Final SentenceFinal Sentence by Daryl Wood Gerber is the first book in the new “Cookbook Nook” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2013

In need of a change, Jenna Hart leaves the high-pressure world of advertising to help her aunt Vera open a culinary bookshop and café. Back with her family in Crystal Cove, California, Jenna seems to have all the right ingredients for a fresh start–until someone adds a dash of murder.

As a marketing expert, Jenna wants to make sure the grand opening of the Cookbook Nook draws a crowd, and no one is better at getting attention than her old college roommate, celebrity chef Desiree Divine. But when Desiree arrives in quiet Crystal Cove to do a cookbook signing, the diva stirs up more trouble than business…especially when she turns up dead.

Known for stealing husbands and burning bridges, Desiree left behind plenty of suspects–including Jenna. Though the celebrity’s life always appeared to be an open book, Jenna will have to read between the lines in order to clear her name, and catch a killer before another body is served cold.

This is a great beginning to a delightfully charming series set in Crystal Cove. We meet Jenna whose return home is marred when her college roommate is murdered and she becomes the primary suspect. With an antagonist on the loose, Jenna will have to find a killer before her goose is cooked; and she doesn’t even cook.

Having read Daryl’s alter ego, Avery’s “Cheese Shop” series, I had high hopes for this new series and 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. This was a good mystery with plenty of suspects that had me guessing throughout most of this exciting drama. Bonus for me was the mention of other book titles or authors that I enjoy reading; puts me right in the middle of the story. This is a great read and a welcome addition to the cozy genre and I look forward to the next book in this exciting new series.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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