Cobblered to Death

Cobblered to Death

by Rosemarie Ross

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Out of the frying pan, into the fire . . .
Courtney Archer is known for hosting the show Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter . . . despite the fact that she’s actually a pediatrician’s daughter. Now she’s signed on for a role on The American Baking Battle. On this reality show, she can start developing a more authentic image for herself—and as a bonus, the usual backstabbing and manufactured drama isn’t part of the Baking Battle script. But genuine drama is heating up behind the scenes . . .
During a film shoot in the scenic Pocono Mountains, Courtney has to juggle career commitments like pots on a six-burner stove. Adding to the stress is Mick, a contestant who finds out about her fake farm-girl story. Determined to succeed at her new gig, she whips up a cherry cobbler in a cast-iron fry pan one evening and leaves it out to cool. But the next morning, it’s Mick’s body that’s cooling—right next to Courtney’s pan, now classified as a murder weapon . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496722751
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Series: A Courtney Archer Mystery Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 146,994
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rosemarie Ross is neither a chef, gourmet cook, nor television cooking star, but she loves watching them and turned that love into a cozy mystery series. Rosemarie Ross is also the pseudonym of multi-published author Rose Ross Zediker, who writes contemporary and historical inspirational romances novels which have appeared on ECPA bestseller lists and been finalists for the RITA, National Reader’s Choice, Booksellers Best, and Book Buyers Best award contests. In addition, Rose has hundreds of publishing credits in the Christian magazine genre for children and adults. Visit Rosemarie at her website or on her Facebook page, Rose Ross Zediker Author, or on Twitter @SDAuthor.

