Grilling the Subject

Grilling the Subject

by Daryl Wood Gerber

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Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.
As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next morning smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished.
Sylvia Gump had acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbors’ properties—including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals...


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425279410
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: A Cookbook Nook Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 423,353
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Daryl Wood Gerber is the Agatha Award–winning author of Fudging the Books, Stirring the Plot, Inherit the Word, and Final Sentence, as well as 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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Grilling the Subject 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
Grilling the Subject was a wonderful addition to this amazing series! In the beggining of this book everything is going great in the lives of Jenna and the gang. Then suddenly Jenna's father is the main suspect in a murder investigation. Not only that, but then there is a HUGE twist! The mystery aspect was great. I love how we really didn't get all the information at once. There was an alabi here, a piece of evidence there, and a big whopping clue coming out of someone's mouth right here!! It will keep you guessing until the very end. By the end everything is sorted out wonderfully. The wild west theme was great! And I loved all the barbeque recipes! You really felt the theme. The recipes in the back of the book look divine! I can't wait to try them! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. The thoughts expressed in this review are entirely my own.
LR16 More than 1 year ago
Grilling The Subject is the 5th installment in Daryl Wood Gerber's Cookbook Nook series. The author has a gift for writing with this definitive cozy mystery series. This is a fun and exciting addition to this wonderful series. I highly recommend the entire series for your reading enjoyment. The Cookbook Nook is preparing for a fun filled wild west extranganza and preparations are underway for owner Jenna of the Cookbook Nook . The store sells all manner of cookbooks and kitchen wares which are great fun to read about. One of Jenna's talents is putting on great events at the store which draw a large crowd. As they prepare for this event Jenna is surprised to find a previous co worker is in charge of arrangements who she has competition with in the past. As the event progress and the fun begins Jenna is faced with a murder of a neighbor and the mystery begins. Jenna is a excellent sleuth and has a gift for finding clues . Her abilities to find clues is reminiscent of Agatha Christie as she places people with clues in this well developed mystery. The book is very well crafted and interesting to read throughout. This avid mystery reader was left guessing throughout the story. This is a delightful series . The protagonist is smart, independent and well liked. The setting is a lovely small village in California which is pleasing and fun to read about .The characters new and old, all add to the story. Jenna has a romantic interest which is a nice addition but not the focus of the story which makes it the perfect addition. The writing is fast paced and enjoyable to read as the author builds each clue for the sleuth the mystery deepens. I enjoyed this wonderful cozy and look forward to more in the series. It has the perfect combination of a great setting, wonderful protagonist and enjoyable mystery. I highly recommend this wonderful cozy for your reading delight. I received a advance reading copy in exchange for a review which did not influence my review.
Nate_Stolldorf1 More than 1 year ago
Grilling the Subject is the 5th in the Cookbook Nook series by Daryl Wood Gerber. I cannot say enough for Daryl's books including the amazing Cheese ShopMysteries. They just get better and better. In my opinion Grilling the Subject is the best in the entire series and that says something because I didn't think they could get any better! Jenna Hart owner of the Cookbook Nook and Nook Cafe finds herself in the midst of the Wild West Extravaganza when murder strikes. Her father, Cary's, neighbor Sylvia Gump is found dead and he becomes the prime suspect! With plenty of twists and turns this book is of a fast pace. I will say there is a twist about half way through the book that I know I have been waiting for and I appreciated it so much! Thank you Daryl for writing such and amazing series! Cannot wait to read more! I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Biszemom More than 1 year ago
Grilling the Subject is the 5th book in the Cookbook Nook series and I have to say that I think it was the most enjoyable read so far! Daryl Wood Gerber has done a wonderful job of continuing the story of Jenna Hart and her friends. The story is tasty, and I have tried the balsamic BBQ sauce recipe at the end of the book and it is DELICIOUS! The story begins with the Wild West Extravaganza riding into Crystal Cove. Jenna and all of the other merchants have decked the town out in a Wild West theme to match the festivities. At the start of the festivities, her father’s grumpy neighbor, Sylvia, is found murdered and laying in a smoldering bonfire. To make things worse, Jenna’s fathers is accused of the crime! Jenna sets out to prove her father’s innocence, feeling as if she is being followed and watched along the way. The twists and turns of this book will keep you guessing to the very end as you share in Jenna’s quest to find the truth. The characters of Jenna and her friends and family are so well developed that I expect to walk into a bookshop one day and find them all there one day! Overall, I give this book a rating of 5 stars… won’t be disappointed!
