Wining and Dying
Wining and Dying by Daryl Wood Gerber has Crystal Cove buzzing as it prepares for the Fifth Annual Art and Wine Festival. Jenna Hart is a finalist in the art competition, and she is busy completing her creation. At the opening ceremony, Jenna receives praise for her painting while a fellow finalist creates discord. Late that evening, Jenna receives a frantic call from Yardley asking her to quickly come to the Crystal Cove Inn. She arrives to find the problematic artist from earlier in the evening dead in a cabana. Unfortunately, the evidence points to a friend’s husband and a fellow artist as the guilty party. Jenna knows he would not harm anyone and works to prove it. Chief Cinnamon Pritchett does not appreciate Jenna’s involvement or her speculation. That is not about to deter Jenna who will not let a friend be the fall guy.
Wining and Dying by Daryl Wood Gerber is the 10th A Cookbook Nook Mystery. It is always a pleasure to visit Crystal Cove where Katie is sure to be whipping up a delectable treat for Jenna and her friends. Jenna Hart and Rhett Jackson are working with their wedding planner on their upcoming nuptials. The final touches are also being done on their new home. The characters are the backbone of this charming series. They are warm and friendly. I like how they have evolved since the beginning of the series. The author lets this engaging cast of characters continue to grow, but she has not rushed it (like the romance between Rhett and Jenna). I just love Jenna’s cat, Tigger (I have a weakness for ginger cats). There are plenty of cozy moments for readers to enjoy interspersed with the mystery. When a fellow artist is killed and a friend is framed, Jenna works to uncover the truth. There are several suspects along with good clues and a red herring. I liked piecing together the clues and solving this whodunit. I also enjoyed the suspenseful reveal. One of these days, Chief Cinnamon Pritchett will arrest Jenna out of pique. There were some great cookbook references including a couple for cookies (those are the ones I jotted down). I look forward to Jenna and Rhett’s wedding (hopefully in the next book). There are recipes at the end of the book including one for Katie’s wine cookies. Wining and Dying can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series, though, I think it is best read in order. Wining and Dying is a delightful tale with wonderful wines, pretty paintings, tasty treats, a departed painter, wedding woes, a curious cat, and a framed friend.
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