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Product Details

  • Series: A Cookbook Nook Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258040
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There's a feisty new amateur sleuth in town and her name is Jenna Hart. With a bodacious cast of characters, a wrenching murder, and a collection of cookbooks to die for, Daryl Wood Gerber's Final Sentence was a page-turning puzzler of a mystery that I could not put down."--Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries

"Murder, revenge, secrets ... and cookbooks! Final Sentence, the first book in Daryl Wood Gerber's yummy new Cookbook Nook mystery series, is a delectable page-turner with a tasty mix of characters, crime, and cookbooks, blended beautifully in a witty, well-plotted whodunit that will leave you hungry for more."--Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries

“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

“Final Sentence is the first book in a new series by Daryl Wood Gerber and it is a great beginning. In fact, I can find very little about this book that isn't great! The cover is so adorable! And the story is fantastic…I love Jenna… And all the other characters are just full of...well...character!” ~Bella McGuire

“Daryl Wood Gerber has found the perfect recipe for all of us who love cozy mysteries and food.” ~Lesa Holstine

From the Author

Savor the mystery!
I adore cookbooks. Do you? I love to browse the pictures, find new recipes. I blog on Mystery Lovers Kitchen, for authors who love to cook up crime. Check out the recipes I post and leave a note about your favorite cookbook.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to her next book in this series.
Tamer
In real life, people's pet phrases are easily accepted, but too many repetitions of "too-ra-loo" and "hoo-boy" were irritating.
M. A. Grimmett
This was a good mystery with plenty of suspects that had me guessing throughout most of this exciting drama.
D. Love

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Wong VINE VOICE on July 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Final Sentence by Daryl Wood Gerber is the start of a great new cozy series, Cookbook Nook Mystery. The author sets up the characters for the future book so it is a lot of information at once. But all that just makes me look forward to the next books.

Jenna Hart had a high stress advertising job in San Francisco, but her husband had died in a boating accident and her mother died of lung cancer soon after. All this made life seem like something to live through rather than enjoy.

Her aunt Vera, invited her to help open and work at a cookbook store with cafe in the town that she grew up in Crystal Cove, California. Jenn needed something that would make her happy to get out of bed in the morning and going to Crystal Cove was just right for her situation.

Besides her aunt, we meet her dad, a handsome retired FBI analyst. He has a tendency to call Jenna, "Tootsie Pop". There is a love interest that at one part of this book seemed to me to qualify as a suspect. I think we will learn more about him in the future.

Jenna invites her college friend to the opening. Desiree Divine was a diva of cooking in every way. She brought her crew and her sister, Sabrina to the opening and promptly gets killed.

There are plenty of suspects and so much great cooking in this book. This book will make you want to sit down at the table with Katie, the store's chef, try the recipes in back of the book and start watching cooking shows if you are already doing that. It will also make you want to sit down with an armload of cookbooks to savor and browse. I must warn you that this not a book to read when you are starting a diet. The food in this book sings and will make you happy!

I highly recommend this book to all cozy fans.

I received this book from the publishers as a win from GoodReads but that in no way influenced my thoughts in this review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CJ-MO VINE VOICE on July 10, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Two years after being widowed, Jenna Hart returns from San Francisco to the small town of Crystal Cove, California to help make her Aunt Vera's dream of opening a cookbook shop and café a reality. Vera is thrilled when Jenna's old college roommate, celebrity chef Desiree Divine, agrees to do a cookbook signing for the Cookbook Nook's grand opening. Desiree can be hard to get along with, but Jenna likes and admires Desiree, in spite of her flaws. However, local gossip leads many in the town, including the police chief, to believe Desiree and Jenna's relationship was more of a rivalry than a friendship. Desiree has made many enemies, but when the culinary diva is murdered, Jenna becomes the prime suspect. Since it doesn't look like the police chief Cinnamon Pritchett is looking too hard for other suspects, Jenna takes it upon herself to find out who really killed Desiree.

I like Jenna as a main character and enjoy the scenes with her and her aunt. It's mentioned a few times her aunt may be psychic, but I don't think that aspect of the book was really played out to its potential. This is the first book in the series, so Vera's abilities may be expanded in future books, but didn't add much to this book. The tension between Jenna and her father doesn't ring true for me, either, so I hope more explanations are given in future books or the two patch up their differences and move on. Jenna's father seems like a loving man, so would he really hold it against his daughter for leaving town after her mom dies, to deal with the aftermath of her husband's death? Their estrangement seems forced and bogs down the story as a whole.

Katie, who does the cooking for Jenna and Vera's café, is said to be Jenna's best friend from high school.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Grimmett on July 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this book, since I like the author's Cheese Shop mysteries very much. This, however, isn't as engaging a story.

Some of the problems I had were reasonable, some were nitpicky. It seemed weird to me that the process of setting up the cookbook store went so quickly and easily. It seems like the protagonist and her aunt had very little to do beside cleaning and painting the store. Nothing about permitting, acquiring the new stock, getting licensed for the cafe. And poof! Instant success. Details make the background of the story more real. Another thing I didn't like was the vocal tics of the aunt and the cafe's chef. In real life, people's pet phrases are easily accepted, but too many repetitions of "too-ra-loo" and "hoo-boy" were irritating. I know that in a cozy, the lead character has to be nosy and poking around so that s/he can solve the mystery, but the nosiness was verging on pathological. Everybody with any sense kept telling her to back off. The ending felt kind of contrived: the bad person, unarmed, vs. two able-bodied people and it takes a death threat to kick them into action? Jenna adopts a kitten (yay!) but feeds him cat food. And Pepper is so over the top batguano crazy it was ridiculous.

There are good things about the story, though. It was interesting to see a widow as the main character, rather than someone who is single due to divorce. Her struggles to get herself back to an enjoyment of life seemed realistic. I liked the identity of the murderer and how that was developed. Super creepy individual. I liked how our murder victim was developed after her death, with detail about the kind of person she was perceived to be vs how she really was.
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More About the Author

Daryl Wood Gerber writes the critically acclaimed, nationally bestselling COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERY series, which is published by Penguin Random (Berkley Prime Crime). Daryl is the real name of nationally bestselling, Agatha Award-winning author Avery Aames, who writes A CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY series.

Daryl also writes short stories. Her short story, "Palace by the Lake" from Fish Tales, has been nominated for numerous awards, including Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity. You can read the story on Daryl's website: http://www.darylwoodgerber.com. Daryl also created the format for the popular TV sit-com, "Out of this World," and she has won awards for her screenplays.

Both Avery and Daryl like to read, cook, and garden.

Avery & Daryl blog at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com -
a blog for foodies who love mysteries.

And some of their characters show up at the Killer Characters blog, http://killercharacters.com

Visit Daryl at her website: http://www.darylwoodgerber.com and/or visit Avery at her website: http://www.averyaames.com to see sneak previews, book trailers, find recipes, and more.

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