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A Dish Best Served Cold (An Italian Kitchen Mystery #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  188 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
The national bestselling author of The Wedding Soup Murder returns to the Jersey Shore where a killer is stirring up trouble during a hurricane…

At the Casa Lido, the end of summer means a party, and hit whodunit writer Victoria “Vic” Rienzi and her family are cooking like crazy for the restaurant’s seventieth anniversary celebration. As they chop onions and garlic, old fa
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by NAL
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Blend together a book full of mystery with pages of humor and briskly mix them together with the Jersey shore and authentic Italian cooking. Stir it all together with a hurricane and you will have murder and intrigue in a recipe called A DISH BEST SERVED COLD.

In this third installment of the Italian Kitchen Mystery series, author Rosie Genova serves us a mystery that boils and burns with surprises in a tightly plotted story that is penned with skill. With that same delightful writing style of t
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great story to this series. I really enjoyed how this book was written, great flow and never a dull moment. Having this story be set in New Jersey is a blast for me because I have a connection to New Jersey so the places describes in her series take me back. So I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I cannot wait to see what is next. (Hopefully the wait is not long.)
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is the first book I have read in Rosie Genova’s An Italian Kitchen Mystery series. I was immediately drawn in by entertaining characters, wonderful writing and the descriptions of some super yummy food. A great main character, Victoria (Vic) Rienzi is a mystery writer. The fact that she is a writer actually helps to make her interest in the mystery more feasible than some cozies. Her family is loving but also very ha
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is another juicy cozy from Rosie Genova. It takes place right on the Jersey Shore where I grew up, and is filled with family drama, lots of good cooking, and a great Mob flavored mystery. I enjoyed it from appetizer to dessert :)
Laura Thomas
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
First I want to mention that this is the third book in this series. Don’t let that stop you from reading this out of order. The author smoothly provided back story in the right places without slowing down the story and I easily became familiar with the characters and previous events.

Now to the book. How could I pass this up? A cozy mystery with the main character being a successful mystery writer.

Victoria Rienzi, or Vic, returned to Oceanside on the Jersey shore a few months ago. She’s trying to
Italian food that makes your mouth water, a Italian Nonna like no other, with a blend of romance, family history,melodrama and typical family squabbling and a murder and in the middle of it all, Victoria "Vic" Rienzi, is a woman with many hats. She has been working at her families Italian Restaurant, The Casa Lido, as a prep cook, she is also a famous mystery writer well known in her town working on another book.

The Casa Lido Restaurant is celebrating seventy years in the business with a outdoor
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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Welcome back to Oceanside Park, New Jersey. Summer is almost over and the Rienzi family is preparing to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the family restaurant, Casa Lido. With such a big milestone, Nonna Rienzi refuses to cancel the celebration for a little thing called a hurricane. She’s adamant the storm will pass because she says so. Nonna who rules her family with an iron fist has a soft spot for town drunk, “Stinky” Pete Petrocelli. It
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English comment below
Terzo libro di una serie ambientata in un ristorante italiano. La protagonista è una scrittrice di gialli che è tornata a casa per scrivere un romanzo storico liberamente ispirato alle vicende della sua famiglia. In questo libro, facendo delle ricerche, incappa in un prozio probabilmente legato alla mafia... E io ho pensato: o no! Il solito cliché degli italiani mafiosi! Perché per il resto la serie non presenta le solite idee preconcette sugli italo-americani. E anche per q
Ann York
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great story by Rosie Genova! Had me guessing to the very end. Glad more than just the murder was solved ~ nicely done!
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
In order to do research on a book she is writing, Vic has returned to work in her family's restaurant. After a party at the restaurant an elderly man's body is discovered nearby and his death is ruled an accident. Of course, Vic doesn't believe it and starts to investigate with her sister-in-law. Read about the family secrets they discover both their own and those of other members of the community, including the victim.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Victoria Rienzi, successful mystery writer, continues to write a non-mystery book about her own family background on the Jersey shore. Also, she continues to learn the family restaurant business where she's been in the middle of two murders in the few months since she's returned home. Here we go again. Town drunk Pete Petrocelli implies he knows a few things she could put in her next mystery novel and soon after, he winds up dead. Vic's mother asks her to see if she could find out what happened ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, cozy, mystery
Thank you to Goodreads and Penguin Random House for opportunity to win a copy.

This is a great cozy read. Love it when the main character is smart and likable. This is the first in the delectable Italian Kitchen Mystery series that I have read. I have already requested the first two.

The novel has a great setting and location (an Italian restaurant on the NJ Shore). The characters are developed with diverse personalities. It's easy to picture them in your mind from Ms. Genova's descriptions. Ever
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was the third of a series of cozy mysteries written by Rosie Genova and in the end, it is my favorite. I have loved reading this book for a variety of reasons including the fact that it is set at the Jersey Shore. This particular book leads us to the dark and steamier side of Atlantic City (unlike Donald Trump who leads us to almost nowhere on the boardwalk anymore). Regardless, the story was filled with interesting characters some of whom have appeared in other books previously written in ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I think this is my favorite book in this series so far! In this book we learn more about Vic's ancestry despite the fact that Nonna doesn't want to talk about it much. I'm always fascinated by genealogy so this focus grabbed my attention.

