Hickory Smoked Homicide

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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...
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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...
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VOYA - Elaine Gass Hirsch
Amateur sleuth and barbeque restaurant proprietor Lulu Taylor has stumbled upon yet another murder scene in this third installment of Adams's (aka Elizabeth Spann Craig) Memphis BBQ Mystery series. The competitive business of beauty pageants takes center stage when a mean-spirited pageant coach is found dead during a party in her own home, with a host of suspects present. A variety of eccentric characters—including Lulu's sidekick, Cherry, who volunteers at Graceland and rides a motorcycle with a picture of Elvis on the side of her helmet—should make this an enjoyable read in a familiar style for detective fiction fans. The book and series are classic examples of "cozy mysteries" or "cozies," where a nonprofessional female investigator probes low-graphic crimes with amiable supporting characters and recurring thematic elements, in this case food and cooking. The plot is entertaining although contrived, and Lulu's hypotheses are uncannily accurate. While a frumpy, mild-mannered older lady protagonist with a penchant for floral-print dresses may only pique the interest of the most serious young adult mystery buffs, Hickory Smoked Homicide has crossover appeal and plenty of mouth-watering references to Southern cuisine. Reviewer: Elaine Gass Hirsch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425244609
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: A Memphis BBQ Mystery Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 385,471
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    entertaining regional amateur sleuth

    In Memphis, Widow Lulu Taylor owns popular Aunt Pat's BBQ. Lulu hires teenager Steffi Pembroke as a waitress and gives her a room to stay in after her mother the odious pageant coach Tristan tossed her out of their home. Not long after that Lulu, her friend saucy Cherry Hayes, her daughter-in-law Sara and Steffi attend an auction at Tristan's home. Sara and Tristan get into a heated argument over a portrait the former painted of the latter. Soon after the argument Lulu searches for Sara, but cannot find her; instead she finds the murdered body of Tristan; something the MPD notes is a regular part of her lifestyle (see Finger Lickin' Dead and Delicious and Suspicious).

    The prime suspect is Sara due to the public conflict and a series of bad luck at the wrong time. Sara's husband Ben worries about his wife even as he arranges a blind date for his mom with popular food blogger Gordon. Lulu refuses to allow the mother of her grandchild to go to jail so with Cherry they begin to investigate who committed Hickory Smoked Homicide.

    The third Memphis BBQ Mystery is an entertaining regional amateur sleuth starring a quirky neighborhood cast. Although the mischance that has Sara in peril is way too much of a coincidence, so much so fans will change Murphy's Law to Sara's Syndrome, fans will enjoy this fine cozy as Lulu and Cherry find more suspects than ingredients in Brunswick Stew but a final terrific twist adds just the right amount of source to Riley Adams' fun whodunit.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

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    Lulu Tayor teams up with Cherry her friend to find out who had i

    Lulu Tayor teams up with Cherry her friend to find out who had it out from Tristan Pembroke which turned out to be everyone she encountered. Tristan set out to destroy everyone from her own sister, and daughter to other pageant contestants as she was a coach to many young girls entering pageants. When a second murder occurs the heat is on Lulu to solve this murder as the second murder took place right outside of Aunt Pat's.

    I love this series, the family aspects and the close friends you meet up with time and again it's like going home in a sense. What a great series I am such a huge fan!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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