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The witty new story from the bestselling author of The Secret Book & Scone Society series is perfect for bibliophiles who love a A Bookish Cook-Off with a little murder on the side… Six chefs are preparing to compete in an outdoor tent at Storyton Hall in Virginia for prizes that will boost their careers—but is there someone who can’t stand the heat? It looks that way The witty new story from the bestselling author of The Secret Book & Scone Society series is perfect for bibliophiles who love a A Bookish Cook-Off with a little murder on the side… Six chefs are preparing to compete in an outdoor tent at Storyton Hall in Virginia for prizes that will boost their careers—but is there someone who can’t stand the heat? It looks that way when one of the contestants is found dead in a pantry packed with two centuries’ worth of cookbooks, among other treasures and rarities. Could there be a connection to other recent events in town, like tampering with the costume of a local mascot? Jane isn’t sure, but after someone serves a second course of murder, the kitchen must be closed and the killer must be found . . .


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The witty new story from the bestselling author of The Secret Book & Scone Society series is perfect for bibliophiles who love a A Bookish Cook-Off with a little murder on the side… Six chefs are preparing to compete in an outdoor tent at Storyton Hall in Virginia for prizes that will boost their careers—but is there someone who can’t stand the heat? It looks that way The witty new story from the bestselling author of The Secret Book & Scone Society series is perfect for bibliophiles who love a A Bookish Cook-Off with a little murder on the side… Six chefs are preparing to compete in an outdoor tent at Storyton Hall in Virginia for prizes that will boost their careers—but is there someone who can’t stand the heat? It looks that way when one of the contestants is found dead in a pantry packed with two centuries’ worth of cookbooks, among other treasures and rarities. Could there be a connection to other recent events in town, like tampering with the costume of a local mascot? Jane isn’t sure, but after someone serves a second course of murder, the kitchen must be closed and the killer must be found . . .

30 review for Murder in the Cookbook Nook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    As I prepared to dive into this book, I had no idea that I was going on a wild roller coaster ride. As Jane Steward, guardian of the treasures at Storyton Hall, prepares for the filming of a literary themed cook off, she, too, has no idea of the escapades she’s about to encounter. The cook off seems simple enough, but the the undercurrent of emotions is felt by everyone, and before long, Jane and The Fins are wrapped up in another murder investigation. For me, the best part of this story was the ap As I prepared to dive into this book, I had no idea that I was going on a wild roller coaster ride. As Jane Steward, guardian of the treasures at Storyton Hall, prepares for the filming of a literary themed cook off, she, too, has no idea of the escapades she’s about to encounter. The cook off seems simple enough, but the the undercurrent of emotions is felt by everyone, and before long, Jane and The Fins are wrapped up in another murder investigation. For me, the best part of this story was the appearance of an old friend, Olivia Limoges, and her standard poodle, Captain Haviland. Ms. Limoges was the protagonist in another series written by Ellery Adams. It was so nice to see a friendship begin with Olivia and the ladies of Storyton Hall, I hope to see her again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Every book is a new adventure for the reader. I love the premise of the series - Jane and her family are the guardians of old and rare books. It's always interesting to see how her role as the Guardian of Storyton Hall puts her in conflict with her role as manager of the retreat. The author does a great job providing her readers with new and interesting plots revolving around books. This time around, it is a reality cooking competition that is film This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Every book is a new adventure for the reader. I love the premise of the series - Jane and her family are the guardians of old and rare books. It's always interesting to see how her role as the Guardian of Storyton Hall puts her in conflict with her role as manager of the retreat. The author does a great job providing her readers with new and interesting plots revolving around books. This time around, it is a reality cooking competition that is filming at Storyton Hall with plenty that goes wrong. A fire, a murder, and an explosion are just some of what Jane has to deal with while keeping her guests safe. The characters in this story are well-written, diverse, and dimensional. Ms. Adams continues to evolve them in all aspects, personally, professionally, and for some romantically. The Cover Girls always provide Jane with assistance given the group is so diverse in age and experience. This time around, the author gives her readers a lovely surprise - we get to revisit with Olivia Limoges and Chef Michael from her Books By the Bay series (which was one of my early introductions to this author). Fin and Hem are growing up fast and I love how the boys are curious, smart, protective of their mom, and still retain some of the innocence of childhood. Jane's relationship with Edwin is progressing well and I like how the author writes their partnership. The mystery is well done. There are several suspects to choose from and will keep the reader guessing until the climactic reveal at the end. The reason behind all the problems with the cooking competition does have a darker theme than most cozy mysteries, but I applaud the author for using it and shining a light on these issues. I am a big fan of this series, so I will return to Storyton Hall whenever this author has another adventure to share. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington Books, through Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    **A note before the review** I read a lot of ARC's and have learned to navigate around the occasional wonky formatting, misspelled word, poor to nonexistent grammar and punctuation and the occasional missing word. It is what you do when you get an uncorrected proof. That said, I do think, that as an ARC reader, we do have a certain expectation that we are going to get the full book, edited or not, and that we will be able to read it and review it without wondering what we might have missed. This **A note before the review** I read a lot of ARC's and have learned to navigate around the occasional wonky formatting, misspelled word, poor to nonexistent grammar and punctuation and the occasional missing word. It is what you do when you get an uncorrected proof. That said, I do think, that as an ARC reader, we do have a certain expectation that we are going to get the full book, edited or not, and that we will be able to read it and review it without wondering what we might have missed. This was not the case with this book. To start, the cast of characters at the beginning of the book are from the previous book. Which seems problematic to me. And then the book starts and it is just one problem after another; like I said, I totally understand the occasional missing word etc, but in this case, there were missing sentences [and if there weren't, then what I was reading made absolutely no sense, and I HIGHLY doubt that an amazing author such as Ms. Adams is would write such confusion], missing words that made the conversations...wonky, and at several points, I am absolutely sure there had to be missing paragraphs as you jump from one thing to another and there is absolutely no flow and you just know that you have missed something that would have explained things more. And the most distressing thing is, that this happens on almost every page. It made for a very disconcerting and to be honest, disappointing read. If it had been any other author and not one I have read extensively and adore, I would have abandoned ship. It is a huge credit to Ms. Adams' writing and storytelling that I was both able to finish this book AND enjoy it as much as I did [even while banging my head in frustration]. I can only hope that the publisher