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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 e 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...


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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 e 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...

30 review for It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Honestly, how are we on book three already? I feel like it was only yesterday this series was released, and with the upcoming October publication of It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder in Maria DiRico's series, A Catering Hall Mystery, readers are in for a solid treat. I wanted to hold off until it was closer to Christmas, but I couldn't stop myself this week. And wow, was it good! The books take place in a town in Queens, New York, which just happens to be across the East River from me. Mia Honestly, how are we on book three already? I feel like it was only yesterday this series was released, and with the upcoming October publication of It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder in Maria DiRico's series, A Catering Hall Mystery, readers are in for a solid treat. I wanted to hold off until it was closer to Christmas, but I couldn't stop myself this week. And wow, was it good! The books take place in a town in Queens, New York, which just happens to be across the East River from me. Mia, a thirtyish sorta widow, returns home to her sorta mob family, and begins running a catering hall. In this third installment, her mother returns too... and it's quite the surprise. But when we learn of her connection to the murder mystery, it's even more of a shocker. I was prepared to hate the woman, at least based on what Mia's told us in the past, but that's not the case. Although the relationship is strained, it's ripe for growth, and I am excited to see what develops. In terms of the mystery, let's just say... whoa, I'll never look at Christmas lights and lawn decorations the same again. Mia's former crush, Jamie, learns some devastating news from his family, and when a potential half-brother shows up in Queens, all hell breaks loose. So many mobsters... so much double talk. It's hilarious, and I cannot recommend it enough. I now know... do NOT piss off Maria DiRico! As if that's not enough, Mia's dealing with clients who are driving her nuts, and this time, an entire circus is practically setting up shop in the catering hall. If you're a fan of romance in your cozies, at least the subtle but hit-you-over-the-head chemistry kind, then this book is definitely gonna make you smile. Who wouldn't want a gorgeous mob son coming to work for Mia? I think readers might have some naughty dreams about newcomer Shane, and if they're anything like Mia's, the steam is gonna blow! But it's a funny one too, and all throughout the book, it builds until the end. I won't spoil anything, yet I will say, the ending certainly makes it pretty clear what's happening. Do Mia and Shane hook up? Or does he have to let her down softly because of his personal situation? Excellent installment. Highly recommended. I really think this series is gonna take off, and if you want something with humor and sarcasm and some heat, this Italian mafia backdrop is perfect.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    The latest installment of the Catering Hall Mysteries is set at Christmastime in New York. This fantastic plot is stuffed full of home, hearth, and family relationships. The Boldano Family is shocked to it’s core when someone infiltrates their family as a long-lost relative. The answer to that situation comes to a boil very fast, and it’s a huge upset! Protagonist, Mia Carina’s life is hectic as she navigates the event planning at Belle View, plus deals with the suspicious surprise return of her The latest installment of the Catering Hall Mysteries is set at Christmastime in New York. This fantastic plot is stuffed full of home, hearth, and family relationships. The Boldano Family is shocked to it’s core when someone infiltrates their family as a long-lost relative. The answer to that situation comes to a boil very fast, and it’s a huge upset! Protagonist, Mia Carina’s life is hectic as she navigates the event planning at Belle View, plus deals with the suspicious surprise return of her mother, Gia. Filled with mirth and good tidings; Author DiRico’s magic pen flows swiftly through the complex murder mystery. Nonna’s street competition to win best Christmas lights and decorations is a lot of fun. The main characters in this series are some of my favorites—so easy to like and feel welcomed in sharing their ups and downs in life. There are several bad characters to contemplate whether they are killer’s, or not. I was thrilled at the new ‘oomph’ in Shane and Mia’s relationship. There is so much description of delectable food in this story that my tummy was always growling! The author provides yummy recipes, also. I highly recommend this story. It’s best if reader’s read the series starting with book one so you understand the familial ties. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    It is Christmas in Astoria, Queens, New York and the staff at Belle View Banquet Manor are busy with a strange one year birthday party with a Nativity theme and a sweet sixteen party. Mia Carina and her father Revello, retired "Family Lieutenant," run the catering hall for Revello's old boss, Donny Baldano. Mia and Donny's son Jamie are good friends but things get tense when someone shows up saying he is Jamie's brother. Then Mia's self centered mother Gia and ex-wife of Ravello shows up from It It is Christmas in Astoria, Queens, New York and the staff at Belle View Banquet Manor are busy with a strange one year birthday party with a Nativity theme and a sweet sixteen party. Mia Carina and her father Revello, retired "Family Lieutenant," run the catering hall for Revello's old boss, Donny Baldano. Mia and Donny's son Jamie are good friends but things get tense when someone shows up saying he is Jamie's brother. Then Mia's self centered mother Gia and ex-wife of Ravello shows up from Italy. Strange things are happening in the community, especially when said "brother" is found dead in Christmas decorations next door to Mia's and her Nonna's home. I have really enjoyed this series with the funny, expressive Italian characters as well as the employees and competitive octogenarian neighbors of Nonna. This one has a great murder or two to solve and lots of suspects to ponder. Pete, detective, author, and ex of manor employee, Cammie, puts up with Mia's sleuthing but actually benefits by her work as does reporter Teri, who loves to get tips from Mia. Expect some tense, dangerous times along with family squabbles, sprinkled with humor, love, and tied up in a sweet Christmas bow ending. Love the series! I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    