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Killer Crab Cakes (Fresh-Baked Mystery #4)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  461 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
In this bake-off, people get knocked off. The irresistible new entry in the national bestselling series.

When Phyllis?s cousin asks her to look after her Oak Knoll bed-and-breakfast for a few weeks, Phyllis jumps at the chance?mostly because the inn is located close to the annual Rockport, Texas, Just Desserts competition. Determined to beat her friendly rival and enjoy som
Paperback, 297 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by NAL (first published 2009)
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Feb 08, 2015 Rage rated it liked it
This is my second "Fresh-Baked Mystery." Honestly, I find the series really odd. Here are some thoughts:

1. Why does Phyllis always talk about how she's going to go to Walmart? She's never going shopping anywhere other than Walmart. Is this a product endorsement? Walmart is the pits.

2. Phyllis often makes completely bizarre and unnecessary observations. One time, she describes a cute wall calendar in very explicit detail, and then says something like, "But I wasn't in the mood to notice cute thi
Apr 09, 2015 Kimberly rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, mystery, 2015
I couldn't help but like this installment of the Texas Golden Girls Minus Sophia, But With Stan. But the motive behind the murder was LAME! I'll be damned if I'm going to jail because I'm trying to impress someone. Not worth it.

Carolyn lightened up for a second, but then went back to being cranky. She's like the Anti-Rose of the group. Eve, or Blance, was rather tame this time around. Now that she doesn't have a victim to try and trap, she's kind of boring. I like Sam, but the John Wayne-y speak
Connie Easlick
Dec 08, 2013 Connie Easlick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: murder-mysteries
Phyllis is down at her cousin's bed and breakfast, helping out while she and her husband go to be with their new grand baby. Of course the rest of the gang want to tag along and have a vacation, too! While her and her friends are staying at the b&b, there is a death that turns out to be a murder. During the process of trying to figure that one out, there is another one. By the end, Phyllis is trying to thwart a third murder, when she finally figures out who the murderer is! She and Sam are a ...more
It's early Autumn and Phyllis travels to Fulton, Texas to look after a Bed & Breakfast for her cousin with all her housemates in tow. Just happens to be another baking competition nearby. With all the characters at the B&B, there are certainly the proverbial fireworks to be shooting off. Seemingly unrelated murders in a fast-paced story that keeps you guessing until the end. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns as usual. Well researched location with historically accurate information th ...more
Joan Jesion
I enjoyed this one more than the other two. An easy read.
May 16, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Killer Crab Cakes by Livia J. Washburn. Phyllis Newsome's cousin has been asked to help her out at her Bed and Breakfast. Her cousin has to help her daughter out who has a new baby. Sam, Phyllis's boyfriend and some of her other women friends will be there too.

Phyllis does mention going Walmart a lot but in isolated places that may be the only place to get a variety of things. A great cook, Consuela, at the bed and breakfast had made some crab cakes and quickly came under suspicion whe
Mar 23, 2014 Luffy rated it liked it
Cozy mysteries that score 3/5 are different from others. They are the ones to watch. There were many things to like about Killer Crab Cakes, one of them being the seamless way the usual suspects (and I use the term loosely) segue into the brand new background of Fulton. The pacing in this book was out of this world. Though this book could not reach lofty heights it had a lot of heart. The deaths, first by poison, then another by stabbing were solved apparently with much time, while in fact mere ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Lydia rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
This is the first in the series that I picked up by Washburn. This was a real treat!

I truly enjoyed a protagonist who is not seeking to be more than she is -- an amateur detective with maybe just a bit more to offer to the police. I especially enjoyed that Phyllis is older and mature, with some sense in her head, and surrounds herself with people of the same ilk.

