Olive oil is the new wine... That's what Mia Spia and her family of recovering mobsters are hoping for here in Soma Valley, California, where they produce award-winning olive oil. It's been two long years of hard work for Mia and her overly optimistic mom, all the while keeping their former wise guys on the straight and narrow. That is until ex-con Cousin Dickey arrives to throw a rotten olive into the mix. Soon there's a dead body, a sy sheriff's detective, a curious fiance, a severed pinky finger, and a randy past lover to contend with, prompting Mia to enlist her best friend, survival expert Lisa Lin, for help. While trying to avoid being killed, the two women unravel family secrets, set a trap for a killer, and uncover information about Mia's missing father that can only lead to more rotten olives.
Mary Leo grew up on a the mean streets of South Chicago in a tangle of a big Italian family trying to make their way out of poverty and corruption. She now has two grown children and one adorable grandchild. Mary lives in Southern California with her husband, author Terry Watkins, and their sweet kitty, Sophie. www.maryleo.net