Fudging The Books ~ My Cozy Review and Two Giveaways!

Posted: August 3, 2015 in Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, giveaways, reviews
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I have another fun cozy mystery to share with you.

Check out Fudging The Books, A Cookbook Nook Mystery.

It’s got chocolate and kitties. How can you resist?

Enjoy my review.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaways!

Yep, there are two awesome giveaways today!


Fudging the Books (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Series: A Cookbook Nook Mystery (Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425279403
E-Book ASIN: B00QH8320E



 My Review

It’s Pirate Week in Crystal Cove and it looks like one has already struck. Coco Chastain won’t be making an appearance as guest of honor at the Chocolate Cookbook Club. She might just land behind bars. Her editor, Alison, is found slumped over her computer, scissors stick out of her back, and Coco is the prime suspect.

Now, on top of decorating The Cookbook Nook and setting up festivities for Pirate Week, Jenna Hart also steps up to prove her friend, Coco, couldn’t possibly be the killer. Just what she needs. Another dead body.

I haven’t read the other books, but that didn’t hinder me a bit in enjoying this 4th book in the series. The author sprinkled bits of back story throughout while keeping the story flowing smoothly and the mystery deepening.

There were lots of suspects to choose from. I’d narrow it down to two, then had to rethink it as I was lead down some false trails, and the author added in some new bread crumbs.

Cozies are one of my favorite reads. I enjoy them in cool weather, snuggled up with a cuppa hot tea and a snuggie blanket. I also enjoy them in the summer, reading outside by the pool. They are fast, easy reads and I love a good mystery, or two, or three. LOL

A few other things I enjoy are the colorful quirky covers. Look at the sweet little kitty in the hammock.  Tigger is prominent on all of the covers for this series.

The title is also fun. And it has chocolate in it. That’s a main staple for me to snack on while reading. So many yummy recipes are included at the end of the book too.

And the cast. Lots of colorful characters. Some more fun then others. That’s how I’m best entertained. Give me a bunch of new characters to get to know and I’m a happy camper.

While I don’t feel I have to go back and read the other books in this series to continue on to new ones, I will. I’d like to meet these characters fresh from the beginning and see what they were into before.

4 Stars



The Agatha Award–winning author of Stirring the Plot returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, California, where February brings Pirate Week, National Chocolate Month—and bitter murder…

Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.

Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn’t responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer…


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About This Author

DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California.  As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.

Author Links

Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com.

“They” blog on www.mysteryloverskitchen.com as well as www.killercharacters.com





Facebook: Daryl / Avery

Twitter: Avery / Daryl

Goodreads:  Daryl / Avery

Purchase Links

Amazon / B&N


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There are Two Giveaways!

First Giveaway

One winner gets their choice of a print copy of any book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series.

I know! It’ll be hard to choose from all of these fun books.

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Entry is easy peasy.

Just leave your email address so I can contact you if you win and tell me why you love cozy mysteries!

Giveaway ends August 7th.


Second Giveaway

Check out what you can win!


Awesome isn’t it?

Use the rafflecopter below to enter.


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Click on the links below to follow the tour for more fun reviews and chances to win!

Tour Participants

August 1 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review

August 2 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

August 3 – fuonlyknew – Review

August 4 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review

August 5 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review

August 6 – Babs Book Bistro – Review


Thanks so much for visiting fuonlyknew and Good Luck!

To see all of my giveaways click on the lucky horseshoe below!

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  1. I hope I win haven’t won any books for a while!

  2. LuAnn Braley says:

    I spent years reading for classes and reading to my children. In 2013, I rediscovered reading for myself. I have been a fan of cozy mysteries ever since I read The Long Quiche Goodbye (by Avery Aames 😉 ) which I had actually won online, and was my first experience with the genre. I prefer cozies because the stories are good and I can read them anytime, anywhere and not be embarrassed. 😉 luann (dot) braley (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Jen says:

    I enjoy reading books by Daryl Wood Gerber (I am a fan!), and I am excited by the newest installment of Cookbook Nook Mystery series. I started reading cozy mysteries because of my public library’s annual summer reading program. About 2 years ago, on the summer reading list was a cozy mystery book (which I read and fall in love with the genre). Ever since then, I have found more cozy authors and have accumulated a huge TBR list.

  4. Deborah says:

    I read cozy mysteries because they are a pleasant escape

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Aren’t they. I start by taking in the cover art. Then my next favorite part is meeting all of the fun characters:)

  5. candace knight says:

    I love cozies because I love a good mystery and each series has a theme. I like the culinary cozies a lot. I also like to get to know the characters.

