Recipes for Love and Murder

Recipes for Love and Murder

A Tannie Maria Mystery

Book - 2015
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Tannie Maria used to write a recipe column for the Klein Karoo Gazette . Then Head Office decided they wanted an advice column instead, so now she gives advice. In the form of recipes. Because, as she says, she may not know much about love, but food - that's her life. Everything has been going well. A tongue-tied mechanic wins his girl with text messages and Welsh rarebit. A frightened teenager gets some much-needed sex ed with her chocolate-coated bananas. But then there is a letter from Martine, whose husband beats her, and Tannie Maria feels a pang of recognition and dread. This may be a problem that cooking can't solve... Warm, funny, poignant- Sally Andrew's irresistible heroine brings mystery, romance and amazing cooking together in the most entertaining new series in years. And all Tannie Maria's mouthwatering recipes are right there in the book! 'If you want a vivid, amusing and immensely enjoyable read about detection (and cooking) in an intriguing part of southern Africa, then this is the book for you. A triumph.' Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Melbourne, Vic., The Text Publishing Company,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781925240092
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jun 12, 2018

It’s easy to assume “Recipes for Love and Murder” would fall in the same predictable plots as seen in Hallmark Romantic Mystery Movies. It could not be further away from the truth. Sally Andrews does a delicious job of creating relatable characters that don’t make stupid mistakes as seen in the movies. The plot is a roller coaster ride with unexpected turns at every corner. The narrator, Tannie Maria, had a down to earth personality and would focus on her food creations to ease the mind and spirit. This works out very well as there is a recipe book at the back with all the dishes she made during the story. The only drawback to the novel is that they will often refer to African colloquialisms. Which while define in a glossary at the back, takes away from the fast pace in which you’d like to read the novel. “Recipes for Love and Murder” does a spectacular job transporting you to a small African town, where the weather is hot, the gossip is hotter, and the food is the hottest of them all. Just make sure to have a snack on hand while reading, you’ll want it after the descriptions of the food.

Apr 21, 2018

this is one of the best cooking (do I want to say cozy? ) mysteries I have read in a LONG time. if you want a light on the mystery but rich on the story and characters and place... this is for you.

I have read hundreds of the light mysteries and honestly lately they all run together. this one stands out. sure there is a hunky cop and I don't even MIND the cliche this time... because he was well written! I don't even recall ever finishing a cooking mystery and actually WANTING to bake one of the recipes. I wanted to bake that chocolate cake.

very well written creative refreshingly unique mystery series.

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.

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.

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.

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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