Murder at Veronica's Diner Book Review

Murder at Veronica's Diner Book Review

Title: Murder at Veronica’s Diner
Author: J.D. Griffo
Published: December 1, 2020, Kensington
No. of Pages: 368
Cover Price: $8.99 Paperback, $6.64 Kindle

Although she is a fabulous cook and enjoys her own food best, Alberta Scaglione occasionally visits Veronica’s Diner. On one such occasion, Teri Jo is her waitress during the breakfast rush and seems stressed out. After Alberta finishes her breakfast, Teri Jo comes to her table with what Alberta expects is the check, but actually has a knife that has been plunged into her back and Alberta finds she has been murdered. Murder at Veronica’s Diner is the fourth installment in the Ferraro Family series featuring Italian American sleuths who work together to solve this mystery.

Griffo is a good storyteller, and the story will keep readers on the edge. The characters are well-developed, and the novel has plenty of ups and downs. There is some suspense also, which builds during the novel. As is typical of most cozy mysteries, there is no blatant sex, violence, or profanity, which makes this novel perfect for younger readers. Seasoned cozy aficionados will like this series, too and will find that the ending is a surprise, since there are several murder suspects and circumstantial evidence pointing to them all.

Cozies are usually quick reads, and this one is no exception. It’s fun, though, and will be enjoyable for all types of mystery readers. While this book isn’t destined to be a classic, it is enjoyable and will be enjoyed by most readers. As with any good culinary mystery, Griffo has included recipes from the diner that appear to be easy and sound like something most of us would like to prepare.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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