A Conversation with Sofia Rienzi by Rosie Genova

A Dish Best Served ColdSince my sister-in-law the writer is too busy to check in with you guys, I’m here today to dish on the latest happenings around the Casa Lido Restaurant in Oceanside Park, New Jersey. I’m Sofia, wife of Vic’s brother Danny, but also her highly valued investigative partner. But you can’t tell Danny because he thinks I stopped helping Vic with her “research.” He happens to be a cop and a real straight arrow, but he’s also very cute, which is why I keep him around.

So Vic and I have solved two murders already, and it looks like we might end up with one more—if you’ll pardon the expression—on our plate. You see, my in-laws, Frank and Nicolina Rienzi, along with Nonna Rienzi (who’s really a doll, despite what everyone says about her) are planning a big party to celebrate the Casa Lido’s anniversary. Trouble is, there’s a hurricane headed up the coast, and Nonna won’t hear of moving the party inside. My father-in-law Frank has his generator all ready to go, but Danny’s worried and thinks we should cancel altogether.

And to top it off, there’s been this homeless guy hanging around the restaurant. His name is Pietro Petrocelli, but everybody calls him Stinky Pete. (For obvious reasons.) He comes around asking for wine, and even though we’re not supposed to give him any, he manages to get his hands on a bottle. Or two. So Vic’s wondering if he found a way into the wine cellar. But I’m thinking someone gave him the wine to deliberately get him good and drunk—dangerously drunk. You see, Pete makes a habit of collecting information on people and brags about “knowing things.” Things that maybe somebody doesn’t want out there in public.

So right now, the Casa Lido is ripe for a perfect storm of unfortunate events, and if the worst happens, you can be sure that Victoria will be on the spot to solve the mystery. And her loyal sidekick will be right there beside her. Because, c’mon—where would she be without me?

You can read more about Sofie in A Dish Best Served Cold, the third book in the “Italian Kitchen” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first two books in the series are Murder and Marinara and The Wedding Soup Murder.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on August 21 for the chance to win a print copy of A Dish Best Served Cold. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which RosieGserves as the setting for much of her work. Her series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her appreciation for good food and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. Her debut novel, Murder and Marinara, was named a 2013 Best Pick by Suspense Magazine and was a finalist for a 2014 Daphne Award. Her current release is Book 3 in the series, A Dish Best Served Cold. Rosie still lives in her home state with her husband and the youngest of her three Jersey boys. Visit Rosie at rosiegenova.com or on Facebook.

46 responses to “A Conversation with Sofia Rienzi by Rosie Genova

  1. Barbara Tobey


  2. Kathleen Costa

    I love this theme… I’ve added the book to my “must read” list!

  3. Barbara Hackel

    Sounds like a good book! I will have to read Murder and Marinara first…something tells me it will make this book even better. 🙂 Thanks Dru and Rosie for the chance to win a copy!

  4. A Dish Best Served Cold sounds like a good book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. 🙂

  5. Debbie Carnes

    Sounds like a great book, looking forward to reading it

  6. This book sounds good. New series for me so will have to start with the first one. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Linda Kuzminczuk

    Not too many mysteries are set in my home state of Jersey! Definitely adding this to my TBR pile.

  8. Sounds like a great mystery book. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of the book.

  9. Grace Topping

    Hi, Rosie – The description of your book sounds intriguing and reminds me of the trips my sister and I took, via bus and train, to get to the NJ shore from central Pennsylvania. It was an adventure in more ways that one. Oh, the good old days. Lots of luck with your series. As an Italian-American (although from PA and not NJ) I look forward to reading it.

  10. Thanks, Dru, for having me today, and thanks everyone for stopping by so early! Nice seeing some familiar names here, and good luck in the contest!

  11. This book sounds good. I would certainly read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. jane chizmar

    Haven’t read any of her books …sounds like a great cozy.

  13. Mary Beth McKetchnie

    Thanks for the giveaway! “A Dish Best Served Cold” sounds like a great read!

  14. Yum..what more can I say.

  15. Sounds veeerrrry interesting.

  16. I have the first 2 books in the Italian kitchen mystery series,and both were GREAT, I can wait to add this one to this wonderful collection !!

  17. Sounds like a great book. Thank you for the contest!

  18. Sounds like a fabulous series.

  19. sounds like a great read, would love to win, ty for the chance

  20. Mt dad was born near Milan so I really enjoy books with Italian food and family. Enjoyed the first 2 books in the series.

  21. This is a series I haven’t tried yet but it’s moving up my TBR stack. Sounds like a good Jersey girl story!

  22. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Love this series! Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  24. Sounds like the perfect combination for an exciting story.

  25. This is a very good series.

  26. Another new-to-me series to devour! Thanks for the musing, and the contest!

  27. elainehroberson

    Sounds like a good series to add to my list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  28. As always Dru, a great intro to what sounds to me like a good book! I’ll need to play catch up though as I have yet to read Rosie’s first in this series. Thanks to you both!

  29. How could a cozy be any better if it is centered around an Italian restaurant that is family owned. Love the introduction. robeader53@yahoo.com

  30. First 2 books were great! The SILs make great sleuths.

  31. Would love to read this third book in a wonderful series!

  32. Barbara Landrum

    Sounds like an interesting series!

  33. A captivating and appealing series. Thanks.

  34. Sounds like my type of series,

  35. Fun to hear a bit from Sofia’s point of view! Looking forward to the new book, thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Pretty Please Dru, I’d like to enter this giveaway. I grew up in an Italian neighborhood and this brings back so many memories of all those Nonas dressed in black giving us little kids the the whammy eye whenever we’d run past them on the street yelling.

  37. Quircky family and food—a great combo for a cozy mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.

  38. Jill Broussard

    This sounds great. Would love to read it. Thankyou for the opportunity!

  39. I’m half Italian, so you had my interest from the restaurant name and surnames.

  40. This is a delicious series and I have been enjoying it. Thanks for a new one.

  41. A new to me series, I would like to start this series

  42. I love the restaurant name & the them of the book. I hope to win this new-to-me series.

  43. I loved the first two books–mystery and food is always a winning combination.

  44. This series is on my WishList……
    Thank you for the giveaway….

  45. Contest is closed.