Courtney Archer is known for hosting the show Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter … despite the fact that she’s actually a pediatrician’s daughter. Now she’s signed on for a role on The American Baking Battle. On this reality show, she can start developing a more authentic image for herself—and as a bonus, the usual backstabbing and manufactured drama isn’t part of the Baking Battle script. But genuine drama is heating up behind the scenes …
During a film shoot in the scenic Pocono Mountains, Courtney has to juggle career commitments like pots on a six-burner stove. Adding to the stress is Mick, a contestant who finds out about her fake farm-girl story. Determined to succeed at her new gig, she whips up a cherry cobbler in a cast-iron fry pan one evening and leaves it out to cool. But the next morning, it’s Mick’s body that’s cooling—right next to Courtney’s pan, now classified as a murder weapon …
I just finished this book and I'm starving.
Cobblered to Death
The mystery was interesting, the setting beautiful, and the food descriptions were spot on. We can only hope there will be more adventures to look forward to.
A fun first installment in a new series
Cobblered to Death
COBBLERED TO DEATH by Rosemarie Ross is the first in the new Courtney Archer Mystery series. I love, love, love the cooking show competition premise and Ms. Ross provides fun insight into how baking shows and competitions are planned and filmed. The author’s descriptions of the characters and their antics as they participate in the show seems quite believable and realistic. The scheduling for filming the shows sounds often grueling but the protagonist, Courtney Archer, is a pro at it despite her consuming secret she must hide from the public. When she finds the body of the man who threatened to spill her secret, she becomes a suspect and as a result, tries to find the truth. Her producer, Eric, doesn’t want her to get involved and worries for her safety. His fussing was a bit over the top but as the story unfolds it becomes apparent that there’s more to his feelings than a client relationship. The owner of the security firm working for the show also seems to have an interest in Courtney. I truly hope it doesn’t drag out into a love triangle scenario as the series progresses but in this first book, it’s only hinted at. All in all Ms. Ross has created some fun characters, an awesome location, and while the mystery and investigation were a bit light, I found the book to be an enjoyable and entertaining read.
I was provided an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.