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The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . . The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . . The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star. Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . . Includes tantalizing holiday recipes! Praise for Daryl Wood Gerber and the Cookbook Nook Mysteries: “There’s a feisty new amateur sleuth in town and her name is Jenna Hart. With a bodacious cast of characters, a wrenching murder, and a collection of cookbooks to die for, Daryl Wood Gerber’s Final Sentence is a page-turning puzzler of a mystery that I could not put down.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Mysteries and Library Lovers Mysteries “In Final Sentence, the author smartly blends crime, recipes, and an array of cookbooks that all should covet in a witty, well-plotted whodunit.” —Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries “Readers will relish the extensive cookbook suggestions, the cooking primer, and the whole foodie phenomenon. Gerber’s perky tone with a multigenerational cast makes this series a good match for Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mystery series . . .” —Library Journal “So pull out your cowboy boots and settle in for a delightful read. Grilling the Subject is a delicious new mystery that will leave you hungry for more.” —Carstairs Considers Blog About the Author: Agatha Award–winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber is the author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, the French Bistro Mysteries, the Cheese Shop Mysteries (as Avery Aames), and stand-alone suspense thrillers. Little known facts about Daryl are that she’s jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself, and has appeared on an episode of Murder, She Wrote. She loves to read, cook, and golf, and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!


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The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . . The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . . The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star. Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . . Includes tantalizing holiday recipes! Praise for Daryl Wood Gerber and the Cookbook Nook Mysteries: “There’s a feisty new amateur sleuth in town and her name is Jenna Hart. With a bodacious cast of characters, a wrenching murder, and a collection of cookbooks to die for, Daryl Wood Gerber’s Final Sentence is a page-turning puzzler of a mystery that I could not put down.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Mysteries and Library Lovers Mysteries “In Final Sentence, the author smartly blends crime, recipes, and an array of cookbooks that all should covet in a witty, well-plotted whodunit.” —Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries “Readers will relish the extensive cookbook suggestions, the cooking primer, and the whole foodie phenomenon. Gerber’s perky tone with a multigenerational cast makes this series a good match for Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mystery series . . .” —Library Journal “So pull out your cowboy boots and settle in for a delightful read. Grilling the Subject is a delicious new mystery that will leave you hungry for more.” —Carstairs Considers Blog About the Author: Agatha Award–winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber is the author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, the French Bistro Mysteries, the Cheese Shop Mysteries (as Avery Aames), and stand-alone suspense thrillers. Little known facts about Daryl are that she’s jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself, and has appeared on an episode of Murder, She Wrote. She loves to read, cook, and golf, and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

30 review for Wreath Between the Lines

  1. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s almost Christmas in Crystal Cove and Jenna is excited about all the upcoming festivities until her father’s friend Jake arrives at her door with tragic news. He arrived home to find his friend Geoffrey tangled up in Christmas lights and stabbed with a tree star. He asks for Jenna’s help with the police, he is certain that his crotchety neighbor is the killer but Jenna is not so sure that is the case. She thinks the killer made a mistake and that Jake was the intended Dollycas’s Thoughts It’s almost Christmas in Crystal Cove and Jenna is excited about all the upcoming festivities until her father’s friend Jake arrives at her door with tragic news. He arrived home to find his friend Geoffrey tangled up in Christmas lights and stabbed with a tree star. He asks for Jenna’s help with the police, he is certain that his crotchety neighbor is the killer but Jenna is not so sure that is the case. She thinks the killer made a mistake and that Jake was the intended victim. When Jake is poisoned at a holiday event she knows she is right. Luckily he survives but before the killer has another chance she is determined to catch them as fast as she can so everyone in Crystal Cove can enjoy the Ho-Ho-Holidays. Again the well-developed characters shine within this story. The drama between Jenna’s sister Whitney and her husband is having a big effect on their daughter and Jenna tries her best to lend her support and smooth ruffled feathers but her main focus is solving the murder. The supporting cast plays a huge part in enabling her to do both. The dialogue is crisp and relationships stand out. We are getting to the point where a cast of characters list at the beginning of the book may be necessary as the cast grows, especially for new readers to keep everyone straight. The author serves up a wide variety of suspects. As Jenna investigates we get to know several in depth. The clues are spread out for us to see but as the title says it is “between the lines” where things start to become clear. I enjoyed how officer Cinnamon tried to keep Jenna out of the investigation but even while on vacation her father was able to convince Cimmamon that just wasn’t going to happen. The merchants of Crystal Cove are all decked out for the holidays. A wreath contest finds a unique wreath on every door. The events, the lights, all the decorations put this reader in a very merry holiday mood. One of the things I really like about this series is the book title name dropping, sometimes with great descriptions of the books. Real cookbooks with great recipes and colorful photos. Cozies fitting the theme of the story, this time Christmas. It is a good idea to have a place to jot down these titles so you can check them out later and add them to your wish list. There are also recipes in the book to tempt you, so again a place to write them down is helpful. A wonderful holiday read! Make yourself comfortable, with a cup of hot chocolate or cider, sit back, put on your sleuthing cap, and enjoy this fun holiday trip to Crystal Cove.