Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 7)
The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . . The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star. Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . . Includes tantalizing holiday recipes! Praise for Daryl Wood Gerber and the Cookbook Nook Mysteries: “There’s a feisty new amateur sleuth in town and her name is Jenna Hart. With a bodacious cast of characters, a wrenching murder, and a collection of cookbooks to die for, Daryl Wood Gerber’s Final Sentence is a page-turning puzzler of a mystery that I could not put down.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Mysteries and Library Lovers Mysteries “In Final Sentence, the author smartly blends crime, recipes, and an array of cookbooks that all should covet in a witty, well-plotted whodunit.” —Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries “Readers will relish the extensive cookbook suggestions, the cooking primer, and the whole foodie phenomenon. Gerber’s perky tone with a multigenerational cast makes this series a good match for Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mystery series . . .” —Library Journal “So pull out your cowboy boots and settle in for a delightful read. Grilling the Subject is a delicious new mystery that will leave you hungry for more.” —Carstairs Considers Blog About the Author: Agatha Award–winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber is the author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, the French Bistro Mysteries, the Cheese Shop Mysteries (as Avery Aames), and stand-alone suspense thrillers. Little known facts about Daryl are that she’s jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself, and has appeared on an episode of Murder, She Wrote. She loves to read, cook, and golf, and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 7) Details

TitleWreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 7)
Author
ReleaseNov 8th, 2018
PublisherBeyond the Page
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas

Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 7) Review

  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good Christmas cozy. Wreath Between the Lines is the seventh in the Cookbook Nook mystery series, but it can and does stand on its own. The quaint town of Crystal Cove is preparing for Christmas festivities, but this is Crystal Cove, so the festivities are interrupted when a body is found murdered with Christmas decorations. The suspects include Jenna’s brother-in-law and Jenna’s father’s friend. Jenna feels compelled to step in and solve the mystery to clear her loved one’s good names. I love a good Christmas cozy. Wreath Between the Lines is the seventh in the Cookbook Nook mystery series, but it can and does stand on its own. The quaint town of Crystal Cove is preparing for Christmas festivities, but this is Crystal Cove, so the festivities are interrupted when a body is found murdered with Christmas decorations. The suspects include Jenna’s brother-in-law and Jenna’s father’s friend. Jenna feels compelled to step in and solve the mystery to clear her loved one’s good names. This is a good addition to the series and you’ll love the recipes provided at the end of the book.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Crystal Cove is preparing for the Christmas Holidays. Jenna is decorating her bookshop the Cookbook Nook. When Jake Chapman’s homeless friend Geoffrey is found dead, Jenna springs into action to help find the killer. Jenna’s sister, brother in law and niece are also in town. So many suspects, secrets, surprises to be found. Great characters, lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages until the very end. Lots of recipes at the back of the book.Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity t Crystal Cove is preparing for the Christmas Holidays. Jenna is decorating her bookshop the Cookbook Nook. When Jake Chapman’s homeless friend Geoffrey is found dead, Jenna springs into action to help find the killer. Jenna’s sister, brother in law and niece are also in town. So many suspects, secrets, surprises to be found. Great characters, lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages until the very end. Lots of recipes at the back of the book.Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Wreath Between the Lines is an action packed mystery that will keep the reader guessing until the end.Jenna is getting her shop ready for the holidays when an unexpected visit from her sister brings some troubling news. It seems her brother in law has a secret that could end his marriage. If that isn't enough to rock her world, a murder will surely do the trick.Jenna once again puts on her detective cap and sets off to find the answers.This is a fantastic addition to the series and I loved every Wreath Between the Lines is an action packed mystery that will keep the reader guessing until the end.Jenna is getting her shop ready for the holidays when an unexpected visit from her sister brings some troubling news. It seems her brother in law has a secret that could end his marriage. If that isn't enough to rock her world, a murder will surely do the trick.Jenna once again puts on her detective cap and sets off to find the answers.This is a fantastic addition to the series and I loved every word. I've come to love Jenna and all the colorful personalities that make up her world.