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Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana’s, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town’s big break is interrupted by murder . . . Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town i Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana’s, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town’s big break is interrupted by murder . . . Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town is preparing for their close-ups, including the crew at the Glacier Mercantile, aka the Merc. Not only is Erin busy remodeling her courtyard into a relaxing dining area, she’s organizing a steak-cooking competition between three of Jewel Bay’s hottest chefs to be featured on the program. But Erin’s plans get scorched when one of the contending cooks is found dead. With all the drama going on behind the scenes, it’s hard to figure out who didn’t have a motive to off the saucy contestant. Now, to keep the town’s reputation from crashing and burning on national television, Erin will have to grill some suspects to smoke out the killer . . . INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!


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Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana’s, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town’s big break is interrupted by murder . . . Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town i Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana’s, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town’s big break is interrupted by murder . . . Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town is preparing for their close-ups, including the crew at the Glacier Mercantile, aka the Merc. Not only is Erin busy remodeling her courtyard into a relaxing dining area, she’s organizing a steak-cooking competition between three of Jewel Bay’s hottest chefs to be featured on the program. But Erin’s plans get scorched when one of the contending cooks is found dead. With all the drama going on behind the scenes, it’s hard to figure out who didn’t have a motive to off the saucy contestant. Now, to keep the town’s reputation from crashing and burning on national television, Erin will have to grill some suspects to smoke out the killer . . . INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!

30 review for Crime Rib (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery, #2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the second book in "A Food Lovers' Village" but the first one I have read. I did not have any problem following this story and got to know the characters just fine. The story takes place in the quaint town of Jewel Bay, Montana, where they are celebrating the 35th Annual Summer Food and Art Fair. Erin Murphy, who owns the local gourmet food market, known as the Merc, is on the planning committee for the featured event, The Grill-Off. A popular Food Cooking show, Food Preneurs, is in town This is the second book in "A Food Lovers' Village" but the first one I have read. I did not have any problem following this story and got to know the characters just fine. The story takes place in the quaint town of Jewel Bay, Montana, where they are celebrating the 35th Annual Summer Food and Art Fair. Erin Murphy, who owns the local gourmet food market, known as the Merc, is on the planning committee for the featured event, The Grill-Off. A popular Food Cooking show, Food Preneurs, is in town filming an upcoming episode highlighting the Grill Off. Gibb Knox is the TV Host and Celebrity Chef known as 'Nasty Knox'. Personalities are clashing and tempers are flaring, and, bodies are turning up dead. Erin doesn't know who to trust any more, but she wants to make sure that the cases are solved and a killer does not leave town. This is a great cozy mystery. It has everything I expected including, great scenery, amazing food, great family relationships, friendships and of course a budding romance. The amazing food descriptions will keep your taste buds tingling for something tangy with huckleberries (even though I do not know what they are and have never tasted one). I recommend this story to culinary cozy lovers, and feel it will become a favorite series for many readers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana’s, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town’s big break is interrupted by murder . . . Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town is preparing for their close-ups, including the crew at the Glacier Mercantile, aka the Merc. Not only is Erin busy remodeling Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana’s, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town’s big break is interrupted by murder . . . Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town is preparing for their close-ups, including the crew at the Glacier Mercantile, aka the Merc. Not only is Erin busy remodeling her courtyard into a relaxing dining area, she’s organizing a steak-cooking competition between three of Jewel Bay’s hottest chefs to be featured on the program. But Erin’s plans get scorched when one of the contending cooks is found dead. With all the drama going on behind the scenes, it’s hard to figure out who didn’t have a motive to off the saucy contestant. Now, to keep the town’s reputation from crashing and burning on national television, Erin will have to grill some suspects to smoke out the killer . . . INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES! Dollycas’s Thoughts Erin is one busy lady before adding murder to the mix but that doesn’t mean she is going to stay at the Merc and miss all the action. Having one of the hottest foodie programs, Food Preneurs, come to town to cover the grill-off is an awesome opportunity for “The Food Lover’s Village”. Erin is not going to let one dead chef and a suspicious accident ruin a weekend of publicity for the town, but she is going to make sure it is the right kind of publicity. She is also going to track down the killer/s. Budewitz has given us some fantastic characters to follow in this story. In addition to the murder mystery there is a little family disagreement about remodeling the courtyard and some secrets. Romance may be on the horizon for Erin with 2 eligible bachelors vying for her attention. One shopkeeper is a little cranky about all the foodie fuss. Of course there needs to be an obnoxious character and the TV Host for Food Preneurs fills that spot nicely. She also gives a couple of interesting mysteries to solve. Plenty of viable suspects with motive, but who had the means and opportunity? I love the way Erin uses a spreadsheet to keep track of the clues. Part of the pleasure of this series is the way the author describes all he food. She had my tummy growling several times. Thankfully she gives recipes because I definitely want S’more of the S’MORE SANDWICH COOKIES, and the CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CUPS and the GRILLED FLANK STEAK and everything else that was featured in the pages of this book. This story has a well plotted mystery, a bit of comedy, yummy food and engaging characters. To be that is recipe for a marvelous cozy mystery.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    In book two of A Food Lovers' Village; the quaint town of Jewel Bay, Montana is celebrating it's 35th Annual Summer Food and Art Fair. Erin Murphy owns the local gourmet food market "the Merc." Her store is full of culinary delights sure to please all taste buds! Jewel Bay is well-known for its huckleberries, and the berries are used for sweets, marinades, and much more. The "Grill-off" is the featured event at the Festival, and a popular Food Cooking show is in town filming an upcoming episode. In book two of A Food Lovers' Village; the quaint town of Jewel Bay, Montana is celebrating it's 35th Annual Summer Food and Art Fair. Erin Murphy owns the local gourmet food market "the Merc." Her store is full of culinary delights sure to please all taste buds! Jewel Bay is well-known for its huckleberries, and the berries are used for sweets, marinades, and much more. The "Grill-off" is the featured event at the Festival, and a popular Food Cooking show is in town filming an upcoming episode. Gib Knox is the TV Host and Celebrity Chef known as 'Nasty Knox'. Personalities are clashing and tempers are flaring, and, sadly, someone to do with the show winds up dead. Erin doesn't know who to trust any more. This excellent cozy mystery is grounded by a solid family, great friendships, and great food! The bounty of culinary descriptions will keep your taste buds tingling for something tangy with huckleberries! There's even a hint of romance between Erin and a couple of eligible bachelors. I recommend this story to Culinary cozy lovers, and feel it will become a favorite series for many readers! A copy of this book was provided to me by the author and Publisher. I voluntarily wrote an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    As delicious as the first. Great start to what I hope will be a very wonderful series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Reality cooking show + Food Lover's Village = a very cozy and delicious mystery! A+ Reality cooking show + Food Lover's Village = a very cozy and delicious mystery! A+

