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Bayou Book Thief: 09/01/22
Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator) (2022) is the start of the Vintage Cookbook mystery series. Ricki James has come home to New Orleans from Los Angeles to run a cookbook / cooking themed gift shop at the house turned museum of the late chef, Genevieve "Vee" Charbonnet.
When the store receives a trunk along with some boxes of donated books, inside is the body of a cantankerous former tour guide. In order to keep her shop open and save the reputation of the museum, Ricki decides to solve the mystery herself.
The mystery is set against the muggy summer heat. Ricki on her first day in her new home ends up with a broken AC. Coming from Los Angeles she has lived with out AC during heatwaves. But the mugginess that holds the heat even over night, combined with the frequent unexpected rain storms is a new adventure for her. As someone like Ricki who doesn't have AC, I found the horrified responses of her coworkers amusing and on point.
The second book in the series is Wined and Dined in New Orleans. It's scheduled for release on February 7, 2023.