Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride

Books on Tape. May 2022. 7:16 hrs. ISBN 9780593506967. $76. M
Nonna Maria has lived on an island off the coast of Naples her entire life. Nothing escapes her notice. When a young woman tells Nonna Maria that she is being forced to marry, she disappears with the help of the elderly woman while she investigates the man’s intentions. The local police captain is also curious, but a murder of a boat captain is keeping him otherwise occupied. With a cup of her special recipe coffee and a never-ending pot of pasta, Nonna Maria sets off to solve the mysteries, which may ultimately expose the dark underbelly of her beautiful island. Carcaterra (Payback) writes a cozy mystery steeped in the history and beauty of Italy. Kathleen Garrett brings a wide cast of characters to life, expertly handling their personalities and accents with ease. Nonna Maria is the island’s grandmother, with years of wisdom, but also offers plenty of wit, which will leave readers chuckling. Readers will enjoy not only the story, but the lush landscapes and historical references intertwined with Nonna Maria’s quest to solve the mysteries.
VERDICT A wonderful new addition to any mystery collection.
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