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    Author Daryl Wood Gerber has started off my Christmas season right with this murderous holiday themed tale. I know when I have a new Cookbook Nook Mystery to set aside a day where I can read the book from beginning to end. Seriously, I want no interruptions. With WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES I have set a new record for finishing a book in one setting. I even went back and reread my favorite parts! There was more than one story happening in WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES. The question is, are they all Author Daryl Wood Gerber has started off my Christmas season right with this murderous holiday themed tale. I know when I have a new Cookbook Nook Mystery to set aside a day where I can read the book from beginning to end. Seriously, I want no interruptions. With WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES I have set a new record for finishing a book in one setting. I even went back and reread my favorite parts! There was more than one story happening in WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES. The question is, are they all connected? (What? I’m not telling you!) There were so many plot twists, each one was like opening another gift. And trust me, that made for a lot of unwrapping. But the author unraveled the tangled ribbon of clues and deceptions and delivered a reveal that I never would have guessed! I love every minute I get to spend with Jenna and friends. I always feel like I’ve come home. The way author Gerber writes this series, I can hear the character’s voices as I read and envision every detail. I truly I feel as though I have walked every square inch of the Cookbook Nook, and every mile of Crystal Cove. Writing like this is what made me the reader I am. There is one more important ingredient of book. Recipes! Over a dozen wonderful, mouthwatering recipes! Daryl Wood Gerber had outdone herself with WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this next book of the series Jenna is getting ready for her favorite time of year. Christmas is coming and she is having a fun time with decorating and looking forward to upcoming demonstrations that are being held at the Cookbook Nook. When her sister comes to town, for a singing competition her daughter is a part of, Jenna hopes they can get along. She is surprised when her sister tells her that she is worried that her husband is cheating. She hopes that Jenna will help her find out what he In this next book of the series Jenna is getting ready for her favorite time of year. Christmas is coming and she is having a fun time with decorating and looking forward to upcoming demonstrations that are being held at the Cookbook Nook. When her sister comes to town, for a singing competition her daughter is a part of, Jenna hopes they can get along. She is surprised when her sister tells her that she is worried that her husband is cheating. She hopes that Jenna will help her find out what he has been up to. Meanwhile her father's good friend calls her with some upsetting news. He has a friend visiting him and it looks like he may have been murdered. When she arrives to help she finds the man wrapped up in Christmas lights with a tree star sticking out of him. The man looked similar to Jake which has Jenna worried that the killer missed his real target. As Jenna begins to investigate she finds numerous reasons why someone might want to harm Jake but none for the dead man. At her cookie event Jake is poisoned and almost doesn't make it. Follow Jenna as she starts looking at suspects and the reasons they have for disliking Jake. Will she be able to whittle down the clues and pull out a real killer or continue to move around in a circle. Is this murder all over a stamp, a grumpy neighbor or a real estate issue, Jenna is determined to find out. This is such a wonderful series filled with a cast of characters that you'll love, a town you'll want to visit and a plot line that always delivers!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    I love a good Christmas cozy. Wreath Between the Lines is the seventh in the Cookbook Nook mystery series, but it can and does stand on its own. The quaint town of Crystal Cove is preparing for Christmas festivities, but this is Crystal Cove, so the festivities are interrupted when a body is found murdered with Christmas decorations. The suspects include Jenna’s brother-in-law and Jenna’s father’s friend. Jenna feels compelled to step in and solve the mystery to clear her loved one’s good names. I love a good Christmas cozy. Wreath Between the Lines is the seventh in the Cookbook Nook mystery series, but it can and does stand on its own. The quaint town of Crystal Cove is preparing for Christmas festivities, but this is Crystal Cove, so the festivities are interrupted when a body is found murdered with Christmas decorations. The suspects include Jenna’s brother-in-law and Jenna’s father’s friend. Jenna feels compelled to step in and solve the mystery to clear her loved one’s good names. This is a good addition to the series and you’ll love the recipes provided at the end of the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

    *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. Okay so I am now officially in the holiday spirit after reading this wonderful new cozy by Gerber. Gearing up for the holidays everything is going great for the Cookbook Nook but not so much for some others. Jenna is worried for her sister's marriage and then a friend becomes the prime suspect in a strange murder. With her dad off on a trip she finds herself investigating just like he would to answer *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. Okay so I am now officially in the holiday spirit after reading this wonderful new cozy by Gerber. Gearing up for the holidays everything is going great for the Cookbook Nook but not so much for some others. Jenna is worried for her sister's marriage and then a friend becomes the prime suspect in a strange murder. With her dad off on a trip she finds herself investigating just like he would to answer the questions she knows he will have. There are quite a few surprise answers alone the way that lead to the twist of an ending before the sweet wrap up. This has been a wonderful series since book one with this one fitting right in. Perfect for fans of culinary cozy mysteries. