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Final Sentence (Cookbook Nook Mystery #1)

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In need of a change, Jenna Hart leaves the high-pressure world of advertising to help her aunt, Vera, open a culinary bookshop and café. Back with her family in Crystal Cove, California, Jenna seems to have all the right ingredients for a fresh start—until someone adds a dash of murder.

As a marketing expert, Jenna wants to make sure the grand opening of the Cookbook Nook d
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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    ❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
    I'm wavering between 3 and 4 stars after reading this first instalment of a new series, so we'll go with 3.5. The beginning started off clunky for me - I really struggled the first few chapters to figure out the characters' voices and as a result, the dialogue really didn't flow at all. And the first half of the book was overly peppered (ha! cooking reference!) with specific examples of how Jenna was an ace marketing executive in her previous career. These stuck out and felt horribly awkward to ...more
    Melodie
    I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't. I've read a couple of Ms. Gerber's Cheese Shop books written as Avery Aames and just can't tolerate them. They're very well written, but the extreme cheese talk just turns my stomach due to my cheese aversion. While this book didn't have that, it had some annoying problems. Let's see, Jenna owns a cookbook shop, but she can't cook? Why does this strike me as weird? Her dad looks like Cary Grant and his name is Cary? The love interest looks like Rh ...more
    Vicky
    Let me begin by saying I read. A lot.

    Chapter one had me hooked but then chapter two comes along with a jumble of characters and incidents that results in the 3rd chapter having Jenna in a haphazard rush, run and exhibiting totally rude behavior. The author fails to explain how "everyone else" knows that Jenna's husband was having an affair with Desiree. the author just puts things out there and the reader is supposed to swallow the illogical chain she is trying to devise. Random people showing u
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    Nicky
    Couldn't finish this book. I gave it the college try, but there was no flow and the dialogue was horrible. The Aunt has to be the most annoying character I've ever read. I normally try to plug through a book, but I just couldn't do it.
    Nancy Narma
    “Cookbooks, Crimes and Clues Abound”

    “Hoo-Boy!!” (You’ll understand when you read the book). In this first of a new series by Daryl Wood Gerber, we are introduced to Jenna Hart, former advertising executive, as well as a young widow, who moves back to her roots, (Crystal Cove) to “Find her smile”. With beloved Aunt/co-owner Vera, they open the “Cookbook Nook”—a charming cookbook & culinary item shop/café’. As a grand opening draw, Jenna and Vera secure an appearance/book-signing by Desiree Di
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    Suzanne
    "Final Sentence" is a great cozy mystery for those who love Avery Aames, Cleo Coyle, Krista Davis, Laura Childs and other writers of this genre. I fell in love with Avery Aames' Cheese Shop mysteries and am delighted that she has chosen to write a new series, focused on the proprietors of a cook book shop in a cozy coastal California town near San Francisco, under Daryl Wood Gerber!

    In "Final Sentence" Wood Gerber takes us to the town of Crystal Cove, the hometown of Jenna Hart. After losing her
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    Bea
    I very much enjoyed the first half of this book. It was a quick, easy read with a nice light tone, and good characterization. I had read this author before under another name and wasn't impressed so I was happy that this book seemed a better match for me. But, some niggles from the first half and problems in the second half brought down my enjoyment of the book and in the end it was a struggle to finish.

    There were some improbabilities - the supposed similarities between Jenna's father and actor
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    Judith
    I'm sorry to say that this book was a disappointment although the premise is a good one for a cozy. Jenna Hart, a young widow still in mourning for her husband who drowned, comes back to her home town to open a Cookbook shop and café with her aunt. She has left her former life as a prize winning advertising executive, and after two years of mourning the loss of her young husband, she wants to start over. Her old college friend, a cookbook diva, and a star on a foodie show, comes to town for the ...more
    Susan
    Maybe it's a case of wrong place, wrong time, but this book really rubbed me the wrong way. From a entrepreneurial heroine who doesn't ever seem to do much work, an amateur sleuth whose modus operandi is dashing up to people and accusing them of crimes, to a style that's speckled with grammatical errors, I just could not find myself liking this at all. Next time, I stop reading sooner if it seems unbearable. If you really must know, widowed Jenna goes into business with her psychic aunt opening ...more
    Kwee Lewis
    I have to admit, I got a little weary of some of the name dropping of famous chefs in the beginning. I was beginning to wonder if the Cooking Chanel had provided some underwriting support or something. But, once we seemed to get past that and really into the infolding of the mystery, it was really good. I actually enjoyed all the characters, even Pepper. The plot was not predictable, but I could see how we got the ending. That is a make or break point for me. I very much enjoyed this book. I may ...more
    Dawn
    Most of this book I really didn't care for it for what ever reason. I did like the ending however. Not sure I will continue on in this series.
    Andrea Guy
    Final Sentence is the first book in a new series by Daryl Wood Gerber and it is a great beginning. In fact, I can find very little about this book that isn't great! The cover is so adorable! And the story is fantastic.

