Inherit the Word (Cookbook Nook Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Jenna Hart moved back to Crystal Cove, California, to recapture her joie de vivre and to help her aunt Vera run the local culinary bookshop and café. But it’s hard to follow a simple recipe for relaxation when murder gets thrown in the mix…

The Cookbook Nook is set to host the town’s upcoming Grill Fest, a tasty tradition which pits local amateur chefs against one another to concoct the most delicious dishes. This year’s challenge: grilled ...
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Inherit the Word (Cookbook Nook Series #2)

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Overview

Jenna Hart moved back to Crystal Cove, California, to recapture her joie de vivre and to help her aunt Vera run the local culinary bookshop and café. But it’s hard to follow a simple recipe for relaxation when murder gets thrown in the mix…

The Cookbook Nook is set to host the town’s upcoming Grill Fest, a tasty tradition which pits local amateur chefs against one another to concoct the most delicious dishes. This year’s challenge: grilled cheese. But with competing chefs bearing grudges from past years, more mouths are running off than savoring the fare.

The expression “too many cooks” proves all too true when the eight-time champ is found murdered in the alley behind the café. Soon a local diner owner (and Jenna’s “second mother”) is suspected of bumping off the competition, and Jenna has to douse the flames before the wrong person gets burned…
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/01/2014
Newly widowed, Jenna has moved back to idyllic Crystal Cove, CA, agreeing to co-own a cookbook store with her aunt. Jenna's a bit of a murder magnet; this time a dead body—Natalie Mumford—is found in the alley behind Jenna's shop. Matriarch of a café and not much liked, Natalie had an extensive list of enemies. When a second murder occurs, Jenna must rethink motive. At the same time, Jenna learns that her husband's death—she thought it was a simple drowning accident—was more complicated than she knew. She uncovers disturbing facts about his lifestyle that help her look at the recent murders in a new way. Now if she can only catch the police chief's ear. VERDICT Gerber's sophomore entry (after Final Sentence) dishes up the gossip with a tendency toward too many characters. That said, a familiar formula (young widow returns to childhood home) works its charm. Readers will relish the extensive cookbook suggestions, the cooking primer, and the whole foodie phenomenon. Gerber's perky tone with a multigenerational cast makes this series a good match for Lorna Barrett ("Booktown Mystery" series) and Nancy J. Parra ("A Baker's Treat" series).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698137967
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Cookbook Nook Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 30,230
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Daryl Wood Gerber is an Agatha Award-winning author who writes the Cheese Shop Mysteries under the pseudonym Avery Aames. Like her protagonist, Daryl is an admitted foodie and an avid reader of books, including cookbooks. Prior to writing, Daryl acted on stage and television, including on Murder, She Wrote.
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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    The communities that are showcased in cozy mysteries are always

    The communities that are showcased in cozy mysteries are always so much fun. In Inherit the Word, the community is Crystal Cove. It's a picture perfect place with everything you could ever imagine. It's got a beach, great food, great people, a small town feel, and occasionally, a great mystery!

    Jenna is our protagonist - a charming character who is in need of cooking lessons and is helping her aunt run a bookstore/cafe in Crystal Cove. As Jenna and her aunt Vera begin hosting an annual Grill Fest, one of the chefs is found dead in an alley behind the cafe. Horrified by the events, Jenna's seemingly calm life gets even more turned upside down when accusations are directed at one of her friends. In order to clear her friend's name and find the real killer, Jenna becomes immersed in the investigation and finds herself in the middle of a wonderful "whodunnit" where anyone could be the culprit!

    This fantastic story had me on the edge of my seat from the start. I had absolutely no idea who was guilty until the very end! For me, that's one of the most important elements of a great mystery. On top of a thrilling mystery, the book had a wonderful cast of characters that I can't wait to read more about. It was written with a great tempo, keeping the story exciting and surprisingly upbeat. The wit that filled the pages also made the story all the more enjoyable and kept me up long in to the night.

    And I can't forget my favorite part of a cozy..... the recipes and tips that these authors include at the back of their books! Don't worry, Inherit the Word has plenty of great recipes that I can't wait to try!

    I cannot wait to read what Ms. Daryl Wood Gerber has in store for us next in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions are my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    I enjoyed the first book in this series, FINAL SENTENCE so much

    I enjoyed the first book in this series, FINAL SENTENCE so much (You can find my review on that title’s page), I just knew I was going to love INHERIT THE WORD, and I sure did! 

    It was great to be back in Crystal Cover with Jenna Hart, her Aunt Vera, and the rest of the great cast of characters. 

