Guest Post & Giveaway: A Dish Best Served Cold (An Italian Kitchen Mystery #3) by Rosie Genova

Posted August 7, 2015 by Melissa in Author Guest Post, Giveaway | 18 Comments

Guest Post & Giveaway: A Dish Best Served Cold (An Italian Kitchen Mystery #3) by Rosie Genova

Family histories can provide us with amusement or horror, shame or pride

In my current release, A Dish Best Served Cold, the main character Victoria Rienzi hears a family story from her grandmother about a great-uncle who supposedly died back in Italy. The story piques Vic’s curiosity, and after some digging in library archives and on ancestry websites, she makes a significant discovery about her long-dead great uncle, and one that may be tied to a recent murder in her home town.

While prepping in the kitchen at the Casa Lido, the Rienzi family restaurant, Vic, who is herself a writer, questions her grandmother about her great-uncle Roberto:

Nonna resumed her story. “Pietro’s older brother Alfonso was also close to your grandpa’s fratello, your great uncle, Zio Roberto. But such troublemakers, those two.” She shook her head again. “Got in with criminals. Your grandfather’s family never talked about Roberto.”

I put the basil away and gave my grandmother my full attention. A long-lost great uncle who “got in with criminals” and was a forbidden subject on the Rienzi family? This was rich material for my novel…

We all have family lore, stories that we tell and re-tell about our assorted relatives, some of which are more colorful (and more unbelievable) than fiction. The stories in my family, from both my mom’s and dad’s sides, often provide inspiration for me as I spin my mystery plots, as they did for Victoria. For example, my dad had an uncle he never knew, his father’s younger brother who, sadly, drowned as a teenager. That story was working on me as I began A Dish Best Served Cold. I asked myself a question: What if Dad’s uncle hadn’t drowned, but instead disappeared? And so my plot was off and running.

One story I haven’t used, but would love to someday, was inspired my Great Aunt Lena, a Rosie the Riveter gal who worked in a factory during World War II. She got her long reddish hair caught in a machine, and ended up having to cut it off. She also met and married a co-worker, a German national with a thick accent and two children by a previous marriage. As you can imagine, my traditional Italian family was not pleased.

Then there’s my uncle who once stole a horse and rode it through the local golf course, much to the amazement of those playing on the green. The name of the course: Galloping Hill. I kid you not. There’s also a distant female cousin who owned a gay bar in Manhattan—in the 1950s! (My young newlywed parents stopped there on their honeymoon, but thought it prudent not to tell their parents.)

Our family histories can provide us with amusement or horror, shame or pride. And sometimes, they find their way into fiction. And what about you, readers? Do you have family tales that are the stuff of fiction?

About A Dish Best Served Cold

Guest Post & Giveaway: A Dish Best Served Cold (An Italian Kitchen Mystery #3) by Rosie GenovaTitle: A Dish Best Served Cold
Series: An Italian Kitchen Mystery #3
Author: Rosie Genova
Publisher: NAL, Penguin
Publication date: August 4th 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 336 Pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository

The national bestselling author of The Wedding Soup Murder returns to the Jersey Shore where a killer is stirring up trouble during a hurricane…

At the Casa Lido, the end of summer means a party, and hit whodunit writer Victoria “Vic” Rienzi and her family are cooking like crazy for the restaurant’s seventieth anniversary celebration. As they chop onions and garlic, old family friend Pete Petrocelli stops by, saying he knows something that would make for a good mystery novel. Curious, Vic asks Nonna to elaborate on Pete’s claim and learns of a relative who mysteriously disappeared back in Italy…

The night of the party brings a crowd—and a full throttle hurricane. When the storm finally passes, everyone thinks they’re in the clear—until the first casualty is found, and it’s Pete. Remembering his visit, Vic isn’t certain Pete’s death was an accident and decides to dig deeper into his story. What she finds is meatier than Nonna’s sauce…


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About Rosie Genova

Rosie Genova

A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. Her new series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. Her debut novel, Murder and Marinara, was named a 2013 Best Cozy by Suspense Magazine and is a finalist for a 2014 Daphne Award. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosie also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista. She still lives in her home state with her husband and the youngest of her three Jersey boys.

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18 responses to “Guest Post & Giveaway: A Dish Best Served Cold (An Italian Kitchen Mystery #3) by Rosie Genova

  1. Lisa Wine

    This is a new series for me but will be adding it to my tbr pile. The books sound fun and interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. karen

    I have discovered that I love foodie mysteries. Usually they are humorous and quick-paced. The continuation of characters is what is wonderful about a series. I love italian food. So tell me how these books would not be a perfect read. I am excited for these books.

  3. holdenj

    I like discovering bits of family lore in our own tree! Sounds like a great new story, congrats on the new release! Thanks!

  4. Deana

    Would love the chance to read a cozy mystery. I keep hearing about them, but have not had the chance to get one yet. Thanks for the interview.

  5. Robin in NC

    It’s sad that when you’re younger, you don’t really pay attention to all those old stories, but as you age & really begin to wonder about them, many times the story tellers have passed away! Thanks!

  6. Linda Kuzminczuk

    This is a new series to me, so I would love to win this giveaway and catch up on all the books. Covers are lovely. and the books sound like a fun read.

  7. Vivian

    This is a new series as well as a new author for me. The books look really good. I would love to win them. I can’t believe you are giving away all 3 books in the series so far! Whether I win or not, these books are going on my TBR list 🙂

  8. How do you have a family, (perhaps especially an Italian one), without colorful characters? Despite the other quiet members of my Northern Italian side, we had one uncle who looked for trouble and found it!
    I have a couple of good[bad] stories on him.
    But I will tell you that I know of someone who went looking for a memorial of her great uncle who was supposedly lost at the attack at Pearl Harbor, but what she found was HIM, alive and well. He was the youngest in a family who expected him to return o the family farm that was all rock , hard work and in the middle of nowhere. He found his escape when the family was mis-notified of his death. He let them think he was a goner and settled down in a real paradise with a lovely Hawaiian wife, children and by then, grandchildren.
    Best of luck with this and all of your works, Rosie! God bless you for writing about NICE Italians!

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