Southern Sass and Killer Cravings

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings

by Kate Young

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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496721457
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 84,938
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kate Young is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. She is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Georgia and when she is not writing her own books, she’s reading or cooking.

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Southern Sass and Killer Cravings 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TheCozyReview 22 days ago
Series: Marygene Brown Mysteries - Book 1 Author: Kate Young Genre: Cozy Mystery/Culinary Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 368 A brand new cozy mystery series from Kate Young “Marygene Brown Mysteries” published by Kensington is a thought-provoking book with lots of pleasant characters and great potential. This book is well-written, with smooth transitions and plenty of plot twists. Readers will enjoy getting to know Marygene and spending time with her and the other characters. Marygene is a very amiable character with flaws and fears. She reminds us that we are all human, and sometimes we hold ourselves responsible for things beyond our control. We try to governor everything, and when we can’t, we feel like a failure. Marygene is a character many of us can relate to and understand. Add just a touch of the paranormal into the mix in the form of a ghost, and you have the makings of a very absorbing mystery with a nice dash of humor. Other characters in Southern Sass & Killer Cravings are warm, caring, and suffer from normal human frailties. They have insecurities, secrets, and burdens, and this is what makes them interesting and likable. The method of murder and the victim are fascinating. However, the method of the murder was a bit too obvious for seasoned readers. The victim was at first a very kindly person. Yet as the story unfolds, we learn that perhaps he wasn’t as nice or as good as initially thought. This makes for an absorbing turn and keeps the reader engaged. For the first novel in a new cozy mystery series, Southern Sass & Killer Cravings is a pleasurable read, fast-paced with enough action to keep readers turning the page. However, I did take issue with a woman who has just gotten out of a physically abusive marriage associating with a man who has a violent temper. Most abuse victims, once out of an abusive relationship, will not willingly have a friend who is physically violent with an explosive temper. This is simply not a judicious scenario. Overall, this is a good book and what will be a good new cozy mystery series. It has great potential, notable characters, and a ghost that I hope will continue to make an appearance. Ms. Young is a seasoned writer and knows how to tell a compelling story. The recipes in the back of the book are delicious!
Karen Hollins 17 days ago
This is a great start to a new mystery series. Protagonist, Marygene, has moved back home after leaving an abusive relationship. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I enjoyed the quirky, loveable characters which are well developed and who doesn't love a small southern town setting like Peach Cove Island. There are plenty of twists and turns in this story, a few red herrings but I guessed whodunnit fairly soon in the story. The story moves at a steady pace, and I had a hard time putting it down. I cant wait to return to Peach Cove Island and the Peach Diner! I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Anonymous 17 days ago
Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young is the 1st book in the Marygene Brown series, and my first book by this author. Marygene leaves Atlanta behind and goes home to Peach Cove Island to help her sister Jena Lynn run the family business, Peach Diner. When an old man dies in the diner, Marygene is determined to find the real killer, and save her sister and the diner. Marygene's mother passed away two years ago, but Marygene keeps seeing her mom's ghost. I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to the next book in the series. This book has fun with well developed characters, and a fun plot. I recommend this book to cozy mystery book lovers, like me. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Marygene is moving back home after she ended an abusive marriage. She's moving to Peach Cove Island where she co-owns a restaurant with her sister. The restaurant has been in the family for several generations. She still owned her former mother's house. There is a murder in the restaurant, and her sister jena is arrested. Marygene starts seeing apparitions of her dead mother when things get complicated. She's not sure if she's dreaming or going crazy. Marygene"s father is the chief of police, and her former boyfriend is one of his deputies. Marygene sets off to prove her sister's innocence, while her father and former boyfriend strive to keep her protected. There are recipes in the back of the book that are in the story, and I had to laugh when I found that the beer in the story actually exists. It's used in a cake recipe. I really enjoyed this story. It felt like the heroine in the story could be a friend. It kept me guessing until the end. I read it in one sitting. I imagine there will be more Peach Cove stories, and I look forward to reading them.
