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A day in the life of Mimi Rousseau by Daryl Wood Gerber

Opening a new restaurant and bed-and-breakfast inn can be quite an undertaking. Luckily the places my benefactor Bryan Baker purchased in Nouvelle Vie were already constructed and in decent shape. All we had to do was gut them in order to transform them into Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau.

All morning today, we have been tackling the bistro. Yesterday, the tile floor was laid in the kitchen. The wood floors are being installed in the dining room now. I love them. The grain is perfect. However, I can barely breathe or hear because I’ve got dust in every opening of my head—my ears, my nose, and my mouth—but it’s worth it. I can’t wait until we install the bar that we imported from France and to see the candelabra-style chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. I’m as eager as a kid on Christmas Eve to serve our first meal and hear the raves from the customers. Oh, a girl can dream.

I glance at my watch and call out, “Break, everyone. Thirty minutes.” I don’t want anyone to complain about being overworked. The only way to make sure a building is completed on time, Bryan says, is to treat people like family.

For my break, I agreed to meet him and my best friend Jorianne “Jo” James who introduced me to Bryan, at Chocolate, an adorable café a few minutes walk from the bistro. When I arrive, I see he has already ordered my usual: a cup of hot chocolate and croissant. Jo is late.

I slip into the coffee-cup shaped chair and fold my arms on the table.

“How’s it going?” he asks as he takes a large bite of his bacon-egg sandwich. Bryan, who is in his late sixties, nearly twice my age, reminds me of Paul Newman, with brilliant blue eyes and an easy smile. Thanks to him, less than a year after my late husband left me with tremendous debt, I am back on my feet and feeling positive about life.

“It’s going—”

“Sorry!” Jo races into the café and slides to a halt, the skirt of her blue sheath twisted around her thighs. She shimmies it down and drinks in a gulp of air. “We had a last minute issue at the inn.” Jo, who graduated with an MBA from UC Berkeley, has agreed to manage Maison Rousseau for me. She’s a whiz with numbers. “Did you—” Her eyes go wide. “What’s wrong with Bryan?”

I turn and see Bryan gasping for air. His face is turning blue. Is he choking? I flash on a time at summer camp when we were roasting shish kebabs late at night. I swallowed too big a piece of meat and started to choke. My counselor tried the Heimlich maneuver, but it didn’t work. Then she. . .

Move, Mimi!

I race to Bryan and whack him in the back with my palm. He shakes his head. “Raise your arms,” I command. He does. I wheedle myself between the chair and him and wrap my arms around his ribcage. My hands reach, but my fingers barely interlock. Even so, I tug. He continues to choke. “Can you get on your feet?” I ask. “I need a better angle.” He shakes his head. “Dang. Okay, I apologize, but. . .” I scramble to the front of him and, following my camp counselor’s lead, shove my fingers down his throat. I scoop out the offending sandwich—ugh—and hand Bryan a glass of water. “Drink.”

When Bryan is breathing normally, he says, “Thanks.”

I punch his arm. “Don’t scare me like that ever again. Take smaller bites from now on.”

“Yes, Mom.” He laughs good-naturedly. “In the meantime, why don’t you tell Jo to stop running in like there’s a disaster?”

“So it’s my fault?” she huffs, but I can see the sheer relief in her eyes.

Mine must look the same.

Have you ever had to save someone’s life?


You can read more about A Deadly Éclair, the first in the NEW “French Bistro” mystery series.

Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro has seemed beyond her grasp ever since she was chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Fortunately, her best friend Jorianne introduced her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker, who invested in the promising restaurateur’s project. So Mimi works the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own. Now, Mimi is throwing the inn’s very first wedding—the nuptials of famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison.

This wedding will be the talk of the town, but anxious Mimi is sure the bride’s puffed-up expectations will collapse, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners’ dinner. By the evening, things are looking sweet again. . .until the next morning, when Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth.

All the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven if Bryan dies. So it’s up to her to éclair—er, clear—her name before the killer turns up the heat again in A Deadly Éclair, Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber’s scrumptious series debut.

