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Maya Corrigan

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Maya Corrigan blends her love of food and detective stories in her Five-Ingredient Mystery series set in a fictional historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The first book in the series, By Cook or by Crook, was published in 2014. It was followed by Scam Chowder in 2015, Final Fonduein 2016, and The Tell-Tale Tarte in 2017.

Before taking up a life of crime (on the page), she taught university courses in writing, detective fiction, American literature, and drama. She won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Unpublished Mainstream Mystery / Suspense. Her short stories, written under the name of Mary Ann Corrigan, have been published in anthologies.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, tennis, trivia, cooking, and
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Maya Corrigan Mysteries have a lot of similarities to cakes. Cakes start with the same basic ingredients—flour, eggs, fat, and sugar. Different proportions and more…moreMysteries have a lot of similarities to cakes. Cakes start with the same basic ingredients—flour, eggs, fat, and sugar. Different proportions and more ingredients produce variations like pound or sponge cakes, chocolate, lemon, or carrot cakes. Similarly, mysteries start with the same essential ingredients—a crime, characters affected by it, clues, and closure. Endless variations in the mystery plot derive from an emphasis on one or another of the basic elements and the added ingredients.

A mystery starts with questions about a crime, usually who committed it and why. A professional or an amateur detective arrives at the answers by gathering clues from physical evidence and through interactions with the characters. Because crime is a traumatic event, it changes everyone involved: the victim’s family and friends, the culprit, the suspects, and the detective. Most mysteries end with some type of closure: the crime solved, the truth revealed, and some form of justice, not always within the confines of the law.

Depending on the writer, the emphasis in a mystery can be on the puzzle element, character development, or even the social milieu in which the crime occurred. Some added ingredients that I appreciate in a mystery are humor, irony, and wit to leaven the serious subject of crime.

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Book covers of By Cook or by Crook, Scam Chowder, The Tell-Tale Tarte, and S'more Murders by Maya Corrigan Puns in the titles of cozy mysteries signal a light tone and often a large helping of humor. The tradition of using a food pun in the titles of culinary mysteries traces back to the 1990s when Diane Mott Davidson’s Cereal Murders and Phyllis Richman’s The Butter Did It came out. If anyone knows of earlier punning titles of food mysteries, please let me know. Four of my titles incorporate a pu... Read more of this blog post »
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“You are what you eat and read.”
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“She’d have to treat the interview more like risotto than instant rice, adding ingredients gradually while stirring gently.”
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“[Her] idea of a fair trade--her lentils for your caviar.”
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“She’d have to treat the interview more like risotto than instant rice, adding ingredients gradually while stirring gently.”
Maya Corrigan, By Cook or by Crook

“If one could order a crime as one does a dinner, what would you choose? . . . Let’s review the menu. Robbery? Frogery? No, I think not. Rather too vegetarian. It must be murder—red-blooded murder—with trimmings, of course.”
Agatha Christie, The A.B.C. Murders

“[Her] idea of a fair trade--her lentils for your caviar.”
Maya Corrigan, By Cook or by Crook

“We owe much to the fruitful meditation of our sages, but a sane view of life is, after all, elaborated mainly in the kitchen.”
Joseph Conrad

“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”
C.S. Lewis

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