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Cooking the Books: A Sloane Templeton Mystery Paperback – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance helping to promote Christian fiction with blog tours. She is owner/publishes of Christian Fiction Online Magazine devoted to readers and writers of Christian fiction. As Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was named ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.” She is President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network, and also Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.
In her spare time she is an avid social media junkie, and teaches Facebook, Twitter, blogging and HTML. Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin on 15 acres in upstate area of Binghamton, New York with a dog and cat who consider the humans as wait-staff. Her website is bonniescalhoun.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Cooking the Books" is an amusing, fast-paced read. It is categorized as Christian fiction and while Sloane does pray and talks about God and her faith, her beliefs are woven into the story naturally, and the author doesn't preach to the reader.
Sloane is unique character and the series has a lot of promise. Where the book is lacking is its focus. There are so many characters introduced in this book (almost 15 in just the first six chapters) and many transitions between several different characters' point of view that I was often confused. There were too many people introduced at once, especially since it's a new series, and you can't tell who is going to play an important role in the book. On top of that, there are so many different things going on, it took me a while to zero in on the main plot and the major characters. All of the various sub-plots didn't seem to converge into one coherent primary storyline, so it became frustrating to keep everything straight.Read more ›
Kudos to Ms. Calhoun. I am looking forward to the next Sloan Templeton Mystery.
So begins a merry chase featuring two mysterious and valuable books, two violent exes, a bookclub called the Granny Oakleys who don't seem to read any books, and a real estate agent who may or may not be working on the right side of the law. While most of the story is told by Sloane, there are scenes in the third person providing some background information and suspense. Sloane has a distinctive and engaging voice Sloane has a wicked sense of humour, which was one of the best aspects of Cooking the Books. She comments that her ex-husband tried to divorce her by way of the cemetery, her aunt is from the shallow end of the gene pool (love that phrase!) and when her uncle died of food poisoning, the coroner was careful to point out that the food poisoning was not the result of her aunt's cooking (which is apparently legendary, and not in a good way).
While Sloane is spunky, funny and generally likeable, she has poor taste in men and a tendency to try and do things herself rather than asking for help.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful storyline keeps readers excited to find out the next twist coming up. I would heartily recommend this book.Published 14 days ago by C L Jones
Didn't enjoy this book at all.
This I downloaded from Amazon, expecting the best but not getting the best. I was disappointed. Read more
I downloaded this book from Amazon, and as always the cover art is what draws me in. This time, it was a bait and switch. Read morePublished 13 months ago by sesquius
While most of the characters and their interactions were well developed, the title was perplexing. While there was a bookstore, and obviously books, there was no cooking and no... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kathleen Isaac
COOKING THE BOOKS is the first book in Ms. Calhoun's Sloan Templeton Mystery series. Ms. Calhoun is the queen of sarcastic, snappy, snarky writing, I think, and some of the wording... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lollipops
the book was okay but not my favorite. I didn't like the ending or the way it seemed choppy in places. Overall it was okay but i probably wouldn't read another one of her books.Published 18 months ago by marv j alexander
Enjoyed it on a cool summer's day. A glass of lemonade, a good book, a comfy seat on a cool back porch and you are all set.Published 20 months ago by Jeanne C. Boutwell