10 Best Gourmet Mystery Books Featuring Delectable Cuisine!
Feast your eyes and tickle your imagination on this juicy lineup of the 10 best gourmet mystery novels around. You’ll find your palate tantalized and your detective skills sharpened as we navigate this menu of stories that blend the rich aroma of food and the heart-pounding thrills of mystery. From grand banquets marred by murder, to quaint boulangeries hiding secrets as dark as their chocolate ganache, this collection will have you craving more. Whether you're a foodie, a mystery lover or just someone who loves a damn good read, these novels will have you gripped from start to finish. With flavor-infused narratives and spiraling suspense wrapped in enigmatic twists, these gourmet mystery books are a treat to the senses. So, set the table, uncork your favorite bottle, and prepare your taste buds for a literary adventure that intertwines the fragrant lure of fine cuisine with the enthralling intrigue of crime-solving. Bon appétit, readers, and brace yourselves for a delightful, suspenseful ride.
『Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder』
"Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden's most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can't get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn't watch her back, Hannah's sweet life may get burned to a crisp"--Back cover.
|Publisher||Hannah Swensen Mystery|
|Release Date||Jan 01, 2019|
『Mischief Nights Are Murder』
Poppy McAllister discovers that gluten-free Halloweens can scare up another case of murder in latest installment of this delightful culinary B&B mystery series! Poppy is none too pleased when her B&B is coerced into participating in the Cape May Haunted Dinners Tour during Halloween season. Though her knack for finding dead bodies has given the place a spooky reputation, the Murder House is a completely undeserved nickname. At least it used to be . . . While Poppy wrangles with some guests who can’t stop squabbling with each other—including a paranormal researcher, a very quirky pet psychic who freaks out her portly Persian, and an undercover tabloid reporter eager to catch her staff in a lie—one of them winds up facedown in a plate of tiramisu. And now she has bigger worries than getting her house TP’d . . . Includes Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen! “A cast of wacky characters, plenty of humor, and the antiques and B&B frame provide the appeal.” —Booklist on Antique Auctions are Murder
|Release Date||Jul 25, 2023|
『An Appetite For Murder』
Hayley Snow's life always revolved around food. But when she applies to be a food critic for a Key West style magazine, she discovers that her new boss would be Kristen Faulkner-the woman Hayley caught in bed with her boyfriend! Hayley thinks things are as bad as they can get-until the police pull her in as a suspect in Kristen's murder. Kristen was killed by a poisoned key lime pie. Now Hayley must find out who used meringue to murder before she takes all the blame.
|Release Date||Jan 03, 2012|
『Death of a Clam Digger』
Hayley Powell, a small-town food-and-wine columnist turned sleuth finds herself caught between a deadly rivalry between seafood clans! Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell usually reserves judgement for local cuisine, not the people who serve it. But staying neutral isn’t so easy when caught between the biggest seafood rivals in town—her BFF Mona Barnes and the successful Leighton clan. Adding to a bitter decades-old surf-turf war between family businesses, a modern Romeo and Juliet story unfolds as Mona’s son gets engaged to the daughter of her sworn enemy . . . Spiteful patriarch Lonnie Leighton is also steamed about the arrangement—enough to go to dangerous lengths to break it up. At least, until he’s discovered face down and dead in the clam flats. With unanswered questions swirling, accusations flying in both directions, and a young couple stuck in the middle, Hayley has bigger fish to fry than determining who sources the best shellfish in Bar Harbor. Because someone wants to get away with murder . . . and send whoever else gets in their way to a muddy grave. Includes delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!
|Release Date||Jul 25, 2023|
In the new stand-alone thriller from the World's Bestselling author comes a Police detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night, now Caleb Rooney has a new title: Most Wanted. In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty--as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable discoveries. His beloved city is under threat of attack. And these would-be terrorists may be local. As crowds of revelers gather, Rooney follows a fearsome trail of clues, racing from outlying districts into city center. He has no idea what-or who-he'll face in defense of his beloved hometown, only that innocent lives are at stake.
