When a reader responded to Detecting Gourmandizing by suggesting Nancy Fairbanks, I headed right to this very shelf where I found her first culinary mystery, Crime Brulee. Set in New Orleans, the book introduces Carolyn Blue, newly a culinary writer (formerly a stay at home wife and mother who cooked gourmet and now prefers OPC --other people's cooking). Blue is visiting New Orleans with her husband who is attending an American Chemical Association meeting and sets off to find a friend who most think is not even missing. Sprinkled in are various restaurant mentions, quite a few recipes, a bit of food (and drink) trivia about New Orleans, and an occasional nod to medieval history as Carolyn was (according to the book) a medieval history major in college. Despite the author's whining about the difficulty of concocting a successful roux and my own mixed reactions to her views of feminism, the food is definitely fun. Though I read the book years ago, I am enjoying the re-read.
Memory -- of a friend and colleague who tracked down and made a lovely crab cheesecake that we had in New Orleans. Anticipation -- a visit to post-Katrina New Orleans this coming August -- also for a professional meeting at the Convention Center.
But back to Carolyn Blue and Crime Brulee, the first in a series that most recently has seen Bon Bon Voyage. I'm not quite done yet -- and need to decide on which recipe is worth a try.
Have you tried recipes from murder mysteries? Read Nancy Fairbanks? Fantasized murder on YOUR menu?