The best culinary cozy mysteries with murder on the menu

Who am I?

Nancy Drew was the gateway drug for my mystery reading and writing addiction. I love unusual sleuths, and sleuths with secrets such as Mrs. Pollifax, Miss Marple, and Stephanie Plum. Dubbed the “takeout queen” by my kids, I love cooking shows and had the good sense to marry a man who enjoys making ice cream.


I wrote...

Book cover of The Rocky Road to Ruin: An Ice Cream Shop Mystery

What is my book about?

Riley Rhodes is the new manager of Udderly Delicious, a specialty ice cream shop in Connecticut’s bucolic Quiet Corner. A professional disaster on a mission in Rome forces her to leave behind her career as a librarian for the CIA, but not her talent for digging out secrets. While whipping up batches of to-die-for flavors like cherry amaretto and pumpkin caramel spice, she stumbles into the murder of a family friend, and uses her sleuthing skills to unmask a killer. 

The books I picked & why

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Death by Bubble Tea

By Jennifer J. Chow,

Book cover of Death by Bubble Tea

Why this book?

In Death By Bubble Tea, Jennifer Chow introduces us to the fascinating world of Los Angeles’ night markets where her sleuth, Yale Yee (named for the aspirations of her education-minded parents) runs a bubble tea stand with the help of her cousin, Celine. Bookish, quiet Yale couldn’t be more different than her brash, social media influencer cousin, but together they make a culinary splash and solve a murder that mars the opening night of the market. Intriguing cutthroat foodie culture, millennial energy, and warm family relationships distinguish this debut cozy.

Death by Bubble Tea

By Jennifer J. Chow,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Death by Bubble Tea as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Honey Roasted

By Cleo Coyle,

Book cover of Honey Roasted

Why this book?

Crime is always brewing near amateur sleuth Clare Cosi’s NYC Village Blend Coffeeshop. Though set in the city, the village surrounding the coffee shop is a close-knit community that comes together for gossip over a good cup of joe. The latest in Cleo Coyle’s series, Honey Roasted not only shows us how to brew a perfect cup of cappuccino, but also takes us into the world of urban beekeeping. The death of a friend mars Clare’s wedding plans, but she’s not going down the aisle until she unmasks the killer.

Honey Roasted

By Cleo Coyle,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Honey Roasted as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Diva Says Cheesecake

By Krista Davis,

Book cover of The Diva Says Cheesecake

Why this book?

Krista Davis’ long-running Domestic Diva series is always a treat. Sophie Winston, a creative caterer in charming Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, has been sleuthing for fourteen books, and the latest, The Diva Says Cheesecake is just as fresh and fun as the first. Davis’ witty and warm-hearted sleuth is surrounded by a cast of fun characters that bring the social setting to life. The Diva has done it all from high tea and Thanksgiving dinners, weddings, and celebrity cooking shows, and all of Davis’ recipes are to die for.

The Diva Says Cheesecake

By Krista Davis,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Diva Says Cheesecake as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

By Joanne Fluke,

Book cover of Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Why this book?

Cookie-baking sleuth Hannah Swenson is the star of one of the first culinary cozy series. From Book One, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, through her latest, Joanne Fluke’s cozies have found a huge audience thanks to the long-running series and the Hallmark Channel’s versions. Hannah owns The Cookie Jar, a popular bakery in small town Eden, Minnesota while fending off her mother’s attempts to marry her off and her own amateur snooping. How can a reader with a sweet tooth resist titles like her latest, Caramel Pecan Roll Murder?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

By Joanne Fluke,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Cheddar Off Dead: A Cheese Shop Mystery

By Korina Moss,

Book cover of Cheddar Off Dead: A Cheese Shop Mystery

Why this book?

This book should come with a warning: Moss’ delicious descriptions of her fictional shop’s offerings will send you running to the nearest cheese shop. Warm-hearted Willa Bauer has opened her French-inspired cheese shop, Curds and Whey, in Yarrow Glen, a small town in the beautiful Sonoma Valley. When she becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a vicious food critic, she must fight to clear her name.

Cheddar Off Dead: A Cheese Shop Mystery

By Korina Moss,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Cheddar Off Dead as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


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