Guest Post, Killer Characters Nonna Rienzi, from Murder and Marinara by Rosie Genova
She took her sweet time coming back to Oceanside Park—eight years! But back she comes, out of the blue. I want to write a new book, she says, based on our family. And I want to learn the restaurant business. The Casa Lido has been in our family for almost seventy years and now she’s interested?
But no sooner does she get back than that terrible man drops dead out in my tomato garden. You might have heard of him—Gio Parisi? He used to produce that awful show, The Jersey Side. With those kids that drink and curse and God knows what else. (Their parents should be ashamed is what I say.) We were all worried they would try to film the show in our town, Oceanside Park. Well, it won’t happen now that he’s dead. May God forgive me.
In the meantime, though, a dark cloud hangs over us. This man dies after eating my food in my restaurant, just a few weeks before the season begins. People stay away. We’re losing more and more business and the reporters are circling like sharks. I, Giulietta Rienzi, have a reputation to uphold. So I tell my granddaughter, no more jobs in the kitchen. I have a new job for you: you’re gonna find out who killed that cafone* and dumped him behind my garden shed.
And once she starts investigating, Victoria’s like a dog with a bone. But she comes across some nasty characters and gets herself in a few tight spots. Worse than that, she gets distracted by that no-good old boyfriend of hers, Tim. Anybody with eyes in head can see she should go out with that nice Cal from New Orleans. He’s a quarter Italian. But nobody’s perfect, right?
Like I said: a nice girl, my granddaughter. But stubborn. God knows where she gets it from.
*cafone: an Italian word for a loud, vulgar, or rude person
Murder and Marinara: An Italian Kitchen Mystery (Book 1)
Release date: October 1, 2013
· Publisher: NAL
· Sold by: Penguin Publishing
· ASIN: B00BC255Y6 ISBN: 978-0-451-41514-1
Author Bio: A Jersey girl born and bred, 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 deep appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. Her debut mystery, Murder and Marinara, was selected as a Best Cozy of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. 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 and two of her three Jersey boys.