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A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron. Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared f A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron. Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared for her after Ricki's teen mother disappeared from the hospital. Ricki's dream comes true when she joins the quirky staff of Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the spectacular former Garden District home of late bon vivant Genevieve "Vee" Charbonnet, the city's legendary restauranteur. Ricki is excited about turning her avocation - collecting vintage cookbooks - into a vocation by launching the museum's gift shop, Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware. Then she discovers that a box of donated vintage cookbooks contains the body of a cantankerous Bon Vee employee who was fired after being exposed as a book thief. The skills Ricky has developed ferreting out hidden vintage treasures come in handy for investigations. But both her business and Bon Vee could wind up as deadstock when Ricki's past as curator of a billionaire's first edition collection comes back to haunt her. Will Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware be a success ... or a recipe for disaster?


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A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron. Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared f A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron. Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared for her after Ricki's teen mother disappeared from the hospital. Ricki's dream comes true when she joins the quirky staff of Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the spectacular former Garden District home of late bon vivant Genevieve "Vee" Charbonnet, the city's legendary restauranteur. Ricki is excited about turning her avocation - collecting vintage cookbooks - into a vocation by launching the museum's gift shop, Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware. Then she discovers that a box of donated vintage cookbooks contains the body of a cantankerous Bon Vee employee who was fired after being exposed as a book thief. The skills Ricky has developed ferreting out hidden vintage treasures come in handy for investigations. But both her business and Bon Vee could wind up as deadstock when Ricki's past as curator of a billionaire's first edition collection comes back to haunt her. Will Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware be a success ... or a recipe for disaster?

30 review for Bayou Book Thief

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Life can be intense sometimes; when your husband does something foolish and leaves you at the end of your rope, what's a girl to do? Start back over again in The Big Easy, where you were born and have some of your fondest memories. That's exactly what Ricki James does, and from the moment she arrives and secures a job at an historic and adored culturally significant home in New Orleans. After getting to know a few of her colleagues and bosses while she sets up her new shop, Ricki unexpectedly di Life can be intense sometimes; when your husband does something foolish and leaves you at the end of your rope, what's a girl to do? Start back over again in The Big Easy, where you were born and have some of your fondest memories. That's exactly what Ricki James does, and from the moment she arrives and secures a job at an historic and adored culturally significant home in New Orleans. After getting to know a few of her colleagues and bosses while she sets up her new shop, Ricki unexpectedly discovers someone among the staff is a thief. And it ain't the rare birds wandering the estate (though they do make the best characters!). Unfortunately, in the process of locating the missing rare book, Ricki also discovers a dead body, and it's clear the person was murdered. What happened to Ricki's fresh start in life? Is Death stalking her? Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron is the first installment in her new Vintage Cookbook Mysteries, and it perfectly captures the authentic flavor and eclectic atmosphere of a cherished southern city that's always felt more European than anywhere else in the US. I've previously read two of the author's other series, and it's clear that she undeniably shines when it comes to immersing the core beauty and life of a city and its unique culture into her books. From local tour guides who understand the city's secret history and flair for over-the-top personalities to prim-and-proper society matrons who garner the respect of all, Byron has breathed life into every character in the book. I enjoyed the education on historical cookbooks and mouthwatering food recipes that are sure to delight readers who want to feel like they've stepped into a famous world simply by cooking up dishes in their own kitchens. As a mystery, it's full of clever red herrings, curious plot twists, and multiple side stories that eventually weave together to create a connected and entertaining story. Ricki's personal life is also beginning to take center stage, especially as she asks a few questions about her birth parents and meets a man who gives her hope for falling in love again. Getting to know all the women (and one or two men) who work at Bon Vee Culinary House Museum has been a treat. So many varied personalities and quirky relationships help cement the cast and setting without burdening the reader by sharing too much backstory. Thankfully, the author's actively working on the second book, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. For now... I'll settle with sharing this book with others. Maybe it's time for a trip to New Orleans to visit all the places Byron's told us about!