  6. This sounds like a great series to start. I love cozies cause they are just fun mystery reads. Most of them have a lot of quirky personalities in them. :) booklady2007 @ gmail dot com

  7. Cozy mysteries are always such fun reads without all the gore or scariness of a thriller. Plus I love when they’re related to food! Thanks for hosting the giveaways. This is definitely a series I’m looking forward to reading katherine.e.pitts(at)gmail(dot)com

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I enjoy the lightness of them too. And food, sewing, and critters are my favorite themes.

  8. Patricia T says:

    Thank you, Laura! This is a wonderful series and I’m so looking forward to reading Fudging the Books.

  9. noraadrienne says:

    I love Ellery’s books, ALL of them. She is a fantastic author who my partner and I love to read.

    • Noraadrienne – lots of people confuse me with Ellery Adams, but she’s a totally different person (and a good friend!) My OTHER person is Avery Aames. Sounds very similar. Hugs!! Daryl aka Avery

  10. Peggy says:

    I love cozies mysteries and the fact that each series has a theme. I also like to get to “know” the characters.

  11. Rachel Lepree says:

    Love cozies because they are not graphic. I especially love the ones related to food.

  12. Jeannie D. says:

    Love this series

  13. Linda May says:

    Stirring the Pot looks like a fun book to read & I love Halloween. Love all your Mysteries, they bring a lot of joy & happiness in my life. Thanks for this awesome Giveaway, I appreciate the chance to win one of your books. Email is lindamay4852@yahoo.com.

  14. Brandy Corrales says:

    I love cozy mysteries! The reason why I’m drawn to them is because they are almost realistic. The relationship are real, the recipes are delicious and when you think you figured it out your wrong! Lol. Brandylee033183@yahoo.com

  15. sallycootie says:

    I will read practically anything and enjoy thrillers and “heavy” reading, but I always come back to cozies because they just feel so good. There is the mystery but also so much fun, food, pets. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Theresa Fischer says:

    Thanks for introducing me to these great mystery books.

  17. Judy Weaver says:

    Great books with great covers!

  18. Sounds like another great cozy. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    sherry @ fundinmental

  19. Margie Bunting says:

    I read all kinds of books, with mysteries a special favorite, but I turn to cozies as a “comfort read.” They’re mostly light-hearted, not too gruesome, full of colorful characters, and, yes, comforting. Not that there isn’t suspense and intrigue, but I seem cozies as more accessible than other types of mysteries.

  20. Anne says:

    Reading a cozy mystery is an escape which is delightful and intriguing. Thanks for this lovely feature and great giveaway.

  21. Kathleen Costa says:

    I love Daryl’s Series…can’t wait for this book. Pirates, chocolate, murder? Yes!

  22. suekey12 says:

    I enjoy cozy mysteries because they always have such interesting characters—and present the murder without a lot of blood and guts.

  23. i love cozies too! And it’s great that backstories are woven into this volume. Helped you to enjoy this installment to the fullest

  24. BJ Marley says:

    I love cozy mysteries because most of them have fun dialog between the characters and I like problem solving. It’s fun to figure out.

  25. SAndy Hemsher says:

    I love cozy mysteries because you get a real puzzle to figure out but I skip the gore and guts. I dont want to read about brutality in detail, but I love a good mystery that both entertains and makes me think. RECIPES are a great bonus!!!!!!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      They are a lighter mystery. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the bloody ones too. LOL

    • Sandy, I read across genre, but I totally get not wanting to read the gory stuff. I’ve put a number of books down because it just went too far. I like the mystery and solving most! ~ Daryl

  26. Naomi Hop says:

    This sounds like an interesting read Laura. Murder and cooking… and to really enjoy it despite not reading any of the previous books is great too! Awesome review.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  27. bn100 says:

    for the mysteries

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  28. kayekillgore says:

    I love this series. kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

  29. holdenj says:

    I like cozies because of the feel of the ‘everywoman’, making her way in her life, with bumps in the road.

  30. Colletta says:

    Sounds like a fun series. I’d love to win!



  31. Nice review! I love cozy mysteries because they offer the intellectual fun of a mystery without the graphic violence and darkness of many thrillers. I can always count on justice being served – the mystery equivalent of a happy ending. Some of the “themed” cozies are fun because of the theme, as well.

    My email is lark AT bookwyrmshoard DOT com .