Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review: Rubbed Out by: Riley Adams

Title: Rubbed Out
Author: Riley Adams
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: A Memphis BBQ Mystery #4
Pages: 272
Format: Kindle ebook
Source: Purchase


Even Lulu Taylor—proprietress of Aunt Pat’s Barbeque Restaurant in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee—needs to get out of the kitchen now and then. But at the Rock and Ribs festival, she finds more than a taste of trouble…

Reuben Shaw rubs a lot of people the wrong way—including Lulu’s best friend, Cherry, who has the misfortune of being in the booth next to his at the festival. The pigheaded pit master thinks he’s a shoo-in to win the barbeque competition, but he spends more time stirring up trouble than seasoning his spare ribs. Hours after she gets into a quarrel with him, Cherry finds Shaw dead with a butcher knife in his chest. Now it’s her turn to get grilled—by the police. Lulu sets out to clear her friend’s name and finds Shaw had more secrets than his BBQ recipe. She’ll need to act fast, because the real killer will spare no one…including Lulu.

My Thoughts:

In Memphis there is a cooking festival going on which all the girls of the Graces are participating in.  Lulu is visiting with her grandkids and Derrick.  Lulu witness Cherry get into a heated fight with the tent next to the Graces not long after that the pit master of the tent winds up dead.

Lulu and Cherry set out to clear Cherry's name and find out who killed Reuben.  Of course not long into that another body winds up this one connected to Reuben a customer he screwed over with his contracting company.

In this book there are so many possible suspects was it the teammates Sharon and Brody who were fighting alot with Reuben?  Was it Reuben's ex-wife that he was screwing over?  Or their son who was living a very broke life?  Or was it Aunt Pat's waitstaff Tim who was seen arguing with Reuben?  And what is going on with Derrick's disappearing act?

This book was great with the ups and downs, and all the mysteries going on it went by way too fast a book for me, before I knew it the book was done.  I really feel drawn into this series, I love the homeyness it has.

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