Maria DiRico

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New York, The United States



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December 2019

Maria DiRico (the pen name of award-winning author Ellen Byron) was born in Queens, New York, and raised in Queens and Westchester County. She is first-generation Italian American on her mother’s side. On her father’s side, her grandfather was a low-level Jewish mobster who disappeared in 1933 under mysterious circumstances. While growing up in Queens, Maria/Ellen's cousins ran the Astoria Manor and Grand Bay Marina catering halls.

As Ellen Byron, her Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. Her new Catering Hall Mystery series, written as Maria DiRico, launched with Here Comes the Body, and was inspired by her real life. Ellen is an award-winning play

Average rating: 4.21 · 842 ratings · 304 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
Here Comes the Body (Cateri...

4.15 avg rating — 589 ratings — published 2020 — 3 editions
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Long Island Iced Tina (Cate...

4.35 avg rating — 253 ratings — published 2021 — 3 editions
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January 2021 Cozy Mystery Poll

We ask that you only vote if you are planning on participating in our discussion should your choice win.

Which Cozy Mystery selection would you like to read in January?

Here Comes the Body (Catering Hall Mystery #1) by Maria DiRico
  14 votes, 42.4%

Murder at an Irish Wedding (Irish Village Mystery #2) by Carlene O'Connor
  12 votes, 36.4%

Last Writes (A Jaine Austen Mystery #2) by Laura Levine
  7 votes, 21.2%


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