Monday, September 12, 2016

By Cook or by Crook by Maya Corrigan

Title: By Cook or by Crook
Series: A Five Ingredient Mystery #1
Author: Maya Corrigan
Publish Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Library

About the Book:
Take one burned-out city girl. Add a crusty codger, a dash of romance, and a twist of humor. Stir in a generous helping of murder, and you’ve got the ingredients for one truly delicious mystery ...

Haunted by the car accident that ended her career as a cookbook publicist, Val Deniston has traded in the chaos of New York City for a quieter life near the Chesapeake Bay. Living with her curmudgeonly grandfather in the tourist town of Bayport is hardly glamorous, but she enjoys running the Cool Down Café at the local fitness club, and she finally has time to work on her long-planned cookbook. After a club patron is murdered, Val cooks up a scheme to find the killer who framed her best friend. While Val investigates five suspects and uncovers five key clues, Granddad takes up cooking, creating havoc in the kitchen even when trying recipes that have only five ingredients.

My Review:
Having read book three for a book tour, I was excited to go back and start at the first. This book definitely gave a little bit more to Val and her life prior to coming to Chesapeake Bay, but definitely had a great story about Gunner and how they met. Val’s grandpa is amazing. I don’t think there was much to get to know him in book three, so this was fun to understand their relationship a little bit better. He’s quite the ham.

The mystery was very entertaining and a little intense at the end!! Val is an excellent sleuth, especially working with her grandpa. She was very smart in her sifting through the clues and trying to figure out who did it. I didn’t guess the suspect, or really even have that suspect on my list.

With two of the three books read in this series, I will definitely be reading book two.

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