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Grilling the Subject

(Cookbook Nook Mystery #5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.
As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of
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Published August 2nd 2016 by Berkley
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Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The best thing about this series is that whoever the murderer is, or how easy was it to guess correctly the culprit's identity, it does not spoil the enjoyment of the series.

It took me time to go through this particular book, but whenever I came back to the novel, it was as if there wasn't a break in the reading experience.

The most frustrating aspect of the books were the recipes. Half the ingredients in the recipes cannot be readily found in my country. These 3 stars, that I award my beloved co
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I gorged myself on this latest installment in the Cookbook Nook series by Daryl Wood Gerber. But it didn't fill me up; I want more!

Our heroine Jenna Hart is hard at work getting her specialty bookstore ready for the Wild West Extravaganza in the charming Californian town of Crystal Cove. Quickly things turn deadly, and with no alibi AND an ax to grind against the victim, Jenna's father is the prime suspect. It's up to Jenna to clear her father's name and find out who really did the dirty deed.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I must be honest and admit that the Wild West theme in Grilling the Subject did not excite me, but the Cookbook Book Nook Mysteries being one of my favorite series, I had to read it. All the barbecue and ranch style food that chef Katie was cooking up in the The Nook Cafe kitchen had my mouth watering not to mention the the Grilling themed cookbook titles mentioned that were on display in the Cookbook Nook Shop, had me salivating

Jenna Hart helps her aunt Vera run a culinary cookbook shop in Crys
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I am enjoying this cozy series by Ms. Gerber. The setting in the small beach community is a delight and the characters are likeable. I'm patiently waiting for my library to get the next book in the series.
Chatting About
In the fifth book in this mouthwatering cozy series, Jenna, owner of The Cookbook Nook, has stocked the shelves with books themed for the local Wild West Extravaganza and they're selling like hotcakes. Barbeque, grilling, smoking--any kind of cowboy recipe is available. Jenna's father, Cary, retired FBI man; is on the outs with a neighbor, Sylvia Gump, who insists on throwing frequent outdoor cookouts with loud music despite the protests of himself and several other close neighbors. After Cary a ...more
Carmen Slaughter
I received a copy of this release in exchange for a book review. I had not read any of the previous titles in the series so I was intrigued by the premise but anxious about diving in at book five. The author does a great job of including enough backstory to make the characters familiar without spoiling the potential to revisit the earlier books. In this outing, the residents of Crystal Cove are participating in the Wild West Extravaganza. Jenna is looking forward to the festivities and the food ...more
Mark Baker
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, mystery
Crystal Cove is celebrating all things western, and Jenna and the Cookbook Nook are joining in by promoting BBQ. However, things take a tragic turn when one of Jenna’s father’s neighbors turns up dead in a bonfire. With her father a prime suspect, Jenna must find a way to clear his name.

I truly love the different themes we get in this series, each one adds a unique flavor to the story. The characters are fabulous as well, and they definitely feel like old friends here. Toss in a plots with plent
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Grilling The Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber is the 5th book in this wonderful series.
Crystal Cove is celebrating a Wild West Extravaganza with lots of contests, activities, food tasting, stagecoach races and delicious recipes.
A murder has occurred, Sylvia is found dead and this one becomes more personal to Jenna as her dad is a suspect.
Jenna also has to think about her relationship with Rhett and her dead husband David in order to move forward.
This story had twists and turns, plenty of suspects
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A Wild Ride

Ride along with Jenna Hart while she delights in the Wild West Extravaganza, tries to solve a murder, and works through some relationship issues. This 5th book in Gerber's Cookbook Nook series is a definite page turner that keeps you on your toes the whole way through. Jenna is such a down to earth character you will treasure getting to know her and through her, some fantastic friends and family. This lovely series is filled with a huge variety of cookbooks, eccentric characters, tast
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is book number 5 in the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series, Grilling the Subject. The sleuth, Jenna Hart, finds herself investigating the death of an obnoxious neighbor to clear her father. Along with the murder investigation, a Wild West Extravaganza is in town adding to the drama, Bailey is in the midst of wedding planning, Jenna and Rhett’s own relationship is heating up, and finally, is someone following Jenna? If so, why?

The murder plot is well done and has plenty of suspects and clues to ke
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
: The theme of this book was the wild west and all things barbecued. Jenna's father is accused of murder when a witness swears they saw him running away from a fire where a body was found. Jenna investigates to try and prove her fathers innocence. She also deals with her former advertising coworker who had a dispute with the victim. This wasn't one of my favorites from the cookbook nook series. I had a hard time getting into it and the mystery aspect didn't really hold my attention. I was more i ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's Wild West Extravaganza days in Crystal Cove, and The Cookbook Nook Cafe is participating with a host of wonderful "Cowboy Food" items! However, when a rather nasty woman turns up dead in a bonfire, and Jenna's father is the chief suspect, the party is over so far as Jenna is concerned. She WILL find out who this killer is, and clear her father's name!
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

Grilling the Subject
Cookbook Nook Mystery, Book #5
By Daryl Wood Gerber
ISBN13: 9780425279410
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.

As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite fo
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, cozy-mysteries
Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber is the fifth book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Jenna Hart and the town are getting ready for the Wild West Extravaganza that is coming to Crystal Cove. All the shops have decorated to reflect the wild west theme including Jenna’s The Cookbook Nook. Then Jenna finds out that the Shane Maverick is now running the WWE. They used to work together at Taylor and Squib Advertising in San Francisco. Shane is a type of guy that reminds you of a snake oil sa ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another winner in the Cookbook Nook series! There are no spoilers in this review but it's a doozy of a book.

