Saturday, April 20, 2019



The Agatha Award–winning author of Wreath Between the Lines returns to the Cookbook Nook, where culinary mysteries are giving everyone food for thought . . .

Book clubs from all over have descended on Crystal Cove to celebrate the library’s Book Club Bonanza week, and Jenna Hart has packed the Cookbook Nook with juicy reads and tasty cookbooks. But she’s most excited about spending an evening with the Mystery Mavens and their moveable feast, when they will go from house to house to share different culinary treats and discuss the whodunit they’re all reading. It’s all good food and fun for the savvy armchair detectives, until one of the members of the group is found murdered at the last stop on the tour.

As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked.

Includes tasty sweet and savory recipes!

Book Details: 

Title: Sifting Through Clues

Author: Daryl Wood Gerber

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: Cookbook Nook Mysteries, book 8

Publisher: Beyond the Page
 (April 23, 2019)
Page count: 235 pages
On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours



A few of your favorite things: dogs, cats, chocolate, flowers, swimming, listening to the ocean
Things you need to throw out: socks that have lost their stretch, paper receipts over seven years old, things in jars in the refrigerator that are passed their shelf life.

Things you need in order to write: music or quiet, a good space with elbowroom, inspiration
Things that hamper your writing: too much chatter, too many emails, too much PR

Things you love about writing: being creative, meeting new characters, new ideas
Things you hate about writing: being behind on my schedule, the muddy middle of a book when things aren’t pulling together

Things you love about where you live: the nook garden outside my office, Sparky on his pillow, the sounds of birds and the aroma of flowers, lots of trees
Things that make you want to move: lots of construction that makes it hard to walk Sparky, but I won’t move. I do love where I live.

Words that describe you: dedicated, loyal, Type A, perfectionist to a point, funny, friendly, can’t say no.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: can’t say no, independent to a fault, doesn’t ask for help.

Favorite foods: melon, avocado, shrimp, steak, chocolate, peaches, wine, ice cream, caramel.
Things that make you want to throw up:  beets, green peppers, eel, snails.

Favorite beverage: water, chardonnay
Something that gives you a pickle face: beets.

Something you wish you could do: say no.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: say yes  LOL.

Last best thing you ate: homemade oatmeal cookies with vanilla chips
Last thing you regret eating: ice cream that had gotten icy in the freezer, ugh. Why waste the calories?

Things you always put in your books: friends and family
Things you never put in your books: injured animals.

Things to say to an author: really enjoyed the story; thank you for writing it.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I didn’t like it but I finished it. (Me: Honestly, why did you finish it??)

Favorite things to do: go to movies and theater, golf, write, walk the dog.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing:  critiquing a writer’s work when the writer really doesn’t want a critique but wants a glowing response.

Things that make you happy: fairies and starlight and the sound of a child laughing
Things that drive you crazy: grumpy grumps.

Best thing you’ve ever done: married my husband, which changed my life
Biggest mistake: didn’t know enough about hospitals to ask the right questions.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: hitchhiked around Ireland by myself
Something you chickened out from doing: skiing down a slope that was packed in with fog.

Book trailer



Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the French Bistro Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in Murder, She Wrote. She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

Connect with Daryl:

Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  | 
Instagram  |  Pinterest 

Buy the book:

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Bookbub 


The author is giving away the winner’s choice of a Cookbook Nook Mystery, either in paper or e-book.
US or Canada only.  For a chance to win, leave a comment and include your email address.