I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Here Comes the Body by Maria DiRico
Published by Kensington on February 25, 2020
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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 the woman inside fails to jump out . . . because she’s dead.
Since some of her family’s associates are on the shady side, the NYPD wastes no time in casting suspicion on Mia’s father—especially considering that he and the victim had a previous encounter. Now, Mia’s going to have to use all her street smarts to keep him out of Rikers Island . . .
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Here is what I thought
Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country Mystery series is one of my favorites and so when I found out the author was writing another series under a different name I had to check it out! Although not a favorite yet, it was a decent start to a new series.
Mia Carina has moved back home after enduring a horrible ordeal. Her husband has gone missing and they think she had something to do with it. Now that they are no longer looking at her as a suspect she moved back home to help her father who is trying to make the Belle View event center a legit business. Her father was working for his mobster friend but is now wanting to leave that behind and just concentrate on the new business and Mia is all for that so wants to help make it work.
Their first big event was a bachelor party and when the lady doesn’t jump out of the cake Mia finds a dead body in the cake and it wasn’t the stripper. It happens to be a lady who had early came in and accused her father of not paying for her services of which her father swears he didn’t use. So of course he is going to be the one person they look at as a suspect because of his mob connections.
Mia has to put on her sleuthing hat and try and figure out who else might have wanted the call girl dead. She believes her father when he said that he didn’t know her and she soon finds out the groom and his friend knew the lady as well as some others.
I like Mia and her family and think they will be fun to get to know as more books come out. I also really enjoyed the mystery as it even had me stumped for a while along with Mia. I think I started to figure some of it out the same time the MC did.
Though not a new favorite I thought it was a decent first in series book and if you enjoy cozies check it out. I will be looking forward to the next one.