Wednesday, June 12, 2013

An Appetite for Murder

The Burbank Library is promoting a summer reading club for grownups and the theme this year is "Eat...READ...Live." As part of the promotion, I put together a list of culinary mystery series, many of which include tasty recipes. I share that list here.  Read, eat, and enjoy!

Aames, Avery -- Series Character: Charlotte Bessette, co-owner of Fromagerie Bessette (the Cheese Shop Mystery series), includes recipes; visit

Adams, Ellery -- Series Character: Ella Mae Le Faye owns the Charmed Pie Shoppe in Havenwood, Georgia, where she laces her baked goods with enchantments (A Charmed Pie Shop Mystery), includes recipes.

Atherton, Nancy -- Series Character: Lori Shephard and her ghostly Aunt Dimity. Includes recipes; for more recipes, also visit

Balzo, Sandra -- Series Character: Coffee House owner Maggie Thorsen.

Bell, Nancy -- Series Character: Biggie Weatherford of Job’s Crossing, Texas, includes recipes.

Bishop, Claudia -- Death Dines In: a collection of culinary capers, each with a recipe.

Brady, Jaklyn -- A Sheetcake Named Desire (A Piece of Cake Mystery), includes recipes.

Carl, JoAnna -- Series Character: Lee McKinney who works in her aunt’s chocolate business.

Carlisle, Kate -- A Cookbook Conspiracy (A Biblio-phile Mystery). Includes recipes.

Cavender, Chris -- Series Character: Eleanor Swift, Pizzeria owner in a small North Carolina town.

Childs, Laura -- Series Character: Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Teahouse in Charleston, South Carolina. Includes recipes; for more recipes, visit

Clark, Mary Jane -- Series Character: Piper Donovan (Wedding Cake Mystery Series)

Conant-Park, Jessica -- Series Character: Chloe Parker (Gourmet Girl Mystery series)

Coyle, Cleo -- Series Character: Carolyn Cosi, manager of the historic Village Blend (the Coffee House Mystery Series)

Craig, Philip -- Series Character: J.W. Jackson, retired Boston Cop, Martha’s Vineyard. Some books include recipes.

Crawford, Isis -- Series Characters: Bernie & Libby Simmons, sisters who own the Little Taste of Heaven Catering and Bake Shop in New York (Mystery with Recipes Series). Includes recipes.

Davidson, Diane Mott -- Series Character: Goldy Schulz, Aspen caterer. Includes recipes.

Farmer, Jerrilyn -- Series Character: Madeline Bean,Hollywood caterer.

Fluke, Joanne -- Series Character: Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota. Includes recipes; also visit

Gerber, Daryl Wood (aka Avery Aames) -- Series Character: Jenna Hart, who opens a culinary bookshop and café in Crystal Cove, California with her aunt (The Cookbook Nook Series). Includes recipes. Visit

Greenwood, Kerry -- Series Character: Corinna Chapman, owner of a bakery, Earthly Delights, in Melbourne, Australia.

King, Peter -- Series Character: Goodwin Harper, the “Gourmet Detective,” in London, England.

Laurence, Janet -- Series Character: Darina Lisle, caterer/chef and food writer in West County, England

Lyons, Nan
Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe
Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of America

McKevett, G.A. -- Series Character: Savanah Reid, owner of a So. California detective agency.

McKinlay, Jenn -- Series Characters: Melanie Cooper and Angie De Laura, owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes (Cupcake Bakery Mystery). Includes recipes.

Myers, Tamar -- Series Character: Magdalene Yoder, Pennsylvania Dutch Inn owner. Includes recipes, also visit

Page, Katherine Hall -- Series Character: Faith Fairchild, caterer. Includes recipes; also visit

Pickard, Nancy -- Series Character: Eugenia Potter, widowed chef in Maine and Arizona (based on character created byVirginia Rich). Includes recipes.

Roudybush, Alexandra -- Gastronomic Murder. Includes recipes.

Stanley, J.B. -- Series Character: James Henry, retired English Lit professor, belongs to the Flab Five Supper Club with four of his friends. They tackle their weight issues, as well as crime. Includes recipes.

Temple, Lou Jane -- Series Character: Heaven Lee, trendy restaurant owner-chef in Kansas City, Missouri.

Pie In the Sky, series 1-5 on DVD -- Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter films) stars in this quirky British TV series as DI Henry Crabbe. His fondest wish is to retire from the police force and cook full time in his own restaurant. Unfortunately, crime solving keeps gettting in the way!

Want more recipes? Here are collections of recipes created by popular mystery writers:

Grossman, Jo -- A Taste of Murder: Diabolically Delicious Recipes From Contemporary Mystery Writers

Grossman, Jo -- A Second Helping of Murder: More Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers

For more fun recipes, visit

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