Out of the frying pan, into the fire . . .
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 …
Just a Few of my Amazon Reviews
I’m not into reality television but sometimes I do watch the great British baking show. I think that may be what intrigued me about reading Cobblered to Death.
Courtney is to help emcee an American baking competition. From the beginning there are problems and when one of the contestants is found dead by cast iron containing a cobbler, Courtney starts to investigate in order to get herself off the suspect list.
The details were great and I just wanted to keep reading to find out where this went. I suspected who the murderer was but had no idea why this person committed murder. I thoroughly enjoyed Cobblered to Death. Well done Rosemarie Ross.
I absolutely loved this story. I always enjoy a cozy mystery. It feels like being wrapped up in a warm blanket near a fire, but there are few that really push me to want to give 5 stars. This was one of those books. I loved the idea of the fake farm girl story, and the characters were very well done. It felt like a modern day Nancy Drew.
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. ~Kim Davis
I was provided an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I received this ARC via Netgalley and Kensington Books, in return for an honest review. First in a new series and a well-written cosy mystery. Courtney Archer hosts a very popular cooking show, ‘Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter’. There’s only one giant problem – Courtney was raised in the big city and has never been on a farm. Luckily, her producer and friend was farm-raised so he helps Courtney by ‘interpreting’ for her. To help raise the visibility of her show and prepare for next year’s renegotiation of her contract (when she really, really wants to tell the world the truth about her background), Courtney agrees to be a co-presenter/facilitator on a new reality cooking show, The American Baking Battle. Unfortunately, murder joins the cast as they are all located on a resort that’s being used for the show. When Courtney’s food & cast iron skillet are found to be the murder weapon of choice, she realizes that she needs to clear herself, since the local police don’t seem interested in doing so. Well-plotted and well-written, it will be interesting to see where the story goes next.