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Final Sentence (Cookbook Nook Series #1)

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    Jenna Hart has returned to Crystal Cove, California after leavin

    Jenna Hart has returned to Crystal Cove, California after leaving her swanky job in advertising.  Her husband has been dead for a couple of years, but his death at sea still haunts her. Now Jenna is helping her aunt to open The Cookbook Nook---a book store and restaurant combination that caters to all things concerning food and it's preparation.  Jenna has invited an old friend and popular TV star chef, Desiree, to come for a signing for the store's opening.  But death arrives to put a spoiler into everything.  And worse yet, Jenna is a suspect. 

    This fun cozy is filled with everything that any food aficionado will appreciate.  Besides coming with receipts, it refers to many well known cookbooks, cooking shows, popular chefs, and high class restaurants.  Throw in some wicked characters, a bit romance gone array, a feisty kitty, and a cleverly constructed mystery, and Daryl Wood Gerber has cooked up a great start for her new mystery series.  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    Enjoyable and a light read!

    I found this new series quite light and cozy. Cuddle up for this one. I found it enjoyable to read! I look forward to the next in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    ¿Cookbooks, Crimes and Clues Abound¿ ¿Hoo-Boy!!¿ (You¿ll unders

    “Cookbooks, Crimes and Clues Abound”

    “Hoo-Boy!!” (You’ll understand when you read the book). In this first of a new series by Daryl Wood Gerber, we are introduced to Jenna Hart, former advertising executive, as well as a young widow, who moves back to her roots, (Crystal Cove) to “Find her smile”. With beloved Aunt/co-owner Vera, they open the “Cookbook Nook”—a charming cookbook & culinary item shop/café’. As a grand opening draw, Jenna and Vera secure an appearance/book-signing by Desiree Divine, an old college friend of Jenna’s and a well-known culinary personality and cookbook author. Desiree arrives with her quirky entourage in tow—including her Sister, Sabrina. This stirs up the commercial district, especially the Police Chief’s ascerbic Mother, Pepper Pritchett. Before Desiree gets a chance to greet the public, confrontations arise, with some deadly results. When Jenna stumbles upon the disguised remains, fingers point in her direction—nastily, some more than others. With support from Aunt Vera and her ex-FBI Father, Cary, Jenna dons her sleuthing as well as entrepreneurial caps and proceeds to gather evidence to prove her innocence. Who could have done this dastardly deed? Was it a crime of passion, hatred or jealousy?? Or maybe a way to cover debts? The Author has created a cozy village with colorful characters who you will be anxious to re-visit again and again—especially hunky Rhett! Cat lovers will want to scoop up “Tigger” for a cuddle or 3. A fast, enjoyable cozy, a bit reminiscent of “Murder, She Wrote” which many have enjoyed, (except I can’t quite picture Angela Lansbury in a flowing caftan.) Some of Chef Katie’s yummy recipes have been included as well as a snippet of the next Cookbook Nook Mystery, “Inherit the Word”. Make room for this one on your shelf—you won’t be disappointed!
    “Too-ra-loo!” Nancy Narma

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    Final Sentence is the first book in the A Cookbook Nook Mystery

    Final Sentence is the first book in the A Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Gerber also writes The Cheese Shop Mystery series as Avery Aames.

    Jenna Hart has returned home to Crystal Cove to manage the Cookbook Nook for her Aunt Vera. There is also a quaint little café in the store.

    To get started off right, Jenna has her college roommate and TV chef, Desiree Divine lined up for the grand opening. On the evening before, as Jenna is walking along the beach she finds what she believe to be a sand sculpture of a mermaid. It is fact turns out to be the lifeless body of Desiree. When a trowel that been in a display at the Book Nook is found close to the body, Jenna becomes a person of interest. Add to this, Pepper, the police chief's mother, is doing everything in her power to put the blame directly on Jenna. But it is soon learned that there are others that would like to see Desiree out of the picture and Jenna needs to find who that might be before she is railroaded into being the guilty party.

    I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Jenna is having to deal with the loss of her husband and Aunt Vera wants to see Jenna get her life going and at the same time provide a successful business and a fun place to be. Police Chief Cinnamon Pritchett seems to be "good cop/bad cop" rolled up into one and am looking forward to reading more about her. Jenna's father, Cary, is retired FBI analyst, who doesn't want Jenna involved in the investigation, but at the same time wants her to be involved. And a possible romantic interest in Rhett Jackson who owns the Bait and Switch Bait Shop and who Jenna begins to learn is more that a handsome face. Hoo-boy, how could I forget Katie, the talented chef for the café.

    I really enjoyed this new series and look forward to learning more about all the interesting characters. A great story and well told.

    Recipes included and cookbooks mentioned through out the book.

    Looking forward to the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

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    mystery and recipes - both yummy!

    Jenna Hart, a young widow, decides to give up her stressful advertising job and return to her childhood home in Crystal Cove and partner with her aunt in a new Cookbook/Café venture. Barely has she gotten the place ready, invited her friend, a TV chef, for the opening, and all hell breaks loose when she discovers her friend on the beach dead and disguised as a mermaid sandcastle. It doesn't help that several items nearby point directly to Jenna. Certain that she is about to be arrested at any moment, Jenna sets out to find her friend's killer. The story was cleverly woven to reintroduce Jenna to her hometown while moving the story along. I'm ready for the next one!

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

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    Final Sentence

    Reviewed by Gemini
    for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

    Final Sentence is the second cozy mystery that I have read. It was a lot different from my first one. Consequently, it changed my opinion of the genre. I initially thought that they were just about some old ladies drinking wine and solving murders. This book was nothing like that. I will definitely love to read another cozy mystery from this author. Lucky for me, this is the first book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber.

    Final Sentence is about former advertising/marketing expert Jenna Hart who leaves her job in the big city to move back to her home town of Crystal Cove, California to open up the Cookbook Nook with her Aunt Vera. Jenna is only two years removed from losing her husband to a boating accident and her mom to lung cancer. For the grand opening, she invites her friend and celebrity chef Desiree Devine to do a book signing. Desiree brings much more attention to Jenna and the Cookbook Nook when she turns up dead and Jenna becomes the prime suspect.

    In order to clear her name, Jenna begins her own investigation while a woman who was jilted by Jenna’s father tries to convince the town and it’s police chief that she is guilty. As the list of suspects grows, Jenna has to overcome her “fish out of water” situation and reclaim her place as a member of the community. As she sharpens her sleuthing skills, she also learns how to cook and finds a little romance along the way. She gets guidance from her pseudo psychic aunt and her former FBI analyst father.

    The depiction of the small town of Crystal Cove was very enjoyable and stereotypical. Jenna and her family felt very familiar. I would definitely recommend this book.

    Source: Blog Tour Host

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    Posted July 8, 2013

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