoria, herself the author of detective novels, feels compelled to sort things out.
Rosie Genova is the pen name of Rosemary DiBattista, a Fanwood resident who teaches English and journalism at Westfield High School. The Wedding Soup Murder (Penguin Press) is her second novel to feature Victoria, the accidental detective. A tightly plotted whodunit that will have readers guessing right to the end, the book blends mystery with comedy, romance, family drama, a vivid and affectionate portrayal of the Jersey Shore and…oh, yes, cooking.
Not for nothing is Genova’s series subtitled, An Italian Kitchen Mystery. A third entry is in the works. In the current book, as in its well-received predecessor, Murder and Marinara (named best “cozy mystery” of 2013 by Suspense Magazine), food preparation at the family restaurant is described in loving detail. At the end of the book, the author presents some of her own favorite recipes, including one for wedding soup.