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Daryl is giving away to two commenters, print books from her “Cookbook Nook” or “Cheese Shop” series, winner’s choice. Leave a comment below for your chance to win. The giveaway ends November 9, 2017. Good luck everyone!

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About the author
Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling “Cookbook Nook Mysteries” and “Cheese Shop Mysteries”, which she pens as Avery Aames. She will soon debut the new “French Bistro Mysteries”. A Deadly Êclair comes out November 2017. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: Day Of Secrets and Girl On The Run. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

Connect with Daryl at darylwoodgerber.com

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ A Deadly Éclair by Daryl Wood Gerber

A Deadly Éclair by Daryl Wood Gerber is the first book in the NEW “French Bistro” mystery series. Publisher: Crooked Lane Books, coming November 7, 2017

In Agatha-Award winning author Daryl Wood Gerber’s delectable series debut, Mimi Rousseau serves up piping hot suspects to clear her name of murder.

It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working Bryan’s bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever.

The wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s wealthy friend, Eddie, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Eddie gets drunk and rowdy at the rehearsal dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until six AM rolls around, and as Mimi arrives at the bistro to begin wedding preparations, Bryan is found dead with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in Bryan’s will.

Now it’s up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again in A Deadly Éclair, the scrumptious series debut by Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber.

Talk about a culinary delight, this book is the pinnacle of deliciousness as I devoured all that was written in this exciting new series featuring Mimi and her friends. When her beloved mentor is found dead on her property, Mimi takes it upon herself to find his murdered and the more questions she asks, the more the killer wants to remain cloistered.

This was a wonderfully light whodunit that had me involved in the various interactions between Mimi and those who visit her bistro. The mystery was nicely baked to perfection filling me with suspects and peppered with clues and a few twists that propelled this story forward. I did like that with each clue Mimi discovered, she went straight to the sheriff. The narrative was enticingly pleasing keeping me glued to the pages as I had to know how this was all going to end. All the main characters played pivotal roles that enhanced the telling of this tale. This book had everything, a nice little mystery, engaging conversation, camaraderie between friends, romance and the perfect setting of a French bistro. I can’t wait for the next book with Mimi, Nash, Tyson, Jo and the rest of the gang.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

My Musing ~ Day of Secrets by Daryl Gerber Wood

Day of Secrets by Daryl Gerber Wood is the author’s second suspense novel. Publisher: Chucklin Inc, April 28, 2017

Can Chase Day discover why his family is a target before an unknown enemy destroys him?

At the age of five, Chase Day became an orphan. For thirty-one years, after a rebellious youth, he did his best to build a normal life—first as a Naval Officer and then as a history professor at a boutique Bay Area college. But now all that changes when he finds his mother, whom he thought had died in a fire, dying from a gunshot wound. In her last breath, she urges him to locate and protect the father he never knew. Where has his father been? Why has he never made contact? And, most critically, why does he need protection? In his search for the truth, Chase will learn the meaning of friendship and family and suffer the heart-wrenching pain of betrayal.

This is a suspense driven, non-stop action from beginning to end. The frenetic pacing kept me enthralled in all facets as the narrative gently ripped how well each scene took me to another plane where I couldn’t put this book down until I knew who was doing what to whom. With strategically placed twists and turns, this nail biter of a plot all came to screeching junction when the facts played out and our hero was granted his answers. This is a roller coaster of a ride that had my heart palpitating with each turn bringing me to a complete stop that I didn’t want to get off.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the author.

My Musing ~ Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber

Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber is her first suspense novel. Publisher: Chucklin, Inc., April 2016

Girl on the RunWhen a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life…but will the truth set her free?

Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she’s been drugged, she can’t explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can’t escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairy tale costumes; Snow White’s dead body shielding her from bullets.

Though Chessa is a former costumer and a master of disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever.

What happens when you wake up next to your husband who is dead and you become the prime suspect? You run and during that run you look for clues that points to the real killer. What happens next is an intriguing mystery that the author pulled off with great success.