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    The town of Chrystal Cove, California is getting into the Christmas spirit, and Jenna Hart is busy with a bunch of Christmas themed events at the Cookbook Nook. Her life is more complicated by the fact that her sister and her family are visiting, and Jenna gets pulled into their drama. But things take a huge turn when her neighbor, Jake, comes over in a panic one night to report that a friend who had been staying with him has been murdered, trussed up with Christmas light and stabbed by a The town of Chrystal Cove, California is getting into the Christmas spirit, and Jenna Hart is busy with a bunch of Christmas themed events at the Cookbook Nook. Her life is more complicated by the fact that her sister and her family are visiting, and Jenna gets pulled into their drama. But things take a huge turn when her neighbor, Jake, comes over in a panic one night to report that a friend who had been staying with him has been murdered, trussed up with Christmas light and stabbed by a Christmas star. Who would want to kill a visitor to town? Or was Jake the intended target? If you are looking for a cozy filled with Christmas spirit, you've come to the right place. This book is filled with Christmas. The mystery is a little weak since a couple of sub-plots crowd it out, but we do still get some twists before reaching a creative and fun climax. The series regulars are all here, and it is wonderful to catch up with them again. Once you've finished the book, you can keep the Christmas spirit with the many recipes for holiday goodies at the end. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Wreath Between the Lines by Daryl Wood Gerber takes us to Crystal Cove, California just two weeks before Christmas. Jenna Hart owns the Cookbook Nook, and her shop is filled with customers looking for gifts for the cook, baker, and reader in their life. The Crystal Cove Christmas Festival is taking place and since wreaths are the theme, every shop features a unique wreath. Jenna is surprised to see her sister, Whitney and her family. Jenna’s niece, Lacey and her group are participating in a Wreath Between the Lines by Daryl Wood Gerber takes us to Crystal Cove, California just two weeks before Christmas. Jenna Hart owns the Cookbook Nook, and her shop is filled with customers looking for gifts for the cook, baker, and reader in their life. The Crystal Cove Christmas Festival is taking place and since wreaths are the theme, every shop features a unique wreath. Jenna is surprised to see her sister, Whitney and her family. Jenna’s niece, Lacey and her group are participating in a cappella competition. In addition, Whitney is worried that her husband is cheating on her while Lacey wishes to avoid her critical mother. Late one evening, Jake Chapman knocks on the door needing assistance. Jake found his friend, Geoffrey strangled with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree topper. Jenna is worried it was a case of mistaken identity and the killer might try again. Jenna dons her sleuthing cap once again, makes a list of the suspects and sets out to wrap up the murder before Santa rides into town. Could it be the neighbor angry over Jake’s Christmas decorations or a philatelist after Jake’s rare and valuable Blue Mauritius? Someone has been naughty, and Jenna has no intention of letting them have a merry holiday. Wreath Between the Lines is a joyful cozy mystery. I like the warm, friendly characters that have grown over the course of the series. Bailey, Katie, Rhett, Jake and Tigger return and are ready to celebrate Christmas. I am hoping that Whitney has seen the error of her ways and we see a change in her in future installments. Crystal Cove is a quaint town with lovely shops and activities year round. I like a cappella competition taking place in town with Lacey’s unusual group. The mystery was multi-faceted with multiple suspects, red herrings, and good clues. While pinpointing the grinch is a cinch, I wanted to keep reading Wreath Between the Lines to see how the various storylines would play out. While Wreath Between the Lines is the seventh book in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series, it can be read alone. Everything a reader needs to know about Jenna is included for new readers. I could have done without the frequent references to Jenna’s former job working at Taylor & Squibb (you know I am not a fan of repetition). I truly loved the Christmas spirit woven throughout the story. There is a delightful description of the wreath on the front door of the Cookbook Nook along with the Dickensian carolers who are strolling around the village. The narratives of the delectable cuisine will have your mouth watering. Wreath Between the Lines has a heartwarming ending. Wreath Between the Lines combines charming characters, a cozy town, Christmas festivities, romance and murder into one jolly cozy mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Crystal Cove is preparing for the Christmas Holidays. Jenna is decorating her bookshop the Cookbook Nook. When Jake Chapman’s homeless friend Geoffrey is found dead, Jenna springs into action to help find the killer. Jenna’s sister, brother in law and niece are also in town. So many suspects, secrets, surprises to be found. Great characters, lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages until the very end. Lots of recipes at the back of the book. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity Crystal Cove is preparing for the Christmas Holidays. Jenna is decorating her bookshop the Cookbook Nook. When Jake Chapman’s homeless friend Geoffrey is found dead, Jenna springs into action to help find the killer. Jenna’s sister, brother in law and niece are also in town. So many suspects, secrets, surprises to be found. Great characters, lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages until the very end. Lots of recipes at the back of the book. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Wreath Between the Lines is an action packed mystery that will keep the reader guessing until the end. Jenna is getting her shop ready for the holidays when an unexpected visit from her sister brings some troubling news. It seems her brother in law has a secret that could end his marriage. If that isn't enough to rock her world, a murder will surely do the trick. Jenna once again puts on her detective cap and sets off to find the answers. This is a fantastic addition to the series and I loved every Wreath Between the Lines is an action packed mystery that will keep the reader guessing until the end. Jenna is getting her shop ready for the holidays when an unexpected visit from her sister brings some troubling news. It seems her brother in law has a secret that could end his marriage. If that isn't enough to rock her world, a murder will surely do the trick. Jenna once again puts on her detective cap and sets off to find the answers. This is a fantastic addition to the series and I loved every word. I've come to love Jenna and all the colorful personalities that make up her world. I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kayt18

