Friday, May 29, 2020

Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse - A Review & Giveaway


The Second Marygene Brown Mystery

An early morning swim turns into a nightmare for Marygene Brown when a badly burned corpse bumps into her. Trying to put the incident out of her mind she's excited to cater a party to promote her friend's new business. But when she and her brother decide to store the champagne in the basement, they find another badly burned corpse. It seems Marygene's mama was right, the dead are drawn to her. In addition to crispy corpses, Marygene has to deal with her tempestuous relationship with Alex while keeping Peach Tree Island satiated with her baked goods. Will Marygene be able to help the dead? Or will she get burned?

What a great book! I loved the first Marygene Brown Mystery and this one even tops it. The fun and quirky characters balance out the scenes of heartfelt emotions. New characters enter the scene, including one I'd love to punch, or maybe trip and have fall into a puddle of mud...and chip her front teeth. There's angst and tragedy, maturing, or not, and an ultimate coming together. The penultimate scene was jaw droppingly shocking while also being an unbelievable adrenaline rush.

The most important aspect of the book are the various parental relationships, which are key here. The other thing to remember is that relationships and problems continue even after death. I loved learning more about the Island Spirits and discovering that more people can see and interact with them.

SOUTHERN SASS AND A CRISPY CORPSE is a fun mystery filled with both Southern charm and Southern sass. High drama, tangible emotions, slapstick comedy, and a complex mystery shrouded in secrets provide a perfect page-turning read.


Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (A Marygene Brown Mystery) by Kate Young

About Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series  
Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2020)  
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
On Georgia’s picturesque Peach Cove Island, a killer is serving up a two-for-one special . . .
After their mama's passing, Marygene Brown returned to Peach Cove Island to help her sister Jena Lynn run the family diner, renowned for its homemade peach desserts. But Mama is never too far away—her sassy spirit haunts the island, and more specifically Marygene. Lately Mama has been warning her that the dead will seek her out to solve their murders, an idea Marygene is far from peachy keen on.
But that prophecy appears to be coming true when she goes skinny-dipping off the island and swims right into a woman's charred corpse floating in the waves. And when Marygene and her brother Sam come upon a second burned body in a wine cellar at an event they're catering, it appears they have a double homicide on their hands. It soon turns out the victims have more in common than their charred remains, and Marygene will need to double down to find a killer who has no aversion to playing with fire. Good thing Mama has her back . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

About Kate Young

Kate Young writes Southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she’s reading or cooking.

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  1. Thank you for your review on "SOUTHERN SASS AND A CRISPY CORPSE" by Kate Young and for being part of the book tour.

    What a fabulous sounding book. It's already on my TBR list and I can't wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Sounds really interesting. I really enjoy reading Cozies. Thanks for this opportunity.