Friday, November 16, 2018

Wreath Between the Lines by Daryl Wood Gerber: Review and Giveaway!

Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)

by Daryl Wood Gerber

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Beyond the Page (November 8, 2018)
Print Length: 221 pages
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!

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.

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My Thoughts

Wreath Between the Lines by Daryl Wood Gerber takes us to Crystal Cove, California just two weeks before Christmas.  Jenna Hart owns the Cookbook Nook, and her shop is filled with customers looking for gifts for the cook, baker, and reader in their life. The Crystal Cove Christmas Festival is taking place and since wreaths are the theme, every shop features a unique wreath.  Jenna is surprised to see her sister, Whitney and her family.  Jenna’s niece, Lacey and her group are participating in a cappella competition.  In addition, Whitney is worried that her husband is cheating on her while Lacey wishes to avoid her critical mother.  Late one evening, Jake Chapman knocks on the door needing assistance.  Jake found his friend, Geoffrey strangled with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree topper.  Jenna is worried it was a case of mistaken identity and the killer might try again.  Jenna dons her sleuthing cap once again, makes a list of the suspects and sets out to wrap up the murder before Santa rides into town.  Could it be the neighbor angry over Jake’s Christmas decorations or a philatelist after Jake’s rare and valuable Blue Mauritius?  Someone has been naughty, and Jenna has no intention of letting them have a merry holiday.

Wreath Between the Lines is a joyful cozy mystery. I like the warm, friendly characters that have grown over the course of the series.  Bailey, Katie, Rhett, Jake and Tigger return and are ready to celebrate Christmas.  I am hoping that Whitney has seen the error of her ways and we see a change in her in future installments.  Crystal Cove is a quaint town with lovely shops and activities year round.  I like a cappella competition taking place in town with Lacey’s unusual group.  The mystery was multi-faceted with multiple suspects, red herrings, and good clues.  While pinpointing the grinch is a cinch, I wanted to keep reading Wreath Between the Lines to see how the various storylines would play out.  While Wreath Between the Lines is the seventh book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series, it can be read alone.  Everything a reader needs to know about Jenna is included for new readers.  I could have done without the frequent references to Jenna’s former job working at Taylor & Squibb (you know I am not a fan of repetition).  I truly loved the Christmas spirit woven throughout the story.  There is a delightful description of the wreath on the front door of the Cookbook Nook along with the Dickensian carolers who are strolling around the village.  The narratives of the delectable cuisine will have your mouth watering.  Wreath Between the Lines has a heartwarming ending.  Wreath Between the Lines combines charming characters, a cozy town, Christmas festivities, romance and murder into one jolly cozy mystery. 
A Cookbook Nook Mystery (5 Book Series) by  Daryl Wood Gerber
Wreath Between the Lines is available on Amazon.  You can find the other six books in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series here on Amazon.  In honor of the tour, Daryl Wood Gerber is hosting a giveaway.  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Before you depart, please leave a comment below for an extra entry.  The other stops on the tour (schedule below) include guest posts, recipes, author interviews, and recipe guest posts.  Thank you very much for stopping by today. On November 17, I am featuring Murder at Harbor Village by G.P. Gardner.  May you have a festive day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader


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