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S'more Murders

(A Five-Ingredient Mystery #5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Managing a fitness club café and collaborating on a cookbook with her gradfather are Val Deniston’s usual specialties, but she’s about to set sail into nearby Chesapeake Bay—straight into a murder case . . .

Since catering themed events is a good way to make extra cash, Val agrees to board the Titanic—or at least cater a re-creation of the doomed journey on a yacht. The own
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Published July 31st 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published July 2018)
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Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Val Deniston usually caters meals from a set list of menu choices. But when a wealthy man offers her a lot of money to recreate a 10-course meal served to first class passengers on the Titanic, she agrees. Bills gotta get paid...and the money is too good to refuse. At first the dinner aboard his yacht, the Abyss, is enjoyable for the eight people seated at the table. It quickly takes a bad turn when the captain is knocked unconscious and the host disappears off the boat. Was it an accident....or ...more
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

ARC provided by NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review

"He's making a party out of a tragedy. It's like dancing on someone's grave. Fifteen hundred graves."

S'more Murders by Maya Corrigan is the story of Val Deniston, and a re-creation of the last meal on the Titanic that starts off with a murder-mystery game, and ends with the disappearance of one of the passenger's on her client's yacht.


-I was definitely intrigued by the synopsis of this novel, which
Jessica Robbins
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I swear this series just keeps getting better and better. This time Val agreed to cater a fancy Titanic dinner on a yacht with grandpa's help. Things are going great with the mystery dinner until the host disappears and the person driving is knocked out. If course Val has to get involved along with her friends leading a story that will keep you hooked with the little clues plus details. If you enjoy cozy
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
Against her better judgment, Val Deniston agrees to cater a the 10-course meal that was served to the passengers of the boat in the 5th book, that Titanic before it's the disaster for the millionaire, Otto Warbeck, a Titanic collector. He plans a murder mystery game and invited special guests. The dinner is scheduled for the anniversary of the Titanic catastrophes and one of the passengers is missing. Later his body is found in the bay. The turns that this book takes keep occupied until you fini ...more
Mary Brown
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Managing a fitness club café and collaborating on a cookbook with her gradfather are Val Deniston’s usual specialties, but she’s about to set sail into nearby Chesapeake Bay—straight into a murder case . . .

Since catering themed events is a good way to make extra cash, Val agrees to board the Titanic—or at least cater a re-creation of the doomed journey on a yacht. The owner of the yacht, who collects memorabilia related to the disaster, wants Val to serve the last meal the Titanic pas
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, I was truly bummed that I thought I could see where it was going. Boy, was I wrong and truly glad. After that was settled, I bedded down (literally) and got into the real gist of the book.

The plot twists were interesting and the suspects were numerous which definitely added to my entertainment enjoyment.

I loved the idea of a "Titantic last meal" on a yacht. That in itself was pretty creepy. The Titantic references were numerous and some were down right hi
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
S’more Murders by Maya Corrigan is the fifth novel in A Five-Ingredient Mystery series. Val Dennison has been hired to cater a special dinner hosted by Otto Warbeck who is a collector of Titanic memorabilia. He wants Val to recreate the last dinner served on the Titanic on his yacht, Abyss. It is a ten-course meal for eight guests and he insists it be held in a few days on Saturday, April 14 (the anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking). Val is reluctant to take this particular job, but the money s ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is book 5 in the Five-Ingredient Mystery series. You can read it without reading the whole series. The idea of this story is when is it actually murder? Val and her grandfather are catering a dinner on a yacht recreating the last voyage of the titanic. When the client is killed while they are out on the Chesapeake Bay the police have a small group of suspects. Has overtones of water pollution and big agriculture. The recipes all sound yummy and the mystery is pretty good with clues to keep ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is book # 5 in the A Five-Ingredient Mystery series. I haven’t read any of the previous books, but the plot sounded promising. A murder mystery while aboard a recreation of the Titanic’s maiden voyage sounded too much fun to pass up just because I hadn’t read the previous books in the series. The murder-mystery enactment goes off the rails when a real dead body turns up and our main character and caterer Val becomes determined to find the killer. There were plenty of suspects and satisfying ...more
This is number 5 in the series and the first that I have read. This can be read as a standalone book.

