Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (Marygene Brown Mystery #2) by Kate Young #bookreview #mystery

Title: Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse

Author: Kate Young

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: May 26, 2020

Page Count: 336

My rating:  4 stars

About the book:

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 will seek her out to solve their murders, an idea Marygene is far from peachy keen on.

But that prophecy appears to be coming true when she goes skinny-dipping off the island and swims right into a woman’s charred corpse floating in the waves. And when Marygene and her brother Sam come upon a second burned body in a wine cellar at an event they’re catering, it appears they have a double homicide on their hands. It soon turns out the victims have more in common than their charred remains, and Marygene will need to double down to find a killer who has no aversion to playing with fire. Good thing Mama has her back . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!


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 had left Peach Cove Island when she married but now after her divorce and her mother’s passing Marygene has returned to help her sister run the family business. Shortly after Marygene had returned and begun to work in the diner with her sister she gets a visit from the ghost of her mother.

Not only is Marygene able to communicate with the ghost of her mother but her mother has warned her that she is open to the spirits and others will track her down for help. Unfortunately for Marygene this seems to be true when she finds a body in the water while out swimming and then a short time later she and her brother stumble upon another corpse while working at an event leaving Marygene needing to track down the killer before more bodies turn up.

I am one that is always looking for those books that are a bit out of the ordinary so paranormal cozies always catch my attention. The Marygene Brown Mystery series is one that has that bit of extra quirkiness that I love with the main character communicating with a ghost as she pokes around in an investigation so I had to come back for book two and it was just as much fun as the first. I’ll definitely look forward to coming back to this small town cozy series in the future.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

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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