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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. Livin 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. Includes 8 five-ingredient recipes!


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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. Livin 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. Includes 8 five-ingredient recipes!

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the first book in "A Five-Ingredient Mystery Series". The protaganist, Val Deniston has lost her job as a publicist for cookbooks and chefs after a serious car accident, so she has come home to Chesapeake Bay. She has been asked by her mother to assist her grandfather in fixing up his old Colonial House so that he can sell it. She gets a job as the manager of the Cool Down Cafe at the local tennis club. Managing the cafe and playing on the local tennis team, Val quickly gets to know a lo This is the first book in "A Five-Ingredient Mystery Series". The protaganist, Val Deniston has lost her job as a publicist for cookbooks and chefs after a serious car accident, so she has come home to Chesapeake Bay. She has been asked by her mother to assist her grandfather in fixing up his old Colonial House so that he can sell it. She gets a job as the manager of the Cool Down Cafe at the local tennis club. Managing the cafe and playing on the local tennis team, Val quickly gets to know a lot of the people in the small town. Most small towns are the same when it comes to eveyone's business. When Val's cousin, Monique gets an anonymous letter that her husband Maverick is having an affair with local real estate agent and tennis club member Nadia, she loses it in front of many tennis club members. When Val goes to Nadia's home to meet her about a catering job, she finds her dead, stabbed by a sharpened wooden tennis racket. When Val realizes that Moniqe will be the prime suspect, she starts to investigate the murder on her own. Val puts herself at risk and accidents start to happen. Val's grandfather is a hoot. When Gunnar, a tourist who might be moving to Chesapeake Bay starts to show an interest in Val, he tries his best to keep them away from one another in his not so subtle way. When he applies for a job as a columnist for the local paper writing a food column, he gets the job. He calls himself the "Codger Cook" and uses Val's recipes, with some minor changes for his column. There are many other characters introduced in this book that I hope will play a larger role in future books. There are eight recipes are at the back all made from five ingredients. Enjoy! You know you'll want to cook them because they look simple and delicious. A cozy mystery lover, who also loves food in their stories will really enjoy this book. I am looking forward to the next one in this series. This is a solid 4.5 star read for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Val Deniston is hoping to turn her gig at the athletic club snack bar into a catering gig, but when she shows up to meet with Nadia, she finds the woman stabbed on her kitchen floor. With the police focusing on Val’s cousin, she needs to sort through the suspects and find out who had the perfect recipe for murder. What intrigued me the most about this book was the five refrain, I knew there would be five suspects and five clues. I was wondering how the author would pull it off without having to f Val Deniston is hoping to turn her gig at the athletic club snack bar into a catering gig, but when she shows up to meet with Nadia, she finds the woman stabbed on her kitchen floor. With the police focusing on Val’s cousin, she needs to sort through the suspects and find out who had the perfect recipe for murder. What intrigued me the most about this book was the five refrain, I knew there would be five suspects and five clues. I was wondering how the author would pull it off without having to fill page time. She did it beautifully. There was always something happening that kept me engaged, and the way she pulled things together at the end was brilliant. I did have a bit of a hard time warming up to the characters, and the data dump early on didn’t help, but by the end I had grown to like them. I can’t wait to meet up with them again in another book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Likeable first in series. And I like the idea behind "five ingredients": her grandfather wants to learn how to cook, but thinks that anything with more than five ingredients is too complicated! Likeable first in series. And I like the idea behind "five ingredients": her grandfather wants to learn how to cook, but thinks that anything with more than five ingredients is too complicated!