By Cook or By Crook by Maya Corrigan – Review + Giveaway

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By Cook or by Crook medBy Cook or By Crook by Maya Corrigan

Take one burned-out city girl. Add a crusty codger, a pinch of gossip, and a dash of romance. Stir in a generous helping of murder and you’ve got the ingredients for one truly delicious mystery…

Haunted by the car accident that ended her career as a cookbook publicist, Val Deniston has traded in the chaos of New York City for a quieter life near the Chesapeake Bay. Living with her curmudgeonly grandfather in the tourist town of Bayport is hardly glamorous, but she enjoys working at the Cool Down Café at the local fitness club, and she finally has time to work on her long-planned cookbook. But when one of the club’s patrons is found dead, she’ll have to cook up a scheme to find the killer.

Includes 8 five-ingredient recipes!

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My Thoughts

By Cook or By Crook by Maya Corrigan is the first book in the new Five-Ingredient Mystery. This is such a fun cozy mystery! I loved it. Val and her grandfather are really well-developed characters and made the story really enjoyable. The settings throughout the story were interesting and fresh – different from other cozies I’ve read. The mystery was well-written and paced well throughout the story. The recipes were great. I can’t wait for more in this series!

About the Author

maya corriganMaya Corrigan lives near Washington, D.C., within easy driving distance of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the setting for this series. She has taught courses in writing, detective fiction, and American literature at Georgetown University and NOVA community college. A winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, she has published essays on drama and short stories under her full name of Mary Ann Corrigan. Visit her at



11 comments / Add your comment below

  1. This sounds like such a fun book. Plus I LOVE cozy mysteries that deal with food and give you recipes. Seriously, I’ve cooked more since I’ve started reading cozy mysteries.

  2. Congrats, Maya, on your new series. I want to read “By Cook or By Crook” because it has all the “ingredients” for a great, cozy mystery!

  3. Lisa, Karen, Rebecca, Kim, Sue, and Patricia,
    Thank you for your congratulations and for commenting on the blog. I never thought I’d like “old codgers in cozies,” Sue, until I created one. Now he’s everyone’s favorite character.

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