  2. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    Review to be posted the first week of June per publisher guidelines.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elle G. Reads

    Cozy mystery books are my comfort reads! Whenever I want to get lost in something easy, breezy, and fun I generally pick up a cozy. Sometimes I go back to old series that I love (I’m slowly reading them because I don’t want them to end) and other times I grab a book from an author I’ve never read before like this one. Ellen Byron is a new to me author and I’m so thrilled to have finally read her books! I’ve heard her Cajun Country mysteries were really good so when I saw this one on netgalley I Cozy mystery books are my comfort reads! Whenever I want to get lost in something easy, breezy, and fun I generally pick up a cozy. Sometimes I go back to old series that I love (I’m slowly reading them because I don’t want them to end) and other times I grab a book from an author I’ve never read before like this one. Ellen Byron is a new to me author and I’m so thrilled to have finally read her books! I’ve heard her Cajun Country mysteries were really good so when I saw this one on netgalley I grabbed it! Like her other series, its set in New Orleans and showcases all the wonderful food, historical venues, and charm. In particular though it mainly focuses on the main characters new business venture of opening a gift shop with vintage cookbooks and cookware. I’ve never read something like this and was really intrigued by all the cool things she found and used in her shop! Readers of Bayou Book Thief can also be sure that they’ll get an intriguing mystery out of the story with a set of interesting side characters and a killer who is hard to figure out! Personally, I wasn’t even thinking about who the killer actually was because I was so mesmerized by the setting and our MC Ricki, so it shocked me when he or she was revealed! Now that’s great writing! If you’re a cozy mystery reader, then this is a must read to add to your list of books! I’m so excited to follow Ricki and the gang in the next book, Wined and Died in New Orleans which releases on February 7, 2023! While I hate to wait that long I think it’ll be worth it! 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗙𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗙: • Cozy Mysteries • Vintage Cookware and Cookbooks • Books that take place in New Orleans 𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  4. 5 out of 5

    Libby Klein

    What a fun read with a fabulous cast of characters! Lots of twists and turns will keep you guessing right up to the hilarious end. Beware reading while hungry. The food descriptions will make you want to book a ticket to New Orleans today.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dsbook

    This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in New Orleans. I did enjoy this book and with the cliff hanger ending I will definitely be watching for the next book in this series

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Bayou Book Thief" is a cozy mystery. Ricki stumbled across a lot of crime, not all of it related to the murder. Since her last boss had been (unknown to her) pulling off a scam, she's more aware of the possibility now. She's a friendly, easy-to-talk-to sort of gal, and she's good at tracking a clue down to its source. The detective was overworked so didn't mind the tips. But she told Ricki to run the scenarios that her vivid imagination came up with through a logic test to see if her ideas were "Bayou Book Thief" is a cozy mystery. Ricki stumbled across a lot of crime, not all of it related to the murder. Since her last boss had been (unknown to her) pulling off a scam, she's more aware of the possibility now. She's a friendly, easy-to-talk-to sort of gal, and she's good at tracking a clue down to its source. The detective was overworked so didn't mind the tips. But she told Ricki to run the scenarios that her vivid imagination came up with through a logic test to see if her ideas were really reasonable before reporting them to the police. This was a clue-based puzzle mystery. As there were several crimes, I'll just say that some whodunits were more obvious while others needed a longer accumulation of clues to guess. There was no sex. There were only a couple of uses of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Monson

