Series: Five-Ingredient Mystery #3
Author: Maya Corrigan
Goodreads Summary: 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 . . .
My Review: **I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**
When a body is found in Val's yard, there are more questions than answers. Was the victim the intended victim? Who is playing dangerous pranks on the guests? What secrets are the guests hiding? Will The Codger Cook win the cook off? All these and more will be answered in the latest installment of the five-ingredient mystery series.
That was my second attempt at writing a review for this. Just for fun, here is the first attempt:
A great addition to the five-ingredient mystery series. I was slightly hesitant on reading this book, but any issues I had with book one were gone from this book. Between Val's past catching up with her and a murder mystery, there is no break for our poor characters. The mystery kept me guessing right up to the reveal – and wow, what a reveal it was.
My Manicure: Ok, this is definitely the most disturbing manicure I have ever done. Pointer/pinky fingers are a base of Zoya Trixie stamped with Sinful Colors Black On Black and Winstonia plate W205. This was chosen because of the Hitchcock themed rooms - one of them was The Birds, and it was the only one I could figure out how to put on my nails. The middle finger is a base of Pure Ice I Shine For You. Then I sponged on OPI I Saw...U Saw...We Saw...Warsaw, Cirque Sample, and Zoya Posh. That was then topped off with a piece of twine since our victim was strangled. As I said, it ended up being a disturbing manicure. Finally, my ring finger was a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White with a freehanded chocolate fondue drip using Ever After Polish The Good Stuff. I chose fondue because Grandpappy makes chocolate fondue for the guest's arrival, and I needed something to cheer up this manicure. And, as we all know, chocolate makes everything better.