  6. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Erin Murphy has been trying to help Jewel Bay gain attention for their Food Lover’s Village, the newly christened name for the specialty food shops in Downtown Jewel Bay in Crime Rib by Leslie Budewitz. Helping to bring Food Preneur, the popular television food show, to Jewel Bay, Erin is disturbed to see several things go wrong. First, two of the three contestants of the contest to grill steak using native Montana ingredients submit too similar of recipes, making Gibb Knox, the host of the TV s Erin Murphy has been trying to help Jewel Bay gain attention for their Food Lover’s Village, the newly christened name for the specialty food shops in Downtown Jewel Bay in Crime Rib by Leslie Budewitz. Helping to bring Food Preneur, the popular television food show, to Jewel Bay, Erin is disturbed to see several things go wrong. First, two of the three contestants of the contest to grill steak using native Montana ingredients submit too similar of recipes, making Gibb Knox, the host of the TV show, declare that they have a thief in their midst. Then, the night before the big cook-off, Erin comes upon a body in the road, only to discover Stacia Divali, the assistant producer of the show, dead from a hit and run. Since Erin’s father was killed in a hit and run incident her senior year of high school, Erin feels especially hurt emotionally by this. But the show must go on, so Gibb appoints Erin to take over for Stacia. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  7. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    It started off strong and has great characters and setting, but the second half of the book the MC started thinking she knew better than the police, and that's a huge turn-off for me. But the mystery plotting was excellent! Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/108259... It started off strong and has great characters and setting, but the second half of the book the MC started thinking she knew better than the police, and that's a huge turn-off for me. But the mystery plotting was excellent! Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/108259...

