Fudging The BooksPirates and Chocolate and Murder, oh my!

Some people ask if I miss my life at the advertising company in San Francisco. Nope. Not one bit. I’m thrilled that I moved home to Crystal Cove. I’m so happy running The Cookbook Nook, a culinary bookshop, and The Nook Café, a darling restaurant that abuts the bookshop. Please note: I’m not the chef. I’m still getting my sea legs in a kitchen, so you don’t have to worry about that. Whew! The meals are prepared by Chef Katie, and she’s a wonder. Trust me, I am a foodie; I know great food!

What you can look forward to in Crystal Cove, as I do, in addition to visiting the fun store that I own with my Aunt Vera, are all the terrific activities that our charming town has to offer. We’re located on the coast of California, not far from Santa Cruz. We have a perfect, almost Mediterranean climate, and our energetic mayor is always dreaming up some new event. Like now. It’s Pirate Week. Arr, matey. People have come from all over to celebrate. There’s a pirate ship in the harbor. The Pirates of Penzance is playing at the local theater. All the stores have done up their display windows with skulls and crossbones and such. And I’ve stocked the store with lots of fun pirate-themed cookbooks. Yum!

It’s also National Chocolate Month. Yes, month! Yay! So Bailey—she’s my best friend and assistant at the shop—started a chocolate cookbook club. In fact tonight is our first meeting. We’re having a chocolate-themed dinner, especially designed by Chef Katie! And we have asked a local chocolate maker, Coco Chastain, to share some of her knowledge and sign her latest book: Sweet Sensations: All Things Chocolate, from the Delicious to the Fantabulous. Don’t you love the title?

Coco’s publisher, Alison, has come to celebrate, too. She is a former local and a good friend of Bailey’s. She invited a couple of her colleagues to accompany her. The photographer is a real pirate-phile. I think he might have a crush on Alison. Coco swears I’m wrong. The other coworker, the copy editor, is a little uptight. She really wasn’t happy a few minutes ago when Coco and Alison staged a mock-fight. It was silly, really. Coco was telling Alison that she couldn’t change a word of Coco’s writing, or else.

I mean, c’mon. Or else what? She would kill her? Over a few measly edits?

Find out what happens in Fudging The Books, the fourth book in the “Cookbook Nook” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first three books in the series are Final Sentence, Inherit the Word, and Stirring the Plot.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on August 10 for the chance to win a print copy of Fudging The Books. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber writes the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, set in the fictional coastal town of Crystal Cove, California. The 4th in the series, Fudging The Books, is in bookstores now. As Avery Aames, she also writes the Cheese Shop Mysteries, set in quaint Providence, Ohio. The 7th in that series, For Cheddar or Worse, will be released February 2016. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. She is married, loves to cook, and has a darling, frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com.

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