    For a cozy mystery set in New Orleans, I expected more vibrancy, but, unfortunately, this one fell a bit flat for me. Ricki is likable enough, and her backstory certainly has compelling potential, but the other characters all muddled together for me. All of the Bon Vee employees were introduced in quick succession and there were so many that they all blended together a bit for me, despite some unique names. I did, however, really appreciate the diversity in the cast of characters which is rarely For a cozy mystery set in New Orleans, I expected more vibrancy, but, unfortunately, this one fell a bit flat for me. Ricki is likable enough, and her backstory certainly has compelling potential, but the other characters all muddled together for me. All of the Bon Vee employees were introduced in quick succession and there were so many that they all blended together a bit for me, despite some unique names. I did, however, really appreciate the diversity in the cast of characters which is rarely seen in cozy mysteries. The characters’ races were not focal points of the story but rather incidental in that they were just existing in the world (and making the setting feel more authentic as New Orleans has such a diverse population). Particularly given the cliffhanger, I would certainly pick up a next in series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    “Bayou Book Thief” the first instalment in A Vintage Cookbook Mystery series by Ellen Byron set in New Orleans. What a great start to a new series! I absolutely loved this story, and it has made me want to visit the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum and New Orleans. I really like Ricki, Zellah , Lyla, Madame Noisette, and Virgil almost makes you wish you were part of their little community. The interaction between Ricki and Detective Rodriguez I found entertaining as well. The mystery is interesting “Bayou Book Thief” the first instalment in A Vintage Cookbook Mystery series by Ellen Byron set in New Orleans. What a great start to a new series! I absolutely loved this story, and it has made me want to visit the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum and New Orleans. I really like Ricki, Zellah , Lyla, Madame Noisette, and Virgil almost makes you wish you were part of their little community. The interaction between Ricki and Detective Rodriguez I found entertaining as well. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and had plenty of twists to keep engaged right to the very end. I kept guessing and second-guessing myself but I was right on who the killer was. The story moves at a steady pace, and I had a hard time putting it down. I also liked how the author left the ending making us wait in anticipation for book 2 . I highly recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I can’t wait for book two! I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Berkley Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Fun and quirky, this book will entertain most readers. I didn't find I really connected to anyone in this story and I found myself skimming the pages. This doesn't mean I will give up on this book, I just may have to read it at another time. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book. #BayouBookThief #NetGalley Fun and quirky, this book will entertain most readers. I didn't find I really connected to anyone in this story and I found myself skimming the pages. This doesn't mean I will give up on this book, I just may have to read it at another time. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book. #BayouBookThief #NetGalley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    Opening Bayou Book Thief is like being instantly transported to New Orleans. The characters are well crafted, just a bit on the quirky side, and uniquely southern without a forced use of exaggerated dialect or cliches. The city, New Orleans, is depicted with a combination of its flaws, the unimaginable heat; and charm, the beauty of the surroundings, and the laissez faire attitude that pervades the area. They all come together in a house turned into a museum, dedicated to the original resident w Opening Bayou Book Thief is like being instantly transported to New Orleans. The characters are well crafted, just a bit on the quirky side, and uniquely southern without a forced use of exaggerated dialect or cliches. The city, New Orleans, is depicted with a combination of its flaws, the unimaginable heat; and charm, the beauty of the surroundings, and the laissez faire attitude that pervades the area. They all come together in a house turned into a museum, dedicated to the original resident who was one of NOLA’s founding female chefs. The central character, Ricky, was born in New Orleans and lived there seven years before her adopted parents moved her to California. She’s come back now, feeling the pull of “home” with an idea of creating a gift shop in the museum featuring her vintage cookbooks and other kitchen/entertaining items. When she makes her proposal to the executive director it is enthusiastically embraced and she opens to rousing success. Other characters making up Ricky’s new family include the executive director of the museum, a classic woman of the “old south” impeccably dressed and coiffed, with an unexpected streak of humor and acceptance, an artist who uses her face as her canvas and works at the museum cafe, Ricky’s landlady, a member of a senior citizen’s dance team who routinely joins second lines, and a docent at the museum whose signature color is purple and who is also a member of NOLA’s grand old families. Ricky opens her shop and it is a major success, with everything seeming to go well until one of the tour guides, a rather nasty man, is leaving the shop one day when he is jostled and a number of books fall out from under his coat. Although he is fired, he remains connected to the museum when he is murdered and his body is shipped to the museum along with a box of donated books. When Ricky is eliminated as a suspect, she becomes concerned about her friends being accused, and decides to do some investigating on her own. She regularly calls the detective in charge of the case with her latest theory and reasons, usually to have her suspicions shot down by the detective in charge. While Ricky is investigating, she travels through some of NOLA, giving the reader the opportunity to experience some of the sights and sounds, as well as some of the cajun food and exclusive restaurants. She also involves herself in several other minor investigations, including one involving the HVAC man who services her units, a nonagenarian who lives in a retirement home and yet has more life in him than some twenty year olds, and the intriguing question of who wrote and published a series of cookbooks/romance novels that bumped up against soft porn and are valued at several hundred dollars. When the author, who published the books under a pseudonym is revealed, it causes quite a stir and more than a little controversy. There are several more characters, all well crafted, who make up this book and who are so interesting the reader will hope to find them in the next book in the series. The book is a highly entertaining read that will be enjoyed by anyone who wants to take a short trip to New Orleans and yet can’t get away. It’s easy to have as a beach read or to read it straight through when the reader is looking for something high on entertainment and low on tension and angst. A large part of the book is spent in introducing characters and establishing their relationship with Ricky and most readers will find themselves identifying several they hope will be part of an on-going series. While Ricky does eventually solve the murder mystery, it isn’t until she comes across a final clue that gives her the answer, so the reader doesn’t have a chance to identify the villain before Ricky gets there. Byron knows Louisiana and New Orleans well, and shares that knowledge in this enjoyable book. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series to see what adventures are next for Ricky, who is going to continue as part of the series, and a new armchair trip to New Orleans. My thanks to Berkley Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy for this review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    BAYOU BOOK THIEF is the first in the brand-new Vintage Cookbook Mystery series by Ellen Byron and every bit as charming as I’d anticipated! From captivating diverse characters to dastardly deeds to iconic New Orleans locales, the author pens a vivid tale featuring protagonist, Ricki James. From the very first page, I couldn’t read fast enough as I wanted to get to know the quirky characters and their backstory. Keeping a firm grasp on the pacing of the mystery, Ms. Byron prudently doles out thos BAYOU BOOK THIEF is the first in the brand-new Vintage Cookbook Mystery series by Ellen Byron and every bit as charming as I’d anticipated! From captivating diverse characters to dastardly deeds to iconic New Orleans locales, the author pens a vivid tale featuring protagonist, Ricki James. From the very first page, I couldn’t read fast enough as I wanted to get to know the quirky characters and their backstory. Keeping a firm grasp on the pacing of the mystery, Ms. Byron prudently doles out those details, which only made me more intrigued. Ricki is a compelling protagonist in that she was born in New Orleans, then adopted at birth by her NICU nurse and then grew up in Los Angeles. After the demise of her husband and a scandal concerning her previous employer, she returns to New Orleans. Despite her tragic life, Ricki has a sense of humor and a strong sense of justice, mostly in thanks to the couple who raised her. I was pleased that while they’re not physically with Ricki, having retired to Mexico, their long-distance relationship is strong and loving. This gives the book a balance of community and family that can often be missing in mysteries. Starting over is never easy, but Ricki lands a job operating Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware gift shop at the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for the body of a former employee who she’d accused of stealing to show up and wreak havoc on her new life and new venture. As Ricki delves into the life of the victim and starts asking questions to figure out who there are twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Ms. Byron pens a tightly plotted story peppered with secrets, lies, and betrayal. With a tempting teaser to close out the book, I cannot wait until the second book releases! With several vintage cookbooks mentioned throughout the story, it was a pleasure to find out that several recipes from actual vintage cookbooks are included at the back of the book. Ms. Byron includes an introduction to the cookbooks featured on how she came to collect the vintage cookbook. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    3.5 stars, rounded up review to come

