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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Book Review - Hickory Smoked Homicide: A Memphis BBQ Mystery by Riley Adams

I've been in a cozy mystery mood lately, and luckily, some of my favorite authors have new releases out!  As many of you know, I love anything Southern, and Riley Adam's Memphis BBQ Mystery series is seeped in Southerness - from the delicious BBQ to the delightful nosy-ness of BBQ queen Lulu Taylor!

Riley's latest book in this series is "Hickory Smoked Homicide" and it is a dandy of a mystery!

About The Book:

BBQ-joint owner Lulu Taylor knows pretty much everyone in Memphis who loves ribs. But one person she'd rather not know is Tristan Pembroke, a snooty pageant coach with a mean streak. When she finds Tristan's dead body stuffed in a closet at a party, the police are suspicious- especially since Lulu's developed a taste for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Caught in a situation stickier than molasses, Lulu must clear her name, or risk getting fried!

BBQ, beauty pageants, and murder - wow!  I was in Southern-heaven with this one!  I just love the down-home earthiness of main character Lulu Taylor - her sassiness and no-nonsense attitude makes her the perfect "momma" figure for this series, and she keeps her friends and family in line! Plus she's a pretty good hand at solving the rash of murders that seem to pop up whereever she goes!

I also loved the "beauty pageant" angle to this story - those back-stage moms and darling divas are ruthless, and Riley Adams captures the whole atmosphere perfectly!

If you like your cozy mystery slathered in a spicy sauce of fun and suspense, then "Hickory Smoked Homicide" is one that you'll find more than delicious!

For more information on this series, and Riley Adams aka Elizabeth Spann Craig, check out her website at http://www.elizabethspanncraig.com/

And be sure to check out the first books in the Memphis BBQ series -

My thanks to Kaitlyn Kennedy and Berkley Prime Crime Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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