Book Review: Finger Lickin' Dead by Riley Adams
Being a Food Critic Can Be Murder
Get ready for another taste fest I the second installment of Riley Adams' Memphis BBQ Mysteries as Lulu Taylor and the gang start solving another murder that indirectly affects Aunt Pat's Bar-B-Que.
In Finger Lickin' Dead "Eppie Currian" an anonymous food critic, is going around town giving restaurants bad reviews, including Lulu's beloved Aunt Pat's. The reviews are so bad that it put her friend Tudy Hatley's husband out of business. With the bad reviews Eppie gives Lulu's restaurant, the crowd begins to thin as people start going elsewhere for their barbeque fix.
While everyone is upset by the reviews, they also discover that their friend Evelyn's boyfriend (well, actually her ex-husband who she's dating again) is cheating on her and his current soon to be ex-wife. Got it? There has to be some type of southern drama! When he ends up dead, Evelyn becomes a prime suspect and now Lulu has to clear Evelyn's good name.
The one thing that Lulu has going for her is her nine year old granddaughter, Ella Beth who starts snooping around and gives Lulu updates to what she's discovered. Ella Beth seems to blend into the restaurant and get the information Lulu needs. Lulu thinks the girl will grow up to be either a journalist or police officer.
Anyway, the plot begins to thicken as Lulu's other friend, wedding planner Flo, needs help with planning the wedding from hell. When all of the original plans fall through, she enlists "The Graces" and the restaurant to help. Luckily, as a docent at Graceland, she's able to move the wedding there and hopefully appease the bride and her mother.
Once again, Adams has written an enjoyable account at the restaurant, however the only problem again is the repeating of the story. Whether the character is Lulu or another character, every detail is repeated in great detail which seems to slow down the pace.
I liked the fact that Adams had two stories going on. It did seem to break up the monotony, but the wedding just seemed to be a subplot and didn't have as much "page time" as the original investigation of Evelyn's boyfriends' murder.
One thing that Adams is good at is leading you down a path and then pulling the rug out from under you. I thought I had figured it out, but I was wrong.
Also, be sure to try the recipes which are included at the end of the book. They seem like they're mighty tasty.