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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Collection of Culinary Mysteries

            Enjoy food and drink without the calories when you read some of these mysteries featuring characters that combine their culinary careers with a sideline of amateur sleuthing.
            Here are two Chocoholic Mystery selections written by JoAnna Carl. In The Chocolate Clown Corpse, nobody in town was sad when a hated novelty shop owner was murdered. But when Lee Woodyard, owner of the chocolate shop next door, ponders a store expansion, she discovers that the killer is still on the loose and ready to strike again. And, in The Chocolate Falcon Fraud, Lee Woodyard is catering a chocolate party for the town’s crime film festival, when a dead body shows up on her doorstep.   
            These are two recent Tea Shop Mystery selections, written by Laura Childs. Ming Tea Murder has tea shop owner Theo Browning unwillingly attending the gala opening of an eighteenth century Chinese teahouse exhibit at the local museum. When a philanthropist is murdered, Theo investigates. In Steeped in Evil, Theo gets an invitation to a wine-tasting party that turns into disaster after a body in discovered in one of the wine barrels.
            In Scorched Eggs, from Laura Childs’ Cackleberry Club Mystery series, cafe co-owners Suzanne, Petra and Toni go into detective mode when their friend from the County Services Department is killed in a suspicious fire.
            Author Cleo Coyle writes mysteries featuring coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi. In Billionaire Blend, Clare rescues a billionaire tech guru from a bomb explosion. To thank her, he hires her to create an expensive coffee blend. But attempts on his life keep on coming. Who is doing this and why? In Once Upon a Grind Clare’s ex-husband (a coffee hunter) gives her magic coffee beans. She roasts them and sells the coffee during “Fairy Tale Week”. When fairy tale –style crimes start to occur, Clare gets help solving them with coffee-induced visions.
            As an added bonus, all of these books feature recipes and/or food information.

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