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    With tennis, vying for manager of the Cool Down Cafe, and trying to sell real estate, there are some pretty serious competitions going on in this book. That’s what makes this such a fun mystery. When one of the woman from the local tennis club is found murdered, there’s also an unsolved hit-and -run, and some arson going on and it may all tie together, or not. I bet Val didn’t expect to be helping the police with a murder when she left New York City behind to move in with her grumpy grandfather in With tennis, vying for manager of the Cool Down Cafe, and trying to sell real estate, there are some pretty serious competitions going on in this book. That’s what makes this such a fun mystery. When one of the woman from the local tennis club is found murdered, there’s also an unsolved hit-and -run, and some arson going on and it may all tie together, or not. I bet Val didn’t expect to be helping the police with a murder when she left New York City behind to move in with her grumpy grandfather in the small town of Bayport in Chesapeake Bay. Managing the cafe and playing on the local tennis team, Val quickly gets to know a lot of the people in this small town. And like most small towns, it’s hard to keep a secret and the gossip is rampant. Val is drawn into the murder investigation when she discovers the body of a fellow tennis player. And the number one suspect is her cousin. Not wanting to believe her capable of murder, Val starts her own investigation, but being a stickler, she doesn’t scratch her cousin off the list of suspects. And that list is long. As Val’s suspect list shrinks, the danger escalates. She’s being stalked and someone ran her off the road. She’s getting close, but to which case. The hit-and-run, the arson, the murder, or all three? The author had me going in circles trying to figure out who the killer was. It wasn’t obvious. There were lots of false trails. And I didn’t have a clue until about two thirds of the way through the book. There was still a ways to go so I knew things could change and have me suspecting someone else, so I paid close attention, sniffing for clues. This cozy mystery had a lot to offer. Several mysteries, lots of colorful characters, danger, and romance. Val and Gunnar are flirting with a burgeoning romance. This wasn’t the main focus in the mystery, just a dollop of whipped cream to add zest, and it’s early in the romance stage. Val has her own personal mystery to solve too. Her memory of the car crash that ended her budding career in New York is still not clear. Did she cause the crash or was it an accident? Lots of questions and the author gave me the answers bit by bit. There was no rush to wrap this up, and the ending left me happy and eager for more. I received this book for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts The number 5 is the key here. 5 ingredient recipes 5 suspects 5 key clues Maya Corrigan is off to an excellent start with this mystery! Val Deniston is a great character with a tragic past. She is trying to get on with her life but is haunted with nightmares of the night when a car accident changed her life. She thought coming to Bayport would make things easier but a recent murder that has her best friend pegged at the prime suspect has her remembering that fateful night again Dollycas’s Thoughts The number 5 is the key here. 5 ingredient recipes 5 suspects 5 key clues Maya Corrigan is off to an excellent start with this mystery! Val Deniston is a great character with a tragic past. She is trying to get on with her life but is haunted with nightmares of the night when a car accident changed her life. She thought coming to Bayport would make things easier but a recent murder that has her best friend pegged at the prime suspect has her remembering that fateful night again and again as she tries to find the real killer. I love the relationship Val has with her grandfather. She thinks he needs her there to take care of him and he does to a certain point but that man has more going on than she gives him credit for. He even turns the table on her and it was so much fun to read. Brought back a few memories of my own grandfather. The other characters were great too. I think everyone in town has a secret and Val considered them all suspects at one time or another, even the one whose kisses gave her that warm and tingly feeling. The reason for this is a masterfully plotted mystery. There were several red herrings in this mystery’s recipe and they all needed to be sifted through to find the real killer and I figured it out just as Val did. Isn’t that what we readers want? The author has served up a wonderful story with more than mystery to solve, a pinch of romance and a morsel of humor. It also contains a huge “hang on to your seat” moment that had my heart pumping. I am truly excited for the next book in this series. I think the author has just given a tidbit of what she can dish up. “What are the chances of another murder in a peaceful small town?” We shall have to wait and see…

