Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Secrets of the Treasure King by Terry Ambrose: Review, Recipe & Giveaway

Secrets of the Treasure King

A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery

by Terry Ambrose

About Secrets of the Treasure King

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Satori (April 29, 2020)
Print Length: 261 pages
Digital ASIN: B085DC4ZVS
The Seaside Cove rumor mill is buzzing about the captain of The Treasure King. He claims to know the location of the San Manuel, a four-hundred-year-old sunken Spanish galleon with a cargo worth millions. And now, he’s dead, the victim of a speargun attack.

When the police ask B&B owner Rick Atwood to consult in the investigation, he has mixed feelings. Consulting for the police is not the problem. He’s done it before. The problem is his eleven-year-old daughter, Alex.

Alex is fearless, precocious, and fueled by a strong sense of girl power. She’s also convinced the cops will never find the killer without her help, so she launches her own investigation—and quickly becomes a candidate for Seaside Cove’s youngest felon.

Now, unless Rick can solve the case with the clues Alex found illegally, his daughter might face charges of breaking-and-entering, the treasure of the San Manuel will be lost to pirates, and a killer could get away with murder.
Nothing is ever so thrilling as the stories of lost treasures and the hidden riches of the world that are on the borders of the legendary. Sunken galleons, plundered gold, and thrilling museum heists have long been the object of fascination for many...

About Terry Ambrose

Terry Ambrose has written and published fourteen mysteries. His A Seaside Cove Bed and Breakfast Mystery series new releases have risen to the Amazon genre Top 100. In 2014, Con Game, Terry’s second thriller in the License to Lie series received the San Diego Book Awards Best Mystery/Thriller award. Terry also writes the McKenna Trouble in Paradise mysteries and organized an anthology written by bestselling mystery writers to benefit a literacy nonprofit in Hawaii.
Cape May, NJ - Tucked away off I-95 is an entire seaside town of storybook homes
Seaside Cove B&B  (my image of it)

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sunken ship
Sunken Galleon

My Thoughts

Secrets of the Treasure King by Terry Ambrose has Seaside Cove abuzz when The Treasure King arrives in port with Captain Carroll claiming he knows the exact location of the downed Spanish galleon, San Manuel.  If the ship is located, the cargo will be worth a small fortune.  Captain Carroll ends up missing and ultimately found dead.  There are multiple suspects from the treasure hunters on board The Treasure King to Joe Gray who had a run in with the erstwhile captain at The Crooked Mast.  Rick Atwood is once again asked to consult on the case.  Rick is happy to assist, but he knows Alex will want to help as well.  Rick tries to keep Alex busy with a less dangerous element of the case, but she has a way of finding herself in precarious situations and uncovering vital clues.  Will Alex end up cooling her heals in the local jail for her latest stunt?  Can the police use the evidence she uncovered?  Will Police Chief Adam Cunningham be able to capture the killer before he hits the high seas? 
Secrets of the Treasure King by Terry Ambrose is the 4th A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery.  It can be read on its own, but I do recommend reading each book in this engaging series.  This series contains delightful characters.  Alex, Rick’s precocious eleven-year-old daughter is my favorite.  She is one smart cookie with an active imagination and boundless amounts of energy.  Alex’s journal entries are humorous and a delight to read.  We get to see that Alex is gaining a new understanding of how certain action of consequences (important to think before leaping).  Marquetta works at the bed and breakfast and conspires with Alex to do a little matchmaking.  Marquetta and Rick are interested in each other romantically and they go out in public for the first time (which has the town gossips buzzing).  No one ever said the path to happiness would be smooth.  Marquetta needs answers regarding her father before she can commit to Rick.  She also must deal with an old high school classmate who has returned to town.  The mystery was nicely done.  I especially liked the unique murder weapon.  There are a variety of suspects with some of them hiding secrets and others with dubious alibis.  You need to pay close attention to the details if you want to solve this whodunit.  There is one point where I had to skip ahead to find out how a scene ended before going back to read the intervening chapters.  I could not wait to find out what had happened to two key characters.    The book has a great ending.  Secrets of the Treasure King is a charming cozy mystery with a corrupt captain, shifty suspects, a talented tween, matchmaking merriment, and a frustrated father. 

Seaside Cove B & B Zucchini Bread

This is the last zucchini bread recipe you'll ever need. Once you try this EPIC zucchini bread, you'll never make it any other way!This is an old friend-of-the-family recipe that I’ve had for ages. The recipe makes two 9x5 loaves of moist zucchini bread that is absolutely delicious. One of the great things about this bread is that it can be customized each time make it slightly different. You can easily add 3/4 cup of raisins, blueberries, chocolate chips, or whatever strikes your fancy at the time. It can easily be made gluten-free by substituting Bob’s 1-1 Baking Flour.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Passive time: 10 minutes


3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour (for gluten-free, use Bob’s 1-1 Gluten-free Flour)
Keto Lemon Zucchini Bread - mixing the ingredients1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt (optional)
2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg


1.    In a large bowl, beat together the first six ingredients
2.    In another large bowl, sift together remaining ingredients
3.  Gradually mix dry ingredients into egg and zucchini mixture. Stir only until moistened.
4.   Turn into two buttered loaf pans (we use four smaller pans) and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
Treasure Island Cocos Painting by Montague Dawson Art | Etsy
Secrets of the Treasure King can be purchased from Amazon*.  The other titles in A Seaside Cove Bed and Breakfast Mystery series are A Treasure to Die, Clues in the Sand, and The Killer Sweater Christmas Club.  All four books are available through Kindle Unlimited.  As part of the tour, Terry Ambrose is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card.  To enter click here or enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Don't forget to leave a comment for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Thank you for dropping by today.  I will return tomorrow to feature The House Share by Kate Helm.  May you have a spirited day.  Take care, stay safe and Happy Reading!


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Summer reading by the sea. Painting of woman in a chair.

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  1. Thank you so much for this lovely review, Kris!

  2. Sunken treasure hunting always sound so mysterious, romantic, & dangerous! Great scene for a mystery!

  3. Thank you for your review on "Secrets of the Treasure King" by Terry Ambrose and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a fabulous book and one that I would greatly enjoy having the opportunity to read.

    Great recipe - Thanks!
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  4. Taylor R WilliamsMay 13, 2020 at 8:28 PM

    Sounds like such a fun series - thanks for the contest - trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

  5. Sounds really good and love the recipe.

  6. I love the cover! It sets the tone for the book.

  7. This sounds really interesting and the cover looks great.