In the I Read/I Wrote series, authors introduce a book they loved–in the genre in which they write–and share one of their own books.
GENRE: Culinary/Cozy Mystery
I READ: On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
On What Grounds, first book of the Coffeehouse mysteries, was the very first cozy mystery I’d ever read. In the first installment, you meet Clare Cosi, the incredibly loveable protagonist who is heading back to New York City after ten years of suburban life. Her return is brought on by a proposal from her ex-mother-in-law who owns a coffeehouse she would like Clare to manage. To make matters interesting, Clare is unaware that her ex-husband will also play a part in the business and force them to be a part of each other’s lives once again.
The appeal of cozy mysteries tends to come from a variety of reasons including themed interests, justice prevailing, and a focal point of solving the puzzle itself. Another great appeal to this sub-genre is the protagonist being an amateur sleuth, giving the reader an opportunity to identify with a character that is an “everyday man.”
In my case, it was a little bit of all the above that attracted me to the genre. And with this series, the main attraction for me was coffee! The series is filled with fun facts about coffee, its production and even includes recipes!
I WROTE: Death by Dumpling
Death by Dumpling is the first book in the Noodle Shop mysteries and takes place in Cleveland, Ohio.
The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that helping wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband.
Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead—after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy—to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out—it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up.
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