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    OK, I did not finish this book. I could only manage about 1/3 before I finally had to give up on it; my little kobo reader could not have survived me throwing it across the room so I had to put the book down to save the reader. The book is ridiculous. E.g. Monique: 'Oh, I admitted to committing a crime and then - gasp! - the police treated me like a criminal!'. Val's friend: 'Well, given that we are a baker and teacher, we must be better equipped than the law enforcement personnel who have trainin OK, I did not finish this book. I could only manage about 1/3 before I finally had to give up on it; my little kobo reader could not have survived me throwing it across the room so I had to put the book down to save the reader. The book is ridiculous. E.g. Monique: 'Oh, I admitted to committing a crime and then - gasp! - the police treated me like a criminal!'. Val's friend: 'Well, given that we are a baker and teacher, we must be better equipped than the law enforcement personnel who have training and experience in investigating crimes.' Val: 'that must be especially true since they treated my cousin like a criminal after she admitted to committing a crime' Seriously?!? Aside from that, using PTSD as a foreshadowing, 'create tension and suspense' plot teaser is insulting and offensive to anyone with PTSD, CPTSD or basic human decency. Yes, PTSD can be included in a plot in a way that adds to character and story development in a respectful way, perhaps even one that brings greater understanding about the disorders (see for example, Jacqueline Winspear's A Dangerous Place). However, to use it as a cheap plot trick, in lieu of actual quality writing I might add, is just plain disrespectful. Overall, I am happy that I can return this one to the library and move on to other books. I will not be checking out others of this series. In fact, I am not sure if I will read anymore cozy mysteries for a very long time after this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the first book that I have read by this author and I found it to be a very enjoyable read. The author has a fluid writing style that kept the pace of the book moving along until the big reveal at the end of the story. I thought this story had a good cast of characters that were well written. I thought the author did a good job of developing the characters as the story progressed allowing the reader to get to know them much better. Val was very likable as the protagonist. She was an accide This is the first book that I have read by this author and I found it to be a very enjoyable read. The author has a fluid writing style that kept the pace of the book moving along until the big reveal at the end of the story. I thought this story had a good cast of characters that were well written. I thought the author did a good job of developing the characters as the story progressed allowing the reader to get to know them much better. Val was very likable as the protagonist. She was an accidental sleuth out to clear the name of her cousin but always made sure she kept in touch with the police regarding her theories and the events that were unfolding. I liked the theme of the book being centered around five - five ingredients, five suspects, five clues, etc. The five suspects provided plenty of clues, twists and turns throughout the story. The suspects were plausible and for the most part the motives were believable. I thought the author did a nice job of tying together a couple of plots/mysteries that seemed to be unrelated but in the end connected together very well in a realistic manner. The only thing missing for me was that I didn't feel like we got to know the town. Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of description about the town this book so that I was able to actually picture the places. It didn't make me like the book any less, I guess I felt it would have been nice to be able to picture the town, the cafe or the diner as I was reading the story. I thought this was an enjoyable book with an interesting premise around the five theme. I liked the characters and enjoyed the mystery. I will be back to check out the book number two in this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    If I liked tennis I'm sure I would have been more fascinated by this mystery, which centres on a tennis club and local players. Of course, not all the suspects play tennis, so there will be a fair assortment for everyone. The central character Val has lost her job producing publicity for cookbooks and chefs, so she has come home to Chesapeake Bay. Her aim should probably be to get a job but she doesn't do much of that; too busy sleuthing after a local estate agent is killed. That's real estate i If I liked tennis I'm sure I would have been more fascinated by this mystery, which centres on a tennis club and local players. Of course, not all the suspects play tennis, so there will be a fair assortment for everyone. The central character Val has lost her job producing publicity for cookbooks and chefs, so she has come home to Chesapeake Bay. Her aim should probably be to get a job but she doesn't do much of that; too busy sleuthing after a local estate agent is killed. That's real estate if you're reading in America. I found some peculiar terms like 'several neo-colonials' which turns out to mean houses when we're thinking of people or companies. How hard would it have been to say 'several neo-colonial houses'? Val's grandfather is a smashing character who really distinguishes this book from a host of others. Not only is it good to see a senior person, and positive interactions between generations, but the curmudgeon potters his way around, burning food as he attempts to cook Val's recipes, determined to improve upon her recipe presentation. Why? He has his reasons... more than one smart reason as it turns out, and we end up admiring him. A few nice simple recipes are at the back, from a parmesan and potato tray bake to apple crumble (that's called apple crisp in America), a pork and cranberry main course and macaroons for snacks. Enjoy! You know you'll want to cook them because they look simple and delicious.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cochrill

