Recipes for Love and Murder

Recipes for Love and Murder

Book - 2015
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"A bright new talent makes her fiction debut with this first novel in a delicious crime series set in rural South Africa: a flavorful blend of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Goldy Schulz, full of humor, romance, and recipes, and featuring a charming cast of characters. Tannie Maria ("tannie" meaning auntie, the respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook and eat. She shares her culinary love through her work as a recipe columnist for the local paper, until the Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart than for lunch and dinner ideas. Tannie Maria doesn't like the change but soon discovers she has a knack and a passion for helping people. Of course, a recipe is always part of the remedy she offers. Assisting other people with their problems, Tannie Maria is eventually forced to face her own issues, especially when the troubles of those she helps touch on the pain of her own past like a woman who contacts her desperate to escape her abusive husband. When the woman is murdered, Tannie Maria becomes dangerously entwined in the investigation, despite the best efforts of a handsome detective named Kannemeyer, who is determined to keep her safe. Suddenly, this practical, down-to-earth woman is involved in something much more sinister than perfecting her chocolate cake recipe . . ."--ONIX annotation.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062397669
0062397664
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm

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marthajack
Aug 06, 2017

Absolutely loved this! Wonderful and unusual South African setting, filled with luscious details of landscape, daily life, language, and meals. I love the main character whose mostly calm and quiet life leaves her room for pondering the mysteries that arise. The food descriptions are mouth-watering and I have tried one of the recipes in the back. Delicious!

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Jul 20, 2016

Oh my goodness...if I was ever transported into a book, I would want it to be this one...and it's a murder mystery! But the cooking and eating that takes place here, by far, takes the cake..sorry for the pun :) I definitely salivated my way through it, and I appreciated the main characters philosophy of food and well being. If you enjoy eating and appreciate quirky characters you will enjoy this (plus there are recipes at the end!)

FindingJane Jul 05, 2016

This book is ostensibly a murder/mystery. But it soars with quiet joy with its simple yet evocative prose and descriptions of the African countryside. The book’s theme mainly revolves around the probings of three intelligent women (and the antics of one manic female) as they attempt to sift through clues to solve the tragic death of a battered woman. Perhaps it is because the fate of women lie at the heart of this story that native recipes sift their way seamlessly through it. When Tannie Maria’s job is changed, against her wishes, to being a kind of Lonely Hearts columnist, she resorts to giving recipes to sort out people’s problems. Her sense of smell and taste wind through this story like the scent of freshly baked cookies trail through a stirring house and propel the story to its conclusion. Food—its tastes, varieties and preparations—are as central to this story as the bonding between women and supplies a deep satisfaction that goes beyond the mystery that is its apparent core.

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AngelaWard1
May 31, 2016

Really enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down.
Wrote down a few of the recipes to try out. A really fun read.

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genepy
Mar 12, 2016

A pale imitation of Alexander McCall Smith 's series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency , nothing compares... however, it's an entertaining and easy read for a rainy day...

siammarino Jan 12, 2016

Loved this book with all the details about the South African veld, local recipes, and an intricate mystery plot. Add a measure of romance and it was a fun and uplifting read.

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csut2
Jan 04, 2016

wsj nolan best 2015

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siammarino Jan 12, 2016

Awesome mystery set in South Africa about a woman who finds love and fulfillment while cooking, giving advice on love along with recipes, and investigating a murder.

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