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    When Ellen Byron writes a book, I immediately find a way to read it right away. I was thrilled to get a copy of this book before release particularly since it is set in New Orleans. The gift shop in a house museum is an interesting setting and I loved all the references to old cookbooks and how they have evolved over the years. The story itself was a little slow paced but this helped to set the scene and establish a good base for the next books in the series. I did find that there were a lot of When Ellen Byron writes a book, I immediately find a way to read it right away. I was thrilled to get a copy of this book before release particularly since it is set in New Orleans. The gift shop in a house museum is an interesting setting and I loved all the references to old cookbooks and how they have evolved over the years. The story itself was a little slow paced but this helped to set the scene and establish a good base for the next books in the series. I did find that there were a lot of characters to keep straight and they all seemed to blend together for me. I also didn't really connect with the main character, Ricki, but did find her to be likeable. I will definitely continue with the series and hope that the next ones are more evenly paced. I received a copy from #NetGalley for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Fantastic read! I love this series already, which is unusual for the first book in the series. So much fun, such mouth-watering food talk. I just want to go to NOLA and eat all the food.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    BAYOU BOOK THIEF starts a new cozy series set in New Orleans. Ricki James-Diaz is starting over in the town where she was born and abandoned at birth. Raised in LA by loving adoptive parents, Ricki is recently widowed and has just lost her job cataloging a library for a man convicted of a ponzi scheme. She is starting over at Bon Vie, a mansion turned into to tourist attraction, where she will be running her own vintage cookbook and cookware store. She likes most of her new co-workers, but a cou BAYOU BOOK THIEF starts a new cozy series set in New Orleans. Ricki James-Diaz is starting over in the town where she was born and abandoned at birth. Raised in LA by loving adoptive parents, Ricki is recently widowed and has just lost her job cataloging a library for a man convicted of a ponzi scheme. She is starting over at Bon Vie, a mansion turned into to tourist attraction, where she will be running her own vintage cookbook and cookware store. She likes most of her new co-workers, but a couple of the tour guides are not friendly. Franklin Finbloch is a major complainer and a petty thief. Winifred Shexnyder is a tour guide who is always trying to guilt her tourists into giving her large tips and is also a snitch eager to get the rest of the employees in trouble. When Franklin's corpse is delivered to Bon Vie in a trunk with a vintage can opener used as the murder weapon, Ricki is sure that her bad luck and notoriety make her the perfect suspect. She is eager to help the police find the actual murderer, but her overactive imagination leads in to odd conclusions. The story was filled with great characters and had an interesting plot. I liked that it included recipes for readers to try from vintage cookbooks. Some of the ones mentioned in the story sounded pretty awful though. I'm looking forward to more books in this engaging and entertaining series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lena H.

