Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery

by Sally Andrew


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A bright new talent makes her fiction debut with this first entry in a delicious crime set in rural South Africa—a flavorful blend of The #1 Ladies Detective Agency and Goldie Schulz series, full of humor, romance, and recipes and featuring a charming cast of characters.

Tannie Maria (Tannie meaning Auntie, the respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook—and eat. She shares her culinary love as a recipe columnist for the local paper—until The Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart rather than ideas for lunch and dinner.

Tannie Maria doesn’t like the change, but soon discovers she has a knack—and a passion—for helping people. Of course she shares her recipes and culinary advice whenever she can! Assisting other people with their problems, Tannie Maria is eventually forced to face her own issues, especially when the troubles of those she helps touch on the pain of her past, like a woman desperate to escape her abusive husband.

When the woman is murdered, Tannie Maria becomes dangerously entwined in the investigation, despite the best efforts of one striking detective determined to keep her safe. Suddenly, this practical, down-to-earth woman is involved in something much more sinister than perfecting her chocolate cake recipe . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062397676
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: Tannie Maria Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 603,732
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Sally Andrew lives in a mud-brick house on a nature reserve in the Klein Karoo, South Africa, with her artist partner, Bowen Boshier, and other wildlife (including kudu and leopard). She also spends time in the wilderness of southern Africa and the seaside suburb of Muizenberg.

Her background is in social and environmental activism. She has a Masters in Adult Education. The Satanic Mechanic is a sequel to Recipes for Love and Murder, which has been published in thirteen languages across five continents.

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Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought more than likely I wouldn't finish this book and almost didn't start reading it. After the first chapter I was hooked and couldn't put it down. It just sort of pulls you in and you find that what you thought was an easily saved mystery is not so easy after all. I would hope there will be more Tannie Marie mysteries on the horizon. The added humor of two battling adversaries made for a surprisingly enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read as the "serial read" for the month. Story was great but was looking forward to the recipies promised to be at the end of the book. Where were they? Does the actual book or nook book versions have it? Suggestions for future serial reads containing a glossary: if you're going to publish it, then put the glossary as an extra on the first day's read, so it can be referenced later. Publishing it last is too late. I had already looked them all up on google translate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has a strong woman as the main character who gives advice and recipes to heal aching hearts. She is also brave and intuitive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thankfully there was a glossary at the end of the book. I really enjoyed the book, a lot of surprising twists and turns, wasn't sure who did it, and I was surprised, never saw it coming until I was reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I chose to read Recipes for Love and Murder on my Nook App in June. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading. Language and terms were sometimes difficult to understand. I enjoyed the characters and concept so much I decided to stay with the book. A murder with intrigue and unusual characters in their own ways. A couple of love stories had me pulling for everyone to end up safe and sound. Tannie Maria and her co-workers at the newspaper were a perfect fit to the telling of the story. And thank goodness for the police department in every way possible. I don't want to tell the story with all the twists and turns. Everyone needs to experience the characters, especially Tannie Maria and her cooking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I learned new ways of looking at life through Tannie Maria and her African culture, while trying to solve a murder mystery. A little romance and lots of African vocabulary and cooking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed all the food references. The mystery was captivating I couldn't guess who the murderer was!! For being a first novel it was great! I look forward to more!!
Talkingt77 More than 1 year ago
A great story about friends, murder, food and mystery. When things change up at Tannie Maria's job she just learns to go with the flow. Love and recipes go great together. Until someone is murdered. When you work for a paper then your investigative instincts kick in. Mystery and suspense will keep you guessing. Laugh out loud moments makes the story even better. Team work and a few clues stumbled on by accident causes things to happen. I read it on Barnes&Noble serial reads. I have meet some new authors this way. Will be looking forward to reading more of Tannie Maria's adventures!
cts827 More than 1 year ago
Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew is a cozy mystery that will have your mouth watering. If is a book that is full of suspense and budding relationships and lot of food. Tannie Maria is a widow who loves to cook and feed her creations to her friends. She also works for the local newspaper and is an advice columnist giving advice and recipes to people who write to her, sort of a Dear Abby and Julia Childs combined. Maria also is an amateur sleuth who helps to solve a murder (well, more than one murder). The police officer is not happy with her involvement in his case, and he is also worried about her safety. He also enjoys her cooking! What a combination. Some of the words in the story are South African dialect, but there is a glossary in the back of the book. Most of the words are easy to figure out their meaning. It was an educational experience! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. The plot and the characters are well developed. It was a B&N serial read where a few chapters are given each day until the book is completed. It is a great way to "meet" new authors. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like cozy mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, good suspense, good story . Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago