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Cookbook author Mattie Carrington, Pine County's one and only celebrity, narrowly escapes being burned to a crisp when her kitchen explodes. Then someone tries to poison her.
Luckily, Sheriff Cas Larkin is on the case.
But when Cas visits the secluded cabin Mattie rented to finish her next book, he finds her nearly dead.
With no signs of foul play and just as many clues, Cas is getting more "help" than he needs from the eagle-eyed locals as he tracks an experienced killer with the patience and skill to watch... and wait.
THE MARYVALE COZY MYSTERY SERIES, in order
The Devil in Maryvale
The Nelson Scandal
Recipe for Trouble
The Mardi Gras Murder
About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Pine County, Tennessee, author Mattie Carrington plans to write a cookbook, but before she can escape to her hideaway cabin, the house she shares with her sister Katie explodes. Not long after that incident in which no one was hurt, but damage to the kitchen occurred Mattie is rushed to the hospital poisoned in what appears to have been caused by a relative as no one else had access to the writer.------------------ County Sheriff Cas Larkin investigates the poisoning, but finds the sisters¿ attorney Laurence Fields in his way as the latter tries to protect the Carrington siblings and their cousins Connie and Mayne Anderson, who are the prime suspects. Still refusing to allow anyone from preventing him from doing his job, Cas keeps digging while insuring the Carrington sisters are safe because he believes a very resolute killer wants Mattie dead although the motive remains a mystery.------------- RECIPE FOR TROUBLE is an interesting regional cozy starring several female relatives and a male sheriff trying to keep them safe. Fans who prefer action will pass on Jackie Griffey¿s tale that focuses more on a deep look at the interrelationships between the four females, even for instance when the house explodes. Cas is terrific once his police procedural investigation starts but the targeted audience is more for those who appreciate a family drama with late suspense from someone trying to kill the author.------------ Harriet Klausner
Being with the Pine County townsfolk is like being home. Their stories are light mysteries. This one happens to be predictable from the start, yet still enjoyable.
You can't help like the donut eating, coffee drinking band of characters who stumble over obvious clues and terrible grammar. Thoughts and portions are repeated until you could scream. So dated even though this one eludes to a computer. But I keep coming back hoping some editor can see the potential for some really good underlying plots.