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Final Sentence

(Cookbook Nook Mystery #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,148 ratings  ·  226 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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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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
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
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this first entry in the series. I liked the characters and enjoyed the seaside town setting. The mystery was good and definitely kept me guessing. Recipes are included at the end, I always like that.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoy the Cookbook Nook series. I read it out of order, starting with book 3, Stirring the Plot (my favorite) because it was fall and it had an awesome fall theme. I then read book 2 (Inherit the Word) and enjoyed it as well. When I came across the first in the series, Final Sentence, I of course had to purchase it. Jenna’s old college roommate, Desiree, is a well-known chef who comes to Crystal Cove for a book signing. Soon enough, Desiree’s death certificate is signed as well. The mystery is ...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
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
An enjoyable start, but I felt like that was the thing that was forgotten in this book; that it was the start. It felt like there were too many characters, too many clues, too much lying, too much questioning. Then it finally all comes out and the mystery wasn't as good as I'd hoped. Still though, there were enjoyable parts, and I do sympathize with Jenna's lack of cooking ability. I couldn't even make the 'simple' recipes she tries- I'm a defrost and reheat kind of girl.

The first in the series-
This was a pretty good cozy, had a good plot and interesting mystery that had me guessing to the very end. But as far as character development even Jenna the main character isn't really developed much at all. We know she's widowed and returned home but really learn hardly nothing about her personality, hopes and dreams then she has a new shop to run. I'll probably read more books in the series but I'm not in a rush to binge read them.
❂ 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
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.
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 Reviews
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 Hathaway
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
Jessica Robbins
Book one in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series. What a great start to this new series. We get to meet Jenna as she moves back home and opens a cookbook store with her Aunt. They are gearing up for the grand opening so Jenna invites an old friend who just happens to be famous cookbook author to host a signing to draw in more people. Things are stressed when she arrives thanks to her behavior and it just gets worse when she is found dead with Jenna as one of the prime suspects. Well of course she ha ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jenna Hart has returned to her hometown, Crystal Cove, California, to start over again. She is leaving behind a stressful advertising career and the heartbreak of losing her husband to a boating accident. Her dear aunt, Vera, has opened a culinary bookshop and cafe and brought Jenna on as a partner. Her new life seems to be on an upward trajectory when tragedy strikes.
Her college roommate, friend, and celebrity chef Desiree Divine, arrives in town to sign her new cookbook at the grand opening o
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jenna's life has turned upside down following the death of her husband, David. Even her job seems dull and blah. Her Aunt Vera throws her a lifeline in the form of an invitation...come back home to Crystal Cove, and be a partner in a new cookbook bookshop and cafe. With nothing more enticing on the horizon, Jenna comes home to begin a new life. But murder is lurking, and Jenna is the prime suspect! Determination to prove herself innocent leads Jenna down a path of both self-discovery and danger. ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in the series. I thought it was well written, but I would expect nothing else from this author.
All the characters I could see as real people. I didn’t feel there was anything truly cookie cutter here.
I got an overview of the town setting, but would have liked a bit more, so I could visualize a map of it. I think this will come together as the series is progressed.
There was a lot of action going on here, and Uber clues and red herrings. I figure out the killer, but not until rig
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.

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Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries.

As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. A DEADLY ÊCLAIR, the first French Bistro Mystery, comes out November 2017.

Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN.

Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared

Other books in the series

Cookbook Nook Mystery (8 books)
  • Inherit the Word (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #2)
  • Stirring the Plot (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #3)
  • Fudging the Books (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #4)
  • Grilling the Subject (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #5)
  • Pressing the Issue (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #6)
  • Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery, #7)
  • Sifting Through Clues (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 8)
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