Thrilled to share that today is the book birthday for LONG ISLAND ICED TEA, the second book in the Catering Hall Mysteries series by our very own Maria DiRico who is also Ellen Byron.

In the second installment of Maria DiRico’s new Catering Hall Mystery series, Mia Carina is back in the borough of Queens, in charge of the family catering hall Belle View Banquet Manor and keeping her nonna company. But some events–like murder at a shower–are not the kind you can schedule…

Mia’s newly pregnant friend Nicole plans to hold a shower at Belle View–but Nicole also has to attend one that her competitive (and mysteriously rich) stepmother, Tina, is throwing at the fanciest place in Queens. It’s a good chance for Mia to snoop on a competitor, especially since doing a search for “how to run a catering hall” can get you only so far.

Mia tags along at the lavish party, but the ambience suffers at Nicole’s Belle View shower when a fight breaks out–and then, oddly, a long-missing and valuable stolen painting is unwrapped by the mom-to-be. Tina is clearly shocked to see it. But not as shocked as Mia is when, soon afterward, she spots the lifeless body of a party guest floating in the marina . . .

“A delightful entertaining read, and I can’t wait for more exciting times with the Carina family and their friends.” Dru’s Book Musings

Join Maria/Ellen at her virtual launch event tonight (February 23rd), COZY MYSTERIES: DELICIOUS DEADLY FUN, hosted by Book Carnival. She’ll also be on a Back Room Cozy Panel on Sunday, February 28th.


15 thoughts on “LONG ISLAND ICED TINA Launches Today!

  1. Congratulations, Ellen!! We’re all so excited that Long Island Iced Tina is here. This book will brighten readers’ days from New York to LA to NOLA and every city and small town in between. Woohoo!


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