This fast-paced and action-packed drama grabbed my attention immediately as the author wove a suspenseful tale where nothing is as it seems. Throw in a few surprising twists and turns and this drama kept me riveted to the pages as I had to know how this will all end. I love how this story kept changing directions keeping me on alert as to what was going to happen next and I loved how everything came to that point where all I could say was “whoa,” I did not see that coming. The parallel movements and byplay of Chessa and Marcus was great junction that enhanced the telling of this tale. This is a terrific read and great foray into the suspense genre for the author.

My Musing ~ Grilling The Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber

Grilling The Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber is the fifth book in the “Cookbook Nook” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, August 2016

Grilling The SubjectThings 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.

I always love my annual visit to Crystal Cove, California. The narrative transports me back to a place that is welcoming, despite the occasional murder. In the latest incident, an enemy of Jenna’s father is murder and when he becomes the prime suspect, of course Jenna has to do what comes naturally to her, ask inquisitive questions that will lead to the apprehension of the killer.

This was a well-written light drama that had a comfortable tone and evenly-paced tempo. The author did a great job with providing a mixed bag of suspects who all played their part exquisitely that kept me on my toes as many times I thought I had it figured out until the author changed the direction the story-line was headed. This not only enhanced the telling of this tale, but ratcheted up on the suspense as to who murdered the victim. The author also provided another subplot which answered the question of who was stalking Jenna and when that was revealed, it bought about an end to that chapter in her life. . .one that was emotional. Good Job. Jenna is a lovable heroine, but I adore her BFF Bailey. She is a hoot. Boasting a great cast of characters, engaging dialogue and a feel good atmosphere, this is one of the best book in this delightfully charming series and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Jenna and friends.

Thoughts from Jenna Hart by Daryl Wood Gerber

Grilling The SubjectI’m so excited. The Wild West Extravaganza has come to town. The extravaganza will be family-friendly as well as animal-friendly. Yes, there will be rodeo events but no steer wrestling and no bulldogging. There will be horse races, rope jumping, stunt fighting, and more.

As for me, I’m up to my elbows decorating at The Cookbook Nook with the most darling things: gingham aprons, western-themed cookie jars, salt- and peppershakers that look like boots. And you won’t believe the cookbooks I’ve found! For example, one is My Prairie Cookbook written by Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie fame. Fun, right? I know a bunch of moms in town who were fans of that show, way back when. They’ll love it. I’ve brought in lots of specialty books, too, like a cowboy hat tabletop book and Every Cowgirl Loves a Rodeo.

Did I mention I’m up to my elbows in barbecue sauce and zesty spices, too? Well, actually, Katie, our chef, is, but ribsI’m an official taste tester. You should taste her dry-rub ribs. They’ll be available on the menu all week long. Plus, get this, there’s going to be a food truck event and the café is participating. Katie is making mini sliders. Yum! And an old friend of mine, Shane Maverick, who I worked with at Taylor & Squibb Advertising is now in charge of the event! I hear he makes a dynamite barbecue sauce.

However. . .and yes, there’s a however . . .in addition to all the excitement, I’ve been feeling some heebie-Tiggerjeebies. There’s no other word for it. I feel like I’m being watched. Or the shop is. My sweet ginger cat Tigger doesn’t seem concerned, so I should probably take my cue from him, but I can’t. I think I’m seeing little things, like maybe the glint of binoculars? I know, call me crazy. Who would want to watch me? I live a normal life in a small town on the coast of California. It’s not like I’m spy material. I have no secrets.

On that note, I’m a little worried about my father, too. Not because I feel someone is watching him. It’s because he has an ongoing feud with his neighbor, Sylvia. She owns a jewelry shop called Sterling Sylvia. People from all over the globe come to the shop for special pieces. Usually Sylvia has good taste, but as it turns out, she has none in the house department. She has junked up her house, which sits directly below my dad’s, and now she’s commandeering a piece of land that my father and other neighbors mutually own. Needless to say, tempers are flaring!

Dad’s better half, Lola (she was my mom’s best friend and is like a second mother to me) – anyway, Lola is a voice of reason, and I’m sure she’ll keep Dad and the others in check. They shouldn’t need me to intercede.