The Belle View Catering Hall is busy with events as Christmas approaches, but Mia Carina gets distracted when the Boldano family asks for her help. Someone has shown up claiming to be Jamie’s long-lost brother. That’s a shock since Jamie didn’t even know he was adopted. Things get even more heated when Mia finds a dead body in her neighborhood. Can she figure out what is going on? Those new to the series are in for a treat. Yes, this is a different cozy series since we have mobsters as characters The Belle View Catering Hall is busy with events as Christmas approaches, but Mia Carina gets distracted when the Boldano family asks for her help. Someone has shown up claiming to be Jamie’s long-lost brother. That’s a shock since Jamie didn’t even know he was adopted. Things get even more heated when Mia finds a dead body in her neighborhood. Can she figure out what is going on? Those new to the series are in for a treat. Yes, this is a different cozy series since we have mobsters as characters and it is set in Queens. Yet these elements don’t overwhelm, and this feels like a cozy series. That’s mostly thanks to the characters, who come across as very real and likeable. In addition to the puzzling mystery, there are multiple sub-plots, which keep things hopping as we read the book. I did feel the climax didn’t quite work. Our questions are answered, but it was just a bit much. There’s plenty of Christmas spirit in this book, including a hilarious sub-plot about a Christmas light display contest. We get seven recipes and a couple of event tips at the end of the book. Fans new and old will enjoy spending this Christmas with Mia. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Is there anything better than Christmas in New York? The Boldano family has long held secrets revealed when a scam artist comes looking to take advantage of Jamie. When the scam artist is found dead suspicion is cast upon the Boldano family. Mia does her best to help Jamie and his family overcome the family secrets as well as help find the true killer. Mia works with reporter Teri again and I like how they are slowly becoming friends but won't admit it. This book has everything I love. Nonna's Is there anything better than Christmas in New York? The Boldano family has long held secrets revealed when a scam artist comes looking to take advantage of Jamie. When the scam artist is found dead suspicion is cast upon the Boldano family. Mia does her best to help Jamie and his family overcome the family secrets as well as help find the true killer. Mia works with reporter Teri again and I like how they are slowly becoming friends but won't admit it. This book has everything I love. Nonna's contest to see who had the best Christmas lights put such a smile on my face. The recipes at the end of the book are always welcome and I can't wait to make a few. I was hoping Nona's pignoli cookie recipe would be included but sadly it wasn't. I love the characters. They feel just like family and are so inviting and warm. Mia's relationship with her family is wonderful. I especially love Nonna. I also loved seeing the progress in Mia and Shane's relationship. The mystery was well done and I was guessing until the end about the killer. This was an excellent addition to the series and I can't wait for more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MURDER, the third book in the Catering Hall Mystery series by Maria DiRico (aka Ellen Byron), has all the ingredients for a laugh-out-loud Christmas cozy mystery! Over-the-top neighbor Christmas decorations feud – check. Mobsters trying to go straight – check. Ridiculously extravagant parties – check. Dead body in Santa’s workshop – check! And so, so much more that it was impossible to put the book down. With her witty humor, Ms. DiRico pens a multi-faceted stor IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MURDER, the third book in the Catering Hall Mystery series by Maria DiRico (aka Ellen Byron), has all the ingredients for a laugh-out-loud Christmas cozy mystery! Over-the-top neighbor Christmas decorations feud – check. Mobsters trying to go straight – check. Ridiculously extravagant parties – check. Dead body in Santa’s workshop – check! And so, so much more that it was impossible to put the book down. With her witty humor, Ms. DiRico pens a multi-faceted story with engaging characters. The protagonist, Mia Carina, is a mobster’s daughter trying to keep her dad on the straight and narrow. As if that’s not enough of a plotline, there’s someone claiming to be the mobster’s son’s half-brother; another mobster’s son who’s trying to leave the business and work in Mia’s catering hall; and Mia’s jailbird brother. If it sounds like a lot is going on, there is, yet Ms. DiRico expertly keeps all the plotlines straight (and more importantly entertaining) and not once did I feel like I was lost. While it might seem that the murder mystery itself could get lost amongst all the subplots, it doesn’t. The author knows how to write a tight and well-paced plot and the seemingly random subplots weave into the murder as the story progresses. There are twists, turns, and laughs galore and instead of playing armchair detective, I sat back and enjoyed the ride. If you’d rather try to spot the killer as you read, there are plenty of clues and suspects to keep you on your toes. With a surprising reveal (or two), the story wraps up with a promise of future happiness for Mia. I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s coming next! Running a catering hall, there are all sorts of delicious dishes and desserts coming from the Belle View kitchen. Ms. DiRico includes several Italian recipes at the back of the book. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder” the third instalment in the A Catering Hall Mystery series by Maria DiRico. 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... I loved Mia, her Nonna, Cammie, Shane and the rest of the side characters. I. Hoping there is romance in Mias future … The mystery is interesting and well plotted, I found myself guessing and second-guessing m "It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder” the third instalment in the A Catering Hall Mystery series by Maria DiRico. 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... I loved Mia, her Nonna, Cammie, Shane and the rest of the side characters. I. Hoping there is romance in Mias future … The mystery is interesting and well plotted, I found myself guessing and second-guessing myself on whodunnit right to the very end. I couldn’t put the book down, read it in a day . I highly recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends and I can’t wait for book three! I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Sousa