and editors caught all of the mistakes in this ARC and that the final product is what it should be. Why am I mentioning this at all? Because it DOES hinder your reading experience when you are trying to fill in sentences [from missing words], trying to figure out what you might have missed to due to [what must be] missing paragraphs and trying to figure out what some words were due to misspelling to a degree I have never seen. Would I have liked this book more [like 5 stars more] if I had not had this reading experience? I don't know. Perhaps. All I know is it took me longer than normal to read this and my experience with a book I have been waiting a year for, was less than it should have been. **REVIEW** Reality TV is coming to Storyton Hall. Given the opportunity to get more publicity for the Hall, Jane allows a reality cooking show to come and put on a competition. Unfortunately, it starts badly with a deliberately set fire and just goes terribly downhill from there. There is a lot to love about this book - Jane and Edwin and the boys spend a lot of time together in this book and it is just so beautiful to see. Edwin has been home for some time and it has helped them become a more cohesive unit. His love for Hem and Fitz really shows and I just love that. As a child of several step-parents, I know how important that relationship can be [and also how badly it can go] and I admire Ms. Adams' way of writing it. It is very true to life. The Cover Girls are in this, but more briefly than they normally are. It was still very good to see them and they surely help save the day during the reveal. Olivia Limoges and Captain Havilland. O M GOSH I had forgotten how much I L O V E D this character and her pup and how much I had missed her. It was like a breath of fresh air to have her in this book and I love how her being there both helps Jane [and I LOVE that they are now friends - how glorious. MORE books with Olivia making an appearance please] AND helps Olivia [(view spoiler)[ I had forgotten how the last book of the Books by the Bay series had ended and when I went and revisited it, I was sad all over again. I love that this visit to Storyton Hall helps Olivia heal some from that loss (hide spoiler)] ] as well. Plus we get to see Chef Michel and her support of him and Jane and Company learning to love him and his cooking as much as Olivia does. I knew who the killer was early on and I thought the reveal was good because it makes you think you were wrong [I was not] but also introduces another aspect to the story [that you find out more about in the Epilogue] that was very good. So even though I knew who the killer was, the writing was so well done that it didn't take away from the story [the only thing that did was addressed in the note above; I need to reiterate just how much that affected the reading experience of this book. SO. MUCH. FRUSTRATION.] This book touches on so many things that affect people every single day today and it was good to have reminders of social issues alongside a mystery. I have said this before and it applies here - Ellery Adams writes books that are right on the cusp of being a cozy and being a regular mystery. Her willingness to NOT shy away from sensitive topics and uncomfortable scenarios makes her books even better to read and makes me love them move with each publication. It truly says a lot about how great the author's writing is that I [and everyone else that read this and never mentioned the issues I did] was able to read this and love it as much as I did. **SIDE NOTE** I highly suggest diving into her "Books by the Bay" series, one to learn more about Olivia and her beloved dog and two, to read another REALLY excellent series. Thank you to NetGalley, Ellery Adams and Kensington Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Roberts

    I'm always thrilled to visit Storyton Hall, and each installment just gets better and better. Along with the lovely atmosphere of the literary-themed luxury resort, there was the filming of a cooking competition reality show, more time with the wonderful supporting characters, and insight into some human rights issues that don't get enough attention. I also loved the crossover with the Books by the Bay series, and definitely want to see more of these characters again. This is one of my favorite I'm always thrilled to visit Storyton Hall, and each installment just gets better and better. Along with the lovely atmosphere of the literary-themed luxury resort, there was the filming of a cooking competition reality show, more time with the wonderful supporting characters, and insight into some human rights issues that don't get enough attention. I also loved the crossover with the Books by the Bay series, and definitely want to see more of these characters again. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series from a favorite author, and I can't wait to read the next one! Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington for the advance digital copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    All my favorite elements came together in this book: food, mystery, romance - what more could you want? And get this - it's set in a literary hotel, Storyton Hall in Virginia. The hotel is filled with books and all the rooms have literary names and themes. I would love to stay there! The hotel is run by Jane Steward, who is the guardian of the all the rare books at Storyton Hall. The hotel is hosting a cooking competition featuring six renowned chefs. One of the chefs is found murdered in the pa All my favorite elements came together in this book: food, mystery, romance - what more could you want? And get this - it's set in a literary hotel, Storyton Hall in Virginia. The hotel is filled with books and all the rooms have literary names and themes. I would love to stay there! The hotel is run by Jane Steward, who is the guardian of the all the rare books at Storyton Hall. The hotel is hosting a cooking competition featuring six renowned chefs. One of the chefs is found murdered in the pantry off the kitchen. There's a sense of foreboding following the death, as the murderer hasn't been found, but the competition continues. There are several suspects. An engaging mystery with great characters, lots of food, and a literary backdrop. I truly enjoyed spending time at Storyton Hall and look forward to visiting again. Thanks to Kensington Books through Netgalley for an advance copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Jane Steward is the manager of Storyton Hall and a single mom to her twin boys Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Her boyfriend Edwin Alcott runs a restaurant called the Daily Bread in Storyton and is a food writer. Jane’s hotel has been scheduled to host a cooking competition; six chefs checked in the previous night and the judges had checked in that morning. A taste guru and social media influencer Mia Mallet is scheduled to arrive later in the day. Then a fire starts near the competition tent where the Jane Steward is the manager of Storyton Hall and a single mom to her twin boys Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Her boyfriend Edwin Alcott runs a restaurant called the Daily Bread in Storyton and is a food writer. Jane’s hotel has been scheduled to host a cooking competition; six chefs checked in the previous night and the judges had checked in that morning. A taste guru and social media influencer Mia Mallet is scheduled to arrive later in the day. Then a fire starts near the competition tent where they’d be filming the cooking show. Investigation reveals it was an electrical fire and that someone may have sabotaged the electrical system. One of the chefs, Chef Pierce has been getting under everyone’s skin since he arrived and Jane and her staff are doing their best to put up with him. When Chef Pierce gropes a pastry chef 👩🏻‍🍳 Mia decides to fire Chef Pierce from the show but Chef Pierce is found stabbed to death in one of the rooms in the hotel; the Cookbook Nook. Soon after Chef Pierce’s death, there’s a gas explosion during the next cooking challenge. Someone is trying to sabotage the competition. Later, during the berry festival, someone steals an antique from one of the booths and writes something on the costume of the local mascots defaming the company sponsoring the cooking show. Jane and the Fin family as well as the cops have to find who’s responsible for the crimes before they do more damage. Thank you to Ellery Adams, NetGalley and Kensington for the ARC of this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Fan

