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Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse

(Marygene Brown Mystery #2)

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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
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Natalia  R
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Marygene Brown has recently moved back home to Peach Cove, a small island off the Georgia coast, to help her sister and brother run the family diner. Her deceased mother may be physically gone, but her spirit haunts the island, and more specifically Marygene. According to her mother, because of their connection, spirits will seek Marygene out to solve their murders. And much to Marygene's dismay, this turns out to be true. When she goes skinny dipping off the island, she swims right into a woman ...more
Barbara
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it

In this second book in the 'Marygene Brown Mystery' series, the baker/amateur sleuth discovers two crispy corpses. The book can be read as a standalone.

*****

Marygene Brown escaped from an abusive marriage and returned to her home in Peach Cove Island, Georgia. There Marygene helps run the Peach Diner with her sister Jena Lynn. Marygene is a wonderful baker, and prepares most of the diner's scrumptious desserts.



Marygene has a secret that's shared only with her best friend Betsy. Marygene is haunt
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Carrie
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse by Kate Young is the second book in the paranormal cozy Marygene Brown Mystery series. Each book of this series has it’s own mystery that is fully solved within so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. There is however some character development that carries over book to book for those that read from the beginning.

Marygene Brown grew up in Peach Cove Island off the Georgia coast where her family has run the Peach Diner for generations. Marygene
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Who knew a little skinny dipping would land Marygene smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation and earn her a lecture from her deceased mother too. Of course, she never imagined she would swim into a charred corpse and then find another burned body in the basement at an event she was catering. Looks like a double homicide but Marygene soon learns it is so much more and people she loves may have the answers she needs to solve the case.

This is just the second book and I
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, mysteries
Marygene Brown, after a bad marriage in Savannah, has returned home to Peach Cove Island for good. She's taken her part in ownership of the family restaurant as the main baker, and is living inthe home her mother left her after she passed. But her mother never passed away permanently -- she's returned on and off as a spirit that only Marygene can see. Oh, there are people who believe in island spirits, but it's mainly the older ones and her friend Betsy, who waitresses at the restaurant.

The thin
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Jeri
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
Sadly this book did not hold my attention. I finished it hoping it would "hook" me or grab me in some way but it didn't. I don't know if it was the book or what is going on in life at the moment with COVID-19 so don't hold my review against the book. Try it for yourself and see if you enjoy it.

I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
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Katherine
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Marygene recently returned to Peach Cove Island, Georgia after divorcing an abusive husband, and is now running their family diner with her sister. Marygene's mama is gone...kind of. Mama's spirit is haunting Marygene, and claims that because of their connection the dead will seek Marygene out to solve their murders. Much to Marygene's chagrin this appears to be true. While skinnydipping on an isolated beach, Marygene swims into a charred corpse. Later, she finds a second burned corpse in a wine ...more
Kristina
Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse by Kate Young is the 2nd A Marygene Brown Mystery. It can be read as a standalone because the needed background information is provided. We return to Peach Cove Island, Georgia where deceased souls who have been murdered are drawn to Marygene Brown. Marygene gets a help with the cases from her mama, Clara who is in limbo (she should have done more good deeds while alive). Marygene co-owns The Peach Diner with her sister, Jena Lynn. Marygene is a wonderful baker ...more
Peggy R
The second book in the Marygene Brown Mystery series was just as enjoyable of a read as the first book in the series. Set in the south, Georgia, this book is full of wonderful characters that have wit, charm, and humor. Marygene has had a rough road, coming home after being in an abusive marriage and is making her way with the help of her family and friends. Unfortunately, her deceased mother who comes to her as a ghost is also the reason she is stumbling over dead bodies. This time around, it's ...more
The Cozy Review
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second book in the "A Marygene Brown Mystery" culinary paranormal series by Kate Young, Southen sass, and a Crispt Corpse, is a great read. Published by Kensington Books, this book and series will have you hungry for more, and dessert!

Marygene has inherited more than a little bit of psychic power. She is seeing and talking to the ghost of her mother and isn't sure she likes it. She misses her mother, but talking to her is starting to make things awkward. People see her talking to herself, a
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K.A. Davis
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SOUTHERN SASS AND A CRISPY CORPSE is the second book in the Marygene Brown Mystery Series by Kate Young. The action starts right from the very first in this edgy cozy mystery. Protagonist Marygene Brown gets involved in a decades-old cold case after accidentally bumping into the remains of the missing young woman while skinny-dipping in the ocean off the coast of Peach Cove Island in Georgia. From this set up, the mystery takes a unique and entertaining twist in that Marygene doesn’t want to be ...more
Christi
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first book of this series, Southern Sass and Killer Cravings, was one of my favorite books of 2019. This book, the second in the series, is even better. I am not usually a fan of paranormal cozies, but in this series, the ghost doesn’t bother me. I love the setting - a small island off the coast of Georgia. The main character, Marygene Brown, and her family and friends are very believable and likable. I would love to visit Peach Cove Island and the Peach Diner, which has been in Marygene’s f ...more
Mary Brown
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Southern Sass And A Crispy Corpse
Marygene Brown Mysteries, Book #2
Kate Young
5 Stars

Synopsis:

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 w
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Karen Hollins-Stallman
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse“ by Kate Young is the 2nd instalment in the "A Marygene Brown Mystery" series. I was excited to visit Peace Cove Island, Georgia again and the Peach Diner. I love the island setting and Marygene and her diner family. The story is filled with quirky characters, and the addition of Aunt Vi was a hoot. I like the little bit of island lore and spirit aspect that is in this series.

