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Culinary mysteries feature stories where food is a major ingredient. The sleuth is usually a non-professional crime fighter who works as a caterer or restaurateur. These mysteries often feature quaint or exotic settings. Titles within each series are listed in series order.
Nominated for both an Agatha and an Anthony Award, Susan Wittig Albert's novels featuring ex-lawyer and herb shop proprietor China Bayles have won acclaim for their rich characterization and witty, suspenseful stories of crime and passion in small-town Texas. (from book jacket)
Hemlock Falls is a pretty little town in upstate New York. Sarah Quilliam, with her talent for business, runs the Inn at Hemlock Falls. Her sister, Meg, keeps the guests happy with her culinary abilities. But when it comes to murder, the Quilliam sisters have to rely on other skills--spotting clues, solving crimes, catching culprits... (from book jacket)
Lee McKinney solves crimes while creating delicious chocolate specialties at her aunt Nettie's shop, TenHuis Chocolade, in the small town of Warner Pier, Michigan. This series includes chocolate trivia and descriptions of chocolate delicacies that will make your mouth water.
The Tea Shop Mysteries feature amateur sleuth and tea shop owner Theodosia Browning. Set in quaint Charleston, these mysteries show that people in small towns often hide secrets that can lead to murder.
When Bernadette Simmons goes to work for her sister Libby's catering business in New York, it's a recipe for disaster as the two find themselves in the midst of a murder mystery they can really sink their teeth into. Includes seven recipes. (summary from syndetics)
Meet the caterer who whipped up the multimillion-copy mystery series - as Goldy solves her first murder! Diane Mott Davidson's winning recipe of first-class suspense and five-star fare has won her and caterer Goldy critical raves and a regular place on major bestseller lists across the country. (summary from syndetics)
Jerrilyn Farmerís background as a comedy writer in Hollywood gives her award-winning mysteries an insiderís view of the Hollywood lifestyle. Party-planner Madeline Bean caters fabulous parties with humor and verve but somehow always ends up involved in murder.
When Hannah Swenson, amateur sleuth and owner of the Cookie Jar Bakery in Lake Eden, Minn., gets on the trail of a murder, watch out! Off the wall characters along with great recipes make these mysteries delicious.
Food critic and hotel owner Sophie Greenway along with her handsome husband Bram Baldric seem to have a talent for getting caught up in mysteries. Glamour and suspense seem to follow them everywhere!
The Gourmet Detective travels the globe to hunt down rare food ingredients for his clients. His search for these exotic ingredients often leads to intrigue, crime and romance.
In Tamar Myersí Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes Series, narrator Magdalena Yoder, a mean-spirited innkeeper, exploits her Mennonite heritage to run the PennDutch Inn. Life is anything but dull at the PennDutch inn. You never know when murder and mayhem will be served with the evening meal. Magdalena finds herself playing amateur sleuth time and again in order to protect the reputation of her beloved inn.
When Faith Fairchild gave up a glamorous life and budding career as one of New York's finest caterers to become a ministerís wife in a small conservative town in Massachusetts, she thought her days of excitement were over. Little did she know that her new life would find her involved in one mystery after another.
Angie Amalfi is a gourmet chef with a talent for finding trouble. Angie tries her hand at restaurant critic, food columnist and more often than not, amateur detective, which does not entirely please her homicide inspector boyfriend. With each new adventure it seems more likely that Angie has created the perfect recipe for murder.