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Now Serving.........A wide assortment of delectable culinary mysteries



The Body in the Bouillon by Katherine Hall Page

Faith Sibley Fairchild, former Manhattan caterer turned amateur sleuth, investigates recent mysterious events at a retirement home in Massachusetts.

** Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth by Tamar Myers

Usually unflappable Mennonite innkeeper, Magdalena Yoder's reputation is at stake when two of her guests turn up dead. A Pennsylvania Dutch treat!


Hotel Morgue by Janet Laurence

Introducing Darina Lisle, a tall blonde chef determined to make it in the cutthroat world of haute cuisine. When the star guest at the Society of Historical Gastronomes Food Symposium is found stabbed to death, Darina is considered a suspect. She finds a new talent in sleuthing and a new love interest as well as she concocts a recipe to reveal the murderer.

The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell

Ellie Simon, single, overweight and embarrassed about her personal circumstances, hires deliciously handsome Bentley T. Haskell from Eligibility Escorts to pose as her fiance at a family reunion outside of London. After Uncle Merlin's sudden death, Ellie learns she and Bentley (writer of trashy novels and a first class chef ) are to inherit Uncle Merlin's money. But first they must change their lifestyles as stipulated in his will and circumvent the schemes of a family member intent on thwarting their efforts. Help yourself to a tasty dish of romance, murder, cookery and adventure!

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin has chosen an early retirement to a cozy village in the English Cotswalds. Hoping to gain her neighbors' acceptance, she enters a quiche in a local baking contest and is soon up to her neck in hot water.

Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout

Nero Wolfe loves food, words and orchids. With an intellect to match his formidable girth and his hard-bitten but not easily smitten sidekick, Archie, he solves the fiendishly clever murders of an immigrant and a college president. Like to sample some of Wolfe's favorite foods?? Try recipes in The Nero Wolfe Cookbook...(641.5 Stout)

Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Cure by Michael Bond

Take one obese gourmet/undercover restaurant critic; place him and his constant canine companion, Pommes Frites, in Chateau Morgue, an elite health spa; stir in some rather unhealthy goings on, amd you have the makings for a clever mystery that goes down like a fine glass of wine.


Just Desserts by G. A. McKevett

Forty-year-old Detective Sergeant Savannah Reid, a vivacious southern belle in love with food, finds herself in the middle of a sensational murder case when the husband of a city councilwoman is found shot to death. After uncovering a scandal linking the police chief with the councilwoman, Savannah is fired, ostensibly for being fat. With the help of a prime suspect, she finds the real killer and wraps up this well-seasoned case.

**Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson

Goldy Bear, former battered wife, owner of Goldilocks' Catering, and sometime sleuth, is back again serving up a culinary delight. Fleeing her ex, Goldy and her son move into a mansion where she is employed as a gourmet cook. She is soon embroiled in the investigation of the death of old flame, Philip Miller. Convinced that his fatal car crash was no accident, Goldy sifts through clues to determine who would want Philip dead. The killer is eventually found and Goldy delivers a fine ending to another epicurean treat.


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New culinary mysteries for your reading pleasure


** Biggie and the Poisoned Politician by Nancy Bell - Have a hankering for Cajun cooking and Texas style humor? Join Biggie of Job's Crossing, Texas, and her 11 year old grandson, J. R., as they investigate a car bombing and a death over angel food cake in this small town mystsery.

** The Main Corpse by Diane Mott Davidson - Caterer Goldy Bear is now Goldy Schulz. (Imagine our surprise!)Her latest adventure features recipes for Sour cream cherry coffee cake, Chocoholic cookies, Stir fry chicken asparagus and . . . oh, yes! murder and suspense in the high-stakes world of fianancial ventures.

So Dear To Wicked Men by Takis and Judy Iakovou - Oracle Cafe proprietors, Nick and Julia Lambros, find their hard won success threatened when a morning breakfast regular is struck dead and it appears that Nick's cooking is the cause. Longtime restaurateurs, the authors bring insiders' humor to their first mystery.

** The Gourmet Detective by Peter Christopher King - Sharpen your culinary skills with tips from the Gourmet Detective as he hunts the culprit who has murdered a guest attending the prestigious Circle of Careme dinner. (The author is a Cordon Bleu chef)

Murder Makes an Entree: a Victorian whodunit by Amy Myers - Introducing master chef and amateur detective Auguste Didier. The Prince of Wales agrees to preside over the Society of Literary Lionizers only if Didier will serve as chef at the yearly banquet. When the chairman of the society is poisoned, Didier and ScotlandYard Inspector Egbert Rose, team up to solve the murder.

Bitter Sweets by G. A. McKevett And for dessert . . . Sassy and savvy, but still not very svelte, Savannah Reid returns operating her very own Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency in ritzy San Carmelita, California.


Hungry for More Culinary Mysteries? Bon Appetit!

Babson, Marian - Death Warmed Up

Bell, Nancy - Biggie and the Mangled Mortician

Cannell, Dorothy - The Widow's Club. . . Femmes Fatal. . . How To Murder Your Mother-In-Law

Crespi, Camilla - **The Trouble With a Bad Fit

Davidson, Diane Mott -**Catering To Nobody. . . **The Cereal Murders. . . **Last Suppers. . . **Killer Pancake. . . Grilling Season. . . Main Corpse

Goldsborough, Robert - Silver Spire. . . Missing Chapter

Heald, Tim - Just Desserts

Janet Laurence - A Deepe Coffyn. . . Hotel Morgue. . . A Recipe For Death. . . Death and the Epicure. . Death at the Table

Lyons, Nan -**Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe. . . **Someone Is Killing the Great Chefs of America

Myers, Tamar - ** Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime. . . **No Use Dying Over Spilled Milk

Page, Katharine Hall - featuring Faith Sibley Fairchild: Body In the Belfry. . . Body In the Vestibule. . . **Body In the Cast. . . **Body In the Bog. . . Body In the Kelp. Featuring Faith's friend, Pix Miller: **Body In the Basement. . . Body In the Fjord

Pickard, Nancy -**27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders

Rich, Virginia - **Baked Bean Supper Murders, **Nantucket Diet Murders

Alexandra Roudybush - A Gastronomic Murder

Stout, Rex - Plot It Yourself. . .Too Many Clients

Mysteries with** include recipes