Published: Jul7 6, 2010
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Gina@loveromancesandmorereviews.com
In what could be the chance of a lifetime for Aunt Pat’s Barbeque in Memphis, Cooking Channel star Rebecca Adrian is on her way to check out the locale for a show. While the owner, Lulu Taylor is thrilled and quite excited about the opportunity, her basic, down home style doesn’t change one bit. In fact, when Rebecca arrives she cannot help but notice the tight knit community that surrounds Aunt Pat’s. Not that Rebecca likes the familiarity shared between the locals and herself. Oh no, she’s much better—so she thinks—than what appear to be a cadre of country bumpkins. With disdain she answers their questions and assesses the restaurant for an upcoming show. That is, until, she ends up dead.
Surprised and not at all happy about what could be the outcome of the TV host’s death, Lulu is on the case to find out who done it before her restaurant is no more.
I enjoy cozy mysteries because I like trying to figure out who did it and how many of their authors solve the crimes laid at their doors. Riley Adams’ DELICIOUS AND SUSPICIOUS had been sitting on my TBR for quite some time and after struggling to read it I should have left it there. The cover is enticing and the blurb hints at what could be a really fun series to read. Unfortunately the writing was fairly juvenile—I almost wondered if Adams had a pre-teen who wrote it and attached her name to it in hopes that it would sell and sell well. I didn’t care for the dumbing down of so many of the characters or what could have been a missed opportunity with the character who always wore her motorcycle helmet. I never felt any connection to any of the characters and had the book not been for review I would not have finished it.
There are some good recipes in the back you’ll want to check out should you pick up the book.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.