Thursday, January 14, 2010

Food and Mysteries - Books that Sound Good Enough to Eat

Ever notice that when you're hungry, almost everything sounds good enough to eat?

That's why, as we all know, you don't go shopping when your stomach is growling. But no one warned you not to read when you're hungry.

Food has always played a role in books, but more and more books, it seems, are relying on food and funny puns to make the contents sound even more appetizing. I get a kick out of the puns some of the books come up with, but I can't help feeling a bit hungry, too. Gee, I wonder why?

I mean, who wouldn't mind starting out the day with Eggs Benedict (Arnold) (ha!) or a cup of Holiday Grind?

** Eggs Benedict Arnold, Laura Childs, Berkley Prime Crime, Dec. 2009;

** Holiday Grind - Coffeehouse Mystery, Cleo Coyle, Berkley Hardcover, Nov. 2009.

Got a sweet tooth? Well you know the old saying, I Scream, You Scream.... or how about a Bakers (Fatal) Dozen?

** I Scream You Scream, A Mystery a la Mode, Wendy Lyn Watson, Signet, Oct. 2009

** Baker's Fatal Dozen, Lisa Harris, Barbour Publishing, Aug. 2008

Oh, and food mysteries have had their influence on politics, too, it seems. After all, what else would the president have in the morning but "Eggsecutive Orders." (sorry, I couldn't resist!)

* Eggsecutive Orders, Julie Hyzy, Berkley, Jan. 5, 2010

** What are some of your favorite food-related mystery titles?


Wendy said...

So glad you got a kick out of "I Scream, You Scream" ... Hopefully you'll be equally tickled by the title of Book 2 (out September 2010): Scoop to Kill.

What a great blog, BTW. As a huge fan of murder and munchies, I'll definitely be hanging out here. :)

Wendy Lyn Watson

Chris V. said...

Glad you stopped by Wendy. And the new one sounds good enough to eat too. haa! I love these kinds of titles!

LadyPI said...

In addition to the Coffeehouse mystery series by Cleo Coyle, there is the Cake Decorating series by Gayle Trent, the Chocoholic mystery series by JoAnna Carl, the Goldy culinary series by Diane Mott Davidson and the Hannah Swenson Cookie Jar series by Joanne Fluke.

And countless others that I haven't read yet. Thanks for giving me some more ideas. (or should that be s'more).


Courtney Mroch said...

I like Katherine Hall Page's mysteries. Not really food in the title, but her main character owns a catering business and loves to cook so there's usually a pretty healthy dose of food talk. Cool blog!

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks for including Eggsecutive Orders on your "good enough to eat" list. What a great group to be included with!

Love your blog ;-)