    This series gives me all the feels and this newest book is no exception! Ellery Adams’s cozy mysteries are hands down my favourite books; they’re just the right length to engross you in the mystery, while updating you on the lives of all the characters. This mystery was so soft and cozy, I felt like I was wrapped up in a soft throw with a cuppa.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    If I could simply use one word for how I feel about this series of books, it would be "Wow"! I have always enjoyed this series, and this latest offering was above and beyond my expectations. With the appearance of a surprise guest, it was fabulous! This book grabbed me from the first page and did not let go. The characters and setting are written vividly and are intriguing. The whodunit and suspects kept me enthralled and guessing! I strongly suggest you read this series in order, to fully appreciate If I could simply use one word for how I feel about this series of books, it would be "Wow"! I have always enjoyed this series, and this latest offering was above and beyond my expectations. With the appearance of a surprise guest, it was fabulous! This book grabbed me from the first page and did not let go. The characters and setting are written vividly and are intriguing. The whodunit and suspects kept me enthralled and guessing! I strongly suggest you read this series in order, to fully appreciate it. I highly recommend this book. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Murder in the Cookbook Nook by Ellery Adams takes us back to Storyton Hall where Jane is working very hard to keep her resort running smoothly while raising her sons and having a life. Storyton Hall is a huge old house remade into a resort for booklovers with a fabulous library as well as rooms/places and menu items named after book and authors. It is the last place you would think to find a reality TV showing being filmed, and yet, it was. Posh Palate with Mia Mallett was a program pitting six Murder in the Cookbook Nook by Ellery Adams takes us back to Storyton Hall where Jane is working very hard to keep her resort running smoothly while raising her sons and having a life. Storyton Hall is a huge old house remade into a resort for booklovers with a fabulous library as well as rooms/places and menu items named after book and authors. It is the last place you would think to find a reality TV showing being filmed, and yet, it was. Posh Palate with Mia Mallett was a program pitting six famous chefs against one another in pursuit of fame and a cash prize. Mia Mallett was not only the host but a famous Instagram influencer who, it turns out, had been corresponding with Mrs. Hubbard, Storyton Hall's chief cook, for weeks. They were now firm friends before Jane had even met her. At the first day of filming there was a fire on one wall of the huge tent that had been hired to house some of the episodes. No one was hurt and the plan for the day progressed. Shortly, though, someone was hurt, murdered, in fact. One of the chefs, Chef Pierce, and some of the Hall's precious china had been broken in the act. Then a grill exploded, thankfully only injuring one man, and other things were going wrong. It was too much. Jane wanted to stop filming but apparently that was not an option, so they carried on. Storyton Hall is a wonderful place with a very interesting history. Jane was its newest guardian but great uncle Aloysius and great aunt Octavia had resigned the position but were still living there. There were also a half dozen ultimate security personnel on duty disguised in other positions, ready at a moment's notice to defend Jane and Storyton Hall. It was a tradition that had gone back generations. Additionally, there was Edwin, Jane's partner, who now ran a restaurant in Storyton Village, but had been a Robin Hood of book thieves, returning books to their real owners. Not to mention, Jane could take care of herself. The back-story is as interesting as the current mystery. All of this makes The Book Retreat series a go-to in the cozy mystery genre. This is no exception: a terrific mystery, a visit by a cross-over character, Olivia Limoges, a plethora of interesting characters who are a part of this story only, as well as the Cover Girls book club and other residents of Storyton Village. A must read. I was invited to read a free e-ARC of Murder in the Cookbook Nook by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #murderinthecookbooknook

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Murder in the Cookbook Nook by Ellery Adams is book seven in the 'Book Retreat Mystery' series and my second book in that series. Jane Steward is the manager of Storyton Hall and a single mum to her twin boys Fitzgerald and Hemingway (Fitz and Hem). Her boyfriend, Edwin Alcott runs a restaurant called the Daily Bread Cafe in Storyton and is a food writer. Storyton Hall, a book-related retreat, is the site for a cooking competition, Posh Palate with Mia Mallet, a billionaire trendsetter and social Murder in the Cookbook Nook by Ellery Adams is book seven in the 'Book Retreat Mystery' series and my second book in that series. Jane Steward is the manager of Storyton Hall and a single mum to her twin boys Fitzgerald and Hemingway (Fitz and Hem). Her boyfriend, Edwin Alcott runs a restaurant called the Daily Bread Cafe in Storyton and is a food writer. Storyton Hall, a book-related retreat, is the site for a cooking competition, Posh Palate with Mia Mallet, a billionaire trendsetter and social media influencer. Mia can be demanding and for the Posh Palate show, six of America’s very best chefs have been brought in. On the day that the filming crew is setting up, Jane, Hem and Fitz are cycling back from a visit to Storyton village when they see smoke in the distance but it turns out to be a minor grass fire. Later, a technician from a power solutions company finds the electrical wiring has been overloaded, suggesting that someone might be trying to sabotage the competition. Then one of the chefs, Chef Pierce, who has been annoying and insulting everyone since his arrival, gropes the pastry chef and Mia informs him that he is no longer in the competition. Chef Pierce fails to show up at breakfast the next day and he is found dead in his room... Murder in the Cookbook Nook was a compelling and fun cosy read and you'll want to read the other instalments if you are new to this series. I was sold from the very beginning, with its solid characters, great writing and a marvellous mystery that provided a good sprinkling of clues. The cast is quirky, and busy protagonist Jane is sparky, spirited, and curious and she has a lot going on in this story. There was a large number of characters in Murder in the Cookbook Nook but I think I just about managed to keep track of all of them. Janes's trusty sidekicks, The Fins, Butterworth, Sinclair and Sterling made a welcome return, the mystery itself was well done and there were enough red herrings and twists to keep me guessing the culprit's identity. Overall, a marvellous cosy and a very worthwhile read. I can't wait to see what Ellery Adams has in store for Jane next, in book #8. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debra Smouse