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES is the seventh book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber. The front cover of the book draws the reader in with its coziness and I love the Christmas feeling it imbues. The author effectively captures and continues the Christmas-y feeling throughout the entire book despite some of the residents of Crystal Cove acting more Scrooge than Santa. Protagonist Jenna Hart co-owns the bookstore and bakery, Cookbook Nook, with her Aunt Vera. The Cookbook Nook an WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES is the seventh book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber. The front cover of the book draws the reader in with its coziness and I love the Christmas feeling it imbues. The author effectively captures and continues the Christmas-y feeling throughout the entire book despite some of the residents of Crystal Cove acting more Scrooge than Santa. Protagonist Jenna Hart co-owns the bookstore and bakery, Cookbook Nook, with her Aunt Vera. The Cookbook Nook and their California coastal town are gearing up for a wreath-themed festival. I loved all the descriptions of the creative wreaths each business designed to go with the theme of their shops. It adds to the festive feel of good cheer throughout the town. Jenna is also pulling out all stops to decorate her bookstore and make sure there are plenty of Christmas cookbooks for her customers. I have a love/hate relationship with all the cookie and cake cookbooks Jenna mentions and stocks for the holiday… they all sound amazing and I found that I ended up purchasing more cookbooks than I really need so that I can read and drool over all the recipes and photos of seasonal goodies. When Jenna’s father’s good friend is accused of murdering a drifter, I found it incredibly sweet that Jenna steps in to protect the elderly man since her father is out of the country. I greatly enjoyed the influence her father can assert with the investigating police, even when he’s off the pages, so that Jenna can investigate and keep him “in the loop”. Ms. Gerber weaves in a tight tale of estranged family, squabbling spouses, cranky neighbors, a cookie contest, and an A cappella competition to keep the reader engrossed and turning pages. With so many people hiding secrets, the naughty list of suspects kept me guessing who the culprit was. Even though there was a lot going on, the author expertly pulls the threads together and provides a satisfying conclusion, making every page a joy to read.One of the fun things I love when reading Ms. Gerber’s books, is the amazing amount of recipes she provides at the back of the book. WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES is no exception and you’ll be drooling as you read over the holiday recipes she’s created. I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna Hart is getting her bookshop, the Cookbook Nook, prepared for the Christmas holidays. When her sister visits with her family, Jenna finds her sister’s marriage is troubled. Her sister’s husband has a secret that may damage his marriage forever. Then, her neighbor, Jake, came to her for help when he finds his friend dead and strung up in Christmas lights. Can Jenna unravel the truth before something else happens to destroy the Holidays?This is one of my favorite authors of cozy mysteries. A Jenna Hart is getting her bookshop, the Cookbook Nook, prepared for the Christmas holidays. When her sister visits with her family, Jenna finds her sister’s marriage is troubled. Her sister’s husband has a secret that may damage his marriage forever. Then, her neighbor, Jake, came to her for help when he finds his friend dead and strung up in Christmas lights. Can Jenna unravel the truth before something else happens to destroy the Holidays?This is one of my favorite authors of cozy mysteries. And, this is a great installment to the Cookbook Nook series. Jenna is a very likeable character who uses her wit and intelligence to figure things out. I liked that she was able to work with the police, and not hide her investigation. I love her quirky aunt who gives the mystery a little humor, and some needed insight. The plot kept me confused until the end. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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  • Emris Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    A little bit a love a bit a murder makes for an intriguing and exciting package. Jenna gets to put her sleuthing skills to work, by trying to solve the murder mystery that happened too close for comfort as far as Jenna and her family were concerned. With new relations on the horizon, all having a dramatic impact on their little cozy settings. She aimed at solving this puzzle quickly, so they all could get back to celebrating having a merry Christmas.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna Hart is up to her elbows in cookbooks and decorations for her shop The Cookbook Nook. When her father's friend Jake finds a dead body at his house, he rushes to Jenna for help. Complicating matters is a domestic dispute between her sister Whitney and her husband. When Jenna discovers the dead man looks remarkably like Jake, she is concerned for Jake's safety thinking it might be a case of mistaken identity.For a complete review, go to https://mapyourmystery.blogspot.com/2...
