Posted in 4 paws, Blog tour, Cozy, Giveaway, mystery, Review on September 27, 2014

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Stirring the Plot (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Series: A Cookbook Nook Mystery (Book 3)

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (September 30, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0425258064


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…


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This series continues to get better!  The author does a great job of hiding the murder in plain sight because in all 3 books, I never figured it out.  I always thought it was a different character.

I like that there are not a lot of new characters introduced in the book.  There are some (otherwise where would the murderer come from?!) and they add an interesting dynamic to the storyline.  I also like how Daryl incorporates other cozy series of books and LOTS of cookbooks.  I am going to have to go look all of them up.  And of course the recipes at the end of the book.  I think I gained 5 lbs just reading them!

Jenna is becoming more likeable to me.  She is slowly calming down and isn’t as spastic as she was in the first book.

We give it 4 paws and look forward to the next installment.


About the Author

DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.

Find Daryl here: Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Find Avery here: Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads



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Giveaway #2

This giveaway is from the author and me!  Open to US residents only please.

The author is giving 1 winner the choice of her 3 books in this series, Final Sentence, Inherit the Word or Stirring the Plot.

I am giving away a print copy of Final Sentence (first book in the series) and the ARC of Stirring the Plot that I received.
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