When I first heard about this book sometime last year, I thought it was just the cleverest pun title for a cozy, and after reading it, it’s even better! This is the second book in the Catering Hall mysteries by Maria DiRico, who’s actually well-known cozy author Ellen Byron. She tells on her site how the real Maria is her grandmother (or great-grandmother). I can’t find it on her site, but I’m thinking she mentioned it on her Facebook author page.
I had the best time reading this book from Mia’s sleuthing, the bumbling retail manager they hired as a favor to one of Mia’s dad’s friends, and good old Nonna on a mission going to funeral visitations dragging her neighbor Phillip along. Great stuff and so funny sometimes!
My Goodreads review:
I just love this series, and Mia has to be one of the funniest main characters I’ve read about. This is another character I can so easily close my eyes and hear Fran Fine the Nanny speaking as Mia. (And somehow, Val’s voice was coming from Nicole lol). I enjoy all these key characters so much, even Donny Boldano Senior has some endearing qualities. Donny Junior is just hilarious without meaning to be. And Jamie’s just plain adorable, but even though he’s taken, he’s a really good and faithful friend for Mia aka someone her dad hopes can keep her out of trouble!
At least Mia and her dad weren’t being blamed for the latest murder, but they might as well have been, since the body was found in the bay next to their venue. Once more at the showdown, Mia found herself facing down a crazed killer, but she did okay! Seems she’s a lot better driving on the water than on land! Just when Jamie appeared to be taken and happy with no one on the horizon for Mia to even be remotely interested in…well, I’m going to leave it at that and let readers find out for themselves what happens. 😉