|Author||James Patterson/Max DiLallo|
|Release Date||Feb 18, 2019|
Meet Suzanne Hart, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she's dubbed "The Great Impersonator," Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown. But when a dead body is dumped on her doorstep like a sack of flour, Suzanne's cozy little shop becomes an all-out crime scene. Now, everyone in town is dropping by for glazed donuts and gruesome details. The retired sheriff warns her to be careful—and they're all suspects. Soon Suzanne—who finds snooping as irresistible as donuts—is poking holes in everyone's alibis...
|Release Date||Mar 30, 2010|
The first mystery in a new series overflowing with Greek flavor... Georgie Nikolopatos manages the Bonaparte House, a Greek restaurant and historic landmark in beautiful upstate New York rumored to possess ghosts and hidden treasure. But when her husband disappears and her main competitor is found dead, it’s up to Georgie to solve a big fat Greek murder. With her husband, Spiro, inexplicably gone for days, Georgie has her hands full running the restaurant and dealing with the crew of the TV show Ghost Squad, called in by Spiro to inspect the house for haunting. So when she has a chance to take a boating excursion on the St. Lawrence River with her friend Keith Morgan, she jumps on it. But their idyll is quickly ruined when they discover the body of rival restaurant owner Domenic “Big Dom” DiTomasso floating in the water. When the police start asking questions, it doesn’t help that Spiro can’t be found—and with Georgie on their suspect list, it’s up to her to find her missing husband and find out who killed Big Dom before someone else’s order is up. Includes delicious Greek recipes!
|Release Date||Jan 06, 2015|
『Arsenic and Adobo』
A RUSA Award-winning novel! The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer.... When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She's tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case. With the cops treating her like she's the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila's left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block…
|Author||Mia P. Manansala|
|Release Date||May 04, 2021|
『The Gourmet Detective』
From sourcing rare ingredients to solving crimes, “this appealing detective serves up nuggets of culinary trivia and wry food humor” (People). They call him the gourmet detective; the only thing sharper than his mind is his palate. When chefs need a rare ingredient, an ancient wine, or simply a new idea to gain that extra Michelin-star boost, they come to the detective’s cozy London office and plead for his help. For top-notch cooking, he is always happy to lend his taste buds to the cause. Now Raymond Lefebvre, executive chef at one of London’s finest French restaurants, has asked for the detective’s help with a bit of kitchen espionage. Lefebvre’s crosstown rival is winning international accolades cooking a dish called Oiseau Royal, and Lefebvre wants the recipe. Getting it takes the detective deep into the Circle of Careme, where the most elite chefs in Britain gather to swap recipes, techniques, and gossip. But when the chefs of Careme start to die, the detective starts to salivate. There is no finer appetizer than murder.
|Publisher||Open Road Media|
|Release Date||Sep 25, 2012|
『Sprinkle with Murder』
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client is a nightmare. She's a bridezilla who wants 500 custom cupcakes for her wedding. When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she becomes the prime suspect. To save themselves and their business, the ladies need to find the real murderer, before the cupcake killer ices someone else.
|Release Date||Mar 02, 2010|
In conclusion, these ten novels provide not just a tantalizing mystery to solve, but also a culinary adventure waiting to unfold. Gourmet mystery books have an uncanny knack of marrying the sensory delights of food with the intellectual stimulation of a classic whodunit. These books, featuring delectable cuisine, are especially a treat - they make you think, they make you question and most importantly, they make you hungry for more! How many books have you heard of that can arouse your detective instinct and also ignite an explosion of culinary creativity within you? These gourmet mystery books can. For all the ‘foodie detectives’ out there, embarking on this ‘mystery-gourmet’ journey could just be the spice your reading list has been waiting for. So, get your detective hat on, have your fork ready, and dive into the beguiling world of Gourmet mystery. After all, there's no better combo than a tongue-tingling mystery with a side of mouthwatering delicacies. All in all, they are the perfect ‘Main Course’ for your literary appetite!
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