At least I hope they won’t. But if they do, you know me, family comes first. Always.


Grilling the Subject is the fifth book in the Cookbook Nook mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, August 2016.

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. . .

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About the author
Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber also writes the bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries as Avery Aames and recently penned her first suspense novel, Girl On The Run.

Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote“. In addition, she has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She absolutely adores Lake Tahoe, where Girl On The Run is set, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky.

Visit Daryl at www.darylwoodgerber.com.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Grilling the Subject plus swags. US and Canadian entries only, please. The giveaway will end August 4, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

Author Showcase ~ Girl On The Run by Daryl Wood Gerber

Girl on the Run

When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life. . .but will the truth set her free?

Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she’s been drugged, she can’t explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can’t escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairy tale costumes; Snow White’s dead body shielding her from bullets.

Though Chessa is a former costumer and a master of disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever.


Release: April 2016
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Chucklin, Inc.

About the author
Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber ventures into the world of suspense with her gripping debut novel, Girl On The Run.

Daryl also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries and as Avery Aames, she pens the bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries.

Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote“. In addition, she has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She absolutely adores Lake Tahoe, where Girl On The Run is set, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky.

Visit Daryl at www.darylwoodgerber.com.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win either a print (US entries only, please) or e-book (open to everyone) of Girl On The Run. The giveaway will end June 2, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

A Day in the Life of Jenna Hart by Daryl Wood Gerber

Fudging The BooksPirates and Chocolate and Murder, oh my!

Some people ask if I miss my life at the advertising company in San Francisco. Nope. Not one bit. I’m thrilled that I moved home to Crystal Cove. I’m so happy running The Cookbook Nook, a culinary bookshop, and The Nook Café, a darling restaurant that abuts the bookshop. Please note: I’m not the chef. I’m still getting my sea legs in a kitchen, so you don’t have to worry about that. Whew! The meals are prepared by Chef Katie, and she’s a wonder. Trust me, I am a foodie; I know great food!

What you can look forward to in Crystal Cove, as I do, in addition to visiting the fun store that I own with my Aunt Vera, are all the terrific activities that our charming town has to offer. We’re located on the coast of California, not far from Santa Cruz. We have a perfect, almost Mediterranean climate, and our energetic mayor is always dreaming up some new event. Like now. It’s Pirate Week. Arr, matey. People have come from all over to celebrate. There’s a pirate ship in the harbor. The Pirates of Penzance is playing at the local theater. All the stores have done up their display windows with skulls and crossbones and such. And I’ve stocked the store with lots of fun pirate-themed cookbooks. Yum!

It’s also National Chocolate Month. Yes, month! Yay! So Bailey—she’s my best friend and assistant at the shop—started a chocolate cookbook club. In fact tonight is our first meeting. We’re having a chocolate-themed dinner, especially designed by Chef Katie! And we have asked a local chocolate maker, Coco Chastain, to share some of her knowledge and sign her latest book: Sweet Sensations: All Things Chocolate, from the Delicious to the Fantabulous. Don’t you love the title?

Coco’s publisher, Alison, has come to celebrate, too. She is a former local and a good friend of Bailey’s. She invited a couple of her colleagues to accompany her. The photographer is a real pirate-phile. I think he might have a crush on Alison. Coco swears I’m wrong. The other coworker, the copy editor, is a little uptight. She really wasn’t happy a few minutes ago when Coco and Alison staged a mock-fight. It was silly, really. Coco was telling Alison that she couldn’t change a word of Coco’s writing, or else.

I mean, c’mon. Or else what? She would kill her? Over a few measly edits?


Find out what happens in Fudging The Books, the fourth book in the “Cookbook Nook” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first three books in the series are Final Sentence, Inherit the Word, and Stirring the Plot.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on August 10 for the chance to win a print copy of Fudging The Books. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber writes the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, set in the fictional coastal town of Crystal Cove, California. The 4th in the series, Fudging The Books, is in bookstores now. As Avery Aames, she also writes the Cheese Shop Mysteries, set in quaint Providence, Ohio. The 7th in that series, For Cheddar or Worse, will be released February 2016. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. She is married, loves to cook, and has a darling, frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com.

