Finger Lickin' Dead is a humorous cozy mystery. It's the second in a series, but you can follow this story without having read the first novel, and this novel didn't spoil the mystery in the first one.
The characters were varied, quirky, and engaging. Lulu was an elderly lady with many friends. She listened to their gossip about who saw who with whom and who argued with whom and so forth, leading her to figure out whodunit. (It reminded me a little of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.) While I did guess right--well, mostly right--about whodunit before the reveal, so many people could have done it that it wasn't obvious who actually had. I kept reading this fast-paced novel to find out if I was right.
While there were some details about the setting and jobs, most of the details were about character interactions and the wonderful food they ate. Some recipes for the food mentioned in the story were included in the back of the book.
There were no sex scenes. There was some explicit bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this well-written, enjoyable mystery.
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Welcome to Aunt Pat's barbeque restaurant--family run and located in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee. Named in honor of Lulu Taylor's great-aunt, the restaurant on Beale Street is famous for its ribs and spicy corn bread, but sometimes Southern comfort food can come with a side of murder...
When an anonymous food critic blasts several local restaurants--including Aunt Pat's--with bad reviews, Lulu and her most loyal customers are burning mad, especially when they discover that Eppie Currian is the pen name of their friend Evelyn's cheating boyfriend. When "Eppie" gets his own fatal review, the list of suspects is long: two fuming ex-wives, an irate former restaurant owner, and even someone from Aunt Pat's own kitchen. Now, to catch the real killer, Lulu is going to have to put down her barbeque tongs--before her loved ones get sentenced to a strict diet of prison food.