Good morning! I’m excited to be bringing you a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Wreath Between the Lines, the seventh book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber. I love this series so I was excited for this new installment!
About the Book
Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
7th in Series
Beyond the Page (November 8, 2018)
Print Length: 221 pages
Purchase Links: Amazon – B&N – Kobo
The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . .
The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star.
Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . .
Includes tantalizing holiday recipes!
Review – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this latest installment of the Cookbook Nook Mystery series. I love the series anyway, but I thought this one was exceptionally well-done. The only reason it didn’t get five stars is it just didn’t have that extra “pop” of feeling that I get with books. That’s what pushes them up to 5 stars for me.
We have all our favorite characters back and a few new-ish ones. I say new-ish because they’ve always been on the perimeter, but we got to know them a little better in this book. I really like Jake and am super excited for him over the changes that happened in the end of the book for him (no spoilers! You’ll have to read it yourself!).
I enjoyed seeing Crystal Cove getting ready for Christmas and their Christmas festival. I enjoyed getting to know Jenna’s niece, Lacy, a little more and hearing about her group’s performance in the singing contest. I love the name of their group too!
The plot line moved along smoothly and wasn’t bogged down by insignificant or unimportant details. I did not guess the villain this time until it was reviewed. That’s always nice. There’s a lot of mysteries that I’ve still enjoyed even knowing who the villain was, but it’s always nice when I don’t know.
All in all, an exceptionally well-done mystery and story. This is a series that I would definitely suggest starting at the beginning with Final Sentence, though if you read this one first, you won’t be too lost with the interpersonal relationships.
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.
Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com.
Daryl’s Blog – http://www.darylwoodgerber.com
Avery’s Blog – http://www.averyaames.com
Mystery Lover’s Kitchen – http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com
Killer Characters – http://killercharacters.com
Goodreads: Daryl Wood Gerber https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4750535.Daryl_Wood_Gerber – Avery Aames https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3153786.Avery_Aames
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