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Finger Lickin' Dead (A Memphis BBQ Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – June 7, 2011
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About the Author
Riley Adams is the bestselling cozy mystery author of the Southern Quilting mysteries, Memphis Barbeque mysteries, and the Myrtle Clover series. She lives in Matthews, North Carolina, with her husband and two teenage children.
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Lulu is up to her investigating ways again. The owner of Pat's BBQ Lulu always seems to find herself in some sort of mystery. This time, one of her friend's boyfriend has just turned up murdered. It doesn't help that he was just exposed as an especially ruthless food critic, and a cheater on many women, so there's a lot of people wanting him dead who have a lot of motive. And considering some of the people are very close to Lulu, she knows she needs to get to the bottom of this and quick. But with everyone keeping secrets and changing stories, it certainly is hard to solve a crime and run the best bbq restaurant in town at the same time.
Lulu is great. She's a warm character who looks out for her friends and runs a successful business. She's an inspiration to any foodie. Although her getting herself into mysteries can be a little far-fetched at times. There area lot of other unique characters too, but I noticed that they weren't quite used to their full potential like they were in the first book. This one mainly stuck with Lulu and her friend Evelyn and while we still got to see some of the other characters, I would have liked them to appear more. The bad guys in this book weren't quite as menacing either.
Since this could be considered a cozy mystery it definitely shares more elements of food and friendship than a crime novel. And I like that. Its still gives the reader something to look forward to but is more gentle. And it reads quick and light and is great brain candy when you just want to relax. But its the foodie in me that really appreciates this sort of book. Just reading about bbq is enough to make my mouth water, and the fact that they included some recipes in the back, even better. In fact, that's what made the whole book for me was the chance to get my hands on some new recipes.
So an average mystery novel that can be solved pretty easy, but an outstanding book when it comes to the foodie realm. I can't wait to read the next one.
Finger Lickin Dead
Review by M. Reynard 2011
I must say I think I liked the first book better in this series. This one was good, but I didn't think it was quite as good as the first one. It was a quick and easy read that I did enjoy though. The characters, once again, were my favorite part and a part that I could relate to at times also. They just are such great characters who are so well developed that you can't help but love them and want to read on to see what they do. The setting was once again a really soothing part of the book, being set in the south with a hospitable feel to it. Adams did a good job once again with the pace of the book, being that it had no lull points and was never a "chore" to read. This book was full of great sounding food, so well described you could almost smell it while reading...which made me hungry at times, not a bad thing though. The plot, characters, food, mystery, and everything in between was simply fantastic. I would recommend this book, as well as the first book in the series, as I loved that one too.
Evelyn, one of the Graces (code for docents of Graceland), has a new beau, or rather an old beau... she is seeing an ex-husband who seems to rub a lot of people the wrong way. When it is learned that Adam is not only smarmy, greedy, and philandering, but the anonymous pen behind some scathing restaurant critiques, there are some people out for blood... literally...
But who literally literally got blood and who just figuratively got blood? There is a long list of suspects... people who lost jobs, people who lost business, people who were being blackmailed, people cheated upon... oh, no... there is no shortage of who might have wanted Adam dead... But who killed him? Lulu takes on the case to help her friend Evelyn, who looks a little guilty at first... but it seems nearly everyone on the list is someone she knows...
This was a really fun read--twisty and funny and I felt like I was there. I strongly recommend it to Cozy lovers.
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The cast of characters is well done-- some quirky -- all believable. Lots of southern flavor. Some honest family dynamics.Read more