I love reading an author’s debut novel, and Cooking the Books: A Sloane Templeton Mystery did not disappoint. The characters are interesting and so real to life. The heroine is flawed, but grounded in her faith and determined to make her life better. The religious content is very low-key, but I love the heroine’s answer when someone mentions that they are sorry she lost her mom. The supporting characters are quite a mixture of ethnicity, age, and craziness [the ha-ha kind and the medicated kind]. Many story angles are worked together seamlessly so that it was not confusing, but kept me busy turning pages. I’d almost label it a cozy mystery, but there is a darker side to the suspense. The author definitely left some unanswered questions for the next book in the series – can’t wait to read it!
Here is the backcover copy:
After her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also “inherits” a half-batty store manager; a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week, but never read books, called the Granny Oakleys Book Club; and Aunt Verline, who fancies herself an Iron Chef when in reality you need a cast iron stomach to partake of her culinary disasters. And with a group like this you should never ask, “What else can go wrong?”
A lot! Sloane begins to receive cyber threats. While Sloane uses her computer forensic skills to uncover the source of the threats, it is discovered someone is out to kill her. Can her life get more crazy?
You can find more information at the author’s site. You can read the first chapter at Where the Story Begins. Published by Abingdon Press. This book was sent to me through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.