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Product Details

  • Series: A Memphis BBQ Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425244601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244609
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just love Riley Adam's Memphis BBQ books, I can't wait for her to write more! I grew up in the South, about an hour from Memphis, and I love that she uses all the big characters you find there, ladies with huge hair and too much make-up, and the old men who always sit out on Beale Street in rocking chairs watching the world go by with an old dog. And mystery wise, these are some of the only books I've read in awhile where it really does take me til near the end to figure out who did it. Unlike many writers I've read she really does give strong enough motives for all the characters that you could believably think several people did it.

The only note I'd have, and it's a small one, is that every now and then Lulu gets a little unbelieveably blunt. Southern women, especially older ones are much more crafty. For example rather than say something like "I heard you lied about where you were at the time of the murder" they'd say "Ohhhhh sweet pea I heard your trip got cut short, is everything ahright?" Or something like that, just a minor character note that doesn't always seem in tune with the rest of her.
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Welcome to Memphis Tennessee, home of Aunt Pat's Barbeque Restaurant and the best BBQ around.

Lulu Taylor is the owner of this fine establishment, named in honor of her great-aunt. Lulu knows just about everyone in Memphis and if she doesn't know someone, one of her friends does, which usually lands her smack dab in the middle of much more than a bit of BBQ sauce.

Beauty pageants are a pretty big thing right now for tots and teens. Memphis hosts more than a few and one pageant coach, Tristan Pembroke, thinks pretty highly of herself even though most people don't think much of her at all. When the coach's body is found dead in a closet at a party and the police start pointing fingers at Lulu and her family she knows she has to help the police again find the real killer. As she studies the whole picture the real culprits become clearer and clearer, she has to prove it before anyone else gets hurt.

Dollycas's Thoughts
With a large dose of humor and some very colorful characters this whodunit is stick to your ribs awesome. I loved it!

The characters in this series are so bountiful and quirky you just have to love them. The police jumping to the wrong conclusion is standard in mysteries, and several suspects are quickly revealed but this author adds an unexpected twist that I never saw coming.

Fans of this series will love it. If you haven't started this series there is no better time than the present.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. 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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In Memphis, Widow Lulu Taylor owns popular Aunt Pat's BBQ. Lulu hires teenager Steffi Pembroke as a waitress and gives her a room to stay in after her mother the odious pageant coach Tristan tossed her out of their home. Not long after that Lulu, her friend saucy Cherry Hayes, her daughter-in-law Sara and Steffi attend an auction at Tristan's home. Sara and Tristan get into a heated argument over a portrait the former painted of the latter. Soon after the argument Lulu searches for Sara, but cannot find her; instead she finds the murdered body of Tristan; something the MPD notes is a regular part of her lifestyle (see Finger Lickin' Dead and Delicious and Suspicious).

The prime suspect is Sara due to the public conflict and a series of bad luck at the wrong time. Sara's husband Ben worries about his wife even as he arranges a blind date for his mom with popular food blogger Gordon. Lulu refuses to allow the mother of her grandchild to go to jail so with Cherry they begin to investigate who committed Hickory Smoked Homicide.

The third Memphis BBQ Mystery is an entertaining regional amateur sleuth starring a quirky neighborhood cast. Although the mischance that has Sara in peril is way too much of a coincidence, so much so fans will change Murphy's Law to Sara's Syndrome, fans will enjoy this fine cozy as Lulu and Cherry find more suspects than ingredients in Brunswick Stew but a final terrific twist adds just the right amount of source to Riley Adams' fun whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
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"Hickory Smoked Homicide" is a humorous cozy mystery. It's the third in a series, but you can follow this story without having read the first novel, and this novel didn't spoil the mysteries in the previous novels.

The characters were varied, engaging, and acted realistically. Lulu was an elderly lady with many friends. She listened to their gossip about who saw whom with whom and who argued with whom and so forth in an effort to solve the case. (She reminded me a little of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.) While whodunit had occurred to me as a good possibility, so many people had a motive that it wasn't obvious who actually had. I liked that Lulu put all the clues together at the same time I did and that the vital clue wasn't something obvious that the police somehow overlooked.

The story had a lovely atmosphere that made me feel immersed in Memphis, TN and no where else. This fast-paced story had details about the setting and jobs, including the Southern food they ate. Some recipes for the food mentioned in the story were included in the back of the book.

There were no sex scenes. There was a minor amount of fake bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this well-written, enjoyable mystery.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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