Friday, January 3, 2014

FINAL SENTENCE by Daryl Wood Gerber

In need of a change, Jenna Hart leaves the high-pressure world of advertising to help her aunt, Vera, open a culinary bookshop and café. Back with her family in Crystal Cove, California, Jenna seems to have all the right ingredients for a fresh start—until someone adds a dash of murder.
 
As a marketing expert, Jenna wants to make sure the grand opening of the Cookbook Nook draws a crowd, and no one is better at getting attention than her old college roommate, celebrity chef Desiree Divine. But when Desiree arrives in quiet Crystal Cove to do a cookbook signing, the diva stirs up more trouble than business…especially when she turns up dead.
 
Known for stealing husbands and burning bridges, Desiree left behind plenty of suspects—including Jenna. Though the celebrity’s life always appeared to be an open book, Jenna will have to read between the lines in order to clear her name, and catch a killer before another body is served cold.



REVIEW
Final Sentence is the second cozy mystery that I have read. It was a lot different from my first one. Consequently, it changed my opinion of the genre. I initially thought that they were just about some old ladies drinking wine and solving murders. This book was nothing like that. I will definitely love to read another cozy mystery from this author. Lucky for me, this is the first book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber.
 
Final Sentence is about former advertising/marketing expert Jenna Hart who leaves her job in the big city to move back to her home town of Crystal Cove, California to open up the Cookbook Nook with her Aunt Vera. Jenna is only two years removed from losing her husband to a boating accident and her mom to lung cancer. For the grand opening,  she invites her friend and celebrity chef Desiree Devine to do a book signing. Desiree brings much more attention to Jenna and the Cookbook Nook when she turns up dead and Jenna becomes the prime suspect.
 
In order to clear her name, Jenna begins her own investigation while a woman who was jilted by Jenna’s father tries to convince the town and it’s police chief that she is guilty. As the list of suspects grows, Jenna has to overcome her “fish out of water” situation and reclaim her place as a member of the community. As she sharpens her sleuthing skills, she also learns how to cook and finds a little romance along the way. She gets guidance from her pseudo psychic aunt and her former FBI analyst father.
 
The depiction of the small town of Crystal Cove was very enjoyable and stereotypical. Jenna and her family felt very familiar. I would definitely recommend this book.
 
Rating: 4
 
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Book Length: 304 pages
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Gemini
Reading format: Available only in eBook


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