Pressing the Issue Book Review

Pressing the Issue Book Review

Title: Pressing the Issue
Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
Published: February 14, 2018, Beyond the Page Publishing
No. of Pages: 242
Cover Price: $15.99 Paperback, $.99 Kindle

Jenna Hart is excited about the annual Renaissance Fair held in Crystal Cove, in the Sixth installment of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, Pressing the Issue. As usual, her business, The Cookbook Nook is packed with fair attendees. Unfortunately, one of Jenna’s friends, Nick, owner of a local vineyard has been found murdered, and there are several suspects. Jenna, who with her boyfriend likes to visit the booths, meet the new attendees, and taste the treats that are offered, uses her amateur sleuthing experience, which gets her into a bit of trouble. Jenna’s best friend, Bailey was planning to hold her upcoming wedding at Nick’s vineyard, and it looks like she will have to change her plans. During the festival, the attendees are getting into the history and are using language and acting just like they are living during the renaissance.

Anyone who reads this series is already familiar with the main characters, who are all well-developed and likeable. Gerber always brings in other characters, and does a good job developing them also. This makes the scenarios believable, and adds to the lightness of this culinary mystery. Gerber is a veteran writer, and knows how to tell a story. There are dozens of food references, which most culinary mystery readers will appreciate, and, as always, several recipes at the end of the book. In this book, the recipes are mostly from the renaissance time period which adds to the fun.

Fans of this series will enjoy this quick and easy read. Those who are not familiar with the series can read this as a stand-alone novel, but would probably enjoy reading the first installment through this one.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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