Victoria Rienzi’s family is planning a traditional Christmas Eve celebration, including seven Italian seafood courses, at their restaurant Casa Lido which is going to be a charity event. Among the invited guests is Mayor Anne McCrae who is not exactly popular in the town but will be doing a photo op during the event.
When the Mayor has what seems to be an accident climbing a step stool she then pulls Vic to the side and insists that someone is trying to kill her and she expects Vic to find the culprit by the time the dinner is over. With a long list of suspects the investigation begins as they dinner is being served.
The Seven-Course Christmas Killer is a companion novella to the Italian Kitchen Mystery series. I haven’t read the rest of this series myself which had me a bit concerned picking this one up but I really didn’t need to be concerned at all as this one read fine as a standalone novella.
The characters and situation in this story were very well developed especially for such a short read. I never felt that I didn’t know what was going on or questioned who I was reading about. The author did a wonderful job to introduce everyone in the story as it went along all the while making a lovely little cozy mystery story line. This is definitely one that I would recommend checking out.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.