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Guilty as Charred

(A Cook-Off Mystery #3)

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Sherry Oliveri has attained celebrity status after winning the America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest with her delectable New England Crab Cake Sliders. But now that she’s back home in Connecticut, she’s got to deal with something else fishy . . .

Sherry’s making a guest appearance on a local radio show when the news comes in: Poppy Robinson has been found dead in the town’s
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sherry Oliveri is back with a major win under her belt and another murder to solve. She won the America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest beating out cooks from the other 49 states. While talking about her win for a local radio station breaking news informs listeners that Poppy Robinson has been killed and that her body was found at Augustin’s community garden. Poppy and her family owned the land the community garden was on, she was on its board and ruled with an iron fist. She was
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Alice Liu
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF—I couldn't get past the first 30 pages. Monologues were presented, rather than action, and were full of the kind of expository detail you get from people who love to hear themselves talk.
Cheryl
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sherry has won the America’s good taste food contest and is making a guest appearance on a local radio show. The breaking news is that Poppy has been found dead in the community garden. Poppy owned the land that the community garden was on and the rumor was was that she was going to sell the land to a developer. Poppy was also running for mayor, something the current mayor is fighting. Sherry is trying to organize a community cook off for the 4th of July. The neighboring town has also decided to ...more
Kirsti
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Yet again, I find myself reading a cozy series out of order but not having a problem keeping up. Sherry has an interesting life, between the cook off contests, the Ruggery and her work with editing the town newsletter. I liked how all of these things added up to being in the right place at the right time, or knowing someone who could help. It certainly made chasing down Poppy''s killer a little easier! It was also a little
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Betty
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery, e-books
The 3rd book in the cook-off murders and a new author for me. Sherry Oliveri has won America's Good Taste Recipe Contest with her Crabcake recipe and her winning makes her a celebrity. The cover is the best one, I have seen in a long time.
Sherry has returned home. She having problems with the animal welfare group becoming a volunteer. She learns That Poppy Robinson has been found dead at the community garden. The killer poses her before he left her. The town has decided to due to a spin-off to l
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Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Sherry is on her way home after a successful cookoff with no murder involved as the big winner. Her name is well known now making the flight interesting but that was only the beginning of the chaos to come. Once home there is lots of gossiping about the community gardens that leads to the death of the woman running it. Sherry has no intention of getting involved but others request it anyways. This leads
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Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Who killed Poppy and why?
Guilty as Charred by Devon Delaney is a delightful mystery with wonderful characters and a lovely small town setting. It has food, murder, and everything that leads us to a great whodunit.
Sherry Oliveri
Sherry is the winner of a few cooking competition; she also helps her dad run his rug store, plays tennis, edits the
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mysteries
Sherry Olivieri is just returning from Florida where she won the trophy for creating the winning recipe in America's Good Taste Cook-Off, and while she's exhausted, she still agrees to go on a radio program to talk about it. While she and the host, Kayson Bradshaw, have a difficult beginning, she figures it's only temporary and answers his questions. But when they're interrupted with the news that a board member for the community garden has been murdered - Poppy Robinson - Sherry is stunned. But ...more
Kristina
While Guilty as Charred is the third installment in A Cook-Off Mystery series, it can be read alone. What has happened to Sherry in the first two books is summarized for new readers. Guilty as Charred is nicely written, has a good flow, and proceeds at a steady pace. Sherry Olivieri enjoys cooking and comes up with creative recipes for the amateur cook-off contests she enters. After winning America’s Good Taste Cook-off, Sherry is the town’s local celebrity. Augustin decides to take advantage of ...more
Susan Johnston
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Sherry has just won a national food championship and the entire town is thrilled with her victory when she returns home. Not left to rest of her laurels, she is wrangled into helping the town put on a grill-off for Independence Day. In the process she learns one of her co-workers on the project is not the snob she surmised she would be but she also finds out that other folks are not what they seem.
And that leads to murder.
The victim is a woman who has donated land for a
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Annarella
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is enjoyable, fun to read and engaging.
I liked the well written cast of characters, the good mystery that kept me guessing, and the setting.
I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Recommended!
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Linda Hultman
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNL (Did Not Like). Title not appropriate for story. (view spoiler) ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Guilty as Charred is the 3rd installment in A Cook-Off Mystery series by Devon Delaney. Even though I haven't read the previous books in this series, it didn't cause a problem as this can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the others first.

Sherry Oliveri has attained celebrity status after winning the America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest with her delectable New England Crab Cake Sliders. But now that she’s back home in Connecticut, she’s got to deal with something else fishy . . .

S
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First this cover is absolutely outstanding. I love a great cover that contains clues for the reader.
This is the 3rd in the "Cook Off" Mystery series and I have read the prior books in the series. This book can be read as a stand alone. Thank you for the ARC. My opinions are my own.