In terms of cozies, this is a keeper! I truly enjoyed this novel and will be looking for more in the series.
Feb 12, 2016 Jill rated it liked it
I'd give this book 3.5 stars. I enjoy the baking and cooking cozy mysteries because of the theme they are based around. However, with this book, the author didn't have much of the theme throughout the book, only towards the end. I enjoy Livia Washburn books and feel that she has had better books in the series than this one. I will finish the series with hopes the future books contain more of the theme within them.
Jul 14, 2015 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers of series
Recommended to Sheri by: librarian
New author for me and I love her mysteries. I have ordered another and checked out one from the library. One of my new series to try on culinary mysteries. Wonder who uses the recipes. Like the m.c. and her friends that join her in the beach community south Texas to run a bed and breakfast for the summer while her cousin is away. Guests keep dying and Phyllis must find the killer.
Aug 05, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
The three retired teachers who live in her modern-day boarding house join Phyllis on the Texas Gulf Coast when she's called to temporarily take over her cousin's bed and breakfast. When first one, then a second of her guests dies, Phyllis worries about the damage that is being done to her cousin's business. But when the generally sympathetic local police pick as a suspect someone Phyllis is sure is innocent, she decides that she'll have to investigate herself. There doesn't seem to be a motive f ...more
Becky Street
I tried the Oatmeal Delight cookie recipe recipe in the back of the book. my granddaughters helped and the cookies were a success. we altered the recipe, substituting the white chips with chocolate and butterscotch chips.
Becky Carver
Feb 28, 2015 Becky Carver rated it liked it
Tried the crab cake recipe in this book & it was way 2 salty! Otherwise just an average book in this series.
Penny Arnold
Aug 20, 2015 Penny Arnold rated it it was amazing
Great easy read mystery
Nov 09, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy
The book was okay. Not bad, not great.
Laura Salas
Sep 13, 2011 Laura Salas rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery
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Jan 23, 2011 Amelia-Irene rated it really liked it
Phyllis and her friends to to help Phylis' cousin out with her B & B while her cousin goes to help her daughter when she has her baby. While there, there's not one murder but two. Phyllis and friends have more experience than the local police with murder (5th book in series) so they start their own looking around. Again there are recipes at the end of the book that look good. I figured who the murderer was 1/2 way through the book, it was just how would they be brought to light. Interesting ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Grey853 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
It was an ok book. About as good as the others in the series. This time Phyllis and her friends go to the Texas coast with her friends in tow to watch her cousins B&B, and of course someone dies and the guests want to leave. So Phyllis and Sam try to find out who really killed the guy so that her cousins business won't be damaged. I kind of suspected who the killer was because they seemed a little to friendly. And all the talk of crab cakes (even if they did kill someone) still sounded yummy ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Betty rated it really liked it
Cozy read ...... enjoyed the bed and breakfast / cooking / recipes entailed in the book; thought it took a little long to get through although it was a short book; my attention would wane and I would have to set it aside ....... solved the mystery about 2/3 through ..... but all in all a good read and will read more of her stuff. Enjoyed it taking place in Texas (Rockport in particular) and entailing the description of the area. Will be trying some of the recipes.
Jan 11, 2011 Catharine rated it it was ok
My husband gave me this book for Christmas. While I'd really rather just choose my own reading material, I like that he tries. This one was a quick read, entertaining, but totally predictable. I'm not usually that good at solving mysteries, but this was a no-brainer. There are a few recipes included in the back, though, which might make it worth the few dollars it cost. I'll definitely try a couple of them.
Deb Sharp
Mar 07, 2016 Deb Sharp rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book in this Fresh-Baked Mystery Series. I loved the setting with all the detail to the quaint bed- and- breakfast and surrounding area. The list of murder subjects were interesting making it difficult to figure out who had committed the actual murder.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series and can't wait to try making a few of the recipes from the book.
Aug 08, 2013 Kirsten rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Set in Texas in a bed and breakfast our mystery-solver is one of those old ladies who is very good at solving crimes. When we have two dead guests, the mystery really starts going, and all the time the old ladies are planning their best desserts to bake for the upcoming fair and dessert contest. It's sweet and fun, and makes me want to visit Corpus Christie as it is set near there.
Jul 02, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
People should start running when they see Phyllis coming near! lol
Like Jessica Fletcher and so many others....murder follows Phyllis...or should I say, murder jumps out and waves a flag!

This was a very enjoyable read...I actually laughed when Sam tapped the man and he fell in the water...of course, Sam did not know that he was already dead.

Apr 10, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
Another great book in this series. This one takes place at a B&B by the ocean. Phyllis & her friends have gone down to the coast to watch her cousin's business while her cousin visits her new grandson. When a guest is murdered Phyllis decides to figure out who did it before the B&B goes belly up on her watch! Very fun read w/ a clever ending.
Aug 04, 2011 Eileen rated it liked it
Interesting approach to include recipes in a book, which I always find interesting. Story line kept you intrigued and guessing as to "who done it." I'd be willing to read other books by this author.

I have plenty on my plate right now, but when things quiet down, I'll have to see if I can find some of her other books.
Nancy H
Nov 08, 2013 Nancy H rated it liked it
An okay mystery. This book is set in a bed and breakfast in Texas, and involves a murder of one of the guests, causing all of the other guests and staff to be suspects. A second murder takes place, and it is imperative that the friends who are subsituting for the owners find out who the killer is before the business is ruined.
Apr 08, 2010 Amber rated it liked it
I like these stories, but am ready to read something different. Although I have not guessed the murderer in this series, the storyline is getting predictible. Phyllis all of a sudden figures out who-done-it while doing random things like cooking or shopping. I need a fresh baked mystery break.
Oct 02, 2014 Just rated it really liked it
This is a fun read. A surprise ending.
Terry Parrish
Jul 05, 2011 Terry Parrish rated it it was amazing
Compared to the last two that I read, this book was 100% better. It was a faster paced book without all the mental ruminations of the main character, Phyllis. The action was faster and definitely a better book all around. Would definitely recommend it to everyone who likes a good mystery.
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