Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Delicious and Suspicious - 1st in the Memphis BBQ Mystery series
Author: Riley Adams
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Memphis TN
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Riley's Website/Blog: www.rileyadams.com
A great mystery filled with Southern humor and also some delectable recipes at the end.
In the middle of Memphis stands Aunt Pat's Barbeque, owned and run by Lulu Taylor. She is the queen of barbeque and can mostly be found in the dining room talking with regular customers and complimenting newcomers so they will come back. Things are really run by Lulu's son and daughter-in- Ben and Sara and Sebastian, who is also Lulu's son. The restaurant is named for Lulu's great aunt, and is famous for its ribs and spicy corn bread.
Rebecca Adrain is a scout for a television cooking show who has come to Memphis to scope out the barbeque sources. Along with her cameraman, Tony, she shows up at Aunt Pat's and starts to interview owners and customers alike. She doesn't have a lot of people skills and turns away many people. Unfortunately, Rebecca doesn't live long enough to write her bad review and all eyes turn to Aunt Pat's as the culprits in the crime. Lulu is shocked to think that her family's name will be dragged through the mud, and starts to investigate on her own.
The writing in this mystery is superb. I loved all the characters (and I do mean characters) in the book including: the whole Taylor family; five kind of odd southern belles called the "Graces" as they are docents at "Graceland" and know everything about Elvis; Tony the cameraman and of course, Rebecca, who made enemies wherever she went. A slice of murder and mayhem covered with barbecue sauce. I recommend this mystery to all cozy fans and other mystery buffs. I really loved it and hope you enjoy the book and the fabulous recipes in the back. Enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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