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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Tell-Tale Tarte (A Five-Ingredient Mystery #4) by Maya Corrigan

The Tell-Tale Tarte

Mass Market Paperback, 314 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Goodreads synopsis: 
It s a cold January in the Chesapeake Bay area, but Cool Down Cafe manager Val Deniston has plenty to sweat over like catering a book club event, testing recipes for her Granddad s cookbook, and catching the author of a deadly tale of murder. . .

The last thing Val needs in her life is an unsolved murder, especially when the victim, an actor famed for impersonating Edgar Allan Poe, happens to be dressed exactly like her Granddad. To keep an eye on Granddad, whose latest job takes him to the home of Rick Usher, a local author inspired by Poe, Val gets herself hired as a cook in Rick s House of Usher. When she discovers the actor wasn’t the only one doing an impersonation, separating the innocent from the murderous becomes a real-life horror story. But Val must decipher a killer s M.O. sooner rather than later . . . or she can forget about finding poetic justice.

Includes 6 delicious five-ingredient recipes!


4.5 stars

This is the fourth book in the Five-Ingredient Mystery series by Maya Corrigan.

Val’s dad comes home with a fancy new makeover. And strangely enough, she sees a man fall and when she comes upon him, he looks exactly like her grandpa with his new look. This man was an actor looking to impersonate an author for a one-man show he was working on. Then Val has a catering event for a popular author and the man being fawned over is her grandfather and not the author. Now Val is confused and wanting to know what is going on.

This book went round and round. And rightly so since the plot is very intricate. I really enjoyed this cast and the community surrounding the main character. I will definitely be reading more of the books in this series. 

I am not exactly sure what makes this a 5-ingredient mystery but I found the mystery compelling and one that I would recommend to anyone who likes cozies.  You might want to start at the beginning so you know who the main characters are and get more in depth info about them all.

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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