    Whenever I see a new Ellery Adams book, I am giddy with anticipation. And Murder in the Cookbook Nook sure didn't disappoint. The seventh book in the Book Retreat Mysteries, we get to catch up with Jane, who is the resort owner of Storyton Hall (and Protectoress of a Great (and mostly secret) Treasury of books). Reality TV and the Influencer Culture has come to Storyton Hall for a Cooking Contest. But it’s not quite the fun and delicious event Jane and crew are hoping for. Instead, there’s a del Whenever I see a new Ellery Adams book, I am giddy with anticipation. And Murder in the Cookbook Nook sure didn't disappoint. The seventh book in the Book Retreat Mysteries, we get to catch up with Jane, who is the resort owner of Storyton Hall (and Protectoress of a Great (and mostly secret) Treasury of books). Reality TV and the Influencer Culture has come to Storyton Hall for a Cooking Contest. But it’s not quite the fun and delicious event Jane and crew are hoping for. Instead, there’s a deliberate fire set, the murder of a famous chef, and more disasters. Wanting to keep everyone safe and discover the culprit are at the top of the list for Jane and the Fins. The mystery is well done with several suspects with multiple motives and it had a very modern, and very believable twist as to the culprit. Rounding out Murder in the Cookbook Nook are her supporting cast of The Cover Girls (her friends an book club), Storyton Hall Staff, her beau, Edwin, and her twin boys Fitz and Hem. And for those of you who are long-time fans of Adams’ works, we are treated to a triple delight of Olivia Limoges, Captain Havilland, and Chef Michel from the Books by the Bay series. I loved these characters and seeing them interact with the Storyton characters was even more of a pleasure. I especially love how protective Olivia is of Jane’s twins, What brings me back to Adams' work is a combination of plot twists and her characters. Well rounded, engaging, and likable, the characters beg you to come back and visit them again to see how their lives are developing. As well as how their relationships with each other are growing. This ability of Adams' shines in the Book Retreat series. While this book could be read as a stand-alone, you'll enjoy it much more if you read the previous books in the series. One thing I have come to really appreciate about cozy mystery series like the Book Retreat Mysteries is that I get to spend time with characters I’ve come to know and love. It’s like visiting old friends – and a very welcome respite from the events in the real world. So, curl up by the fire with a nice glass of wine or cup of tea and get lost in the world of Jane, her family, and her friends. (I graciously received an ARC of this book from the publisher and author via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is the latest edition in the Storyton Book Retreat Mystery series. These books all take place in a fictional town that any book lover would love to really exist. It is a place where you are encouraged to relax, and just read. You are pampered with food, and drink, as well as having access to a spa and other activities if you wish. Many of the books in the series take place around a particular theme. In this one, it is the filming of a cooking show. For anyone who has ever seen a cooking sho This is the latest edition in the Storyton Book Retreat Mystery series. These books all take place in a fictional town that any book lover would love to really exist. It is a place where you are encouraged to relax, and just read. You are pampered with food, and drink, as well as having access to a spa and other activities if you wish. Many of the books in the series take place around a particular theme. In this one, it is the filming of a cooking show. For anyone who has ever seen a cooking show, you know that they can be very dramatic, but this one has the added drama of the death of one of the contestants. Jane, who is the owner of the retreat, along with many of her staff, set out to discover how he died, and do so before someone else is hurt. I have to admit that this is one of my favorite cozy mystery series, and I loved this new entry. It does not have some of the spy elements that some of the earlier versions did, but it is a highly enjoyable cozy mystery that those who love the series, as well as those new to the books will enjoy. The author does a good job of allowing you to get to know the characters without revealing the previous story elements, so if you have not read the others, you can read it as a stand alone, and then go and read the ones before it. If you have read the others, you will be reunited with some of your favorite characters, and enjoy learning more about how they are doing in Storyton. The mystery started off pretty fast in this book, but settled down and had a really decent pace after a couple of chapters. The clues were there for discovering who did it, but it was a nice ride to go one with Jane to discover who it was, and why. I did get thrown off by a couple of the red herrings, but that was perfect to make me want to read on to discover if I was initially correct, or had I been misdirected. Perfect mystery writing. I recommend this book to cozy book lovers, especially if you enjoy book themed ones. I also recommend to others who love to have a book to just escape into, as this one will make you wish you could make a reservation, and just read in a comfy chair all day long.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    "Murder In The Cookbook Nook" is the seventh delightful book in this charming bibliophile based series. This is one cozy series I read from cover to cover and am always delighted to return to the world the author has created for her devoted readers. I have read the entire series and highly recommend this series for your reading enjoyment. Thank you to the author, the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. This is one of my favorite in the series . Our savvy protagnist Jane is hosting a "Murder In The Cookbook Nook" is the seventh delightful book in this charming bibliophile based series. This is one cozy series I read from cover to cover and am always delighted to return to the world the author has created for her devoted readers. I have read the entire series and highly recommend this series for your reading enjoyment. Thank you to the author, the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. This is one of my favorite in the series . Our savvy protagnist Jane is hosting a cook off with six chefs at her book retreat resort Storyton Hall. Storyton is so beautifully described as a retreat for book lovers with each room featuring a theme of authors and books. The author brings Storyton to life for her readers with each book as a heavenly repose from life to escape to. Jane has been entrusted with running the resort and protecting the secret libraries that are on the property. She has a very unique security team that are charged with keeping the resort ,Jane and her family safe. The team of the "Fins" are devoted to Jane and her protection. As the festivities begin a nefarious drunken chef is causing problems for all and soon to be asked to leave by Jane. Before he is exited from the property he is murdered. The murder takes places in the resorts cookbook nook which is a retreat for their long time cook and keeper of all the cookbooks. Each detail of the cookbook nook is described to the reader as a delight of cookbooks and antiques amassed over the years of the resort. Once he is murdered suspects abound and clues are soon divulging into different directions for Jane and her team. The sleuth was so well crafted it kept me guessing to conclusion. I love the details in this series that the author brings to life for her readers. Each charcter we want to meet in real life and know. The Fins and Jane are a team that is devoted to all things books and their resort. Her twin boys are adorable pair of scamps. The resort is a dream and the perfect escape for the authors readers. I look forward to the next in series of this delightful bibliophile based cozy series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    I am a huge fan of the Book Retreat Mystery series, and each book is unbelievably better than the last. What could be better than a book-themed five star resort, glorious talk of food, a crossover visit from an old literary friend, a touch of romance, and a complex murder mystery to solve? MURDER IN THE COOKBOOK NOOK has it all. This installment finds resort manager, and guardian of priceless literary treasures, Jane busy with a reality cooking competition that has set up camp at the resort. Thin I am a huge fan of the Book Retreat Mystery series, and each book is unbelievably better than the last. What could be better than a book-themed five star resort, glorious talk of food, a crossover visit from an old literary friend, a touch of romance, and a complex murder mystery to solve? MURDER IN THE COOKBOOK NOOK has it all. This installment finds resort manager, and guardian of priceless literary treasures, Jane busy with a reality cooking competition that has set up camp at the resort. Things immediately take a dangerous turn when there is an electrical fire followed by one of the chef contestant’s murder…and that’s just the beginning of the danger, action, and puzzles that Jane and her Fin cohorts must face. There are plenty of new characters to get to know within these pages, all varied and interesting, but my