Final Fondue is book three in the five ingredients mystery series, so
I’m late to this great series. I love the chemistry between Val Deniston and her
grandfather. Fun, light cozy mystery with laughter. The whodunit reveal was
really well executed. Not who I suspected.
With any series there is also some time given for fillers from the back stories and this book is no exception. As a first time reader I didn’t quite feel the connection between Val and her boyfriend Gunnar but I assume this was firmly established in the first two books in the series.
As the title may suggest the book is filled with food, which I love. Val’s grandfather has a column the Codger Cook and Val runs a café. Final Fondue has a post story listing of six 5-ingredient recipes, included of course, two fondue recipe options.
This book, which I enjoyed, helped me to resolve to not jump into a book series midway. So from now on, I will avoid books that are already well on there way, unless can get all the books in the series and read from book one onwards.
Thanks to Kensington books for granting me access to this ARC.
Val Deniston certainly has her plate full running a café, dabbling with recipes, and helping her grandfather prepare for the town’s upcoming tri-centennial celebration, but she’s grown fond of her new life in the Chesapeake Bay town of Bayport…
So when Val is asked to reclaim her old position as a cookbook publicist in New York City, she puts off her decision in order to help her grandfather perfect his chocolate fondue for the weekend festivity’s dessert cook-off. But after the opening ceremonies, Val finds a houseguest strangled to death in her grandfather’s backyard. She suspects a classic case of mistaken identity, especially when another guest nearly bids her life a fondue farewell. Now it’s up to Val to keep the killer from making another stab at murder …