    I apparently read this book three years ago and didn’t remember it. I know why... The crabby grandpa was the best part! Val, the main character, just kept rehashing things in her mind. The police really didn’t discourage her from investigating. I’m also not sure why she was investigating. To protect her cousin that was never charged with anything? To avenge a woman she really wasn’t friends with?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    2.5 - As far as cozies goes- this wasn't one of my favorites. I'm not sure if I will take book number 2 out or not... 2.5 - As far as cozies goes- this wasn't one of my favorites. I'm not sure if I will take book number 2 out or not...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Good first book! This was an enjoyable first book in the series. I’m so glad that recipes were included at the end, I was looking forward to getting to see what might be included. The story moved along nicely and kept me guessing. I liked the characters and look forward to seeing what happens next.

  13. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Val Deniston has returned to her hometown by the Chesapeake Bay after a break-up with her fiance and a dangerous car accident got her fired from her job as a cookbook publisher. Now living with her Granddad in his old Victorian home, Val owns a cafe at a fitness club and hopes to write her own cookbook. When one of the ladies in her tennis club is accused of having an affair with Val's cousin Monique's husband, it leads to nasty gossip and a shocking crime that Val is witness to. The next time s Val Deniston has returned to her hometown by the Chesapeake Bay after a break-up with her fiance and a dangerous car accident got her fired from her job as a cookbook publisher. Now living with her Granddad in his old Victorian home, Val owns a cafe at a fitness club and hopes to write her own cookbook. When one of the ladies in her tennis club is accused of having an affair with Val's cousin Monique's husband, it leads to nasty gossip and a shocking crime that Val is witness to. The next time she sees Nadia, Nadia is dead. Val is certain the police will automatically suspect Monique and even if they don't, the local gossips will, so she decides to do a little sleuthing on her own. Her granddad, being fond of the number 5, helps her come up with a list of 5 suspects. He'd like to suspect Gunnar, a good looking visitor attracted to Val. Between tracking down a killer, running a business and teaching Granddad to cook, Val has her hands full. I never ever guessed who the murderer was. I was really surprised by the killer's identity though not so much why. I figured out some of the shady business that was happening in town. I couldn't put the book down until I found out who the murderer was but that doesn't mean I enjoyed the book. The small town doesn't have enough small town charm. The locals consist mainly of Val's family and tennis friends, none of whom are remotely appealing. Her tennis friends come across as largely snooty and wealthy, with the exception of Bethany, who is an unhappy young woman. Val herself is also not that appealing. She's not too bright. She spends a lot of time doing police work and hinders the investigation by withholding a piece of evidence. Then she doesn't solve the crime before the villain THINKS she does. The villain could have gotten away with it since Val had the major clue! Unlike most other sleuths in this genre, she doesn't have good reason to investigate on her own. Usually the police are quick to suspect a relative or close friend and focus ONLY on that person. The police here don't have any suspects and Monique is mostly convinced by local gossip. I also hate that she's a calorie counter and runs a health food cafe in a fitness club. I wasn't fond of Granddad either. He's a curmudgeonly old man with no ethics whatsoever. I don't really have any interest in reading more of this series, even if one does involve chocolate.