Customer Reviews

Cobblered to Death 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
believerCR 10 months ago
"Reality television, with its manufactured drama, wasn't my batch of brownies," thinks cooking show host Courtney Archer. But a role in a friendly baking contest show seems like a way to beef up her resume. Arriving on the set, Courtney finds real drama - tense exchanges between judges, tantrums from contestants, and then a dead body. Not what she'd signed up for at all! Author Rosemarie Ross brings to life a large cast of suspicious characters and sets them loose in kitchens full of possible murder weapons. Cobblered to Death's ending is satisfying, yet readers will be hungry for more! I received an advance reader copy from the author. The opinion expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Rachel_Denise01 10 months ago
Cobblered to Death by Rosmarie Ross is the first in a new series of cozy mysteries focussing on the female lead of Courtney Archer. I enjoyed this first book and I think the author did a good job in creating a like able and down to earth female character. Courtney seems just like anyone else despite her culinary school education and her father being a Pediatrician. She seems humble, friendly, and has a good heart. I also like Shannon, Eric, and Drake and I look forward to seeing how these seconday characters develop. The murder mystery component was interesting and I did not know who the culprit was until it was revealed. I also enjoyed the ending and it felt that the author left it on a positive note, as well with some strings unattached so that there can be a lead for the next book. All in all a good start and I look forward to reading the future installments. 4/5 stars
CozyOnUp 10 months ago
When a new baking competition is being filmed, Courtney Archer, star of” Cooking with the Farmers Daughter”, finds herself sequestered with three other food stars, contestants and crew. When a contestant is murdered with Courtney’s cobbler in her cast iron pan, she needs to clear her name from the list of potential murderers. Courtney saw a contestant and a judge speaking with the murdered man in a heated conversation the day he was murdered, but needs proof to take it to the police. Even though her Producer has told her time and again to stay out of it and let the police handle it, she just can’t help herself. But will Courtney be able to clear her name before she becomes the next victim? This is a strong entry in a new series and I cannot wait for more!
nataliaramlal21 10 months ago
Cooking show host Courtney Archer is asked to participate in a new baking competition show. While filming the show, a contestant learns a secret about her that could ruin her entire career. When he is found murdered the next day, She immediately becomes a suspect. Courtney has a few theories about the murder and is determined to uncover the truth. Cobblered to Death by Rosemarie Ross is a great start to a new series. It's a fun, enjoyable cozy mystery, with delicious descriptions of food, a likable main character, and a murder mystery that will keep readers turning the pages. The plot was unique, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining. If you are looking for a cozy mystery that doesn't follow the usual tropes, then this is the perfect book for you. I look forward to the next book and can't wait to see what's in store for Courtney and her career. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 7 months ago
Cobblered to Death by Rosemarie Ross has readers enjoying the Pocono Mountains in May. Courtney Archer is the host of Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter even though she has never stepped foot on a farm in her life. Courtney is now co-hosting The American Baking Battle on location while filming episodes of her own show. The one thing Courtney wishes is to present her real self to the audience, but her contract precludes her from revealing the truth. She finds it even more challenging working alongside Shannon Collins, host of Southern Comfort Foods, who is so genuine and extends friendship to Courtney. There is drama on the set between the baking contests and problems off screen thanks to contestant Mick who overheard a conversation between Courtney and her producer. Courtney sheds her worries while baking a cheery cobbler in a cast-iron pan for her show the next day. The next morning, she stops to pick it up and finds it on the floor alongside a very dead Mick. With Courtney in the hot seat as the police’s top suspect, she digs in to find the true culprit. Cobblered to Death is the debut of A Courtney Archer Mystery series. Courtney was a mixed bag for me. I liked her, but I also found her frustrating. If you are presenting yourself as a farmer’s daughter on air, would you not visit a farm and do research? I did not understand why the author has Courtney floundering after hosting the show for three years especially when Eric’s family owns a farm. I hope in the next book we get to know more about Courtney besides she likes to carve fruit, from Chicago, and dislikes lying to her viewers. I liked Courtney’s friend and producer, Eric Iverson. I found him friendly and caring. I also enjoyed the blossoming friendship between Courtney and Shannon Collins. Shannon was my favorite character in the story. There is baking galore for those readers who enjoy culinary cozies. I loved the descriptions of the red mixers on the lovely blue countertops (my two favorite colors). The mystery was lacking. It was obvious who would die and who would be blamed. I was easily able to solve this whodunit. There was an absence of suspects and pointed clues. I wanted less of Courtney upset about her situation (not being a farmer’s daughter, the clause in her contract) and a more solid mystery. There are two love interests for Courtney (of course). Cobblered to Death is what I call a light and breezy cozy mystery. Cobblered to Death is a new culinary cozy mystery with a crushing cherry cobbler, an abundance of baking, a complaining contestant, and a carking contract clause.
Denice_L 7 months ago
A great cozy mystery taking place on the set of a televised baking contest. Rosemarie Ross has given us a character with a successful television show built around a huge secret. As she competes in the contest, a murder points directly to her. How she manages to solve the crime and win the day....if not the contest...makes for a very entertaining story.
ryanna 9 months ago
This first book in a new series is great fun! Set on a reality culinary show where everyone seems to have a secret, there are plenty of red herrings to keep a reader guessing. Courtney Archer, the protagonist, has her own secret that makes her a suspect & that has her working to clear her name. The supporting cast of characters are funky & quirky - making this a great read!
Carstairs38 10 months ago