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  • Johnna
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an ARC to read and this is my own review and opinionThis is another great installment to the Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Jenna is about to start decorating the bookstore for Christmas when everything goes haywire. Jenna has to scramble to try and save Christmas from another ho-ho-homicide. This series is always a fun read with fun characters
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  • Adrienne B
    January 1, 1970
    As a newcomer to the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series by Daryl Wood Gerber, I found Wreath Between the Lines a fun, engaging Christmas read. There was plenty of action to the plot and Jenna is a friendly and sweet character with maybe more than her share of curiosity. Because I am new to the series I didn't fully understand Jenna and her father's relationship but her father seems to be supportive of all her investigative actions even while he is away on vacation. The plot jumps right into a murder As a newcomer to the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series by Daryl Wood Gerber, I found Wreath Between the Lines a fun, engaging Christmas read. There was plenty of action to the plot and Jenna is a friendly and sweet character with maybe more than her share of curiosity. Because I am new to the series I didn't fully understand Jenna and her father's relationship but her father seems to be supportive of all her investigative actions even while he is away on vacation. The plot jumps right into a murder which happens at Jake Chapman's home, a rich millionaire who happens to be a friend of the family. Suspicion about the motive for the murder, Jenna jumps right in to solve the case and find out why it appears Jake was the intended target of the attack. This is the point in the story where I find my first major critique. I am surprised at how quickly Jenna accuses everyone around her. She doesn't seem to have a filter in who she suspects as a criminal and often confronts people directly. I think the story loses a bit of its credibility with Jenna's immature investigative tactics. This is the first reason I have only given the novel a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. My second major critique would be wordiness. There are too many descriptions and unnecessary details added which downplay some of the action in the plot. For instance, when Jenna is running to help Jake whose friend has been murdered and strung up by Christmas lights, why do we get a description of Jake's detached garage? I just feel as though some long descriptions of characters and places are unnecessary or awkwardly placed. It feels like the writing is overly detailed to the point where it is excessive. Some of these things might still be edited out before the final copy so I haven't given too much weight to that in my rating. All in all, I think I would be happy to give another one of Daryl Wood Gerber's books a try and would definitely not hesitate to recommend this as a quick and spirited Christmas read.I also want to thank NetGalley and Beyond the Page Publishing for an advanced copy of this e-book to read and review.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsIt’s the Christmas season and the small town of Crystal Cove, CA is buzzing with its annual holiday festival. Jenna Hart, along with her aunt and the staff at The Cookbook Nook, jumps right into the spirit of things decorating and offering seasonal cookbooks and related activities. Even something as festive as the bookstore’s cookie contest takes the reader in yet another sudden and unexpected turn in solving the murder of a visitor who was found wrapped in Christmas lights. Even though I 4 starsIt’s the Christmas season and the small town of Crystal Cove, CA is buzzing with its annual holiday festival. Jenna Hart, along with her aunt and the staff at The Cookbook Nook, jumps right into the spirit of things decorating and offering seasonal cookbooks and related activities. Even something as festive as the bookstore’s cookie contest takes the reader in yet another sudden and unexpected turn in solving the murder of a visitor who was found wrapped in Christmas lights. Even though I’m not a regular reader of cozy mysteries, I think I just might be hooked after reading The Wreath Between the Lines! Not only does Gerber’s latest (#7) in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series fit the cozy niche perfectly but add in the festivities of the Christmas season along with cookbooks and recipes galore and you have a winning combo. The characters and their dilemmas are all believable and realistic ranging from family disputes to budding romances. Crystal Cove is the kind of town that makes me want to take a road trip just to visit in person!For me, this was the perfect light read to kick off the holiday season! FYI - I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Grace Koshida
    January 1, 1970
    The town of Crystal Cove is busy with festive events to celebrate the Christmas season. The Cookbook Nook's owner Jenna Hart is looking forward to the fun until she gets a surprise visit from her older sister Whitney and her niece Lacy. Then a frantic Jake Chapman shows up at Jenna's house claiming his homeless friend Geoffrey has been strangled with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star. Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna snoops around. Suspects include Jake’s long-lost si The town of Crystal Cove is busy with festive events to celebrate the Christmas season. The Cookbook Nook's owner Jenna Hart is looking forward to the fun until she gets a surprise visit from her older sister Whitney and her niece Lacy. Then a frantic Jake Chapman shows up at Jenna's house claiming his homeless friend Geoffrey has been strangled with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star. Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna snoops around. Suspects include Jake’s long-lost sister Olivia, his Grinchly neighbour Emmett, a stamp collector (Raquel) who covets Jake’s most treasured stamp and a charming businessman (Adam) wanting to buy Jake's property. When Jake is poisoned and nearly dies during the Christmas cookie event, Jenna knows she has to work fast to find the culprit.This was a fun read and another great book in the Cookbook Nook mystery series. There were also plenty of festival recipes listed at the end of the book.I received an eARC via Netgalley and Beyond the Page Publishing with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and provided this review.