Some of the things I loved...

* Jenna knows food but doesn't cook.

* The real life cookbook titles peppered throughout.

* Food is a constant all the way through the book.

* Recipes!

* All the suspects and the way Jenna herself flip flopped during the journey to the truth.

A couple of minor irritants (I'm grasping here, there isn't really much to dislike) ...

* The way Jenna doesn't share her
Clare O'Beara
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-crime
Jenna Hart left her advertising work to help her aunt run a cookbook store in a small town. The business seems to pay just enough and she is settled in with a gentleman friend, good neighbours and hearty recipes to learn.

The town is staging a rodeo with a nice touch - animal friendly performances. As this will attract tourists the Santa Cruz-area town is going all out to grab passing trade including trail cooking and barbecues which are called grills. I've been noticing a trend in light crime t
Dawn Frazier
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jenna and the gang are back, in this fifth installment of the series, getting ready for the Wild West Extravaganza. This book is great, I loved every page. Full of yummy new recipes, descriptions of mouth watering food, and of course it takes place in Crystal Cove, CA, one of my favorite fictional cozy towns. I love Jennas bookstore, it would definitely be a place I would visit often! Her Aunt Vera is a hoot, always lots of fun to catch up with her, and I love how so many cookbooks and cozy myst ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely -- from the Wild West Extravaganza, the wonderful barbecue recipes with cookbook references and cozy book recommendations, to, of course, a murder. The victim was disliked by many residents in the town of Crystal Cove, so there is no shortage of suspects. There are also some very unexpected twists and turns in the story as Jenna tries to exonerate her father of the crime and find the real killer. I really enjoyed my journey back to Crystal Cove and reconnecting with ...more
Lisa Morin
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful addition to a great series. Jenna Hart is a strong character and reading about her daily adventures is sure to put a smile on any reader's face.

In Grilling the Subject, it's time for the Wild West Extravaganza in Crystal Cove and the delectable barbecued treats are bringing in the tourists.
Local resident Sylvia Gump is a force to be reckoned with and has made plenty of enemies with her rude attitude and arrogant ways.
When Sylvia's body is found in the remains of a fire, the
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Book #5 in this series and I appreciated how the story lines tied together and the creative alibis. Once again, the Cook Book Nook is complementing the town's big tourist activity with enticing foods in the store and at the cafe and tempting cookbooks (I love cookbooks!) for customers to browse and buy. Part of the pleasure of reading this book and others in the series is that the Cookbook Nook is a place where cookbook lovers and foodies and their children would love to ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a digital copy of this book for my honest review from Netgalley and the author.

This is another great book in this series. Jenna is bound and determined to figure out who killed Sylvia and to clear her father's name. So many people disliked her, and for good reasons!

The characters and the town of Crystal Cove are all fun to get to know. The festivals that this small touristy town has are very interesting.

Because of a certain surprising character showing up in this book, I do recommend
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and this book did not disappoint. I have to say this was my favorite book in this series so far. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put it down. This book takes so many twists and turns, it kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't want it to end. Jenna definitely went through a lot, but came out a stronger person because of it. If you love food, cats and people with a lot of personality, then this is the book and the series for you. I highly recommend it!
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I like this series setting - a Cookbook book store and cafe.

BUT - there were way too many "What if he .." "What did that mean.." "Did she know that.." musings from the narrator throughout this book. It overwhelmed this one for me.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoy this series. The author has developed a number of quirky characters and always has interesting plots. Can't wait to finish this newest addition.
Peggy R
I can't believe that I let myself get so woefully behind in this series. I was happy to finally pick up book 5 in the series and return to Crystal Cove. This is such a fun and entertaining series. All of the characters are very likable and the town is such a charming setting. I love how each book seems to have a theme with a different event at the center of each book. This time around it was the Wild West Extravaganza. Jenna is once again at the center of solving a mystery, this time because her ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Man, I was totally bamboozled with this one! Every time I thought I had it figured out, something else happened. One heck of a good Mystery!
Mary Brown
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grilling The Subject
Cookbook Nook Mystery, Book 5
Daryl wood Gerber
5 Stars


Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.

As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next mor
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to Crystal Cove! Just in time for the Wild West Extravaganza! Jenna is excited about all the tourists arriving and the new people coming into the Cookbook Nook. But grilling isn’t only happening at the festival. Sylvia Gump has been found dead in a bonfire on property shared with her neighbors. Including Jenna’s dad! He was seen in the area and is the prime suspect. Jenna is burning around town trying to prove what everybody knows, that he is no killer! She intends to
“Grilling the Subject” is the 5th book in the Cookbook Nook series by Daryl Wood Gerber. This was actually the first one of that series that I had read, but I enjoyed it enough that I have since gone back and read the rest of the books in this series. Once again, I find myself wishing Goodreads and Amazon and some of the others would allow additional 1/2 star ratings. I would actually classify this book as a 4.5 out of 5.

When I first started this book, I was immediately hooked by Jenna, Bailey,
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cookbook Nook owner Jenna Hart is back with another murder to solve in Grilling the Subject, the fifth book in the series. This time however the stakes are a little bit higher for Jenna because it is her own father who stands accused of the crime.

Crystal Cove, California is going all out for the Wild West Extravaganza coming to town and Jenna, like all of the other business owners is doing her part. As people decorate and plan events to go along with the Wild West theme, the community comes tog
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Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber writes NEW Fairy Garden Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries and French Bistro Mysteries.

As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries.

In addition, Daryl also writes suspense including the well-received Aspen Adams novels of suspense and stand-alone titles, DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN.

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  • Fudging the Books (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #4)
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