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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great Cozy Murder Mystery

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...
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 has a flare for rubbing everyone the wrong way.

Within a short period of time Rebecca insults or humiliates a number of Aunt Pat's patrons and staff, including several members of Lulu's immediate family. With tempers flaring hotter than the oven at Aunt Pat's, Rebecca is found dead in her hotel room after being poisoned.

While regular customers would never imagine getting tainted food at Aunt Pat's, suspicion is starting to grow and Lulu decides to take matters into her own hands. She's determine to find the killer and get a clean bill of health for her restaurant.

As Lulu begins to investigate, the list of suspects also begins to grow. While she's finding clues, you're introduced to some unique and lovable characters that frequent the restaurant. Among these will be the Graces, a group of ladies as loyal to Aunt Pat's as they are to Graceland where they volunteer. Each one of the Graces is a delight, a bit of a character, and most are suspects in the murder.

Lulu quickly learns everyone is hiding secrets including her nine-year-old twin granddaughters.

Another murder causes Lulu to turn up the heat in her investigation after she's knocked out by the killer minutes after finding the second body. Lulu may not be a spring chicken anymore, but she's not about to let the killer cook her goose.

While trying to find the killer, Lulu also has time to interfere in her youngest son's life, help play matchmaker with a couple of restaurant patrons, and go on an overnight outing with the Graces where they get stranded in the middle of a lake.

Author Riley Adams puts together a great mixture of eclectic characters, a wonderful sense of Southern culture, and a strong murder mystery. She sprinkles in the right amount of humor to flavor the story. But the icing on the cake is the twists the storyline takes at the end. Just when you think you know who the killer is, she adds a dash of surprise causing you to shake your head in disbelief and awe.

By the time you finish DELICIOUS AND SUSPICIOUS your mouth will be watering for the savory dishes mentioned throughout the story. For an added treat, a number of the recipes are included in the back of the book. Among the recipes is Pulled Pork Barbeque and Sauce, and Aunt' Pat's Spicy Corn Muffins.

DELICIOUS AND SUSPICIOUS is author Riley Adam's first book in the Memphis Barbecue Mystery series. Can't wait to see what Lulu's cooking up next. This saucy amateur sleuth will have you coming back wanting more.

posted by MasonCanyon on June 1, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

BBQ and Murder.

When Rebecca Adrian, Cooking Channel rep, comes to Memphis to sample the local BBQ for a Cooking Channel show things heat up for Lulu Taylor, her family, and friends. Rebecca's death, soon after her tasting of Aunt Pat's BBQ, has all eyes looking at the Taylor family an...
When Rebecca Adrian, Cooking Channel rep, comes to Memphis to sample the local BBQ for a Cooking Channel show things heat up for Lulu Taylor, her family, and friends. Rebecca's death, soon after her tasting of Aunt Pat's BBQ, has all eyes looking at the Taylor family and Lulu means to clear her family's name.

The characters are very engaging and the setting is described so vividly that the smell of BBQ is in the air. The sense of community is solid and the plotting very tight. The dialogue feels a bit off in places and the ending felt uncomfortable, but this book is a great beginning for what will hopefully be a long and entertaining series.

posted by MareCT on March 13, 2011

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    Great Cozy Murder Mystery

    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 has a flare for rubbing everyone the wrong way.

    Within a short period of time Rebecca insults or humiliates a number of Aunt Pat's patrons and staff, including several members of Lulu's immediate family. With tempers flaring hotter than the oven at Aunt Pat's, Rebecca is found dead in her hotel room after being poisoned.

    While regular customers would never imagine getting tainted food at Aunt Pat's, suspicion is starting to grow and Lulu decides to take matters into her own hands. She's determine to find the killer and get a clean bill of health for her restaurant.

    As Lulu begins to investigate, the list of suspects also begins to grow. While she's finding clues, you're introduced to some unique and lovable characters that frequent the restaurant. Among these will be the Graces, a group of ladies as loyal to Aunt Pat's as they are to Graceland where they volunteer. Each one of the Graces is a delight, a bit of a character, and most are suspects in the murder.

    Lulu quickly learns everyone is hiding secrets including her nine-year-old twin granddaughters.

    Another murder causes Lulu to turn up the heat in her investigation after she's knocked out by the killer minutes after finding the second body. Lulu may not be a spring chicken anymore, but she's not about to let the killer cook her goose.

    While trying to find the killer, Lulu also has time to interfere in her youngest son's life, help play matchmaker with a couple of restaurant patrons, and go on an overnight outing with the Graces where they get stranded in the middle of a lake.

    Author Riley Adams puts together a great mixture of eclectic characters, a wonderful sense of Southern culture, and a strong murder mystery. She sprinkles in the right amount of humor to flavor the story. But the icing on the cake is the twists the storyline takes at the end. Just when you think you know who the killer is, she adds a dash of surprise causing you to shake your head in disbelief and awe.

    By the time you finish DELICIOUS AND SUSPICIOUS your mouth will be watering for the savory dishes mentioned throughout the story. For an added treat, a number of the recipes are included in the back of the book. Among the recipes is Pulled Pork Barbeque and Sauce, and Aunt' Pat's Spicy Corn Muffins.

