08 October 2016

Weekend Cooking: 6 Culinary Cozy Mysteries

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It's been a while since I did a round-up of Berkley Prime Crime cozy culinary mysteries, so I thought I share a half dozen new releases, each of which provides some fun escape reading. Plus, because the stories all involve food and drink, you'll find some recipes included with each book. Pour some tea (make sure it isn't poisoned!), make yourself comfortable, and get ready to meet some friendly foodie crime solvers.

6 Culinary Cozy Mysteries
  • Tangled up in Brew by Joyce Tremel: Max O'Hara brews the beer and her boyfriend, Jake, slings the burgers at their Pittsburgh-area brew pub. When they enter a local food and drink festival, a food critic takes a bad bite and ends up dead, leaving Jake as the prime suspect. Will the duo be able to find the real criminal before poor Jake is hauled off to jail? This is the 2nd in the Brewing up Trouble series.
  • Behind Chocolate Bars by Kathy Aarons: Women Power and chocolate goodness infuses this Halloween-themed cozy set in a small town in Maryland. Holiday prep at the chocolate shop is going well for business partners Michelle and Erica, until one of their teenage helpers is accused of murder. The kid may be troubled, but the friends are sure he's innocent of the crime; can they convince the cops? This is the 4th in the Chocolate Covered Mystery series.
  • Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber: Hold on to your hats, the rodeo is coming to town! Cookbook store owner Jenna is looking forward to both the events and the food, but her plans are turned upside down after her father's neighbor is killed. Can Jenna remove her father from the suspect list and find the real killer before he or she strikes again? This is the 5th in the the Cookbook Nook series, which is set in California.
6 Culinary Cozy Mysteries
  • Cheddar Off Dead by Julia Buckley: Christmas in the city can be exciting, with the lights and the pretty store fronts. For Chicago caterer Lilah, it's also a busy season thanks to her clients' parties. Life is made more stressful after she witnesses the murder of a Santa--in a school parking lot, no less! Will she and cute detective Jay find the bad guy before Lilah becomes the next victim? This is the 2nd in the Undercover Dish series.
  • Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle: Who doesn't like a good cup of custom-roasted coffee? Claire has build a strong reputation as a coffee master, until her Washington, DC, coffeehouse becomes a crime scene, involving a murder and a possible political kidnapping. Can she and her NYPD boyfriend solve the case before Claire loses everything . . . including her life? This is the 15th in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.
  • Much Ado About Muffin by Victoria Hamilton: After leaving the city for rural upstate New York, you'd think Merry would never again see the yellow strips of crime tape, but you'd be wrong. The town's favorite muffin baker finds herself caught up in a murder case. Can she prove the postmistress is innocent of doing in a famous opera singer? This is the 4th in the Merry Muffin series.
For all of you in Canada and the United States, hope you're enjoying the long holiday weekend!


Tina 10/8/16, 6:45 AM  

That is a bunch of cozy mysteries you have there! I haven't read any of those, I did give a try at a culinary sort once.
We have to work on Monday but after next week, we are on vacation! Can't wait.

jama 10/8/16, 8:36 AM  

Thanks for the roundup. These look like fun reads.

Mae Travels 10/8/16, 8:52 AM  

My mystery reading list is very long, and I'm in the middle of another huge speculative fiction. So I don't know if I'll get around to these, despite the food themes. I did just link to my post about a very _cozy_ tea room in a small English town, though.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

(Diane) bookchickdi 10/8/16, 8:56 AM  

These all sound like the perfect lighthearted antidote to the heavy stuff in the news.

Molly 10/8/16, 9:01 AM  

I'm always looking to add to my cozy TBR pile. I'm such a sucker for the punny titles :)

bermudaonion 10/8/16, 9:41 AM  

I haven't read a cozy in a while but they're always fun, especially if they include food.

Jackie McGuinness 10/8/16, 9:48 AM  

Never read any of these, think they are a little too cute for me. I'm not the cosy kind LOL.

Katherine P 10/8/16, 9:48 AM  

I love the Victoria Hamilton series as well as the Darryl Woods Gerber books! The beer series and Cheddar off Dead have both been calling my name lately. Great roundup!

Claudia 10/8/16, 11:55 AM  

I had never heard of most of those authors, only read one of them, the coffee shop series. Will have to check them out.

Deb in Hawaii 10/8/16, 12:30 PM  

It always amazes me the number of cozy mysteries and culinary cozies that are out there. Cozies are a fun escape for me--I love to have them on my Kindle to dip into when I have a minute or need a break from something else.

These all sound like fun titles/series. Mahalo for sharing them!

Vicki 10/8/16, 1:20 PM  

I love cozies, especially ones with a dog on the cover/in the story and food. I have the Undercover Dish and A Cookbook Nook mystery series on my tbr list.

Carole 10/8/16, 3:31 PM  

The titles are so entertaining in themselves. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

nishitak 10/10/16, 10:14 AM  

Never read any of these. Thanks for the suggestions, they all sound pretty good - particularly those coffee house mysteries.

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