jlschutts More than 1 year ago
Grilling the Subject is the fifth book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber. This was another fun visit to Crystal Cove. It is like getting together with old friends. I love the Sunday night dinners and the friendships the characters have. This story had so many levels: a murder, the Wild West Extravaganza and all of its activities, and a surprise from Jenna’s past. I hate for it to end because I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book as Jenna moves on to the next phase in her life. The recipes at the end of the book are wonderful. I’m making the Low-Sugar St. Louis Barbecue Sauce tonight. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed each visit to Crystal Cove but, I must say, this visit was full of surprises. One of Jenna's fathers' neighbors is murdered and the police are looking into Cary's alibi at that time. Jenna must find out who the killer is before her father ends up in jail for a crime she knows he didn't commit. And, if that isn't enough, Jenna's got a lot of present and past personal issues interfering with her daily life. This book had me hooked from the moment I opened it and started reading the first page.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Welcome to Crystal Cove! Just in time for the Wild West Extravaganza! Jenna is excited about all the tourists arriving and the new people coming into the Cookbook Nook. But grilling isn’t only happening at the festival. Sylvia Gump has been found dead in a bonfire on property shared with her neighbors. Including Jenna’s dad! He was seen in the area and is the prime suspect. Jenna is burning around town trying to prove what everybody knows, that he is no killer! She intends to grill anyone that could have killed the woman. Lord knows she had plenty of enemies! Another spectacular addition to this series! Daryl Wood Gerber creates such wonderful characters. They are fun, engaging and so entertaining. I love the way the couples are evolving but this time a surprise visitor to Crystal Cove could throw a huge twist into one of the relationships. I don’t want to spoil anything but the author had my emotions running out of control from mad to sad, and everywhere in between. I even had to reach for a tissue. To me that is the test of a great story. It is more than following the clues and figuring out the guilty party. If the story really makes you feel something, it is a story that will hold you beyond the final page. It is for this reason I recommend this series be read in order. You need to see how everything began. That being said the mystery part of this story is well written and plotted as well. So many suspects and so many people withholding bits and pieces of the truth. As the pages continued I thought “Are we ever going to pin the right person down?” Then there was the “aha moment” and I realized I had missed some key clues. This author is a master at doing that to me. I hone on something so interesting that I forget to keep track of the details. One part of this book that I really enjoyed is the location and not just sunny California. Jenna’s father and his neighbors all own a small piece of property that connects their lots. It is a place to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Sadly Sylvia Gump didn’t realize what a treasure this was and abused it terribly. Others also didn’t appreciate it fully either. This is a fantastic idea and I wish more communities would have places like this. In the days when everyone want to put up fences and walls it is refreshing to have community places like this. Years ago I lived in a place where there was a park complete with playground equipment where the neighbors would congregate while their children played, even having cookouts and picnics. What a great way to build a true friendships both for the adults and the kids. I loved everything about this story! The worst part is now waiting for the next book in the series. Write fast Daryl!! I can hardly wait!!