    DELICIOUS AND SUSPICIOUS is author Riley Adam's first book in the Memphis Barbecue Mystery series. Can't wait to see what Lulu's cooking up next. This saucy amateur sleuth will have you coming back wanting more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Good first installment

    In looking for new series, I came across this one. Glad I did.

    I enjoyed the characters and the truer version of the South (more so than you usually read about). I admit that the twist at the end caught me off guard (something that rarely happens in mysteries). Even though the characters are well thought out, I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 (and, frankly, it was probably more like 4 1/2) because the huge number of people who come in and out can make the book a little confusing if you are doing the "read a few pages now, put it down, pick it up tomorrow" reading.

    Still worth the effort.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    BBQ and Murder.

    When Rebecca Adrian, Cooking Channel rep, comes to Memphis to sample the local BBQ for a Cooking Channel show things heat up for Lulu Taylor, her family, and friends. Rebecca's death, soon after her tasting of Aunt Pat's BBQ, has all eyes looking at the Taylor family and Lulu means to clear her family's name.

    The characters are very engaging and the setting is described so vividly that the smell of BBQ is in the air. The sense of community is solid and the plotting very tight. The dialogue feels a bit off in places and the ending felt uncomfortable, but this book is a great beginning for what will hopefully be a long and entertaining series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    A Delicious Read

    Lulu and Aunt Pat's BBQ pit is a great story. Lulu might come across as a busy body, but I thought she was a great character. There are a few twists and turns along the way not to mention some hilarious scenes. At one point I was laughing so hard my husband wanted to know what was so funny. This is a great book and so glad I got to read it. The recipes at the end sound so good I am giving a few of them a try.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

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    Great Characters! I thought this might be a run of the mill sout

    Great Characters!
    I thought this might be a run of the mill southern cozy, it is but it is so much more. The people are quirky and interesting but real as well. Lululoves her family but is not going to be taken advantage of or run by them either. Very refreshing!
    Also a surprising mystery that kept me guessing til the end. I am buying the next book in the series now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Disappointed.

    So hard to read through this book. Too many characters and the writer seemed hurried to explain briefly about them. Couldn't get around to be interested in any of the characters. Just too "busy" and not enough development. Disappointed with the ending. Will not read anymore in this series.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Not that great

    I read this for book club for the month of December. Something not too deep since everyone was buys. Yep it was just that - not too deep. Way too many characters and not enough development on any of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Fantastic

    Lulu Taylor is not your Miss Marple by any means whatsoever. She's better!! The Southern humor sprinkled into this novel is a remarkable coefficient to the juicy tale of murder. While reading this book, you'll find yourself staying up at all hours of the night ready to discover what will happen next. Put this book on the same shelf as Tom Sawyer and Pride and Prejudice. Its sure to become the symbol of murder mysteries.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Not very good

    Will try the gingerbread recipe tho

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    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, the last place she ate. In hopes of saving her restaurant's reputation, Lulu turns amateur sleuth, but suspects keep adding up, most of whom are patrons of Aunt Pat's, some of whom are members of Lulu's own family.

    Readers who enjoy eccentric characters will not be disappointed with Adams' first book in her Memphis BBQ mystery series. Adams places the series against an appealing backdrop: Memphis, Tennessee, with its gentle Southern charm, charming vernacular and mouth-watering food. Although the plot at times takes a second seat to a plethora of zany characters, Adam's witty narrative and dialogue move the story along in a fun, entertaining way. An added bonus: great recipes at the end of the book.

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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    Wish they'd stayed in one POV long enough for me to enjoy

    Normally I don't write a review when I don't like a book. I feel strongly about this one so I am posting to let others know. I couldn't get past the first 10-20 pages in this book because the point of view jumps all over. Normally you are to keep the point of view for a section or chapter. This book jumps from one head to the next constantly. I couldn't get into the characters as it was so distracting. Just thought there might be others out there who don't like this and I could save them the money of buying this book. I was really exciteda bout a Memphis BBQ mystery. Was very sad that I couldn't read it.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    entertaining regional amateur sleuth

    Aunt Pat's barbeque restaurant is a favorite place to eat and hang out. Located in Memphis, the pit is run by Lulu Taylor and her sons Seb the baby of the family and the more responsible Ben. The Cooking Channel is considering a spot there. Rebecca Adrian arrives to decide, but must also visit Lulu's rival Lurlene at Hog Heaven.

    Rebecca does not do anything to ingratiate herself with the people she meets whether they are friendly or needing her help or wanting to assist her; in fact she goes out of her way to be nasty. She tells Lulu's daughter-in-law that her art work is horrific and not good enough for a shoeing. After that she informs Lulu's friend Mildred her writing is pathetic and she tries to blackmail Jeb by threatening to reveal his prison record. Lulu goes to see Rebecca at her hotel, only to find her dead. To clear the restaurant of culpability and to insure her family is not accused of a homicide, Lulu investigates not trusting the cops, but is unprepared with what she uncovers.

    This entertaining regional amateur sleuth gives the audience a taste of living in Nashville, especially owning a restaurant in a tourist attraction city. Rebecca was so mean and malicious to anyone who dared enter her sphere; she is over the top of Clingman's Dome. However, Lulu though she has personal reasons to investigate also feels she didn't deserve murder; obviously someone else did. With a strong fully seasoned support cast who enhances the whodunit, Delicious and Suspicious is truly scrumptious.

    Harriet Klausner

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