Lulu Taylor runs a popular Memphis BBQ restaurant named after her great aunt Pat. When Aunt Pat's has the opportunity to try out for its very own show on the Cooking Channel, Lula hosts Rebecca Adrian who has come to scope out the local BBQ joints for the network. Unfortunately, shortly after she arrives her acerbic tongue and nasty attitude instantly alienates people and soon leads to her death before she has time to write the rumored negative review. When the evidence points to poison and fingers start pointing at Aunt Pat's BBQ, Lulu decides she is going to find out who really killed Rebecca.
In the meantime, while Lulu is trying to sort through the growing number of suspects she also has to handle several family situations, an eclectic group of customers and friends such as the Graces, who are docents at Graceland, and family members who can't seem to stay out of trouble. When Mildred Cameron, long-time customer and potential suspect in Rebecca’s death, is murdered Lulu finds the deaths are beginning to hit a little too close to home. Then Lulu herself becomes a target and the sleuth declares all-out war as she goes into overdrive to identify the killer.
Who wants so many people dead, and why? Can Lulu find out who the real killer is before they kill again? Is a spot on the Cooking Channel really worth dying for?
Author Riley Adams has created a new character that cozy readers are going to love, and a series that is sure to join a growing list of must-read books. Delicious and Suspicious has many fun moments in the midst of a serious subject. This first book started out with so many people that I was concerned I wouldn't be able to keep up with everyone, but that feeling soon passed. I found myself feeling like I was part of the crowd at Aunt Pat's, waiting in line for my BBQ rib order. A myriad number of personalities hang out at the Memphis BBQ and it is easy to get drawn into the day to day life at the restaurant.
This is one of those books that you want to hop in your car and travel as fast as possible to Memphis , locate the Beale Street BBQ, and join in the fun. As this is advertised as the first in a new series, we can expect more good food, great friends, and further opportunities for Lulu Taylor to practice her sleuthing skills in the near future.
This is an enjoyable read that you won't want to miss. Get in on the ground floor of what appears to be a delicious new series. A sincere thank you goes to Berkley Prime Time for providing a complimentary copy of Delicious and Suspicious for review. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, it is available at Amazon.com.