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Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew

Recipes for Love and Murder

by Sally Andrew

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Too much unnecessary explanations & running on & on & on & on & on: in other words "Much Ado About Nothing".

I was immediately put off by the narrator's verboseness... would she ever just get to the point?

I have no idea what the author was trying to prove: She's "Literary"? She knows all about "Afrikaners" & being South African?

This book could have been wonderful had it been 200+ less pages.

The author was obviously out to prove herself as being culturally in the know via overkill.....

Even the recipes were difficult to read & follow....

Won't be wasting my time again on this author & her needless verbosity..... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jun 29, 2019 |
Recipes for Love and Murder is a delightful mystery set in Klein Karoo, Tanzania from Sally Andrew.

Tannie (Aunty) Marie is the Klein Karoo’s Gazette recipe columnist, but with recent budget cuts affecting the small three person newspaper, she is also tasked to take over the role of Agony Aunt. It’s a job Tannie Marie takes seriously, dispensing wisdom, and recipes, to suit any situation. However it is a letter from ‘Bereft Woman’ suffering at the hands of her abusive husband that greatly worries Tannie Marie, and when she learns of her death she is determined to see justice is done.

Sprinkled with Afrikaans words and phrases Andrew creates such a wonderful sense of both place, and character. Marie relies on her colleagues, and friends, Hattie and Jessie to help her investigate the murder, and meets a slightly over protective but well meaning, and handsome, detective.

Despite the delicious appeal of the recipes in this story, Andrew explores some sensitive issues, such as domestic violence, of which Marie was once a victim, PTSD, homosexuality and of course, murder..there is not just one but two by the end of the book, plus a kidnapping and a near miss for Tannie Marie.

While similarities can be drawn between this book and Alexander McCall Smith’s No.1 Lady Detective series set in Botswana, Recipes for Love and Murder has its own distinct charm, and I hope to read more from Sally Andrew ( )
  shelleyraec | Apr 14, 2019 |
Tani finds herself involved in a complex murder investigation. She and her friends intervene in the interrogation. They interrogate themselves, risking their lives to discover the murderer's identity. During the interrogation, Tani determines that it is never too late to gain a new love. This book recommended for such inclement weather since the end of the book also has a bonus of recipes that can be prepared. ( )
  Johenlvinson | Mar 2, 2019 |
4 out of 4 I made it. I finished 4 books during the break  as I had originally  set out to do. Two of them were really enjoyable and the other two were OK, not terrible.  ( )
  1forthebooks | May 29, 2018 |
RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER introduces the world to Tannie Maria, a fifty-something, Afrikaans, widow living in the town of Ladysmith in the Klein Karoo region of South Africa. She writes a cooking column for the local paper but the publication’s sponsors want an ‘agony aunt’ style advice column instead so Tannie Maria, ever the pragmatist, combines the two concepts. She’ll solve people’s problems with her common sense advice and offer the perfect recipe for every situation. One of the first letters she receives is very troubling as it is from a woman who is being abused by her husband. This situation brings back painful memories of Tannie Maria’s own marriage. When the letter-writer is murdered Tannie Maria, worrying that her advice to leave the marriage might have led to the woman’s death, feels obligated to become involved in the investigation.

I suspect the labelling of this book as a ‘cosy’ mystery will be an automatic turnoff for some people but I would urge them to ignore the term and give the book a go anyway. Sure it has some very light-hearted moments that you wouldn’t find in a noir novel and there’s not a lot of on-page sex or violence but that doesn’t prevent the book from tackling some important subjects in a substantial and intelligent way. Issues such as domestic violence and the hypocrisy that can be inherent in some religious practice are threaded throughout the story in such a way that they cut through what might otherwise be too ‘cute’ or ‘sweet’ while still leaving the book with its overall positive and sunny sensibility.

Tannie Maria is a terrific character. She is smart, funny and down-to-earth. She has gotten on with her life, soldiering through the difficult times in a very practical way and not let her bad experiences completely bring her undone. Though she is not ridiculously upbeat or unrealistic as some cosy heroines can be. She is lonely and has insecurities too. It’s a complex and quite nuanced depiction and I suspect there is a lot more to learn about this character so I’ll be looking for the already published second book in the series very soon. There are some wonderful minor characters too including Tannie Maria’s colleagues Hattie, the newspaper’s editor, and Jessie, an eager young reporter. The official investigators include a sombre but thorough policeman who acts as a love interest for Tannie Maria. Even some of the letter writers, several of whom write more than once, add a nice layer of characterisation.

And of course there’s the food. There are more recipes than murder here as Tannie Maria’s go to response for any situation or problem is food. She brings food to her colleagues, cooks meals for the policeman, tracks down vegan cake recipes for the Seventh Day Adventist kids who play a role in the story and, of course, provides recipes to all the people who write in to the paper seeking her help. This is not a book to read when you’re hungry.

The story itself here is probably the most ‘standard’ thing about the book in that it is a fairly traditional whodunit with lots of red herrings and a large pool of suspects which have to be investigated and discarded one by one. Although the ultimate resolution is satisfying this element of the book is probably the only one I could quibble with as there are some parts of the story that are a bit too far-fetched. But it only happens a couple of times and I was having so much fun that I easily forgave Andrew this indulgence.

I opted for the audiobook version of RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER which is narrated by South African actor Sandra Prinsloo and feel that this format really added to my enjoyment of the book. There’s lots of Afrikaans language scattered throughout the story and I always enjoy hearing foreign language words pronounced properly and Prinsloo’s accent, tempo and voice work fitted the story to perfection. In combination with Andrew’s evocatively drawn setting I really did feel like I was being transported to the other side of the world as I became absorbed by this story.
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 18, 2017 |
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Advertised as murder and intrigue in a small Karoo town marinated in secrets, that’s exactly what it is. Tannie Maria is a small-town sleuth whose real passion is her food and how she makes it.
The timing of this charming new novel couldn’t be more propitious. At the end of a dismal year in South Africa, Recipes for Love and Murder slipped onto the shelves, leavening the beaten, bruised mood, a story redolent of community, of landscape, of friendship, of food. It is comfort reading.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062397664, Hardcover)

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 . . .

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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!… (more)

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