    You can always count on Maria DiRico (Ellen Byron) for a fabulous read. And It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder, the third book in the Catering Hall mystery series, may be the best one yet. With the perfect blend of family secrets, complex mystery, and Christmas spirit, this is a book that is destined to brighten your holiday season. Between an over-the-top party for an entitled sixteen-year-old, a nativity-themed party for a one-year-old, and Belle View Banquet Hall’s own company party, Mia You can always count on Maria DiRico (Ellen Byron) for a fabulous read. And It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder, the third book in the Catering Hall mystery series, may be the best one yet. With the perfect blend of family secrets, complex mystery, and Christmas spirit, this is a book that is destined to brighten your holiday season. Between an over-the-top party for an entitled sixteen-year-old, a nativity-themed party for a one-year-old, and Belle View Banquet Hall’s own company party, Mia Carina has her hands full. Add to that her Nonna’s extravagant holiday light competition and an unexpected visit from her estranged mother, and Mia’s life becomes even more complicated. When Lorenzo Puglia appears, claiming to be her best friend Jamie Boldano’s long lost brother, Mia’s suspicions (and those of the Boldano mafia family) are instantly aroused. And when Lorenzo is murdered, Mia finds herself in the middle of a mystery that threatens the very lives of those she loves – as well as her own. Everything about this book is amazing. The characters are sympathetic and personable. I love that the Boldanos are portrayed against type here. Mia is perceptive, intelligent, and resourceful, with a sparkling sense of humor. Her Nonna, Elizabetta is a hoot – her all-out efforts to win the neighborhood holiday decorating competition are hysterical. Shane, Mia’s potential love interest, is not your typical Adonis; he has a charming layer of complexity that (in my opinion) totally justifies Mia’s interest. And Posi, Mia’s brother, is one of my favorite characters. Although he is in jail, he eagerly awaits the day when he can join Mia in running the banquet hall. Even Mia’s pets Doorstop (the cat) and Pizzazz (the bird) are adorable additions to the story. The mystery, too, is a brilliant roller-coaster ride, with enough twists and turns to keep you turning page after page. It is layered and suspenseful, with an ending that you just might not see coming. Even though I received an ARC of the book, I also borrowed a copy of the audio from my library. And I must say that this is one of the best narrated cozies I have come across. Devon Sorvari gives a brilliant performance that really draws you into the story. In It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder, Maria DiRico has captured the essence of the ideal holiday cozy mystery. With something for everyone, it is a must-read in this fantastic series. Note: I received an ARC of It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder from NetGalley and Kensington Books. The above is my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    “A Catering Hall Mystery” series has become one of my favorites. I have always enjoyed it, but with the addition of the latest addition, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Murder, it has won my heart completely. I love Mia. She has everything the main character needs to be interesting, entertaining, and keep readers reading. This Christmas story is everything you would expect from a mob-related New York-style cozy and much, much more. It’s almost Christmas, and Mia is once again trying to juggle a “A Catering Hall Mystery” series has become one of my favorites. I have always enjoyed it, but with the addition of the latest addition, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Murder, it has won my heart completely. I love Mia. She has everything the main character needs to be interesting, entertaining, and keep readers reading. This Christmas story is everything you would expect from a mob-related New York-style cozy and much, much more. It’s almost Christmas, and Mia is once again trying to juggle a lot of different events and activities. Mia is busy trying to keep her business running and her clients happy while planning a family holiday celebration. The last thing she needs is to get involved in another murder investigation, but of course, that is precisely what she gets. If she could just ignore it, she would, but if she doesn’t find the killer, her best friend or a member of his family, which includes mob connections, will end up behind bars. Then out of the blue, Mia’s mother returns and decides she wants to be a part of Mia’s life once again. Not knowing which way to turn, Mia dives into the investigation and hopes that when the smoke clears, everything will be back to normal. The suspect list is long and grows almost until the end of the book. Evidence is all pointing in one direction, but you might say there is just a bit too much of it pointing at Mia’s friends. Was this a mob hit, or something more personal? Everyone she knows seems to have had a motive to kill the victim. Even Mia’s estranged mother, Gia comes under suspicion. All the returning characters play a part in the story, and some, like Nonna and her friends, make you laugh and cheer. Christmas is a time when families come together, but some families, especially those mob ones, new or old, might be better off staying apart. In some ways, Mia’s family falls into the less is more category, but at other times, they definitely do better when all together. In the end, Mia helps find the killer and rescues Christmas for her family and friends. Readers who have not read any of this series should do so right away, and those who have read the entire series will love this addition. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Murder is an excellent holiday treat, with everything you need to keep readers happy, including the recipes for some fabulous eats.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    A busy holiday catering season, a personal crisis in her best friend Jamie's life, a stubborn camel and even more stubborn and spoiled teenage birthday girl, a handsome new employee, a surprise visit from her estranged mother, Nonna 's slightly crazy competition over decorated front yards and murder have Mia Carina running all over the big Apple! Mia Carina faces the most chaotic holiday season yet. When a stranger reveals startling information to her friend Jamie, Mia is shocked and suspicious a A busy holiday catering season, a personal crisis in her best friend Jamie's life, a stubborn camel and even more stubborn and spoiled teenage birthday girl, a handsome new employee, a surprise visit from her estranged mother, Nonna 's slightly crazy competition over decorated front yards and murder have Mia Carina running all over the big Apple! Mia Carina faces the most chaotic holiday season yet. When a stranger reveals startling information to her friend Jamie, Mia is shocked and suspicious at the same time and when the stranger is found murdered, in a holiday display, and Jamie is a suspect, she adds sleuth to her "to do" list. There is so much going on in this book and I loved it! The reader gains more insight to Mia's past and the story was touching. The mystery was like a big puzzle and all the pieces fell into place at the end of the book. I think that Mia's mob ties, through her now legit father, are fun to read. It adds a unique background to the cozy genre. Add in a handsome new employee, Shane, at the catering company and you have, hopefully, a love interest for Mia! The book has a wonderfully complicated mystery, holiday joy, family and friends and humor - it's a perfect holiday read! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This book was so exciting to read, I enjoyed every minute of it. Mia is working hard at the catering hall she and her father run, and with the holidays fast approaching, she certainly has her hands full. The last thing Mia needs is family drama, unfortunately, she’s knee deep in it. Her estranged mother shows up, her best friend finds out some shocking things about his family, and Mia herself is struggling with intimate feelings about a coworker. Mix in a murder, and you’ve got the makings for It’s This book was so exciting to read, I enjoyed every minute of it. Mia is working hard at the catering hall she and her father run, and with the holidays fast approaching, she certainly has her hands full. The last thing Mia needs is family drama, unfortunately, she’s knee deep in it. Her estranged mother shows up, her best friend finds out some shocking things about his family, and Mia herself is struggling with intimate feelings about a coworker. Mix in a murder, and you’ve got the makings for It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder, by Maria DiRico. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a well written, fast paced cozy mystery. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of the book. #ItsBeginningtoLookaLotLikeMurder #NetGalley

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Maria DiRico’s Catering Hall Mysteries is a cozy series that I always look forward to reading, and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder is the perfect way to start off your Holiday reading! Besides the well developed characters and fantastic community in this series, the other thing I also know I can count on in lots of action and crazy event situations. Some cozies spend a lot of time having the main character just going to talk to people to find out who the killer is, but DiRico incorporate Maria DiRico’s Catering Hall Mysteries is a cozy series that I always look forward to reading, and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder is the perfect way to start off your Holiday reading! Besides the well developed characters and fantastic community in this series, the other thing I also know I can count on in lots of action and crazy event situations. Some cozies spend a lot of time having the main character just going to talk to people to find out who the killer is, but DiRico incorporates so many fun and interesting scenarios that at times this series has the fast pace of a thriller. I never find myself skimming her books…. and that is some of the highest praise I can give. If you haven’t already started this series from the beginning, you should do so with Here Comes the Body. But if you’ve already read the first two in the Catering Hall series then you can look forward to a crazy first birthday, an outrageous sweet sixteen that introduces us to a new character that I look forward to seeing in future books, Nona and her posse dominating the Christmas decorating scene along with a dark horse that helps them become the talk of the town, an estranged mother, and so much more!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is one of my favorite series! Mia and her nonna are two characters I always enjoy spending time with, and the rest of the gang is a lot of fun, too. This was a wonderful Christmas-themed cozy. I wasn't able to figure out the whodunit, but then again, I never do. This is definitely a series to give a try if you enjoy a fun cozy mystery! This is one of my favorite series! Mia and her nonna are two characters I always enjoy spending time with, and the rest of the gang is a lot of fun, too. This was a wonderful Christmas-themed cozy. I wasn't able to figure out the whodunit, but then again, I never do. This is definitely a series to give a try if you enjoy a fun cozy mystery!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Event Planner Mia Carina has her hands full planning two upcoming events at the Belle View Banquet Manor in New York City. She also has to keep her Nonna from going to war with nearby streets over the neighborhood holiday decorating contest. She is also involved in some drama related to the Boldano crime family who back the banquet center as one of their legitimate businesses. When her longtime friend Jamie Boldano is being accused of murder, Mia will do whatever it takes to prove his innocence. Event Planner Mia Carina has her hands full planning two upcoming events at the Belle View Banquet Manor in New York City. She also has to keep her Nonna from going to war with nearby streets over the neighborhood holiday decorating contest. She is also involved in some drama related to the Boldano crime family who back the banquet center as one of their legitimate businesses. When her longtime friend Jamie Boldano is being accused of murder, Mia will do whatever it takes to prove his innocence. This book is the third one in this delightful series. I really like the behind the scenes look at the events Mia is in charge of. The organized crime element is handled with a light touch and creates a unique backdrop for so many interesting situations. As I was reading I kept thinking that Mia and her Nonna would give Stephanie Plum and her grandmother a run for their money in the situations they find themselves in. There is a lot going on in this book, almost too much. In addition to her job, Mia has to juggle developments in her own family as well as helping her good friend, Jamie. I kept getting the different suspects mixed up which distracted me from the overall story. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book. The friendship Mia formed with her teenage client was touching. I liked Mia’s estranged mother, Gia, much more than I had expected. I also like the promise of romance between Mia and her employee Shane, who had once modeled in Italy. There are also just enough Italian words and phrases included in the book to give the book authenticity without interrupting the flow of the story. I like the book and the series and am curious to find out what is next for Mia and Shane as well as the entire Carina family. I received this ebook from NetGalley through the courtesy of Kensington Books. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is the third book in the Catering Hall Mystery series and I always enjoy these shenanigan-rich tales. It was great to be back in bustling Astoria, Queens, New York City for a few hours, to meet the residents there and solve a perplexing mystery. The primary amateur detective in this one is manager and events organiser Mia Carina. Belle View Banquet Manor is the catering hall that her father has created. Mia's life is as busy as ever including nativity parties and a sixteenth birthday bash t This is the third book in the Catering Hall Mystery series and I always enjoy these shenanigan-rich tales. It was great to be back in bustling Astoria, Queens, New York City for a few hours, to meet the residents there and solve a perplexing mystery. The primary amateur detective in this one is manager and events organiser Mia Carina. Belle View Banquet Manor is the catering hall that her father has created. Mia's life is as busy as ever including nativity parties and a sixteenth birthday bash to organise. Mia's former crush, Jamie is in town and so is her mum. Then a possible half-brother of Jamie's rocks up, too... I was really engaged in the mystery from the start. There is a lot happening and a lot of layers and clues to sift through. The unusual thing about this series is that it's set in a city rather than a small town, giving a different vibe than the majority of cozies. Maria DiRico's well-formulated and the super-packed plot becomes surprisingly complex as the story develops. I continued to warm to Mia, finding her ebullience, confidence and intuitiveness very refreshing. I very much appreciated Maria DiRico's superb and varied characterisation, even though some of the characters weren't particularly personable. Apart from Mia herself, my favourite was probably Nonna Elisabetta, who added another dimension of humour to the story and had me cracking a smile or two, as she has in previous instalments. Maria DiRico writes with such flair and an easy style. There were a plethora of suspects to choose from and with some zig-zagging along the way, this was a story that held my attention well and I loved that things came together for a clear resolution. Being a culinary cozy, there are some delicious sounding culinary treats within. The interesting growth for the series regulars cements my enthusiasm in anticipating what Maria DiRico has in store for Mia and her family and acquaintances next. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my own request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I enjoyed my most recent visit to Belle View catering hall in Queens, New York. Mia Carina is busy organizing events including a full nativity birthday party for a one year old and a sweet sixteen for a drama queen. Add to all of this, the reappearance of her estranged mother, her friend Jamie finding out he was adopted and the sudden appearance of a biological brother, Lorenzo as well as the Astoria Christmas decorating contest that her grandma is determined to win. Mia doesn't have a second to I enjoyed my most recent visit to Belle View catering hall in Queens, New York. Mia Carina is busy organizing events including a full nativity birthday party for a one year old and a sweet sixteen for a drama queen. Add to all of this, the reappearance of her estranged mother, her friend Jamie finding out he was adopted and the sudden appearance of a biological brother, Lorenzo as well as the Astoria Christmas decorating contest that her grandma is determined to win. Mia doesn't have a second to herself, but when Lorenzo is found dead in the lawn ornaments, she jumps into the investigation when Jamie's brother becomes a suspect. This book is part of my Christmas reading and it is nice to have a few mysteries in the mix. I love the characters in this book. Think stereotypical mobsters, big hair and huge families and you will understand why this humorous series is becoming a favourite of mine. Cammie works with Mia and they are great friends. She has an in with Detective Pete (her ex-husband who wants to get back together) and is able to share things with Mia. They always provide some comic relief. I mentioned Mia's mother and she plays an important part in this story. I hope she sticks around in future books. This book has mobsters coming out of the woodwork, with the death of Lorenzo. So many suspects (it seems no one liked him), and lots of twists had me constantly changing my mind. I loved the ending of this story that had me sitting up in my seat when the final reveal/showdown occurs. I never would have guessed. There is a little bit of a romantic attraction beginning and we shall see if anything develops between Mia and Shane in future books. Well done Maria DiRico! If you enjoy cozies with quirky and fun characters, great mysteries and well developed plots, then pick up this series, especially this Christmas outing. I did a read/listen with this book and both formats were enjoyable. Devon Sorvari narrated this story and does a great job with it. The pacing and expression were right on and the various voices allowed me to identify the speaker. I have listened to other books she has narrated and enjoyed them all. I will not hesitate to listen to more of her work. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    You'll laugh your way through this Italian flavored holiday themed mystery. Christmas is a time for family (sometimes spelled with a capital F) and for competition. Mia Carina is in charge (well, officially) of the catering and event business owned by the Boldano Family. It is one of the few legitimate enterprises they run. That doesn't make it any less stressful. Fortunately she has employees of mixed talents helping her out. Mia's own family also has varied talents and a varied past. Her mother mo You'll laugh your way through this Italian flavored holiday themed mystery. Christmas is a time for family (sometimes spelled with a capital F) and for competition. Mia Carina is in charge (well, officially) of the catering and event business owned by the Boldano Family. It is one of the few legitimate enterprises they run. That doesn't make it any less stressful. Fortunately she has employees of mixed talents helping her out. Mia's own family also has varied talents and a varied past. Her mother moved on several years ago, her brother is currently awaiting a jail sentence to run its course, and Nonna is a story all in herself. This time her main theme is the neighborhood holiday decoration competition with proceeds going to charity. The family drama hits on all levels throughout the book, beginning when an imposter tries to pass himself off as a relative to Mia's friend, Jamie Boldano, who was never told he was adopted. (Spoiler) But wait- there is a plot twist waiting to be discovered. Then, Mia's mother shows up unannounced and very unexpectedly. What could her motive possibly be? Mia's father is happily in another relationship and Nonna is the opposite of welcoming. There is romance in the story, but not in a sweet, sappy way one wishes for at Christmas. And there is MURDER! But the victim has made so many poor choices and upset so many people, its impossible to narrow down the suspect pool. The story pace is quick yet entertaining and enjoyable. The characters are well developed and relatable. You will laugh and wish you could really have friends like these. The recipes included in the book will tempt you!