Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blog Tour: The Final Sentence by Daryl Wood Gerber (Guest Post)

About the Book

Welcome to A Cookbook Nook Mystery series, where Jenna Hart, an avid reader, admitted foodie, and new owner of a cookbook store and café in picturesque Crystal Cove, California, is up to her neck in trouble when she finds her college roommate, celebrity chef Desiree Divine, buried on the beach, and a fellow shop owner accuses Jenna of murder.

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About the Author

DARYL WOOD GERBER aka AVERY AAMES pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series. As Daryl, she writes A Cookbook Nook Mystery series, featuring a culinary bookshop and café owner. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. As an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more. Visit Daryl & Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com. Check out her recipes on her blog www.mysteryloverskitchen.com And friend her on Facebook

In all of my culinary mysteries, I offer recipes at the backs of the books. This has become a trend for many authors. I actually know people who have bought my book to get a few recipes and then, luckily, enjoyed the read!  LOL

In my new COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERIES, Jenna, the protagonist, has opened a culinary bookshop and café with her aunt. The shop carries not only cookbooks but culinary mysteries and culinary fiction as well as kitchenware, gift items, and children’s kitchen gear. The café is becoming the in place in town to dine.

Jenna is a foodie. She adores food. She’s eaten everything from eel to alligator, but she doesn’t have a clue how to cook. Her mother always did the cooking. I thought it would be fun to teach her how to cook through the series. She’s eager to get started. Her aunt and a good friend both suggest that she start with five ingredients or less recipes. There are tons of them. This one she happened to find in one of the culinary mysteries she carries in the shop. Surprise, surprise. It happens to come from an Avery Aames Cheese Shop Mystery, LOST AND FONDUE. There’s a little poetic justice in that, isn’t there?  J  Or is it literary irony?

Blue Cheese and Garlic Fondue

2 ounces Point Reyes Blue Cheese
½ cup half and half
1 tablespoon tapioca flour
2 cloves of garlic

Cut garlic in half.  Rub garlic around the inside of a fondue pot.  Heat fondue pot to medium heat.  Add half and half.  Add cheese and stir until it is all melted.  Add tapioca flour and stir again so there are no lumps. This all takes about five to seven minutes.

Serve warm in a small crockpot with cut vegetables like broccoli florets, celery sticks, carrot sticks, and asparagus.  It may also be served with crackers and/or bread cubes.

Question:  Do you try recipes that are in mystery books? Have you ever bought a cookbook just for the pictures?

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Join Daryl Wood Gerber on tour:

July 1, 2013 - Mystery Playground
July 2, 2013 - Dru’s Book Musings & Socrates Book Review
July 3, 2013 - Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries & More
July 4, 2013 – Romance Bandits
July 5, 2013 – Shelley’s Book Case
July 6, 2013 - Melina’s Book Blog
July 8, 2013 - Traveling with T & Books-n-Kisses
July 9, 2013 - Book of Secrets
July 10, 2013 - A Chick Who Reads
July 11, 2013 - Read Your Writes
July 12, 2013 - Bea’s Book Nook
July 13, 2013 - YA Book Nerd
July 14, 2013 - Cozy Up with Kathy


  1. I'd like to try the recipes but never do

  2. I have copied a few onto recipe cards but haven't tried them yet.

    Sounds like a fun series, I can't wait to read Final Sentence.


  3. Blodeuedd, this one is downright easy. I hope you'll try it and enjoy!

    Ingeborg, thanks for chiming in. I hope you enjoy the read!

    Daryl aka Avery

  4. I love to try recipes in books, but I haven't read enough mysteries to try out any recipes found in them. Pictures in a cookbook may influence my decision to get it, but the title/theme of the cookbook is most important. Lovely post today!

    1. Thanks, Suko. I do agree that the theme of a cookbook is important. I'm learning so much about them as I do my research for this new series.



  5. Yummy recipe and cute cat on the cover!

    1. Harvee, isn't the cat adorable? My protagonist Jenna falls in love on the spot with this little rescue kitty.


  6. I adore that cover! I confess I am not a foodie, but I like the concept behind the books!

    1. Literary Felilne, thrilled you love the cover. To read one of these kinds of mysteries, you don't need to be a foodie. Foodies like them, but so do pure mystery readers.



  7. Yum, the fondue sounds delish! I've tried a recipe or two from cozy mysteries - think it was punch and cupcakes. They turned out good!


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