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Pressing the Issue

(Cookbook Nook Mystery #6)

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  121 reviews
As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart’s Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a winepress, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vint ...more
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Published February 20th 2018 by Beyond the Page Publishing
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
In this installment of the Cookbook Nook Mystery, we visit Crystal Cove with its Renaissance Faire in full swing. All the businesses are getting their stalls ready so they can entice fair goers with all their goods and products as well as getting into the swing of things with costumes and Faire Speak. When Nick Baldine, King Henry the VIII, turns up dead, it puts a bit of a damper on the event. Is the new couple in town involved in some way? Did Nick know Melody before she arrived in town? Jenna ...more
LORI CASWELL
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
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We arrive in Crystal Cove just in time for the Renaissance Fair and Bailey’s wedding. Everyone was having a great time until the Nick, the king of the faire and owner of the venue for Bailey’s wedding is found dead. With a booth at the fair, the Cookbook Nook, and all the wedding plans the last thing Jenna Hart needs in a murder to solve. Nick was a very popular resident of Crystal Cove, who would want him dead? Jenna starts talking to everyone she can, maybe she can find the
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Shelly
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I love being taken back to Crystal Cove with Jenna and the Cookbook Nook gang. It is like coming home and slipping into a soft, well-worn pair of jeans. Everything just fits and feels right. It is Renaissance Faire time and in Crystal Cove that means plenty of costumes, camaraderie and a king who gets killed. As usual, Jenna just can’t stop herself from sleuthing, to police chief Cinnamon Pritchard’s chagrin. The book is well-written and fun with captivating characters. I voluntarily read an adv ...more
Robin Leslie Coxon
Daryl Wood Gerber is back with her sixth book in her Cookbook Nook Mystery Series. We are privileged with the research of Ms. Gerber into Renaissance Fairs as well as the foods served at these events. The annual Crystal Cove Renaissance Fair is gearing up and Jenna and Bailey are preparing the Cookbook Nook for this event. Bailey is keyed up about her wedding to Tito Martinez, that is scheduled in two weeks at Baldini Vineyards. After Bailey’s first venue fell through Jenna contacted Nick Baldin ...more
Tari
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't want this book to end! From the mystery itself to all the different couples either getting engaged, married or talking about doing that, not to mention a really awesome Renaissance Fair, I could have kept on reading and reading. I wasn't caught up in the series but have read the first three. I was just anxious to read this one and readers will be happy to know it can be read by itself since everything is always explained well without giving away any juicy details from previous books.

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Laura
Jenna Hart and the crew at the Cookbook Nook are getting into the spirit of things as Crystal Cove hosts the annual Renaissance Fair--they're cooking up tasty treats and wearing the garb of all things Tudor. But then a local wine maker is murdered, and Jenna goes into detective mode.

There are lots of suspects, the victim's ex, his brother, and a pair of fair crafters who Jenna thinks are hiding secrets. It's up to her to find the killers, and help her best friend, Bailey, plan her wedding on the
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Mark Baker
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2018
The Renaissance Fair has come to town, and all of Crystal Cove is getting into the act. However, not everyone is in the partying mood, as Jenna Hart discovers when she and some friends stumble on the body of Nick, a local vineyard owner. Nick was universally loved, or so it seemed. Who wanted him gone?

It was so glad to be back with Jenna and her community. She really does have a large group of friends and family, and they all get their moments to shine here. Of course, we get some strong suspect
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Taryn
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
It's time for Crystal Coves annual Ren Fair and everyone is excited. All the shop keepers are getting into the spirit, even Pepper who can be a grouch. Jenna has so many things planned and hopes she'll be able to attend everything that she wants to. There is so much to look forward to, like her best friend Bailey's wedding in a couple of weeks. The wedding is to be held at a local winery and Jenna is happy to take a moment away to help Bailey figure out some of the wedding details. Nick Baldini, ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so thrilled when I heard there was going to be another book in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries! It has been one of my favorite series since I read book one, FINAL SENTENCE. In this sixth book in the series, author Daryl Wood Gerber doesn’t disappoint!

PRESSING THE ISSUE is the perfect installment to this delightful series. All of the wonderful characters are back and at their best, this time deeply intrenched in the local Renaissance Fair. Seriously, I had a smile on my face the entire time I
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April Schilling
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ren Faire, as those in the know call it, has once again come to Crystal Cove. Jenna and her friends are all very excited about the Faire and the revenue that it will bring for the town and the townspeople. But, when the king is found dead by Jenna and her friend Bailey, what does that mean for the Faire? And what does that mean for Bailey's wedding that was meant to be held on the king's vineyard property? Will Jenna be able to find the killer before they stop her?