  14. 4 out of 5

    AngryGreyCat

    Just finished this new cozy mystery, first in the series of Five Ingredient Mysteries. I enjoyed reading this one, more than I expected. The cover drew me in…I know, I’m shallow, but the idea of 5-ingredient recipes is not, on its own, a big draw for me. The protagonist, Val, has crashed and burned from her big city life as a cookbook publicist and has arrived at her grandfather’s home, ostensibly to get the house packed up, sold, and him moved, but really to work on her own cookbook and find he Just finished this new cozy mystery, first in the series of Five Ingredient Mysteries. I enjoyed reading this one, more than I expected. The cover drew me in…I know, I’m shallow, but the idea of 5-ingredient recipes is not, on its own, a big draw for me. The protagonist, Val, has crashed and burned from her big city life as a cookbook publicist and has arrived at her grandfather’s home, ostensibly to get the house packed up, sold, and him moved, but really to work on her own cookbook and find her footing again. Her day job is in a fitness club cafe and on the side she is working on her own recipes. Her grandfather is somewhat of a typical grouchy old man with a heart of gold. He seems to have her best interests at heart, although he is not against finding something in it for himself. There is a lot going on between real estate deals, tennis fanatics, affairs, disguises, gambling rings, fraudulent business practices, and murder. There is also a romantic subplot with two love interests to choose between. Aside from the main murder mystery and the romantic subplot, there is also a mystery from Val’s past which she is trying to work through but can’t quite remember due to the side effects of a concussion. Lots going on and lots to think about making for a fast, fun cozy read. And as an aside the recipes were not what I thought. When I think of the 5 ingredient recipes, I think bland, tasteless food or worse the classic …”start with a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup” recipes and these didn’t seem like that. I am tempted to try out the crab cake recipe because it really sounds good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This book had been part of my physical TBR pile for a couple of years now, and I completely enjoyed what I read! It was hard to put down. I just loved Val's Granddad--sure, he's a grump sometimes and a curmudgeon, but he's the lovable type of curmudgeon. It's pretty clear that he's crazy about his granddaughter and in no hurry for her to go back to New York. A lot of people had secrets in this book, but what Nadia knew turned out being worth killing for, at least to the murderer. I didn't guess This book had been part of my physical TBR pile for a couple of years now, and I completely enjoyed what I read! It was hard to put down. I just loved Val's Granddad--sure, he's a grump sometimes and a curmudgeon, but he's the lovable type of curmudgeon. It's pretty clear that he's crazy about his granddaughter and in no hurry for her to go back to New York. A lot of people had secrets in this book, but what Nadia knew turned out being worth killing for, at least to the murderer. I didn't guess who the killer was at all, I was really surprised. Val had had a few close calls as far as accidents and being stalked. All the regular characters were fun and enjoyable, just down-to-earth people for the most part. It'll be interesting to see how Val and her new possible love interest get along now that he's also settling into Bayport, MD. Granddad had found himself a lady friend too. I might just have to visit Bayport again soon!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa I

    Per Goodreads TOS: To explain why marked as read and 1 star to keep my Goddreads profile in good standing. This hasn't arrived along with about four others. Others I was really hoping to read, but I'm just going to put this one behind me as well. I did mark it as read so it's not seen as ignored by the Goodreads team, but I'm not including it into my challenge. Trying to be fair and honest for all parties involved. Many thanks to Goodreads and the First Reads Program for this giveaway chance. It Per Goodreads TOS: To explain why marked as read and 1 star to keep my Goddreads profile in good standing. This hasn't arrived along with about four others. Others I was really hoping to read, but I'm just going to put this one behind me as well. I did mark it as read so it's not seen as ignored by the Goodreads team, but I'm not including it into my challenge. Trying to be fair and honest for all parties involved. Many thanks to Goodreads and the First Reads Program for this giveaway chance. It looks like an awesome and cozy mystery.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    By Cook or by Crook is the first book in the Five Ingredient Mystery series by Maya Corrigan. The author created a fun whodunit story with lots of suspects, as well as, twist and turns. I enjoyed reading it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    Nope, didn't like this one. Skimmed lots of it just to finish it. Won't be reading further. Nope, didn't like this one. Skimmed lots of it just to finish it. Won't be reading further.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    Goodreads Paperback Win What happens when a burnt out city girl with a snippy grandfather funds herself in the middle of a budding romance? She finds herself in the middle of a set of murders when she finds the dead body of a local realtor at her home. Meet Val Deniston who is haunted by a car accident that she cannot remember the details of how it happened and the demise of her cookbook publicist career. She moves to the quiet life of the Chesapeake from the bustle of New York City trying to deci Goodreads Paperback Win What happens when a burnt out city girl with a snippy grandfather funds herself in the middle of a budding romance? She finds herself in the middle of a set of murders when she finds the dead body of a local realtor at her home. Meet Val Deniston who is haunted by a car accident that she cannot remember the details of how it happened and the demise of her cookbook publicist career. She moves to the quiet life of the Chesapeake from the bustle of New York City trying to decide what to do next as she lives with her grandfather. She finds herself running a café by the local fitness center where she is a member of their tennis club while working on a cookbook. When one of the tennis club is found murder which she finds herself investigating the murder since the main suspect is her cousin and her best friend. Her cousin’s husband was having an affair with the murdered victim and her cousin recently found out so she is prime suspect and was the one the previous night burned a wooden tennis racket at the victim house. As she gets closer to figuring out the murder, her life starts to be in danger as numerous tampering of her car occurs along with being run off the road. The almost attempt burning of her grandfather’s house brings her closer to the murder. Throw in attempts by her grandfather trying to learn to cook and deciding on recipes that only need five ingredients, it’s a fast paced easy read. We have the heroine deciding on five suspects as she whittles down her list to find the murder.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    Although it took me a while to warm up to the story, I fell into it soon enough. Over time, I came to feel like I knew the characters and they mattered to me. Val's fairly recent move leaves plenty of opportunity for the relationships to evolve and looks like she is open to that. There were enough dramatic moments to balance the usual tedium of investigations. I did not like that fact that she locked onto one suspect and was less open to other ideas but we see that blindness in others books and Although it took me a while to warm up to the story, I fell into it soon enough. Over time, I came to feel like I knew the characters and they mattered to me. Val's fairly recent move leaves plenty of opportunity for the relationships to evolve and looks like she is open to that. There were enough dramatic moments to balance the usual tedium of investigations. I did not like that fact that she locked onto one suspect and was less open to other ideas but we see that blindness in others books and in real life. Over all By Cook or by Crook is a winner and I am ready to tackle the other books inthe series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melina

