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Subject: Culinary Mystery Series?
Date Posted: 8/21/2007 11:29 PM ET
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I know there are several authors doing these now but I've yet to try them. I love to cook ( and eat ) and I love to read so I figure they're a natural for me.

Anyone have any recommendations?

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Date Posted: 8/22/2007 12:26 AM ET
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Dianne Mott Davidson is very popular, though I don't know how great they are, personally.  They always flew off my shelf. :)

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Date Posted: 8/22/2007 9:19 AM ET
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I really enjoy the Goldy Bear series by Diane Mott Davidson.  The characters are great and there are wonderful recipes throughout the book as well.

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Date Posted: 8/22/2007 9:25 AM ET
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Laura Childs-Tea Shop Mysteries

Joanne Fluke-Hannah Swensen Mysteries

JoAnna Carl-Chocoholic Mysteries

Sammi Carter-Candy Shop Mysteries

Nancy Fairbanks-Carolyn Blue (food writer) Mysteries

Lou Jane Temple-The Spice Box Mysteries & The Heaven Lee Mysteries

Peter King-Gourmet Detective Mysteries (no recipes)

Karen MacInerny-Gray Whale Inn Mysteries

Cleo Coyle-Coffe Shop Mysteries

Leslie Meyer-Lucy Stone Mysteries

Michelle Scott-Wine Lover's Mysteries

Some have better mysteries, some better writing, some better recipes...My favourite is Laura Childs.  I'm liking The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries as well, but that may be because I'm only on my second one.  I tend to burn out on a series after a bit. Or maybe the author does ; )

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Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:34 PM ET
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Oh, bless y'alls hearts! Thanks for the great suggestions! Now I've got lots more to add to the 4,287 books on my WL. ( Just kidding ).

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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 8:58 AM ET
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The Cooking Class Mysteries by Miranda Bliss are really good.  None of them are available in the system right now, so if they interest you, you'll have to WL them.  :)

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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 9:58 AM ET
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Ditto Miranda Bliss!  I read the first one and loved it!!

Here's a link to the food and drink section in www.stopyourrekillingme.com:     http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/JobCats/aj-food.html



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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 10:04 AM ET
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Thanks, Rhonda & Amanda ;-)

Wow! what a great site ( the stop, you're killing me one ). Looks like I need to get off the computer and READ !!!

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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 7:58 PM ET
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The Penn Dutch Inn series by Tamar Myers has recipes and is funny also.  Mary Dahiem's bed and breadfast series has recipes.

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 3:45 AM ET
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joanne fluke and diane mott davidson are my favorites right now

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Date Posted: 2/3/2008 6:05 PM ET
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Cybtha Lawrence has a culinary mystery series, She's got two books called Chill Before Serving and Take Out City.

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Date Posted: 2/3/2008 6:19 PM ET
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Wow!  I'd never heard of "culinary mysteries" before!  The closest I can come would be the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries.  I read one and it was pretty good.  Sort of a Southern flavor to them.

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Date Posted: 2/4/2008 1:15 PM ET
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I really like Dianne Mott Davidson too.  The heroine is clever caterer who always happens to find herself in midst of a murder.  It's fun because she's a more realistic kind of character - mid 40s, fluffy.  I think I've read pretty much all of them. They are really enjoyable reads and there are yummy recipes scattered through out them. Be forwarded - Goldie always likes to bake when she's trying to sort out a mystery - so having baked goods in the house when reading the series isn't a bad idea :)

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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 1:19 PM ET
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Jimmie Ruth Evans' trailer park series is awesome.  The main character, Wanda Nell, works at a diner called the Kountry Kitchen, and some recipes are included.  I don't know that I would classify it as a culinary series, but it fits the bill in a roundabout way and I loved all four books in the series so far.

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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 2:46 PM ET
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Diane Mott Davidson are my favorite, but the others listed are all good.

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Date Posted: 2/11/2008 3:01 AM ET
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This is not a series but a title:  Beat Until Stiff by Claire Johnson. It is about a murder that takes place inside the kitchen of a restaurant.

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Date Posted: 2/11/2008 3:40 PM ET
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Another single book in the cooking/murder genre is "Debt to Pleasure" by John Lanchester.  It begins as a man writing an arch, intellectual treatise on food and recipes, then it gradually becomes apparent that he is especially well-versed in the foods that are poisonous. . .

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Date Posted: 2/11/2008 3:57 PM ET
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Joanne Pence's Angie Amalfi books are fun, too.

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Date Posted: 2/21/2008 9:50 PM ET
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The Madeline Bean Catering Mysteries by Jerrilyn Farmer

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Date Posted: 3/31/2008 10:53 PM ET
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Cecile Lamalle has a culinary mystery series out. The first book is called An Appetite for Murder.

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