favorite is getting to see Olivia Limoges, her canine companion Captain Haviland, and Chef Michel from Adams’s Books by the Bay series again. I’ve missed these characters so much and dearly hope that Jane and Olivia remain in contact with one another. As always, Jane is intelligent, insightful, and calm under pressure. Her Fin cohorts are fabulous at digging up information and solving clues, and Jane’s twins Hem and Fitz are growing into wonderful tweens. The motive for all the mayhem is darker than some cozies out there, but it is an important issue handled well with Adams’s deft abilities. The subject never comes across as preachy, and it is a timely message. The mystery is well thought out and executed with aplomb. Every character and event serves a purpose, and the story moves along at a brisk pace. I suspected “whodunit” but was unable to put it all together before Jane and the climactic reveal. MURDER IN THE COOKBOOK NOOK is one of my best reads of the year. It is a bibliophile’s perfect escape. I cannot wait to spend more time with Jane and company. Highly recommended! I received an ARC of this title from the author and Kensington Books and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    Cozy Culinary Cook-off...with a side of murder Jane Steward opens up the grounds of Storyton Hall to six chefs hoping to achieve celebrity status while filming the reality cooking show “Posh Palate with Mia Mallett.” However, too many cooks in the kitchen or tent can be a problem, right? Particularly chefs with sizzling personalities! Trouble begins not with flambeed bananas foster but flames in a field nearby the cook-off tent. Later determined an electrical fire, the filming of the show begins. Cozy Culinary Cook-off...with a side of murder Jane Steward opens up the grounds of Storyton Hall to six chefs hoping to achieve celebrity status while filming the reality cooking show “Posh Palate with Mia Mallett.” However, too many cooks in the kitchen or tent can be a problem, right? Particularly chefs with sizzling personalities! Trouble begins not with flambeed bananas foster but flames in a field nearby the cook-off tent. Later determined an electrical fire, the filming of the show begins. Ellery Adams’ imagination and writing truly shines in her descriptions of the crafty cooking challenges with their literary twists. They are awe inspiring. First challenge, a completely edible Moveable Feast! The six chefs culinary creations do not disappoint and the delectable descriptions of the feasts...delicious! But one chef in particular is disappointed in the feedback and a sore loser. Murder in the Cookbook Nook moves as swiftly as the chefs grabbing their ingredients for a challenge! Murder ensues but the whodunnit and why is intricate and interesting. Ellery Adams does not shy away from tough subjects or grittier topics but delivers them gracefully in her cozies. Much like a beloved fictional character she created, Olivia Limoges from her Books by the Bay series who makes an appearance in this series, would do. Ellery intertwines these two leading ladies lives well and their introduction to one another is so fitting. Truly a gift to her readers from the author! “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” ~ Mason Cooley I would stay home indefinitely to be able to keep reading about the adventures of Jane and friends at Storyton Hall! This particular installment of the Book Retreat mystery series will hold a special place in my heart due to the crossover of characters and possibly the best ending of a book I have read in a very long time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fritzi Redgrave

    Review of Murder in the Cookbook Nook by Ellery James This book promises to be another widely read gentle mystery by James. It is a fine mystery with good visuals and well developed characters. The story takes place at Jane's ancestral home which she manages as a high end resort. Jane has accepted a proposal that the well cared for grounds would be the perfect setting for a cookoff contest between several well known Chefs. They offer Jane a good sum of money and assurances that the company sponsor Review of Murder in the Cookbook Nook by Ellery James This book promises to be another widely read gentle mystery by James. It is a fine mystery with good visuals and well developed characters. The story takes place at Jane's ancestral home which she manages as a high end resort. Jane has accepted a proposal that the well cared for grounds would be the perfect setting for a cookoff contest between several well known Chefs. They offer Jane a good sum of money and assurances that the company sponsoring it would supply for all of their own needs for the production. In addition they would bring business to the resort since they would be staying in the rooms and partaking of food and drinks offered there. But a day or two into the cookoff, a body is discovered in the cookbook nook by an early morning member of the resort's kitchen staff. The cookbook nook is a small area next to the kitchen and is filled with favorite cookbooks, vintage cookbooks and some signed by their chef-authors, so it is a very special little place and not a place where one could expect to a dead body early in the morning or ever, for that matter. Needless to say, because of the murder, all of the production staff members and some of the other guests are considered persons of interest by the investigating authorities. The sheriff and the deputies of this tiny municipality as well as the resort staff must deal with the aftermath of the murder in addition to the extra work load from the Chef competition. Ellery Adams has a great capacity to have you there feeling what the characters feel, seeing what they see. I can whole heartedly recommend this book to the readers of gentle mysteries as well as to folks who, like me, also enjoy hard hitting mysteries and thrillers. Enjoy this really good book, Fritzi Redgrave.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    I could not wait to read Murder in the Cookbook Nook by Ellery Adams. I look forward to reading the newest installment in this series each year. While this is the seventh A Book Retreat Mystery, it can be read as a standalone. I have enjoyed reading this series from the beginning, and I recommend reading it in order (you’ll love it). I love visiting Storyton Hall which is a delight for bibliophiles. The author provides vivid descriptions of Storyton Hall and the surrounding area. These word depi I could not wait to read Murder in the Cookbook Nook by Ellery Adams. I look forward to reading the newest installment in this series each year. While this is the seventh A Book Retreat Mystery, it can be read as a standalone. I have enjoyed reading this series from the beginning, and I recommend reading it in order (you’ll love it). I love visiting Storyton Hall which is a delight for bibliophiles. The author provides vivid descriptions of Storyton Hall and the surrounding area. These word depictions really bring the story alive for me. I especially was delighted with Mrs. Hubbard’s cookbook nook. It sounds amazing with the special cookbooks and the precious antiques. I want a cozy nook like that where I can read and relax. There is a cast of charming, developed, and diverse characters led by Jane Steward. She has an excellent staff who are part of her family. Jane’s two sons are smart and adorable. Jane’s relationship with Edwin is progressing nicely. They are a cute and compatible couple. It was wonderful to see Olivia Limoges and her poodle, Captain Haviland from A Books by the Bay Mystery series. I hope we see more of her in the future (especially since she has made friends with the Cover Girls). The mystery was well-crafted. There are several suspects who disliked the offensive victim. The clues are subtle (the devil is in the details). This is an engaging whodunit that will keep readers guessing until the tension filled reveal. I like how it all came together with a satisfying conclusion. The epilogue was delightful and fun. I am eager for my next visit to Storyton Hall (I wish we did not have to wait a year for it). Murder in the Cookbook Nook is a bibliophiles dream with a cozy cookbook nook, an odious oaf, delectable delights, a proper poodle, creative chefs, a fierce fire, and a bounty of books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    This series has always been a hit or miss