Dollycas 18 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Everything is not peachy on Peach Cove Island. Marygene Brown has left her abusive marriage behind and returned home just in time to witness one of the customers at her family’s Peach Diner keel over dead. When it is determined the man was poisoned, Marygene’s sister Jena Lynn is arrested and the diner is closed. Knowing she has no choice, Marygene sets out to find the real killer to save her sister and reopen the family legacy. She gets an unusual assist from her Mama, who just happens to be dead! All while the sheriff tells her to butt out ‘cuz he’s got it covered. Well, he and that detective from Atlanta brought into the case by the victim’s son. There is so much I loved about this story! The author introduces us to Marygene, a survivor of domestic violence. I felt she dealt with the issue realistically while keeping within cozy mystery parameters. Marygene makes a huge step, filing for divorce and moving home, while her husband still tries to keep her under his thumb. She arrives back on Peach Cove Island with the process started, knowing it isn’t going to be easy. I was impressed with the character growth of the core characters over the course of the story, realizing this is the first book in the series, the author has left plenty of room for growth. The family dynamic is unique and fluid. When her mother passed the family home was left to Marygene, and the Peach Diner was left to both daughters. With Marygene stuck in her marriage, Jena Lynn has been running the diner with their brother handling the kitchen. Marygene also just recently found out that Sheriff Eddie Carter is her biological father. Her return means rebuilding and defining relationships. The murder takes place early in the story giving Marygene something else to focus on. It also gives her a way to reconnect with family and friends and gives her the opportunity to connect with those who had reason to want Mr. Ledbetter six feet under. The mystery was cleverly plotted and the addition of Mama’s ghost was fantastic!! Friend and waitress Betsy also assists Marygene in her investigation. (Betsy is a hoot and a half!) There were more suspects than I at first imagined and plenty of twists. A lot is happening on this island. Marygene does her best to piece everything together, even putting herself in the line of fire. More than once she had me holding my breath. Kate Young has what I would call a comfortable writing style. The dialogue is free flowing full of just the right amount of Southern Sass. I am not a fan of curse words in a cozy mystery but it fits within this dialogue and was rare. Her descriptive style sets the time and the scene without ever going over the top. The characters are easily visualized along with everything that is taking place. Like a true cozy mystery, this book has its fair share of humor and just a touch of romance. Marygene is just out of a bad relationship and not ready to jump into another, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any men on the horizon. I hope with all the woman has been through the author takes things slowly and gives out protagonist the time she needs to heal and trust. Jena Lynn romantic relationship has a fun milestone. Full of Southern charm and a grand mystery along with delectable recipes that may give you some Killer Cravings this series is off to a wonderful start! I can’t wait for book two!!
Anonymous 19 days ago
4GranJan 20 days ago
Southern Fried Cozy Mystery This story is a great cozy mystery that takes place on a Georgia coastal island. It is filled with southern pride, hospitality, and cooking. The crime and mystery portion of the story is just aces. The story revolves around a diner but it is not the over-the-top foodie that many stories are. There is a nice recipe section at the end. I received this Arc book from Net Galley for free and this is my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 21 days ago
Southern Sass and Killer Cravings is set on a small island off the Georgia coast called Peach Cove. The Peach Diner was started by Marygene’s grandmother, Nanny after her husband gambled and drank away their money. Marygene has a natural talent for cooking and baking. She knows what is needed to elevate a dish and how to fix a wonky recipe. I thought Southern Sass and Killer Cravings was nicely written and it moved along at a steady pace. I liked the author’s conversational writing style which made the story easy to read. Southern manners and hospitality are the code in the South. Southern women are polite and always have sweet tea ready for guests (even if they are unwelcome). I liked that Marygene is a friendly yet flawed character (realistic) who has gotten herself out of a bad marriage. She has made mistakes and knows that she needs to make amends (to family and friends). There are an assortment of characters in the story that include Marygene’s sister, her half-brother, biological father, shop owners, residents, a reporter, and land developers. Betsy Myers, Marygene’s best friend, is over-the-top and boisterous (she is quite a characters). With Carl Ledbetter’s father dead, he is ready to let developers buy the land he inherited for high rise condos and a resort. Other residents do not want this type of development which leads to animated debates. There is plenty of action throughout the story, but I could have done without the repetition of case details. The mystery was mixed for me. The method of murder and the killer’s identity are easily discerned by avid cozy mystery readers. It was interesting, though, following the investigation to learn more about the victim and why he was killed. There are two potential love interests for Marygene. Personally, I thought it was too soon for Marygene to move on after her abusive marriage (she still had bruises on her neck). There is mild foul language in Southern Sass and Killer Cravings and references to the abusive Marygene suffered. My favorite phrase from the book is “the past always has a way of coming back and biting you in the keister” (so true). There are recipes from The Peach Diner included at the end. Southern Sass and Killer Cravings is a humorous cozy mystery that is perfect to read on the front porch in a cozy rocking chair with sweet peach tea on a table nearby. Southern Sass and Killer Cravings has Southern hospitality, friendship, sweet tea, gossip, tasty treats, a dead man, secrets, an island spirit and a new amateur sleuth.
