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Cooking the Books (Sloane Templeton Mysteries #1)

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  378 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
After her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also "inherits" a half-batty store manager; a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week, but never read books, called the Granny Oakleys Book Club; and Aunt Verline, who fancies herself an Iron ...more
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Abingdon Press
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Apr 04, 2012 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read somewhere that being a published author was a dream for Bonnie Calhoun. I was delighted to see that her dream has been realized and I could not wait to read Cooking the Books. Bonnie has mentored countless Christian authors and all of the mentoring has paid off in a huge way. This book was such an enjoyable read. I like to read mysteries, but I prefer mysteries that are not too heavy. I like some humor so I can relax while reading, but I also want enough suspense and mystery to make the b ...more
Melissa Waldron
Sep 16, 2011 Melissa Waldron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advanced-read
I was intrigued by the title of the book and found that I enjoyed it a great deal. It is well written and the characters and situations that they find themselves in are more "real" then some that I have read. This book actually had the feel that it might be happening right now some where in the country.

Sloane Templeton is an unhappy bookstore owner when you first meet her. She does not want to spend her time running her late mother's bookstore. She is also getting over a bad marriage to an abusi
Pat W. Kirk (author name Patricia Annalee Kirk)
Sloane runs the bookstore, Beckham’s Books & Brews, specializing in antique books, left to her by her mother. Fifi, business manager, and her pistol-packin’ group, the Granny Oakleys, ably assist her. Two men want one book in particular. Each is angry that the other knows about it. Meanwhile, Trey, well-muscled example of Sloane’s bad taste in men, terrorizes her. Though she said goodbye, he still considers her his woman. But she has Andreas. She doesn’t understand why her mother didn’t like ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Patriciaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous debut. What's not to like about a mystery set in Brooklyn with a smart, sassy, older than the Sony Walkman heroine? Sloane wants to run the bookstore left to her by her deceased mother...except she really doesn't. Until she figures out the right path, she must deal with an abusive ex-boyfriend, a new hottie, mysterious emails, and a vintage book with multiple, disagreeable interested parties. An unexpected twist brings it all together and makes for a satisfying ending, not to mention le ...more
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it it was ok
This is a humorous murder mystery - and it just doesn't quite make it for me. I have a little trouble with humorous books to begin with, but this one is almost slapstick at times and then jumps to supposedly serious drama. I found it hard to enjoy any of it.

The characters are flat, one-sided, and not realistic. I know the author was going for funny characters, but I expect them to be real first, funny second.

There was some potential in the plot line - was Sloane's mother murdered? why? who is tr
Ane Mulligan
May 01, 2012 Ane Mulligan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can you bite your nails and laugh out loud at the same time?

Bonnie S. Calhoun is a master weaver of snarky humor and suspense. Cooking the Books is fast paced, laugh out loud funny with enough suspense to make you shiver. Sloane is an oxymoron: tough as nails on crime and injustice, yet her Aunt Verline and Fifi, her nutty store manager, manipulate her. Novel Rocket and I give it a high recommendation. It's a must read.
Dec 22, 2014 Sherri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book from Amazon, and as always the cover art is what draws me in. This time, it was a bait and switch. I couldn’t get past chapter three to read the rest of the book. There were so many characters thrown into the first two that I found myself utterly confused. I did not have the patience to continue reading, hoping to muddle through the book. But this time, I gave up. I don’t like giving bad reviews, but if I can’t read the book it’s not rating high, not even a three in my rev ...more
Linda Yezak
Aug 26, 2015 Linda Yezak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Quirky characters and witty quips made this cozy mystery a fun read. Looking forward to more from Bonnie Calhoun!
Joanne Sher
Aug 26, 2012 Joanne Sher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snarky, suspenseful, fun, and surprising. A good read for sure.
Connie N.
In a word...disappointing. This is a situation where the author planned on using humor to lighten up a murder mystery. Our main character is brash, she's independent, she's smart, but she's soooo sarcastic that her comments often made me wince. Everyone was the recipient of her harsh mouth, but everyone else seemed to be oblivious. Her Aunt Verlene, meant to be a comical screw-up, simply came off as being a little pathetic and a big target for Sloane's "humor." No one was safe--not the elderly b ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Bonnie Calhoun cooks up one of the most hilarious, nail-biting mysteries in her recipe for a “Gotta Read It” book in Cooking the Books. Measure out one bunch of wacky characters, a heaping cup of mystery and mayhem, and a generous portion of twists and turns. Combine with one well-whipped Sloane Templeton, four tablespoons of zest from humor, and bring to a rolling boil over inner turmoil. When mixture begins to thicken, gently fold in a pint of compassion and sprinkle with faith. Garnish with w
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Cooking the Books is the first of Bonnie S Calhoun's debut series that combines humour and mystery. Once a cyber crimes specialist, Sloane Templeton has inherited Beckham's Brew and Books after the sudden death of her mother. As a reluctant owner/manager, Sloane is happy for her mothers best friend, FiFi to have her head, she has too much else to worry about including her Aunt Verlene's culinary adventures, her abusive ex boyfriends threats, a curious detective and a gun toting seniors book club ...more
Victor Gentile
Jun 21, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bonnie S. Calhoun in her new book, “Cooking the Books” Book One in The Sloane Templeton Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Sloane Templeton.