In this next in series our savvy chef and talented protagnist Sherry Oliveri has won another cooking contest and has just arrived home. She finds that Poppy Robinson has been murdered in the community garden. Sherry
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Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-food
Cook-off competitions can be crazy, engaging and engrossing but small time life can be hectic and homicidal!

Sherry Oliveri is finding out that she is becoming famous on the Cook-off circuit (selfies with fans anyone!) which leads to her being interviewed on the local radio for their food section Bites, before they get to the phone in section there is some breaking news as a body has been found in the community garden, now Sherry is being dragged hither and thither with some people wanting her to
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Erika
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sherry Oliveri has become a celebrity chef after winning the “America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest”. While doing an interview for a local radio station, word comes that there has been a murder in the community garden both Sherry and the victim were involved in.

Guilty as Charred is the 3rd book in the series, but can easily be read as a standalone. It was a fun read with a mystery that kept me guessing. Sherry is a clever, strong protagonist, and I look forward to getting to know her better in fut
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FMSWarrior
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Sherry Oliveri has won another cooking contest and gets home just in time to find that Poppy Robinson has been murdered in the community garden. Being a woman of many talents, Sherry happens to also be a bit of a sleuth and solved two previous murders in which she and her father were suspects. Now the town comes to Sherry asking her to help finger the murderer to speed the case up.

As Sherry begins to dig into the life of the woman she barely knew, she finds not all of her neighbors are exactly w
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Mary
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Guilty as Charred is the 3rd installment in A Cook-Off Mystery series. Sherry Oliveri is back home after winning America's Good Taste recipe contest and is being interviewed on the local radio station when news comes in that Poppy Robinson has been found dead in the community garden. Sherry knew Poppy as she was also involved in the community garden cannot imagine who could want her dead. The landowner wants to no default on the community garden and tensions are even higher with the murder. Sher ...more
Marissa
Kindle Copy for Review from NetGalley and Kensington Books.

I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review.

Sherry Oliveri returns to town after winning a cook off with a new celebrity status. But her fame will quickly die off when a body is found in the community garden. She and the victim were both involved in the community garden.

Who wanted her dead? To make things worse the landowner wants to null the land agreement causing more tension. Furthermore
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Kathleen Gray
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Sherry's back in town after winning a recipe contest but this doesn't mean her life is going to go smoothly. She finds herself investigating her neighbors when Poppy is found dead in the community garden. As veteran cozy readers know, there's always more to the victim than it appears on the surface and that's the case here. I've said it before - there's a better book in here and I do wish Delaney had used a detached reader to rework some of this. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Oh, and there ar ...more
Jessica Wilhoite
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was great - I like saying the name Sherri Oliveri in my head as I'm reading - I know, silly!

I liked that the characters are developing more as the series goes on and I'm happy that Amber has moved and stayed in town, I like her as a character.

This book was a big puzzle and I went back and forth as to who I thought the culprit was; I went back and forth so many times, I don't even remember if I had it right LOL.

Hopefully this series will continue as it is fun, funny, and a
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Jan
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cooking contests, recipes, small town, community gardens, and murder, what's not to like? Everyone in town expects contest celebrity Sherry to solve the murder of an irritating woman found in the community garden. How she goes about it and who she calls on for help makes this an interesting read.
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley.
Ruby
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Food and folly with a setting to literally die for, Guilty as Charred is a cozy that lights up the night with a mystery sure to stump the most frugal of cooks. With recipes and a fun cast of characters, Devon Delaney reminds us again how much fun solving murders can be. I recommend this book to anyone in need of a tasty homicide.


Thanks to Kensington for the ARC. All opinions are mine.
Kristin
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Guilty as Charred was a fun and light read that included an interesting mystery and sub-plots. I also really liked the idea of the community garden, that not only benefited the gardeners, but also those less fortunate.
Karen Holman
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the third book in A Cook-off Mystery series by Devon Delany. The crafty characters, Eastern setting, and a familiar ending have readers asking will there by more of the same next time. copy right 2019 290 pages
NicoleG
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great cozy mystery with a unique theme. I love the characters and the mystery was well planned. The twists and turns kept me guessing until the end. I hope there will be more books in this series!
Joellen
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
good read, had me surprised at the end.
Barbara Tobey
Love the cover. This is an okay cozy mystery. Kept me guessing, but did not keep me glued to the pages. A pleasant read. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Jennifer
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book. But I felt that it didn't meet my expectations.
Jodi
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the book well enough, but it seemed like Sherry’s internal monologue was turned off. She had to state everything that came to mind.
Also, the book was full of clichés. Way over the top.
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