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  • Mass Market Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (7 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425241912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241912
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Another good read. No dirty talk,swearing or gory details,FABULOUS,full of fun and mystery,and lovely characters,[apart from the killers]wish I could visit Aunty Pats diner.I can highly recommend this book ,waiting impatiently for more books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A frolicking, fun murder! 7 Jun. 2011
By Hart Johnson - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lulu, sixty-something owner of Aunt Pat's Restaurant on Beale Street in Memphis is surrounded by family and a quirky, fun set of regulars.

Evelyn, one of the Graces (code for docents of Graceland), has a new beau, or rather an old beau... she is seeing an ex-husband who seems to rub a lot of people the wrong way. When it is learned that Adam is not only smarmy, greedy, and philandering, but the anonymous pen behind some scathing restaurant critiques, there are some people out for blood... literally...

But who literally literally got blood and who just figuratively got blood? There is a long list of suspects... people who lost jobs, people who lost business, people who were being blackmailed, people cheated upon... oh, no... there is no shortage of who might have wanted Adam dead... But who killed him? Lulu takes on the case to help her friend Evelyn, who looks a little guilty at first... but it seems nearly everyone on the list is someone she knows...

This was a really fun read--twisty and funny and I felt like I was there. I strongly recommend it to Cozy lovers.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Lori Caswell - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An anonymous food critic is blasting the local Memphis restaurants with horrible reviews, some restaurants have even gone out of business because of the scathing remarks. Aunt Pat's BBQ has not even avoided the wrath of this critic who hides behind the name Eppie Curian (one with fine taste).

When the true identity of the critic is revealed to be Evelyn's cheating boyfriend, and daily visitor to Aunt Pat's, the restaurant owners and patrons are hotter than any BBQ grill. They want revenge and someone delivers him his own fatal review. The list of suspects is vast, including an fuming restaurant owner, two ex-wives and even someone from Aunt Pat's BBQ Restaurant.

Lulu finds herself on a mission to make sure the fire is put under the right culprit and contain her loved ones grilling to the kitchen.


Aunt Pat's is a family run restaurant located in heart of Memphis on Beale Street. It is known for it's fine Southern cooking and each visit there is a delight. I love not only the food, (Recipes are in the back of the book.) But the characters and the mystery too.

I really enjoyed Derrick coming out of his shell a bit and the way the whole group cared so much to snoop in on his date.

There are parts of this book when I found myself laughing out loud. The characters are true friends to help each other, spunky enough to keep everyone on their toes and their compassion resonates clearly to all.

This book has the perfect amount of seasoning and sauce to tempt everyone's taste buds. A mystery to be savored with a glass of sweet tea and a little peach cobbler.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime, A Division of Penguin Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Spicy & Hot Murder Mystery 7 Jun. 2011
By Mason Canyon - Published on
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Aunt Pat's Barbecue Restaurant in the heart of Memphis (Tenn.) feels a bit of a hit when an anonymous food critic gives it a bad review. Famous for its ribs and spicy cornbread, Aunt Pat's takes the bad press much better than another restaurant that closes its doors after a bad review.

Lulu Taylor, owner of Aunt Pat's, is more worried about one of her close friends and loyal customers, Evelyn. It seems Evelyn is blinded by the love of her former husband who has cheating ways and always looking for money.

When it's learned that Evelyn's ex (Adam) is the anonymous food critic, things heat up hotter than the Fourth of July. Before long Adam is found dead and the list of suspects begins to grow. Was it his ex-soon-to-be again wife, was it his soon-to-be ex-wife, one of the restaurant owners he blasted in a review, or just a loyal restaurant customer upset over his take on the delicious food?

When a second person turns up dead, the situation gets as sticky as the sauce on Aunt Pat's lip-smackin BBQ ribs. As Lulu tries to sort through the list of suspects, she gets a little too close to the killer. Meanwhile, the gang pulls together to help out one of their own with a most unusual wedding at Graceland.

