Author: Daryl Wood Gerber (a/k/a Avery Ames)
Series: A Cookbook Nook Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Description: Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.
Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn't responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer.
This is the fourth installment in this series and I have to say that each one just seems to get better. Daryl Wood Gerber is a wonderful cozy mystery author and this book is a wonderful read. The town is full of quirky wonderful characters that always make each mystery fun. Over the course of the series, the reader has been able to see the characters grow and develop. As a reader, character growth and development is part of what continues to draw me back to a series. The small town setting also lends charm to this book and the series. I mean Pirate Week alone was enough to catch my interest, but throw in chocolate and who could resist picking up this book. The pace was good (I finished over the course of three nights) and had a strong, solid mystery. There were plenty of suspects to choose from and enough twists, turns and red herrings to keep the reader guessing. In the end, I was surprised and did not know the real killer until it was revealed.
This is a wonderful series full of charm, wit, humor, warmth, and family. The author writes solid mysteries that have plenty to twists and turns and there is a little romance thrown as well. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and look forward to more books in the future.