Friday, February 26, 2021

Book Beginnings on Fridays/The Friday 56 - February 26th

This is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice. If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

It's that simple.

I'm also joining in Book Beginnings on Friday. It's hosted by Rose City Reader

I just started reading this one and I'm really enjoying it.

First Chapter

"My grandbaby's having a baby!!!"

Mia Carina winced as Minniguccia Evangelista screeched this into her ear.  Becoming a great-grandmother was a huge mark of distinction among the Astoria senior citizen crew.  Mia thought of her own poor nonna, Elisabetta, who might never achieve this honor thanks to Mia's train wreck of a failed marriage and the chronic incarcerations of Mia's handsome, charismatic, and felonious older brother, Posi.

From 56% on my Kindle...

"Did I mention Tina was hot?  That's all the research I needed to do her story."

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the second installment of Maria DiRico's new Catering Hall Mystery series, Mia Carina is back in the borough of Queens, in charge of the family catering hall Belle View Banquet Manor, and keeping her nonna company. But some events--like murder at a shower--are not the kind you can schedule...

Mia's newly pregnant friend Nicole plans to hold a shower at Belle View--but Nicole also has to attend one that her competitive (and mysteriously rich) stepmother, Tina, is throwing at the fanciest place in Queens. It's a good chance for Mia to snoop on a competitor, especially since doing a search for "how to run a catering hall" can get you only so far.

Mia tags along at the lavish party, but the ambience suffers at Nicole's Belle View shower when a fight breaks out--and then, oddly, a long-missing and valuable stolen painting is unwrapped by the mom-to-be. Tina is clearly shocked to see it. But not as shocked as Mia is when, soon afterward, she spots the lifeless body of a party guest floating in the marina . . .

Italian recipes included! 

What do you think?  What are you sharing today?


  1. That kitty looks so cute. Have a happy Friday and enjoy!

  2. Cozies do have the most delightful characters and scenes! I am curious about what will happen next.


  3. Love that first line! And that cover is to die for!!! That genre always has some great titles!

    Here's my Friday post. Featuring J. A. Jance.

  4. I love that title! Haha. I need to read this series. I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. So fun. Is it set in Astoria, Oregon? I will have to check this out. My Friday Quotes this week are here

  6. I know it's a cozy but I don't get cozy from the snippets. :-) I like that though. Happy weekend!

  7. That sounds interesting. I like things set in NY too.

  8. I have the first book in this series on my TBR and I'll definitely be adding this one too!

  9. I'm not familiar with this one.



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