Friday, February 10, 2023

Book Beginnings on Fridays/The Friday 56 - February 10th

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'm currently reading this one and enjoying it.  The excerpts are from the E-ARC.

First Chapter

Ricki's heart hammered as she glanced at the ominous black clouds hovering over New Orleans from the front window of her shotgun cottage home...

From 56% on my e-reader...

She'd yet to make a friend outside of Bon Vee.  She debated whether it mattered or if she would make an effort to widen her own circle...

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The second in a fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award–winning author Ellen Byron.

It’s hurricane season in New Orleans and vintage cookbook fan Ricki James-Diaz is trying to shelve her weather-related fears and focus on her business, Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbook and Kitchenware Shop, housed in the magnificent Bon Vee Culinary House Museum.

Repairs on the property unearth crates of very old, very valuable French wine, buried by the home’s builder, Jean-Louis Charbonnet. Ricki, who’s been struggling to attract more customers to Miss Vee’s, is thrilled when her post about the discovery of this long-buried treasure goes viral. She’s less thrilled when the post brings distant Charbonnet family members out of the woodwork, all clamoring for a cut of the wine’s sale.

When a dead body turns up in Bon Vee’s cheery fall decorations, the NOPD zeroes in on Eugenia Charbonnet Felice as the prime suspect, figuring that as head of the Charbonnet family, she has the most to gain. Ricki is determined to uncover the real culprit, but she can’t help noticing that Eugenia is acting strangely. Ricki wonders what kind of secret her mentor has bottled up, and fears what might happen if she uncorks it.

In the second Vintage Cookbook Mystery, Ricki has to help solve a murder, untangle family secrets, and grow her business, all while living under the threat of a hurricane that could wipe out everything from her home to Bon Vee.

What do you think?  What are you sharing today?


  1. I've been getting back into cozy mysteries (I'm currently reading one, an ARC of Four Parties and a Funeral), but somehow I missed this series. I'm adding this one to by Goodreads TBR. Have a great weekend!

    1. Maria di Rico (author of the book you are reading) is a pen name for Ellen Byron (the author of this book).

  2. Gotta love those cozy mysteries. I like the idea of vintage settings, too.

  3. I really enjoyed this book. Glad you are, too.

  4. New Orleans during hurricane season is a great setting. Enjoy!

  5. I'm curious for more!! Happy weekend!

  6. I hope you are enjoying this one. Have a great weekend!

  7. I love the New Orleans setting and what a great title! I haven't tried this series but I am going to have to. Have a great weekend!


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