Monday, July 22, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Rubbed Out

Rubbed Out (Memphis BBQ Mystery - Book 4) by Riley Adams

Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 272
ISBN-10: 0425259994
ISBN-13: 978-0425259993

(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, IndieBound

Riley Adams (aka. Elizabeth Spann Craig) on the WEB: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

Books in the series:

Delicious and Suspicious (2010), Finger Lickin' Dead (2011), Hickory Smoked Homicide (2011), Rubbed Out (2013)

Coverart: Click the image for a larger, clearer view of the covers in this series.

Excerpt from Rubbed Out, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside Feature.


Even Lulu Taylor—proprietress of Aunt Pat’s Barbeque Restaurant in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee—needs to get out of the kitchen now and then. But at the Rock and Ribs festival, she finds more than a taste of trouble…

Reuben Shaw rubs a lot of people the wrong way—including Lulu’s best friend, Cherry, who has the misfortune of being in the booth next to his at the festival. The pigheaded pit master thinks he’s a shoo-in to win the barbeque competition, but he spends more time stirring up trouble than seasoning his spare ribs. Hours after she gets into a quarrel with him, Cherry finds Shaw dead with a butcher knife in his chest. Now it’s her turn to get grilled—by the police. Lulu sets out to clear her friend’s name and finds Shaw had more secrets than his BBQ recipe. She’ll need to act fast, because the real killer will spare no one…including Lulu.


Lulu Taylor and the crew from Aunt Pat's Barbeque are back in Riley Adams, latest book, Rubbed Out, the fourth book in the Memphis BBQ mystery series. This time it's off to the Rock and Ribs festival, where Lulu's friend Cherry hopes to bring home the prize, but when a fellow contestant ends up dead, Cherry is in hot water. Adams continues to entertain with humor and wonderful background on the Memphis BBQ scene. Her characters are realistic, yet captivating and her suspects and motives are intriguing. A great addition to the series. 

One of the things that I love about this series, is all of the information about BBQ and the Memphis area. I like the fact that the author is able to balance those details against the mystery aspect of the story and still provide a lot of interesting facts. This includes the great recipes at the back of the book. You gotta try the Pineapple Casserole!

Lulu is such a delightful heroine. She is middle aged but still has a lot of spunk. She is determined and full of vinegar. There is a lot of humor added into this book and a lot of that comes from Lulu's character. She always seems to find herself in the middle of something. I think Adams does a fantastic job of making Lulu the heroine of the book, but also providing her with a great supporting cast of characters like Ben and Sara and Cherry.

I liked the background for this particular book. I have heard and watched television programs about BBQ Pit masters and that sort of thing and the Rock and Ribs festival from Rubbed Out really reminded me of that. I liked that a lot. These things get super competitive and I could actually see Cherry getting into an argument with the crew next door. That made the plot very plausible which is always good in these types of mystery. If you can't read the book and decided whether something like this could actually happen in real life, it takes a little something away from the mystery.

I totally bought the whole concept. The suspects were believable and interesting and there were certainly some serious motives for wanting Reuben dead. I thought the way that Lulu and Cherry worked together to figure whodunit, was fun to read and had some depth to it. I didn't figure it out until the last chapter, which made it that much more interesting. There were several directions that the author could have gone. I was happy with the ending and left wanting more. Can't wait til the next one comes out!

Rubbed Out is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She blogs at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Her most recent releases are Quilt or Innocence (June 2012) and A Body in the Backyard (October 2012.) Her next book, Knot What it Seams, releases February 5, 2013.

Elizabeth is active in the online writing community. She shares writing-related links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig and posts on craft and the publishing industry on her blog, Mystery Writing is Murder. She and Mike Fleming of Hiveword also manage the Writer's Knowledge Base-a free search engine to help writers find resources.

As the mother of two in North Carolina, Elizabeth writes on the run as she juggles volunteering, referees play dates, drives carpools, and is dragged along as a hostage/chaperone on field trips.

Giveaway Details:

The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of Rubbed Out by Riley Adams.

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~ The deadline to enter this giveaway is Midnight EST, August 5th.

1. Please leave a comment describing your favorite BBQ dish. Recipes would be great!
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Wendy Newcomb said...

I would love a copy of this new cozy mystery, thank you for the chance to win it.


Angela - Bookaunt said...

Thank you for the chance to win this. This is a fun series.

Anonymous said...

I have read the first in this series and would love to win this book.

Thanks for the chance.

Rita Wray said...

I love my chicken on the BBQ.


Linda said...

I am reading this serie & loving every delicious moment! My favorite BBQ recipte is for Dr. Pepper baby back ribs. We cook them on the grill, in oven, or even in a crockpot.

2/3 cup Dr. Pepper soda, not diet
2/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
3 pounds ribs, separated

Place ribs in crock pot and bake for 4-6 hrs on low. Baste the ribs with the sauce every 30 minutes.

If you don't want to take the time to baste the ribs, just pour the sauce in the crockpot and let the ribs cook in it.

My Recent Favorite Books said...

My favorite Chicken BBQ Dish is made in the crockpot, easy and delicious!

I have this series on my to be read list, it sounds great!


Sue Farrell said...

I love BBQ rib tips from Famous Daves--Yum.

Carol N Wong said...

This is one of my most favorite cozy series. I think Tennessee is the best place for barbeque!

CaroLNWong (ar)aol(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

I really am not much for eating BBQ sauce on anything. I go to a BBQ restaurant and get my food plain. My son is the cook in our house and he knows better than to feed me sauce although I will occasionally eat BBQ ribs when coerced.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

ann said...

I love BBQ spare ribs on the grill. I also enjoy reading a funny mystery too. Thanks for the chance to win

bn100 said...

like bbq ribs

Michelle F. said...

Favorite BBQ dishes are a pulled pork sandwich or a boneless rib (I like the Hungry Man dinner). Lloyd's Barbecue tubs are good, too. I don't make homemade barbecue.

The book sounds good and I recently picked up the first one at the library book sale. I have her first quilting mystery, too.


traveler said...

My favorite would be bar-b-q salmon since it is so delectable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol M said...

I haven't read any of the books in this series but I would like to. It sounds good!

Anonymous said...

Baby Back Ribs.