by Renee Holden, former Head Editor, INALJ Nebraska
previously published 11/25/13
I am a collection development librarian in a public library that also specializes in reader’s advisory for my library. Around the holidays, I get a lot of patrons that are looking for some good foodie mysteries. There is just something about gorging yourself on food while reading about a person who kills another person with a plate of cupcakes. Please enjoy these delicious foodie mysteries.
Peach Pies and Alibis by Ellery Adams (2013) – When a wedding guest becomes seriously ill after eating one of her desserts, Ella Mae, who baked goods are literally magical, must whip up some clues to prove that her pies didn’t contain the killer ingredient.
Arsenic and Old Cake by Jacklyn Brady (2012) – With the business going stale at Zydeco Cakes, Rita Lurero has plenty of worries. But blind trumpet player, Old Dog Leg Magee, needs a favor. His brother, Monroe, disappeared forty years ago, and someone is now claiming to be him. Old Dog needs Rita to be his eyes, and sets her up with sexy Cajun bartender Gabriel Broussard to pose as newlyweds and check into the bed-and-breakfast where Monroe is staying…and where a murder just occurred.
Topped Chef by Lucy Burdette (2013) – Hoping for some good publicity, Hayley’s boss signs her up to help judge the Key West Topped Chef contest. Hayley shows up for the filming nervous, but excited and then she sees who’s on the judging panel with her: Sam Rizzoli, big shot businessman and owner of the restaurant she just panned in her first negative review. When Rizzoli turns up dead, the police assume his killer is one of his business rivals. But Hayley wonders whether someone is taking the contest a tad bit too seriously.
Red Delicious Death by Sheila Connolly (2010) – Some baby-faced chefs are looking to open a restaurant in Granford. They plan on using local foods, this is great news for city girl banker-turned-orchard owner Meg Corey. Yet when one of the chefs is found dead, Meg discovers they may have a locally grown killer on their hands.
A Catered Thanksgiving by Isis Crawford (2010) – In this seventh installment of Crawford’s scrumptious cozy series featuring catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons, a Thanksgiving dinner goes awry thanks to a killer who’s hiding a cornucopia of secrets.
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (2013) – When one of her famous red velvet cupcakes is thought to have caused the death of her rival, Hannah Swenson becomes the unlikely suspect in a murder investigation.
Town in a Pumpkin Bash by B.B. Haywood (2013) – Halloween is fast approaching, and preparations for the Pumpkin Bash are underway. Candy is running this year’s haunted hayride in the hopes of making some extra cash. But when she discovers a real dead body near some fake tombstones, Candy’s side job becomes a full-blown investigation to find out who turned a holiday attraction into a real horror show.