  8. 4 out of 5

    audrey

    A solid little culinary mystery that finds its feet after a confusing start. Stay with the story through the first 20 pages and resign yourself to three easily confused background characters (Kyle, Jason, Adam) who don't ultimately matter, and you'll find yourself with an interesting tour through a small Montana town. It's the height of a summer food fair, with a televised cooking competition (a trope I'll gladly suffer much for) and all of it seems to whirl around Erin, the main character and m A solid little culinary mystery that finds its feet after a confusing start. Stay with the story through the first 20 pages and resign yourself to three easily confused background characters (Kyle, Jason, Adam) who don't ultimately matter, and you'll find yourself with an interesting tour through a small Montana town. It's the height of a summer food fair, with a televised cooking competition (a trope I'll gladly suffer much for) and all of it seems to whirl around Erin, the main character and manager of a gourmet food market. Part of the confusing start I think comes from trying to figure out who Erin is; she makes up for this through the remaining 200 pages. She's dedicated to her business, an incurable entrepreneur, and fan of rural Montana. She's deep in the heart of her business as well as getting out and helping the fair run, but she still makes time for an evening horseback ride. I would've loved more horseback riding, especially since apparently the town herd's migration between pastures is a major draw to the locale? (That bit was confusing) And the book suffers from that weird downtime right before the main character solves everything, but was overall enjoyable. The recipes are heavy on the baked goods. The savory ones included didn't do anything for me (grilled chicken breasts, grilled flank steak -- snooze) but I'm hoping Fresca's red pepper pesto is included in one of the other books. Which I'm planning on reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    I want to live in Jewel Bay, Montana. I want to be friends with Erin Murphy and her mom Fresca. I want to have a business in this town. All of the characters, good and bad, are engaging. The setting is awesome and realistic. Sometimes I will read what all a character does throughout the book and roll my eyes. Where do they get the energy, who's watching the kids, where do they store all of the decorations, when do the find the time to cook everything they find in the freezer to just pop in the o I want to live in Jewel Bay, Montana. I want to be friends with Erin Murphy and her mom Fresca. I want to have a business in this town. All of the characters, good and bad, are engaging. The setting is awesome and realistic. Sometimes I will read what all a character does throughout the book and roll my eyes. Where do they get the energy, who's watching the kids, where do they store all of the decorations, when do the find the time to cook everything they find in the freezer to just pop in the oven for unexpected guests.... That never seems to happen in this series and with Erin. She stays busy, but it all seems manageable. She has a great store, has great friends, and the investigation she gets involved are natural, doesn't feel forced. I like that there were plenty of suspects to choose from. The mysteries weren't easy to solve. And, oh, the recipes! YUM! Definitely recommend this book, series, and author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Food lovers village, in Jewel Bay, Montana is an idyllic foodie town and that is not lost on Gourmet food market owner, Erin Murphy, she runs what is affectionately known as the The Merc, specializing in gourmet and local food and food and The Merc are her passion. She invites Gib Knox and his hit EAT-TV show, Food Preneurs, to Montana for the Jewel Bay Summer Food and Art fair to film and feature the food and the fair for an episode of his show. Little does Erin know that while she is planning Food lovers village, in Jewel Bay, Montana is an idyllic foodie town and that is not lost on Gourmet food market owner, Erin Murphy, she runs what is affectionately known as the The Merc, specializing in gourmet and local food and food and The Merc are her passion. She invites Gib Knox and his hit EAT-TV show, Food Preneurs, to Montana for the Jewel Bay Summer Food and Art fair to film and feature the food and the fair for an episode of his show. Little does Erin know that while she is planning all of this someone else is planning to commit a murder... Erin plans to set up a steak cooking competition, featuring some of Jewel Bay's best chefs, Drew Baker, Amber Stone. Then in a hit and run accident kills, Stacia Duval, Food Preneurs, producer her death may not be an accident but a murder in disguise. As if Erin has enough to worry about with running the competition and redecorating the courtyard at The Merc to make a dining area, soon after one of the competing chefs, Drew is found murdered. Erin cares for her town and wants to restore its possibly soon to be tarnished reputation that can occur from two murders before Food lovers village goes down in flames. A Cozy Mystery for foodie lovers, Crime Rib, has delicious food and a few delectable murders. A strong food loving sleuth. Food is cleverly protrayed into the plot and leaves you wanting more. Any food and culinary cozy lover will love this one, with twisting plots and dynamic characters, they jump right off the page. It's interesting that I knew I wanted to read this series because it was named Food Lovers' Village Mysteies Working at The Merc would be a dream for me to be surrounded by food all day, may or may not be a good thing for me but escaping to Jewel Bay and into the Food Lovers' Village is the perfect thing for this food and cozy mystery lover. I really can't wait to venture once again into Jewel Bay, the food lovers' village to savor the food and another murder mystery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Another good entry in the series. I like my trips to the Food Lovers' Village. This one had a lot going on with the summer festival and I was kept guessing as to who did what. I enjoy the characters and reading about the good food. Recipes included at the end - always a plus. Another good entry in the series. I like my trips to the Food Lovers' Village. This one had a lot going on with the summer festival and I was kept guessing as to who did what. I enjoy the characters and reading about the good food. Recipes included at the end - always a plus.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Varga

