Title: Final Fondue
Series: A Five-Ingredient Mystery #3
Author: Maya Corrigan
Publish Date: December 1, 2015
Source: Netgalley - Book Tour
About the Book:
Val Deniston certainly has her plate full running a café, dabbling with recipes, and helping her grandfather prepare for the town's upcoming tri-centennial celebration, but she's grown fond of her new life in the Chesapeake Bay town of Bayport. . .
So when Val is asked to reclaim her old position as a cookbook publicist in New York City, she puts off her decision in order to help her grandfather perfect his chocolate fondue for the weekend festivity's dessert cook-off. But after the opening ceremonies, Val finds a houseguest strangled to death in her grandfather's backyard. She suspects a classic case of mistaken identity, especially when another guest nearly bids her life a fondue farewell. Now it's up to Val to keep the killer from making another stab at murder . . .
This was my first book in this series and I enjoyed it very much. I really liked female sleuth Val. She has a great attitude and very competent in getting information to help solve the case without being annoying. Sometimes the development of the sleuth can really turn me off in a book, so I like it when they aren’t annoying or seem frail.
The things I liked in the book was RoboFido, the auto dog. Just an interesting concept, especially since getting a new puppy and realizing all the work necessary to make her a great dog. I also really wondered about the crab hats. Is this something actually done in this day and age? Also, would the crab hat really make people look similar? I just don’t imagine them being that big.
The corn maze was a lot of fun! There are corn mazes around our area during the fall time, but I never can talk myself into going to one. I liked how the author made you feel as if you were there, and just a little on the creepy side, especially at night. I liked the way the security of the maze was described. Not sure if that is a thing with our local mazes, but very interesting and also the fact that you can’t really get lost.
The murder was unique and difficult for me to solve. I did like jumping in later in the series with the county detectives already having knowledge of Val, but very interested to go back and see how their introduction really came to be.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and will definitely go back to the beginning and continue forward from this point.
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