    The Cookbook Nook is hosting the town’s Grill Fest with the challenge being grilled cheese sandwiches (I stayed hungry through the entire book). On the first day of the challenge the eight-time champ is found dead. As with her first book in the series, Ms. Gerber had plenty of suspects, but the investigation seems to be centered on Jenna’s second mother Lola. 
    There are many twists and turns throughout the entire book. I keep going back and forth on who I thought the killer was. I was completely surprised when reading the reveal! 

    If you read FINAL SENTENCE and liked it, you’re going to love INHERIT THE WORD. You don’t have read the first book to be able follow this one, but I would recommend it since they are both so wonderful. 

    To sum it up, this is a fantastic mystery, set in a beautiful location full of characters you’ll love. And there are awesome recipes included
     
    Read both FINAL SENTENCE and INHERIT THE WORD now and get yourself ready for STIRRING THE PLOT coming in September!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Rose

    She bit her lip, weighing her options. "Ehm.... Gardens." She replied finally, smilung.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    The 11th Doctor

    Alright! *pushes buttons. The door opens.* Here we are!

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

    This story is a Jenna Hart and her family and friends. Jenna run

    This story is a Jenna Hart and her family and friends. Jenna runs a bookstore with her aunt. They town of Crystal Cove has a contest going on. There a cooks who are making different grill cheese sandwiches. The contest is being held in Jenna's store. One the first day one of the contestants is murdered. Jenna try's to find out who did. There are other subplots which I don't want to give out. If you never read her books you should. It is engaging and keeps you guessing.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    The Cookbook Nook has the honor of hosting Crystal Cove's annual

    The Cookbook Nook has the honor of hosting Crystal Cove's annual Grill Fest.  This year, the theme is grilled cheese, so Jenna Hart has laid in a collection of grilled cheese cookbooks to sell to customers who attend the competition.  The presumed winner this year is Natalie Mumford.  After all, she's won the last eight years in a row.

    However, before the first round even gets under way, Natalie is found behind The Cookbook Nook dead.  The murder weapon was a panini grill.  Whispers in the small town quickly turn to Lola, Jenna's friend Bailey's mother.  After all, Lola had just made a similar threat to Natalie last week.  But when Jenna starts trying to come up with other suspects, she finds plenty and more motives then she can keep straight.  Who really killed Natalie?

    This was an engrossing mystery.  The clues and motives kept changing, leaving us with a strong puzzle.  Yet I was never at a loss when it came to Jenna's latest theory - they always made sense based on what had just happened.

    Likewise, the characters were strong.  I really enjoyed spending time with them, and I'm sorry to see the book end.  Plus the small tourist town of Crystal Cove makes for such a fun setting.  I really do wish I could visit.

    Plus I can't leave out the 7 recipes at the back - as if the food talk in the book wasn't already enough to make your mouth water.

    I will be back to visit Jenna and the Cookbook Nook soon.  If you haven't made a visit yet, don't hesitate to start now.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    ** good but was disappointment after teaser at end of 1st book.

    This was a little disappointing. The preview at end of of 1st book said her sister called her because she saw her husband, (who had drowned at sea) with a surf board walking by restaurant. I couldn't wait for next book. The 2nd book "Inherit the word" started different than the preview. No mention of sister seeing him. She thought she saw him once but was different height and definitely not him. She thought she saw him everywhere in group, but NOT the man that preview said her sister saw.

    Good characters and suspense.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

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    The Cookbook Nook and Cafe has been asked to host this year¿s Gr

    The Cookbook Nook and Cafe has been asked to host this year’s Grill Fest. The theme is GRILLED CHEESE!! Eight local chefs plan to win the judges favor with their sandwich creations. This is not a friendly battle, it is a grudge match and tempers are as hot as the stoves they are cooking on. A break is taken before Round 1 and it proves deadly. The 8 time Grill Fest Champ is found dead in the alley behind the Nook. It doesn’t take long for one of the other competitors to be named the prime suspect. Jenna know the woman wouldn’t hurt a fly and she is bound and determined to find the real killer before they get away with another murder.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    The second Cookbook Nook Mystery is even better than the first. I don’t know why but it took be awhile to get in touch with Jenna in Final Sentence, the first book in this series. This time she had be from page one. She jumped right in to prove her friend’s mother was innocent and sort through a ton of clues to catch the killer. I also was happy that more about Jenna’s husband death came out but I think there is more to that story.

    My favorite character again was Aunt Vera, she is so funny and takes everything in stride. She can also give you a tarot card reading on the spur of the moment. There are plenty of the required quirky characters in this cozy and level headed ones as well. Jenna’s dad is a former FBI analyst, and Rhett Jackson, former chef and now owner of a sporting goods store, both are easy on the eyes.

