Sunday, July 04, 2010

Sunday Salon - Delicious and Suspicious by Riley Adams

Is there a better day to review a Memphis BBQ Mystery than the 4th of July? Riley Adams' debut book in the series, Delicious and Suspicious, is so enticing I'm ready to pack my bags for Memphis, stay at the Peabody, visit Graceland, and eat barbeque on Beale Street, while listening to the blues. Adams packed all of Memphis into one cozy mystery, with a fun cast of characters.

Lulu Taylor inherited Aunt Pat's, famous for its barbeque, and made it into a family affair. One son, Ben, works the kitchen. His wife, Sara, waits tables, and Lulu has moved from the kitchen to welcoming guests, and chatting up the regulars. When her youngest son, Seb, moved home from New York, she put him to work in the office. So, she couldn't be any prouder to show off the restaurant to Rebecca Adrian, a scout for the Cooking Channel. Rebecca showed a skill no one expected though. She was very good at blowing up dreams. She turned her back on the Graces, a group of docents from Graceland; and humiliated almost everyone she came in contact in the short time she was in Memphis. Is it any wonder she ended up dead?

It's hard for Lulu to work up any sympathy for the dead woman. But, when everyone associated with Aunt Pat's seems to have a motive for killing Rebecca, it's time for Lulu to turn on the charm. It's quite possible that a family member or friend killed the scout, and Lulu's determined to force their hand. Lulu has a gift for schmoozing, and she'll worm the truth out of all the suspects, even if it takes extra barbeque and sweet tea.

Riley Adams packs Delicious and Suspicious with an entertaining cast of characters, beginning with Lulu and her family, including her intrepid granddaughter, Ella Beth. There are the women who make up the Graces. My favorites are the enchanting trio of retired blues musicians who make Aunt Pat's their second home. And, Lulu Taylor is my favorite kind of amateur sleuth, one who turns people over to the police, and is a talented conversationalist. Lulu's method of investigation consists of little chats with everyone to find out what they were doing when the victim died.

I'd recommend an armchair visit to Memphis. Check out Aunt Pat's, visit with Lulu Taylor, enjoy some barbeque with your mystery selection. I'd give anything for some sweet tea to enjoy with Riley Adams' Delicious and Suspicious.

Riley Adams/Elizabeth S. Craig's website is www.elizabethspanncraig.com.She also blogs as one of the authors at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen.

Delicious and Suspicious by Riley Adams. Penguin Group (USA), ©2010. ISBN 9780425235539 (paperback), 288p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy, in hopes I would review it.

21 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Thanks so much for such a sweet review, Lesa! I'm so glad you enjoyed "Delicious and Suspicious"--and I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

bermudaonion said...

Cozies like this are perfect for the summer! This one looks like loads of fun!

Book Bird Dog said...

Love the title suggesting food and a mystery! Here are my current reade: My Sunday Salon.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Elizabeth! And, I hope you have a wonderful 4th! BBQ and sweet tea, anyone?

Lesa said...

Kathy,

You're right. And, I'm reading another cozy right now before I move on to a Don Winslow book.

Lesa said...

Thanks for stopping by Book Bird Dog. I'll stop over and see your Sunday Salon reading.

Cleo Coyle said...

I have not yet read Elizabeth’s (aka Riley Adams’) Memphis BBQ series' launch book, but I have been continually impressed with her witty and wise writings at her Writer's Digest-recognized Mystery Writing is Murder blog. Your review gives a wonderful taste of her new mystery. Now I can't wait to get my copy, pour me a glass o' sweet tea and kick back for some perfect summer reading. Have a DELICIOUS (and hopefully not too SUSPICIOUS) Fourth!

~ Cleo
Coffeehouse Mystery.com

Avery Aames said...

I just knew this would be good. I'm waiting for my copy in the mail! I pre-ordered. Yum, yum.

~Avery

AveryAames.com

Lesa said...

Too bad you didn't have your copies this weekend, Cleo and Avery. It's the perfect reading for the 4th. And, Cleo. You're right. She is always witty in her writing. I think you'll enjoy it.

Ingrid King said...

I already have this on pre-order and I can't wait to read it!

Happy 4th of July, Lesa!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Ingrid! I hope you enjoy the book. And, Happy Independence Day!

Kaye Barley said...

I can't wait to read this - sounds like my kinda book full of all the things I love!
and then I'll meet you in Memphis, Lesa - I've never been!
Happy 4th!
Hugs,
Kaye

Lesa said...

I've never been there either, Kaye, but Riley makes me ready to go! And, there's no one who would be more fun to meet there than you!

kathy d. said...

Lovely cover! It again makes me want to be there.

Lesa said...

Don't the covers in some of the Berkley Prime Crime books just make you want to move to that small community, kathy d.?

kathy d. said...

Yes! I want to move to the community and often right into the house on the cover or sit on the front porch and drink iced tea--and with a mystery in my hand, of course (and cats on my lap).

Lesa said...

For me, that would have to be sweet ice tea, kathy, and it would be perfect. And, of course with a mystery and cats!

Beth F said...

This looks like a fun series. I love cozies and I like cozies that involve food.

Lesa said...

I'm with you, Beth. I enjoy cozies that involve books or food.

Kris said...

Sounds like a great new series, I'll be adding this one to my wish list for sure!

Lesa said...

It's the start of a good series, Kris. In fact, I mailed it to my sister today.