    “Wreath Between the Lines” is the 7th installment in author Daryl Wood Gerber’s fabulous “Cookbook Nook Mystery” series. Christmas, mystery, food, cookbooks, love, murder and serious intrigue and fun, what more could you ask for. I love going to visit these characters and this amazing town of Crystal Cove. And I think Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy their festivities and entertainment. Jenna Hart is a superb protagonist and her group of friends and family are the best. I would so love to “Wreath Between the Lines” is the 7th installment in author Daryl Wood Gerber’s fabulous “Cookbook Nook Mystery” series. Christmas, mystery, food, cookbooks, love, murder and serious intrigue and fun, what more could you ask for. I love going to visit these characters and this amazing town of Crystal Cove. And I think Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy their festivities and entertainment. Jenna Hart is a superb protagonist and her group of friends and family are the best. I would so love to be right there in the Cookbook Nook with them. This installment of one of my favorite series is one of my favorites. The murder mystery kept me guessing. With a list of suspects, Jenna and her best friend Bailey try to figure out who killed the poor friend of Jake ( a self-made millionaire friend). I went from one suspect to the next along with them and really was not sure until the reveal. This author really knows how to build the suspense, weave a truly intriguing murder mystery and fill the story with fun, laughs, and in this one festivities that kept me wanting to be right there. Jenna is so busy with the Christmas doings that a visit from her sister, brother-in-law and oldest niece are definitely not what she needs nor what she expected. It was nice to meet this part of her family. I had forgotten she had siblings. I love the interaction she had with her niece Lacy. It was nice to see Jenna and her sister’s relationship change and really develop into a wonderful one. With Jenna’s father out of town, it was nice she had other family than just her aunt there to keep her grounded and busy. As always author Daryl Wood Gerber has gifted us with a fabulous read. “Wreath Between the Lines” can be read as a stand-alone and is the perfect read for the upcoming holidays. Descriptive writing, well developed and likable characters, perfect setting, and a fabulous, intriguing mystery make this one present you don’t want to keep wrapped up. Dive into this read and get into the spirit of the holidays now. Just fabulous and serious fun! I was given a copy by the author, however the opinion is completely my own and unbiased by that fact

  11. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES is the seventh book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber. The front cover of the book draws the reader in with its coziness and I love the Christmas feeling it imbues. The author effectively captures and continues the Christmas-y feeling throughout the entire book despite some of the residents of Crystal Cove acting more Scrooge than Santa. Protagonist Jenna Hart co-owns the bookstore and bakery, Cookbook Nook, with her Aunt Vera. The Cookbook Nook WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES is the seventh book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber. The front cover of the book draws the reader in with its coziness and I love the Christmas feeling it imbues. The author effectively captures and continues the Christmas-y feeling throughout the entire book despite some of the residents of Crystal Cove acting more Scrooge than Santa. Protagonist Jenna Hart co-owns the bookstore and bakery, Cookbook Nook, with her Aunt Vera. The Cookbook Nook and their California coastal town are gearing up for a wreath-themed festival. I loved all the descriptions of the creative wreaths each business designed to go with the theme of their shops. It adds to the festive feel of good cheer throughout the town. Jenna is also pulling out all stops to decorate her bookstore and make sure there are plenty of Christmas cookbooks for her customers. I have a love/hate relationship with all the cookie and cake cookbooks Jenna mentions and stocks for the holiday… they all sound amazing and I found that I ended up purchasing more cookbooks than I really need so that I can read and drool over all the recipes and photos of seasonal goodies. When Jenna’s father’s good friend is accused of murdering a drifter, I found it incredibly sweet that Jenna steps in to protect the elderly man since her father is out of the country. I greatly enjoyed the influence her father can assert with the investigating police, even when he’s off the pages, so that Jenna can investigate and keep him “in the loop”. Ms. Gerber weaves in a tight tale of estranged family, squabbling spouses, cranky neighbors, a cookie contest, and an A cappella competition to keep the reader engrossed and turning pages. With so many people hiding secrets, the naughty list of suspects kept me guessing who the culprit was. Even though there was a lot going on, the author expertly pulls the threads together and provides a satisfying conclusion, making every page a joy to read. One of the fun things I love when reading Ms. Gerber’s books, is the amazing amount of recipes she provides at the back of the book. WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES is no exception and you’ll be drooling as you read over the holiday recipes she’s created. I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    Operating from her store, the Cookbook Nook, Jenna Hart once again is called upon to solve a murder case. When her father's wealthy friend, Jake, finds his guest murdered, Jenna is afraid that Jake was the intended victim. Jenna goes to work to find the murderer. Was it Jake's Grinch like neighbor who was constantly at war with Jake over his lavish Christmas