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Delicious and Suspicious (A Memphis BBQ Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 2010
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Her most recent releases are Quilt or Innocence (June 2012) and A Body in the Backyard (October 2012.) Her next book, Knot What it Seams, releases February 5, 2013.
Elizabeth is active in the online writing community. She shares writing-related links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig and posts on craft and the publishing industry on her blog, Mystery Writing is Murder. She and Mike Fleming of Hiveword also manage the Writer's Knowledge Base-a free search engine to help writers find resources.
As the mother of two in North Carolina, Elizabeth writes on the run as she juggles volunteering, referees play dates, drives carpools, and is dragged along as a hostage/chaperone on field trips.
Elizabeth Spann Craig (Riley Adams)
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Rebecca Adrian has heard about it all the way up in New York and has come to Memphis to check it out for a prominent Cooking Channel show. She barely arrives in Memphis and has racked up a slew of enemies. Sadly, before she can report back to the Cooking Channel, she is found dead in her hotel room. She was poisoned and most of the suspects happen to Lulu's dear friends and family. Lulu starts investigating on her own and with the help of a half-pint detective, her granddaughter, Ella Beth, she starts to get a clearer picture of what exactly happened.
I LOVED IT!!!!!
A fun, little, off beat debut novel in what I know will become an extremely successful series. The humor and mystery are perfectly fired with some truly capricious characters that make this story an excellent entree with sides of red beans and rice, slaw, and corn muffins. Recipes included.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Aunt Pat's is a family run BBQ restaurant in the heart of Memphis. The restaurant, known for its ribs and spicy cornbread catches the eye of The Cooking Channel Network, which sends Rebecca Adrian to scout it out for a possible segment on the show. Lulu, the family matriarch is all set to show the network that Aunt Pat's has the best BBQ around. However, things take the wrong turn when Rebecca manages to insult nearly everyone she comes in contact with. It's no surprise when Rebecca is found dead in her hotel room, a victim of poisoning, just after eating a big meal at Aunt Pat's. Suspects abound. Lulu must solve the mystery to save not only her friends and family, but Aunt Pat's reputation.
At first, I found this story to hard to get into. There was just so much going on in the beginning (perhaps I was distracted by my crazy life), but it wasn't long before Adams has reached out grabbed me by the collar and pulled me into the story. I was hooked. Lulu is a wonderful amateur sleuth. She's not overbearing, as can sometimes be the case in cozy mysteries. She's a kind-hearted woman who cares about her friends and family and tries very hard to do the right thing. She draws information from suspects without them realizing they are being grilled.
Aunt Pat's regulars add season to the story making the restaurant feel like a true down home place. I'm looking forward to learning more about The Graces (docents at Graceland), the Jazz Trio (three gentlemen somewhat past their prime, but still in the swing of things), and Lulu's daughter in law, Sarah who happens to be an artist. After finishing this book, I have a craving for some good southern BBQ. This is not a book to read on an empty stomach. Be sure to check out the recipes included at the end.
Delicious & Suspicious is filled with quirky characters, wonderful Southern food, and a sticky whodunit murder plot. The Memphis setting is fabulous with the 3 things that make Memphis unique, BBQ, Graceland and the blues. D&S is a solid first book in a new series. I look forward to reading what will happen next to Lulu, The Graces, Derick, the old blues buddies etc. This is a fun summer read.
Rebecca does not do anything to ingratiate herself with the people she meets whether they are friendly or needing her help or wanting to assist her; in fact she goes out of her way to be nasty. She tells Lulu's daughter-in-law that her art work is horrific and not good enough for a shoeing. After that she informs Lulu's friend Mildred her writing is pathetic and she tries to blackmail Jeb by threatening to reveal his prison record. Lulu goes to see Rebecca at her hotel, only to find her dead. To clear the restaurant of culpability and to insure her family is not accused of a homicide, Lulu investigates not trusting the cops, but is unprepared with what she uncovers.
This entertaining regional amateur sleuth gives the audience a taste of living in Nashville, especially owning a restaurant in a tourist attraction city. Rebecca was so mean and malicious to anyone who dared enter her sphere; she is over the top of Clingman's Dome. However, Lulu though she has personal reasons to investigate also feels she didn't deserve murder; obviously someone else did. With a strong fully seasoned support cast who enhances the whodunit, Delicious and Suspicious is truly scrumptious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LuLu Taylor and her Family run Aunt Pat's BBQ in Memphis Tennessee . They are thrilled when they get the chance to maybe appear on a T.V Cooking show called The Cooking Channel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lady g
Ugh. Like all the other 1-star reviews, SO MANY characters and conversations at the start. I finally got them all straight about half way in. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Lowell
This was a pretty quick read and mostly enjoyable. It didn't knock me off my feet or leave me pleasantly surprised like a few cozies that I've read recently. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brittany
Just sort of okay. With so many wonderful cozy mysteries out there, this wouldn't be at the top of my list.Published 11 months ago by W. Amorose
Aunt Pat’s is all abuzz, when the scout for a major food network arrives to make a show about the best bbq in town. And of course that is Aunt Pat’s! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Aurian
Great first book of the series! Great storyline and kept me interested from beginning to end. Can't wait to read the restPublished 22 months ago by Pam