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  • Christine Martin-resotko
    January 1, 1970
    This year Jenna Hart is getting families and murder for Christmas. It is Christmas in Crystal Cove, CA, and Jenna Hart is getting ready for the holidays. The decorations are out, family and friends are arriving, and The Cookbook Nook is ready for those last minute events. It is a great time of year for everyone, except for the visiting friend of one of the long time residents, who is found deceased, tangled in the Christmas lights. This is the 7th book in the A Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Da This year Jenna Hart is getting families and murder for Christmas. It is Christmas in Crystal Cove, CA, and Jenna Hart is getting ready for the holidays. The decorations are out, family and friends are arriving, and The Cookbook Nook is ready for those last minute events. It is a great time of year for everyone, except for the visiting friend of one of the long time residents, who is found deceased, tangled in the Christmas lights. This is the 7th book in the A Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber, and is a fantastic addition to the series. As always, the book has a very tight plot with good distribution of clues that will keep you guessing. Daryl's characters are fun and ever evolving, growing as the series continues. I love how she keeps you guessing between the new and old characters.The pacing is nice. You get a great story that builds steadily, keeping you guessing for the whole sleighride. To keep you in the holiday spirit after you finish the mystery, there is a whole list of Christmas recipes for you to try. I can't wait to pick out a few to make this December.I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    The newest Cookbook Nook mystery finds Jenna Hart’s sleuthing split between family drama and attempt’s on good friend Jake Chapman’s life. As Jenna prepares for the Crystal Cove Christmas Festival, her sister Whitney and 14-year-old niece Lacy surprise her with a visit, planning on staying at their dad’s house since he is traveling. Her sister is extremely upset as she suspects her husband is having an affair. And Lacy is competing in a musical competition with her group Nothing But Treble.Then The newest Cookbook Nook mystery finds Jenna Hart’s sleuthing split between family drama and attempt’s on good friend Jake Chapman’s life. As Jenna prepares for the Crystal Cove Christmas Festival, her sister Whitney and 14-year-old niece Lacy surprise her with a visit, planning on staying at their dad’s house since he is traveling. Her sister is extremely upset as she suspects her husband is having an affair. And Lacy is competing in a musical competition with her group Nothing But Treble.Then Jake’s friend Geoffrey is murdered while staying with Jake. Speculation that Geoffrey was mistaken for Jake is proven right when Jake is poisoned while judging the cookie bakeoff at the Cookbook Nook. The two leading suspects for the murders are Emmett Atwater, a contentious and complaining neighbor, and Olivia, Jake’s long estranged sister looking to reconnect after years of separation. And in the middle of chasing all the clues, Jenna is pleasantly surprised when boyfriend Rhett proposes.This is a fast-paced mystery with lots of twists and distractions. The plotting is very well done and the ending unexpected. This series just keeps getting better.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 7th in the Cookbook Nook SeriesJenna Hart is back along with all of our favorite characters.While Jenna and her staff are decorating the Nook for all of the special events for the holidays, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!With her sister in town with her daughter and husband staying at her dad's home it looks like everyone will be home for the holidays.Only there is something off with her oh so pulled together sister and her husband. And in the midst of trying to figure This is the 7th in the Cookbook Nook SeriesJenna Hart is back along with all of our favorite characters.While Jenna and her staff are decorating the Nook for all of the special events for the holidays, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!With her sister in town with her daughter and husband staying at her dad's home it looks like everyone will be home for the holidays.Only there is something off with her oh so pulled together sister and her husband. And in the midst of trying to figure that one out, Jake, who has the best ever Christmas display in town and is also an old friend of the family, goes out for pizza and comes home to a dead friend. This is probably one of my favorites in the series. Everyone is holding a secret. But only one of them is a killer. And Jenna knows it isn't Jake, but can she find out who wants him dead and why?Leave it to Jenna and her friends to have everything wrapped up by Christmas Eve. You won't want to miss this one. Surprises are around every corner! Oh! And there are recipes...lots of them!Well Done!Netgalley/ November 8th 2018 by Beyond the Page
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  • Sally Wilsey
    January 1, 1970
    I have long been a fan of this author since the Cheese Shop Mysteries. So when I saw this book I knew I had to try it. It did not disappoint and I read the whole book quickly. As always the author had me stumped until the very end. Even though she is very good at giving clues throughout the book. This book is about Jenna Hart the owner of the Cookbook Nook. Expecting a quiet holiday season she stumbles yet upon another murder. This time it is at the home of her Dad's good friend Jake. I always l I have long been a fan of this author since the Cheese Shop Mysteries. So when I saw this book I knew I had to try it. It did not disappoint and I read the whole book quickly. As always the author had me stumped until the very end. Even though she is very good at giving clues throughout the book. This book is about Jenna Hart the owner of the Cookbook Nook. Expecting a quiet holiday season she stumbles yet upon another murder. This time it is at the home of her Dad's good friend Jake. I always love how this author is so descriptive and you can practically invision everything she describes, from the food, clothing and characters. It also helps that there are a ton of recipes included in her books and being an avid baker and cook I want to try every one of them. I had not read the previous books in this series but intend to very soon. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Nancy Baker
