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Own Voices Mysteries

Books and Bites Podcast, Ep. 40

JCPL librarians bring you book recommendations and discuss the bites and beverages to pair with them. On this episode, we discuss mysteries written by authors of color or authors who identify as LGBTQIA+. It’s the sixth prompt in the Books & Bites 2020 Reading Challenge.

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Book Notes

Michael recommends:

Carrie recommends:

Adam recommends:

Bite Notes

  • Pair Bayley Hazen Blue, a delicious blue cheese, from Vermont’s own Jasper Hill Farm with Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter People.
  • Piece together the clues with Isaiah and Dodson over a bowl of New Orleans-style gumbo with a recipe found on
  • Add a kick to plain old sweet tea with Lemongrass and Ginger Iced Tea. This spicy, fragrant blend of black tea, lemongrass, fresh ginger, and honey is a great match for the sophisticated and straight-talking narrator of Blanche on the Lam. The recipe appears in North Carolina chef Ashley English’s book Quench.
  • In This Lovely City, Lawrie and his friends serve a version of rum punch at their gatherings, and it sounds like the perfect fruity summer cocktail to sip while you’re reading this book. You can find AtoZ World Food on the databases page of our website.
  • “Storm” into some snacking with Mandazi, an airy doughnut flavored with coconut, cardamom, and cinnamon. You’re “Shuri” to love it! Find the recipe on AtoZ World Food, available on our databases page.
  • Accompany Archival Quality‘s slow-brewing mystery with a jar of Sun Tea. All you need is a clear jar, purified water, tea, and the warm summer sun! Add fresh mint, lavender, or chamomile for extra flavor. Instructions can be found on AtoZ World Food, available on our databases page.