Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Series: Marygene Brown Mysteries #1
Published by Kensington Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!
Southern Sass and Killer Cravings is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series. This book fits in perfectly with other culinary cozies and even some paranormal as our MC is being “haunted” by her dead mother. I use quotes around haunted because there is nothing malevolent about it, just that her mother who has passed is speaking to her about the murder that has taken place.
For the most part, I thought this was a cute cozy. I did find it to drag in places and I found myself skipping around a bit, but it’s certainly worth the read for those who enjoy the genre. It could be a case of “it’s me, not you” that made it feel a little slow, but that’s how I felt while reading. As for the characters, I genuinely enjoyed them. I enjoyed how close the characters had become as a family even though they had been on the outs with one another for a while. I also liked how the MC, Marygene, has gotten herself out of an abusive relationship- she came off as very realistic and relatable because she suffers from real issues. The murder aspects and solving a crime as an amateur sleuth was fine as well. However, I have read so many of these books that I come to expect the endings like I did with this one.
In any event, I would suggest that those who are cozy mystery lovers grab a copy of this one. It’s got fantastic recipes and an engaging plot with awesome characters. I do plan to read the next one and am hoping that I enjoy it a bit more than I did this one.