"Sifting Through Clues" A Cookbook Nook Mystery By Daryl Wood Gerber: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and a link to purchase it.

To promote local businesses and attract tourists, Crystal Cove is celebrating the last days of April with a Book Club Bonanza drawing in book club members from all around the West Coast. Cookbook Nook and Nook Café owner Jenna Hart is looking forward to participating in the event, especially the night’s progressive book club dinner that covers four locations and food courses. At their final designation, though, Jenna finds not dessert but the body of Dreamcatcher owner Ivy Beale, stabbed by one of her store’s rose crystals, and with quartz stones covering her eyes. Even though Jenna worries that she may be becoming a murder magnet since her move from San Francisco, all of Jenna’s friends and relatives plead and encourage her to once again investigate.

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One of the main determents to Jenna’s involvement is Police Chief Cinnamon Pritchett, who never tires of ordering Jenna to keep her nose out of police business. Jenna’s not able to do so, especially when Cinnamon’s own mother sits at the top of the suspect list due to Pepper Pritchett suspecting that her almost-fiancé was having an affair with Ivy. While Cinnamon uncharacteristically stress eats and questions her mother’s alibi, Jenna learns that many were in contention not just for Ivy’s heart, but for her store. And despite the charming town’s quirky boutiques and welcoming atmosphere, a predatory villain resides in Crystal Cove looking for a next victim, willing to hack Jenna’s emails and vandalize her property to remain undiscovered.
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Author Daryl Wood Gerber has created a charming town full of stores readers would love to visit, owned by characters they would want to call friends. Jenna and her boyfriend Rhett Jackson have finally set a date and even a location for their wedding, while her best friend Bailey Bird Martinez is about to pop with the birth of her child. Jenna’s supportive parents are on hand for loving advice, friends offer “helpful” suggestions for her wedding, and Rhett continues to be the dreamiest fisherman in Crystal Cove. Foodies will appreciate not just Jenna’s baking experiments, but the gluten-filled and gluten-free recipes included at the end. Mystery lovers will adore not just the elaborately thought-out plot, but the very recognizable cozy mysteries being discussed by the book club members. This eighth in the series rewards loyal followers with appearances by their favorite characters, while introducing new readers to the laugh-filled and warmhearted community of Crystal Cove.

Recipe Selection: Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with a Gluten-free version, Cinnamon Madeleines, Lemon Tea Cakes (á la the Sweet Pea) with a Gluten-free version, and Nutmeg Cookies with a Gluten-free version.

Sifting Through Clues will be featured in Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast in July!

To enter to win a copy of Sifting Through Clues, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "sifting,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 8, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win, we will not use your address for any other reason. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section in Kings River Life and in our mystery category here on KRL News & Reviews. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. And check out our new mystery podcast featuring mystery short stories and first chapters read by actors-watch for Daryl's episode in July! A new episode went up this week

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. Thanks so much for the chance to win this book! I would really love to read it!
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  2. Read one of these awhile ago and it was great. Want to read the whole series now.

  3. Food-themed mysteries are some of my favorites, especially if it's pastries!. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "Sifting Through Clues" ! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  4. Thank you so much for the chance to win this book. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. Thanks so much! I'd love to win a copy. :) JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

  6. I’d absolutely love to win and review this book! Thanks for the chance

  7. Love this series. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. Taylor R. WilliamsJune 1, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Such a great series, sure would love to win. Thanks for the contest. tr Williams 69 at msn dot com

  9. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I really want to read it soon. It sounds so interesting. Donakutska7@gmail.com

  10. Thank you for the chance to win this book. It sounds really interesting. Donakutska7@gmail.com

  11. I would love to have this book and leave reviews for it. I love this series

  12. Love this series ❤️

  13. I has free a couple of the books in the series and want to get them all! Love these! I'd love to win! Thank you!

  14. Another great series! Looking forward to reading the latest in the series.

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