    Ricki James-Diaz left Los Angeles with her tail between her legs and landed in her hometown of New Orleans. She soon finds herself running a vintage cookbook shop inside a museum in the heart of the Garden District. Ricki is surrounded by a fun cast of characters and quickly makes several good friends... and an enemy or two. When one of said enemies turns up dead, Ricki had to get to know her coworkers and others in the Bon Vee inner circle very well- before the killer strikes again! I'm a big fa Ricki James-Diaz left Los Angeles with her tail between her legs and landed in her hometown of New Orleans. She soon finds herself running a vintage cookbook shop inside a museum in the heart of the Garden District. Ricki is surrounded by a fun cast of characters and quickly makes several good friends... and an enemy or two. When one of said enemies turns up dead, Ricki had to get to know her coworkers and others in the Bon Vee inner circle very well- before the killer strikes again! I'm a big fan of this author and I think I actually liked this book even more than her Cajun County mysteries. Ricki lives in a little shotgun house in an old neighborhood near the river. The museum Bon Vee is exactly the sort of site I love to take in when I'm travelling, and I love how the people of New Orleans are portrayed as utterly unique and unquestioningly accepting of others. The mystery was complex and Ricki's investigation was natural and productive. I had some ideas along the way of whodunnit but none of my guesses were right. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of cozies, especially if you're a fan of Byron's other work. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    So I want to start this review by saying that the writing was really well done and I think if you enjoy classic cozy mystery stories, you should definitely pick this one up. The characters were so much fun and the big reveal was one that I didn’t see coming! I decided to give this one a try because I’m not really familiar with the genre and it sounded interesting. Personally, I don’t think that this genre is really for me. Although I loved the writing, I felt like the story itself really dragged So I want to start this review by saying that the writing was really well done and I think if you enjoy classic cozy mystery stories, you should definitely pick this one up. The characters were so much fun and the big reveal was one that I didn’t see coming! I decided to give this one a try because I’m not really familiar with the genre and it sounded interesting. Personally, I don’t think that this genre is really for me. Although I loved the writing, I felt like the story itself really dragged on. And even though there was a murder involved pretty much right from the beginning, I didn’t find it shocking and didn’t have much of an investment in figuring out who the killer was. I will say that the book ended on a pretty cool cliffhanger and I can see why many people would immediately want to go and read the next one. Overall, I liked this but didn’t totally love it. Again, it’s more of a me thing. I encourage you to read the synopsis and give it a try if it sounds like something you’d enjoy! Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group for my gifted copy!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley(Penguin Random House) for allowing me to read this title. Twenty-eight year-old Ricki moves from LA to New Orleans after her stuntman husband dies and her employer goes to prison for running a Ponzi scheme. She was born in New Orleans, abandoned at birth and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared for her. Her adoptive parents subsequently move to LA. Ricki is ready for a new start and returns to her birthplace. She applies for a position at the Bon Vee Culinary House Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley(Penguin Random House) for allowing me to read this title. Twenty-eight year-old Ricki moves from LA to New Orleans after her stuntman husband dies and her employer goes to prison for running a Ponzi scheme. She was born in New Orleans, abandoned at birth and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared for her. Her adoptive parents subsequently move to LA. Ricki is ready for a new start and returns to her birthplace. She applies for a position at the Bon Vee Culinary House and Museum. As a collector of vintage cookery books she opens a museum gift shop featuring vintage kitchenware as well as cookbooks. Life is going well until a museum tour guide is murdered. Unhappy with the slow police investigation, Ricki decides to do her own sleuthing. Tthis debut title in the Vintage Cookbook Mysteries is a delightful, fun read. It's populated with unique characters and captures the Big Easy atmosphere perfectly. Vintage recipes are included! Looking forward to the next in the series. Better proofreading for the next one , I hope!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barb Foerst

