A Day in the Life of Jenna Hart by Daryl Wood Gerber

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.

134 comments

  1. I am hooked on Daryl Wood Gerber’s tales, and am eager for her new book…pirates, chocolate, murder!

  2. Oh how adorable this cover is with the cute little kitty swinging over the table…..love, love, love it and thoroughly love, love, love Daryl Wood Gerber’s awesome mysteries! Can’t wait to read this new one!!!! Sure would love to win it!!!! Thank you so much dearest Dru for the chance!!!! God bless you!!!!

  3. I love this series and have been looking forward to this new one, especially since it has chocolate and pirates. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. I love her books, and Fudging The Books sounds like a fun one! (It has Pirates Week! Avast, me hearties!!) Thank you for the giveaway.
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  5. Fudging The Books sounds like a great read. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. 🙂

  6. I love this series. It is one of my absolute favorites by one of my favorite authors. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance Dru!!

  7. All these ‘appe-teasers’ to whet my appetite for your new book, Daryl… love ’em! And I really enjoy the additional insight into Jenna. Thanks!

  8. I did not know there was a chocolate month, but I like the thought. Sounds like a good series. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  9. Great post. I have followed The Cheese Shop books from the beginning and have now started this series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Enjoyed first three books in the series and this one with chocolate and pirates it a sure winner.As I live in California I often wish I could visit the Shop’

  11. I love this series, I wish that I could find a Crystal Cove around here. Chocolate and pirates, I don’t think that it can get much better than that. I can’t wait to revisit with my favorite characters again. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I love this series and I really love fudge so it’s a winning combination in my book!

  13. I’m excited to discover Daryl’s writing and look forward to reading all of her books. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win one. 📖 📚

  14. Hi, Daryl/Avery – We missed you this year at Malice Domestic. Sure hope you can make it next year. Congratulations on the publication of your latest book. I take great delight in all your successes. Wishing you continuing success.

  15. Do you know why pirates are so much fun, Daryl? They just ‘Arr’! I’d love to read about Pirate Week & chocolates. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  16. I love, love, love this series. I can always visualize what it’d be like to be in the middle of the action; what the characters would be like, what the city is like. Plus there’s always a yummy new recipe to go with it. On top of that, you respond to your readers and you give away so many books and goodies and did I mention the recipes? 🙂

  17. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….pirates + chocolate + mystery = fun!!! 😃📖❤️🍫

  18. Chocolate and kittens (the orange one on the cover) have me hooked without a second thought! And I have enjoyed this series in the past. Thank you for the chance to win!!

  19. I’m super excited to read more about Jenna’s adventures! All of the characters in the series are so interesting.

  20. Loved the first 3 books in this series and would love to win a copy of Fudging the Books. Thanks for the chance!

  21. Reading Inherit the Word right now and Stirring the Plot is waiting for me! It’s a great series!! Would love the newest book.

  22. Love the cover with the kitties in the hammock. Who could resist kittie, chocolate, pirates and murder. Thanks for the chance at winning this book.

  23. I love Daryl Wood Gerber’s books. Fudging The Books sounds like another great one. Thanks for the giveaway. I’d love a copy.

  24. One of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  25. Have the first book in the series and started to read it and work hasn’t allowed me to finish yet but love reading what I have so far. Thank you for the chance.

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