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Stirring the Plot (A Cookbook Nook Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2014
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PRAISE FOR STIRRING THE PLOT:
Rantin' Ravin' and Readin':
"Another classic cozy for you to add to your collection, this one is ♥♥♥♥♥" ~ Kate Eileen Shannon ~ kateeileenshannon.com/2014/09/25/stirring-the-plot-by-daryl-wood-gerber-and-recipes-and-giveaways/
Stirring the Plot helps to usher in Autumn, this book would be a pleasure to read at any time of year. Daryl Wood Gerber gives us a well crafted mystery filled with interesting characters I want to read even more about.
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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.
- Publisher : Berkley (September 30, 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425258068
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425258064
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #685,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ms. Gerber once again shares the beautiful setting of Crystal Cove, Ca, and the delightful shop, The Cookbook Nook along with it its connect cafe. I love that she has the store not only selling cookbooks and cooking related items, but also foodie related fiction.
Her wonderful cast of characters are another reason for reading this series. I love Katie, the chef. She would be so fun to hang out with! Also, there was an exchange involving the characters Jenna the book protagonist, her father, and a gent names Jake that just tickled me.
"Good day, Jenna," Jake said. "I hope you have wonderful things planned for yourself."
It was Jake's standard line. "I do, sir, and you?"
"Haven't gone but one day without doing something that pleased me." That one day was the day he buried his wife. "Have at it, Cary," he yelled to my father.
"Have at it," my father echoed.
That's all we get to see of Jake in this story, but I hope we get to hear from him more in future books. Fin interactions like this are just one of the reasons I enjoyed this book. They mystery in this one had me stumped. There were so many people who could have wanted the victim dead. And of course, I guessed wrong.
I can't find any real negatives about STIRRING THE PLOT, and I wasn't really looking for any. If I had to point out one thing though, it would be the repetitiveness of the clues. I know they have to be gone over, but I felt it may have been done one too many times, I would much rather seen that time spent on other parts of the story. Maybe more to do with the Cookbook Nook itself. That being said, it sure didn't bother me enough to keep me from wanting to read the next book!
I love this series. And if you enjoy a good mystery, and very likable characters, you're going to love it too!
The setting of this tale is a charming coastal town of Crystal Cove, CA. The town and it's inhabitants are geared up for the Halloween season. The Winsome Witches, a charity group of friends arranges for several events and even a Black Cat parade.
As the un-authorized search for the killer proceeds, led by Jenna and friends, the plot thickens as thefts of artifacts, and attacks upon Aunt Vera shows the killer is still in town.
Meanwhile, Aunt Vera has temporarily lost her psychic abilities from being too close to the victim, Jenna has lost her therapist, and it seems everyone in town is a suspect.
I was a bit unhappy by the constant checking up on Aunt Vera. And, it is clear that Jenna keeps no secrets from her friends,that of hers, or others. However, Jenna's 'secret admirer' gives her romance a push which I was glad to see.
All in all, this book was a good cozy read.
Each book has been more engaging than the last. Daryl Wood Gerber has created such a colorful cast of characters and potential killers that you don't want the story to end. I kept finding myself wanting to turn to the last chapter to steal a peek at the true killer.