Sunday, June 12, 2011

Finger Lickin' Dead by Riley Adams

How can you go wrong with Memphis barbeque, an eccentric group of characters, and even a wedding at Graceland? Riley Adams brings all those elements together in a fun mystery, Finger Lickin' Dead.

Lulu Taylor, owner of Aunt Pat's Barbeque, knows none of her friends, docents at Graceland who call themselves the Graces, are crazy about their friend Evelyn's ex-husband and new boyfriend, Adam Cawthorn. When they prove to Evelyn he's cheating on her, she only intends to get even with him. None of them actually wanted to kill the man. But, the circle of suspects is much wider than the small group of friends. Under a pseudonym, Adam was a restaurant critic who destroyed restaurants and careers. He even attacked Aunt Pat's just before he was murdered. Now the suspects include Evelyn, Lulu's son, Ben, the cook at Aunt Pat's, and a number of others who had run-ins with the dead man.

Lulu was already involved in one investigation. She's reluctant to look for another killer. But, one of Lulu's beloved twin granddaughters found the body, and wants answers. Evelyn doesn't like being a suspect, and asks Lulu to ask questions. And, there are two many relatives and friends on the police list of people of interest. Would it hurt anything if a woman in her sixties, who knew everyone in their close circle, just poked around a little?

Riley Adams' second Memphis BBQ Mystery, Finger Lickin' Dead, is a humorous story with mouth-watering food and recipes, a terrific cast of unusual characters, Southern charm, and a solid mystery. But, this story comes with a warning. You'll want to sit down with the charming Lulu Taylor for barbeque, sweet ice tea, and peach cobbler by the time you finish the book.

Riley Adams is also Elizabeth Spann Craig. Her website is http://elizabethspanncraig.com

Finger Lickin' Dead by Riley Adams. Berkley Prime Crime. ©2011. ISBN 9780425241912 (paperback), 257p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.

12 comments:

Ingrid King said...

I can't wait to read this - I loved the first one in the series.

Lesa said...

This series has great characters, and enjoyable humor, doesn't it, Ingrid?

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Thanks so much for this lovely review, Lesa! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book...I had a fun time writing it. :)

Joe Barone said...

I read and enjoyed the book.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Elizabeth. It was a fun book. I think I enjoyed reading it almost as much as you enjoyed writing it.

Lesa said...

It was fun, wasn't it, Joe?

Anne R. Allen said...

Great review. This sounds like such a fun book. Can't wait to read it!

Lesa said...

I hope you enjoy it, Anne. It was fun.

Beth Hoffman said...

Terrific review, Lesa! I'm looking forward to reading this.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Beth. I hope you enjoy it!

Kris said...

Great review! I still want to read this series...hopefully I can start with #1 soon, before the series gets too far ahead of me. haha

Lesa said...

You're right, Kris. That's why I put off reading Ed McBain for so many years. The body of work was too intimidating.