for me. Sometimes the books are absolutely wonderful, entertaining, filled with characters and scenes that make me want to visit. Other times, it has left me scratching my head in confusion. Murder in the Cookbook Nook is definitely a hit that left me smiling. Storyton Hall is an amazing resort and readers will want to spend hours, even days picturing it. I love cookbooks or any book for that matter, however, this series keeps readers exploring the world This series has always been a hit or miss for me. Sometimes the books are absolutely wonderful, entertaining, filled with characters and scenes that make me want to visit. Other times, it has left me scratching my head in confusion. Murder in the Cookbook Nook is definitely a hit that left me smiling. Storyton Hall is an amazing resort and readers will want to spend hours, even days picturing it. I love cookbooks or any book for that matter, however, this series keeps readers exploring the world of books, and this time, cookbooks. The characters are charming, the premise modern, the killer not unexpected but still interesting. The issues brought up throughout the book for the cooking show add interesting bits to the plot and help readers understand why bad things keep happening. The resort is breathtaking and would be an amazing place to stay. The recurring characters are worth the read every time, and Jane’s twins keep things from getting too dark. Motives for the murder(s) range from jealousy, culinary competition, to a natural inclination for revenge. There is a twist ending that many readers may not see coming but there are plenty of clues to lead them down the right path. The killer isn’t difficult to find but readers may find themselves second-guessing their conclusions. The cooking part of the book will have readers scrambling to their kitchens and pouring over the cookbooks they own, and maybe even going out to buy a few more. The descriptions of books at Storyton Hall will have readers clamoring to read the classics. Murder in the Cookbook Nook is worth the read. One word of caution, if you haven’t read any of the other books in this series, I highly recommend doing so before jumping into this latest installment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    It was way too long since my last visit to Storyton Hall, and it was good to return to read about people I'd love to be friends with. Jane and all the Fins are just so awesome, and the boys are growing like crazy! I got a kick out of them wanting to make and sell jam. Those two, even from the get-go of the series have never gotten on my nerves as far as kids can do in a story. They're sweet, intelligent and very non-annoying lol. I enjoyed having Jane and Edwin in a good place with their relatio It was way too long since my last visit to Storyton Hall, and it was good to return to read about people I'd love to be friends with. Jane and all the Fins are just so awesome, and the boys are growing like crazy! I got a kick out of them wanting to make and sell jam. Those two, even from the get-go of the series have never gotten on my nerves as far as kids can do in a story. They're sweet, intelligent and very non-annoying lol. I enjoyed having Jane and Edwin in a good place with their relationship. They're awfully sweet together. Speaking of characters, it was just so cool to have Olivia and her dog Captain Haviland from Books by the Bay come to visit and interact with Jane! It was a really fun surprise, and now I do want to make more of an effort to read more in Books by the Bay-so far, I've only read the first book. It'd be great to see Olivia guest again sometime. There was a lot of dangerous stuff going on surrounding the filming of a cooking reality show with book themed challenges, and there were quite a few suspects, secrets and twists. The showdown was partially planned out (I always love how the Fins and the book club spring into action to help Jane), but it still went well as far as catching the perp. As with all this author's books that I've read, it's so character-driven and so much about people who care about one another that I just didn't want it to end. But she does do a really nice wrap-up at the end, which gives readers more of that book euphoria that can last quite sometime. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    Running a five star resort is a huge, full-time, responsibility but one owner Jane Steward embraces wholeheartedly. Only her twin boys, partner Edwin, and immediate family are more important to her. Although Storyton Hall is already popular, extending its charm to potential new clients is always a top priority to all who love it. So, when Jane is offered the chance to host the forthcoming series of extremely popular cookery competition Posh Palate with Mia Mallett she grabs it with both hands. A Running a five star resort is a huge, full-time, responsibility but one owner Jane Steward embraces wholeheartedly. Only her twin boys, partner Edwin, and immediate family are more important to her. Although Storyton Hall is already popular, extending its charm to potential new clients is always a top priority to all who love it. So, when Jane is offered the chance to host the forthcoming series of extremely popular cookery competition Posh Palate with Mia Mallett she grabs it with both hands. As the opening challenge draws ever nearer a fire near the main tent has  everyone involved hoping it isn't a bad omen but things are about to get so much worse! With the local sheriff and her trusted friends, the Fins and the Cover Girls, Jane begins an investigation while still trying to keep everything else as normal as possible. As tensions increase for everyone, Jane finds herself far more involved in the finale than she could ever have imagined. This is an engagingly, original, cosy mystery which was a pleasure to experience. Although this is the seventh book in the Book Retreat series it is the first I have read. This wasn't a hindrance in any way and I look forward to reading more about Jane Steward in her previous outings. The protagonists were a great group and there were more suspects than I expected which provided entertaining red herrings at every turn. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is a slightly different take on the cosy crime genre and well worth a read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corp. for a copy of "Murder in the Cookbook Nook" in exchange for my honest review. The story takes place in the Village of Storyton at the 5-star resort known as Storyton Hall. The hotel was shipped over brick by brick to Western Virginia from England. The manager/Guardian of the Hall is Jane Steward. She has twin 5th graders Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Her boyfriend Edwin Alcott is a restauranteur and food writer. Also important to the story are Mr Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corp. for a copy of "Murder in the Cookbook Nook" in exchange for my honest review. The story takes place in the Village of Storyton at the 5-star resort known as Storyton Hall. The hotel was shipped over brick by brick to Western Virginia from England. The manager/Guardian of the Hall is Jane Steward. She has twin 5th graders Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Her boyfriend Edwin Alcott is a restauranteur and food writer. Also important to the story are Mrs. Hubbard - the cook, Sterling - the head chauffeur, Sinclair - head librarian, Butterworth - the butler and Lachlan. Storyton Hall is the setting for an instalment in a cooking show. Celebrity host Mia Mallett has brought her production team to the resort. The chefs on the show are Chef Saffron, Chef Lindsay, and Chef Alondra make up the women in the competition. The men are Chef Michel, Chef August and Chef Pierce. Judging the competition are Levi Anjou and Coco Kennedy. Chef Pierce rubs the entire group the wrong way from the moment he arrives with his derogatory comments, nasty and rude things he says to make everyone around feel uncomfortable. Even though he signed a Code of Conduct he acts like a brute. He appears to be an alcoholic as everyone wonders what exactly is in his water bottle. While at first glance there could be several choices as to who might be murdered but it makes sense as one keeps reading. One thing that is shocking is the reveal of who the murderer is.