Character Interview with Marygene
- In your last book, Southern Sass and Killer Cravings, Heather offered the use of her large brood of brothers to beat up your estranged husband, Peter. Based on the bruise on your neck, Peter had recently beat you up. Plus he had just repossessed your car with all your possessions inside. How were you able to turn her down?
It was difficult to turn down. However, I didn’t want my friend or her brothers to get into any trouble. And I’m glad I made that decision. I’ve come a long way since that occurred and I’m getting stronger by the day. I’m happy to live in a world where the past does not define my future.
- Why do you think your mama’s ghost is only seen by you, your sister Jena Lynn, and Junior Gentry?
I’ve asked myself and Mama those questions. Some of us are more open to spirituality than others. From what I gathered, you’re either born with the sensitivities or you’re not. When Mama showed herself to Jena Lynn, it proved to be too much my sister’s brain to cope with. Mama realized her mistake then. Jena Lynn has recovered.
- Why are you the only one who keeps stumbling upon the dead?
When an island spirit makes consistent contact with one of the living, ie, me, it creates an aura the deceased are drawn to. So, if one of the departed has been wronged, they seek my help.
- As a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, what is the most complicated food that you’ve cooked successfully?
Hmm, oh I know! Mole Poblano and I’ll tell you why. It’s a traditional Mexican dish that consists of 20 ingredients. 20! The mixture of dried chilies, dried herbs, seeds, nuts, spices, bread and stock together create a rich, deep-colored sauce. Chocolate is often added to balance out the spiciness and provide another layer of complexity. It’s super delicious and totally worth the effort.
- What’s the worst mistake you’ve made in the kitchen?
That would be a wedding cake. I got in a hurry and stacked a cake that hadn’t cooled completely yet. Wow, what a mistake. The entire thing toppled, and I had to start all over again.
- What’s in the future for you and Deputy Alex?
Alex and I had always had a tumultuous relationship that seemed to have been doomed from the start. I’ll always love him. Just not sure he and I were meant to ever say I do. Do you feel an attraction, not just a rebound affection, for Deputy Javy too? Oh, Javy Reyes. Too soon to tell.
Finally, a cozy mystery with an explanation of why someone living in a small town keeps finding bodies. In Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse, Marygene is being haunted by her mother Clara. Clara wins “points” towards heaven every time Marygene solves a murder. It helps that Marygene’s biological father, Eddie, is the Sheriff in the small town of Peach Cove.
In the second book of this series, Marygene literally runs into a badly burned corpse while skinny-dipping on a nearby public beach one morning. Later, she finds another Crispy Corpse in a wine cellar during an event she is catering. Marygene is determined, with her dead mother’s help, to discover how the two victims are connected and who murdered them.
Woohoo, there are a lot of characters swirling around in this book! Most are related to each other too. Small town life, I guess. There are multiple mysteries to solve in Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse—not just the two recently found dead bodies. Peach Cove has more deaths per capita than Murder She Wrote’s Cabot Cove. Marygene and her sidekick, waitress Betsy, have enough Southern sass and spunk to solve them all. I especially loved the surprising denouement.
Because I adored all the enjoyable characters, the many mysteries, and the unexpected conclusion, 5 stars for this quirky and funny culinary cozy mystery! Now those Peach Muffins and Lime Cream Puffs, both recipes in the book, are not going to make themselves. Yum!
Thanks to Kensington Books, Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About Southern Sass and
a Crispy Corpse
Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (A Marygene Brown Mystery)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Digital ASIN: B07W4MRDKR
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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