display, the woman who covets Jake's valuable stamp or maybe his estranged sister who has come to stay in the area after being missing from Operating from her store, the Cookbook Nook, Jenna Hart once again is called upon to solve a murder case. When her father's wealthy friend, Jake, finds his guest murdered, Jenna is afraid that Jake was the intended victim. Jenna goes to work to find the murderer. Was it Jake's Grinch like neighbor who was constantly at war with Jake over his lavish Christmas display, the woman who covets Jake's valuable stamp or maybe his estranged sister who has come to stay in the area after being missing from Jake's life for over 60 years. With the Christmas season at hand, Jenna has her hands and time full investigating the murder while running her store. This series continues to deliver top notch mysteries with a well developed cast of characters. There is enough background provided that you can read each book as a stand alone but it really is best to read the series in order to see how everything has evolved. The murder plot delivers a lot of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages. Cozy and traditional mystery reading fans should all check this out.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot as part of my 2019 Xmas reading and I wasn’t too lost by jumping in at book 7 in the series without having read any of the previous ones. Enough Christmassy stuff to qualify as a Xmas read and a great bunch of characters and I especially liked Jenna and Rhett and of course Jake, but I think in many ways Lacy is the star of this show. There are possibly too many separate stories going on that all intersect at sometime with each other and although they all get wound I enjoyed this book quite a lot as part of my 2019 Xmas reading and I wasn’t too lost by jumping in at book 7 in the series without having read any of the previous ones. Enough Christmassy stuff to qualify as a Xmas read and a great bunch of characters and I especially liked Jenna and Rhett and of course Jake, but I think in many ways Lacy is the star of this show. There are possibly too many separate stories going on that all intersect at sometime with each other and although they all get wound up satisfactorily don’t really merge into one story. I thought the villain was pretty obvious from the first time he appeared in the story but i never guessed at the motive and there sure were many other suspects with apparently stronger motives. A bit of humour and it was nice to see the changes in attitude by some of the characters like Whitney and Emmett and Olivia. Must have been the Christmas spirit at work! Anyway a nice HEA ending for all the good guys and I liked the book enough that I may try some more by this author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this next book of the series Jenna is getting ready for her favorite time of year. Christmas is coming and she is having a fun time with decorating and looking forward to upcoming demonstrations that are being held at the Cookbook Nook. When her sister comes to town, for a singing competition her daughter is a part of, Jenna hopes they can get along. She is surprised when her sister tells her that she is worried that her husband is cheating. She hopes that Jenna will help her find out what he In this next book of the series Jenna is getting ready for her favorite time of year. Christmas is coming and she is having a fun time with decorating and looking forward to upcoming demonstrations that are being held at the Cookbook Nook. When her sister comes to town, for a singing competition her daughter is a part of, Jenna hopes they can get along. She is surprised when her sister tells her that she is worried that her husband is cheating. She hopes that Jenna will help her find out what he has been up to. Meanwhile her father's good friend calls her with some upsetting news. He has a friend visiting him and it looks like he may have been murdered. When she arrives to help she finds the man wrapped up in Christmas lights with a tree star sticking out of him. The man looked similar to Jake which has Jenna worried that the killer missed his real target. As Jenna begins to investigate she finds numerous reasons why someone might want to harm Jake but none for the dead man. At her cookie event Jake is poisoned and almost doesn't make it. Follow Jenna as she starts looking at suspects and the reasons they have for disliking Jake. Will she be able to whittle down the clues and pull out a real killer or continue to move around in a circle. Is this murder all over a stamp, a grumpy neighbor or a real estate issue, Jenna is determined to find out. This is such a wonderful series filled with a cast of characters that you'll love, a town you'll want to visit and a plot line that always delivers!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue Ross

    Wonderful Christmas read This is a a Christmas mystery that you won't be able to put down. This time a murder is committed and it was either mistaken identity or something else. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    What a wonderful cozy mystery! It was the first one I read in this series and I surely will read the others. It can be read as a standalone as there are no problems in understanding the characters and their relationship. The plot was both enjoyable and entertaining, the cast of characters is likeable and the setting is perfect. I loved the Christmas atmosphere and everything in this book. A great discovery, I look forward to reading the next instalment. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Beyond the What a wonderful cozy mystery! It was the first one I read in this series and I surely will read the others. It can be read as a standalone as there are no problems in understanding the characters and their relationship. The plot was both enjoyable and entertaining, the cast of characters is likeable and the setting is perfect. I loved the Christmas atmosphere and everything in this book. A great discovery, I look forward to reading the next instalment. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Beyond the Page Publishing and Netgalley for this ARC

