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Delicious and Suspicious (A Memphis BBQ Mystery #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  895 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Welcome to Aunt Pat's barbecue restaurant, which serves up Memphis fun with a side order of murder.

Recipes included.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Penguin (first published 2010)
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Aug 10, 2013 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
This book really annoyed me. I had to finish it just because I wanted to know who the killer was. However, there were too many characters and the author wrote from all of their viewpoints. Lulu annoyed me, and absolutely no one would just tell the cops what they knew but they were more than happy to open up to Lulu. If the cops had just asked the right questions, the second person wouldn't have been dead...

And let's just face it, once you found out who did it, it was just lame...

I will not be re
Jul 09, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I debated giving this a one star, but gave it two. It's got some good points in that there are a few scenes that I liked. On the other hand, most of the book is filled with stereotypes, far too many characters, and too many obvious clues.

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.

Feb 05, 2014 Softness rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: slow mysteries, southern mysteries, slice of life mystery
I don't know what in the world I just read. At first I thought it might be a slice of life murder mystery, but it became a little ridiculous after awhile. I did enjoy the setting of the BBQ restaurant and all the talk about ribs. Most of the characters were nosy and annoying, and it took forever for the murders to be solved. I only finished the book because I started it. If this is a series - I won't be looking for book #2. Just isn't my style of story.
Mar 15, 2012 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, folks, but I could not read this book. I will admit, I only got to page 35 but there was nothing about the plot or the characters that could hold my attention. When it comes to short books...this one is only 288 pages, if a reader isn't into the story pretty quick, it just isn't going to happen. I am sure a lot of folks will enjoy this book...and the rest of the books in the series, but I am not one of them.
Jul 15, 2012 Bibliofiendlm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Did not finish. Boooooorrrrring. Lacked any punch that most fun food cozy mysteries have. Not my thing.
Nov 23, 2011 Pam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't get into this one. Not the story or the characters.
"Delicious and Suspicious" is the first in a new series, complete with recipes by Riley Adams. Most of the action takes place in Aunt Pats BBQ restaurant located on Beale Street in Memphis. The story revolves around family matriarch and restaurant owner Lulu Taylor and her family, two sons, Ben and Seb, Ben's wife Sara, Ben and Sara's twin girls, Coco and Ella Beth and Sara's nephew Derrick. All spend lots of time at the restaurant along with many restaurant regulars/characters such as the Grace ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lulu Taylor is matriarch of a family that runs Aunt Pat’s barbeque restaurant, a favorite eatery in Memphis, TN. Hoping to win a spot on the Cooking Channel show, Lulu intends to wow the show’s scout, Rebecca Adrian, when she visits. But Rebecca is arrogant, rude, and not so easily impressed with the food or colorful characters gracing Aunt Pat’s. Rebecca manages to insult most of the people she meets, and when she’s found dead in her hotel room from food poisoning, all eyes turn to Aunt Pat’s, ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Jenne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
While the book was good, it was not great and wasn't a smooth reading. It was a lot harder to finish this book than it usually takes when it comes to cozy mysteries, but the first book in a new series is just the start of something that could end up better.

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
Nov 29, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Culinary Cozies thinks DELICIOUS AND SUSPICIOUS is a “Satisfying Read.” This first book in the Memphis BBQ series, by Riley Adams, dished up platefuls of southern goodness.

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
Aug 25, 2010 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but I had some problems with it, mostly the number of characters and how they all related. Aunt Pat's Barbeque is the center of the story, and Aunt Pat is no longer with us - so the woman she willed it to, LuLu Taylor, is the main character. Her family consists of two sons, one daughter-in-law, two granddaughters (twins who are *very* different) and a "shirt-tail" relative who is actually the nephew of the DIL. Then you come to the regular customers of Aunt Pat's, three elderly ...more
This was an okay mystery. Lots and lots of suspects (basically the whole town), but I guessed the main culprit pretty quickly. (view spoiler) I liked the characters well ...more
May 23, 2016 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
As someone who is Memphis-adjacent, and who loves bbq, I had high hopes for this series. Alas.

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.

Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 Valentin Mihov marked it as just-have-it  ·  review of another edition
From Publishers Weekly

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

Aurian Booklover
Aunt Pat’s is all abuzz, when the scout for a major food network arrives to make a show about the best bbq in town. And of course that is Aunt Pat’s! It certainly is not their main competitor with the tacky pink pig dancing in the street. But Rebecca Adrian is a very nasty woman, who does nothing better than to crush people’s hopes and dreams, and looks down at everyone she meets. And so, when Lulu finds her murdered in her hotel room, there are certainly plenty of suspects. Even amongst her own ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
New mystery series set at a BBQ restaurant in Tennessee.

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.
Jan 29, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a rather gentle and enjoyable book that did a fairly good job of balancing the character story lines with the murder mystery which was probably helped by the fact that the murder ended up touching on the lives of most of the characters introduced.
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
Jan 03, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this first installment was very, very good. Just when you think the murder(s) been found, a new unexpected twist comes to your attention. The recipes are mouthwatering and since I am in Memphis this very moment, I could definitely get into this series. Love Lulu Taylor.
In the culinary cozy debut of Delicious and Suspicious by Riley Adams, we were introduced to a new kind of culinary cozy with delicious recipes to do at home. Aunt Pat's restaurant was owned and ran by the Taylor family. When a talent scout for the Cooking Channel arrived in Memphis, everyone embraced themselves for a sterling review from Rebecca Adrian. In actuality, everyone had a reason to despise her, when she turned down some few requests. When she turned up dead, everyone remained a suspec ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 21, 2014 Mark Baker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
A TV executive is scouting BBQ joins in Memphis and creating enemies. When she dies after eating at Aunt Pat's, owner Lulu Taylor decides to clear her reputation and her friends by finding the real killer. I liked the characters, but the plot dragged at times. The first chapter had some writing issues as well, but I was ultimately glad I continued.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
May 03, 2013 Drebbles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Lulu Taylor and her family run a thriving barbeque restaurant called Aunt Pat’s BBQ in Memphis, Tennessee and are thrilled at the chance to maybe appear on a Cooking Channel show. However, the Cooking Channel scout, Rebecca Adrian, is not the nicest person in the world and before long someone kills her. There are plenty of people who wanted her dead but unfortunately it looks like Aunt Pat’s may somehow be involved. Lulu must scramble to find who the killer is before her restaurant business goes ...more
May 31, 2010 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lip-smackin’ good barbecue to die for.

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
Paula Ratcliffe
Dec 07, 2011 Paula Ratcliffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This mystery takes place in Memphis, where the barbecue's are flaming hot and murder is on the menu. A real snotty scout from NY Cooking Channels ends up at Aunt Pat's for a barbecue special, and insults just about everyone in town in one fashion or another.

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
Apr 24, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, mystery
I am a big fan of BBQ. Really, I could eat it every day no problem. So of course a mystery novel that would involve BBQ would be an eye-catcher for me. Well I found this book ok, not as much food description as I would have liked and highly predictable, but still cozy all the same.

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
Julie H.
Jul 25, 2012 Julie H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Riley Adams' Delicious and Suspicious is Memphis, Tennessee's answer to the British cozy mystery. Add to it protagonist Lulu Taylor (think Miss Marple meets Paula Deen), proprietor of Aunt Pat's BBQ restaurant, and it's a winning recipe for hilarity.

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
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Initial Impressions 5/27/12: 3.5 stars
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
Jun 05, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ahh, another jaunt into the culinary mystery world. When i saw this series on the shelf i got pulled in by the Memphis bbq connection, especially since I've just returned from Tennessee and anything to do with one of my favourite places always peaks my interest. Normally one of these "cozies" takes me about 2 days to get through, but this one just didn't grab me. The characters weren't developed enough, there were just too many introduced to really get to the heart of any one person. The narrato ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: southern cozy lovers
Lulu has been running the family barbecue restaurant in Memphis for years. It is a place for good food and good friends. She likes to keep it cozy for all her regulars and the many vacationers who come to Memphis. When a haughty food critic form the Cooking Channel shows up, the entire restaurant, customers and the family are thrown for a loop. When the same critic turns up murdered by poison, that loop turns into a noose that seems determined to trap one of Lulu's friends or family. Lulu is det ...more
Aug 14, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Cooking Channel scout Rebecca Adrian travels to the city of Memphis to sample the locally renowned barbecue at Aunt Pat’s, the mild-mannered local denizens are dismayed by the rude attitude of the brash, arrogant television celebrity.

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
Jo (My House of Books)
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Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries for Penguin/Signet, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink. She blogs at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010-2013.

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