Set in a quaint Chesapeake Bay town, the latest novel in Maya Corrigan’s Five-Ingredient Mysteries brings back café manager Val Deniston and her recipe columnist grandfather – a sleuthing duo that shares a Victorian house, a love of the culinary arts, and a talent for catching killers.
At the site of a fatal blaze, Val’s boyfriend, a firefighter trainee, is shocked to learn the victim is known to him, a woman named Jane who belonged to the local Agatha Christie book club—and was rehearsing alongside Val’s grandfather for an upcoming Christie play being staged for charity. Just as shocking are the skeletal remains of a man found in the freezer. Who is he and who put him on ice?
After Val is chosen to replace Jane in the play, the cast gathers at their house to get to work—and enjoy Grandad’s five-ingredient parfaits—but all anyone can focus on is the bizarre real-life mystery. When it’s revealed that Jane’s death was due to something other than smoke inhalation, Val and Grandad try to retrace her final days. As they dig into her past life, their inquiry leads them to a fancy new spa in town—where they discover that Jane wasn’t the only one who had a skeleton in the cooler . . .
Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!
About the Author
Maya Corrigan is the author of the Five-Ingredient Mystery Series, featuring a café manager and her kooky grandfather with five suspects, five clues, and five ingredient recipes in each installment. Corrigan lives near Washington, D.C., close to the setting for her series, Maryland's Eastern Shore. A winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, she has published essays on drama and short stories as well as taught courses in writing, detective fiction, and American literature at Georgetown University and NOVA community college. Please visit her online at MayaCorrigan.com.
Praise for Maya Corrigan's Five-Ingredient Mysteries
“This is a fun romp in an equally fun setting. If you are a fan of the genre or of mystery conferences—or both —this book should be right up your alley.” —Mystery Sceneon Bake Offed
“A mystery fan fest makes the perfect place for murder…Granddad is a hoot, and a clever method of faking an alibi adds to the fun.” —Kirkus Reviewson Bake Offed
“With a fun cast of characters and plenty of suspects, this is a great holiday story— just don’t eat any gingerbread men from ghosts!” —Parkersburg News & Sentinel on Gingerdead Man "[A] feisty, quirky whodunit it." —Woman's World on Crypt Suzette
"Grandad is a hoot to live with, and his jobs as a food reviewer and part-time detective provide endless possibilities for fun and murder...Charming." —Kirkus Reviews on Crypt Suzette
"With a seasonal setting and quirky characters, this will be a treat to cozy fans." —The Parkersburg News & Sentinelon Crypt Suzette
"This was an intricately plotted murder mystery with all sorts of interesting twists that made the matter of Suzette's death a real whodunit." —Criminal Elementon Crypt Suzette
"Corrigan keeps her simple mixture of pleasant characters, murder, and recipes in the oven." —Kirkus Reviewson Final Fondue
"Fans of puzzle mysteries will enjoy the opportunity to sift through the clues to solve the puzzle." —San Diego Fiction Examiner on Scam Chowder
"Suspects abound and the puzzle solution is deftly handled in this charming cozy...With recipes included, this is definitely a starter for fans of Diane Mott Davidson, Lou Jane Temple, and Virginia Rich." —Library Journal on By Cook or by Crook