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  • Great cozy mystery book!

    I absolutely love Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse! It took me a few chapters to get how the characters were related, but once I did, I adored them all! Poor Marygene. She came back to the island after her mama died only to be haunted by her mama, and have the dead seek her out. That can’t be enjoyable, right? Right! Marygene can’t stand it, but she doesn’t have much choice. The dead want her help. The only dead that she can talk to though is Mama, and Mama’s not allowed to tell her whodunit even if she knows. So, it’s up to Marygene to get justice for them. In Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse, Marygene just happens to be out swimming (skinny-dipping, gasp!) very early one morning when the first crispy corpse finds her. Of course, she’s in shock and mortified, but she gathers her wits about her and gets to work solving this very old mystery. The setting in this series is another one that makes me jealous! This series is set in a town by the ocean! Why oh why was I born in the mid-west? I love the diner, and you will too. You’ll be drooling as you read about all of the delicious food they serve there. Thankfully, you can find the recipes in the book. I’d rather have them cook for me though! Like I said earlier, I adore the all of the characters…even the rotten ones because they are extremely well-written. I might not adore their actions, but I love how they jump off of the page at you. Of all the side characters, Aunt Vi is my favorite with her quirkiness. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks! Oh, to be Aunt Vi! My second favorite is Betsy who has no filter. She’ll crack you up. What really surprised me was that I was actually crying during two particular scenes. I don’t think I’ve EVER cried while reading a cozy mystery book, but a scene with Marygene and Eddie (her biological dad with whom she’s got a complicated relationship) had me bawling! I love that things aren’t easily solved in Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse. And I’m not just talking about the mystery. Relationships are hard, and past traumas are hard. Life can be hard, and Kate Young doesn’t shy away from that fact. It makes the book more real when the characters’ lives aren’t all sunshine and roses. I highly recommend Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse! Though I didn’t read the first, I’m sure I’d recommend that one too (and I’m gonna go read it!). Be prepared for all the feels!

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  • A delightful and humorous read!

    Marygene Brown has recently moved back home to Peach Cove, a small island off the Georgia coast, to help her sister and brother run the family diner. Her deceased mother may be physically gone, but her spirit haunts the island, and more specifically Marygene. According to her mother, because of their connection, spirits will seek Marygene out to solve their murders. And much to Marygene's dismay, this turns out to be true. When she goes skinny dipping off the island, she swims right into a woman's charred corpse. Later, she finds a second burned corpse in her friend's wine cellar. The investigation reveals that the remains belong to twins, Kayla and Pamela Dryer, who both vanished two decades ago. Marygene is determined to uncover the truth, especially when it becomes apparent that the people closest to her know a lot more about the twins than they're letting on. This delightful read is full of humor, southern charm, and memorable characters. The writing style flows smoothly, and the story has a good pace that will keep the reader engaged and turning pages. The author did a wonderful job with the descriptions, which made it easy to visualize the lovely island setting and to feel like you're part of the small tight-knit community of Peach Cove. Marygene is a feisty and likable main character. I enjoyed getting to know her and the residents of Peach Cove. Her friend and co-worker, Betsy, was a hoot, and I loved Marygene's interactions with her mom and Javier. I didn't care for Alex and his short temper and would much rather see Javier as her love interest. The murder mystery had enough twists, turns, and suspects to keep me guessing until the action-packed reveal. Overall, this was a charming cozy mystery, with mouthwatering descriptions of food, a touch of paranormal, and a well-crafted murder mystery. I look forward to reading more by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A lighthearted cozy

    Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse by Kate Young is the 2nd A Marygene Brown Mystery. It can be read as a standalone because the needed background information is provided. We return to Peach Cove Island, Georgia where deceased souls who have been murdered are drawn to Marygene Brown. Marygene gets a help with the cases from her mama, Clara who is in limbo (she should have done more good deeds while alive). Marygene co-owns The Peach Diner with her sister, Jena Lynn. Marygene is a wonderful baker whose pastries are in demand by the island’s residents and tourists. Marygene is having relationship troubles with beau, Deputy Alex Myers. Alex was seen doing something that landed him in hot water with Marygene. Alex wanted his cake and to eat it too (if you get my drift). Deputy Javier Reyes is new to the force and sparks fly between him and our protagonist. It looks like Alex has competition. I wish less time had been devoted to Marygene’s love life. It was a little much for me. Marygene deserves a good guy who is understanding, kind, and loyal. There are a variety of colorful characters whose antics had me laughing. Betsy, an employee and friend, is a hoot. The food descriptions will have your mouth watering. Thankfully, there are recipes at the end of the book. I like the author’s conversational writing style which made Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse was easy to read. The story moved along quickly. The mystery was an enjoyable one to solve. It was complex (love that) with a variety of clues, several suspects and misdirection. I had a good time assembling the clues and arriving at a solution. There is a dramatic reveal where I got to see if my deductions were correct. There was plenty of action in this story that helped move this story along quickly toward the end. The paranormal element is fun and enhances the series. Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse is a capricious cozy mystery with a disdainful deputy, unabashed bathing beauty, a chill cellar, pretty pastries, a defensive dad, and crispy corpses.

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  • A fabulous series!

    Marygene Brown goes for an early morning swim at naturale and finds a body swimming with the fishes. The body of the woman who is Bernd and when Marygene’s Mama shows up, she knows she’s going to have to find the killer. You see, Mama’s ghost only shows up when Marygene need to help the dearly departed find justice. When the second body shows up identical to the first murder, the police find out the bodies are of two young women who had gone missing many years ago. As Marygene tries to get to the bottom of what happened, she finds herself asking many questions about those closest to her. Did her Mama have something to do with the girls disappearance? Does her father no more than he’s letting on? So many questions, so few answers. But Marygene cannot let the spirits down, even when she narrowly escapes from her burning house. A strong second entry in this series with well developed characters, a solid whodunit and red herrings that will keep changing your mind about who the murderer is and why they did it. A perfect read for the Summer beach bag!

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