Delicious and Suspicious (A Memphis BBQ Mystery #1)
Named in honor of Lulu Taylor's great aunt, Aunt Pat's family-run Memphis restaurant is known for its ribs and spicy cornbread. But now the Taylor family will be known for murder...
Rebecca Adrian came to Memphis to suss out the best local BBQ for a prominen ...more
And let's just face it, once you found out who did it, it was just lame...
I will not be re ...more
Worst of all, I really didn't like Lulu. I know she was supposed to be the likable Southern cooking mom, but I found her overbearing and bossy. I just found it muddled and not very interesting, which was disappointing. I really wanted to like it.
In the very beginning I was overwhelmed with different characters, many not relating to the mystery at all. It got the point where I would forget who was who and what was what. The main character LuLu irked me at times. She was always trying ...more
The story centers around Aunt Pat’s BBQ. It’s a family owned restaurant in the heart of Memphis filled with lovable regulars and known for its stick-to-your ribs food. So well known, in fact, that it draws the attention of the Cooking Channel.
Unfortunately, the Cooking Channel scout turns out to be a hateful woman with the ab ...more
First, I wish more of Memphis itself had been included. The notes about the Peabody and Beale Street could have come from any Memphis travel guide; impersonal and generic, they were the standard description you'd see on brochures you pick up in a hotel lobby. The idea of a traditional front porch on Beale-- just, honey, no. A small side patio AT BEST, but no porch with rockers and yellow Labs.
In this sassy first in a new series from Adams (the pseudonym of Elizabeth Spann Craig), Lulu Taylor, owner of Aunt Pat's, a Memphis, Tenn., rib eatery, is all aflutter because the Cooking Channel has sent food scout Rebecca Adrian to check out Lulu's down-home specialties for a future show. Too bad Rebecca's searching for dirt as well as the best BBQ in Memphis. She quickly insults a number of people, including Lulu's daughter-in-law, Sara, and Lulu's son, Seb, who happe...more
What I liked:
* I was surprised by the ending.
* The characters were interesting, especially the Graceland docents.
What I didn't like:
* The beginning of the book was confusing, especially as it kept shifting between Lulu's and Sara's POV. I wasn't sure which was going to be the main character.
* Sara doesn't seem to be a very good mother.
The characters were a lot of fun if a bit idealized at times and I felt that the author did go a bit over the top with making the victim and main villain as unsympathetic as possible but overall I enjoyed getting to know them and ended up carin ...more
Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
That could literally serve as the slogan for Aunt Pat’s Barbecue Restaurant. However, owner Lulu Taylor isn’t happy with the dying part, she just wants patrons to love her barbecue in DELICIOUS AND SUSPICIOUS, a Memphis Barbecue Mystery series.
Aunt Pat’s, located in the heart of Memphis, TN, has the reputation for having the best barbecue around. This title brings Rebecca Adrian, a prominent Cooking Channel show scout, to town to have a taste. But Rebecca ha ...more
When the scout Rebecca Adrian winds up dead there are so many "suspects" as just about everyone had an axe to grind with the New Yorker. In the end murder hit close to home with the guilty party, one being dragged along against their choice ...more
Lulu is the proud owner of Aunt Pat's Bar-B-Que located in Memphis, TN. She is especially proud this week because a food scout/reporter from the Cooking Channel is coming to interview her for a segment on best bbqs. Lu ...more
The gist of the story is that Rebecca Adrian is sent with her cameraman Tony by the Cooking Channel to scout out Memphis' best BBQ joint and, intent on uncovering some sort of insidous gossip or other "hook" for her story, the distinctly hateful Mis ...more
So this was a nice, easy read. I really enjoyed the Memphis atmosphere and that it took place in a BBQ joint. I had fun with it, and I didn't really identify with any of the characters, but it kept me guessing the whole book as to who the killer was. It was pretty enjoyable and I'd definitely be interested in continuing in the series to get a better basis of the characters.
Full review as originally seen on The Book Addict's Guide: This was a pretty quick re ...more
Within hours of her arrival, Rebecca’s penchant for boorish, often malicious behavior has alienated Aunt Pat’s loyal patrons and incited more than a few to reach a level of dislike for the food critic that approaches murderous. After sampling Aunt Pat’s famous ...more
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