Books about culinary mysteries include the "Goldy Bear" books by Diane Mott Davidson, the "Hannah Swensen" culinary mysteries by Joanne Fluke, and the "Cupcake Bakery" series by Jenn McKinlay. For many authors, cooking provides a fascinating backdrop for murder, as something about the methodical, normal routine of cooking serves as an ideal foil to the unnatural act of taking a life.
Diane Mott Davidson is the author of a series of culinary mysteries featuring caterer Goldy Schulz as the major character. The books not only contain stories of cooking interwoven with an unsolved murder, but they also are full of actual recipes discussed in the books. Some of Davidson's books include "Catering to Nobody," "Killer Pancake" and "Prime Cut." As of November 2015, there are 17 books in this series.
Among the books by author Joanne Fluke are the culinary mysteries featuring Hannah Swensen, owner of a cookie shop named The Cookie Jar, who also has the misfortune of frequently stumbling across dead bodies.
"Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder," "Cherry Cheesecake Murder" and "Red Velvet Cupcake Murder" are a few of the mysteries that also contain sumptuous dessert recipes within their pages.
The Cupcake Bakery and its owners, Melanie Cooper and Angela DeLaura, figure largely in the culinary mysteries written by Jenn McKinlay. "Buttercream Bump Off," "Going, Going, Ganache" and "Sugar and Iced" are among McKinlay's titles in this series.