Posted in 4 paws, Cozy, mystery, Review on September 26, 2014

inherit the word



Jenna Hart moved back to Crystal Cove, California, to recapture her joie de vivre and to help her aunt Vera run the local culinary bookshop and café. 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 to concoct the most delicious dishes. This year’s challenge: grilled cheese. But with competing chefs bearing grudges from past years, more mouths are running off than savoring the fare.

The expression “too many cooks” proves all too true when the eight-time champ is found murdered in the alley behind the café. Soon a local diner owner (and Jenna’s “second mother”) is suspected of bumping off the competition, and Jenna has to douse the flames before the wrong person gets burned.



I liked this book more so than the first one. Jenna learns some things about her deceased husband that gives her closure…and there is a little bit of a mystery involved too (but that is a side note). Jenna also seems to have calmed down in this 2nd book and isn’t quite as high strung as she was in the first.

I thought it is clever that the author mentions her other series of books written as Avery Aames AND she also mentions lots of cookbooks…what she doesn’t know is that I am a cookbook-aholic and probably don’t need to know those titles! LOL

I liked seeing Jenna and Rhett move their relationship forward a little bit, and that they are not rushing anything.

We give this book 4 paws.


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