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Oh how I love this series!! I was so hesitant to read this but went with a friends recommendation and here I am, three books later, completely enthralled and missing NYC more than I usually do. This was a really good read - the mystery was very good and for me, it was the utter best because I never knew who did it and/or why. You get a ton of Nonna in this one as well and Mia and the Catering Center group [Cami is a scream, though I am not sure just how she stays employed] and you get to see a s Oh how I love this series!! I was so hesitant to read this but went with a friends recommendation and here I am, three books later, completely enthralled and missing NYC more than I usually do. This was a really good read - the mystery was very good and for me, it was the utter best because I never knew who did it and/or why. You get a ton of Nonna in this one as well and Mia and the Catering Center group [Cami is a scream, though I am not sure just how she stays employed] and you get to see a side of Terry Fuoquoa [sp] that will not soon leave your imagination. Add in some serious decorating competition, a 16th birthday party that nightmares are made of and of course murder, and you have one crazy and hilarious, and amazing read. I so love it when I read a book and I am not disappointed once nor do I dread picking it up - that was this book from beginning to end. There are several really great things that happen in this book that I absolutely CANNOT share as they need to be experienced by the reader. Some of it initially made me angry and squirm with embarrassment for the characters, but it all works out in the end and it is just so darn lovely. These little treats will just make this book for you [not that they are totally needed, as this is a great read with or without them], and you will have all the feels at the end. Add in all the amazing recipes at the end [I. WAS. DROOLING.] that is just "icing on the cake" [ba-dam boom. I'll be here all week folks!]. Very well done. I cannot wait for the next one. Thank you to NetGalley, Maria DiRico, and Kensington Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Lewendon

    I adore Mia and her wild and crazy family, friends, and co-workers. I’m fascinated by the predicaments she gets herself tangled up in. She’s a savvy, street-smart young woman who doesn’t fall in to many of the “too stupid to live” tendencies of so many heroines in this genre. That’s a big part of why I love her so much. I also enjoy the clever mysteries that always keep me guessing and following the wrong red herrings. It doesn’t hurt that the shenanigans of those crazy family, friends, and co-w I adore Mia and her wild and crazy family, friends, and co-workers. I’m fascinated by the predicaments she gets herself tangled up in. She’s a savvy, street-smart young woman who doesn’t fall in to many of the “too stupid to live” tendencies of so many heroines in this genre. That’s a big part of why I love her so much. I also enjoy the clever mysteries that always keep me guessing and following the wrong red herrings. It doesn’t hurt that the shenanigans of those crazy family, friends, and co-workers keep me delightfully distracted and laughing my butt off. I binge-read this whole series in, largely, a single sitting. And now that I’ve come to the end of what’s currently available, I’m feeling a little bereft that there aren’t more books in it for me to gobble down right away. I’m not sure what’s in store for Mia next, but I can’t wait to read it. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico is the 3rd book in A Catering Hall Mystery series, and another great addition. Mia Carina is working with her father at the catering hall. Mia family is tied to the mob, and she is helping her dad stay straight. It's Christmas time, and Mia is staying very busy with a sweet sixteen birthday party, dealing with her mother who showed up out of the blue, and trying to help her best friend through some shocking news. Mia is also having a hard It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico is the 3rd book in A Catering Hall Mystery series, and another great addition. Mia Carina is working with her father at the catering hall. Mia family is tied to the mob, and she is helping her dad stay straight. It's Christmas time, and Mia is staying very busy with a sweet sixteen birthday party, dealing with her mother who showed up out of the blue, and trying to help her best friend through some shocking news. Mia is also having a hard time concentrating on everything because of her gorgeous employee. When someone gets murdered, Mia begins looking for the truth. Not only does this book have a great mystery, I enjoy the characters. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Anytime I pick up a book my Maria DiRico/Ellen Byron, I know I’m not going to put it down and this one was no different. This series definitely pushes the boundaries of cozies by adding in the mafia elements, but I love the edginess of the stories. The characters are so well developed and the situations they find themselves in are both nerve-wracking and fun. There’s so much to love about this series – particularly Mia’s family – that I always look forward to these mysteries. Recommended for rai Anytime I pick up a book my Maria DiRico/Ellen Byron, I know I’m not going to put it down and this one was no different. This series definitely pushes the boundaries of cozies by adding in the mafia elements, but I love the edginess of the stories. The characters are so well developed and the situations they find themselves in are both nerve-wracking and fun. There’s so much to love about this series – particularly Mia’s family – that I always look forward to these mysteries. Recommended for rainy afternoons or anytime you want to get sucked into a story and lose track of time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ileana Renfroe

