By Cook or By Crook
Kensington, Nov 4 2014, $7.99
Cookbook publicist Val Deniston left New York for Bayport on Chesapeake Bay to reside with her grandfather following a car accident in which she suffers from amnesia as to what happened. She manages the Cool Down Café and has begun authoring a cookbook instead of publicity on someone else’s writings.
When she gives Nadia a ride home from the exercise club, the passenger asks her to meet with her in a couple days to discuss a catering gig. Upon reaching Nadia’s home, they find a wooden tennis racket on fire. Two days later, Val arrives for the appointment only to find Nadia dead. The prime suspect is Val’s cousin Monique whose husband was cheating on her with the victim. Knowing her BFF relative would not murder anyone; Val investigates bringing danger to her and her grandfather.
The first Five-Ingredient Mystery is a charming culinary cozy because of a caring heroine, warm family members and five as the magic number (ingredients in recipes and suspects in the investigation). This is a pleasant amateur sleuth.