Friday, September 30, 2011

Cozy Mysteries-Food and Drink

In case you missed my previous post, you can check out a definition of "cozy mysteries" here. Food and drink seems to be a popular subject with mystery writers - Carnegie Stout has 14 different author series featuring food aficionados. And many of these books come complete with recipes!

Clicking on the blue hyperlink will take you to the library catalog for the entire series. The bold title is the first book in the series, followed by a description, provided by NoveList.

Cheese Shop mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
By: Aames, Avery
The Long Quiche Goodbye: Charlotte Bessette finds the grand opening of her new cheese shop, Fromagerie Bessette, marred by a crime of passion that causes her to become the prime suspect in the murder investigation.

Maggy Thorsen mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
By: Balzo, Sandra
Uncommon Grounds: Maggy Thorsen opens a new coffee shop, Uncommon Grounds in Brookhills. At the grand opening, one of the business partners ends up dead, and Maggy has to find out what happened.

Cooking class mysteries (Most Recent: 2009)
By: Bliss, Miranda
Cooking Up Murder: When Annie Capshaw and her best friend Eve take a gourmet cooking class together, they discover that murder is on the menu when a mysterious man is found dead in the parking lot after arguing with a fellow student, causing this case to come to a boil as they get closer to the truth.

Chocoholic mysteries (Most Recent: 2010)
By: Carl, JoAnna
The Chocolate Cat Caper: After accepting a job supplying chocolate from her aunt's luxury chocolate business to a party for unpopular defense attorney Clemintine Ripley, Lee McKinney takes on a new job as detective when someone adds cyanide to a chocolate confection eaten by the hostess.

Tea Shop mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
By: Childs, Laura
Death By Darjeeling: When a guest turns up dead at a tea for the annual historic homes garden party she is catering, Theodosia Browning, the owner of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, turns sleuth to save her reputation, clear her name, and track down the real killer.

Coffeehouse mysteries (Most Recent: 2010)
By: Coyle, Cleo
On What Grounds: Clare Cosi, the manager of The Village Blend, finds a murder mystery percolating in her very own store when the assistant manager is found dead in the back and the police believe it to be an open-and-shut case of robbery, but certain clues lead Clare to believe otherwise.

Mysteries with recipes (Most Recent: 2009)
Alternate series name: Simmons sisters mysteries
By: Crawford, Isis
A Catered Murder: When Libby and her sister Bernie cater a vampire-themed high school reunion in honor of bestselling author Laird Wrenn, they find themselves knee-deep in murder when Wrenn drops dead after dinner and Libby is accused of the crime.

Madeline Bean catering mysteries (Most Recent: 2005)
By: Farmer, Jerrilyn
Sympathy for the Devil: Madeline Bean, caterer to the stars, is in the middle of the biggest job of her career. She and her partner Wesley have pulled off Hollywood's most outrageous A-list Halloween party for notorious producer Bruno Huntley, complete with an eerie fortuneteller who is astonishingly accurate and exotic food that's to die for. Before long, Bruno is thrashing and writhing on the dance floor. Just one problem: he's not standing up. And soon, he's not even breathing.

Hannah Swensen mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
By: Fluke, Joanne
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder: Cookie-baking sleuth Hannah Swenson must protect her reputation when a popular delivery man is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's cookies scattered around him.

White House chef mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
By: Hyzy, Julie A.
State of the Onion: While going up against her nemesis for the executive chef position, White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras finds her goose cooked when she becomes the target of a world-class assassin, after witnessing a murder.

Cookie cutter shop mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
Alternate series name: Olivia Greyson mysteries
By: Lowell, Virginia
Cookie Dough or Die: Olivia Greyson finds her reputation and cookie shop in danger when she becomes the prime suspect in the murder investigation of her mentor, prominent business owner Clarisse Chamberlain, when it is revealed that Clarisse left her a large sum of money along with a collection of valuable antique cookie cutters.

Cupcake bakery mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
By: Mckinlay, Jenn
Sprinkle with Murder: Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura, the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, race against time to save their business and catch a killer who used their cupcakes to kill a famous fashion designer.

Faith Fairchild mysteries (Most Recent: 2011)
By: Page, Katherine Hall
The Body in the Big Apple: In the prequel to the Agatha Award-winning mystery series, caterer Faith Sibley becomes embroiled in her first mystery after Emma Stanstead, a former high-school classmate is threatened by an anonymous blackmailer.

Heaven Lee mysteries (Most Recent: 2002)
By: Temple, Lou Jane
Death by Rhubarb: Kansas City caterer Heaven Lee turns amateur sleuth to save her business when a local lawyer drops dead from poisoning in the middle of dinner at Heaven's trendy new restaurant, Cafe Heaven.

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