  17. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/w... Title: Wreath Between the Lines Series: Cookbook Nook Mystery By: Daryl Wood Gerber ISBN: 1946069833 (ISBN13: 9781946069832) Author’s Website: http://www.darylwoodgerber.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Summary: The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make https://openbooksociety.com/article/w... Title: Wreath Between the Lines Series: Cookbook Nook Mystery By: Daryl Wood Gerber ISBN: 1946069833 (ISBN13: 9781946069832) Author’s Website: http://www.darylwoodgerber.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Summary: The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star. Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . . (Goodreads) Review: Wreath Between the Lines is the seventh book in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber. I think this is one instance where starting this late in the game may have been a negative. I have loved Ms. Gerber’s writing in the past… and don’t get me wrong…. I enjoyed this book, but I felt like I was missing something. We begin the tale with Jenna Hart driving around to various neighbourhoods (five to be exact) looking at the houses decorated for Christmas – with her ginger cat – Tigger sitting in her lap. Now that would definitely be a feat in my world as my cat is totally frightened of riding in a car and would not wait patiently looking out the window. But, this is fiction and I love that Jenna takes her cat out to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas (after all – during this hour long ride Christmas music is playing on the radio). Jenna co-owns a culinary bookstore with her aunt, called the Cookbook Nook. I thought it quite clever that Ms. Gerber introduced real book titles and authors well known to the cozy mystery genre. All is well in Crystal Cove as its residents are preparing for the annual Crystal Cove Christmas Festival (this years theme is…wreaths). Loved the descriptions of the unique wreaths displayed at each of the individual shops in Fisherman’s Village (including the Cookbook Nook). Before long, there is a murder victim, who is trussed up in Christmas lights and impaled by a tree star. As usual with cozy mysteries, the protagonist (Jenna) works through all the potential suspects (and a couple I did not even anticipate). The story was easy to read and follow, except I did find maybe one or two too many sub story lines so that while it did fuse together in the end, it did seem a bit much. A few twists and red herrings to make it interesting. Guessing whodunit was not too difficult, though the motive was, especially when there were so many suspects to choose from (some with possibly stronger motives?). I quite enjoyed the cover art. Very eye catching with lots of detail to look over. I will rectify my slight feelings of discontent by going back and starting the series from book one and when I get to book seven – I may well re-read it the title again ☺ *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is a fun Christmas themed cozy mystery with likable and quirky characters in the small coastal town of Crystal Cove, California. Jenna Hart, her aunt, Vera, and the crew of the Cookbook Nook are gearing up for Christmas with lots of fun activities and even a cookie exchange. Things turn bad when a friend of her neighbor, Jake, is found dead at Jake's home. His body is found wrapped in Christmas lights and stabbed in the back by a star used on a Christmas tree. The first person blamed is This is a fun Christmas themed cozy mystery with likable and quirky characters in the small coastal town of Crystal Cove, California. Jenna Hart, her aunt, Vera, and the crew of the Cookbook Nook are gearing up for Christmas with lots of fun activities and even a cookie exchange. Things turn bad when a friend of her neighbor, Jake, is found dead at Jake's home. His body is found wrapped in Christmas lights and stabbed in the back by a star used on a Christmas tree. The first person blamed is Jake but he was at the store and video backs him up. A grumpy neighbor reported hearing Jenna's brother in law arguing with the dead guy. But he also had an alibi. Jake and Jenna's dad are close friends but he is out of the country so Jenna decides she needs to do some investigating in her dad's place. Maybe the killer was really after Jake and not his friend. She finds that there are several people who might want to get to Jake. A local businesswoman wants a rare stamp Jake has that is worth tons of money. A businessman from San Francisco wants Jake's house but it is not for sale. Jake's estranged sister is in town. Maybe she wants his estate. Amid the investigation, Jenna has her sister and her family in town for a music competition, her boyfriend Rhett returns to town and news abound with Jenna and her good friend Bailey. But also, danger is there as someone tries to complete their task of getting to Jake. The shop and connected cafe have fun events with yummy sounding foods and the cafe serves great food. The book includes some recipes in the back that would be interesting to try. I found the ending not totally surprising but it does have a strange twist that I did not see at all. I received a complimentary ARC from Beyond the Page Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts stated are mine only.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Everyone in Crystal Cove is getting into the festive holiday spirit, from the town vendors with their personalized wreaths as part of the town's themed contest, to the homes with their decorative outdoor displays. Everyone except Jake Chapman's next-door neighbor, Emmett Atwater, the definitive "Bah humbug." Not only is his home totally bare of any decorations, and not for religious reasons, but he also spends his time complaining loudly about Jake's decorations. So when a murder Jake may have Everyone in Crystal Cove is getting into the festive holiday spirit, from the town vendors with their personalized wreaths as part of the town's themed contest, to the homes with their decorative outdoor displays. Everyone except Jake Chapman's next-door neighbor, Emmett Atwater, the definitive "Bah humbug." Not only is his home totally bare of any decorations, and not for religious reasons, but he also spends his time complaining loudly about Jake's decorations. So when a murder Jake may have been the original target. While Jenna's father is away on a river cruise vacation with Lola (her best friend's mother), it is up to her to sniff out the suspects and help Chief Pritchett (Cinnamon) solve the mystery...whether she wants her help or not. With an unexpected visit from her sister and family, as well as all the Christmas Festivities planned for the next two weeks, Jenna definitely has her hands full. Can she separate the suspects from the actual murderer in time, or will she once again be putting her own life at risk. This is a fun series full of interesting characters. I liked the opportunity to get to know Jenna's family better, including her niece, Lacy. Her aunt is always a hoot, especially when giving her tarot card readings. And of course, Jenna has a great relationship with her cat, Tigger! This story also delves more into her relationship with Rhett. The book contains lots of holiday ideas, as well as cookbook titles throughout the story for those interested in trying out new recipes. Finally, I love the holiday themed trinkets and decoration ideas scattered throughout. Twists and turns as well as entertainment make this a fun series to read. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book received from Net Galley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Cookbook Nook owner Jenna Hart is preparing for the holidays, her favorite time of the year. She's decorating the shop and getting ready for the town's festivities. When her sister, Whitney, her niece, Lacy, and her brother-in-law, Spencer, show up to housesit for their father, things turn anxious. Whitney is worried that Spencer is fooling around. Then Jenna's friend Jake shows up on her doorstep to say he's found his friend, Geoffrey, bound in lights with a tree star stuck in his chest, dead Cookbook Nook owner Jenna Hart is preparing for the holidays, her favorite time of the year. She's decorating the shop and getting ready for the town's festivities. When her sister, Whitney, her niece, Lacy, and her brother-in-law, Spencer, show up to housesit for their father, things turn anxious. Whitney is worried that Spencer is fooling around. Then Jenna's friend Jake shows up on her doorstep to say he's found his friend, Geoffrey, bound in lights with a tree star stuck in his chest, dead in Jake's backyard. Jenna is worried that Jake was the intended victim, so she decides, despite the disapproval of local law enforcement officer Cinnamon, to investigate. And when Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it's Jake's last Christmas. This book is like opening a present. You unwrap the bow and inside you find something that is going to delight you. I've always liked Jenna. She is very relatable, and the addition of her family in this story adds to that normalcy. Lacy is a great character, and I loved getting to know her. The mystery aspect of the story is tight, and I was rather surprised by the culprit. I had thought this person might be guilty, but had dismissed them early on. It's always fun when an author can outsmart me. Watching the tale unfold provided great hours of entertainment. Wreath Between the Lines is another winner from Daryl Wood Gerber in the Cookbook Nook series. I look forward to seeing what happens next in Jenna's life. I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES by Daryl Wood Gerber The Seventh Cookbook Nook Mystery Jenna Hart is happily preparing for Christmas, decorating the Cookbook Nook and enjoying the festive air as all of Crystal Cove gets ready for the holiday season. Jenna's sister and family arrive unexpectedly for the local a cappella event. But all is not jolly as Whitney fears her husband is cheating on her, Spencer is acting suspicious, and Lacy is acting like a fairly typical teenager. The murder of the friend WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES by Daryl Wood Gerber The Seventh Cookbook Nook Mystery Jenna Hart is happily preparing for Christmas, decorating the Cookbook Nook and enjoying the festive air as all of Crystal Cove gets ready for the holiday season. Jenna's sister and family arrive unexpectedly for the local a cappella event. But all is not jolly as Whitney fears her husband is cheating on her, Spencer is acting suspicious, and Lacy is acting like a fairly typical teenager. The murder of the friend Jenna's neighbor stuns everyone. Did the killer get his intended victim, or was Jake the real target? It couldn't be because of Jake's elaborately decorated house, could it? Jenna will have to sort out her sister's marital woes, support her niece, and investigate the latest murder so that everyone can have a merry Christmas! I love the festive holiday season and WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES is helping me get in the holiday spirit. The delightful Christmas decorations and all of the delectably described food make me want to start decorating and eating already...even though it's not quite Thanksgiving. There's more to the book than holiday happenings, however. There's an intricately plotted murder mystery and a variety of familial relationships to sort out. WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES is a wonderful mystery to read at any time of the year, but when read now gives a wonderful start to the holiday season. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    In Wreath Between the Lines, Crystal Cove, California, is getting into the Christmas spirit, especially everyone at the Cookbook Nook, Jenna Hart's store. Jenna is at her finest when she is planning events and selecting cookbooks and cozy mystery books to decorate her store, while the Nook's restaurant chef, Katie, outdoes herself preparing mouth-watering Christmas themed meals and treats for the patrons. Everything is running smoothly until Jenna receives a surprise visit from her sister, In Wreath Between the Lines, Crystal Cove, California, is getting into the Christmas spirit, especially everyone at the Cookbook Nook, Jenna Hart's store. Jenna is at her finest when she is planning events and selecting cookbooks and cozy mystery books to decorate her store, while the Nook's restaurant chef, Katie, outdoes herself preparing mouth-watering Christmas themed meals and treats for the patrons. Everything is running smoothly until Jenna receives a surprise visit from her sister, Whitney, her husband and daughter in tow, who desperately need some Christmas spirit. Between Whitney's marital problems and her daughter, Lacy's, teenage angst, the Cove's Christmas Festival and running the Cookbook Nook while investigating a Christmas-themed murder, Jenna has her plate full. Thankfully, Jenna has her Aunt Vera, her best friend Bailey and even her niece, Lacy, to help her out both at the Nook and with her investigations as she is dogged in her pursuit of a killer that she thinks may have murdered the wrong man. I truly enjoy the Cookbook Nook Mysteries and having the opportunity to visit the wonderful town and characters of Crystal Cove -- I feel that I am among old and dear friends. I liked being a part of all the Christmas preparations and festivities and also appreciated that the titles of the Cookbook's and cozy mysteries featured in the Book Nook are included in the book, along with some wonderful holiday recipes. You