I was lucky enough to get a
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Leith Devine
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the sixth book in the Cookbook Nook series, and I enjoyed it very much. Jenna Hart is busy getting ready for the annual Renaissance Faire in Crystal Cove, and she's got a lot on her plate. because her friend Bailey is about to get married at Baldini Vineyards. When Bailey gets a frantic message from Nick Baldini, she and Jenna go there to find his dead body. The police chief, and Jenna's friend, Cinnamon, warns Jenna to stay out of the investigation but as she has in the past Jenna can't ...more
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
I was thrilled to see another book in this series was available. Reading this was like a nice long visit with friends. There is plenty talk about food - you can't have a book set at the Renaissance Fair and not have turkey legs - and an interesting mystery for the Jenna to solve. The author kept me guessing until the final reveal with a few twists and red herrings. I hope to see many more books in this series, I enjoy my visits to Crystal Cove, CA.

I received a copy of this book from the author,
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Kristina
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pressing the Issue by Daryl Wood Gerber is the sixth book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Jenna Hart is busy getting the Cookbook Nook ready for the Crystal Cove Renaissance Fair. Bailey Bird, though, is of little help since she is out of sorts. Bailey is getting married in two weeks to Tito Martinez at Baldini Vineyard. Lola Bird has not helped matters by telling Bailey that she has a bad vibe about the nuptials. Bailey receives a cryptic message from Nick Baldini and it sounds like he is in ...more
Celia
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always wanted to go to a Renaissance Faire, and with Pressing the Issue, my wish was granted (at least vicariously). The atmosphere was so realistic, and I think I enjoyed it as much as the characters -- at least until Nick Baldini, vineyard owner and official King of the Faire, is murdered. Everyone liked Nick, so who could have wanted him dead? Jenna Hart is wondering the same thing and just can't stop herself from investigating, although she has her work cut out for her and is not receiv ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
I was so thrilled when I heard there was going to be another book in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries! It has been one of my favorite series since I read book one, FINAL SENTENCE. In this sixth book in the series, author Daryl Wood Gerber doesn’t disappoint!

PRESSING THE ISSUE is the perfect installment to this delightful series. All of the wonderful characters are back and at their best, this time deeply intrenched in the local Renaissance Fair. Seriously, I had a smile on my face the entire time I
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Joanne
Pressing the Issue by Daryl Wood Gerber is the sixth book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Jenna Hart is busy getting the Cookbook Nook ready for the Crystal Cove Renaissance Fair. I love reading about a Ren Faire encompassing a town. All elements common to cozy mysteries within the book flow seamlessly and seem quite normal within the context of Ren Faire and they just make the story so much more enjoyable. I suspect Ms. Wood Gerber did a lot of research as the realism throughout this book is ...more
Kim
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s a lot of exciting events happening in Crystal Cove in the coming weeks. The Renaissance Fair is about to begin and Jenna has a lot of activities scheduled in the store plus has plans to participate at the pier with Rhett. Also in few weeks Bailey and Tito are getting married at Nick Baldini’s vineyard. Everyone is having fun dressing in costume and conversing in “fair speak”, but Bailey cannot shake the feeling that something bad is going to happen. Even Bailey's mother said she has a vi ...more
Lisa B.
This was a fun little cozy mystery. I liked the Renaissance fair setting and that the characters often spoke in "fair" language. The characters were fun. I enjoyed going along for the ride as Jenna and her pals work together to solve a murder mystery.

This is book #6 in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series. And while it worked well as a standalone, it was intriguing enough that I would be interested in going back to read the earlier books.

