FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Fudging The Books
by Daryl Wood Gerber
Fudging the Books (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Series: A Cookbook Nook Mystery (Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
E-Book ASIN: B00QH8320E
The Agatha Award–winning author of Stirring the Plotreturns 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…
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.
Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com.
Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber
Daryl Wood Gerber https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4750535.Daryl_Wood_Gerber
My Thoughts: I’ve been a fan of Daryl’s other series The Cheese Shop Mysteries written under the name Avery Aames for a long time. So I knew I would enjoy this series. And I was right. Since I was participating in the blog tour, I took the opportunity to move the entire series up to the top of my TBR pile. And so far it has been favorite summer series read. Daryl has created a delightful community in Crystal Cove. I would love to vacation there. I really like all the characters, even cranky old Pepper Pritchett who is the resident grump. I have to say that I didn’t expect to like her. Many cozy authors include a nemesis character for their sleuth. I don’t think we are supposed to like those characters. I generally don’t and in fact find them an annoyance. So, this is a first for me – I actually like the nemesis and look forward to reading more about Jenna’s efforts to sweeten this woman’s disposition. Now, back to the mystery at hand: Fudging the Books is not only an enjoyable read, it’s a quick read. If life hadn’t gotten in the way, I would have finished this book in one sitting. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and entertained. Daryl kept me guessing to the end. Like many mystery fans I like to try to solve it before the sleuth does. And though I enjoy beating them at their own game, I especially enjoy it when a writer keeps me on my toes.
If you like mysteries, cookbooks, sea side retreats, good fun and chocolate then this is a must read for you. I have a co-worker who loves good mysteries as much as I do. I can’t wait to get back to school and share this book (and the entire series) with her.
Now a delicious recipe from the author:
Yes, Irish cream cake is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any Irish celebration, but it’s also simply a lovely cake, and a delicious end for any specialty dinner. It would probably be a wow-factor cake at a book club event, too, if you’re in the mood.
No matter what, it’s a perfect cake to share while I’ve got chocolate on the brain. I’m in full PR mode for Fudging the Books, the 4th Cookbook Nook Mystery. I’ve been eating and dreaming chocolate for weeks, months…honestly, a year. When I write, it’s amazing how ensconced I get in the process. If I’m writing about cheese (for a Cheese Shop Mystery), I think and eat cheese. If I’m writing about barbecue (like I am right now for the next Cookbook Nook Mystery, which will come out in a year), I’m dreaming of grilling, bacon, barbecue sauce, and more. Yum!
This cake is easy to make. Promise! Now, I made it gluten-free by using a gluten-free chocolate cake mix, but you can make this using a regular chocolate cake mix, too. Note: The Bailey’s website says their beverage is gluten-free, and I had no digestive trouble with it. Good to know!
Have you ever cooked with liquor or liqueur?
Savor the Mystery!
Daryl Wood Gerber
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous
Chocolate Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake
1 pkg. dark chocolate cake mix, regular or *gluten-free (if necessary)
2/3 cup Bailey’s Irish cream
1/2 cup oil
2/3 cup water
1 ½ cups butter, at room temp
1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar (more if needed)
1/3 cup Bailey’s Irish cream
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 8”-round cake pans with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, Bailey’s lrish cream, oil, and water.
Divide the mixture between cake pans.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely (at least 20-30 minutes).
Melt the white chocolate in the microwave on medium-high for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, on medium speed, beat butter until smooth and fluffy. Add white chocolate. Beat until blended. Add sugar until combined. Add Irish cream. Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. (You might need more powered sugar. Your call.)
Place one cake layer, top down on serving plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer, smooth side up. Spread with remaining frosting on top and along sides.
*If desired, reserve ¾ cup frosting for rosette garnish. I did not do this.
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