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. The characters are likable, the relationships realistic and the descriptions of the town and local events make me wish I could go visit. In this story, Jenna Hart becomes involved in a murder investigation when her father's friend, Jake, shows up at her door in a frenzy because his friend has been murdered while visiting at Jake's house. Jenna has suspicions that Jake was the intended target and starts asking questions at her father's prompting. There are ample suspects and y I love this series. The characters are likable, the relationships realistic and the descriptions of the town and local events make me wish I could go visit. In this story, Jenna Hart becomes involved in a murder investigation when her father's friend, Jake, shows up at her door in a frenzy because his friend has been murdered while visiting at Jake's house. Jenna has suspicions that Jake was the intended target and starts asking questions at her father's prompting. There are ample suspects and you will be guessing until the end. A final twist makes everything fall into place. This is book #7 in A Cookbook Nook Mystery but could be read as a stand alone. I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Sue Foster
    January 1, 1970
    This is my favorite book in this series so far. Many cozies get worse as they progress. Not this one. The author is also still including several recipes instead of one or two as has become common in series. The author picks up the story of some of the minor characters and makes them major in this book. I don't want to give away any part of the book and ruin your enjoyment. There are lots of things to make your heart warm here and lots of food discussion to tweak your appetite. This book was on p This is my favorite book in this series so far. Many cozies get worse as they progress. Not this one. The author is also still including several recipes instead of one or two as has become common in series. The author picks up the story of some of the minor characters and makes them major in this book. I don't want to give away any part of the book and ruin your enjoyment. There are lots of things to make your heart warm here and lots of food discussion to tweak your appetite. This book was on par with her French Bistro series. If you enjoyed her cheese shop series then it is on par with that one also.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Daryl Wood Gerber has written a Christmas Cookbook Nook Mystery, number seven in this series. The book opens into full out Christmas frenzy - the excitement is palpable and the little city is alive with electricity. Jenna Hart, the lead character and cook, is an amateur sleuth that murder always finds. This Christmas the murder victim is dressed up like a Christmas tree. Off goes Hart to solve this mystery. Gerber does not limit the reader to a simple story. This book has some yummy recipes that Daryl Wood Gerber has written a Christmas Cookbook Nook Mystery, number seven in this series. The book opens into full out Christmas frenzy - the excitement is palpable and the little city is alive with electricity. Jenna Hart, the lead character and cook, is an amateur sleuth that murder always finds. This Christmas the murder victim is dressed up like a Christmas tree. Off goes Hart to solve this mystery. Gerber does not limit the reader to a simple story. This book has some yummy recipes that I can't wait to try this holiday season. In fact, this is a great book to read while you are baking!
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  • Janet Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Cozy Christmas Murder Mystery This is a lovely cozy mystery that takes place in the Christmas Season. There are all sorts of Holiday doings at Crystal Cove involving tons of people and their relatives. This book is a nice addition to the series. It stands alone well, but it would be better to read them in order for the background story. The plot is great with plenty of suspects. All of the characters are believable and multi-layered. I anticipate reading more of this author's work. I received th Cozy Christmas Murder Mystery This is a lovely cozy mystery that takes place in the Christmas Season. There are all sorts of Holiday doings at Crystal Cove involving tons of people and their relatives. This book is a nice addition to the series. It stands alone well, but it would be better to read them in order for the background story. The plot is great with plenty of suspects. All of the characters are believable and multi-layered. I anticipate reading more of this author's work. I received this ARC book for free and this is my honest review.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    I hadn't read anything by this author before but that didn't leave me behind at all. The publisher's blurb is pretty good, so there's no need to summarize again, and spoilers are just dumb. Jenna, her immediate family and her friends, too, have a lot of complications going on in their lives, and then comes the murder to make things even more difficult! I really enjoyed reading it, and the dessert recipes are awesome. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Beyond the Page via NetGalley. I hadn't read anything by this author before but that didn't leave me behind at all. The publisher's blurb is pretty good, so there's no need to summarize again, and spoilers are just dumb. Jenna, her immediate family and her friends, too, have a lot of complications going on in their lives, and then comes the murder to make things even more difficult! I really enjoyed reading it, and the dessert recipes are awesome. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Beyond the Page via NetGalley. Thank you!
