Culinary Mysteries

Looking for a good mystery to read? Enjoy cooking or reading about food? Try out one of these culinary mysteries today!

Catering to nobody by Diane Mott Davidson

Goldy Bear ("Goldilock's Catering: Where Everything Is Just Right!") was not thrilled with the prospect of serving food and drink at the wake of her's son's former teacher, but a job is a job, particularly in the small town of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, in October. It turns out to be Goldy's last job for a while when the police close down her business after her ex-father-in-law is served coffee liberally laced with rat poison. Concerned that she might miss the lucrative holiday season, Goldy turns to sleuthing, but she becomes unnerved when it appears that her own son might somehow be involved in both his teacher's death and his grandfather's poisoning.

Hannah Swensen's supplies are delivered daily by Ron LaSalle, whom she often passes on her way to work. On this fateful day, Ron's truck is soon parked behind the store, but he fails to reappear. When Hannah finds him seated in the truck, the window open, a bullet through his chest, she's inspired to work her way through the townspeople, looking for a motive for Ron's death, even as she manfully resists her widowed mothers attempts to find her a husband.

State of the onion by Julie A Hyzy

Hyzy wastes no time establishing a mood of tension when Olivia Paras, cook at the White House, foils an intruder on the Executive Mansion's grounds with a swift blow from a frying pan. The chef gets to bask in the glow of her foolhardy heroism for only a brief time because she soon realizes that the man she bashed in the head is clearly not the same man whose picture appears on television's nightly news. Moreover, as the interloper collapses at her feet, he utters a few words warning that the president is in some sort of danger. Despite Secret Service admonitions to say nothing and even the president himself personally advising her silence, she can't help pursuing a solution to the mystery. Meanwhile, Olivia has to prepare meals for the First Family and arrange state dinners. 

Sprinkle with murder by Jenn McKinlay

Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura have just opened their cupcake bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, with financial help from their best friend, Tate Harper. It seems like a dream come true, with the exception of their resentful competition and the excessive demands of Tate's vapid fiancee, fashion designer Christie Stevens. When Christie is found dead in her studio holding a sample wedding cupcake, the bakers become suspects. Melanie has faith the police will solve the case, but she's less sure about the motives of Angie's handsome DA brother, Joe, and concern for Tate and Christie's family drives her to launch her own investigation.

Sticks & scones by Diane Mott Davidson

Caterer Goldy Schultz is planning several Elizabethan style meals in honor of a huge castle brought over from England to Colorado--that is, if she can keep her head after a body is found on the castle grounds, and her cop husband is wounded, all at nearly the same time. Ensconced in the castle after a picture window is shot out at her house, Goldy is surrounded by a gaggle of characters that all have parts to play: Eliot, lord of the manor, who makes jams during his sleepless nights; the castle caretaker who is also Goldy's teen son Arch's fencing coach; Julian, the vegetarian college student who assists Goldy with charm and panache. The dark side of Goldy's life finds her ex-spouse just out on parole with a new girlfriend who may have ties to Eliot and even to the murder victim. Oh, and there are stolen stamps, too.

Glazed murder by Jessica Beck
Also available in: large print

 When a dead body is unceremoniously dumped in front of her smalltown doughnut shop in the wee hours of the morning, Suzanne Hart knows it's not going to be an ordinary day. The deceased is Patrick Blaine, a friend and loyal customer. Against advice from her overprotective mother and hunky state police investigator Jake Bishop, Suzanne decides to try to track down Patrick's killer, but her investigation makes her a target. 

Steamed by Jessica Conant-Park
Also available in: e-book

This delectable collaboration between Jessica Conant-Park and her mother, Susan Conant, author of the Cat Lover's and the Dog Lover's mystery series (Scratch the Surface, etc.), introduces an appealing heroine, Chloe Carter, a boy-crazy 20-something gourmand who lives in Brighton, Mass. Chloe thinks she might have found both romantic and gastronomic satisfaction in Eric Rafferty, a foodie she meets online. But their first date is a bust: Eric is a dolt, and he winds up getting stabbed before dessert. Chloe later falls for gorgeous Josh Driscoll, a chef acquaintance of Eric's. But Josh has a temper-and it turns out he owned the knife that killed Eric. Chloe must help clear Josh's name if their romance is to stand a chance

A slice of murder by Chris Cavender

Pizzeria owner Eleanor Swift is making a delivery when she finds her customer dead in this series debut. It happens that Eleanor had threatened the man, and she is now suspect No. 1. Only her sister believes she is not a murderer, so they begin to investigate.

On what grounds by Cleo Coyle
Also available in: e-audiobook

In this, the series opener (2003), when Clare arrives at the Village Blend and discovers her assistant manager at the bottom of the stairs, she knows it wasn't an accident. The cops dismiss her, so she investigates on her own. 

Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs

Southern lady Theodosia Browning, owner of the esteemed Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, scrambles to find a killer and save her reputation when a guest is found dead with a teacup in his hand at the annual historic homes garden party, which Theo is catering.

Clementine Ripley, the defense attorney everyone loves to hate, is throwing a party that calls for several thousand dollars worth of custom chocolates--some made in the image of her champion cat. Lee jumps at the job, but sweet success takes a bitter turn when someone adds and extra ingrediant--cyanide--to one of their delicious chocolates and it finds its way into Ms. Ripley's mouth. Now it's up to Lee to figure out who tampered with Aunt Nettie's recipe before they find themselves behind not-so-chocolate bars.

Candy apple dead by Sammi Carter

Abby Shaw has returned to her hometown of Paradise, Colorado--leaving behind a career in corporate law and a cheating husband--to take over her aunt's candy shop, Divinity. But her sweet new life quickly turns sour when a fellow merchant dies in a fire. With all clues pointing to arson--and Abby's brother as the number one suspect--she must sink her teeth into finding the killer.