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Recipes for love and murder / by Sally Andrew.

By: Andrew, Sally [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Andrew, Sally, Tannie Maria: 1.Publisher: Melbourne : Scoresby : Text Publishing Company ; Penguin Books Australia [Distributor] Description: 378 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781925240092; 1925240096.Subject(s): Cooking -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery stories. | Love stories.DDC classification: A823.4
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Tannie Maria used to write a recipe column for the Klein Karoo Gazette . Then Head Office decided they wanted an advice column instead, so now she gives advice. In the form of recipes. Because, as she says, she may not know much about love, but food - that's her life. Everything has been going well. A tongue-tied mechanic wins his girl with text messages and Welsh rarebit. A frightened teenager gets some much-needed sex ed with her chocolate-coated bananas. But then there is a letter from Martine, whose husband beats her, and Tannie Maria feels a pang of recognition and dread. This may be a problem that cooking can't solve... Warm, funny, poignant- Sally Andrew's irresistible heroine brings mystery, romance and amazing cooking together in the most entertaining new series in years. And all Tannie Maria's mouthwatering recipes are right there in the book! 'If you want a vivid, amusing and immensely enjoyable read about detection (and cooking) in an intriguing part of southern Africa, then this is the book for you. A triumph.' Alexander McCall Smith

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Library Journal Review

The dry rolling hills of South Africa's Klein Karoo region serve as the striking backdrop for this winning debut culinary cozy. Middle-aged widow Maria van Harten (known as "Tannie Maria" in the traditional local term of respect) writes a local newspaper advice column that offers wisdom to the desperate and lovelorn via mouth-watering recipes. (In a typical example, a young woman is given sex advice couched in terms of instructions for making chocolate-covered bananas.) When an abused woman who sought her counsel turns up dead, Tannie Maria is reminded of her own terrifying experience with domestic assault. Armed with her wits, the help of a handsome police detective, and killer milk tart, Maria sets out to crack the case and soothe her lonely heart. VERDICT Take a pinch of Alexander McCall Smith, a dash of Diane Mott Davidson, and add a smidge of the wild veld and you'll get a taste for this lekker story (that's "delicious" in Afrikaans). While the tone is heartfelt, Andrew doesn't shy away from the realities of spousal abuse or the shadow of South Africa's tumultuous history. With a fascinating setting, engaging characters, and a full complement of drool-worthy recipes, this is sure to leave readers craving more. [See Prepub Alert, 6/1/15.]-Annabelle Mortensen, Skokie P.L., IL © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Comment by Lynne

What a find! A new voice in mystery novels oh I do hope Sally Andrews writes more stories about Tannie Maria. The review is great and says it all. The recipes kept me wanting to taste the flavours the Tannie Maria talked about. my only wish was that there was a Glossary of the Afrikaans words and their English meanings as i had to try and guess what they were. More please :) Lynne

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