The Agatha Award–winning author of Sifting Through Clues returns to the Cookbook Nook, where a combative food reporter gets her just desserts . . .
The denizens of Crystal Cove are salivating over the upcoming Food Bowl Week, when local chefs offer some of their best and most imaginative creations in bite-size portions all over town. Bookstore proprietor Jenna Hart is hungry to sample as many of the delicacies as she can, but when she stumbles onto the dead body of a local food reporter and learns that her best friend’s husband is the primary suspect, she’ll have to summon the appetite for a side dish of sleuthing to prove his innocence.
Jenna knows the ambitious and aggressive reporter, who was strangled at a fitness center with her shredded restaurant reviews scattered around her, left behind a long list of potential suspects. As she begins piecing together the scant clues, she uncovers illicit ties between the victim and a local newspaper owner, a spurned would-be lover, and a host of disgruntled restaurant owners not a bit torn up by the critical reporter’s demise. And with a solution so close she can almost taste it, Jenna turns up the heat on the culprit, realizing too late that she’s the next course on the murderer’s menu . . .
Includes tasty recipes!
The Agatha Award–winning author of Wreath Between the Lines returns to the Cookbook Nook, where culinary mysteries are giving everyone food for thought...
Book clubs from all over have descended on Crystal Cove to celebrate the library’s Book Club Bonanza week, and Jenna Hart has packed the Cookbook Nook with juicy reads and tasty cookbooks. But she’s most excited about spending an evening with the Mystery Mavens and their moveable feast, when they will go from house to house to share different culinary treats and discuss the whodunit they’re all reading. It’s all good food and fun for the savvy armchair detectives, until one of the members of the group is found murdered at the last stop on the tour.
As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked.
Includes tasty sweet and savory recipes!Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast:
"Every time I read a book in this endearing series, it just warms the cockles of my heart."
—Dru’s Book Musings
"I urge you to plan accordingly because had I been able to keep my eyes open, I would have finished the book in one sitting..."
—Escape with Dollycas
"Warning: reading this book while hungry may be hazardous to your health."
—Reading is my Superpower
"Sifting Through Clues is a character-driven mystery that highlights books and food with a dash of murder in a cozy Californian community."
—Cozy up with Kathy
Beyond the Page, eBook, April 2019, ASIN: B07NQNFC45
The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . .
The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star.
Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . .
"Grab some hot chocolate, sing a few Christmas carols, and celebrate with this thoroughly fun and sentimental mystery."
—Kings River Life (read the full review)
"A wonderful holiday read! Make yourself comfortable with a cup of hot chocolate or cider, sit back, put on your sleuthing cap, and enjoy this fun holiday trip to Crystal Cove."
—Escape with Dollycas
"If you are looking for Christmas spirit mixed with some murder and mayhem, look no further than Wreath Between the Lines. Grab a mug of peppermint hot chocolate, curl up next to your Christmas tree, and savor..."
"There were so many plot twists, each one was like opening another gift. And trust me, that made for a lot of unwrapping. But the author unraveled the tangled ribbon of clues and deceptions and delivered a reveal that I never would have guessed!"
—Lisa K’s Book Thoughts
Beyond the Page, eBook, November 2018, ASIN: B07GC4FJK4
In Crystal Cove the annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, damsels in distress, and medieval murder . . .
As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart's Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard's owner bludgeoned by a wine press, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vintage year.
Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim's errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner's crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived lusty wench, or her jealous husband. Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can't rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again?
"An enjoyable read and I enjoyed the secondary arcs where romance was in the air with several beloved characters. I hope there are more books forthcoming in this delightfully charming series."
—Dru’s Book Musings
"A fabulously well plotted mystery, I was so engrossed in the story, following along with, Jenna trying to figure the who and the why, that I lost all track of time and didn’t look up until I had finished the last page."
—Lisa Ks Book Thoughts
"Ms. Gerber always seems to know how to mix the right ingredients that will create a well-written and entertaining mystery and Pressing The Issue is a shining example of this."
Beyond the Page, paperback, February 2018, ISBN: 9781946069511
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)