Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Murder in the Cookbook Nook

 This latest installment in the Book Retreat mysteries kept me engaged in the story and continues on a wonderful series.  Storyton Hall  is the setting for this series by Ellery Adams.  This wonderful high end hotel is set in the Virginia mountains and focuses around a book themed hotel.  There are many wonderful characters in the series and the reader gets to know them as the series has progressed through 7 books.   

This particular book centers around a cooking competition so fans of Chopped and Hell's Kitchen will enjoy the central plot.  Another interesting aspect to this story is a cross over of the characters from the Books by the Bay series written by Ms. Adams.  Olivia Limoges visits Storyton Hall when her friend and chef, Michel enters into the competition being hosted there. The book shows some of the behind the scenes drama on a cooking reality show and also some of the machinations behind Instagram Influencers as well.  It makes for a modern twist on the cozy mystery.  

The mystery itself is well written and keeps the reader guessing throughout the story.  All in all I really enjoyed the book

Murder in the Cookbook NookMurder in the Cookbook Nook by Ellery Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is always a joy to read this cozy series as Adams makes many references to other works of literature. This story continued to develop the characters in Jane's family and close knit circle of friends. The characters and their relationships are so realistic as a reader you feel as though you are right there amongst them. I enjoyed the cross over with Adams' other series by having Olivia Limoges appear with Chef Michel in this book. Anyone who loves mysteries and who loves cooking competition shows will enjoy this book

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #102
  2. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2021 Book Retreat #7
  3. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2021   Book #110
  4. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #124
  5. Cruisin thru Cozies  Free choice #71
  6. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #105
  7. Craving for Cozies  Book #89
  8. Medical Examiner Challenge  1 Toe Tags
  9. Beachcomber Challenge  
    • Crime Scenes 
      • Row 1
        • Kitchen or bakery
    • Weapons
      • Row 2 
        • Pointy object

    • Detectives- Jane/Sinlair/Lachlan/Butterfield
    • Victims- Chef Pierce
  10. Six Shooter Challenge  Target #46  Shot #2

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