Chick lit, Mystery

Long Island Iced Tina (Catering Hall Mystery #2) by Maria DiRico

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I have read and reviewed the previous book of the series on the blog before:

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Having read the first of the series, I knew what I was getting into this time. The book lived up to the tone and style of the previous instalment. The plotline differed a little.
In the previous visit, we made our acquaintance with Mia Carina, trying to keep her father’s legitimate business afloat so that he doesn’t veer back into crime (That’s the Family with the big F).
This time it’s all about baby showers. There are to be two big ones, one to be conducted by Mia and the other by a flashier fancy establishment. During the unfolding of these two events, things start to strike people as out of the ordinary. It is only when a body shows up that the investigation begins in full force. The humour is subtle in the sense that it is blended in during the narrative but is loud in its content. I chuckled at a few things myself. The investigation is done in a very civilized manner: following clues in order and eliminating suspects while simultaneously adding people to their suspect list! We have a few interpersonal relationships explored and even new groundwork laid on for the next. The writing is simple and to the point, while maintaining the emotional depth of the characters’ interactions with family and friends. I definitely want to pick up the next!


I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers; the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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