When I began reading this story, I thought “Uh-oh! This is going to be really dark.” I was never so glad to be wrong. The premise is interesting albeit creepy- a Titanic meal recreation onboard a sailing vessel. Hey the Titanic went down on its maiden voyage- why wouldn’t you think something bad was going to happen?

What I liked:
1. the characters- they were believable.
2. the author shows us that
I am so EFFING satisfied! This is so far the book I like the most from the series! I suspect I might have liked book #4 a little more had it not been the first book I read in the series (therefore not clued-in on previous incidences and was still getting familiar with the characters,) but that's neither here or there. I do think this series gradually improves, and I'm super psyched that two more Five-Ingredient Mysteries are in the works for publication in 2019 and 2020. (source) I have to ad ...more
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Review: S'more Murders by Maya Corrigan
(A Five-Ingredient Mystery #5)

This engrossing Chesapeake Bay area cozy mystery contains more twists than a knotted-up python! The plot surely kept me guessing. Val Deniston operates a fitness cafe and caters for extra funds, so a request to cater a replica of the Titanic' s final Captain's Table dinner seems tasteless, but she and her grandfather need house repairs, soon. So better judgment aside, Val, Grandpa, and best friend Bethany cater the dinner, on a
Marie McNary
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was on vacation with my family and it was a great vacation read. It was easy to pick up and put down and still follow what was going on in the story. The characters were relatable, and I always enjoy when the protagonist has a strong relationship with one of their grandparents. The Titanic tie-ins were a lot of fun and left me craving more information about the historic voyage, as well as craving a s’more (or two)!

Full review here:
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Val takes on a catering job on a re-creation of the Titanic with a menu close to the last meal on the Titanic. The host plans to have his guests play a murder mystery game. One passenger disappears from the ship and the host is found murdered. Val has to figure out who did it and why so she can prevent more murders and a young man’s life work.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
S'More Murders is the fifth installment in the A Five-Ingredient Mystery series featuring Cool Down Cafe owner, Val Deniston and set in the Chesapeake Bay town of Bayport. The house she shares with her grandfather, Don, has some serious termite damage and the repairs will be costly, so when Val is approached by the wealthy Otto Warbeck to cater a dinner aboard his yacht she can hardly turn down the additional income.

Otto is an avid collector of Titanic memorabilia, and he wants to host a ten cou
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read from this author and in this series. Instant connection. I really thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the storyline was fun. Val, her grandfather and best friend were all great. None of them played secondary roles in the story. They worked well together to help solve the mystery at hand. Boy was it a mystery too.

It seems that the host of the Titanic themed party has gone missing. How rude. Once Val starts investigating, she realizes that something is a foul.
Colleen Shogan
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific story and I loved the premise of the Titanic. I read this is two days!
RO G'ma
S’more Murders is the fifth book in Maya Corrigan Five-Ingredient Mystery series. Ms. Corrigan provides enough character background that this book can be read as a standalone. The storyline is well thought out and this is a clean read. The characters are well developed and there are lots of twists and turns and suspects to keep the reader engaged.

Val Deniston lives in Bayport in Chesapeake Bay area, manages the Cool Down Café, at the Bayport Racket and Fitness Club with her assistant, Bethany, a
K.A. Davis
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the premise for the plot of S’MORE MURDERS, the fifth book in the Five-Ingredient Mystery series by Maya Corrigan! Who can resist a re-creation of the last dinner served on the doomed Titanic? Throw in a murder mystery game for the invited guests to participate in aboard a luxurious yacht and it sounds like an ideal evening. Protagonist Val Deniston was given an offer she couldn’t refuse (although she’d have liked to) by the yacht’s owner, Otto Warbeck, to prepare the ten-course dinner fo ...more
Deana Dick
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best written mystery books I've read in a very long time. The author is creative and I loved the theme of having a dinner party on a yacht. I have always been fascinated by the Titanic. It was so full of promise on that fateful day and many lives were lost. There have been sightings of the lost ship in the sea and artifacts recovered to keep the intrigue of the Titanic going.