    I was very lucky to win this excellent mystery from Goodreads. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Jewel Bay, Montana. I love a good mystery and I love good food, so this book was perfect for me. Next I intend to read Death Al Dente, which was the first book in the series, and then I will have to wait for Leslie to write the third one. I hope I won't have to wait too long. I was very lucky to win this excellent mystery from Goodreads. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Jewel Bay, Montana. I love a good mystery and I love good food, so this book was perfect for me. Next I intend to read Death Al Dente, which was the first book in the series, and then I will have to wait for Leslie to write the third one. I hope I won't have to wait too long.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    The food lovers village has a tv cooking show in town and it would be perfect for the tourist town if it wasn't for murder.  Erin who runs The Merc that specializes in gourmet and local foods is excited to bring the Food Preneurs to Jewel Bay. She wants to have a steak competition with two of the best local chefs but then Stacia, the producer is run down in a hit and run or is it murder? Then someone kills Drew one of the chefs and now Erin has to figure out what happened to them.  The detective i The food lovers village has a tv cooking show in town and it would be perfect for the tourist town if it wasn't for murder.  Erin who runs The Merc that specializes in gourmet and local foods is excited to bring the Food Preneurs to Jewel Bay. She wants to have a steak competition with two of the best local chefs but then Stacia, the producer is run down in a hit and run or is it murder? Then someone kills Drew one of the chefs and now Erin has to figure out what happened to them.  The detective in charge doesn't really want her help and she is still trying to ease herself into being friend with Kim again the other detective. Kim still seems pretty mad at her from things that happened when they were younger that Erin had no clue about until she is told about it (from the first book). So she is not a lot of help when it comes to the investigation.  Erin loves her town and promoting the local goods so she feels that she needs to find out what happened since it was her idea to have the show come to town. I like Erin and how much she loves her town and the local foods. She has her hands full when she decided to take over The Merc from her mother, especially when her mother still seems to think she is in charge at times.  It has a really good mystery and there are lots of suspects that could have done it and I didn't figure this one out.  If you're a cozy fan and you love foodie themes then you will enjoy this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana's, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town's big break is interrupted by murder... So many people in this book. Hard to keep them straight. All in all, a good read. 4 stars. Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana's, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town's big break is interrupted by murder... So many people in this book. Hard to keep them straight. All in all, a good read. 4 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/cr... Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Spoilers! A thoroughly delightful cozy. Definitely combining some of my favorites…a good mystery and food! I quite enjoyed the author listing “The Cast” at the beginning. A great way to review the names and hopefully keep them straight throughout the story – all in one place. The story starts off with a small town in Montana preparing for a summer festival. There is to be a cook-off during the festival that is being filmed http://openbooksociety.com/article/cr... Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Spoilers! A thoroughly delightful cozy. Definitely combining some of my favorites…a good mystery and food! I quite enjoyed the author listing “The Cast” at the beginning. A great way to review the names and hopefully keep them straight throughout the story – all in one place. The story starts off with a small town in Montana preparing for a summer festival. There is to be a cook-off during the festival that is being filmed and right off the bat trouble ensues….and the producer of the TV show filming the cook off – Stacia – must make a controversial decision. She must inform two of the chef’s that they must submit alternate recipes. Later that evening, Stacia is found on the road…an apparent victim of a hit and run. Now the story continues on with Erin filling in for the now deceased Stacia (TV show producer in town for the televised cook off). As I was reading I thought…really….that was the murder? Hmmm…not sure if this is exciting enough for my tastes…but give the author a chance, see if the mystery level increases. On filming day for the cook-off we see three chefs competing: Drew, Amber, and Kyle · Drew – the home town chef at the Jewel Inn; · Amber – co-owner and chef, Bear Grass B & B; and · Kyle – head chef at Eagle Lake Lodge. Gib – obnoxious host of the TV show. He is totally wishy washy….going from obnoxious to perfectly congenial, when the situation suits him. He is truly a great actor for the screen, turning his charm on and off at his will. We learn that there is more of a past with Gib and Drew. Hmmm. Keep that in the back of one’s mind. The cook off happens (and is filmed) and then a break occurs while Gib deliberated, to figure out the winner of the cook-off. Unfortunately, something happens and Drew is fatally assaulted. Now we have a murder I can sink my teeth into! And of course, the list of potential suspects is long enough that the amateur sleuth in Erin emerges and a cozy murder mystery is born! I truly enjoyed the word plays and innuendo’s…for example: “Who could do that to Stacia’s things? She’d be rolling over-well, metaphorically speaking.” Brought a wonderful chuckle out of me. Or how about when she referred to the underbelly of Food Lovers’ Village… ”that underbelly was probably soft and cream-filled.” Erin’s love interests: Adam Zimmerman, hunky Wilderness camp director (and great hubby material guy) and Rick Bergstrom, the hunky grain salesman. Lucky girl….TWO hunky guys…what’s a girl to do. Though right off the bat I give mega credit to Adam…he shows much more interest in Erin. And then there is the abruptly ended date with Rick. I was taken aback that he spoke his displeasure for Erin investigating the murder of Drew, offending Erin but if Rick is truly controlling, good for Erin on leaving abruptly. A woman must make her own decisions. So who will she choose in the end? Time will tell. I loved Erin’s discourse on purchasing local goods: “When you buy local, more of the money stays put. Transportation costs decrease, the carbon footprint goes down, and you feed your neighbors and yourselves. That’s economic power, for social good. We can’t rely solely on local goods-not in this climate-but we can do a lot.” So true! And there was no shortage of comic relief….Erin’s 5 year old nephew trying to explain to Adam what happened to his auntie after she interrupted a fight - “Auntie got punched in the face and her arm’s all bloody and her buttes hanging out of her pants.” Out of the mouths of babes ….brought a hearty chuckle to this reader! I loved when Erin thought… ”If I was torching my love life for the sake of investigating, then it was time to get out and snoop and spy. Or whatever. But first, a quick session with the Spreadsheet of Suspicion, updating what I knew and what I didn’t.” Being a spreadsheet kind of gal myself….I could totally relate:) . Now, I am certainly NOT going to spoil everything by letting you know “who dunnit it”….so…get reading this delightful book yourself! I am definitely going to want to go back and read the first book in this series….and it goes without saying…any further publications. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    "Crime Rib" by Leslie Budewitz which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a delightful murder mystery set in the Food Lovers' Village of Jewel Bay Montana. It begins when the cooking show "Food Preneurs" comes to town to highlight Jewel Bay's Summer Food and Art Fair as well as the annual Grill-off, a competition between their top chefs. Everyone is preparing for their moment in the limelight especially Erin Murphy the owner of the Glacier Mercantile (Merc), a local food and craft shop. When the "Crime Rib" by Leslie Budewitz which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a delightful murder mystery set in the Food Lovers' Village of Jewel Bay Montana. It begins when the cooking show "Food Preneurs" comes to town to highlight Jewel Bay's Summer Food and Art Fair as well as the annual Grill-off, a competition between their top chefs. Everyone is preparing for their moment in the limelight especially Erin Murphy the owner of the Glacier Mercantile (Merc), a local food and craft shop. When the producer of the show is run down, and one of Jewel Bay's premier chefs is murdered, Erin becomes curious about a motive for the deaths. Because the sheriff's office doesn't undercover any key clues to the mystery, she begins snooping, grilling suspects to uncover the killer. The story is a recipe for grudges, betrayal, revenge and murder. Leslie Budewitz combines the flavour, colour and texture of mouth-watering food with a vivid and heart-warming description of the artsy and foodsie crowd of Jewel Bay. With clever dexterity she creates an amateur sleuth in Erin Murphy who lets her detective juices flow, uncovering a recipe blooper that sets police on the trail of the killer. Slowly she builds tension, at first focusing more on the culinary delights of the small town, the fair and grill-off competition than the actual investigation of the hit-and -run. But the plot quickly heats up when Drew Baker a prominent chef is killed and Erin begins quizzing her list of suspects, tickling their memories as she looks for a pattern to the crimes. And when you think a culprit will be brought to justice, Leslie Budewitz provides a shocking surprise. The characters like the plot are well-developed, realistic and complex with all their flaws and faults. Erin Murphy a shop owner and amateur sleuth is an energetic, hard-working, clever meddler with a heart for her town and its residents. Although she's perceptive, determined and professional, Erin is very indecisive and vacillates when it comes to the men in her life. Although Kyle Caldwell had a disastrous affair with Tara, I wondered why he wasn't a love interest for Erin as they have the same love of culinary cuisine and seem comfortable with one another, but perhaps that's a saucy taste treat for Leslie's next novel. Among a cast of characters that add colour, richness and energy to the plot is the solid and friendly Rick Bergstron; the tall, calm and playful mannered Adam Zimmerman; the smart, ambitious television producer Stacie Duval; the brusque but generous- hearted chef ,Drew Baker; the mercurial tempered, hyperactive chef ,Tara Baker, and Erin's mother, the effervescent, good-natured Fresca Murphy. Even the snotty, obnoxious, bully and blowhard Gib Knox and his laid back but hot-tempered cameraman Pete Lloyd add their own brand of mystery and drama to this riveting novel. I thoroughly enjoyed " Crime Rib ", especially the recipes at the end which have tantalized the taste buds of my husband who loves to cook and I look forward to reading more by this gifted author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    It's time for the 35th annual Jewel Bay Summer Food and Art Fair. Erin has recently returned home to manage the Mercantile, which has been in the family for over 100 years. A major high light of the event will be that the TV show, Food Preneurs has been asked to tape the fair and also the Grill-Off between 3 local chefs. Before the event even gets off the ground 2 of the chefs have been accused of cheating. But that is the least of the worries to plague this years fun, when one of the TV executi It's time for the 35th annual Jewel Bay Summer Food and Art Fair. Erin has recently returned home to manage the Mercantile, which has been in the family for over 100 years. A major high light of the event will be that the TV show, Food Preneurs has been asked to tape the fair and also the Grill-Off between 3 local chefs. Before the event even gets off the ground 2 of the chefs have been accused of cheating. But that is the least of the worries to plague this years fun, when one of the TV executives is the victim of a hit and run accident. Added to that is the untimely death of one of the chefs and Erin finds herself right in the middle of the investigations. This is the 2nd book of a fairly new series by Leslie Budewitz. The charming small town and the quirky characters make this a great food cozy. A big bonus are the recipes in the back of the book. I can't wait to try the flank steak recipe, and I'm sure that parents with little ones will love the recipe for the s'more sandwich cookies, which sounds way less messy than the original.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Crime Rib" is a cozy mystery. It's the second book in the series. You don't need to read the previous book to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the previous whodunit. The mystery was clue-based, and there were plenty of clues and several suspects. The reader isn't told the critical clue that narrows the suspect list down to whodunit until we get a cozy-plot based clue that pretty much does it instead. The heroine doesn't even realize the significance of this clue until after she's "Crime Rib" is a cozy mystery. It's the second book in the series. You don't need to read the previous book to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the previous whodunit. The mystery was clue-based, and there were plenty of clues and several suspects. The reader isn't told the critical clue that narrows the suspect list down to whodunit until we get a cozy-plot based clue that pretty much does it instead. The heroine doesn't even realize the significance of this clue until after she's confronted by whodunit. The heroine was generally a nice person, but I don't really like heroines who justify breaking and entering in order to gain clues. The other characters were interesting and varied. There were some nice details about locally-made foods. There was a minor amount of bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this mystery novel. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