    Oh boy, Maria DiRico has done it again! It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder is a great cozy mystery that you must read. Mia Carina has a full plate during the Christmas holidays. when a body is found in Santa's workshop lawn display. Mia puts on her amateur sleuthing cap and goes to work to find out who is the guilty party. A very well-crafted character and fun storyline make this a must-read cozy mystery. Oh boy, Maria DiRico has done it again! It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder is a great cozy mystery that you must read. Mia Carina has a full plate during the Christmas holidays. when a body is found in Santa's workshop lawn display. Mia puts on her amateur sleuthing cap and goes to work to find out who is the guilty party. A very well-crafted character and fun storyline make this a must-read cozy mystery.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    This series is so fun to read. I love "the family", Nonna and her cronies, and the setting. You never know what you are going to get into when you open the book but you are guaranteed a good time. Book 3 shows us how small our world really is and how we all know someone who knows someone. You may not see the connection right away but it is there. I was reminded of that this past weekend in my own life. A connection was made that was shocking. No murder was involved in my real-life situation but M This series is so fun to read. I love "the family", Nonna and her cronies, and the setting. You never know what you are going to get into when you open the book but you are guaranteed a good time. Book 3 shows us how small our world really is and how we all know someone who knows someone. You may not see the connection right away but it is there. I was reminded of that this past weekend in my own life. A connection was made that was shocking. No murder was involved in my real-life situation but Mia was not able to say the same. Even though this is book 3 you can pick it up with any book. I suggest you read this for the current holiday season. I don't think you will be disappointed. We have decorating wars, crazy nativity scenes, and lots of Christmas murder. Take time to look at the cover of the book and enjoy all the interesting Christmas decorations. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I love Mia, but Cammie gets on my nerves with the way she treats Pete. Still, it makes for an interesting storyline. Loved the baby goats! Great story. I love Jamie's girlfriend! I want her as a BFF. I hope Mia's mother stays around and Mia's brother gets out of prison soon. More great stories to be had with this group! I love Mia, but Cammie gets on my nerves with the way she treats Pete. Still, it makes for an interesting storyline. Loved the baby goats! Great story. I love Jamie's girlfriend! I want her as a BFF. I hope Mia's mother stays around and Mia's brother gets out of prison soon. More great stories to be had with this group!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico is a fantastic holiday book that has you sitting on the edge of your seat. Will Mia Carina find out who killed Lorenzo Puglia? Mia Carina Mia Carina is our main character and she is a hoot. I love her and her nonna Elisabetta. Mia is a great character and I like everything about her. She I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico is a fantastic holiday book that has you sitting on the edge of your seat. Will Mia Carina find out who killed Lorenzo Puglia? Mia Carina Mia Carina is our main character and she is a hoot. I love her and her nonna Elisabetta. Mia is a great character and I like everything about her. She has her flaws as any character does but that doesn't stop you from wanting to know her. One of her flaws is that she does have ties to the Italian mob. Another one of them is liking her worker Shane. Mia is still a great character. Mostly because of the fact that she doesn't take anyone's problems to heart unless it's someone she cares about. She is an Italian kid through and through. Mia is good at solving mysteries but she does not realize what connects until all the pieces are put together. The mystery in this installment is very personal for Mia and everyone involved. The Mystery A dead guy's feet are shown being seen outside in Christmas light decorations in Mia's neighborhood. Not only that but the dead guy is supposedly Jamie's long-lost brother. A lot of things are coming out into the open in this installment and it was awesome. Mia wants to investigate as the police detective is still only directing his thinking that the mob family that Mia knows did it. To keep the Family out of jail she has to prove that someone else wanted Lorenzo Puglia dead. Especially since the dude was a creep. During this investigation, another dead body ends up coming out of the woodworks and Mia is on a time crunch to figure it out. I didn't figure out who did either killing but wow was it easy to see the patterns for them once I knew who did the murders. Five Stars Mia and company are back in this third installment and I adore this series. Ms. DiRico is doing an amazing job of writing this series and I can't wait to see what is in store next for Mia and her family. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico is a great book that gets five stars and a huge recommendation from me. There are recipes in the back that sound really good. They are Three Cheese Baked Rigatoni, Shrimp, Crab, and Artichoke Cavatelli,  Almond Florentine Lace Cookies, Rummy Tiramisu, Christmas Frittata, Mushroom Pasta al la Carbonara, and Christmas Tarrali. We also have event tips after the recipes. A Catering Hall Mystery   Tour Giveaway Prize: (3) Print Copy of It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (A Catering Hall Mystery) by Maria DiRico U.S. Only a Rafflecopter giveaway Tour Organized by: To find all the tour information, click the banner at the top of the page.  Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico. Don't forget to enter the giveaway! Until the next time, Happy Reading! Victim/Toe Tag #1: Lorenzo Puglia Beachcomber Weapons: Store Beachcomber Crime Scene: Hands Detectives: Mia Carina (C)   Victim/Toe Tag #2: Bradley Kokolakis Beachcomber Weapons: Motor Vehicle (struck by) Beachcomber Crime Scene: Any Vehicle Detectives: Mia Carina (C) This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Another great read about the Carina and Boldano families from Maria DiRico!! This was my first ARC and it did not disappoint. I'm in love with this series about "former" mob families trying to go legal. Read it in one day because I could not put it down. Now the hard part will be waiting for the next installment. :) Another great read about the Carina and Boldano families from Maria DiRico!! This was my first ARC and it did not disappoint. I'm in love with this series about "former" mob families trying to go legal. Read it in one day because I could not put it down. Now the hard part will be waiting for the next installment. :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    It’s beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder was unputdownable! Christmas means more catering and an inevitable (say in creepy voice) murder! A fun series with quirky characters this one won’t disappoint.

