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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway for It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico

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

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!

*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Another fabulous addition to this fun cozy series. We catch backup with Mia during the busy Christmas season. She has plenty to do coordinating several holiday parties with crazy themes. As if that is not enough her friend Jamie learns some shocking news that was totally unexpected. This comes along with a long lost brother that he knew nothing about. Red flags rise in this situation but looking into things further leads to lots of questions as well as the murder of the mystery man. Mia is determined to get to the bottom of things. This all combined into a wonderful holiday cozy that will get you ready for the season while also keeping you entertained. Sure to delight cozy fans. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

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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