I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in one sitting. It was entertaini
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Tena
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I just don't know where to start. Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse by Kate Young is full of fun, ghosts and mystery. That doesn't sound like a good mix but somehow Young brings it all together. Before I go any further with my review I do need to warn you that this is not the first book in the series. Not having read the first book, I had to pay close attention to some of the characters and their back story. But truthfully. the storyline is so well explained that it didn't take away fr ...more
Christine
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This book was a fun quick, entertaining read. Marygene and her friends are such relatable characters. My favorite is still her best friend, Betsy. She has such a vibrant personality and I love how she is always there for Marygene. The mystery was good. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Peach Cove Island in Georgia is where you want to be !! And you want Kate Young to be your tour guide. The Marygene Brown Mystery series is an absolute must read series !! And Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse, the second book in this series is explosive !!!

When you read a cozy mystery you know that there is going to be a murder and a dead body or two. You are guaranteed that this will happen fairly quickly when you start reading, sometimes it takes a few chapter as the author takes their time s
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is the first book I have ready by this author and wow!  What a story she weaves with interesting characters and backstories and the mystery itself?  One I did not expect.

This is the 2nd in the series and if you have followed my reviews for any length of time, you know I prefer to read a series in order.  For some reason, I decided to go ahead and read this book and while there was a little bit about Marygene's past I did not know about, the author did a good job of giving some detail so I d
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RO G'ma
Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse is the second book in Kate Young’s Marygene Brown Mysteries series. This book is a little edgier than most cozies and contains adult language. The storyline is well plotted and flows smoothly at a steady pace, and the characters are well developed. The plot has lots of twists and turns, more than a few suspects, and a touch of the paranormal. The reveal came as a surprise to me.

After leaving an abusive marriage, Marygene Brown moved back home to Peach Cove, a sm
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Toni
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the Marygene Brown mystery series by Kate Young.

Basic premise: Marygene gets caught skinny dipping by one of her more senior neighbors and runs smack dab into a burned dead body. Then later when she has recovered some and is working on catering a shindig, she finds another body in the basement of the house … which is also a crispy corpse!

I really enjoyed this book. It has the ghost of Marygene’s mother running around giving her clues here and there. Plus she
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Sandy Todd
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When reviewing an author's book I don't tell you what it's about. You can read for yourself the synopsis of the book either on a site like this or another literary online site.
What I do do is tell you what I thought about the book .
I had read Kate Young's debut book in this series, "Southern Sass and Killer Cravings" about a month ago and really enjoyed the story. So, I ordered the second in the series which is Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse and I am so very glad I did. This book was terrific
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Rekha
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful addition to this series. I absolutely loved every bit of this story. Pacing is perfect and so is the plot to story development. Marygene is getting really better at solving mysteries, eh. Of course, compliments to her mama but Marygene is the best amateur sleuth!
A case from two decades ago comes to haunt the islanders. Marygene learns a lot of her mama's past. Marygene ends up finding not one but two charred corpses and the victims are related in more than one way. The autopsy
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Jessica Robbins
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

First off I must say what a great way to start a book! Marygene is doing her daily swim in the ocean from a secluded beach. Little did she know that she was about to run into a dead body as she did so. Add in her lack of swimming attire and it will make you giggle. As if that was not bad enough but she stumbles across a second body that was killed in the same way. What follows is an excellent mystery ful
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Daniele
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
4.5 stars
Edgier than most cozies, this second installment in the Marygene Brown series manages to be highly entertaining and engaging while dealing with some hefty subjects. I enjoy the characters, the Southern Island setting, delicious descriptions of food (and recipes included in the back of the book), and the really smartly executed cold case/murder mystery. I did not figure out whodunit before the climactic reveal. I hope there are many more books featuring Marygene Brown.
Kristin
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
As I've already read the first book in this series, I had to read this one too. I love the characters, the plot is engaging and well written and even though I had suspicion on the culprit(s), I wasn't quite sure until the end. ...more
Lisa Morin
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Once I opened Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse on my kindle, I knew I would have to read it all in one sitting.
Kate Young fills the pages with laugh out loud moments, family drama, and a great murder investigation.
This is the second book in this series, but it can be read as a stand alone.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.
Diane Hernandez
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, blog-tour
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 morni
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Patty
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Southern Sass and Crispy Corpse by Kate Young is the 2nd book in the Marygene Brown series, and another splendid addition. Marygene left Atlanta behind and goes home to Peach Cove Island to help her sister Jena Lynn run the family business, Peach Diner. Marygene's mother passed away two years ago, but Marygene keeps seeing her mom's ghost, and she warns Marygene that more dead people will be finding her to solve their murders. When Marygene goes skinning dipping and swims into a burned body, the ...more
Jackie
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Southern Sass and Crispy Corpse is the second book in the Marygene Brown Mystery series. I absolutely loved book one and this one did not disappoint!!! So in love!!!
Marygene was hoping to just run her diner and move on from her past but soon learns that she can’t hide from mysterious deaths that keep happening in her life! With help from her mothers ghost she is on the hunt to solve them! This book is action packed with a bit of romance mystery and that southern style I love by one of my new fav
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Elizabeth
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Young takes the reader back to Peach Cove Island with Marygene Brown. Throughout this story and series, Marygene seems to be finding herself in the middle of mysterious deaths occurring around the island. Marygene embarks on her own investigation throughout the story to come to the body of the deaths, while also assisting her sister in running their family diner. Kate Young takes the reader on an adventure throughout the pages of her story as we work to solve the mystery with Marygene. I en ...more
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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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