    The mystery was extremely well plotted and kept me guessing until the very end. I had a twist in my head that didn’t play out at all. I will say the final twist Gerber threw at us did really throw me for a loop.

    I also like the bookstore setting and the wide range of books and other products they carry, including a kids corner. Much more than cookbooks, culinary mysteries too. It is fun to see some of my favorite cozies are on the shelves at The Cookbook Nook. Another plus is the Nook Cafe. I would love a few cooking lessons from Katie myself.

    This is a fun and entertaining story. It will have your mouth watering in no time. Good thing the author includes some recipes!! Stirring the Plot, the next book in this series hits stores September 30.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    I loved this second in the series book. This one had a couple of

    I loved this second in the series book. This one had a couple of stories which really keeps you going. I love all the characters in this book, the friends that interact just as actual friends would, you feel like your in the room with them. Jenna's aunt is a little wacky but lovable, and all the side characters that you think keep things interesting. The murder mystery kept me guessing until the end, just when I thought I had it a new twist appeared. I love Jenna for being an investigator who isn't trying to beat the cops to it. She quietly asks around without accusing people or being obnoxious and readily hands over any info to the police. The side story involving her personal life was interesting and had you feeling for her. All in all an enjoyable read and I eagerly await the next in the series.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    The 2nd book in the Cookbook Nook series is very good. I find my

    The 2nd book in the Cookbook Nook series is very good. I find myself thoroughly invested in the characters. I get angry when they are hurt and I laugh with them at their joy and happiness. As always, I find myself wishing that I knew such people as Jenna, Aunt Vera and Bailey. The antics that go on in the bookstore are truly believable, and find myself looking for their counterparts in the bookstores I visit. But, unfortunately, I guess they only live in the pages of this great book and in Ms. Gerbers mind.
    As long as I cannot write something this entertaining, I will be content to read, and enjoy the online friendships that I have made with these great gals. Who would have believed that I, shy, quiet Tess, would be graced with the friendship of my reading heroes

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    Jenna Hart had moved back to Crystal Cove to help her aunt Vera

    Jenna Hart had moved back to Crystal Cove to help her aunt Vera with the project of her heart - a cookbook store/café.
    After weathering the murder of their guest chef in the first installment, now Jenna and her aunt are hosting the annual
    Grill Fest competition where 8 chefs - amateur and professional grill against each other for the prize.

    Things don't start off well this time either - the defending champion is found murdered in the back alley apparently done
     in by a competitor with one of Jenna's kitchen's panini press.  

    Jenna's dear friend, Lola, is the chief suspect since the victim and she were seen arguing shortly before the victim was found. 

    The murder at the Grill Fest is not enough however, because at home Jenna has discovered a mysterious key inside a
    figurine that she received from her deceased husband shortly before his death.  What does the key unlock and how does
    Jenna go about finding the answers to the questions unlocked.

    This is the second installment in this series and one that I have found to be entertaining and captivating.
     I'm waiting for the next book impatiently.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    The second is better than the first. Can't wait for the third.

    The second is better than the first. Can't wait for the third. This is turning out to be a great series! I have always measured a series by the second book in the series. In the first, you learn about the characters, and enjoy the plot; but, in the second you have spent enough time with the characters to determine if these will be good friends or simple acquaintances. Daryl Wood Gerber has created a Cheers bar atmosphere at the Cookbook Nook store (where everybody knows you name, and you're awfully glad you came). I enjoy Jenna and her wonderful Aunt Vera. They are wonderful characters who you would like to have as neighbors. Imagine having tea on the back deck with those two on a summer night! There are several laugh out loud moments, a wonderful plot, and the Queen of Comfort Food, Grilled
    Cheese as the center of the culinary competition. This is an enjoyable book, and I strongly recommend the Cookbook Nook series to all lovers of the cozy mystery.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Scotland Yard seems like no big deal these days, but in 1889 Lon

    Scotland Yard seems like no big deal these days, but in 1889 London, after a reign of terror by Jack The Ripper, something needed to be done about the increased publics panic with murderers in this huge city.  The murder Squad was started with twelve men who were in charge of solving all the murders in London.  Unfortunately, the next big case involves the murder of one of these particular policeman.  His body was found stuffed in a trunk, with few clues evident to how he got there. 




    Inspector Day is relatively new to the force, but his powers of observation and detecting instincts cause him to be put in charge of this case.  He's befriended and helped by Dr Kingsley, who becomes the force's first forensic pathologist.  Most of Dr Kingsley's ideas are revolutionary--like dusting for people's fingerprints.  Though everyone isn't completely convinced of the uniqueness of these lines and swirls on people's fingers, his idea proves to be useful.  Children, the homeless, chimney sweeps, and workhouses also come into play in this wonderfully involved story of the early Murder Squad.




