Title: Here Comes the Body
Author: Maria DiRico
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Page Count: 304
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
After her philandering husband’s boat went down, newly single Mia Carina went back to Astoria, the bustling Queens neighborhood of her youth. Living with her nonna and her oversized cat, Doorstop, she’s got a whole new life—including some amateur sleuthing . . .
Mia is starting work at Belle View, her father’s catering hall, a popular spot for weddings, office parties, and more—despite the planes that occasionally roar overhead on their way to LaGuardia and rattle the crystal chandelier. Soon she’s planning a bachelor party for a less-than-gentlemanly groom. But it goes awry when the gigantic cake is wheeled in and a deadly surprise is revealed . . .
Since some of her family’s associates are on the shady side, the NYPD wastes no time in casting suspicion on Mia’s father. Now, Mia’s going to have to use all her street smarts to keep him out of Rikers Island . . .
Italian recipes included!
Here Comes the Body by Maria DiRico is the first book in the new cozy A Catering Hall Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series this book contains it’s own mystery that is solved so it could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.
Here Comes the Body introduces readers to Mia Carina who has moved back to her hometown of Astoria in Queens, NY after the disappearance of her husband. Mia was initially a suspect in her husband’s disappearance but now that she’s cleared she wanted to be with her family and decided to take a job at Belle View, her father’s catering hall.
Mia quickly finds herself in charge of a bachelor party with a questionable groom but never expected the dancer that should pop out of the cake was now a murder victim instead. With Mia’s family not strangers to the law her father is immediately a suspect leaving her to do a little investigating of her own.
Picking up Here Comes the Body I had no idea that the new protagonist in this one had ties to the mob and that would be a big part of the story from looking at the cover or description of this one. For me once getting into the whole crime family I just really never connected with this one as it’s really not my cup of tea. There are some funny elements and I’m sure others would enjoy the mob-ish mystery but I prefer a more “normal” type of lead myself so this one ended up a bit meh to me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Maria DiRico (the pen name of award-winning author Ellen Byron) was born in Queens, New York, and raised in Queens and Westchester County. She is first-generation Italian-American on her mother’s side. On her father’s side, her grandfather was a low-level Jewish mobster who disappeared in 1933 under mysterious circumstances.
While growing up in Queens, Maria/Ellen’s cousins uncles ran the Astoria Manor and Grand Bay Marina catering halls. MARDI GRAS MURDER, the fourth book in Ellen Byron’s bestselling Cajun Country Mystery series, won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. The series has also won multiple Best Humorous Mystery Lefty awards from Left Coast Crime. Fun fact: she worked as cater-waiter for Martha Stewart, a credit she never tires of sharing. Maria/Ellen loves to translate what she learned from Martha into recipes for her books.