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Six chefs are at Storyton Hall to compete in a a cooking competition. But one of them is murdered. It is up to Jane Steward and her crew to find out who killed the unlikeable chef before something else happens to derail the competition. Every year I look forward to opening the pages of the newest Book Retreat mystery and visiting with Jane Steward and her crew. This year’s offering was perfect to me, because I love cooking competition shows, and I love murder mysteries. Mixing the two of them mad Six chefs are at Storyton Hall to compete in a a cooking competition. But one of them is murdered. It is up to Jane Steward and her crew to find out who killed the unlikeable chef before something else happens to derail the competition. Every year I look forward to opening the pages of the newest Book Retreat mystery and visiting with Jane Steward and her crew. This year’s offering was perfect to me, because I love cooking competition shows, and I love murder mysteries. Mixing the two of them made for a perfect read. Murder in the Cookbook Nook starts with a fire in the tent, and the story burns through the pages, making it a real page turner. Ms. Adams’ books are character driven, and her characters are magnificently drawn. Ms. Adams’ ability to paint characters so vividly keeps the reader enthralled. And her skills don’t stop with characters. The way the place is written makes Storyton Hall a character of its own. If it were real I would love to visit often and sit with a book and a pot of tea all afternoon long. One of the things I love most about Ms. Adams’ books is that the killer is not easily identified. I love that they keep me guessing to the end, and Murder in the Cookbook Nook is no different. If you haven’t read any of the Storyton Hall books I highly recommend them. Each book is a standalone, but if you read rom the first you can follow the history of Storyton Hall and its residents. Kudos to Ms. Adams. I can’t wait or a return visit. I read a digital copy of this book provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I love to escape to Storyton Hall and to be so well taken care of by Jane Steward and her wonderful staff. When a murder occurs, not to worry, Jane and The Fins will set things to right. She juggles being a single mother to twins, Fitz and Hem (my how they have grown), romantic partner to Edwin Alcott, manager of Storyton Hall and a member of a secret group known as The Fins. She is also a very good crime solver. This pouting is no different. By the end of the first quarter of the mystery we hav I love to escape to Storyton Hall and to be so well taken care of by Jane Steward and her wonderful staff. When a murder occurs, not to worry, Jane and The Fins will set things to right. She juggles being a single mother to twins, Fitz and Hem (my how they have grown), romantic partner to Edwin Alcott, manager of Storyton Hall and a member of a secret group known as The Fins. She is also a very good crime solver. This pouting is no different. By the end of the first quarter of the mystery we have witnessed a arson fire that threatened to take down an event tent and then a murder committed in the Hall's beloved cooks' book retreat. That's just the first quarter mind you. More mayhem to come and a very long list of suspects as the victim was a guy anyone would love to hate. Not only does the reader get to spend more time with Jane, Edwin, the twins, The Fins and the Cover Girls there are two characters from a previous series to visit with - Olivia Limoges along with her standard black poodle, Captain Haviland (I have a weakness for black standard poodles). Combine it all with a very well constructed puzzle to solve while being distracted by twists, turns and red herrings, well I was sad to read the last page. Honestly, if Ellery Adams writes it I want to read it. My thanks to the publisher, Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 7th installment in the Book Retreat Mystery series. Jane Steward is the guardian of Storyton Hall in Virginia. The Hall is the ancestral home of her family which has been converted into a resort for book lovers and the Hall is currently hosting a reality cooking show with six renowned chefs and before it even starts there is a fire in the tent that is going to have some of the competition. Jane gets a weird vibe but hopes that all will go well. The host of the show is Mia Mallett who This is the 7th installment in the Book Retreat Mystery series. Jane Steward is the guardian of Storyton Hall in Virginia. The Hall is the ancestral home of her family which has been converted into a resort for book lovers and the Hall is currently hosting a reality cooking show with six renowned chefs and before it even starts there is a fire in the tent that is going to have some of the competition. Jane gets a weird vibe but hopes that all will go well. The host of the show is Mia Mallett who is a social influencer and billionaire who is very nice to everyone on the staff and crew. All the chefs are exceptional at cooking, however, Chief Pierce seems to rub everyone the wrong way and when he is in the Hall’s kitchens and pinches the behind of a server he is finished on the show and Jane lets Mia know. Mia promises to take care of it and unfortunately the next day the Chef is found dead in Mrs. Hubbard’s cookbook nook. Jane and her Fins along with the Sheriff need to figure out what happened and if the accidents on the show are related. I love this series as you always get a good mystery but you get to see friendships and the Cover Girls (Jane’s book club) are always ready to help each other out. Eloise (Edwin’s sister and Jane’s best friend) is soon to be married to Lachlan (one of the Fins) and there is much discussion on this as well. This is an enjoyable and fast read. You will not want to put it down. Can’t wait for the next installment.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Food, Books, and Murder three of my favorite things merged together to make one fantastic cozy mystery ! Murder in the cookbook Nook was like reading an episode of Chopped but with the added bonus of a dead chef, a book club, a secret society, and a bibliophiles dream resort! Storyton Hall is a castle turned resort featuring libraries filled with books of every genres,a spa, and a fantastic kitchen. Things get crazy when the resort hosts a cooking competition and it’s obvious from the start it’s Food, Books, and Murder three of my favorite things merged together to make one fantastic cozy mystery ! Murder in the cookbook Nook was like reading an episode of Chopped but with the added bonus of a dead chef, a book club, a secret society, and a bibliophiles dream resort! Storyton Hall is a castle turned resort featuring libraries filled with books of every genres,a spa, and a fantastic kitchen. Things get crazy when the resort hosts a cooking competition and it’s obvious from the start it’s being Sabotaged. The question is why, and by who? I enjoyed this book so much! It was filled with great food, family, mystery, and has a such a comfy vibe. I really loved the “Fins”, the secret group sworn to protect Storyton Hall and its treasures. It gave the book an added air of my mystery especially when they were creeping around in the hidden passages. Besides the great characters, and the amazing description of the food during the cooking competition there was a lot of amazing literary work quoted or mentioned. Just a few examples are: Huckleberry Finn Charles Dickens The Secret Garden Pride and Prejudice The Outlander Series Dr. Seuss From the first page to the end, the cooking to the literary quotes, the mystery and murder, this was the perfect cozy mystery for any food loving bibliophile.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kirstin

