Friday, October 4, 2013

Book Spotlight and Giveaway - "Murder and Marinara" by Rosie Genova

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours

I love cozies centered around food, and this one sounds great!
Murder and Marinara is the first in the Italian Kitchen Mystery series and the 2nd book in this series is called "The Wedding Soup Murder" and is due out - September, 2014.

About the Book:
Hit whodunit writer Victoria Rienzi is getting back to her roots by working at her family’s Italian restaurant. But now in between plating pasta and pouring vino, she’ll have to find the secret ingredient in a murder….
When Victoria takes a break from penning her popular mystery series and moves back to the Jersey shore, she imagines sun, sand, and scents of fresh basil and simmering marinara sauce at the family restaurant, the Casa Lido. But her nonna’s recipes aren’t the only things getting stirred up in this Italian kitchen.
Their small town is up in arms over plans to film a new reality TV show, and when Victoria serves the show’s pushy producer his last meal, the Casa Lido staff finds itself embroiled in a murder investigation. Victoria wants to find the real killer, but there are as many suspects as tomatoes in her nonna’s garden. Now she’ll have to heat up her sleuthing skills quickly…before someone else gets a plateful of murder.
About the Author:

A Jersey girl born and bred, Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. The atmosphere of the Jersey shore is present in the details, whether it’s the smell of the sea, the sound of a Springsteen song, or the taste of a frozen custard from the boardwalk. And no summer is complete unless she has sand in her shoes.
Her new series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her deep appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries, from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosie also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, two of her three sons, and an ill-behaved fox terrier.
For more information about the Author and to read an Excerpt, visit her website.
Follow Rosie Genova on Facebook
Advance Praise:
“The tastiest item on the menu with colorful characters, a sharp plot, and a fabulous Jersey setting. I enjoyed every bite.”- Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author
“Clever and intriguing…..It definitely left me hungry for more.”- Livia J. Washburn, author of the Fresh Baked Mystery series
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Rosie has generously offered a Print copy of this book and one of these wooden spoons as a Giveaway!
 Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Winner must contact me within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

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  1. Melissa,
    Thanks so much for putting me in the "spotlight" today! And good luck to to those joining the giveaway. (Wish I could send all the commenters a nice jar of sauce, but there are recipes in the book!)

    1. Rosie, Your new book sounds great! I enjoy cozies "centered" around food! =)

  2. Thank you for being part of this tour!!!

  3. Chicken fettuccini alfredo is my favorite Italian meal

  4. What a great name for a book title!! But now I'm craving lasagna....or my mom's spaghetti and meatballs.....

    1. Yum!!! Spaghetti and Im getting hungry! =)

  5. I love gnocchi with vodka sauce. Can't wait to read Rosie's book!

  6. Now I'm hungry! Thanks for stopping by everyone.

  7. Lasagne rolls with spinach in them

  8. I'm a big fan of spaghetti with Italian Sausage sauce
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  9. The book sounds interesting - and I love your header.

  10. I love lasagna! Since I am a vegetarian, I use a ground beef substitute and it works great. I love to add herbs to the sauce and the ricotta to make it taste

  11. Oh my--favorite Italian meal, hmm. I love to cook Italian food! Well one of them is a marinara sauce with ground turkey meat, onions, garlic and peppers sauted and added to it, poured over rigatoni, and sprinkled with grated Parmesan. Now I am craving all these good meals that people are mentioning--yum! Thanks for a chance at a fun book!

  12. Homemade spaghetti and meatballs. My friend's mom makes the best homemade meatballs!

  13. I love mysteries too. I'd love to read this book. It sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Waves @ Melissa. :)

    Wanda Barefoot

  14. I grew up in an Italian neighborhood in a very old part of Brooklyn. So yes I have a favorite dish. It's veal Parmesan. But since I'm watching my weight I spent last night making a home made batch of meat sauce (from scratch) and stored four 1/2 qt containers in the freezer for future meals.


  15. Since I'm allergic to tomatoes, that makes Italian a bit challenging for me. But I love fettucine Alfredo, fettucine crab Alfredo, and something I've had a few times at Romano's Macaroni Grill called Shrimp Portofino -- shrimp, capellini, spinach, mushrooms, pine nuts, and lemon butter. Mmmm! I'm also fond of freshly-made ravioli in Alfredo or other non-tomato sauces.

    Can I just say that I love the idea of the amateur detective being a mystery writer? The series sounds fun!

    1. Oh, and I forgot the pasta primavera I make with pesto sauce, whole wheat penne or rotini pasta, broccoli, carrots, red peppers, corn, and of course shrimp!

  16. Spaghetti with meat sauce is my favorite!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  17. I love lasagna....oh my! It's the BEST!

  18. I have family recipes for both lasagna and spaghetti sauce that we all love.Yum! Just thinking about them makes me want to make them soon.

  19. Thank you so much for introducing me to cozy mysteries. I really enjoy the ones revolving around food themes as well. I've got this book on my wish list so hopefully I'll get to read it soon!


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