MeezCarrie 22 days ago
3.5 stars Southern Sass & Killer Cravings is what I would call a grittier cozy… it touches on some tough (potentially trigger) issues and uses some saltier language than I’m used to in cozy mysteries. Marygene’s family is a bit of a hot mess, not the least of which is her recently-departed Mama who pops in and out to help Marygene and try to make amends for their less than stellar relationship. Yet – Mama included – they stick together when one of their own needs help and in this case both Marygene and her sister Jena Lynn need a passel of it. The bodies keep piling up, and the plot kept me guessing until the whodunnit (and why) reveal. It’s a case with lots of twists and turns and plausible suspects – a town full of people who seem trustworthy but still may have had solid motive to kill. Marygene isn’t sure who she can trust & neither was I. Add to that, a couple of potential love interests (which Marygene approaches cautiously and slowly, given that she still has literal bruises from her ex) and readers are kept busy trying to decide who needs a purse whomping from Mama. Bottom Line: Full of quirky small town southern charm and mouthwatering recipes, Southern Sass & Killer Cravings is an edgy cozy with a heroine who will draw readers’ sympathy for her struggles and admiration for her will to overcome them. The crude language and frequent cursing may turn away some typical cozy readers, but the bones of the story, the characters, the humor, and the well-crafted plot are enjoyable if you get past the language choices. I also appreciated the author’s thoughtful and candid portrayal of domestic abuse survivors and the subsequent hope and courage she offers to readers in similar situations. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
ArizonaJo 22 days ago
Southern Sass and Killer Cravings is the first book in a new cozy southern paranormal cozy mystery series by Kate Young. I found this book to be a well-crafted cozy with a plot that moved smoothly with plenty of suspects,twists and red herrings to keep me guessing. The introduction of the characters was well written and I admired Ms. Young's approach to Marygene being a domestic abuse survivor. I enjoyed meeting Betsy and Marygene's mother (she's a ghost),some family drama, and a possible romance triangle for Marygene. I felt that it was a little early in Marygene's recovery for romance and especially from two different men. All in all an easy read with plenty of southern charm and that touch of paranormal to make it just a little more fun. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Nancy0708 22 days ago
A strong premier in the new Marygene Brown series. You meet a protagonist with a big secret, her dead mother that has to atone for her past choices and an unique set of family dynamics. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
chefdt 22 days ago
Southern Sass and Killer Cravings is the first book in the Marygene Brown series. Marygene Brown has gotten the courage to leave her abusive marriage and has returned to Peach Cove Island and will help her half-sister, Jena, and her half-brother, Sam run the Peach Diner, the diner that has been in the family for generations. Marygene arrives to find the Peach Cove in an uproar over developers that have descended on the island hoping to buy up property and build condos and turn the island into a mega tourist attraction. Most residents are happy with their way of life and the modest tour attraction they have had for years. On the evening of her return, Marygene deceased mother contacts her and tells her to shut the diner the next day as somebody will die in the diner. The next morning, shortly after arriving for work, a regular customer, Mr. Ledbetter, collapses and dies. When it is learned that he died from poisoning Jena is arrested and led away in handcuffs and the diner is shut down. Marygene. With the help of Betsy, they set out to find the killer so they can save Jena from prison and save their source of income, the Peach Diner. This investigation will cause her to have to work with Sheriff Eddie Carter, her biological father with whom she has not been close. The story is well written and very interesting, as are the characters. There are plenty of twists and turns and red herring to keep the reader guessing. There are recipes from the Peach Diner also included in the book. I will be watching for the next book in the series.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 22 days ago
Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by (new to me author) Kate Young is down right adorable. Marygene is down but not out and headed back home. But things at home have changed too and when she is sitting right next a diner regular as he dies things get very real. I really like Marygene. This is an exciting cozy mystery with twists and turn you won’t expect. I look forward to future adventures with Marygene and the gang.
CozyOnUp 22 days ago
Marygene Brown returned home to Peach Cove Island after finally leaving her abusive, older husband. After living in the big city for awhile, she’s torn between hating that everyone knowing everyone in town else’s business and loving the fact that everyone in town has each other’s back. But home is where she is and she’s decided to rebuild her life here and run the family diner their Mother and grandmother ran before them. When her deceased Mother shows up in the family home one night, Marygene manages to convince herself it was just a dream. Until her Mother’s prediction comes true and a customer is poisoned in the diner and her sister Jena Lynn is the main suspect! Now Marygene needs to save her sister and get back to building her life with her family, friends, and townsfolk. Easier said than done! This is the first book I have seen by Kate Young and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. It’s an empowering series and I see many good things coming from Marygene and the gang in the future.
MKF 22 days ago
Marygene is a domestic abuse survivor. She's also got a complicated family situation- not that they don't love each other, they do, it's just you might have to do a bit of sorting. What she knows for sure is that her step sister Jena Lynn did not poison the man who died in their diner. What she doesn't know is how her investigation is going to sit with her bio dad Eddie, the sheriff, or her love interest Alex, the deputy sheriff. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. It's not too complicated, there are good characters, and nice recipes. Fans of Southern cozys will like this one for the way Young has incorporated "southernisms" with her mystery.
AMGiacomasso 22 days ago
What a good start for a new series, The cast of characters is likable and well written, the setting is lovely and the mystery kept me guessing till the end. I enjoyed this book as it's fun to read, entertaining and engaging. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series. Recommended! Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.