Where there's smoke...
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...
"A mouthwatering mystery."
—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author
"A juicy plot and a tasty twist."
—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author
Berkley Prime Crime, paperback, August 2016, ISBN: 9780425279410
Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she's not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club's meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.
Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco's editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn't responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who's the real sticky-fingered killer...
"Gerber's at the top of her game with Fudging the Books."
—Lesa Holstine (read the full review)
"With perfect settings like Crystal Cove, and the Cookbook Nook and its café, it was wonderful to become lost between the covers of this delightful mystery."
—Lisa's Book Thoughts (read the full review)
"Combining chocolate and pirates—what could go wrong? Absolutely nothing. I had a blast with this book from start to finish."
—Mark B, Carstairs Considers (read the full review)
"You will find yourself reading long into the night to see what happens next."
—Griperang's Bookmarks Blogspot (read the full review)
"I love Daryl's books. She is always amazing me with her recipes and characters. She doesn't disappoint with book 4 in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series."
—Bab's Book Bistro (read the full review)
"I have to say first of all that I love The Cookbook Nook Series. It is among my favorites. Also author Daryl Wood Gerber is one of the finest cozy writers around, regardless of genre, she rocks!"
—Open Book Society (read the full review)
"When I pick up a book by Daryl/Avery I know I am in for a fantastic treat and should plan accordingly. She delivers her best story yet in Fudging the Books."
—Escape With Dollycas (read the full review)
Berkley Prime Crime, paperback, August 2015, ISBN: 9780425279405
Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster...
Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there's one unexpected addition to the menu: murder. When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there's no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth...
"You really can't go wrong with a cozy by this author whether she is writing as Daryl Wood Gerber or Avery Aames. All her stories are completely captivating and very entertaining."
—Escape with Dollycas (read the full review)
"When tempers get too hot to handle, someone's bound to get grilled."
Jenna Hart moved back to Crystal Cove, California, with the intention to relax and help her aunt, Vera, run the local culinary bookshop and cafe. 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. The expression "too many cooks" proves all too true when the eight-time champ is found murdered in the alley behind the cafe. Jenna has to douse the flames before the wrong person gets burned.
"...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."
"Inherit the Word is delicious fun, and I'm ready for another helping any time."
—Suspense Magazine, April 2014
In need of a change, Jenna Hart leaves the high-pressure world of advertising to help her aunt Vera open a culinary bookshop and café. Back with her family in Crystal Cove, California, Jenna seems to have all the right ingredients for a fresh start—until someone adds a dash of murder.
As a marketing expert, Jenna wants to make sure the grand opening of the Cookbook Nook draws a crowd, and no one is better at getting attention than her old college roommate, celebrity chef Desiree Divine. But when Desiree arrives in quiet Crystal Cove to do a cookbook signing, the diva stirs up more trouble than business...especially when she turns up dead.
Known for stealing husbands and burning bridges, Desiree left behind plenty of suspects—including Jenna. Though the celebrity's life always appeared to be an open book, Jenna will have to read between the lines in order to clear her name, and catch a killer before another body is served cold.
"...Daryl succeeded in writing a wonderfully crafted whodunit that quickly became a page turner thanks to a great setting, a feel-good atmosphere, engaging dialogue and an eclectically quirky cast of characters."
—DruAnn Love (read the full review)