Minestrone Mischief




Minestrone Mischief: A Culinary Cozy (The Italian Kitchen Mysteries)
by Rosie Genova

About Minestrone Mischief 

Minestrone Mischief: A Culinary Cozy (The Italian Kitchen Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – New Jersey
Two Roses Books (September 28, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 309 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1737058367
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1737058366
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BFK3XJ86

When a Halloween stalker shows up on Mischief Night, Vic encounters lots of tricks, no treats, and one murder …

It’s the post-summer season in Oceanside Park, and mystery writer Victoria Rienzi’s hometown is preparing for one last blast on the boardwalk—its annual Mischief Night parade, held the evening before Halloween. While Nonna keeps her busy making treat bags full of Italian candy, Vic dreams up the perfect costumes for herself and Tim: Nick and Nora Charles, the famed detective pair from The Thin Man movies. Completing their look is a canine scamp, Willie, borrowed to play the part of Nora’s pet terrier.

But Victoria’s excitement is dimmed by the presence of a stalker, Edward Millman, who’s seen lurking around the Rienzi family restaurant. And who shows up at the Mischief Night parade dressed as Victoria’s book sleuth, Bernardo Vitali. But halfway through the parade, Willie sniffs out trouble, leading Vic and Tim on a not-so-merry chase that brings them to a dead body—Victoria’s stalker, Edward Millman. And in a scene straight out of Victoria’s latest book, Millman is found with a knife sticking from his chest, along with a nasty note: You deserved this.

As Vic digs into the details of the victim’s life, she wonders: Is it life imitating art? Or is there a more deadly form of mischief at work this Halloween?


About Rosie Genova

Bestselling and award-winning author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. The inspiration for her cozy series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, comes from her deep appreciation for Italian food, her affinity for the New Jersey seaside, and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. A former journalist and teacher, Rosie also writes women’s fiction and suspense. The proud mama of three grown sons, she still lives in her favorite state with her husband and a charming mutt named Lucy.


Q&A With The Author
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 

The seasonal aspect, for sure. The first three books in the series take place over spring and summer. I’d wanted to do a Halloween story for some time, and I loved including a costume parade, trick-or-treaters, and the spooky atmosphere that October brings.
Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about? 

I’ll be taking a break from cozies for a little bit to work on a couple of romantic comedies, both inspired by Shakespeare plays, The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado about Nothing. While they are not mysteries, they are set at the Jersey shore, in the same world as the characters in the Italian Kitchen series. You can even expect to see some cameo appearances by IKM characters!
Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

In the immediate future, an IKM holiday novella, The Seven-Course Christmas Killer, releasing on November 1. Long term, a projected series of rom-coms based at the Jersey shore—with a break at some point for another Italian Kitchen Mystery.
How long have you been writing? 

I turned my hand to writing fiction twelve years ago, but before that I was a journalist and essayist. I was inspired by the work of Nora Ephron, whose humorous essays and witty screenplays set the bar for me.
Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans? 

First, thanks so much for all your support, good wishes, and lovely reviews you’ve left on a variety of platforms. It means more than you know. Finally, even if you’re a mystery fan, I hope you’ll give my rom-coms a try! 


Author Links

Website: http://www.rosiegenova.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6462450.Rosie_Genova

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rosiegenova

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/rosie-genova

Purchase Link – Amazon 


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  1. I did try leaving one earlier--not sure I can come up with a more original way to say "thanks for having me"! (But thanks for having me.)

  2. It's always fun to learn more about authors, especially if it's for books that you enjoy.

    Lovely interview!

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