Friday, December 10, 2010

Delicious and Suspicious

Title: Delicious and Suspicious

Author: Riley Adams (Elizabeth Spann Craig)

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

Copyright Date: 2010

Print Date: July 2010

ISBN: 9780425235539

Pages: 269 + Recipes

Series: 1st in the Memphis BBQ Mystery series

Book Description (from back cover):
Welcome to Aunt Pat's barbecue restaurant — family run and located in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee. Named in honor of Lulu Taylor's great aunt, the restaurant is known for its ribs and spicy corn bread, but now the Taylor family will be known for murder — unless Lulu can clear their name...

Rebecca Adrian came to Memphis to suss out the best local BBQ for a prominent Cooking Channel show. Trouble is, Rebecca doesn't live long enough to mention a bad review. A mystery ingredient has killed her — and now all fingers are pointing to Aunt Pat's restaurant. Horrified that her family is being accused of murder, Lulu fires up her investigative skills to solve the crime before someone else gets skewered...

So in general this was an enjoyable read. I know it was a bestseller. It has an interesting, and from everything I've seen or heard, fun setting. The type than can have a lot of character. It's a culinary cozy mystery, which I usually find fun. But...

The story was an okay read for me. I think I may have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been in 3rd person. In my experience cozies tend to do best in 1st person. With this one in particular, I lost some of the connection that it might have had otherwise. Perhaps that contributed to the fact that while the characters weren't bad, I didn't fall in love with them. A book with charming characters that I can't help but love, is a book I can't help but love.

That having been said... I definitely intend to read more of this series and hopefully try her Myrtle Clover (under Elizabeth Spann Craig) series as well.

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