Book Review: You Cannoli Die Once by: Shelley Costa

Rating: 2/5

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: May 28, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: At Miracolo Northern Italian restaurant, one can savor brilliantly seasoned veal saltimbocca, or luscious risotto alla milanese, but no cannoli. Never cannoli. Maria Pia Angelotta, the spirited seventy-six-year-old owner of the Philadelphia-area eatery that’s been in her family for four generations, has butted heads with her head chef over the cannoli ban more than once. And when the head chef is your own granddaughter, things can get a little heated.

Fortunately, Eve Angelotta knows how to handle what her nonna dishes out. But when Maria Pia’s boyfriend is found dead in Miracolo’s kitchen, bludgeoned by a marble mortar, the question arises: Can a woman this fiery and stubborn over cream-filled pastry be capable of murder?

The police seem to think so, and they put the elder Angelotta behind bars, while Eve, sexy neighborhood attorney Joe Beck, and the entire Miracolo family— parenti di sangue and otherwise—try every trick in the cookbook to unravel a tangle of lies and expose a killer.

Review: ‘You Cannoli Die Once’ is Shelly Costa’s first Miracolo mystery featuring Eve Angelotta, a former dancer, and her nonna Maria Pia Angelotta. Their restaurant is well known for their classic Italian food, everything except cannolis. Nonna Maria’s boyfriend is found dead in Miracolo’s kitchen by Eve and when Maria is determined to be the main suspect, Eve is determined to clear her nonna’s name. Can Eve, along with her many friends – old and new – crack the case and find the real killer?

In ‘You Cannoli Die Once’, Eve and all the other characters are very over-the-top personality wise and there are quite a lot of them to keep straight. There seemed to be more time devoted to the characters and their interactions rather than developing the plot and mystery. There were some funny moments, especially involving Eve’s cousin, Landon. I felt too much time was spent also on Eve’s so-called ‘relationship’ with the neighborhood attorney, Joe Beck, who Eve’s other cousin dated. I hope because the characters have been super fleshed out in ‘You Cannoli Die Once’, the next book will focus more on the mystery.

Series: You Cannoli Die Once (1), The Ziti That Never Sleeps (2)

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