We're Lovin': A Murder Mystery with Recipes
Two cups mystery, one pinch romance, and a whole lotta Minnesota Nice.
Two cups mystery, one pinch romance, and a whole lotta Minnesota Nice. Quirky cookbook Hot Dish Heaven turned into a debut novel when author Jeanne Cooney began writing short stories to accompany each of her delicious-sounding dishes. (Chocolate frosted mint bars, anyone?) Those stories evolved into one tale that follows cub reporter Emerald Malloy as she travels to northern Minnesota to write a feature on a local café owner. While there, she uncovers the secrets of the small town—population 193—and gets wrapped up in an unsolved murder. True Minnesotans will immediately recognize Cooney’s references to the Red River Valley, Ole and Lena, and that “Minneapolis paper.” But what makes the book so fun is Cooney’s ability to spit out phrases such as “uff-da” and dish out recipes such as Jell-O salad and Tater Tot hot dish faster than you can say, “Ya, you betcha.” $14.95, amazon.com