    Jane Stewart is back for book 7 in the Book Retreat Mysteries by Ellery Adams! “Six chefs are preparing to compete in an outdoor tent at Storyton Hall in Virginia for prizes that will boost their careers—but is there someone who can’t stand the heat? It looks that way when one of the contestants is found dead in a pantry packed with two centuries’ worth of cookbooks, among other treasures and rarities. Could there be a connection to other recent events in town, like tampering with the costume of Jane Stewart is back for book 7 in the Book Retreat Mysteries by Ellery Adams! “Six chefs are preparing to compete in an outdoor tent at Storyton Hall in Virginia for prizes that will boost their careers—but is there someone who can’t stand the heat? It looks that way when one of the contestants is found dead in a pantry packed with two centuries’ worth of cookbooks, among other treasures and rarities. Could there be a connection to other recent events in town, like tampering with the costume of a local mascot? Jane isn’t sure, but after someone serves a second course of murder, the kitchen must be closed and the killer must be found . . .” Ellery Adams is one of my all time favorite authors and this new book did not disappoint! Storyton Hall is my dream home! Who wouldn’t want to live in a book filled estate with a secret library?!! I love that there were multiple storylines (and perpetrators) that kept me guessing until the very end!! And to bring back Olivia and Capt. Haviland from her Books by the Bay series pulled at my heart strings. The only thing I didn’t like was the cooking show drama (which is just my own personal pet peeve, it in no way took away from the story). I also wish there had been some part of the mystery based around a book. I think for a series set at a bookish retreat, little of the story had anything to do with the books. As always, Ellery Adams knocked it out of the park and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!!! DISCLAIMER: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Ellery Adams has brought my two favorite things together. Reading and cooking show. Imagine the Great British Baking Show – Professional Chef edition, taking place at Storyton Hall, in the beautiful mountains of Virginia, with book-themed challenges. Before internet sensation Mia Mallet arrives to host the cook-off, trouble begins. One mishap could be called an accident, but when cantankerous Chef Pierce, brought in for the sake of drama, is found dead in Mrs. Hubbard’s cookbook nook, Jane and th Ellery Adams has brought my two favorite things together. Reading and cooking show. Imagine the Great British Baking Show – Professional Chef edition, taking place at Storyton Hall, in the beautiful mountains of Virginia, with book-themed challenges. Before internet sensation Mia Mallet arrives to host the cook-off, trouble begins. One mishap could be called an accident, but when cantankerous Chef Pierce, brought in for the sake of drama, is found dead in Mrs. Hubbard’s cookbook nook, Jane and the Fins go into high alert before any more misfortune, other than an exploding propane tank, can visit the place they call home. Jane and her crew have a way of jumping in to help the local sheriff investigate. Now they have their hands full with an abundance of suspects considering Chef Pierce has his fair share of detractors, and the company behind the cooking competition has a few nefarious business practices up their sleeve (think Netflix Seaspircies). As the competition heats up and the tale unwinds, the reader will be a bit surprised when the culprit is revealed. I enjoy this series. I can’t say if it is the writing, the mystery, or just the idea of a reading sanctuary with no electronics, a spa on-site, and gourmet meals, but if there was a place, please sign me up for my next vacation.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Murder in the Cookbook Nook is the latest addition (#7) in the book retreat mystery series. I'm always up for a cozy mystery and a visit to Storyton Hall is always welcome! Catching up with Jane and her sons, Fitz and Hem as well as all of the other characters is always a welcome retreat from my own crazy life. And seriously, who wouldn't want to visit a place called Storyton Hall (virtually or otherwise); A retreat centered around all things books and housing a secret library?! And this latest Murder in the Cookbook Nook is the latest addition (#7) in the book retreat mystery series. I'm always up for a cozy mystery and a visit to Storyton Hall is always welcome! Catching up with Jane and her sons, Fitz and Hem as well as all of the other characters is always a welcome retreat from my own crazy life. And seriously, who wouldn't want to visit a place called Storyton Hall (virtually or otherwise); A retreat centered around all things books and housing a secret library?! And this latest edition, a cooking competition is held on the grounds of Storyton Hall and naturally, mayhem is brewing, A mystery is stewing, and a murder unfolds. As a lifelong reader and lover of all things literary as well as a bit of a foodie and a cookbook collector, this book spoke to me and needed to be read. The fact that I've enjoyed the rest of this series as well as several other series by Ellery Adams, is just a bonus! I really love that my favorite series by Ellery Adams, the book retreat mysteries (which I miss terribly and wish were continued!), brings back an old favorite character, Olivia Limoges and Captain Haviland! How fun to be reunited with them and to have Olivia and Jane striking up a friendship 😁 A fun cozy mystery with a pinch of this and a dash of that, this one dished up just what I needed for a mini escape from my daily routine 😊

  29. 4 out of 5

    Abby Fabian

    This series is still true to what it was in the beginning, but at the same time, it has undergone a complete metamorphosis. The actions that lead up to where we are now, are driven by the person that Jane is first and foremost -- a mother. Her love for her boys really shines through and takes center stage. Additionally, the love shared between Jane and her community is so special. No matter what, those who love her have her back; it is wonderful to see her embrace that and really soak up as much This series is still true to what it was in the beginning, but at the same time, it has undergone a complete metamorphosis. The actions that lead up to where we are now, are driven by the person that Jane is first and foremost -- a mother. Her love for her boys really shines through and takes center stage. Additionally, the love shared between Jane and her community is so special. No matter what, those who love her have her back; it is wonderful to see her embrace that and really soak up as much out of life as she can. Cooking was thrown into the mix this go-around along with the passions of chefs and activists alike. Things got off to a fiery start (literally) and the action never slowed down from there. The cooking competition really spiced things up. Yes, all of our favorite characters and aspects were still included, but there was something very fresh about this one. The mystery was complex and multilayered. The crimes varied from murder to arson to theft. It was definitely a puzzle, but it was a puzzle that I enjoyed putting together every step of the way. I read an ARC of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review. All text, thoughts, and opinions expressed here are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MURDER IN THE COOKBOOK NOOK (Book 7 of the Book Retreat Mysteries), by Ellery Adams, in exchange for an honest review. A cook-off television program is filming a book-themed competition at Storyton Hall. However, the filming is plagued by scary accidents and set-backs. When one of chefs is shanked with a piece of priceless porcelain from Storyton’s collection, Jane Steward and Storyton’s security staff work together to aid the police in identifying an Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MURDER IN THE COOKBOOK NOOK (Book 7 of the Book Retreat Mysteries), by Ellery Adams, in exchange for an honest review. A cook-off television program is filming a book-themed competition at Storyton Hall. However, the filming is plagued by scary accidents and set-backs. When one of chefs is shanked with a piece of priceless porcelain from Storyton’s collection, Jane Steward and Storyton’s security staff work together to aid the police in identifying and apprehending the murderer. Did the cooking competition get too heated? Did the man’s awful personality result in his goose being cooked? Was there a mysterious history between the man and the murderer that boiled over into murder? Olivia Limoges (Books by the Bay Mysteries) makes a cross-over appearance and gives us hope that her series has more to come. I liked this book and enjoy the author’s writings. I recommend this book to fans of the series and to fans of cozy mysteries featuring books, B&Bs, small towns, television shows, and cooking competitions. #MurderintheCookbookNook #NetGalley

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