Caryn More than 1 year ago
Cookbook Nook owner Jenna Hart is back with another murder to solve in Grilling the Subject, the fifth book in the series. This time however the stakes are a little bit higher for Jenna because it is her own father who stands accused of the crime. Crystal Cove, California is going all out for the Wild West Extravaganza coming to town and Jenna, like all of the other business owners is doing her part. As people decorate and plan events to go along with the Wild West theme, the community comes together as only a small town can. However, there's always one person who just can't seem to get along with others. In this case it is Sylvia Gump (a name I consistently misread as GRUMP) who is upsetting so many people. Sylvia is just not a nice person. She's had an affair with one of the event organizers, threatened a local realtor, cheated people and encroached on her neighbors' land. When Sylvia is found dead, there are many possible suspects, but Jenna's dad was seen having an argument with her the night before so he becomes suspect number one. Jenna sets out to find the real murderer to clear her father. There are really two reasons to read this series. The obvious one is the murder. While the murder is well plotted, and there are some interesting twists, it is fairly easy to figure out if the reader pays attention. For me, the bigger reason to read this series is the cooking themes that each of the books is set around. This time it is all things BBQ. There are recipes at the end and actual cookbooks named throughout the book. (I have ordered two of them from Amazon already). I think the appeal of this and other similar series is that many readers enjoy visiting characters who live in small towns that pull together to have a good time and support each other when things go wrong. In our fast paced digital world, I think these books fulfill a longing for a sense of community. I received this book from the author for review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber is the fifth book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Jenna Hart and the town are getting ready for the Wild West Extravaganza that is coming to Crystal Cove. All the shops have decorated to reflect the wild west theme including Jenna’s The Cookbook Nook. Then Jenna finds out that the Shane Maverick is now running the WWE. They used to work together at Taylor and Squib Advertising in San Francisco. Shane is a type of guy that reminds you of a snake oil salesman (just what they do not need). Cary Hart, Jenna’s father and the other homeowners in the his neighborhood have been having difficulty with Sylvia Gump over some land. Sylvia is trying to take over other people’s property. Sylvia has taken to throwing loud parties (bands with electric guitars) and has even erected an ostentatious fountain (along with hedges and fences). Cary has a loud argument with Sylvia on the phone when she is setting up for another party. The next morning Sylvia is found dead by her fountain. Cary was out fishing at the time (by himself, of course) which means he has no alibi. Jenna will do whatever is necessary to clear her father off the suspect list (which considering Sylvia is quite long). Will Jenna be able to wrangle the real killer? Jenna has felt that someone is following her. She has only been able to see a shadowy figure. Who is it and why are the following her around town? Jenna is in for the shock of a lifetime when she discovers the individual’s true identity. Join Jenna as well as her family and friends for barbecue, iced tea, and other delectable delights in Grilling the Subject. Grilling the Subject is an entertaining novel. It has developed characters, a gorgeous setting in sunny California, and great descriptions of cookbooks. The book is easy to read and has a good pace. The book is 277 pages long and has some recipes from Katie, Jenna, and Bailey at the end (with their comments). I give Grilling the Subject 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The mystery will lead you on a merry chase, but I thought it was easy to solve (I read a lot of mysteries and love solving them). I was surprised by the person who is following Jenna. It was a great twist. While this is the fifth book in the series, it can be read alone (the author gives the reader’s Jenna’s backstory to catch them up). I do, though, highly recommend you go and read the other four books when you get a chance (if you have not enjoyed them yet). I look forward to the next A Cookbook Nook Mystery (and any other books by Daryl Wood Gerber). I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and comments expressed above are strictly my own.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars rounded up. I recently finished a few books that I had for review, including "Grilling the Subject", the 5th book in the Cookbook Nook series by Daryl Wood Gerber. This was actually the first one of that series that I had read, but I enjoyed it so much that I have since gone back and read the other four books in the series. When I first started this book, I was immediately hooked by Jenna, Bailey, Katie, Aunt Vera, Rhett and the whole cast of characters. They're wonderful! They're well-rounded individuals, they have their ups and downs like anyone, they're realistic and they're fabulous. This particular book finds our group and the town of Crystal Cove hosting the Wild West Extravaganza, a family-friendly, animal-friendly, Wild West style festival. While the festivities and the barbecue-themed foods occupy our heroine in her store and within the town, the murder in this book takes place away from the festival and its festivities, and once again has Jenna out looking for a murderer, this time because her own father has been accused at being at the scene!  On top of all that, Jenna has her own surprise to deal with. I don't want to spoil it, but it's a doozy! It shakes up life for Jenna and her friends for a good chunk of the book. This book kept me riveted. It had a fast-paced, well thought out plot line, enough surprises to keep you on your toes but not so many that you end up in a constant state of suspense, and fabulous characters. I had no idea who the killer was until just before the author revealed it, even then, I only had an inkling and still wasn't completely sure, until it was revealed and solved. I highly recommend this book to any cozy mystery reader! Enjoy it! [I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. My review was not influenced by this, nor was I compensated for my review. All opinions and conclusions are my own.]