I received this book from Beyond the Page Publishing via Netga
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Ann
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first visit to Crystal Cove and the Renaissance fair in this Cookbook Nook Mystery series. Jenna owns the small bookstore and is happy preparing not only for the fair but her best friend, Bailey's wedding set to take place at the local vineyard. When the girls finds the vineyard owner dead it puts on damper on the wedding plans. There are a lot of suspects and Jenna is strongly discouraged to not investigate by the local police. The required cute cat is present at the book store and t ...more
Denise King
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted to read this book. It is character driven, with the Renaissance Fair the main "character", but the plot holds it's own. You are kept guessing as to the identity of the killer to the very end as everyone guards their more innocent secrets, churning the waters of clues to almost let the killer get away. Looking forward to more.
Nicole
It's Renaissance Fair time in Crystal Cove, California. Just about everyone in town is in the spirit and embracing the trip back to medieval times - especially the fair Maid Marian and Robin Hood, also known as Jenna and Rhett! All the squires, serfs, noblemen and noblewomen are having a wonderful time until Nick Baldini, local vintner and the man in charge of the Ren Fair, is found murdered at his home by Jenna and her bestie Bailey when they stop by to discuss Bailey's upcoming nuptials. Cue J ...more
Patricia Romero
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Oh to be in Crystal Cove at the Ren Fair! The entire town gets into the fun with booths and special faire events. Jenna is busy with her own shop as well as helping Bailey with her wedding which is supposed to take place at Nick's vineyard.

Love is definitely in the air with more than one couple getting shot with Cupid's arrow, but some couples aren't all they appear to be. Could one of them be the killer? There are suspects coming out of the woodwork and everyone is acting oddly, even the cat!

If
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Amy
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
It was fantastic to be back in Crystal Cove with Jenna and Bailey for the Renaissance Faire.
The Cookbook Nook is geared up for the Renaissance Faire with books, crafts and food, and all are in costumes as well.
Bailey is excited preparing for her wedding at Baldini Vineyards.
When a death occurs at Baldini Vineyards, Bailey is upset as her wedding will not take place. Can she find a new venue on short notice?
Jenna has said she will leave the investigation to Cinnamon and the police, but no matt
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Lin
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing “Pressing the Issue” by Daryl Wood Gerber. This book is the 6th book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series.

The book focuses on the Crystal Cove Renaissance Fair, an impending wedding, new engagements, wine/vineyards, premonitions and well of course…. Murder! A town of suspects whose lives have intersected for so many years.

It is so nice to be back in Crystal Cove, the Nook Café/Cookbook Nook and Fisherman’s Village. It’s like coming home. Daryl Wood Gerber has such a knack for drawin
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Erika
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What could be more fun than a Cookbook Shop, a group of great friends, and a mystery to solve? A Renaissance Fair! I have always enjoyed visiting the Renaissance Faire in Bristol, Wisconsin and enjoyed reading about the Fair in Crystal Cove just as much. Between getting ready for the fair with period cookbooks, costumes, and food and getting ready for her friend Bailey’s wedding, Jenna already has her hands full. After discovering the body of a local vineyard owner, Jenna has a perplexing myster ...more
Foxyj
This is the sixth book in this Cookbook Nook series. I really enjoy the books the author, Daryl Wood Gerber, has written. This one was no exception. It was great getting to know the characters just a bit more from previous books but not necessary if this is the first one you have picked up. The scene was well described making it easy to feel like I was right there trying to solve the murder. I did however feel that there was a bit much "filler" in this book. My mind wandered a bit in this book. ...more
Sarah
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
Book 6 in the series.

I was thrilled to see a new book in this series, it's always fun to visit Jenna and Aunt Vera as well as the town Crystal Cove to see what event they're cooking up next. This time around it's a Renaissance Fair, complete with copious amounts of "Ren speak." I will admit that personally, I don't see the appeal, I know too much about how things actually worked in that time period to allow myself to fall into the romanticized version, haha.

However, the plot was solid, and I li
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Rose Langley
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove. Jenna Hart is working to prepare The Cookbook Nook for the Fair. Bailey, however, is 2 weeks from her wedding date and of little assistance. "The King" of the Renaissance Fair, Nick Baldini is found murdered and Jenna feels she must investigate much to Police Chief Cinnamon Pritchett's chagrin.

This is the 6th in the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series and well worth the read. Daryl Wood Gerber gives clues and red herrings to keep readers guessing right to th
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Kelly
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

This is a series best read in order. I was able to follow along, but there were multiple references to previous events that possibly included minor spoilers. The setting was beautiful. The mystery was great with a really good ending. I had a lot of fun reading about the faire, and all the faire speak was an amusing addition.
Laura Reading
While most Renaissance Faires are contained within a park or fairground, in Crystal Cove the entire town gets into ye olde mood. Love is also in the air as Bailey's wedding date approacheth and other couples appear to be moving in the direction of more serious bonds. The town gentlemen take advantage of Faire's fantasy appeal to act more romantically. However "bad vibes" are reverberating along with the celebratory energies. Strangers are in town and secrets may be revealed.
When Bailey's weddin
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