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 house guest 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 . . .
Includes 6 five-ingredient recipes! (Goodreads)
Val Deniston has moved to Bayport after she lost her job as a cookbook publicist. She has enough to keep her busy, trying to get ready for the Tricentennial celebration and helping her grandfather entertain house guests that are there for the celebration. She was the one who talked him into renting out rooms at his house so she feels a little bit responsible when one of the house guests ends up murdered. She is determined to help the police find the murderer, even if they do not want her help.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed reading about the interaction between Val and her grandfather. Even with their bickering and banter, you could tell that they cared about each other a lot. I enjoyed the fact that although Val was investigating the murder, she did not take unnecessary chances with her safety. This was a refreshing change from many of the cozies that I read. There were characters from her past that show up for the festivities, and these people put a damper on a new relationship that she is building with Gunner.
The mystery is carried on well throughout the book and even though there three main suspects to consider, I did not know if one of them were responsible or not. There were twists and turns to throw the reader off.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. Although this is the third book in the series, it is the first one that I have read. I had no trouble following the plot and the characters and I did not feel lost at all. I do plan on going back and reading the first two books in the series. As an added bonus, there are six recipes at the end of the book, and some of them sound tasty.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.