I love it when food plays a role in cozy mysteries. Luckily for me, there are dozens of books that revolve around delectable bites in some fashion.
I’m currently reading A Clue in the Stew by Connie Archer. The series centers on Lucky Jamieson, who operates a restaurant where the menu items are predominantly soups. The author provides descriptions of the delicious varieties and accompanying sandwiches and such without bogging down the story with too many details. It’s just enough to whet my appetite. Plus, there are recipes in the back, which is always a nice bonus.
If soup isn’t your thing, you can find cozies that involve donut shops, cake shops, or ice cream parlors. Joanne Fluke has the long running Hannah Swensen series, which takes place at The Cookie Jar. While each mystery book contains several dessert recipes, Fluke has also put all the recipes together in a mouth-watering cookbook.
For variety, there’s the Goldy Shulz series by Diane Mott Davidson. Goldy runs a catering company and makes anything from scrumptious brunch casseroles to savory hors d oeuvres to luscious desserts, with several recipes included in the back, of course.
Sometimes I don’t know if I read these books to solve a good murder mystery or make myself hungry reading about all this great food. Even something as simple as Hercule Poirot drinking a cup of hot chocolate makes me sit up and take notice.
Maybe it’s because eating and reading are two of my favorite activities. Judging by the number of titles published each year that involve mysteries and food, I’m not the only one.