Friday, August 21, 2015

By Cook or by Crook by Maya Corrigan

Title: By Cook or by Crook

Author: Maya Corrigan

Published: Kensington, 2014

Pages: 310

Series: Book 1, A Five-Ingredient Mystery

Summary: 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 CafĂ© 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.   (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I am absolutely loving cosy mysteries right now and so I have been trying out different series' to see which ones I enjoy enough to keep reading.  I'm finding that I really love the cosy mysteries that have a food theme to go along with it.

I had a lot of fun reading By Cook or by Crook.  The food theme throughout the book was really good and it left me feeling pretty hungry by the end.  Luckily, there are recipes in the back for the foods mentioned in the book and I am definitely going to be trying a couple of them because they sound so good.

The mystery aspect of the book was really interesting and I was left flying through the pages trying to sift through the clues along with Val to try and get to the bottom of the mystery.  I felt like there were just so many clues and so many different angles at play here that I loved every minute of it.  There was never a dull moment and practically everyone was a suspect in some way.  I have to say that I didn't quite guess who the murderer was but I think in the end I had made a good effort.

Overall, I really loved reading By Cook or by Crook, I thought it was a really fun and interesting cosy mystery and I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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