Of course there is a murder and the choices for killer aren't large and I have to admit that I guessed everyone but the person that did it! The author does a good job of leading you in many directions without really giving away the killer in clues.

There is even
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I like a cozy mystery that brings something different to the table. In this book it is the close knit family aspect that really intrigued me. I haven't read the first two books in the series, but I quickly caught up to the relationships between the characters. The mystery is intriguing as it has a lot to do with the family's history. The writing was well done and the recipes at the end look really yummy.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Catherine Bruns
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this entire series but A Dish Best Served Cold was by far my favorite. Its ending was as satisfying as a meal at the Casa Lido. Ms. Genova hit all the right notes and paints such a vivid description of the Jersey Shore and the restaurant that I felt like I was actually there. I am hoping there will be many more books featuring Vic, Sofia, Tim and of course, Nonna.
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd in the Italian Kitchen mysteries. Vic and her family are getting ready for the 70th Anniversary for their restaurant. An old family friend stops by and tells them he knows something that would make a good mystery novel. Later during a big storm he is found dead and Vic using the guise that she is writing a family history novel, figures out family secrets and what really happened
Amy M.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Rating 3.5 syars
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better & better. Such a fun mystery. Really enjoyed the genealogy aspect - will my family tree offer any surprises, I wonder?
Jannette Thompson
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! It kept me wanting to get to the end to see how it all came together. The in-depth relationships of the characters was interesting to say the least!
Loretta Marion
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series and am eagerly awaiting the next book to see what delicious mystery will be served up!
Lois Hecksel
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another juicy, fun, and delightful cozy mystery from Rosie Genova.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner by Rosie Genova! Her books keep getting better and better. Love the little treasure of recipes at the end. Can't wait for book #4!!
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy
I have really enjoyed this series. There are only 3 books so far. Hoping there will be more. Victoria is a mystery writer but has taken a break to write a book about her Italian family. So she moves back home to the Jersey shores to help out in the family Italian restaurant so she can learn more about cooking and her family. Unfortunately a murder seems to get in the way. In this book the local homeless man, Pete, stops by for free food and wine leaving with only food but before he goes he tells ...more
Margaret Hadam-Hay
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series! The whole family is engaging, the food mouth-watering, the story well written and a page turner.
I hope Vic's historical fiction book will actually be produced. That would be exciting, and something I'd like to read after all the backstory.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Victoria and Sofia are investigating again, but the death of Stinky Pete may have been an accident. Or was it? The more they dig, the more likely it was murder. This series is fun and an easy read, but the plot in A Dish Best Served Cold seemed a bit contrived.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable book. I liked that the mystery wasn't obvious to figure out and that it wasn't too confusing to have started with the 3rd book in the series.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Dish Best Served Cold by Rosie Genova
The Third Italian Kitchen Mystery

A storm is brewing on the Jersey Shore and soon Vic Rienzi finds herself in its midst. An old family friend, who also happens to be a dissolute, unwanted semi-nuisance, tells Vic he has stories to tell for her mysteries, but before he is able to tell anything he is found dead. Is he simply a victim of the hurricane, or a victim of someone who needed his silence? While most people believe his death was merely an accident, Vic
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Casa Lido is celebrating the restaurant's 70th anniversary. AS they are preparing the food for the celebration, an old family friend Peter Petrocelli stops by saying he has information for a great mystery novel. after he leaves, victoria asks her Nonna to explain more and Nonna tells her of a relative who mysteriously disappeared back in Italy.
The night of the party brings a crowd and a storm. When the storm passes, everything seems ok until the police find the first casualty Peter Petrocelli. R
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Dish Best Served Cold is another installment in Rosie Genova's Italian Kitchen Mysteries. It is top in the genre of Cozy Mysteries and loved by me for the true Italianess of the main characters. The characters are fine Italian people, not gangsters, not tramps, laze-abouts or punks, none of the caricatures and commonness that is forced into the public consciousness by opportunists and those with prejudices.
Plus, Rosie Genova includes authentic recipes in the back of each book! It has adult sit
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A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. Her series for Penguin, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries, from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. The first book in the series, Murder and Marinara, was ...more
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“In a matter of seconds, the sky darkened and the first fat drops of rain splashed around us. We went from table to table to gather our guests, smiling to mask our nervousness as the wind blew harder. As I watched the empty chairs overturning and the linens on the grape arbor flapping like sails, I was seized with a sudden fear. The wind whipped the trees; the creak of branches presaged the first sharp flash of lightning, followed by a thunder crack that set my heart pounding.” 2 likes
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