    The characters and story line are uniquely blended to create tension and suspense in this first of the Murder Squad Mysteries.  I really enjoyed the writing style of these mixed mysteries too, as information was given close to a solution before it created more questions.  Wonderfully done book!

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

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    Daryl Wood Gerber brings readers the second book in her Cookbook

    Daryl Wood Gerber brings readers the second book in her Cookbook Nook mystery series, Inherit the Word. This is a fast paced mystery filled with plenty of surprises for readers to figure out. The whodunit is well plotted and keeps the reader interested while well drawn characters captivate and engage the reader. Gerber has a knack for cooking as well as writing and centers this book around a grilled cheese cookoff that gets a little out of hand when the winner of eight years running, ends up dead.

    What I liked:

    Daryl Wood Gerber never disappoints whether it's this series or the Cheese Shop Mysteries she writes under the name Avery Aames. She always has a food related element in her books and I love that about her writing. It's one thing for a million other writers to use food as a catalyst for the plots of their books, but it's another thing when the writer is actually a good cook. It gives this book a ring of authenticity that shows on every page. Especially the recipe section in the back of the book. I'm trying that Brie, Apple, and Turkey Grilled cheese, very sooon!

    Jenna and her crystal ball toting Aunt Vera are at it again in this book. Jenna is a great protagonist for a lot of reasons. She never goes off haphazardly. She always has a reason to investigate and she doesn't try to do the job of the police. She is also caring and kind and that goes a long way in my book. I think the author wants her main character to be responsible, yet interesting to the reader. So she is a mix of those traits. I love reading about her personal life as much as the mystery itself.

    Aunt Vera once again provides a lot of comic relief to the dark subject of murder. That's one of the things I like about cozies in general. They don't go into all the gory details. This book has a lightness about it even though murder is definitely afoot. I think Aunt Vera's character is meant to be eccentric and a little out there just for the reason of adding a smile to the readers face.

    I liked the whole grilled cheese competition angle. I have had some good grilled cheeses in my day and I could totally buy into the idea of this kind of food competition. They have them for just about every thing now, from Chili cook offs to pit master barbeque cook offs, so this was an interesting surprise. I could definitely believe that amateur cooks could get so wrapped up in the heat of competition that a murder is possible. I thought the plot was engaging, and plausible, this could happen. Well done!

    What I didn't like:

    There was a bit of a mystery within a mystery going on in this one, and that was a little unnecessary. The main plot was definitely enough to keep the reader engaged. It wasn't a critical error, just something that didn't need to be included, though it did change some things on a personal level for the lead character.

    Bottom Line:

    This is shaping up to be quite a good series. Daryl Wood Gerber was on to something with the cookbook nook idea and I think readers are buying into it and liking it more with each new book to the series.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Inherit The Word is the second book in the A Cookbook Nook Myste

    Inherit The Word is the second book in the A Cookbook Nook Mystery series.

    It's always a joy to visit Crystal Cove, CA, especially on these winter days in the Midwest.

    Jenna and her Aunt Vera, and all the residents of Crystal Cove, are looking forward to Grill Fest. Before the Grill Fest even begins, to restaurant owners, Lola and Natalie, are having words over whether Natalie stole Lola's chef from her. Then as the contestants are gathering, Mitzi, the eight time runner-up to Natalie have a disagreement over who will win this years contest. A recess is taken before the cooking begins and soon the smoke alarms are blaring and the body of Natalie is found in the alley. The murder weapon is found next to the body and it reportedly belonged to Lola.

    Jenna wants to clear Lola from any involvement in the murder, as she feels certain that she didn't do it and Lola's daughter, Bailey, works at the Book Nook. As Jenna begins to sort thru the stories she soon finds that there are several prospects to the murder. Mitzi's husband, Sam, is rumored to be having an affair with Natalie and Sam's alibi seems to be questionable, too. And things weren't all that good on the home front either. Natalie's son-in-law is deep in debt and maybe figures that inheriting the business is the answer to his problem. Natalie's daughters aren't above reproach either.

    In addition to dealing with the murder, Jenna has found some gold coins that were hidden in a ceramic cat that her husband had given her shortly before heading on his fateful sailing. Where did they come from and why didn't he tell her about them? That's question she needs to answer.

    A very interesting cast of characters in this delightful series. Even the accusing mother of the police chief has her redeeming qualities, I haven't figured out what they are. Every book needs a character you love to hate, and she's mine.

    Looking forward to book three in this series.

    Recipes are included, as are names of tempting sounding cookbooks.

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