MYSTERY

Murder at Veronica’s Diner

Kensington. (Ferrara Family, Bk. 4). Dec. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781496730930. pap. $8.99. M
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Although Alberta Scaglione is an excellent cook, the Ferrara women enjoy breakfast out together. Alberta, her sister Helen, her granddaughter Jinx, and her sister-in-law Joyce all meet at Veronica’s Diner in Tranquility, NJ, but breakfast isn’t so tranquil. Their waitress, Teri Jo, is frazzled, so busy that she asks the women to deliver a box for her. They’re about to ask for the check when Teri Jo falls at their feet with a butcher knife in her back. Although they all know Police Chief Vinny D’Angelo, they also know the Ferrara family detective agency has its next case. Helen, a former nun, had bonded with Teri Jo, and she’s determined to find her killer. But Teri Jo was connected to a corrupt, and possibly deadly, Italian family. An uproarious investigation ensues as the women sneak through alleys, meet a hardened criminal at Riker’s Island, and stow away on a private jet.
VERDICT It’s Janet Evanovich’s Grandma Mazur times four when the “direct, loud, demanding, impatient, and tactless” women get together for their fourth case (after Murder at Icicle Lodge). Fans of Stephanie Plum’s adventures might want to sample the escapades of four Italian American women in New Jersey.

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