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
I love this series and this book did not disappoint. I have to say this was my favorite book in this series so far. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put it down. This book takes so many twists and turns, it kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't want it to end. Jenna definitely went through a lot, but came out a stronger person because of it. If you love food, cats and people with a lot of personality, then this is the book and the series for you. I highly recommend it!
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Daryl Wood Gerber’s characters have a down-home appeal that makes them realistic and likable. Her protagonist, Jenna Hart, is spunky and lovable. Gerber’s writing style quickly pulls you into the story and holds you spellbound until the end. The author keeps you on your toes with a few curves along the way just when you think you have things figured out. GRILLING THE SUBJECT flows smoothly and at a good pace. The setting is inviting. New readers to the series aren’t left in the dark as this story can be read on its own. You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this book or series. However, several delicious recipes are included at the end as an extra bonus that could have your trying your hand at cooking after all. Suspenseful and entertaining makes this a well-balanced story. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Daryl Wood Gerber's Griiling the Subject Crystal Cove, California is hosting a Wild West Extravaganza. Texas skip, real stagecoaches such as the Henderson Mudwagon, Yellowstone coach and Wells Fargo are all represented!!! Plus plenty of Wild West food recipes popping up at all the eateries, food trucks and Cookbook Nook. Then a town resident is found murdered in a bonfire… Cary Hart, a neighbor becomes a suspect. Cary is Jenna Hart, the owner of the Cookbook Nook, father. So Jenna swings into action to prove his innocence. There is an interesting array of suspicious characters. Each with their own reason to eliminate the victim. This keeps the plot interesting with all the twists and turns. Jenna has a notion that she is being followed or spied upon. Who could it be? Is it connected to her questioning about the murder? Jenna has discovered plenty of indiscretions among the town residents plus cufflinks and pieces of red fabric in the bonfire ruins. Is she a target?? Jenna has a cat named Tigger who features in this story. This is the fifth book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series. It can be read as a standalone. For a mouth-watering read with recipes at the end of the story, this is the book. Plus you will find a mix of adventure, suspense, mystery with a touch of romance. Thanks to the author via Facebook’s Cozy Mystery Review for the book. My opinion is my own.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful addition to a great series. Jenna Hart is a strong character and reading about her daily adventures is sure to put a smile on any reader's face. In Grilling the Subject, it's time for the Wild West Extravaganza in Crystal Cove and the delectable barbecued treats are bringing in the tourists. Local resident Sylvia Gump is a force to be reckoned with and has made plenty of enemies with her rude attitude and arrogant ways. When Sylvia's body is found in the remains of a fire, the suspect list is long, but heading the list is none other than Jenna's dad, Cary Hart. This story was so good, I couldn't believe all the twists and turns that were going on. The author really hit it out of the park with this whirlwind story.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
another great cozy mystery from daryl. a not so nice neighbor is found dead and jenna's dad is a suspect. that is not the only surprise in this story, but i'm not telling what it is!! i'll just say it will leave your jaw dropping!! i enjoy all her books, and they just get better and better.
