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    Cooking classes - Murder - Mystery

    PRESSING THE ISSUE from the Cookbook Nook Mystery series takes place in Crystal Cove. The story is written around the Renaissance Fair that they hold there annually, the planners (like the murder victim Nick) and vendors of the fair (like local Flora with her Mistress of Fairy Gardens booth and those that travel in for the event like Melody and Sean who have the pottery booth) and the colorful local residents. They are definitely a colorful bunch! There’s Jenna Hart and boyfriend, Rhetta, owner of the local sporting goods store as well as Jenna’s feisty recue cat Tigger. Then there’s Bailey and her fiancé Tito whose wedding is put on hold when their wedding venue is the location of its owner’s untimely death. Lola is Bailey’s Mom and she is engaged to Jenna’s Dad. Aunt Vera, who owns the Cookbook Nook that Jenna manages, reads palms and tarot cards. Alan (the murder victim’s brother and who has face blindness) and Hannah who both have an attraction to each other but are scared to act on it until given a push. As well as, Cinnamon the local sheriff who may be tough as nails, but is also in love so maybe slightly distracted. PRESSING THE ISSUE is an exciting read that will keep you on your toes trying to figure out whodunit up to the very end. Jenna continually puts herself in the middle and often times in danger trying to help the police figure it out. She just wants the answers so that the town can heal and the wedding go forward with good “vibes”. I would recommend PRESSING THE ISSUE, to anyone that loves a great cozy mystery! You won’t be disappointed because Daryl Wood Gerber deliveries a wonderful mystery that is entertaining and fun to read.
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    What a Fun Mystery

    There’s a lot of exciting events happening in Crystal Cove in the coming weeks. The Renaissance Fair is about to begin and Jenna has a lot of activities scheduled in the store plus has plans to participate at the pier with Rhett. Also in few weeks Bailey and Tito are getting married at Nick Baldini’s vineyard. Everyone is having fun dressing in costume and conversing in “fair speak”, but Bailey cannot shake the feeling that something bad is going to happen. Even Bailey's mother said she has a vibe of something coming. One evening after having fun at the Ren Fair the two couples (Jenna & Rhett and Bailey & Tito) go to discuss some wedding plans with Nick at the Vineyard only to stumble on his bludgeoned body. Police Chief Pritchett gives Jenna orders to stay out of the investigation but with Bailey’s wedding on the line, Jenna can’t help herself. This book was so much fun to read. I’ve never been to a Ren Fair and reading this book makes me want to go to the next one in my area. I think it would be a lot of fun to dress in costume and speak the renaissance dialect. The plot of the murder mystery was expertly woven with twists and turns in the secondary storylines of Bailey’s wedding and Jenna and Rhett’s relationship. The characters are wonderfully entertaining and complex. The setting of the Ren Fair was a perfect compliment to Bailey’s upcoming wedding at the vineyard. This is book 6 in the series but can definitely be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery. This is a very well written cozy with an entertaining plot and characters. I recommend this book and look forward to reading more of this series. I was provided with an ARC of this book with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    Murder at the Renaissance Fair

    The Renaissance Fair has come to town, and all of Crystal Cove is getting into the act. However, not everyone is in the partying mood, as Jenna Hart discovers when she and some friends stumble on the body of Nick, a local vineyard owner. Nick was universally loved, or so it seemed. Who wanted him gone? It was so glad to be back with Jenna and her community. She really does have a large group of friends and family, and they all get their moments to shine here. Of course, we get some strong suspects. I did figure some parts of the mystery out early, but I didn’t have it all pieced together until Jenna figured it out. And the Renaissance Fair proves to be another fun backdrop for the action. NOTE: I received in ARC of this book.
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    Another fun title in the series

    I was so thrilled when I heard there was going to be another book in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries! It has been one of my favorite series since I read book one, FINAL SENTENCE. In this sixth book in the series, author Daryl Wood Gerber doesn’t disappoint! PRESSING THE ISSUE is the perfect installment to this delightful series. All of the wonderful characters are back and at their best, this time deeply intrenched in the local Renaissance Fair. Seriously, I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it. A fabulously well plotted mystery, I was so engrossed in the story, following along with, Jenna trying to figure the who and the why, that I lost all track of time and didn’t look up until I had finished the last page. Fans of Daryl Wood Gerber, and the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, will not be disappointed. Haven’t read this series? If you love cozies, and a culinary theme, it’s time for you to get started!
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    The Sixth A Cookbook Nook Mystery

    Pressing the Issue by Daryl Wood Gerber is the sixth book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Jenna Hart is busy getting the Cookbook Nook ready for the Crystal Cove Renaissance Fair. Bailey Bird, though, is of little help since she is out of sorts. Bailey is getting married in two weeks to Tito Martinez at Baldini Vineyard. Lola Bird has not helped matters by telling Bailey that she has a bad vibe about the nuptials. Bailey receives a cryptic message from Nick Baldini and it sounds like he is in trouble. Jenna and Bailey rush to his home to find him on the floor with blood coming from a head wound. They check for a pulse and find their King of the Renaissance Fair, Nick is dead. Jenna quickly contacts Police Chief Cinnamon Pritchett who warns Jenna to stay out of the investigation. The murder weapon turns out to be a winepress that Nick had shown them earlier in the day. Bailey is thrown into a tailspin. What will happen to her wedding? Jenna quietly (does not want to incur Cinnamon’s wrath) begins asking questions to find out more about Nick and who could have wished him harm. Time is running out because soon the Renaissance Fair visitors will be departing, and the killer could be hiding among them. Who could have committed this dastardly deed? Will Bailey and Tito have their wedding? Pressing the Issue can be read alone. Everything a reader needs to know is included in the book. Returning to Crystal Cove is like visiting old friends. It is a charming town with welcoming townspeople, a beach, and inviting shops. The main characters are warm, friendly and relatable. It was lovely to catch up with Jenna, Bailey, Kate, Rhett and Aunt Vera. The descriptions of the Renaissance Fair are vivid. I enjoyed reading about the costumes, food and activities (the Renaissance Fair speak was entertaining and amusing). It felt like I was there enjoying it with them. There are delightful book descriptions (cookbooks and some cozy mysteries). The tantalizing food narratives will have your mouth watering (recipes included at the end of the book). I appreciated how the author incorporated Charlotte Bessette of Fromagerie Bessette into the story (from the Cheese Shop Mystery series written under her Avery Aames pen name) and her mention of Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes). The mystery was enticing, but avid cozy mystery readers will find it child’s play to solve. There are several suspects and some good misdirection that will lead readers down the wrong path. I do wish that Police Chief Pritchett would start working with Jenna on the investigations. Cinnamon knows that Jenna’s natural curiosity will not keep her away from looking into a case and Jenna is good at ferreting out information. I found the ending to be endearing. I am rating Pressing the Issue 4 out of 5 stars.
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