    I love Jenna and her aunt Vera who are running the Cookbook Nook bookshop and cafe. And all the other characters are just full of...well...character!

    Some characters who will catch your eye are, Pepper...the chief of police's mother and a very nasty woman. Cinnamon, the police chie
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    bella
    In the first book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series, Daryl Wood Gerber creates a mouth-watering mystery set in Crystal Cove, a idyllic by-the-sea town where murder and mayhem take place.

    Jenna returns home to Crystal Cove, after her husband was declared dead two years earlier, after going missing during a sailing trip. Her Aunt Vera has convinced her to open The Cookbook Nook, a cookbook store with a cafe, and with Vera, her father and school friends they prepare to open the most delicious stor
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    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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    for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

    Final Sentence is the second cozy mystery that I have read. It was a lot different from my first one. Consequently, it changed my opinion of the genre. I initially thought that they were just about some old ladies drinking wine and solving murders. This book was nothing like that. I will definitely love to read another cozy mystery from this author. Lucky for me, this is the first book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber.

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    Sarah
    I really wanted to love this series. I still might end up loving it. I thought it was only okay. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't amazing. It wasn't like the cupcake mysteries by Jenn McKinlay or the coffeehouse mysteries by Cleo Coyle or even the Hannah Swenson mysteries by Joanne fluke.

    Jenna was a likable enough character. She is a widow and recently lost her mother too. Her relationship with her dad was strained but that was never really explained fully. It was sort of thrown in there.

    In add
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    Mary
    Cozy mysteries are supposed to be like a warm blanket, comfort food and chamomile tea all wrapped up in 300 pages or so. Unfortunately, Final Sentence let me down.

    I received this book through the Goodreads-Firstreads program last year and tried to read it when I first got it in the mail. After about 50 pages I put it on hold. Last weekend I decided to give it another shot. To be perfectly honest, I had to force myself to finish it and I am probably being very generous by giving this 2.5 stars.

    W
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    Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    This debut novel has a lot going on in the storyline. The main character, Jenna Hart, a former Advertising executive and widow, moves down south of San Francisco, CA to live next to her Auntie Vera, her Father, a former FBI analyst, and friends in her childhood town of Crystal Cove. Auntie has sold Jenna a business that she had intended to open decades earlier but hadn't due to something personal in her life. The new business is a combination Cookbook store and Cafe. It is an unique bookstore as ...more
    Daniele
    I am torn about how I should rate this book. 2.5 stars

    I was so looking forward to it because it combined cookbooks and a cozy mystery. Unfortunately, the constant cookbook plugs drove me crazy. I even wonder if the Food Network paid Ms Gerber an incentive to include it's programs and chefs. To make it even worse, I found some of the book/author descriptions to be inaccurate...I know because these cookbooks are in my kitchen. Ms Gerber also blatantly referred to a mystery series that she writes
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    Marian
    This started off pretty good, with at least competent writing (unlike so many cozies, sadly) and an interesting situation. But the characters never really developed (one was characterized by saying "Hoo-boy" every time she was in a scene, and not much else--well, she's a good cook) and the mystery was just so-so. I didn't really care whodunnit by the end, to be honest! The gushing over various cookbooks got annoying after a while. And I'm not sure why the author didn't want to use a real setting ...more
    Richard Mann
    FAIR WARNING: I am going to grumble a bit about publishing trends in cozy mysteries before I get to my comments about this book. Hang in there; there is an actual review before the end of this clump of writing.

