Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Grilling the Subject

 This is the 5th book in the Cookbook Nook cozy series.  I enjoy this series by Daryl Wood Gerber as there is a great relationship between Jenna, her friends and her family.  The series seems to be centered around special theme events in the CA coastal town where the Cookbook Nook is located.  

This book was set during a Wild West event and thus had lots of BBQ and campfire recipe references.  The story does a wonderful job of bringing multiple characters into the mix while still maintaining some relationship to Jenna.  In this case, an old coworker is now running the Wild West Showcase and he ends up in the suspect pool.  Jenna became involved in this case when her father was a suspect.   There are several twists and turns to the mystery. 

In addition to the mystery, there is a person from Jenna's past who reappears and brings plenty of drama with their arrival.  Additionally there is plenty of relationship drama amongst Jenna, her bff and her dad- all struggling to find balance in each of their romantic affairs.  These side stories create an ongoing plot thread that adds continuity to the stories.   

The nice part is I accidentally read this book before reading the 4th and it really didn't matter.  This was a nice occurrence since often the serial books give away a lot of what happened previously in the storylines.  Now I will need to go back and read Fudging the Books to catch up.

Grilling the SubjectGrilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The small coastal town continues to capture the essence of CA life and provide drama and mystery. Jenna is a determined detective who may neglect her store a bit more than feasible but you have to admire her desire to defend family and friends
This book had some very surprising features that added to the drama. Well written mystery even a subplot was a bit far reaching

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #57
  2. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2021  Cookbook Nook 5
  3. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2021   Book #64
  4. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #77
  5. Calendar of Crime  #CalendarOfCrime2021   
  6. Cruisin thru Cozies  Free choice #38
  7. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #62
  8. Craving for Cozies  Book #54
  9. Medical Examiner Challenge  2 Toe Tags
  10. Beachcomber Challenge  
    • Crime Scenes 
      • Row 2
        • Lawn
    • Weapons
      • Row 5
        • Household object
    • Detectives- Jenna
  11. Six Shooter Challenge  Target #66  Shot #1  

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