Courtney Archer has become known to her fans from the TV cooking show, The Farmer’s Daughter. Just one catch – she is actually the daughter of a doctor from Chicago. She hates keeping this secret, but is even more worried when her secret is discovered. The man who makes the discovery is Mick, one of the contestants on The American Baking Battle, a new show that Courtney is co-hosting. Courtney isn’t the only one having issues with Mick. Still, Courtney doesn’t expect to find his dead body on the second day of filming. Worse yet, Mick was hit over the head with a pan of Courtney’s cherry cobbler. Who killed him? This book started out well, and I was quickly hooked. The setting is a lot of fun, and the characters are wonderful. I was drawn to Courtney and wanted her to succeed. I enjoyed watching her friendship with another character grow, and her producer is a strong character as well. The plot started out strongly, setting up suspects and the victim before killing Mick off. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough suspects to sustain it, and the twists and clues were fewer than they needed to be in favor of time spent on the set of the baking show watching everything being filmed. I suspect the characters and setting will be strong enough to draw people to this new series, but I hope the plots get stronger as the series progresses.
Cozy Cat Reviews 10 months ago
Clobbered to Death by Rosemarie Ross is the first in a new series of a new culinary cozy . I enjoyed this debut series as a fun read with a interesting sleuth to conclusion based around a culinary theme. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. Courtney is our protagonist and a likable smart person. She is the star of a cooking show and a judge on another cooking show contest in this book. She has a secret about her career that may ruin her if anyone found out. However she is friendly and looks out for others in her circle of friends. The author created a protagonist with potential for growth into a fun series with other supporting characters that are a good addition to the debut. The murder was unique as it was done by a cooking utensil and quite the scene. Courtney does not hesitate to jump into investigating to get to the final conclusion of the right suspect. The author set the stage for the sleuth well and did a great job with twist and turns for the readers. I loved this debut to conclusion and look forward to the next in series.
TheCozyReview 10 months ago
Series: A Courtney Archer Mystery – Book 1 Author: Rosemarie Ross Genre: Cozy Mystery/Culinary Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 304 Coming soon from Kensington Books is Rosemarie Ross’ newest sensational culinary cozy series, “A Courtney Archer Mystery.” Cobblered to Death is the debut book in what is sure to be a fascinating culinary cozy series. The main character, Courtney, is spirited, with just enough snark to make her delightful, and enough faults to make her human. It takes time to develop characters, to find out who they are, where their passions and fears will lead them. Courtney isn’t what she seems in the first part of this book; she may not even be liked by many readers. However, there is plenty of potential for her to grow into a character readers will love. Other supporting characters, such as Shannon and Eric, are interesting enough to be enjoyable without being too sweet. Shannon, in particular, is a great sidekick and might be a more significant focus for readers overall. The setting in this series appears to one that will change with each new book. There is a lot of potential for plotlines with each of the characters. I can easily see these culinary cozy books turning into a much more serious murder mystery series as more books are added. I would like to see more returning characters and a little more emotional substance for the main characters. The discovery of the murder is a visual scene that leaves readers visualizing the body and the mess. No matter how many murder mysteries a person has read, they will enjoy the unique use of a cooking utensil as a murder weapon, who hasn’t felt like bashing someone over the head with a frying pan at one time or another? The unveiling of the killer is a little slow, and if readers are paying attention, it may not come as a huge surprise. There are few suspects, or at least it initially seems that way, but in truth, there are plenty to go around. There are multiple twists and red herrings in this culinary cozy book to follow, which makes it attractive. Overall, for a culinary cozy book, Cobblered to Death is a great beginning, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series and find out how Courtney and friends grow and mature.
Marshathereader 10 months ago
Cobblered to Death by Rosemarie Ross is the first in the Courtney Archer mystery series. This is an enjoyable, easy to read cozy mystery. Courtney is the host of the popular cooking show, Cooking With the Farmers Daughter, and is currently co-hosting a reality cooking contest on location in the Pocono Mountains. She also is using the set to film her series. But is she really a farmers daughter? When things heat up on the set, between the contestants, she starts to notice some animosity between Mick and one of the judges. Then when Mick turns up dead on the set, the murder weapon is an iron skillet belonging to Courtney with a cherry cobbler baked in it, she is named one of the people of interest. In addition, her secret may be coming out. Ross gives you plenty of twists and turns to have you guessing until the end. The setting and characters are relatable and likeable. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.
ArizonaJo 10 months ago
Cobblered to Death by Rosemarie Ross is an enjoyable new entry into the culinary cozy mystery genre. Ms. Ross' writing flows smoothly and her descriptive writing made it easy to imagine how this reality show was being taped. Courtney, Shannon and Eric are all likable characters who are developed slowly throughout the story. The plot definitely had a few twists and turns but only a few suspects to consider as the story progressed. I never guessed who was behind the murder until the reveal which is the way I like my mysteries. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
BobbieLCLA 10 months ago
I received a free copy of COBBLERED TO DEATH by Rosemarie Ross in exchange for an honest review. Courtney Archer is the star of the popular television show Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter. Courtney’s going to be really busy since she’ll be filming the new season of her regular show while simultaneously co-hosting a new show called the The American Baking Battle. The new series turns out to be even more trouble than expected. One of the competitors is murdered, and Courtney becomes a person of interest in the investigation. Determined to clear her name, Courtney becomes embroiled in investigating the crime. This was a pretty good start to a new cozy mystery series. Courtney and most of the characters in the book were likeable or loathe-able as needed. #CobbleredToDeath #NetGalley