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Daryl Wood Gerber | Stirring the Plot

Stirring The Plot
Daryl Wood Gerber




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Cookbook Nook #3

October 2014
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Featuring: Jenna Hart
304 pages
ISBN: 0425258068
EAN: 9780425258064
Kindle: B00ISEOIPS
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Also by Daryl Wood Gerber:
A Glimmer of a Clue, July 2021
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A Sprinkling of Murder, July 2020
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Shredding the Evidence, May 2020
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Hi, readers!!

Wonderful reviews have come in for the 3rd in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries: STIRRING THE PLOT. But what matters to me is what you think! Read the First Chapter by clicking HERE.

I’m nothing like my amateur sleuth, Jenna Hart, but we have a few things in common. We both love California, we love to read mysteries, and we love to eat!

Two years after her husband disappears in a boating accident, Jenna, a former ad executive and marketing whiz in San Francisco, realizes it’s time to change her course. She returns home to Crystal Cove, California, a beautiful seaside community, to help her aunt open a culinary bookshop and café…and to find her smile. Although Jenna is an avid reader and a foodie, her aunt didn’t bring Jenna into the business because of her vast knowledge of cookbooks. In fact, Jenna can’t cook. She never had to learn. Her mother did it all. But she’s determined to learn. And over the course of the series, she does.

In STIRRING THE PLOT, the third installment of the Cookbook Nook mysteries, trouble is brewing with a dash of murder. Halloween in Crystal Cove is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster.

Jenna has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there’s one unexpected addition to the menu: murder.

When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there’s no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. Now, mind you, the Winsome Withes aren’t really witches, and the Head Priestess happens to be Jenna’s therapist and her aunt’s good friend. Both of them take the woman’s death hard. With her aunt unable to call on her ability to foresee the future—whether she really can is always in question—Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth.

By the end of STIRRING THE PLOT, you’ll have gotten a deeper knowledge of not only Jenna but of all of the supporting players, as well as Crystal Cove, a delicious place where weekly events like the Black Cat parade and pumpkin carving contest are part of the fun. You’ll know a bit more about the new man in Jenna’s life, Rhett. And you’ll get to take Jenna’s journey with her as she learns to cook.

Note: this is NOT a paranormal mystery. It is a cozy. In fact, it’s often called a culinary mystery, which means you’ll also have another half dozen new recipes to try in your own kitchen, including a Witchy Woman Cocktail and French Silk Fudge Cake.

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Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series. As Avery Aames, she pens the nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series. Upcoming titles: STIRRING THE PLOT, Sept 2014 & As Gouda As Dead, Feb 2015. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in Murder, She Wrote and more. Visit Daryl or Avery at her website. She blogs & shares recipes on Mystery Lovers Kitchen.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment today on this post and one lucky winner will be picked to win an autographed copy of STIRRING THE PLOT as well as a Cookbook Nook mug filled with delicious Halloween candy! [You will be contacted by email. United States entrants, only.]

Watch the STIRRING THE PLOT trailer HERE.




53 comments posted.

Re: Daryl Wood Gerber | Stirring the Plot

I thought it was very interesting and can't wait to read the
(Toni Whitmire 12:42pm September 30, 2014)

Sounds like a fun group to get to know, looking forward to the book!!
(Shirley Bennett 1:33am September 30, 2014)

I can't wait to read this!!! Thank you so much for the
(Tracy Shafer 8:18am September 30, 2014)

A cozy and recipes...what could be better :-)
(Deanna Stillings 8:32am September 30, 2014)

Congratulations on your new book. I can't wait to read this I love the sound of it.
(Penney Wilfort 9:01am September 30, 2014)

Cozy mysteries are so much fun to read! Can't wait to find out if Jenna stumbles on the truth.
(Susan S 9:05am September 30, 2014)

Congratulations on your new book! It would be awesome to
win this or your giveaway on Facebook. I haven't had the
pleasure of reading your books yet, and can't afford to buy
(Patricia Cushing 9:06am September 30, 2014)

Books and food - the best things in life! Thanks for the
(Rachael Brown 9:07am September 30, 2014)

So excited about your latest book. Can't wait to read it and check out the recipes. Cozy food mysteries are my favorites.
(Linda Blalock 9:27am September 30, 2014)

Sounds like another winner! Would love to win, too!
(Mary Hay 9:46am September 30, 2014)

I love culinary mysteries. And the books sounds great. Thanks.
(Pam Howell 10:41am September 30, 2014)

Can't wait to read this ! Thank you for the chance !!
(Susan King 10:49am September 30, 2014)

Congratulations on your new release! I always enjoy both
the mystery and the recipes. Thanks for the contest.
(Sue Farrell 10:54am September 30, 2014)

Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on the new release. I am really enjoying this series...especially love Jenna's aunt.
(Mary Vehlies 10:56am September 30, 2014)

I love mysteries and can't wait to read your new book.
(Angela Parrish 10:56am September 30, 2014)

Your book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win it.
(Kathy Morrison 11:02am September 30, 2014)

what a great giveaway, I really want to read this book
(Rebecca Stephen 11:04am September 30, 2014)

Sounds like a great book!
(Dawn Anderson 11:30am September 30, 2014)

Cozy mysteries with holiday themes are 2 great things that taste great
together :) do u happen to have an EZ recipe for lemon meringue CAKE?
I've been looking but all are too hard :/
(Celeste Gaydos 12:28pm September 30, 2014)

Sounds heavenly....love to curl up with a good fall mystery!
(Susan Coster 12:34pm September 30, 2014)

Wow so happy for you on this new release also for the recipes that you have posted! Sounds like a book I have to get my hands on!
(Peggy Clayton 12:55pm September 30, 2014)

