Recipes for Love and Murder

Recipes for Love and Murder

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Tannie Maria (Tannie meaning (3z(BAuntie,(3y (Bthe respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook - and eat. Her life as a recipe columnist for her local paper is relatively quiet until The Gazette decides to replace her recipe column with an advice column. At first, Tannie Maria is resistant, but she soon discovers she has a knack--and a passion--for helping her correspondents and including recipes and culinary advice whenever she can! As she makes her way through the questions that pile up, she ends up not only helping others, but coming to terms with her own overeating, body image and loneliness along the way. Then Tannie Maria receives a sequence of letters from a woman trying to figure out how to escape her abusive husband--something Tannie Maria has had experience with in the past. When the woman is murdered, however, Tannie Maria and her colleague become dangerously entwined in the ensuing investigation, despite the best efforts of a handsome detective to keep them safe. Soon, Tannie Maria becomes involved in something much more sinister than perfecting her chocolate cake recipe.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Harper Avenue, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443443029
Characteristics: 419 pages ;,23 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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