Search - List of Books by Virginia Rich

Virginia Rich (1914 - 1985) was a mystery author who pioneered the 'culinary mystery' sub genre.

In three novels written 1982 to 1985 she introduced sleuth Eugenia Potter, a widow and chef who divided her time between a ranch in Arizona and a small town on the Maine coast. The books included recipes, the hallmark of what has come to be called 'culinary mysteries'. Several years after her death her family approached mystery writer Nancy J. Pickard to complete an unfinished manuscript, producing The 27 Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders, published in 1993. Pickard went on to write two more novels in the series, based on Rich's notes.

Rich was born in Sibley, Iowa. She wrote a food column for the Chicago Tribune under the name of Mary Meade, and served as food editor for Sunset Magazine. She was married to cattleman Ray Rich. Like her heroine, she lived on a working cattle ranch near Tucson, Arizona and spent a number of months a year at her cottage off the coast of Maine. Her daughter Susan Sheridan Rich is an art teacher.

Culinary mysteries are usually seen as a type of 'cozy': escapist, enjoyable mysteries just right for reading by the fire. There are now several series of 'cozies' with sleuths who are cooks, caterers, food critics and so on, incorporating recipes, written by Jerrilyn Farmer, Diane Mott Davidson, Joanne Fluke, Nancy Fairbanks and others, as well as a wider pool of 'food themed' mysteries with settings in the food or wine businesses. However, one reviewer notes that Rich's books aren't quite as 'cozy' as the latest offerings, being the product of female experience in earlier decades and different literary influences.

Eugenia Potter Mysteries   more �

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Total Books: 15
The Blue Corn Murders
1999 - The Blue Corn Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 5 - Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780754036876
ISBN-10: 0754036871
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

The Nantucket Diet Murders
1995 - The Nantucket Diet Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9789995415808
ISBN-10: 9995415801
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2

The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders
1994 - The 27-ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 4] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440216414
ISBN-10: 0440216419
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 65

The Cooking School Murders
1986 - The Cooking School Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780345345035
ISBN-10: 0345345037
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 18

The Nantucket Diet Murders
1986 - The Nantucket Diet Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440162643
ISBN-10: 0440162645
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 37

The Nantucket Diet Murders
1985 - The Nantucket Diet Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 3 - Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780896216310
ISBN-10: 0896216314
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1

The Nantucket Diet Murders 2
1985 - The Nantucket Diet Murders 2 (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780525242338
ISBN-10: 0525242333
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The Nantucket Diet Murders
1985 - The Nantucket Diet Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 3] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780385293860
ISBN-10: 0385293860
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2

The Cooking School Murders
1985 - The Cooking School Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780345326218
ISBN-10: 0345326210
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 9

The Baked Bean Supper Murders
1984 - The Baked Bean Supper Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 2] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780345312525
ISBN-10: 034531252X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 23

The Cooking School Murders
1983 - The Cooking School Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780345309907
ISBN-10: 0345309901
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 15

The Baked Bean Supper Murders
1983 - The Baked Bean Supper Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 2 - Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780896214873
ISBN-10: 0896214877
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Baked Bean Supper Murders
1983 - The Baked Bean Supper Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 2] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780525241850
ISBN-10: 052524185X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3

The Cooking School Murders
1982 - The Cooking School Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 1] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780525241102
ISBN-10: 0525241108
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 4

The Cooking School Murders
1982 - The Cooking School Murders [Eugenia Potter, Bk 1 - Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780896213999
ISBN-10: 0896213994
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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