From the back cover: It’s not easy being Sloane Templeton.

After her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also “inherits” a half-batty store manager; a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week, but
Mar 13, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sloane Templeton doesn't just step off the page. She flies off of it taking the reader on one quirky dangerous journey.

Filled with wacky characters Cooking the Books will have you holding your breath right along with Sloane when she discovers overcooked eggs. Her aunt is a wana-be-gourmet chef and Sloane does what she can to keep her aunt out of trouble, but she is on a first name basis with the fire and police departments.

Sloane has a sarcastic wit that leaves you grinning. Her choice in men ha
Maureen Timerman
Apr 16, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Once I picked up this captivating book, I could not put it down! It grabs you and compels you to keep reading.
Sloane Templeton has lost her Mom, and now has taken over running her Bookstore, along with Fifi her Mom's partner [another Colorful Character]. She has also begun a new relationship with a Greek Doctor..Andreas, having left a bad relationship with Trey [who doesn't seem to understand it is over!]
This story has it all, death threats and threatening messages, along with in person threats
Jun 11, 2012 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sloane Templeton leaves her high powered Cyber Crimes computer job to take over her Mother's book store after she suddenly dies. The store is located in a lovely, but 'safety challanged' old neighborhood, and is soon in 'demand' to be purchased by some shady characters.Sloan has some interesting characters of her own that she seems to have inherited with the book store. These include her store manager, who was her Mom's best friend and a feisty gun toasting 'book group' leader.Plus an aunt who s ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Pattyrflg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a free ebook download. This was packed with all kinds of quirky characters from Fifi to Aunt Verlene and a few bad guys that make Sloane Templeton's life very interesting. After Sloane's mother dies unexpectedly, she leaves her beloved career of computer forensics to run her mother's bookstore. She has to deal with her poor choices in boyfriends and husband, a real estate company pushing her to sell them the bookstore, cyber threats, and Aunt Verlene who thinks she is the next great che ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Cooking the Books by Bonnie Calhoun is the first book in the Sloane Templeton series about a thirty-something divorcee with far too much on her plate. Sloane is still recovering from the unexpected death of her mother, Camille, who ran Beckam's Brew & Books, a bookstore known for its great coffee and even better selection of books. Unfortunately, Sloane's heart isn't in selling books; she misses her time working with a cyber-crime unit at NYU that she had to give up after her nasty divorce f ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would read more Sloane Templeton mystery books. I enjoyed Cooking the Books. Felt her taste in men was not great.
Sloan was working in a bookstore but not happy to be there. Her mom had owned the bookstore, but 3 months ago she died. In fact Sloan owns the whole building all 4 floors of it. thier are inside stairs and outside stairs. Sloan apartment is 3 and 4 floors. Her mom is on the second floor and bookstore on the ground floor.
Sloan exhusband abused her so she left and got a divorce and no
Voni Harris
Cooking the Books by Bonnie Calhoun was a nice read about Sloane Templeton, who is having trouble finding men who don’t abuse her, at the same time she is facing the death of her mother and a threatening mystery about an antique book owned by her mother’s bookshop, AND cyber-threats. She also must keep track of her quirky older relatives, which struck me as quirky and charming, not as cheap laughs. The unique thing is how the author weaves all of these things together in the plot. So many other ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
It's truly a honor and a delight when you are asked to review an author's debut novel as I was in the case of Cooking The Books by Bonnie Calhoun. I've had the pleasure of working with her through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance of which she is the Owner and Director of a 200+ blog members that host twice weekly blog tours for Christian fiction. She is also the Owner/Publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine (CFOM), a three-year-old, 50+ page Ezine with columns and articles by the best and ...more
Sloane Templeton wants to be a computer forensics specialist, but instead she finds herself in the role of bookseller when she inherits her mother’s bookstore, “Beckham’s Books and Brew.” Although Sloane doesn’t love books the way her mom did, she doesn’t want to sell the building, even though she’s getting more and more pressure to do just that from Coltraine Realty. In addition to Sloane coping with her mother’s death and learning to run the bookstore, there are at least two buyers haggling ov ...more
Sloane Templeton has it all - a successful business, a handsome Greek boyfriend and a solid relationship with God. Well, she owns a bookshop but really wants to work in computer forensics. No one except her likes her Greek boyfriend (significant other?), and God seems to be out to lunch some days. Not only has she inherited Beckhams Books & Brews and its offbeat manager from her mother, but she has also acquired a rare book that could be worth a lot of money – if she lives to see it. She is ...more
Tracy Smith
Sep 05, 2011 Tracy Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warped psychiatrists, persistent real-estate agents, gun-toting seniors, and unwilling book-store owners create this mystery called "Cooking The Books."

