This book is for the die-hard cozy mystery fans. If you are one of them and are on the lookout for the latest oddball situation which is rife with potential for chaos, this has it all. It has a family with ties to the Family and all other mob-related conversation. Our amateur sleuth is Mia Carina, recently (supposed) widow and persecuted witness who has fled back home to Queens, NY and to make her father set up a legal Function hall business and run it. She has ideas and enthusiasm, and unfortunately, she also is primed to face all kinds of setbacks.
The first of many is a dead body in a cake and the woman was last seen hurling accusations at her father. With his previous convictions and known mob affiliations, he is also the main focus of the police investigation. Then in a very obvious continuation of the story, Mia takes on the charge to find the true culprit. She has a little help and a whole lot of distractions, but she works on it bit by bit and actually just stumbles on the final piece of the puzzle. There are some high tension situations but the best factor of the story, and hopefully, the rest of the series is the supporting cast. From the spunky grandmother to the shady realtor, from the bookish childhood ex to the new neighbours and others throw so much colour into the story that despite not really digging into the plot of the murder itself, I enjoyed the time I spent with them all.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is solely based on my own reading experience.