    I don't know how many cozy mystery series I've read or read about recently that feature celebrity chefs. I would hate to be a celebrity chef, because the world apparently believes they are all rude, egocentric, monomaniacal, power-hungry louts. Even the good ones. And they tend to get kill
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    Laurel-Rain
    When Jenna Hart, still grieving after the death of her husband David Lassiter, decides to chuck her career in advertising and leave San Francisco, she is homeward bound. Back to Crystal Cove, where her Aunt Vera owns The Cookbook Nook. Jenna settles into a cottage next to Aunt Vera's beach house.

    The two of them have renovated the bookstore/café space and prepared for a big Opening Day, with a celebrity chef, Desiree Divine, also an old school chum of Jenna's, on board to help launch the shop.

    But
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    Luffy Monkey D.
    This is a cozy mystery with many references that were thankfully if carefully spelled out for us. Musical references, and books, and history and lots more. The regrettable thing about this cozy is that interest was in short supply regarding the heroine's mind, past and present. We do know that she was widowed, but we rarely get to know more about her and the love of her life. I can't zoom on what can make a book interesting in its earlier chapters, but whatever it is, the beginning of Final Sen ...more
    Bookadventurer
    I was excited to get Final Sentence, but it turned out to be just Okay for me. The description of Crystal Cove sounded beautiful, but I just couldn't tune in to the plot and some of the characters just irked me.

    Chief Cinnamon Pritchett's mother, Pepper, has to be one of the most hateful characters I've come across, and she has her daughter (Cinnamon) pretty whipped and runs rough shod over her throughout the investigation. Katie the chef's food sounded delicious, but every time she opened her m
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    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    I'd probably give this 3 1/2 stars. It was good and I enjoyed it, but the main character got on my nerves. I liked a lot of the other characters and perhaps it was just getting to know Jenna and her story, but she seemed really nervous/jumpy and while I know being accused of murder is enough to make everyone batty, she seemed a little over the top.

    Now there is a hunky man who is a former chef, Rhett Jackson. I think he will be Jenna's love interest since her husband went missing/died several yea
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    Anastasia
    Final Sentence by Daryl Wood Gerber is the first book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series. It introduces us to Jenna Hart who moves back to Crystal Cove to help her aunt manage a cookbook shop and cafe after the death of her husband. Unfortunately the opening in marred when Jenna finds the body of her friend and celebrity chef, Desiree Divine, murdered on the beach and quickly becomes the prime suspect, forcing her to investigate the crime. I enjoyed the mystery although the characters were a bit ...more
    Nancy
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    Cathy
    Love the idea of a cookbook bookshop that is also a cafe and hosts cooking demonstrations. I did think it a little far-fetched that Jenna and Vera could go from cleaning thirty-year-old dirt to open for business in only three days. (And really, would a shop in a resort town shutter its doors for thirty years?)

    I am probably too practical for my own good as I kept getting bogged down in irrelevant details: how can Jenna afford to offer so may free samples? All those ingredients cost money. Who car
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    Lisa
    "Final Sentence" is the first book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series and it gets off to a great start!

    The main character, Jenna, has moved back to her hometown in hopes of changing her life but must clear her name and solve a mystery if she wants to succeed. Jenna has a fun quirky Aunt Vera and a growing circle of friends to support her on this life changing mission and mystery, plus there are a lot of great foodie references and a few recipes to boot!

    I like to watch food network and try out
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    Lisa Kelley
    FINAL SENTENCE is the first book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series. It is also the first book I’ve read by Daryl Wood Gerber and it won’t be the last! (I did read the next book in the series – INHERIT THE WORD – you can find that review on the book’s page.)

    I knew from page one that I was going to enjoy this book because I instantly fell in love with protagonist Jenna Hart and her Aunt Vera. I loved the surroundings of The Cookbook Nook, Jenna and Vera’s store, and the attached café. I could en
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    Fred
    Final Sentence is the first book in the A Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Gerber also writes The Cheese Shop Mystery series as Avery Aames.

    Jenna Hart has returned home to Crystal Cove to manage the Cookbook Nook for her Aunt Vera. There is also a quaint little café in the store.

    To get started off right, Jenna has her college roommate and TV chef, Desiree Divine lined up for the grand opening. On the evening before, as Jenna is walking along the beach she finds what she believe to be a sand sculptu
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