In the second installment of this new series, we encounter Val Denniston, former resident of New York , single and in her early 30’s. Val after a series of disenchantments has moved back with her grandfather Don who lives in the Chesapeake Bay. Val who used to work for the corporate world has taken a job as the manager of the Cool Down Café. At the same time she helps her grandfather by writing and trying recipes for him. Her grandfather has become a little bit of a local celebrity due to his “recipes” and his column at the local newspaper but she’s happy to go along with the trick as long as they aren’t hurting anyone.
One evening, her grandfather in her intent to impress a lady friend invites some of his friends to a small dinner where two types of chowder will be served : light and creamy. Val is cooking dinner but she makes herself invisible when the guests arrive so her grandfather can take ownership of her effort. But dinner doesn’t go as planned when one of the invitees starts feeling ill and dinner is cut short.
Things take a turn for the worse when the same invitee dies and her grandfather is blamed for it. Then Val must fight and try to uncover the truth before her grandfather is charged of a crime he didn’t commit.
This book is such a breezy read, the characters are relatable, the setting is the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and the pace and mystery remains right until the end. Great for cozy mystery lovers.