  19. 5 out of 5

    AngryGreyCat

    I am happy that I gave Crime RIb a chance. I really wasn’t going to read it because the first in this series Death Al Dente didn’t really work for me, but I kept hearing good things about the second book. The mystery was well done and kept you guessing until close to the end. I liked the characters much more than I remember liking them. The food and festival details were fun and certainly kept me interested. This was definitely a case of the series improving as it progressed or maybe I just wasn’ I am happy that I gave Crime RIb a chance. I really wasn’t going to read it because the first in this series Death Al Dente didn’t really work for me, but I kept hearing good things about the second book. The mystery was well done and kept you guessing until close to the end. I liked the characters much more than I remember liking them. The food and festival details were fun and certainly kept me interested. This was definitely a case of the series improving as it progressed or maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood when I read the first one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chi Dubinski

    Jewel Bay, Montana, is home to the annual Summer Food and Art Fair. Erin Murphy, a thirty-something who has returned home to help with the family business, is one of the organizers of the Grill-off competition. TV chef Gib Knox is in town to film the contest, and his self-important attitude has everyone on edge. But when the tv producer is the victim of a hit and run, and a local chef is discovered bludgeoned to death with a meat mallet, Erin can’t stay behind the cash register at her store. For Jewel Bay, Montana, is home to the annual Summer Food and Art Fair. Erin Murphy, a thirty-something who has returned home to help with the family business, is one of the organizers of the Grill-off competition. TV chef Gib Knox is in town to film the contest, and his self-important attitude has everyone on edge. But when the tv producer is the victim of a hit and run, and a local chef is discovered bludgeoned to death with a meat mallet, Erin can’t stay behind the cash register at her store. For fans of foodie mysteries like Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette

    In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. A fun quick read that includes some tempting recipes. A small town known for its food invites a TV show to film a grill off during its summer festival. A hit and run starts the trouble. Our heroine runs a local market and investigates to clear the good name of Jewel Bay, Montana.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stef

    So entertaining! Really fun and quick read. Since I live in Northwest Montana, its fun to see who shows up in the story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    Maybe it was because I was listening to the audiobook, but it felt confusing and complicated with all the different characters thrown into the mix, not necessary to the plot.