    This book started a little slow for me, but I soon got immersed in it and I couldn't put it down. I really liked Val's relationship with her grandfather, he really was an old codger sometimes. I enjoyed the setting of this novel also. I would have liked to have seen a better cast of characters in this story, it seemed a lot of the people in this small community had a lot to hide. I say great job Maya on a start to a great series. I look forward to more. I received a complimentary copy of this boo This book started a little slow for me, but I soon got immersed in it and I couldn't put it down. I really liked Val's relationship with her grandfather, he really was an old codger sometimes. I enjoyed the setting of this novel also. I would have liked to have seen a better cast of characters in this story, it seemed a lot of the people in this small community had a lot to hide. I say great job Maya on a start to a great series. I look forward to more. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    Enjoyed this first book in a new series with recipes that only have 5 ingredients...my kind of recipe! I liked all of the characters and have to say the author throws out some great red herrings because I was going down another path on who the killer might be...honestly never guessed who it was. I think this will be another great cozy series, so check it out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I ended up liking the book AFTER the 2nd half--the 1st half was a character analysis of the main people in the story, motives were in place at the time but never mentioned again but a reader would at the end [near the end] remember. the book jacket mentioned "humor"-I never found it?! The "romantic" person set up for Val is strange and kinda unbelievable, let's hope book #2 clarifies. I ended up liking the book AFTER the 2nd half--the 1st half was a character analysis of the main people in the story, motives were in place at the time but never mentioned again but a reader would at the end [near the end] remember. the book jacket mentioned "humor"-I never found it?! The "romantic" person set up for Val is strange and kinda unbelievable, let's hope book #2 clarifies.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Ross

    On Maryland's Eastern Shore, crabs aren't the only thing being caught in aspiring cookbook author Val Deniston's net. Author Maya Corrigan's concept of Five Ingredients, Five Suspects, Five Clues fits this scrumptious culinary mystery like a five-fingered glove. On Maryland's Eastern Shore, crabs aren't the only thing being caught in aspiring cookbook author Val Deniston's net. Author Maya Corrigan's concept of Five Ingredients, Five Suspects, Five Clues fits this scrumptious culinary mystery like a five-fingered glove.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Corrigan's five-ingredient recipes are right up my alley. I love her quirky characters who get mixed up in a small-town murder on Maryland's Eastern Shore. This is a great summer read. I'm looking forward to reading the others in the series. Corrigan's five-ingredient recipes are right up my alley. I love her quirky characters who get mixed up in a small-town murder on Maryland's Eastern Shore. This is a great summer read. I'm looking forward to reading the others in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    An enjoyable first in a new series. The MC was well done and I really liked her grandfather. The recipes were fun and simple which is always good. I'd love to try some of them. I can't wait to read the next one. :) An enjoyable first in a new series. The MC was well done and I really liked her grandfather. The recipes were fun and simple which is always good. I'd love to try some of them. I can't wait to read the next one. :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Schell

    What a great debut. I was hooked from beginning to end. And the recipes are fantastic. Keep it up.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Britney

    3.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    First book in a series. I really enjoyed the book. I will be reading more in the series. It was a good cozy mystery.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nothing Like A Good Book!!!! wood

    just loved it

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