Art! Recipes! Murder! Barcelona! In banquets and books, sometimes one extra ingredient overwhelms the flavor in an otherwise delectable dish. Such is the case in the latest installment in the life of amateur sleuth and food writer Carolyn Blue.

When Carolyn visits Barcelona, murder gets in the way of her planned pursuits—particularly when her friend Roberta, a Mir scholar working in the museum where the murder takes place, is suspected of the crime.

The foreign art milieu is a promising setting for murder, but the recipes incorporated into the story, although yummy sounding, tend to stop the forward momentum. The cultural clash between Carolyn and homicide inspector Serra is not always convincing, but their language and social misunderstandings during the course of the investigation are amusing.. (Jan., 304 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison