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Final Sentence (Cookbook Nook Mystery #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  884 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2013
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
Aug 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
❂ Jennifer
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Aug 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aunt Vera is a colorful, entertaining side dish, but Jenna is the main course in the first title of the Cookbook Nook series. Jenna Hart returns to her home town after the death of her husband and has little time to savor her new endeavor; the bookstore/café The Cookbook Nook. Her college friend, a successful celebrity chef, is murdered and left to be found sculpted into sand art on the beach. Jenna becomes the prime suspect in her friend’s murder and attempts to find someone else for the police ...more
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
Deana Dick
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great way to start a new series with funny characters, a lovely new cookbook shop and a very famous celebrity chef.

Jenna has lost her husband in a tragic boating accident and decides she needs a fresh start. She finds herself at her hometown where she feels content with family and friends around her. The story focuses on Jenna and her aunt opening a cookbook shop. The author does a superb job of using real cookbooks in her story which helps readers connect to the storyline. After reading
Nancy Narma
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
“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
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
Rosemary K
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jenna Hart lost her husband a year ago. She needs to start living again so she's opening a culinary book shop and café. Crystal Cove is the perfect place since her family lives here. For her grand opening she asks her old college roommate to appear. Desiree Divine is a celebrity chef. Things don't go as planned when Desiree is murdered and the police think Jenna did it. This is not the way to begin again. Jenna is a interesting character. She's smart and determined to find who killed her friend ...more
Lisa Ks Book Review
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
"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
Carly Budzynski
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Poor Jenna. Her husband dies in a boating accident in San Francisco, and two years later she needs to get away, so she moves back to her hometown to start a cookbook shop with her aunt. Jenna’s college roommate has become a huge celebrity chef on the Food Network, and agrees to come into town for an appearance. However, before superstar Desiree can sign anything, she shows up dead on the beach. Jenna is named a prime suspect, and needs to clear her name and get to the bottom of the murder.
As som
HAHAHA the author references her other series (written under a pseudonym) as some of the heroine's favorite books in her bookshop! HAHAHAHA! Cozy mysteries, you never cease to amaze me with your antics.

Fun setting, ridiculous dialogue and character reactions, requisite tangential animal on the cover. Give me more!
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Diane ~Firefly~
Jenna moves back to her hometown a couple years after her husband was lost at sea. She goes into business with her aunt, opening a cookbook store/café even though she can't cook. Not that it seems to matter as she is rarely at the business.

When she is accused of the murder by a neighboring business owner who is over the top with her contempt, Jenna decides to investigate to clear herself even though her exCIA father warns her not to. Her form of investigation seems to be to talk to a suspect an
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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.

Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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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.

Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok, I took a chance here and purchased all four books in this series(Cookbook Nook) by Daryl Wood Gerber-aka Avery Ames, in one fell swoop or in the case of Amazon a 1 click purchase. Yes, it was a risk when I consider how many unread books are stacking up on the shelves of every room(ok except the bathroom) in my house. I could relate to the protagonist, Jenna Hart, who ripped up stakes in from the wild and crazy world of Advertising(ding ding ding, we have a relatable winner here) to go and ta ...more
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
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an animal lover, I was a little concerned about the character leaving her new kitten in her car while she ran in the grocery store since the setting was August in California. I did notice some repetitious words and phrases (dystopian, hoo-boy, too-ra-loo). I understand the hoo-boy and too-ra-loo are part of the characters personalities, but it seemed like they were saying it during every conversation. If I had a friend or relative that used the same phrase that much, I'd have to tell them to ...more
Rebecca Lewis
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
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
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Final Sentence,book 1 in the Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber is a mystery set in charming Crystal Cove, California. I was drawn into the story from the beginning. I could not put it down. Jenna Hart the main character moves to this new town to open up a cookbook shop with her Aunt Vera,both charming characters. When the murder of a celebrity chef, Jenna's old college roommate puts a damper on everything. Jenna must play amateur detective to find out who did this,while being a suspect ...more
Rima Aiello
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This start to the series really began strong. I have to admit, I had not previously read anything from this author and I was pleasantly surprised by the writing and the overall flow of the story. The main character, Jenna Hart, was a complex character yet so not over the top that a person reading the book would not be able to relate. You cannot help but cheer this character on, want her to overcome her grief, root for her to make amends with her father. The supporting cast of characters that wer ...more
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Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense again with her second stand-alone suspense novel, DAY OF SECRETS.

Daryl also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and as AVERY AAMES, she pens the Cheese Shop Mysteries.

And soon she will debut a new series, FRENCH BISTRO MYSTERIES.

Fun tidbit: Daryl appeared on "Murder, She Wrote." She has a
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