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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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    Pressing read

    I really enjoyed this book. Crazy characters made this a cozy myster to saviour.
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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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