By Riley Adams
Up for barbecue? Ribs maybe? While Lulu Taylor is busy running Aunt Pat’s—her
barbecue restaurant in Memphis—her best friend Cherry is helping out their friends at the
Rock and Ribs Festival.
There, Cherry gets into a beef with another contestant in a neighboring booth. Reuben
Shaw apparently, has a tendency to rub people the wrong way and ends up getting ‘rubbed out’
himself. And that happens right after Cherry discovers one of her booth’s tarps is missing. She
finds it—covering a very dead Reuben with a butcher knife in his chest.
Cherry becomes a suspect because people saw her arguing with Reuben—then again, who didn’t?—
and because her tarp was found with the victim. Lulu comes running to the rescue to help her best friend.
It seems that Lulu has a habit of trying to help the police solve crimes and she doesn’t hesitate in getting involved now. Lulu finds that many people have a rocky history with Reuben and she questions anyone and everyone she can. But Lulu sticks her nose into too many places and someone is unhappy. And that someone all but kills her to get her to mind her own business. What would stop most people, doesn’t affect Lulu the same way and she’s bound and determined to find the murderer.
A witty, fun read that not only satisfies a need for a good, down home mystery but comes with what
looks like really yummy recipes, too!
Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “The Other Side: Melinda’s Story”