Recipes for Love and Murder: A New Series by Sally Andrew

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery
Eco/HarperCollins. 9780062397669
Reviewed by Bob Walch

Author Sally Andrew combines cooking with amateur sleuthing in this new series set in South Africa. Recovering from an abusive marriage, Tannie Maria van Harten has turned to her love of cooking to not only assuage the memories of a difficult relationship but to also make a little extra money.

In her fifties, Maria loves creating traditional Afrikaans specialties and has taken to sharing her recipes with advice on life in her new newspaper column. When a woman who responds to her advice column and was in a similar difficult marriage is killed, Maria decides to play amateur detective and, along with a local journalist, she launches her own investigation.

Although Detective Lieutenant Henk Kannemeyer is not thrilled with Maria’s decision to lend a hand to the authorities, he finds her an intriguing woman and one he’d like to get to know a little better.

With a new relationship in full bloom, her successful column collecting more attention and a little informal detective work keeping her busy, one would think Maria has her plate rather full. But, the talented cook has perhaps bitten off more than she can chew and she’s about to discover murder and mouthwatering meals can sometimes make for a lethal combination.

With its exotic setting, very attractive character and smattering of actual recipes, this new series is one that those who are attracted to “foodie” suspense will want to sample. The author is already working on a second adventure for her heroine so you’ll want to devour this one before Maria returns in “Tannie Maria and the Satanic Mechanic”. 


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