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Final Fondue (A Five-Ingredient Mystery) (edició 2016)

de Maya Corrigan (Autor)

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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 houseguest 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! Praise For By Cook Or By Crook! "This is definitely a starter for fans of Diane Mott Davidson, Lou Jane Temple, and Virginia Rich." --Library Journal "A totally enjoyable read. Definitely worth checking out!" --Night Owl Reviews… (més)
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Títol:Final Fondue (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
Autors:Maya Corrigan (Autor)
Informació:Kensington (2016), 304 pages
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Val Deniston lost her job in New York as a cookbook publicist, and also her fiancé when she caught him cheating. Now she's created a new life for herself in Bayport, living with her grandfather in his old Victorian and running the café at the local tennis and racket club. She also has a new boyfriend in Gunnar Swenson, and everything seems to be going her way.

She's also helping her grandfather create recipes as The Codger Cook -- writing for the local newspaper, but if truth were told, it's her recipes and he's "borrowed" them so everyone thinks he can cook and he'll get local recognition. After Val has helped solve a couple of local murders, her grandfather also wants to become a PI and is taking online courses to do so. But now he's planning on a recipe of his own - a chocolate fondue - that he wants no help with and intends to enter in the local cook-off for the town's tricentennial celebration.

Val has also convinced him as a way to make money would be to take in temporary boarders during the festival. Her grandfather, unfortunately, has also rented out Val's room and insists she stay with her cousin Monique. As if that weren't bad enough, Val's mother calls and says she's coming for a visit, and Val's ex, Tony, shows up unexpected and unannounced, causing problems between her and Gunnar.

But Val's determined to make it work. With cooking breakfasts for the four people in a wedding party that are staying with them, driving to her cousin's, working at the festival and the café, trying to avoid Tony and see her mother and Gunnar, you'd think that would be enough. But it isn't: on the first night at the Victorian, one of the wedding party is murdered. Now Val's drawn into another investigation -- and since the bride-to-be is obviously being threatened, she needs to decide who's trying to kill the people in the wedding party, and why...

This is the third book in the series, and it's starting to grow on me. While I enjoy the writing style and I do like Val, since she has what I call grit in sticking to her obligations, she allows people to walk all over her, and that gets to me. I still haven't been able to warm up to her grandfather. Yes, he has moments of care for her and it shows, but I still think he's taking advantage of her in more ways than one. It's almost as if he expects her to do what he wants, but I see him give nothing in return. It's difficult to care for someone who's so selfish as a person. One moment of kindness does not make up for hours of grief.

I also haven't been able to warm up to Gunnar. He supposedly is her boyfriend, but he never makes any time for her. He makes excuses why he can't spend time with her; what kind of relationship is that? I'd rather see her with someone who appreciates her; but if she allows her grandfather to walk all over her, then I guess she'll let Gunnar walk all over her, too. Even her mother nags her, and she listens to it. Val also mentions as how Bethany is just a kid at twenty-five; Val is thirty-two. She's seven years older but apparently thinks that's much older than Bethany. Hmmm...

Anyway, the mystery is done nicely, and while the clues are there, it was a little difficult to figure out who the murderer was and why; but when I did, I enjoyed watching Val put all the pieces together as she always does; even though in this book she was never in danger, it was still a lot of fun to see everyone's reactions as she went through the clues one by one until the killer was figured out.

When the ending comes and everything is said and done, it was for the most part an easy read that can be done in one evening, and worth the venture into Val's world. Recommended. ( )
  joannefm2 | Jun 14, 2020 |
Final Fondue is the third book in Maya Corrigan's Five-Ingredient Mystery series. It is the first one I have read, but did not have any problem following the story. It could be read as a stand alone novel, but I am definitely going to go back and read the first two.

Val Deniston, the main character and protaganist, lives with her grandfather, Don Myer. He is taking an online course to become a private investigator as well as writing a cooking column for the local paper where he is known as "The Codger Cook". He is not really a very good cook unless he uses Val's recipes and minimizes the ingredients. This is where the series gets its name. The house they live in is old and needs some updating and repairs, so Val has convinces her grandfather to rent out the spare bedrooms to tourists coming to town for Bayport’s Tricentennial Festival. He ends up renting not only the spare rooms, but Val's room as well to Jennifer, a bride-to-be and three members of the wedding party. The plan is to enjoy the festival and check out wedding venues during the weekend. Unfortunately for Val, she was supposed to stay with her fiancee and his family, but his mother had already invited guests, including her son's ex-girlfriend, which is why she is staying at Val's grandfather's house.