can't help but be in the Christmas spirit after reading Wreath Between the Lines, and I recommend it without reservations. I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Jenna Hart loves the holidays. The Cookbook Nook is decorated and she's ready for the festivities. She's surprised when her sister makes an unexpected visit, but this gives her a chance to bond with her niece, Lacy. Unfortunately not everyone is in the holiday spirit. Geoffrey is visiting his friend Jake when he's bludgeoned to death. Did the killer get it right or did he want to kill Jake? Jenna has to find the truth. She's a caring woman who uses her keen mind to track down a killer. I was Jenna Hart loves the holidays. The Cookbook Nook is decorated and she's ready for the festivities. She's surprised when her sister makes an unexpected visit, but this gives her a chance to bond with her niece, Lacy. Unfortunately not everyone is in the holiday spirit. Geoffrey is visiting his friend Jake when he's bludgeoned to death. Did the killer get it right or did he want to kill Jake? Jenna has to find the truth. She's a caring woman who uses her keen mind to track down a killer. I was pleased at how perceptive Lacy was and how she helped her Aunt. Jenna's romance with Rhett is so special. He's a keeper. I loved that he's so supportive. Crystal Cove provides the perfect backdrop. The area and the people who reside here add warmth to the story. The cozy mystery has so many suspects that I wasn't sure who committed the murder. Daryl Wood Gerber has outdone herself. I loved Wreath Between The Lines. I cared about the characters. I loved the dialogue. It made me feel as if I was part of this town. I didn't know until the very end who did the deed. I loved how the author combined multiple story lines to produce an excellent addition to this series. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Jenna Hart is getting her bookshop, the Cookbook Nook, prepared for the Christmas holidays. When her sister visits with her family, Jenna finds her sister’s marriage is troubled. Her sister’s husband has a secret that may damage his marriage forever. Then, her neighbor, Jake, came to her for help when he finds his friend dead and strung up in Christmas lights. Can Jenna unravel the truth before something else happens to destroy the Holidays? This is one of my favorite authors of cozy mysteries. Jenna Hart is getting her bookshop, the Cookbook Nook, prepared for the Christmas holidays. When her sister visits with her family, Jenna finds her sister’s marriage is troubled. Her sister’s husband has a secret that may damage his marriage forever. Then, her neighbor, Jake, came to her for help when he finds his friend dead and strung up in Christmas lights. Can Jenna unravel the truth before something else happens to destroy the Holidays? This is one of my favorite authors of cozy mysteries. And, this is a great installment to the Cookbook Nook series. Jenna is a very likeable character who uses her wit and intelligence to figure things out. I liked that she was able to work with the police, and not hide her investigation. I love her quirky aunt who gives the mystery a little humor, and some needed insight. The plot kept me confused until the end. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cherry London

    A little bit a love a bit a murder makes for an intriguing and exciting package. Jenna gets to put her sleuthing skills to work, by trying to solve the murder mystery that happened too close for comfort as far as Jenna and her family were concerned. With new relations on the horizon, all having a dramatic impact on their little cozy settings. She aimed at solving this puzzle quickly, so they all could get back to celebrating having a merry Christmas.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenndian

    This is a great addition to the CookBook Nook series by Daryl Wood Gerber. Jenna Hart is back with the rest of the crew in the seventh of the series. I love reading holiday cozies and this one was great from how the victim was killed to whodunit, it was a great page-turner and hard to put down! Love seeing how Jenna continues to grow and develop as a character and the descriptions make you feel like you are there. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great holiday mystery!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia David

    I just love Jenna and the gang. Jenna's sister comes for a visit with her husband and daughter. While she is spending time with her niece, Jenna's family friend, Jake, comes to get her because his friend has been murdered. Jenna is pretty sure that the intended victim was really Jake and she knows that she has to figure out who the killer is before they strike again. When the killer tries to scare Jenna off of the investigation, she knows she is out of time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is book 7 in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series. I enjoy it and always attempt the recipes included with the story. Jenna is decorating for Christmas when her older sister and niece turn up unexpectedly. It seems there is trouble on the homefront. When someone tries to kill Jake but gets his friend instead Jenna is alarmed and when several more attempts are made she knows she has to act to save the older friend. I liked the story and the family aspect made it even more appealing. I received a This is book 7 in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series. I enjoy it and always attempt the recipes included with the story. Jenna is decorating for Christmas when her older sister and niece turn up unexpectedly. It seems there is trouble on the homefront. When someone tries to kill Jake but gets his friend instead Jenna is alarmed and when several more attempts are made she knows she has to act to save the older friend. I liked the story and the family aspect made it even more appealing. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Jenna Hart is up to her elbows in cookbooks and decorations for her shop The Cookbook Nook. When her father's friend Jake finds a dead body at his house, he rushes to Jenna for help. Complicating matters is a domestic dispute between her sister Whitney and her husband. When Jenna discovers the dead man looks remarkably like Jake, she is concerned for Jake's safety thinking it might be a case of mistaken identity. For a complete review, go to https://mapyourmystery.blogspot.com/2...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Bradford

    Another great book by Ms. Gerber

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