- Series: A Lobster Shack Mystery (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (February 26, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250116740
- ISBN-13: 978-1250116741
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Not only is Curses, Boiled Again! a suspenseful and entertaining mystery, but Shari Randall left me longing to visit the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack―even though I'm allergic to crustaceans!" ―Donna Andrews, author of the Meg Lanslow Mysteries
"Delightful! A fun whodunit full of New England coastal charm and characters who feel like friends. Warm humor, a delectable plot, and clever sleuthing will keep you turning the pages." ―Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries
"A mystery as richly layered as a genuine Connecticut lobster roll!" ―Liz Mugavero, Agatha Award nominated author of the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries
"Curses, it's over already! Shari Randall introduces a lively cast of characters who had me dancing through this book. Allie Larkin charmed me with her sense of humor when faced with a heartbreaking injury. The climactic scene is like nothing I've ever read or seen and I loved it!" ―Sherry Harris, author of the Agatha Award nominated Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries
About the Author
A librarian and military wife, SHARI RANDALL lives in a mid-century money pit in Connecticut. When she’s not committing murder (on the page, of course), Shari enjoys walking the beach near her house, traveling and eating the local cuisine, reading, and dancing. When she isn't writing the Lobster Shack Mysteries, she is the Library Liaison for Sisters in Crime.
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So begins this stand-alone cozy New England mystery. The author moves her mystery along at a leisurely pace, but her descriptions of Fall in New England are such that you can imagine the colorful leaves skipping along the sidewalk.
If you like your mysteries cozy, and the ending satisfying, this is the book for you.
On Halloween night, there was a big party at the estate of local patriarch Royal Parish where there was a large group of students, including those in the fraternity that Max was in. Local folklore passed down through the generations involve a Parish ancestor buried in the family cemetery walking around. When the group of party attendants went to the cemetery, the body of Max in found next to the ancestor's grave and Lobzilla was with him. When Allie's first ballet teacher is suspected of the crime because her cape is bloody, Allie is determined to prove her innocence.
This is a great mystery to solve with lots of local history and folklore background to decipher. Someone is just as determined to keep the crime unsolved and Allie gets in their way along with others. Ms. Randall does a great job with character development and bringing the setting to life. I hope that are more mysteries ahead in this series.
My thanks to St. Martin's Press through NetGalley for a complimentary ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
If that were all Allie Larkin had on her mind, it would be one thing, but other odd things are happening in town, including a local witch who is doing everything possible to get Aunt Gully to join her coven. Then, on Halloween night, Lobzilla shows up again, only he’s next to a dead body. Can Allie figure out what is going on?
While the body doesn’t show up right away, we still have plenty of plot happening, including some sub-plots and time spent setting up suspects and motives. Everything continues to be blended together well after the murder takes place. The climax is creative and everything is explained by the time we turn the final page. I thought the sub-plot involving the witch might make the book darker than I would enjoy, but I thought it was handled perfectly. It gave the book a touch more Halloween atmosphere, but the characters treated it much like I would like to think I would. The characters have gotten sharper as the series has progressed, and that was true here again. The suspects are well drawn, Allie is a great lead, but my favorite continues to be Aunt Gully. Everything came together for a book I couldn’t put down and the strongest in the series to date.
While things are looking up for Allie, things aren’t looking so good for one of the college frat boys, Max. On Halloween night in the small cemetery where the party is being held, Max is found murdered and the missing lobster is beside the body. When Madame’s cape is covered in blood after the body is found, the police seem to consider the elderly dance instructor to be their prime suspect. Allie knows that Madam would not hurt a fly, so she vows to clear Madame’s name. But can she clear Madame’s name and avoid the killer before her dance career is over for good?
The history tied into this book was a great plot and I thoroughly enjoyed it. While this is the third book in the series, it is my first introduction to both the author and her work. It is great as a standalone and did not leave any gaps for me as I was reading it. Thoroughly looking forward to the next installment in the series.