Review of Grilling The Subject



Grilling The Subject

Cookbook Nook Mystery, Book #5

Daryl Wood Gerber

5 Stars


Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.

As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next morning smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished.

Sylvia Gump had acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbors’ properties—including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals… (Goodreads)


In Crystal Cove, they sure do like their Wild West Extravaganza.  All of the shops decorate for the celebration and stock merchandise that would make an old cowboy happy.   But when a dead body is found, the happy atmosphere takes a nosedive.  And when Jenna’s dad becomes the number one suspect, she knows she has to investigate the murder and clear his name before the festival becomes his last rodeo.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  I really enjoyed reading about the interactions between Jenna and her family and friends.  Most of them are people you would want to be friends with and spend time with.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there watching all the action going on around me.   

The mystery is well plotted and carried on well throughout the book.  Since the victim is not the most well liked person in Crystal Cove, there are many suspects to consider.  There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and made it difficult to solve the mystery, which I like.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This is the first book of the series that I have read and I did not have any trouble following the story and the characters.  But like most series, I would think you would want to read all of the books, to see the character development and to just be able to spend more time with everyone.  That is what I plan on doing.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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