Chocolate, pirates, cookbooks, murder and mayhem.. what more you do need for a good read? If that sounds like a good recipe for fun to you, then I would recommend you grab a copy of Fudging the Books, part four in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber.
From the back of the book:
The Agatha Award–winning author of Stirring the Plot returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, California, where February brings Pirate Week, National Chocolate Month—and bitter murder…
Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.
Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn’t responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer…
This story is packed! Packed in a good way. There are loads of colorful, quirky characters. I mean really, this book is packed with fun people to get to know. There are also loads of things going on, which makes a totally engaging fast paced page turner. I loved the setting; bookstores are my favorite kind of stores and cookbooks, especially chocolate ones, are way up there on my must read list. LOL.
What I really loved was that while I was totally gripped and lost in the story there were enough suspects that seemed like viable suspects that I was able to enjoy the flips, twists and turns as I chewed over the clues with Jenna and I must admit I didn't guess the whodunit correctly. However, for solace there were delicious recipes in the back of the book... and there were pirates.. well people talking like pirates... that counts.
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