Congratulations on your new release. Can't wait to read it.
(Susan Clickner 1:18pm September 30, 2014)

Looks like an awesome book and delicious book. Love the
(Gayle Cochrane 1:25pm September 30, 2014)

I am a new fan of your books and cannot wait for the latest one. A new mystery and new recipes - I'm addicted!
(Bonnie Davis 1:26pm September 30, 2014)

Having a Halloween theme is the perfect setting and gets me in the mood for a good mystery. And the food helps, too :) Great combination all the way around.
(Leni Kaye 1:29pm September 30, 2014)

Congratulations! The release and recipes are wonderful.
Cozies are delightful.
(Sharon Berger 1:31pm September 30, 2014)

Love the cover of this book. Also looking forward to the recipes!!
(Ronna Lord 1:49pm September 30, 2014)

Looks like an exciting book to read for Halloween ! Great ideas
(Celeste Gelinas 2:03pm September 30, 2014)

Can't wait to read this book!
Congratulations on your new release
(Sandie White 2:12pm September 30, 2014)

Books with recipes are always some of my favourites, and when you throw in a mystery, well, I'm hooked!!

And if there was a shop like this here in Madison, I'd be in BIG trouble, as I totally LOVE cookbook shops! Getting me out of the cookbook section of any bookstore is difficult, but out of a store devoted to them?



(Lynn Rettig 2:24pm September 30, 2014)

Reading, eating and being comfy. Nothing better
(MaryEllen Hanneman 3:31pm September 30, 2014)

Wow, hello, everyone! How great to see your responses. I hope those that can't
afford them will talk to a librarian! I am a big fan of libraries! Best way to share a
book! Enjoy & hope to see you on my Mystery Lovers Kitchen blog, where a
bunch of authors, who love to cook up crime, serve up recipes daily! Savor the
mystery! ~ Daryl aka Avery
(Daryl Wood Gerber 6:37pm September 30, 2014)

Cozy mysteries are my favorite type of book. I'd love to win. I love the library too. That's where I am now, using their computers. This would be good to read next month. Last year I read two Halloween mysteries in October.
(Michelle Fidler 7:31pm September 30, 2014)

Lynn, I know what you mean about if there was a culinary cookbook shop in
town. I'd like to live in my own book! :)

Daryl aka Avery
(Daryl Wood Gerber 8:17pm September 30, 2014)

All of the mysterious circumstances just weave the web to pull you into the story that you can not put this book down. Love magic with witches, spells and slight of hand to bring this to a boil of mystery. OOOoooooh what will happen next ...keep reading to find the answer. Just love Daryl Wood Gerber can twist the story so a reader is in to the thick of it. It is spellbinding for sure.
(Shirley Sego 8:52pm September 30, 2014)

Mystery is my favorite genre. It's even better with recipes to
try out!
(Bing Yuan 9:21pm September 30, 2014)

Love culinary cozies.
(Mary C 9:53pm September 30, 2014)

Love cozy mysteries!
(Vicki Hancock 7:17am October 1, 2014)

Your latest book has all the ingredients that I love in a
book- (pun intended)!! The witches, recipes, and murder
mystery along with the rest of the story make this the
perfect read to usher in the Fall, and I can't wait to get a
copy of your book in my hands!! As always, the cover of
your book is outstanding, and being an owner of 2 kitties
myself, it's an added plus!! Congratulations on your book,
and I'll be looking forward to sitting here with your book
in one hand, and my hot chocolate in the other!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:55am October 1, 2014)

Sounds like a great book. Love the story line.
(Susan Clickner 12:00pm October 1, 2014)

These books are so much fun! Recipe for a good time :D
(Michelle Brown 1:09pm October 1, 2014)

Shirley Sego, can I hire you as my publicity manager? Thank you for your pat on
the back! LOL

Daryl aka Avery
(Daryl Wood Gerber 7:47pm October 1, 2014)

Peggy, do you have a delicious recipe for hot chocolate? Do you like whipped
cream on yours? I do! It's not cold in LA, but I'm thinking hot chocolate
sounds outstanding!

Hugs to all who have commented! You are so sweet to chime in.

Daryl aka Avery
(Daryl Wood Gerber 7:48pm October 1, 2014)

I didn't know you were on Murder She Wrote - how exciting!
(Jenne Turner 8:32pm October 1, 2014)

Sounds like you've been cooking up another sweet one!
(Mary Ann Dimand 9:35pm October 1, 2014)

You literally put two of the best things together- books
and food. I also LOVE Halloween stories, so I am SO looking
forward to reading your book. Thanks a bunch!!
(R H 9:40pm October 1, 2014)

ready for a cup of mocha and a great book, thank you!
(Nancy Krueger 11:38pm October 1, 2014)

I love your books. You are an awesome writer. Mysteries are
my favorite genre. So happy to see you on fresh fiction.
(Denise Austin 12:47pm October 2, 2014)

I love reading mysteries and yours sounds like one that would
be hard to put down. Congrats on another publication!
(Sarah Bauman 2:40pm October 2, 2014)

Great first chapter, I'm in suspense as to what is going to wrong, and the
treats are making me hungry! :-)
(Gloria Shaw 6:25pm October 2, 2014)

I enjoy your books and can't wait to read this one ! Thank you for the giveaway !!
(Susan King 9:27pm October 2, 2014)

Sounds like a winner. Thanks for the sneak peek!
(MaryAnne Banks 10:06pm October 2, 2014)

What a great story for Halloween. I can't wait to read this book.
(Kai Wong 4:22pm October 11, 2014)

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