Delicious and Suspicious

Delicious and Suspicious

by Riley Adams

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ISBN-13: 9780425235539
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Series: A Memphis BBQ Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 491,112
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Riley Adams is the bestselling cozy mystery author of the Southern Quilting mysteries, Memphis Barbeque mysteries, and the Myrtle Clover series. She lives in Matthews, North Carolina, with her husband and two teenage children.

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Delicious and Suspicious 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
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.
Versel More than 1 year ago
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.
MareCT More than 1 year ago
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.
babslighthouse More than 1 year ago
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.
cyderry on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Lulu Taylor produces the best BBQ at Aunt Pat's Restaurant in Memphis according to most of the customers so the Cooking Channel is checking her out to see if it's true. Rebecca Adrian is sent to Memphis to find the best BBQ but has little time for tasting when she is found dead in her hotel room - poisoned.So while Lulu tries to clear the name of her family restaurant, she is also bombarded with problems from her friends the Graces (they visit Graceland every week) and some elderly gentlemen who make Aunt Pat's their second home.The mystery wasn't that difficult to solve but my main issue with this book is that there were entirely too many characters so that at times I was confusing as to who went with who.Cut the cast list and beef up the mystery (No pun intended.)
Booklady123 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A Lip Smacking New Mystery Series ¿ Delicious and Suspicious by Riley AdamsAunt Pat¿s is a family run BBQ restaurant in the heart of Memphis. The restaurant, known for its ribs and spicy cornbread catches the eye of The Cooking Channel Network, which sends Rebecca Adrian to scout it out for a possible segment on the show. Lulu, the family matriarch is all set to show the network that Aunt Pat¿s has the best BBQ around. However, things take the wrong turn when Rebecca manages to insult nearly everyone she comes in contact with. It¿s no surprise when Rebecca is found dead in her hotel room, a victim of poisoning, just after eating a big meal at Aunt Pat¿s. Suspects abound. Lulu must solve the mystery to save not only her friends and family, but Aunt Pat¿s reputation.At first, I found this story to hard to get into. There was just so much going on in the beginning (perhaps I was distracted by my crazy life), but it wasn¿t long before Adams has reached out grabbed me by the collar and pulled me into the story. I was hooked. Lulu is a wonderful amateur sleuth. She¿s not overbearing, as can sometimes be the case in cozy mysteries. She¿s a kind-hearted woman who cares about her friends and family and tries very hard to do the right thing. She draws information from suspects without them realizing they are being grilled. Aunt Pat¿s regulars add season to the story making the restaurant feel like a true down home place. I¿m looking forward to learning more about The Graces (docents at Graceland), the Jazz Trio (three gentlemen somewhat past their prime, but still in the swing of things), and Lulu¿s daughter in law, Sarah who happens to be an artist. After finishing this book, I have a craving for some good southern BBQ. This is not a book to read on an empty stomach. Be sure to check out the recipes included at the end.
Squeex on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I have been perusing a couple of maps and seeing what DH thinks about a trip to Memphis someday. After reading this book, the start of this delectable series, I hope we can go soon. We will go on our wee tour of the best BBQ joint. Would that Aunt Pat's was a real place.Until the trip, I will happily read more of this series and dream of ribs, spicy cornbread, coleslaw, red beans and rice.....sigh.....Lulu is an older woman, has kids, grandkids, but the reader isn't left with any kind of certain age nor of any kind of age-related issues that would keep Lulu from finding the cause of the death of producer from the Cooking Channel. She knows it just could not be her restaurant, but where or who would do this?Besides Lulu, my favorite characters are the Graces, docents at Graceland who come in on quite a regular basis. They are good friends and confidants and each has a spectacular personality and can't wait to read more about them in future books. Five BBQ is AWESOME beans.....
