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Product Details

  • Series: A Memphis BBQ Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523553X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425235539
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this sassy first in a new series from Adams (the pseudonym of Elizabeth Spann Craig), Lulu Taylor, owner of Aunt Pat's, a Memphis, Tenn., rib eatery, is all aflutter because the Cooking Channel has sent food scout Rebecca Adrian to check out Lulu's down-home specialties for a future show. Too bad Rebecca's searching for dirt as well as the best BBQ in Memphis. She quickly insults a number of people, including Lulu's daughter-in-law, Sara, and Lulu's son, Seb, who happens to be Rebecca's former boyfriend. When Rebecca's poisoned, chaos reigns. Lulu later uncovers the corpse of Mildred Cameron, an elderly bookseller and aspiring romance author/sleuth, who was also offended by the tart-tongued Rebecca. Aiding and abetting Lulu's investigation are the Graces, docents at Graceland, whose devotion to Elvis adds some goofy firepower to this sometimes poky paint-bythe-numbers cozy.
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More About the Author

Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She blogs at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010, 2011, and 2012.

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)
http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com
http://mysteryloverskitchen.com
Twitter: @elizabethscraig

Customer Reviews

Read the book and then try the recipes in the back!
Denny & Elaine Arthur
The result was a writing style that jumped heads quite a bit and told us way too much of the story instead of showing it.
Mark Baker
I'm waiting, impatiently, for the next book in the series.
Harbingerdc

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
WELCOME to AUNT PAT'S BARBECUE RESTAURANT--family owned and operated in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee. Named in honor of Lulu Taylor's great aunt and is the place to be for the best pulled pork, ribs and spicy corn bread anywhere.

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."
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on July 25, 2010
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A Lip Smacking New Mystery Series - Delicious and Suspicious by Riley Adams

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.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bo on July 23, 2010
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I just finished reading the new mystery Delicious and Suspicious and highly recommend it to cozy mystery fans. The characters are a quirky, entertaining and fun group that you'd like to have for your friends. Aunt Pat's sounds like a fabulous restaurant where friends gather for food and fun. I look forward to many more stories as LuLu returns in future editions.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Gavigan on July 19, 2010
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If you enjoy fun Southern cozies this book is for you.
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Lavene on July 20, 2010
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Riley Adams' first book, Delicious and Suspicious, is one of those rare books you can read again and again. The characters are like people who live on your block, people you've known all of your life. The plot is as thick as pea soup and spicy as Aunt Pat's cornbread. I'm looking forward to the next book - and a visit to Memphis!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harbingerdc on July 20, 2010
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This first in a new series set in Memphis has the recipe for a successful series. The very richly-drawn characters and setting really make you feel like you're in the South at Aunt Pat's barbeque restaurant. And the food talk made me drool.

There's some humor and some heartbreak and a mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I'm waiting, impatiently, for the next book in the series.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hart Johnson on July 30, 2010
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Riley Adams (aka: Elizabeth Spann Craig) is the QUEEN of little old lady cozies. This one is filled with zany characters, fabulous setting, and mouth-watering temptation. If you are a cozy reader, you don't want to miss it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ITZME on October 3, 2010
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Interesting first book in a new series: Memphis BBQ Mystery. Light cozy mystery. The owner of Aunt Pat's BBQ is Lulu. The restaurant is staffed by family members. We also learn alot about the regulars at the restaurant, too - The Graces, for instance. A TV scout has come to Memphis to do a show for the Cooking Channel and she ends up poisoned. It seems that everyone except Lulu is a suspect. Fun read.
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