Author Riley Adams has created a group of characters that will have you laughing, crying and shaking your head. If you live in the South, her take on Southern charm will remind you why you love it so. This is a story about family, friendship, loyalty, and Southern charm, not to mention murder, mystery, mayhem and intrigue.

FINGER LICKIN' DEAD is the second installment in the Memphis BBQ Mystery series, but is a stand alone book. An added bonus is several of the delicious recipes are included in the back of the book.

Once you pick up FINGER LICKIN' DEAD, you won't be able to put it down until you find out whodunit and how the wedding turned out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Finger Lickin Dead 4 Dec. 2011
By M. Reynard - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, so foodie mysteries are pretty awesome. And despite the fact that I was barely into the book and already knew who was going to die and who killed them, I actually still enjoyed this book. Having read the first one, it was kind of nice to return to these characters too. But don't worry, you don't have to read the first book in order to enjoy the second.

Lulu is up to her investigating ways again. The owner of Pat's BBQ Lulu always seems to find herself in some sort of mystery. This time, one of her friend's boyfriend has just turned up murdered. It doesn't help that he was just exposed as an especially ruthless food critic, and a cheater on many women, so there's a lot of people wanting him dead who have a lot of motive. And considering some of the people are very close to Lulu, she knows she needs to get to the bottom of this and quick. But with everyone keeping secrets and changing stories, it certainly is hard to solve a crime and run the best bbq restaurant in town at the same time.

Lulu is great. She's a warm character who looks out for her friends and runs a successful business. She's an inspiration to any foodie. Although her getting herself into mysteries can be a little far-fetched at times. There area lot of other unique characters too, but I noticed that they weren't quite used to their full potential like they were in the first book. This one mainly stuck with Lulu and her friend Evelyn and while we still got to see some of the other characters, I would have liked them to appear more. The bad guys in this book weren't quite as menacing either.

Since this could be considered a cozy mystery it definitely shares more elements of food and friendship than a crime novel. And I like that. Its still gives the reader something to look forward to but is more gentle. And it reads quick and light and is great brain candy when you just want to relax. But its the foodie in me that really appreciates this sort of book. Just reading about bbq is enough to make my mouth water, and the fact that they included some recipes in the back, even better. In fact, that's what made the whole book for me was the chance to get my hands on some new recipes.

So an average mystery novel that can be solved pretty easy, but an outstanding book when it comes to the foodie realm. I can't wait to read the next one.

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Review by M. Reynard 2011
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good to the last lick of BBQ 18 Sept. 2013
By Angels R Kids/Furkids - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again Aunt Pat's BBQ restaurant is under a critical eye, this time by an anonymous food critic. Soon there is nothing but bad reviews flying around town and Lulu and her family are not happy one bit about it. They get even more spitting mad when they find out who the "anonymous" critic is...a no good cheating boyfriend of Evelyn's. Soon this same man they were all spitting mad at is found dead and once again suspicion clouds the air of Aunt Pat's. Sure, he wasn't liked, but who would hate him enough to kill him? More people than you may think that's who. Will Lulu be able to sift through the clues to find the truth of the matter? Does she really want to?

I must say I think I liked the first book better in this series. This one was good, but I didn't think it was quite as good as the first one. It was a quick and easy read that I did enjoy though. The characters, once again, were my favorite part and a part that I could relate to at times also. They just are such great characters who are so well developed that you can't help but love them and want to read on to see what they do. The setting was once again a really soothing part of the book, being set in the south with a hospitable feel to it. Adams did a good job once again with the pace of the book, being that it had no lull points and was never a "chore" to read. This book was full of great sounding food, so well described you could almost smell it while reading...which made me hungry at times, not a bad thing though. The plot, characters, food, mystery, and everything in between was simply fantastic. I would recommend this book, as well as the first book in the series, as I loved that one too.

4/5 Stars!
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