JDSecrest More than 1 year ago
Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber Review by Jessica Secrest I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author. Who is stalking Jenna Hart? Who killed Sylvia Gump, Jenna's father's neighbor. Sylvia is a controlling woman, that likes everything to go her way and claims everything in her vicinity including the neighbor's property. There are no lack of suspects, including Jenna's father. Jenna feels that it is her duty to clear her father's good name, but someone is stalking her. She catches glimpses of the person, shadowy movements. Someone looking in her window at the cottage. There are unexplained fires. Who started them and why? My favorite part of the story is her romance with Rhett and an old flame, whom she discovers in her house. Her dear husband has been on her mind a lot and how he died. She hashes over the grief that she went through coping with his death. Now, there is this old flame back in her life. Tigger, her cat, likes her old flame and is protective of him. Will Rhett win her heart or will he leave town? The ending is sad, but satisfying. This is a fun read. Enjoy!
swksjhawk42 More than 1 year ago
Yeehaw!! It's time for the Wild West Extravaganza in Crystal Cove and Jenna is as busy as ever in her store, the Cookbook Nook. Jenna is looking forward to all the wild west themed activities, as well as the enjoying the mouth watering barbecue themed menu that her friend Katie, from the Nook Cafe, has created especially for the extravaganza. That is until someone decided to "barbecue" her father's neighbor. Everyone in the neighborhood seems to have some type of "beef" with Sylvia Gump, but Jenna's father seems to be the most put out with Sylvia due to the lavish parties that she throws just down the beach from Jenna's father, so when Sylvia turns up dead in a bonfire, Jenna's father seems the likely suspect. Once again Jenna gets involved in a murder investigation, much to her friend Cinnamon, the local sheriff's, chagrin, but Jenna has much bigger issues than who killed Sylvia, when a surprise guest shows up and she has to deal with the emotional ramifications. I enjoyed this book, especially the yummy sounding recipes. I would highly recommend it and I look forward to more of Jenna's adventures. I received this book free of charge from the author for a fair and honest review.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Wild West, BBQ, and Murder I’ve really come to look forward to each entry in the Cookbook Nook series. Yes, there are great characters and a fun mystery, but in each book, author Daryl Wood Gerber has created a fun theme for her fictional town to be celebrating. Those add a wonderful touch to the books, and I feel like I’m on vacation with the characters. Grilling the Subject is the latest in the series, and it’s another wonderful read. The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove. It’s a week full of stagecoach races, rodeo events, and other fun. The Cookbook Nook is getting into the spirit by featuring BBQ themed cookbooks and food in their café. Jenna Hart, the owner of the cookbook bookstore, is looking forward to a wild and wonderful time. However, someone has taken the theme too far. Early one morning, a fire breaks out in a neighborhood, and Sylvia Gump is found in the ashes. Sylvia was a very hard person to get along with, and she made many enemies, especially among her neighbors. Unfortunately, Jenna’s dad was one of Sylvia’s neighbors. Worse yet, Cary Hart doesn’t have an alibi, and a neighbor claims to have seen him at the scene. Now, Jenna needs to find the real killer to clear her dad of a crime she knows he didn’t commit. Can she do it? Jenna’s investigation fits in around the fun events of the week nicely. It helps that the suspects keep coming to the events, so Jenna can ask them questions while she watches. There are a good number of suspects, too, with suspicion bouncing back and forth among them until the end. I thought I had the killer pegged, but I wasn’t sure until the very end. This book also features a very strong sub-plot. I guessed part of it early on, but I didn’t mind since it added some real depth to Jenna and several of her relationships. And Jenna has plenty of people in her life. There is a large cast of characters, and it’s fun to see them all again since they continue to feel like real people. I’d love to have them as a group of friends, in fact. The suspects are just as strong and interesting, making it hard to figure out the killer. If you love the recipes at the end of a culinary cozy, this is certainly the book for you. There are 13 different recipes, all in keeping with the Old West/BBQ theme. There are a few different types of BBQ sauce, Cowboy cookies, fudge, some barbeque muffins, and many more. I dare you to read them without your mouth drooling. So pull out your cowboy boots and settle in for a delightful read. Grilling the Subject is a delicious new mystery that will leave you hungry for more. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Grilling The Subject is the fifth book in the A Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Jenna Hart is out for a power walk when she sees people pointing and waving their arms. When she follows where they are pointing to, she notices that something is on fire and once she gets her bearings, she realizes that is quite near where her father lives. Arriving at her father’s she sees that it is a fire pit, on property whose ownership is under dispute, and the firemen find the body of Sylvia Gump. The night before, Cary Hart, Jenna’s father, had a heated discussion with Gump over the ownership of the land. Mr. Hart had left early in the morning to go fishing, alone. Therefore, Mr. Hart becomes a suspect in the death of Gump. Jenna begins her own little investigation into why and who might have wanted Gump dead. She soon finds that Gump had been a pain to quite a few of the locals. Another neighbor, Ava Judge a realtor, who Gump had threatened to report for unethical business practices. Shane Maverick, the head of the Wild West Extravaganza, who had had an affair with her and wants that information not to get back to his very pregnant girlfriend. There also is another neighbor, D’Ann Davis, an actress, who had purchased some jewelry that was not what it was represented as being. In additions to worrying about her father being arrested, Jenna gets some information that might affect the budding romance with Rhett. Another exciting visit to Crystal Cove and it’s likable and friendly residents. Delicious recipes are also included in the book. Looking forward to the next book in this enjoyable series.