Val is one sharp person. She is busy with her granddad and his cookbook while also running a fitness ca
Cozy Cat Reviews
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
S'More Murders is the 5th installment in this fabulous cozy series and my favorite of all the series to date. This book can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend the entire series for your reading enjoyment. I love everything about this series . The setting is Chesapeake Bay and its so richly described to the readers that you feel as if your at the bay.
In this next "A Five-Ingredient Mystery" our protagonist Cool Down Cafe owner, Val Deniston is concerned about necessary repairs to the h
Virginia Williams
Definitely a unique premise, I believe, to write a cozy mystery about the last menu of the special guests on the Titanic! Val Deniston, who manages the Cool Down Café at the Bayport Racket and Fitness Club, has reluctantly agreed to cater a ten-course dinner from the menu of the Titanic for yacht owner Otto Warbeck.

To add to the creepy factor, Otto has scheduled the voyage for the anniversary of the sinking. Val's BFF and assistant at the Café is Bethany, who agrees to work with her. Val's boyf
Samantha Gillan
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: A solid 3.5 (but I'm giving it a four because of possible biases.)

As a disclaimer, I nabbed this book from a donation pile at work. Murder mysteries are not a genre I would normally reach for, but the campy title and description were hard to pass up.

With that said — this book was a good ass time. This may be a genre thing, but every single page was saturated with speculation. I'm talking SATURATED. Details are constantly being introduced to spin the story's web a little larger, and yet
Laura Reading
Grab something to munch on and your white board before you begin this tangled tale.
Was the Titanic cursed? Does that curse carry over a hundred plus years later?
Is Val a murder magnet or does she just have really bad luck?

Val thinks the opportunity to cater a several course meal on a luxury yacht is exciting, until she discovers all the details. The guest list is puzzling, the addition of s'mores unusual for such a sophisticated gathering, and oh how tangled the clues will become as she and her
Melissa Castor
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Five Ingredients series returns with Val catering a 10 course meal on a yacht to commemorate the anniversary of the Titanic sinking. Wealthy lawyer and yachtsman, Otto Warbeck, is a Titanic fanatic who invites an eclectic mix of guests to his dinner party aboard his yacht, The Abyss. During the dinner party, he has the guests play a mystery game that is a little too close to reality. When Otto ends up missing during the middle of the party, no one can say what happened to him. His body is la ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is the fifth installment in the Five Ingredient Mystery series. In this story, Val has reluctantly agreed to cater an event that is meant to be a re-enactment of the Titanic on board a yacht. The host plans a murder mystery dinner with the last meal served on the Titanic. I found this story line so clever as I have always wanted to do a murder mystery dinner or weekend. Of course, someone is killed and found in the bay and Val gets involved in solving the murder. I love Val and her Grandpa
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a nice cozy read with a solid mystery, good character development, and a nice town and scene descriptions. In S’more Murders, Maya Corrigan has presented a well-thought-out mystery. This one had me guessing until the end, but it all tied nicely together on the final reveal and the reasons why and how certain events occurred. I enjoyed the characters, especially the main heroine, Val, her grandfather, and her friend, Bethany. The tie-in to the Titanic was interesting. Plus the recipes at ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another installment in a classic cozy series- although this time Val is catering a dinner on a yacht in the Chesapeake Bay when, of course, one of the guests is murdered. I like Val, who is cobbling together a variety of different jobs and interests, and I like her Grandfather, who is always up to something. I have my usual quibble about the fact that this is not reflective and does not take advantage of the region but if you aren't familiar with the area, that won't bother you. Corrigan has wri ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
First I would like to thank Netgalley and Kensington books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Val gets the opportunity to cater a themed dinner, unfortunately it's a dinner based on the Titanic and it's to be held on a boat. You know from the start that there is nothing good that will come from this venture. With lots of action and even better food Val investigates the murder. I didn't see the ending coming and once again was hungry the entire time I was reading this book.

I highl
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
S'More Murders kept me on the edge of my seat. I love Val, her granddad, and the cast of characters in this book. It was very well written, and I didn't want it to end. This is the first book I've read by Maya Corrigan, but it definitely will not be my last. The story flowed, and it was a real page turner. I love the descriptions of the food, and there are recipes at the end of the book. If you love a great cozy mystery, with murder, mayhem, and food, then this is the book for you. I highly reco ...more
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