Monday, November 1, 2021

Spotlight: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (A Catering Hall Mystery) by Maria DiRico (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (A Catering Hall Mystery) by Maria DiRico

About It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (A Catering Hall Mystery)  

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington Cozies (October 26, 2021) 

Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages 

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496725360 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496725363 

Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08VFBT9B2

Astoria, Queens, is decorated within an inch of its life for the Christmas season, and Mia Carina is juggling her job at the Belle View catering hall with a case of murder . ..


Mia’s busy with a full schedule of events at the family business—among them an over-the-top Nativity-themed first birthday party and a Sweet Sixteen for a teen drama queen. But her personal life is even more challenging. Her estranged mother has returned—and her lifelong friend Jamie has discovered a shocking secret about his past. He’s so angry that he starts hanging out with Lorenzo, who claims to be his long-lost brother—even after it becomes clear that Lorenzo’s story is as fake as a plastic Christmas tree. 

Then a body turns up among the elves in a Santa’s-workshop lawn display, and amateur sleuth Mia has a buffet of suspects to choose from. Amid the holiday celebrations, she intends to find out who’s the guilty party . . . 

Italian recipes included!


About Maria DiRico

Maria DiRico is the pseudonym for Ellen Byron, author of the award winning, USA Today bestselling Cajun Country Mysteries. Born in Queens, New York, she is first-generation Italian-American on her mother's side and the granddaughter of a low-level Jewish mobster on her father's side. She grew up visiting the Astoria Manor and Grand Bay Marina catering halls, which were run by her Italian mother's family in Queens and have become the inspiration for her Catering Hall Mystery Series. DiRico has been a writer-producer for hit television series like Wings and Just Shoot Me, and her first play, Graceland, appears in the Best Short Plays collection. She's a freelance journalist, with over 200 articles published in national magazines, and previously worked as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart, a credit she never tires of sharing. A native New Yorker who attended Tulane University, Ellen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs.

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  1. There are soooo many cozy mysteries with a Christmas theme. Another one that looks like so much fun!

    I need to start planning for Ho Ho Ho readathon. Which Christmas cozy is your favorite?

    Elza Reads

  2. Looks like a great read for this time of year. XO

  3. Thanks so much! I think it will be put you in the mood!

  4. This sounds like a fun holiday read!


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