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  • Ninth entry in this delicious series

    Foodies unite in Crystal Cove for Food Bowl week an things are heating up, and not only in the kitchen. When the food reviewer for the local paper is found murdered in her best friend’s Pilates studio, it looks like the husband of Jenn Hart’s BFF is the prime suspect. With Tito having fought with his fellow writer in public, all fingers seem to point to him, but Jenna knows her friend is innocent and she sets out to find the murderer. Will Jenn have the last taste or will the murderer wipe Jenn from the menu and leave a clean plate behind?

Daryl Wood Gerber is a fabulous writer and has delivered another great entry in this series. I cannot wait for my next helping in this series!

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  • Shredding the Evidence!

    I love this mystery series because of the delicious characters, food and, of course, the plot. Concerning the characters, a likeability factor is what makes me want to read this series. The setting is a cookbook store and a café, and the food they serve makes me wish it was a real place. The mysteries in this series are ones that I can never solve. It's always a surprise. I can't wait for the next book. I received an advanced reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • An entertaining cozy mystery!

    Shredding the Evidence by Daryl Wood Gerber has Jenna Hart preparing the shop for Food Bowl Week in Crystal Cove, California. Local restaurants are offering their best and most creative dishes including Intine, Rhett’s new French bistro. Kylie O, the food critic for the Crystal Cove Courier, is determined to cover all the Food Bowl events on her own much to Tito Martinez’s frustration. When Kylie is found dead on a Pilates machine, Tito ends up the prime suspect. Bailey needs Jenna prove Tito’s innocence before her husband ends up a cook at the local prison. Shredding the Evidence is the ninth A Cookbook Nook Mystery. It can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend each book in this charming series. I always enjoy visiting Crystal Cove with its darling shops and friendly (well, most of them of are) residents. I have liked watching Jenna, Cary Hart, Aunt Vera, Bailey and the other develop as characters. It is lovely to see Aunt Vera in a romance, Bailey enjoying her new baby girl, Jenna and Rhett planning their wedding and Cinnamon expecting a baby. The annual Food Bowl Week means an influx of tourists to sample the delectable food and purchase gifts which includes cookbooks plus related items from the Cookbook Nook. Kylie Obendorfer (you can see why she preferred Kylie O) is murdered and there are a variety of people who would have liked to see her dead. As a food critic, Kylie did not hold back. She was equally as rude in her private life. Unfortunately, Tito had a public argument with Kylie the day before her death. Bailey has no intention of letting her husband linger on Cinnamon’s suspect list. I liked the misdirection as well as the method of murder. I was caught by surprise when Cinnamon did something completely unexpected that left Jenna equally flabbergasted (for a moment). There were a couple of side storylines in Shredding the Evidence. Aunt Vera’s romance has upset her romantic partners children, Eugene Tinsdale is thinking of selling the Crystal Cove Courier, Rhett is overwhelmed at his new restaurant, redecorating is happening at Jenna and Rhett’s new home plus they are planning their wedding. I just love Tigger, Jenn’s cat, and his adorable antics. I like how the shredding theme was incorporated into the book in clever ways. The food descriptions will have your mouth watering and, luckily, there are recipes at the end of the book for some of the food dishes mentioned. Shredding the Evidence is a fun cozy mystery with delectable delights, a cute cat, wedding woes, a horrifying homicide, a beloved baby, relationship tribulations, and throngs of tourists.

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  • Okay read but good recipes

    In Shredding the Evidence: A Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, bookstore owner Jenna Hart comes across the dead body of a local food reporter. Her best friend's husband is a primary suspect. As the clues and suspect's mount, Jenna is determined to find the culprit.  It was around 26% into the book before we finally get to the murder. I feel a lot of the beginning could have been condensed to get to the main plot. The murder victim was obvious because of this person's behavior and demeanor, so it could have been closer to the beginning to keep the story moving forward. With all of Daryl Wood Gerber's books, there were a lot of characters to keep track of, though it's easy to follow. I like the relationship that Jenna has with her best friend, Bailey. Their interactions and conversations are written with realism, and this shows in the way they interact. Caution, though, read this book on a full stomach; otherwise, you will snack because of all the yummy food that is described (recipes are included at the end of the book). Overall, this is a good addition to the Cookbook Nook series. I wasn't overly thrilled with it, but it was a pleasant read and kept my interest for most of the book. The mystery was good as there were plenty of suspects from which to choose. The ending was satisfactory and seemed plausible. I would give this book 3.75 stars out of 5. #ShreddingtheEvidence #NetGalley

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  • Another solid addition to the series!

    Daryl Wood Gerber once again captures the essence of the Cookbook Nook Mystery series in Shredding the Evidence, which is food. In this volume, a week long Food Bowl event is happening in Crystal Cove, and all the events and food descriptions made me wish Crystal Cove was a real town. And then there’s the recipes at the end of the book, all of which look fairly easy to make, and they all sound so tempting. And we couldn’t have a cozy without a murder. This one was very unique in the murder weapon, and Gerber provided lots of clues and red herrings to keep the reader guessing. I thought I knew the killer early on, although I wasn’t completely sure what the motive would be. But Gerber kept tempting me with two other very strong options, so I did question myself a couple of times. I will say the murderer and motive was nothing new and I’ve been seeing a trend in cozies lately that have been giving the readers this type of killer. I want to say more about it, but I don’t want to give anything away. We once again get to visit our character friends and see what is happening in their lives. Jenna is starting to make plans for her wedding, which is so much fun, since this series started with her being a widow. And as always, Aunt Vera is my favorite, although we see a lot more of Bailey and Tito in this book since Tito is accused of murder, and Bailey will stop at nothing, including very aggressively questioning suspects. Another solid addition to the Cookbook Nook Mystery series.

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