and Rebecca Syme
In honor of Gina Welborn's debut novella, Sugarplum Hearts, (part of Barbour's HIGHLAND CROSSINGS Novella) we've chosen a subject near and dear to us all. Food.
As always, we simply list titles within a theme but we do not seek to promote them. While the Inkies have read some of them, this is not a recommendation list, simply a source, and the degree of foodiness varies.
But, please, help yourself to a piece of cake.
Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck, Thomas Nelson Publisher, 2010. Caroline's dreams-coming-true did not include becoming the new owner of an old cafe. A sweet, emotional read with Rachel's trademark rich Southern settings.
Always the Baker, Never the Bride, by Sandra D. Bricker, Abington Press, 2010. An award-winning baker's new job at a prestigious wedding destination hotel puts more than her kitchen skills to test when she faces her new boss and ex-boyfriend in laugh-out-loud situations.
JoAnne Fluke's Hannah Swenson Mystery Series includes a long list of mystery favorites, including Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder and Gingerbread Murder. Small town baker Hannah enjoys life in rural Minnesota, but there sure is a lot of delicious crime! Joanne's website is MurderSheBaked(.com). Cute!
Sugar Plums for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad, Steeple Hill Love Inspired 2010. A favorite of Anita Mae's . . . "When Lizette Baker moves to Dry Creek to open the Baker School of Ballet, the townspeople are disappointed because rumor said she was going to open a bakery. Lizette appeases them by offering her homemade donuts. Her treats are such a hit, especially with the men in town, she uses the freshly-made goodies as a bribe in return for help fixing up the new dance studio.
Bliss by Jenness Walker and Tracy Bowen, Written World Communications Publisher, 2010. Follow the crazy life of modern day hippie Indie as she searches for bliss.
Bluegrass Blessings by Allie Pleiter, Steeple Hill Love Inspired 2009. Dinah's new landlord thinks she is as attractive as her cinnamon rolls and snickerdoodles . . . if he can just get past all though crazy quirks.
The Perfect Blend by Allie Pleiter, Steeple Hill Cafe', Love Inspired 2010. Maggi wants to open a Christian coffeehouse but can only do so with the financial go ahead from stuffy British tea-drinker Will. Guess who wins? They both do.
Summer Meadows Mystery Series by Cynthia Hickey, Heartsong Presents
includes: Fudge-Laced Felonies 2008, Candy-Coated Secrets, 2009, and Chocolate-Covered Crime 2011. Summer Meadows is a nice girl who runs a candy store. Trouble always comes calling, along with quirky humor, suspense and romance.
Cozy Crumb Mystery Series by Lisa Harris, Heartsong Presents
includes: Recipe for Murder, 2008, Baker's Final Dozen 2008, Chef's Deadly Dish, 2009. Foodie mom Priscilla Crumb loves to whip up meals, entertain, and catch a few bad guys too.
Murder by Mushroom, by Virginia Smith, Love Inspired Suspense 2007 Watch what you eat at your next church supper! (It's a good idea to have a cute Trooper on the case.)
A Taste of Murder by Virginia Smith, Love Inspired Suspense 2008. Someone has come to the BBQ festival with more than wings on their mind. Can Jasmine Delaney take the place of the murdered beauty-pageant judge without putting herself in danger?
Burning Hearts by Nike Chellimi, Desert Breeze Publishing 2011. Lorne Kincade falls for Erica Brogna and her mom's home cooking in this forties-era suspense setting. You'll want to visit the Brogna home yourself when you're done with this one.
Thanks again to AusJenny for the great assistance in compiling this list