Friday, August 12, 2016

Grilling The Subject {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: A Cookbook Nook Mystery, Book #5
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (August 2, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425279413
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425279410


          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...

Author Daryl Wood Gerber’s characters have a down-home appeal that makes them realistic and likable. Her protagonist, Jenna Hart, is spunky and lovable.

Gerber’s writing style quickly pulls you into the story and holds you spellbound until the end. The author keeps you on your toes with a few curves along the way just when you think you have things figured out.

GRILLING THE SUBJECT flows smoothly and at a good pace. The setting is inviting. New readers to the series aren’t left in the dark as this story can be read on its own.

You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this book or series. However, several delicious recipes are included at the end as an extra bonus that could have your trying your hand at cooking after all.

Suspenseful and entertaining makes this a well-balanced story.

Grilling The Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber, A Cookbook Nook Mystery (Book #5), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425279410, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin/Random House, I have a print copy of GRILLING THE SUBJECT by Daryl Wood Gerber to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Aug. 21.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you do much grilling? If so, is it a seasonal event? Do you enjoy books that contain recipes as an extra bonus?


  1. As a vegetarian I don't grill a lot. I do like books with recipes though. And have to say I am shuddering at the thought of a 'grilled' person. However obnoxious she was...

  2. he he look at the kitten in the basket!

  3. Like to know who does some of the cover art for some of these books.
    Grilling? In our heat and humidity? I think we gave up grilling over fifteen years ago.

  4. This one's got an interesting premise, Mason. A cookbook store setting and grilling is a really effective context for a summer read. Thanks for sharing.

  5. We do a lot of summer grilling—luckily our back patio is covered so we can grill even when it rains and storms here!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  6. We grill almost year-round. Hubby loves to do it, so I am lucky that way! Over the years I have picked up enough to do easy things like chicken or burgers. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Love this cover, oh, and the book sounds like a good read too!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  8. We don't grill as much as we should, I do love so many grilled things. Usually it is seasonal when we grill but if the weather is decent we have been known to grill in the winter. I love when there are recipes in cozies, I have tried a few but there are so many more that I want to make. Thanks for the review and the chance to win, I love this series.

  9. Grilling during the summer is lovely. I enjoy recipes in cozies very much. Thanks for this giveaway.

  10. I love the theme of this one! We usually grill out a lot during the summer but my husband has been traveling during the week. Now that you mention it, though, I'm starting to think it's time to get some final grill-outs in before summer's over!

  11. Smoldering in a bonfire...I shivered reading that. This looks like a great mystery, though.

  12. I'm also a vegetarian and do very little grilling. However, I would still enjoy reading this mystery! Thank your!

  13. I enjoy eating grilled food but I don't grill much myself. I do like books with recipes because I am always looking for something new to make.

  14. Great review thank you , it sounds very good.


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