Recipe for a Delicious Five-Ingredient Mystery
BY COOK OR BY CROOK
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 a challenge, but she enjoys running the Cool Down Café at the fitness and racket club. After a club patron is murdered, she cooks up a scheme to find the killer who framed her best friend. While she 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. But kitchen disasters are the least of Val's problems when a murderer targets her.
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Val Deniston loves the historic Chesapeake Bay town where she lives with her grandfather, the Codger Cook. Running the fitness club’s Cool Down Café—and salvaging the five-ingredient dishes Granddad messes up—keeps her busy. She’s used to his catastrophes in the kitchen, but not in the dining room. Granddad throws a dinner party to expose a swindler who preys on retirees. When the scammer goes face down in the chowder, his death puts Granddad in the soup. As the other guests clam up, the police gather the ingredients for a murder conviction against him. With his freedom on the line, Granddad and Val dredge up secrets that could save him or get them both killed.
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As Val helps her grandfather prepare for houseguests, visitors to Bayport’s Tricentennial Festival, he reminisces about the fondue parties of the 1970s, hauls down a fondue set from the attic, and makes chocolate fondue to greet his guests. One guest eats her final fondue that night. In the dark the murderer might have mistaken her for another houseguest or even for Val. When a fondue fork and a kitchen knife disappear, Val and Granddad team up to keep the killer from making another stab at murder. Read more about Final Fondue.
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