  24. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Erin Murphy is always looking for ways to bring people into Jewel Bay, Montana - and has found a TV crew willing to do a show centering on local chefs. But there seems to be a problem when two of the chefs submit similar recipes. So they are asked to re-submit recipes and everything seems to be going fine, that is until the producer of the show, Stacia Duval, is killed in a hit-and-run accident and Erin's the one to find her body. But then things start not adding up, the first being why was Staci Erin Murphy is always looking for ways to bring people into Jewel Bay, Montana - and has found a TV crew willing to do a show centering on local chefs. But there seems to be a problem when two of the chefs submit similar recipes. So they are asked to re-submit recipes and everything seems to be going fine, that is until the producer of the show, Stacia Duval, is killed in a hit-and-run accident and Erin's the one to find her body. But then things start not adding up, the first being why was Stacia out alone at night in heels walking in an unfamiliar area? But it's not until one of the chefs is also killed that Erin realizes there's a murderer afoot and she needs to get involved, even if the local sheriff doesn't think she should. These are her people, her friends, and she's not about to allow a killer run loose among them without trying to find him or her. Even if it puts her right in the middle of the killer's line of sight... I will say that I liked this book much better than the first. Unfortunately, the first was so mish-mash that I just couldn't get into it at all. This time out the plot is much better, although I still think that too much attention is paid to food. Yes, I get that it's a "Food Lovers' Mystery" but it seems every other page is someone eating something. Do we really care about someone making jam or huckleberry truffles? If it's a cookbook I do, but not in a mystery novel. Anyway... The only other things that bothered me was the "whabouts" column (wouldn't it be easier just to use 'where' or even '?' - it would make more sense and 'whabout' isn't cute; and what on earth does 'get my jell-o up' mean? Who says something like that? I've never heard it before and have no idea. It was annoying to say the least. I also didn't guess how Erin could figure out things the police couldn't. Her friend Kim seemed to have really nothing to do in this book, and neither did Kyle, Rick or Adam. The big thing that grates on me is why she calls her mother by her first name. Again, (as I've stated before) she's her mother. She's not the first parent anyone has worked with. Does she think by saying 'Mom' people will think she's at the Merc through nepotism? It doesn't make sense at all. Why would she even want to call her anything but Mom? Other than that, it was an interesting read and I fairly enjoyed it; enough to go on to the third in the series. When the ending came and everything was figured out it all made sense, which is a good thing, and I will read the next in the series. An easy read for a cold evening.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    OH. MY. GOSH. Okay - the only reason that this has one star is that I love horses and they are mentioned a lot in this book and because I like the location of Montana [and because GR's doesn't let you give NO stars]. Otherwise, I did not like this book. I really, really, really, really, dislike the MC. She is beyond nosy; she has no respect for anyone's privacy, doesn't have a problem breaking into people's homes or rooms [it is ALL to help the poor helpless sheriff do his job...S U R E it is! I OH. MY. GOSH. Okay - the only reason that this has one star is that I love horses and they are mentioned a lot in this book and because I like the location of Montana [and because GR's doesn't let you give NO stars]. Otherwise, I did not like this book. I really, really, really, really, dislike the MC. She is beyond nosy; she has no respect for anyone's privacy, doesn't have a problem breaking into people's homes or rooms [it is ALL to help the poor helpless sheriff do his job...S U R E it is! I don't believe that for one brief second :-/ ], and clearly LOVES hacking into people's phones and computers, again, with no regard for the idea that she is leaving fingerprints and could be charged with MANY crimes. And her blatant disregard for her mother and her mother's private life bugs me so much. I guess both the killers in this one. They were pretty obvious. It was a ridiculous story. And I swear if she had said "that gets my jello up" ONE. MORE. TIME., I might have gone insane. THAT is NOT A NORMAL IDIOM. Please stop using it. Please. OR, if you absolutely MUST use such a stupid statement, please use it in an appropriate setting. O M G. I will not be reading any more of these. O M GOSH. Meh.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Butcher