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  • Jacque
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna loves Christmas, but this year is complicated. Her older sister and her family show up unexpectedly and they are not a happy bunch. Then a murder occurs in their small town. Who was the intended target? Jenna’s busy during her cookbook store’s busy holiday season, hosting special events, spending time with her sister and niece, and trying to solve a murder and an attempted murder. This was a quick, fun read for the Christmas season.
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  • Robyn
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna Hart just wants to enjoy the holidays without any complications. Her best laid plans don't actually come to fruition. Her sister arrives unexpectedly with problems of her own, and Jenna is once again involved in a murder investigation. This is a fast paced, action packed book with wonderful characters, that will grab your attention, and keep it until the end. Daryl Wood Gerber is a magnificent author, and I highly recommend this book and series.
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  • Lisa Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This book was filled with lots of great character and relationship development. The mystery wasn’t the strongest but I felt like the other aspects of the book were well crafted so it didn’t hurt the book overall.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    January 1, 1970
    really like the cover to this book. It's inviting, warm, and is very welcoming. The main character is hot on the sleuthing trail to figure out who committed such a heinous act like a murder. Jenna also attempts to help her sister resolve her marital woes. Ultimately, she cracks the case and peace resumes to this small coummity along The Californian coast. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Crystal Cove is busy once again,. Preparing for the holidays is busy enough but throw in a murder and you have me hooked.A good series with likable characters this installment doesn't disappoint. The storyline didn't miss a beat and will have you turning the pages.I can't wait for the next installment.
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  • Judy Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    A great holiday mystery. Interesting characters that will keep you entertained. Lots of twists and turns that will keep the pages turning until the end.
  • Cindi
    January 1, 1970
    It’s Christmas in Crystal Cove, but time, and murder, stops for no man, or woman. With Christmas festivities in full swing, Jenna Hart finds herself knee deep in festivities when a close friend of her father, Jake, becomes a suspect in the murder of a visiting friend. I matter how busy things are, Jenna finds herself trying to find the murderer and clear Jake.Murder, Christmas, cookies, elves, Santa, love, family, and music make this one Christmas cozy not to miss! Loved it!
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  • Amary Chapman
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this cozy. Crystal Cove's book store owner Jenna Hart and her close friends try to solve the murder of a friend of her father's friend Jake. Jenna and the group are afraid the intended victim was Jake.....and are proved to be right when he and another friends are poisoned at a cookie tasting. They bump their investigation into high gear with Jenna's dad making suggestions while on his honeymoon. The twist and turns and little hints make an engrossing tale. It was hard to put down and I t I loved this cozy. Crystal Cove's book store owner Jenna Hart and her close friends try to solve the murder of a friend of her father's friend Jake. Jenna and the group are afraid the intended victim was Jake.....and are proved to be right when he and another friends are poisoned at a cookie tasting. They bump their investigation into high gear with Jenna's dad making suggestions while on his honeymoon. The twist and turns and little hints make an engrossing tale. It was hard to put down and I think it would make a marvelous Christmas present. I was lucky enough to get an ARC from NetGalley to peruse.
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  • Julia David
    January 1, 1970
    I just love Jenna and the gang. Jenna's sister comes for a visit with her husband and daughter. While she is spending time with her niece, Jenna's family friend, Jake, comes to get her because his friend has been murdered. Jenna is pretty sure that the intended victim was really Jake and she knows that she has to figure out who the killer is before they strike again. When the killer tries to scare Jenna off of the investigation, she knows she is out of time.
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  • Rima Aiello
    January 1, 1970
    A mystery that keeps you guessing while getting you in the spirit of the holidays! Reading this story was like visiting old friends, it was comfortable and not the least bit boring. Even though this series is not new, the author keeps the characters and setting fresh with the writing. The mystery itself flowed wonderfully from point to point without getting lost in details. Overall a great read that you can enjoy again and again.
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