Reader’s Lounge

by Susan Erhardt 

If you are a fan of author Diane Mott Davidson, who pens thrillers revolving around the delectable theme of food, we have compiled a list of titles that will surely appeal to your tastes. Grab a blanket, fix a plate, and curl up with one of these delicious mysteries.

A Sheet Cake Named Desire

by Jacklyn Brady

Pastry chef Rita Lucero travels from Albuquerque, New Mexico to New Orleans to persuade her pastry chef husband, Philippe, to sign divorce papers. Instead, she finds him with a knife in his chest. Suspects include old friends who were also his employees and Rita herself, not to mention an unscrupulous competitor. Philippe’s mother asks Rita to oversee her late son’s shop temporarily, but keeping the business afloat leads Rita to ask uncomfortable questions that migh  lead to her own demise.

Death Al Dente

by Leslie Budewitz

When Erin Murphy takes over her family’s century-old general store in Jewel Bay, Montana, she turns it into a boutique market filled with local delicacies. To celebrate their recent makeover as a gourmet food market, Murphy organizes a festival, Festa di Pasta, featuring the towns finest culinary goods, including her mother Fresca’s Italian specialties. The festival is soured when the shop’s former manager Claudette, is found dead on opening night. With rival chef James Angelo stirring up rumors that Fresca’s sauce recipes were stolen from Claudette, Fresca is under scrutiny. Now, Erin will have to hunt down new suspects or both her family and her store might wind up in hot water.

The Chocolate Clown Corpse

by JoAnna Carl

Lee owns the chocolate shop next door to Clowning Around, which has been for sale since the owner Moe was killed a month ago. Moe’s widow, Emma, and her two stepchildren list the property for sale, but when Lee tours the building, she finds Emma unconscious. Now Lee wonders whether Moe’s killer is still at large, taking care of unfinished business. Unfortunately, since the town is celebrating Clown Week, there are so many potential suspects in grease paint and floppy shoes it’s not even funny. For Lee, protecting Emma, freeing an innocent man and rolling out hundreds of her clown-themed chocolates is a  tall order; but so is staying alive long enough to find out which one of her neighbors is a killer in disguise.

All Fudged Up

by Nancy Coco

Allie McMurphy is up to her neck in renovations at the Grand Old Hotel, which has been in her family for generations. With its quaint Victorian charm and world-famous fudge shop, it’s one of Mackinac Island’s most beloved landmarks. Every family has a skeleton or two in the closet, but Allie didn’t expect to find an actual corpse inside hers, especially Joe Jessup, who had a long-running feud with her dear departed grandfather. Now the prime suspect, Allie works to sniff out the culprit before another victim checks in.


Susan Erhardt has spent the last 25 years helping people find great reads at KDL. Currently, she is the Youth Specialist at the Plainfield Branch and loves seeing young patrons at local football games and grocery stores. When not at work, she is a wife as well as a mom to two girls and one Jack Russell Terrier.


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