    My actual rating is 2.5 stars, but didn't feel strong enough to give it 3 stars. This book has many things going for it, centering on the filming of a cook-off competition during an annual summer festival, but so many elements detracted from my enjoyment of the book that I came away from my reading somewhat dissatisfied. While I was reading this one, I felt that I was building a mental balance sheet, tallying up the pluses and minuses (Erin has a "Whabouts" column on her Spreadsheet of Suspicion My actual rating is 2.5 stars, but didn't feel strong enough to give it 3 stars. This book has many things going for it, centering on the filming of a cook-off competition during an annual summer festival, but so many elements detracted from my enjoyment of the book that I came away from my reading somewhat dissatisfied. While I was reading this one, I felt that I was building a mental balance sheet, tallying up the pluses and minuses (Erin has a "Whabouts" column on her Spreadsheet of Suspicion which earned her multiple entries in my minus column). The biggest mystery for me in this otherwise OK read is the use of the phase "gets my Jell-o up" (or its several variations). Where does this come from? Does anyone ever say this in the real world? Major turn-off for me as a reader. I'm hoping that the next entry in this series returns to exploring the relationships between Erin and those closest to her.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sica G.

    I enjoyed the crime and feel engaged in trying to solve it along with the protagonist. It’s entertaining enough to make it quick reading. I am debating whether to finish the series or read any more of Budewitz’s work as in this series and her other the rare non-white characters become subservient in their speech (i.e. referring to the protagonist as Ms. when others in the narrative do not). If it was out of politeness I would think multiple people would use these prefixes or the protagonist woul I enjoyed the crime and feel engaged in trying to solve it along with the protagonist. It’s entertaining enough to make it quick reading. I am debating whether to finish the series or read any more of Budewitz’s work as in this series and her other the rare non-white characters become subservient in their speech (i.e. referring to the protagonist as Ms. when others in the narrative do not). If it was out of politeness I would think multiple people would use these prefixes or the protagonist would utilize it in return to refer to those characters formality but sadly no. Honestly more comfortable if the diversity is missing rather than highlighted this way. Or, maybe the subservient tone could be removed the diverse characters act the same as the rest of the characters (i.e. using each other’s first names or mirroring using each other’s last names).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Great Foodie Mystery This is the second mystery a great series featuring a Gourmet Food Market as a sometimes amateur detective when her friends and family need her most, especially if a dead body just happens to be involved It's another food festival in the fictional town of Jewel Bay, Montana, named the Food Lover's Village. Erin Murphy, gourmet food Market owner and occasional sleuth, decides to volunteer to put Jewel Bay on the map when a host of a cooking show, comes to the town put on his s Great Foodie Mystery This is the second mystery a great series featuring a Gourmet Food Market as a sometimes amateur detective when her friends and family need her most, especially if a dead body just happens to be involved It's another food festival in the fictional town of Jewel Bay, Montana, named the Food Lover's Village. Erin Murphy, gourmet food Market owner and occasional sleuth, decides to volunteer to put Jewel Bay on the map when a host of a cooking show, comes to the town put on his show. Everything is going well unti the producer of the show is killed in a hit-and-run, and one of the contestants is found dead. I enjoyed this book a lot, the characters, the setting and the mystery were the best parts of the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    A cozy mystery centered around a village in Montana that is holding a food festival. A TV celebrity who hosts a food show comes to town to film the festival and a grill-off and several people end up dead. Erin has come back to the village to run her family's mercantile and is part of the committee that runs the festival. After the two deaths she starts her own investigation into who the killer is. She is also dealing with running the family business, keeping her family in check, trying to manage A cozy mystery centered around a village in Montana that is holding a food festival. A TV celebrity who hosts a food show comes to town to film the festival and a grill-off and several people end up dead. Erin has come back to the village to run her family's mercantile and is part of the committee that runs the festival. After the two deaths she starts her own investigation into who the killer is. She is also dealing with running the family business, keeping her family in check, trying to manage her love life (2 suitors) and repairing her friendship with an old friend. Lots of talk about food, especially the things that are grown locally and how best to promote them and local businesses. Some good recipes included in the book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol Gibson

    I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. It is the second book in the series I have not read the first but you don't need to, to enjoy the story. I like the character Erin and the supporting characters. This a theme mystery centered around food and buying and selling locally grown foods. The murder mysteries dove tailed perfectly with the theme. Some theme mysteries suffer from to heavy a handling of the theme it is like it is shoved in and does not flow naturally with the story that is not the c I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. It is the second book in the series I have not read the first but you don't need to, to enjoy the story. I like the character Erin and the supporting characters. This a theme mystery centered around food and buying and selling locally grown foods. The murder mysteries dove tailed perfectly with the theme. Some theme mysteries suffer from to heavy a handling of the theme it is like it is shoved in and does not flow naturally with the story that is not the case with this one. This has everything cool whodunit with out screaming this is the murderer, characters you would enjoy meeting and a beautiful setting. It is a perfect cozy.

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