Sunday, May 28, 2023


Hope you're having a good Memorial Day Weekend. Did you know that 53% of Americans will be barbecuing this weekend? Will you?

I posted my updated Memorial Day Crime Fiction list a few days ago, so I thought I'd update my Barbecue Mysteries list, too. So many ways one can murder someone at a barbecue, from the sauce to the skewers to the grill, not to mention the tiny wires on the barbecue brush (true crime!). Here's an updated short list of Barbecue Mysteries. Let me know if I've forgotten any titles!

Barbecue Mysteries

Delicious and Suspicious; Hickory Smoked Homicide; Finger Lickin' Dead; Rubbed Out by Riley Adams  (Elizabeth Craig Spann) - The Memphis BBQ Mystery Series
The Unbelievable Mr. Brownstone Omnibus 4 (books 19-22): Road Trip: BBQ and a Brawl, BBQ Delivered with Attitude, BBQ With a Side of No Apologies, BBQ and STFU by Michael Anderle
Bad Move by Linwood Barclay
Honey BBQ Murder by Patti Benning 
Murder Well-Done by Claudia Bishop
Nice Day for a Murder by C.A. Broadribb

Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron
Topped Chef by Lucy Burdette
Low and Slow: Sweet and Savory Murder at the BBQ Cookoff by Randy Cade 
A Bullet at the BBQ by SL Calder 

Several Dan Rhodes books by Bill Crider
Murder at the Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival by Gene Davis
The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson
Grilled for Murder by Maddie Day

Memphis Ribs by Gerald Duff
Murder Can Singe Your Old Flame by Selma Eichler
Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Barbecues & Brooms by Bella Falls

The Politics of Barbecue by Blake Fontenay
Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber
Barbecue, Bourbon and Bullets by M.E. Harmon
A Trunk, a Canoe, and all the Barbecue by A. W. Hartoin

Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes
 The Big Barbecue by Dorothy B. Hughes

Close to Home by Cara Hunter
Barbeque Bedlam by Lizzie Josephson 

Blossoms, Barbeque, & Blackmail by Tonya Kappes
Bonfires, Barbeques and Bodies by Susan Keene 
Spare Ribs and Cold Cuts by Kamaryn Kelsey 
Barbecue Blues: A Professor Doug Wilson Mystery (Professor Doug Wilson Mysteries Book 3) by Duke Kuehn
Murder in Mesquite Springs by Glenda Stewart Langley
Bad News Barbecues: by Maisy Marple 
Bullets & Barbecue by Mary Maxwell
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Thou Shalt Not Grill by Tamar Myers 
Hush My Mouth by Cathy Pickens
The BBQ Burger Murder by Rosie A. Point
Hawg Heaven Cozy Mysteries by Summer Prescott 
Barbecue Can Be Deadly by Ryan Rivers 

Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham
The Sheriff and..  (series) by D. R. Meredith

The King is Dead by Sarah Shankman
Stiffs and Swine by J.B. Stanley
Barbecue and Murder by Kathleen Suzette

Revenge of the Barbecue Queens by Lou Jane Temple
Murder at the Barbecue by Liz Turner

Murder, Basted and Barbecued by Constance Turner
Barbecue by A. E.H. Veenman

Death on a Platter by Elaine Viets

Teaberry Blues, Brew & BBQ by R. A. Wallace
A Bad Day for Barbecue by Jonathan Woods
Books, Barbecue, and Murder by Lori Woods  

Short Stories: 

"Gored" by Bill Crider
 "A Bad Day for Barbecue" by Jonathan Woods

Young Readers:  

The Barbecue Thief by Starike

Want a little chocolate on the barbie this weekend? 
Check out recipes on my other blog:

S'mores on the Grill  
Savory Chocolate Barbecue Sauces
Chocolate Ancho Chile Rub
Cocoa Spiced Salmon Rub 
Scharffen Berger Cacao Nib Rub for Tri Tip


Libby Dodd said...

Are those bullet holes in the pig sign?

Linda M Au said...

Ryan Rivers's book is set to be released Sept. 11, 2023, not this past January. Otherwise, WOW! Great list! Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

“Smoked” by Michael Bracken, reprinted in The Best American Mystery Stories

Janet Rudolph said...

Yes, Libby..that's what makes it such a great accompanying photo for this post. :-)