Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cooking up a Crime - 3 culinary mystery series to whet your appetite

Allergic to Death (M) - Gourmet De-Lite mystery series
by Peg Cochran

When one of her Gourmet-De-Lite clients with a severe peanut allergy drops dead after eating one of her calorie-conscious signature dishes, and traces of peanut oil are found in the food, diet caterer Gigi Fitzgerald tries to salvage her reputation and business by tracking down the killer.

Buzz Off (M) - Queen Bee mystery series
by Hannah Reed

It's September--National Honey Month--in Moraine, Wisconsin, and things are looking up for Story Fischer. Her messy divorce is final, the honey from her beekeeping business has been harvested, and the market she owns is thriving. Life seems pretty sweet...until Manny, her mentor in the honey business, is found stung to death in his apiary. Story is still trying to explain to the panicked locals that her honeybees had nothing to do with Manny's death, when another body is found floating in the Oconomowoc River. This time the evidence points to Story's ex. Sure, he's a womanizer and a buzzkill--but a murderer? Desperate to save her bees and her business (and, okay, her ex), it's up to Story to find a way out of a very sticky situation.

The Grave Gourmet
(M)  - Capucine culinary mysteries
by Alexander Campion

Capucine LeTellier is a Parisian detective specializing in white-collar crime, but longing for grittier work. She gets her wish when assigned to a high-profile case involving an automotive exec found murdered in the kitchen of a famed restaurant. Assigned to work with a trio of comical detectives, Capucine also enlists the aid of her food critic husband Alexandre and her inappropriately flirtatious cousin (and government agent) Jacques in cracking the case. From shady executives to the illicit trade in contraband delicacies to a powerful American agency with strong links to the CIA, this investigation is taking Capucine down some dangerous avenues - while bringing her ever-closer to a dead end that could be her last...

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