Curses, Boiled Again! by Shari Randall is the first book in the NEW “Lobster Shack” mystery series. Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, coming January 30, 2018

Welcome to the seaside hamlet of Mystic Bay, where the fish is always fresh, the folks are ever-friendly, and murder is on a roll. . .

Allie Larkin was living her dream as a ballet dancer when a bad fall put her out of business. Now she’s back home in Mystic Bay to heal a broken ankle while also helping her dear Aunt Gully get her Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack off the ground. Nothing would help Gully more than winning the local food festival’s Best Lobster Roll contest. The competition is sure to be killer―especially after one of the contest judges dies after eating a roll from one of Gully’s biggest rivals.

Soon, all eyes fall on Gully as the prime suspect. Allie may only have one good leg to stand on, but she’s not going to let her aunt go down for a crime she never could have cooked up. Can Allie, along with her devoted crew of friends, family, and customers, find a way to trap the killer and claw herself out of this hard-boiled murder case?

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Who is sending threatening letters? Who killed the celebrity judge? Why is this all happening? You’ll find the answers in this likable light drama.

What a fun time I had visiting the town of Mystic Bay. The tone was comfortable making it easy to follow along with the multiple plots contained within the pages. The pacing was a perfect pitch to how well this story was told. The mystery kept me entangled in all aspects of this well-written story with plenty of suspects, clues with a few surprises that enhanced the telling of this tale. The author did a great job in setting this up with visually descriptive narrative that made me see all that there was to see, like a film in motion.  Boasting a likable, yet quirky cast of characters, engaging dialogue and a small-town atmosphere, this was a delectably charming debut and I can’t wait to lean more about this group of people in Mystic Bay.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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