Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite cozy mystery series old and new.

This week my series spotlight is on the
J. J. Cook
Joyce and Jim Lavene

I was already a fan of J.J. Cook/Joyce and Jim Lavene from their Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery series (If you haven't read it, do!).

The Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series is by far one of my very favorite all time series. Everything about it is amazing. The characters, location, the fun of the food truck along with the yummy food, all combine to make this series a must read for cozy fans. 


Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery… 

When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama.

Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away.

After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.


From the national bestselling author of the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries comes the second in a new series featuring Zoe Chase, a Southern food truck chef who serves justice on the side.
With a few loyal friends in tow—including her handsome attorney, Miguel, and her cat, Crème Brûlée—Zoe drives the Biscuit Bowl to Charlotte, North Carolina, to enter a nationally televised food truck race. The contest features challenges across the Southeast, and with a fifty-thousand-dollar grand prize, competition isn’t just fierce—it’s killer.
As everyone gears up for the first challenge, another food trucker from Zoe’s hometown is found dead. The race rolls on, but when the body count rises, police begin to suspect Miguel. Now Zoe must race to catch the killer before her attorney needs an attorney.


The national bestselling author of Fry Another Day serves up a third helping in the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series…
It’s Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama, and food truck chef Zoe Chase is driven to distraction attending high-society soirees, feeding the partying masses, and getting the skinny on a Fat Tuesday murder…
Two weeks of carnival celebrations has got Zoe running ragged. By day, she charms hungry tourists with authentic Southern cuisine. At night, she accompanies her father to one masquerade ball after another, hobnobbing with the high rollers of the secret cabal known as the Mistics of Time.
But the fun turns frightening when Zoe stumbles across “Death’s” dead body. Journalist Jordan Phillips attended the Mistics’ latest bash in a traditional Death costume, and received a fatal bullet wound for the privilege. With more than three hundred masked suspects determined to remain anonymous, and the police covering up the facts behind the murder of the investigative reporter, Zoe realizes the Mistics have some serious secrets to hide…

After quitting her job, the first thing Zoe Chase has to do is to drive out to the swamp to see her Uncle Saul. He still has the old Airstream trailer he once used for his own restaurant many years before, and Zoe is sure she can convince him to let her make a food truck out of it.
After making the perilous journey from Mobile, Alabama into the backcountry, Zoe finds her uncle embroiled in a cook-off with his neighbor—with the life of Saul’s albino alligator, Alabaster, in the balance. Once again, the gator has eaten chickens that didn’t belong to her. So Saul and his neighbor will each prepare a meal for a church social, and if Saul wins, the gator lives.
Now it’s up to Zoe to prove herself in the kitchen and come up with something no one has seen before—the biscuit bowl!

I honestly can't say enough good things about the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mysteries. It saddens me that there may never be another book in this series.

Sadly, both Joyce and Jim Lavene have passed away.
 If the Lavenes left an unpublished title, then we may still get to see a new one. 

Please, don't let that stop you from picking up this series. It truly is too good for any cozy fan to miss.


In memory of Joyce and Jim Lavene.
Dearly missed every day. 


  1. One of my favorite, of their series, too, Lisa. They are dearly missed. Thankfully, we still have their many books to read/reread, a loving memory of Joyce and Jim.

  2. I love all their books but this is a favored among all their series.

  3. What a great post Lisa. They were truly great authors and they are missed.

  4. I loved this series! One of my favorites ever. The food truck world fascinates me. I was so sad to hear about the passing of Joyce and Jim. It would be cool if there was a lost Food Truck mystery out there!

  5. This sounds like a great series. I'll have to check it out sometime.

  6. Love their other series so will definitely check out this one, too

  7. A wonderful post, Lisa. I'm sure Joyce and Jim would have been honored by it.

  8. The writing of these author's was wonderful. I have enjoyed their stories so much. They are missed.