A Taste for Murder
With the huge popularity of all things related to food - cooking shows on TV, celebrity chefs, cookbooks, and grilling, to name a few - it's not surprising that one of the most popular cozy mystery subgenres is the culinary mystery.
You can find just about anything food-related in the wide range of culinary mysteries. There are mysteries about tea, coffee, and wine. Others feature caterers and owners of restaurants, bakeries, candy shops, herb shops, coffee and tea shops, and ice cream stores. Some characters are innkeepers and bed and breakfast owners. There are food columnists, restaurant reviewers, and chefs on cooking shows. Some characters are just amateur sleuths with an interest in cooking.
Real People in Fictional Mysteries
I currently have some mysteries on display that feature real people as characters in the books. These people are not necessarily the sleuths, but they are all involved in murder. Coincidentally, the May 3 issue of Publishers Weekly has an article on the same topic. Their main focus was on historical mysteries and highlighted many of the authors and characters I am showcasing. Here are the series I have included in my display.
Mysteries From Our Neighbors to the North
After watching the Winter Olympics and taking in the spectacular scenery of Vancouver, I headed for my mystery location list to see if any mystery authors had chosen that beautiful city as the setting for their books. Here are some mysteries set in and around Vancouver, British Columbia.
Vicki Delany writes a series about Molly Winters, a rookie constable, and her boss, Sgt. John Winters, located in the mountain town of Trafalgar. In the Shadow of the Glacier is the first, with the fourth title being released in November.
Mystery Awards Wrap-Up
The following mystery awards have been presented in 2009 for books published in 2008. The titles can be found in the mystery section unless otherwise indicated.
Agatha Awards (named in honor of Agatha Christie)