debforb56 More than 1 year ago
Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery) by [Gerber, Daryl Wood] Yee Haw another great book in Grilling The Subject A Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber. Crystal Cove is having a Wild West Festival where you can find wild west theme fun throughout the town as well as at the CookBook Nook where Jenna has cookbooks for all kinds of BBQ and Katie has rustled up some really spectacular bbq western themed recipes that make your mouth water. BBQ, rides, races and all sorts of fun is happening but then when Jennas father's neighbor, the trouble making, land grabbing, irritating Sylvia Gump is murdered and Cary Hart Jennas father is the number one murder suspect then things become unsettling and interesting. Jenna has to clear her father and find out who murdered Sylvia, which could be a number of people who she has made mad at her, before someone else ends up dead and her dad ends up in jail. Can she rope the killer, prove her dad innocent and insure that the cookbook nook keeps up with the wild west festivies? This is probably the best book in the series so far. Each one has been good and each one has been better than the last. It is a fun, fast paced, but not predictable mystery that I really enjoyed. It is so easy to picture being in the small town of Crystal Cove and enjoying the Wild West fun and festivities. Coming from a city that has BBQ festivals I really could picture being right in the middle of all of it with the smell of smoking meat and bbq in the air. Then there are the characters that could be friends of mine and who doesn't want the eccentric intuitive Aunt Vera as part of your family. The all around theme, small town, mystery and characters make this a book you won't want to miss. If you like a good mystery that has unique characters, an interesting plot and enough surprises and suspects to make it not the usual predictable mystery you will want to read Grilling The Subject. It also has mouth watering recipes like BBQ muffins, which I can not wait to try and bbq sauce recipes included in the book and who doesn't like that. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars. It is the 5th book in the series but it can be read as a stand alone if you haven't read the others. Really though I would recommend reading them too. Don't miss out on this book you will enjoy. I received this book from the author for my honest opinion and review. If you want to learn more about this book and the other books in the series then checkout this website
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Fun western themed tricks and foods add charm and a touch of nostalgia. GRILLING THE SUBJECT by Daryl Wood Gerber The 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery Nobody likes a nasty neighbor. But when Sylvia Gump is found murdered it's Jenna's dad, Cary, who becomes the prime suspect. The Wild West has come to Crystal Cove, California and with it an old colleague of Jenna's, one Shane Maverick. Shane is no longer a dumpy ad man, but rather the too fit promoter with a pregnant girlfriend and a flirtatious nature. He also wanted to buy a house that Sylvia coveted. He got the house, but did he also want Sylvia dead? Or was it Sylvia's henpecked husband, Ronald, who claimed to see Cary running from the murder site? Or any of the other neighbors tired of Sylvia claiming communal property as her own and having loud parties; D'Ann Davis, diva of the screen, or Ava, the real estate agent who also had a thing for Shane? While Cary may not want Jenna's help she's bound and determined to give it to him, even as she senses a mysterious someone is stalking her. GRILLING THE SUBJECT is a book about the past, choices and changes made and the impact on today. It's also a book about loyalty, perseverance, and pushing through. And we mustn't forget secrets. Daryl Wood Gerber wrangles these subjects into an enjoyable mystery set in cozy Crystal Cove, California with a Wild West backdrop. Fun western themed tricks and foods add charm and a touch of nostalgia as Jenna once again pursues the truth. Recipes Included. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gorged myself on this latest installment in the Cookbook Nook series by Daryl Wood Gerber. But it didn't fill me up; I want more! Our heroine Jenna Hart is hard at work getting her specialty bookstore ready for the Wild West Extravaganza in the charming Californian town of Crystal Cove. Quickly things turn deadly, and with no alibi AND an ax to grind against the victim, Jenna's father is the prime suspect. It's up to Jenna to clear her father's name and find out who really did the dirty deed. I love cozy mysteries like this: lots of subtle clues that keep you guessing, interesting and quirky characters, just the right amount of romance, and lots of yummy food! Rich and witty and light on the fluff, Grilling the Subject checks all my cozy boxes. It's full of detail and charm and suspense. This is my first trip to the charming Crystal Cove but it won't be my last. I usually read cozy series in order but I made an exception since I was lucky to win a copy of this book from the author (*Thank you, Daryl! Truly wonderful read!*) I'm glad I jumped head first into this series and now I want all the back story! In fact I've already ordered up the first book in the series, Final Sentence. I highly recommend this one to all cozy mystery fans or anyone looking for a good, tasty, satisfying read!
Robin56 More than 1 year ago
Grilling The Subject is the 5th book in Darryl Wood Gerber’s Cookbook Nook Mystery series. The central character, Jenna Hart, owner of the Cookbook Nook, is preparing her store for the Wild West Extravaganza that is being held for a week in Crystal Cove, California. Jenna is already imagining all the tantalizing food being offered and is intending to check out the other events being offered. Even though Jenna is looking forward to all the activities she can’t shake a feeling she is being followed and spied on by someone. Rhett Jackson, Jenna’s beau, is there to provide protection and assurance. At the weekly Sunday night family dinner, held at Jenna’s father, Cary’s, home everyone experiences a rude disturbance by one of the neighbors. Other neighbors are upset too of Sylvia Gump’s rude behavior and vow to do something to stop it. But would one of them decide to kill her to rid the aggravation permanently. Amateur sleuth Jenna Hart to the call. I enjoyed the continuing sleuthing of Jenna Hart. Darryl Wood Gerber provides a well-developed plot for her readers and the recipes that are included are fit very well for the theme of the book. I was give an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.
cresotko More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to get a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. I've been reading the Cookbook Nook Mystery series from the very beginning, and I am very attached to Jenna Hart and all her friends and family in Crystal Cove. This time, the Wild West Extravaganza has rolled into town, and everyone is in the cowboy spirit. Everything is great, until jeweler Sylvia Gump turns up dead, and Jenna's dad is the chief suspect. The mystery was really great in this one. My chief suspect kept bouncing between people, so I was kept guessing until the very end. All the characters are distinct and well written. She even wrapped up something that I thought I caught in the very first book. I won't say a thing about what it is for people new to the series, but I'm feeling a little smug about it now. The recipes all look fantastic, and perfectly timed to finish out the summer barbeque season. This is the best book in the series yet. Keep it up, Daryl!
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely -- from the Wild West Extravaganza, the wonderful barbecue recipes with cookbook references and cozy book recommendations, to, of course, a murder. The victim was disliked by many residents in the town of Crystal Cove, so there is no shortage of suspects. There are also some very unexpected twists and turns in the story as Jenna tries to exonerate her father of the crime and find the real killer. I really enjoyed my journey back to Crystal Cove and reconnecting with the characters who really have become like family to me. Jenna has really come into her own in this book and is a strong and vibrant protagonist. I highly recommend this book, and cannot wait for the next book to come out in Daryl Wood Gerber's wonderful Cookbook Nook series. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.