    Young widow Ricki James is starting a new life. She’s leaving California and her ponzi-scheming ex-employer. She’s returning to New Orleans where she was born and abandoned by her mother. She was fortunate to be adopted by a loving couple. Back in New Orleans, she’s starting a gift shop in a local culinary museum. Working in the shop, Ricki meets lots of quirky characters and unfortunately a murderer. She delves into finding that person. I enjoyed this new series and look forward to learning mor Young widow Ricki James is starting a new life. She’s leaving California and her ponzi-scheming ex-employer. She’s returning to New Orleans where she was born and abandoned by her mother. She was fortunate to be adopted by a loving couple. Back in New Orleans, she’s starting a gift shop in a local culinary museum. Working in the shop, Ricki meets lots of quirky characters and unfortunately a murderer. She delves into finding that person. I enjoyed this new series and look forward to learning more about Ricki’s new museum family.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    This is my first time reading this author and I found the book entertaining. The mystery kept me guessing and I liked the characters. I look forward to finding out more about the characters and seeing what other mysteries the author comes up with. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    Author Ellen Byron does it again. Once again she has written a story with complex characters and intricate plot that keeps you captivated and unable to quit reading. I love how she doesn't reveal the culprit until the end of the book. Can't wait for book two. Author Ellen Byron does it again. Once again she has written a story with complex characters and intricate plot that keeps you captivated and unable to quit reading. I love how she doesn't reveal the culprit until the end of the book. Can't wait for book two.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Loved it

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan Brotemarkle

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Klára

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Gaydos

  28. 5 out of 5

    Zac Bissonnette

  29. 5 out of 5

    Viktor Omy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

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