The weeeknd takes an ugly turn when Val finds one of the bridesmaids strangled in her granddad’s back yard. This death is bad enough, but once Val realizes how much she looks like the deceased, especially in a crab hat, she is worried that maybe she was the intended victim. Her nemesis, Chef Henri La Farge, is in town and not only was he verbally abusive to her in front of many townspeople and festival goers, but it appears that he might be stalking her. But the bride, who also resembles the deceased, could also have been the intended victim. After being chased through the haunted corn maze, this theory seems to have some merit. With the police not finding the answers and Granddad wanting to practice what he has been learning, he and Val start investigating and hope to find the culprit before another body shows up.

I really enjoyed the interactions between Val and her grandfather. He is sometimes a little grumpy and short on patience, but he loves his granddaughter and it seems he will do everything he can to keep her safe. He is funny and brings levity to the story. Val's love interest, Gunnar, was not in the story very much, but when he was, he seemed rather cantankerous and I am not sure how I feel about him at this point. I hope to see more of this relationship in the other books and that Val makes the right choices where her love life is concerned. Val also has some “baggage” from her past, being fired from her job, an ex-fiancee, and a car accident that the author weaves effortlessly into the story and the main mystery.

With the name of this series being the Five-Ingredient Mystery series, it would not be complete without some recipes. There are several included and two of them are definitely going to be tried in my kitchen, especially the beef stroganoff one. This series is a must for cozy mystery readers and especially those who love reading about food in the stories. I am looking forward to the rest in this series as well as the next one.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Jul 31, 2016 |
Final Fondue by Maya Corrigan is the third book in A Five-Ingredient Mystery series. Val Deniston is in for a busy week in Bayport, Maryland. Bayport’s Tri-centennial Festival is taking place, and Val is running the booth for the Cool Down Café (where she works). Val has convinced her Grandad, Don Myer, to take in guests for the weekend (will pay for the detective course he is taking). Jennifer Brown has booked the rooms for herself and members of her bridal party (Fawn Finchley, Noah Hurdly, Sarina Rafael). Jennifer is in town to make plans for her wedding to Payton Grandsire (son of Penelope Grandsire, rich family in town). Grandad is also working on his recipe for the cook-off contest (a chocolate fondue). He has to live up to his reputation as the Codger Cook. Unfortunately, Chef Henri LaFarge is the judge, and he holds a grudge against Val (he is the one who got her fired from her publicist position). Val is coming back to the house very late and stumbles in the dark. Val has stumbled over Fawn Finchley, one of their houseguests. Val calls in Bayport Police Chief, Earl Yardley. Who could have wanted Fawn dead? The suspect list is not long since Fawn was a guest in town (seems to limit it to the houseguests staying with Grandad). Val is not sure that Fawn was the intended victim. Val cannot help but do a little investigating. Of course, Grandad insists on helping (it goes great with his detective course). Can they find the culprit before there is another victim? Come join in the hijinks in Final Fondue!

Final Fondue was a fun book to read. It was enjoyable and easy to read. There is just the right amount of humor in the novel (it was not over-the-top or too silly). I liked the mystery (complex and plenty of misdirection) and following the clues to see if I was right in my choice of killer. I like the relationship between Val and Grandad. Their banter and slight bickering was entertaining (and you can tell that they truly care for each other). While this is the third book in the series, it can easily be read alone. Ms. Corrigan does a good job of updating the reader so they do not feel like they have missed anything by not reading the first two books (though I look forward to reading them). The characters in the book are well developed and relatable (they seem real). I give Final Fondue 4.5 out of 5 stars (I more than liked it but I was able to solve the mystery well before it was revealed). There is plenty going on in Final Fondue, but it was not too much. Ms. Corrigan did a superb job cooking up this cozy mystery. I look forward to reading the next book in A Five-Ingredient Mystery series. There are recipes included at the end of the book (that were mentioned during the novel).

I received a complimentary copy of Final Fondue from NetGalley (and Kensington) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel. The opinions and comments expressed above are strictly my own. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Jul 12, 2016 |
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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 houseguest 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! Praise For By Cook Or By Crook! "This is definitely a starter for fans of Diane Mott Davidson, Lou Jane Temple, and Virginia Rich." --Library Journal "A totally enjoyable read. Definitely worth checking out!" --Night Owl Reviews

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