"Poaching Is Puzzling" A Cookbook Nook Mystery By Daryl Wood Gerber: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sandra Murphy

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

In Crystal Cove it’s time for the annual crossword puzzle contest. Jenna’s Aunt Vera has offered a large cash prize as part of the winnings. The contest is for puzzle solvers as well as puzzle creators. Jenna is surprised to find Vera knows the prominent creator, and although they claim the barbs are harmless fun, there are definite problems between the pair. In the Cookbook Nook, puzzle books are flying off the shelves as avid crossworders grab up every copy they can. Meanwhile, accusations are flying among the professional puzzlers. Theft of puzzles is a prominent theme, even between her aunt and Wesley, a famous cruciverbalist (puzzle maker) and guest of honor.

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The next morning, Jenna and hubby Rhett, take an early morning hike before the festivities begin. It’s not as relaxing as they hoped because their dog, Rook, found a dead body. It’s Wesley, and since his throat was slit, natural causes can be ruled out.

He was a known birder who liked to birdwatch early in the morning. It appears someone anticipated this and laid in wait. The police think it might have been Vera. Jenna knows better and sets out to prove it. Can she sift through the clues and solve the puzzle of who killed the puzzle maker?

This is book twelve in the series. Jenna and Vera are likable characters and you’d certainly want to loiter in the Cookbook Nook — especially when snacks are served. The mystery is a good one with lots of clues to follow to find the killer’s identity.

In addition to the Cookbook Nook series, Gerber also has written two French bistro mysteries, three fairy garden mysteries (reviewed here), five suspense titles, and as Avery Aames, seven food-themed mysteries.

Included in this book are recipes. GF notes both regular flour and a gluten-free version are included—banana date coffee cake (GF), brie leek appetizers, caramel pumpkin muffins with caramel sauce (GF), choco-monkey brownies (GF), coffee crunch cookies (GF), crispy salmon appetizers, lobster bisque, mini spinach quiches, mini chicken pot pies, pumpkin cardamom tarts, and zucchini patties with dill sauce.

To enter to win either an ebook or print copy of Poaching Is Puzzling (BE SURE TO STATE WHICH YOU PREFER), simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "poaching,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 13, 2023. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. If entering via comment please include your email address so we can contact you. 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 which features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors! A new episode went up this week.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. Sounds interesting Count me in!

  2. I've been following this series and can't
    wait to get this newest one. thanks
    for the chance. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Print copy please.

  3. Great series and always so many yummy recipes. I'm particularily liking the puzzle theme to this one. Would love to win a print copy.

  4. Great series! Would really like to read.

  5. I prefer a print copy.

  6. I've been looking forward to this one!

  7. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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