I am thrilled to share with you the cover of the first in the NEW “Lobster Shack” mystery series from St. Martin’s Press, coming January 30, 2018.
Title: Curses, Boiled Again!
Series: Lobster Shack #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Website: Shari Randall
Murder. It can get you into hot water. . .
Welcome to the seaside village of Mystic Bay, where the fish is always fresh, the folks are ever-friendly, and murder is on a roll….
Allie Larkin is living her dream as a ballet dancer when a bad fall puts her out of business. Now she’s back home in Mystic Bay to heal a broken ankle while helping her Aunt Gully get her Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack off the ground. Nothing would help Aunt 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 lobster roll from one of Aunt Gully’s biggest rivals.
Soon, all eyes fall on Aunt Gully as the prime suspect. Allie may have only 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?
Meet the author
Shari Randall lives in a drafty old house on the sea. She loves traveling, antiques, old Hollywood musicals, tea time, dancing, and all things mermaid. Her short stories have appeared in the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime anthology series: “Keep It Simple” in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder and “Disco Donna” in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays.
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In the brand-new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of White Colander Crime, someone with an old grudge decides it’s time to bury the hatchet . . .
Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has agreed to help her sister clear out the house of a deceased older neighbor, and she’s thrilled at the prospect of discovering antique kitchenware and other treasures—until she opens a vintage trunk in the cellar and finds the remains of a teenage girl with a cleaver buried in her skull. When the body of a second girl is found just days later in a nearby river, the clues all indicate that the crimes are connected—and that the culprit’s motives are hidden in the past.
Jaymie just wants to cut and run, but the victims were both high school classmates of her sister when they disappeared, and that makes Jaymie the perfect person to help the local police investigate the killings. As she dredges up old memories and even older rivalries and jealousies, her list of suspects grows. But Jaymie knows she’ll have to whittle it down to just one, and fast, because someone has decided to cut their ties to Jaymie—in the most fatal of ways . . .
Includes a vintage recipe!
I love this story where the past and present collided in the staging of this well-executed story. The mystery was tightly woven keeping me immersed in all that was happening from the discoveries of the bodies, to the recollection of the past and to the present where a killer lurks in plain sight. I like how this was set up with a slew of suspects and clues that had to be deciphered the more Jaymie dug deeper into the evidence that would eventually lead to the killer’s identity. The author had a way with the narrative bridging the gap between the decades and putting me in the middle of both time periods which felt rather comfortable not losing any steps in this storyline. Boasting a great cast of characters, engaging dialogue with a small-town atmosphere, this is the best book in this fabulous series and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Jaymie and her friends.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
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Includes 6 delicious five-ingredient recipes!
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FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.