drebbles on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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 down in flames.¿Delicious and Suspicious¿ is the delightful first book in the new Memphis BBQ cozy mystery series. Author Riley Adams populates the book with memorable, if at times somewhat eccentric, characters. In fact, she walks a fine line with the eccentric characters ¿ some like the Graces (especially Cherry with her ever present Elvis helmet); Mildred who has been writing the same book for years; and restaurant regulars Big Ben, Buddy, and Morty could have been too much. However, instead of being unbelievable characters, all of them, even the offbeat ones, are fully believable, if at times somewhat sad. Adams does an excellent job of mixing humorous moments with sometimes sad moments (including some involving Lulu). The BBQ restaurant setting is a nice one and I could almost smell and taste the food while reading the book (if Aunt Pat¿s really existed I¿d be on the next plane to Memphis!). As for the mystery elements ¿ Rebecca is one of the meanest victims I¿ve come across in a cozy mystery, something which provides plenty of suspects (and ultimately and unfortunately leads to a second murder). Readers will have fun trying to figure out who the killer is and will no doubt be surprised by several turns of events in the book. When the killer was finally revealed, I felt a bit sad for certain characters and want to read the next book in the series to see what happens to them.¿Delicious and Suspicious¿ is a tasty cozy mystery.
ctfrench on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
MasonCanyon on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A scout for the Cooking Channel turns up dead at the Peabody Hotel with a huge number of persons as viable suspects, most of them family members or regular customers at Aunt Pat's Bar-B-Q. As a former Memphian, I eagerly awaited the release of this mystery. Unfortunately, it did not quite live up to my hopes. In the first few pages, readers were introduced to so many characters that it was difficult to keep them straight. The characters all had stereotypical names like "Lulu," "Peggy Sue," and "Flo." By the way, I'm not really sure what ever happened to Peggy Sue, but she disappeared later in the story. While Lulu, the main character, was likeable enough, I can't say the same for most of the rest of her family or friends. As the story progressed, I was able to more easily identify the characters who were too quickly introduced earlier in the story, but I was probably over 100 pages into the book before I had them sorted out sufficiently. I'm not sure if I'll read future installments in the series or not.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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 determined to solve the crime and clear the names of all her dearly beloved.Well, this was a super cozy cozy. I enjoyed it although all the talk of barbecue made me a bit home sick. I am pretty liberal with my southern cozies. If they seem authentic and I really love the characters, I can deal a less than stellar mystery. I have to say that the characters in this book are true southern characters. We love our odd folks, the more warts the better. And the characters are real enough to have faults and not everyone is what they seem. So where the mystery might be lacking, the local color and personal stories more than make up for it. I will be reading the next in the series.
Kellswitch on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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 caring about most of them.The restaurant of Aunt Pat¿s itself was the biggest character in way and felt far more real than the city of Memphis it¿s set in, in fact I didn¿t really get a feel for the overall location at all, it could have been set anywhere but as I was reading that didn¿t bother me or even cross my mind as the restaurant itself felt so real and vibrant and really more important that any other location, it didn¿t even cross my mind till I was done that I didn¿t really know where it was set.As for the mystery it was a bit weak overall in that what brought all the suspects together at the right time and place felt a bit coincidental and the police involvement was all but nonexistent and it seemed a bit far fetched that they would have missed all that was going on but I did rather like that the main characters involvement in the investigation was more just talking to people and using what she knew of them rather than hunting down physical clues, it felt a bit more realistic as far as cozy mysteries go. An overall fun book and I¿m looking forward to the next one.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
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.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
This book is set in Memphis, at Aunt Pat's barbecue restaurant. Aunt Pat is actually Lulu Taylor's Great aunt. Lulu runs this restaurant which has a reputation for great ribs. Now, however, there has been a murder. The victim is Rebecca Adrian, who came to the area for the Cooking Chanel Show. She was hoping to find a restaurant with great barbecue, now she is dead. Everyone is sure that her death was the doing of Aunt Pat's restaurant, so Lulu decides to investigate to put their reputation to the good again. I love a good cozy mystery, and Delicious and Suspicious fit the bill perfectly. Riley Adams filled this book with Tennessee charm and made my mouth water for a taste of the barbecue from Aunt Pat's restaurant. I felt like the characters were complex and real, plus, it kept me turning the pages to find how the mystery was solved.
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cozyreaderOR More than 1 year ago
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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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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SouthernGirlMS More than 1 year ago
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.