A Day in the Life of Vera Hart by Daryl Wood Gerber

Stirring The PlotI’m so excited. The Winsome Witches fund-raiser is this week! You don’t know about it? The Winsome Witches—no, we’re not really witches; we put on fun hats and raise money for literacy—come to town from all over the state. One of my dear friends, Pearl Thornton, she’s a therapist in town, came up with the idea a few years ago. We have a faire—that’s today, on the grounds of the fabulous Crystal Cove Inn—which kicks off the week. The faire will feature gift items, antiques, delicious food, and there will even be a fortuneteller…that’s what I do. Well, it’s not all that I do. I also own a culinary bookshop with my niece. However, I love seeing into people’s futures and giving them advice about how to approach the fun. A few days from now, we’ll have the fund-raiser. In the meantime, there are all sorts of exciting Halloween events in town, like the Black Cat parade and the pumpkin-carving contest. Our mayor, also a good friend, loves to come up with weekly experiences to lure tourists. After all, Crystal Cove could not survive from only the funds of locals.

You’ve never heard of Crystal Cove? Too-ra-loo. Let me introduce you. Crystal Cove is a lovely California seaside town, rich with history. Rolling hills border the town to the east; the ocean lies to the west. The climate is heavenly pretty much year round. A little fog now and then, but nothing that a sweater can’t handle. This week at The Cookbook Nook, we’ve got a few exotic events planned—a magician for the children, an herbalist to teach our adult readers how to make potions, and more.

You’ve never heard of the Cookbook Nook? Really? Ooh, you must stop in! We’ve made a few headlines recently. A few months ago, I convinced my niece Jenna to move back home. For the past two years, I’ve been so worried about her. Losing her husband, losing her mother, losing her smile, and working those long hours in advertising. A young woman in the prime of her life shouldn’t suffer so much. We all do—life happens—but even so, I vowed I would try to protect her with every ounce of my spirit.

But back to the headlines I mentioned. We’re not simply in the news because of the fabulous cookbooks, foodie mysteries, and culinary goodies like aprons and cookware that we sell at the shop, although we have gotten a stellar reputation and rave reviews. No. We’re also in the headlines because—mind you, this does not happen every day—when we threw our grand opening and invited one of Jenna’s dear friends, a celebrity chef, to do a book signing, someone killed her. Poor dear. Can you imagine? And then two months ago, we had a Grill Fest at the shop, and another incident…and well, hence, the notorious headlines. Jenna dove in, both times, to help the police find the culprit. She’s all heart, my niece. Can you tell I adore her?

I hope nothing untoward will occur this week. I don’t sense any bad vibes. Jenna would pooh-pooh me about saying I could sense anything. She doesn’t believe I have extrasensory powers. And perhaps I don’t. But I do feel. Deeply. Sometimes the amulet I wear vibrates. Truly. I believe I can sense evil approaching. If I do, I warn those in danger. It’s only right. But at my age, I can only do so much.

Have you ever sensed evil and warned someone? What was the result?


You can read more about Vera in Stirring The Plot, the third book in the “Cookbook Nook” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Final Sentence.

Stirring the Plot Synopsis

Trouble is brewing with a dash of murder.

Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster…

Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there’s one unexpected addition to the menu: murder.

When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there’s no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth…

Praise for the series:

“[A] witty, well-plotted whodunit that will leave you hungry for more.”—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author

“Daryl Wood Gerber has found the perfect recipe for all of us who love cozy mysteries and food.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on October 7 for the chance to win a copy of STIRRING THE PLOT. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

About the author
Agatha award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series. As DarylGAvery Aames, she pens the nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series. Latest Cookbook Nook release: Stirring the Plot, Sept 2014. Next Cheese Shop Mystery: As Gouda As Dead, Feb 2015. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more. Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com. She blogs and shares recipes on Mystery Lovers Kitchen; her characters appear on the Killer Characters blog.