This debut novel follows Sloane Templeton as she inherits her dear mother's bookstore after her death of only three months ago and has to give up her computing IT dreams along with it. Fighting to keep it out of local realtors hands, she encounters many mishaps along the way. From abusive ex's to an aunt who excels in the incompetency of any coo
Mar 25, 2012 Glenajo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crazy, Fun Mystery

Sloane Templeton’s life is turned upside-down with the death of her mother, the inheritance of her mother's bookstore right after her divorce, followed by her boyfriend abusing her. That should be enough for anybody, but when you throw in a crazy want to-be Chef aunt that wants Sloane to be her taster and over diligent real estate agents attempting to force her to sell her property, you get total bedlam. Sloane does not know if she should be avoiding her ex-boyfriend, her aunt,
Jun 14, 2012 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sloane Templeton didn’t ask for all that was happening to her, but she had no choice but the accept it! Taking over Beckham’s Books and Brew after her moms death brought on some strange people in Sloane’s life. The store manager and the Granny Oakleys Book Club group was enough to deal with without having to eat Aunt Verline’s cooking, if that’s what you can call what she presented as food!

In the first part of “Cooking the Books we also get to meet Sloane’s ex-boyfriend T
Katelyn Bolds
Readers are thrown headfirst into an imaginative mystery when they open the pages of Bonnie S. Calhoun’s debut novel, Cooking the Books. Her main character, Sloane Templeton, used to work in a Cyber Crimes Unit investigating computer forensics. She decided to give up that life when she inherited her mother’s bookstore. Now she works hard to juggle looking after her eccentric aunt and her zany customers. But the real mystery starts when Sloane starts getting cyber threats.
Things keep getting wo

I always have fun reading a good mystery (cozy). Cooking The Books by BONNIE CALHOUN is no exception. This novel is full of fun, danger and peculiar characters. There is Beckham's Bookstore in New York with the visiting Granny Oakleys. There is Verlene, the main character's aunt who is a wannabe chef. I will never stop giggling to myself about the popping eggs. My favorite character is Sloane. Sloane is loyal, smart and has no idea how to carry a weapon for protection. Although, he
Apr 04, 2012 Winter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a mystery/suspense lover, I'm always trying to find a new off-the-cuff type of book that deviates from my normal long list of reads. I like variety, and with Bonnie s. Calhoun's new release of Cooking the Books, I got just that.

Sloane Templeton has had her fair share of missteps in her life. Now she's taken on her recently passed mother's book store and she's not so sure this is what she really wants. One thing is for sure, she ain't letting no money-grubbing realty company steal away the pla
Lori Twichell
Oct 08, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With quick dialogue, engaging characters and a fast moving plot, Bonnie Calhoun has created a fun quirky book that is not only enjoyable to read, but entertaining and a great way to get away from real life for a while. Although, to be fair, with the problems Sloane has, you can’t exactly call this a great getaway from reality, but you can laugh along with some of her crazy choices and misadventures.

I deeply enjoyed this freshman outing from Calhoun. As I read, I would laugh, stress and cry along
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