  28. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Mia Carina returned home to Astoria, Queens, after her husband disappeared in a boating accident in Florida. Since then, she's been managing the Belle View Catering Hall as an event planner, working for her father Ravello, who's finally in a legitimate business for the powerful Boldano Family, whom he works for. She, along with her employees Shane and Cammie (who pretends to work but is priceless to Mia in other ways), are planning a first birthday party based on the Nativity, and a Sweet Sixteen Mia Carina returned home to Astoria, Queens, after her husband disappeared in a boating accident in Florida. Since then, she's been managing the Belle View Catering Hall as an event planner, working for her father Ravello, who's finally in a legitimate business for the powerful Boldano Family, whom he works for. She, along with her employees Shane and Cammie (who pretends to work but is priceless to Mia in other ways), are planning a first birthday party based on the Nativity, and a Sweet Sixteen party for an angst-ridden teenager who's slowly bonding with Mia. But the real problem comes when the Boldanos call Mia to their home. Donny Senior and his wife Aurora are worried because their youngest son Jamie has been approached by a man claiming to be his half-brother. What the Boldanos think is that this con artist is just looking for a way into the family. They want Mia to be with them when they talk to Jamie, and she agrees. But the plan backfires, and now she's in the middle of their problems. But things get worse -- her mother, who lives in Italy, shows up out of the blue and tries to get Mia to forgive her for leaving. But Mia doesn't know how to handle it, and her grandmother Elisabetta, with whom Mia lives, isn't buying any of it. Also on hand is the fact that Elisabetta is trying to get her block to win a trophy for best Christmas display, and she's got a Tony Benne-Santa (don't ask) to beat. Things are heating up for Mia. Just when things can't get any worse, a body is discovered in one of the displays, its feet sticking out from a Santa's workshop. Now Mia finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, trying to prove the innocence of people she loves like her own, and in doing so, she just might ring some bells that would rather she didn't... This is the third book in the series, and I think it is the best of the three. Mia is really in the middle of it this time, and she's lucky she doesn't have a nervous breakdown with everything that's happening: planning two events, the reason her mother returned, her best friend Jamie's problems, and the problems between his family, her grandmother's attempts at winning a trophy. In between there are other things happening, and the root of a lot of the humor in the book (and some are so funny that I had to read the passages to my husband). There's one scene that takes place between Mia and her mother over at Mia's friend Phillip's home that's practically hilarious, in its own way. But even the body takes second place to how it got there and who put it there: Mia is trying her best to find the killer, even if it causes her (very) personal pain (another funny scene). She's lucky to get out in one piece, in my mind. Anyway, she goes through a series of challenges as she's trying to keep the Boldano family members out of jail. It's a wild ride over the Christmas holidays, and almost like being at a county fair, watching the antics go on. Especially fun is her grandmother and her neighbors as they try and out-Christmas-design each other's lawns and homes. Let us not forget the constant strings of Italian thrown in here and there, some invectives (hey, I'm slowly learning the language! When I get mad at my husband, he won't know what I'm saying -- ha!). And, of course, some delicious recipes at the end which I plan to make... When the ending comes and the killer is revealed, it's a twisted tale of threads that were merely one at a time in the beginning, but slowly began to come together in a tapestry of lies, intrigue, misunderstandings, and secrets. What ends up is a wonderful tale that I wish didn't end at all. I love Mia and everyone around her and truly can't wait for the next in the series. Highly recommended. I received an advance copy from the publisher and NetGalley but this in no way influenced my review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    Christmas is a crazy time for any successful catering business and the Belle View Catering Hall in Astorio, New York, is full to bursting with events from christenings through sweet sixteens to staff parties and beyond. Mia Carina and her team are rushed off their feet and they all have family gatherings and local events to handle as well. Even so, when Mia is summoned to meet with the Boldano Family, who she has close ties with, everything else has to wait. What she hears shocks her, they have Christmas is a crazy time for any successful catering business and the Belle View Catering Hall in Astorio, New York, is full to bursting with events from christenings through sweet sixteens to staff parties and beyond. Mia Carina and her team are rushed off their feet and they all have family gatherings and local events to handle as well. Even so, when Mia is summoned to meet with the Boldano Family, who she has close ties with, everything else has to wait. What she hears shocks her, they have a problem which, she knows without a doubt, will cause heartache for her life long friend and their youngest son, Jamie. With the situation spiralling out of control Mia tries to calm everyone and begin mending fences but it is an uphill struggle. When her estranged mother arrives unannounced from Italy it seems nothing more can complicate matters but then, at the beginning of the annual Christmas street decorations competition, Mia finds a dead body and realises she has a link to the victim! This is the third in the Catering Hall Mystery Series but the first I have read and to begin with I found that a problem. Mia's close and distant ties to her family and work colleagues meant it took me a little while to put people into their rightful places. Once I had it sorted this was an absolutely brilliant read and to say the premise was original is an understatement! Not many cosy crime protagonists have ties to the mob and a brother jail for a crime he did commit!  All of it worked however, and the investigation Mia and her friends undertook was as entertaining and fresh as the rest of the storyline. I hope there will be more books to come in this series for after I've caught up with the first two! I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is an excellent,  original and highly recommended cosy crime mystery.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MURDER by Maria DiRico The Third Catering Hall Mystery The holidays are not so jolly for the Boldano family when a long lost "brother" shows up on the doorstep. Mia Carina tries to help, but she has family issues of her own when her mother appears in town. Add to the mix, Mia is arranging multiple over the top events at Belle View while fighting her feelings for the catering hall's newest employee. That's not to mention warring Astoria grandmothers vying to win a IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MURDER by Maria DiRico The Third Catering Hall Mystery The holidays are not so jolly for the Boldano family when a long lost "brother" shows up on the doorstep. Mia Carina tries to help, but she has family issues of her own when her mother appears in town. Add to the mix, Mia is arranging multiple over the top events at Belle View while fighting her feelings for the catering hall's newest employee. That's not to mention warring Astoria grandmothers vying to win a decorating contest and making Clark Griswold's decorations seem tame! When Mia finds a body in Santa's workshop she'll have to prove that lots of people had reason for murder, not just the Family. I absolutely adore the Catering Hall Mystery series and this third outing may be the best one yet. Christmas brings out the best and the worst in families and we certainly see that here. The angst of finding the perfect gift, learning that money can't buy love or happiness, and plenty of family drama, but no matter the problems and fights, family and Family will always be there for you. There are so many scenes that still have me laughing just thinking of them. There's more than humor though. In addition to the laughter, there is love. It's the love that truly shines through. People make mistakes, they get mad, but the love is there. IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MURDER will have you laughing one minute, then will hit you with the feels. And then there's the mystery! A louse of a victim and a bevy of suspects make for a complex puzzle. Skillful writing weaves the ties between suspects and victim, exposing motives and surprising readers. IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MURDER is a laugh out loud holiday mystery that delivers Christmas spirit along with murder. Grab some struffoli and florentines, or maybe a nice dish of pasta, and settle in to enjoy this delightful and delectable tale.

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