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
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. ~ Nona E. Morrison
This looks like it's going to be an enjoyable cozy series, it's off to a great start. There are so many cooking themed cozies on the market today that one might worry about becoming overloaded. The focus here is a main character who hosts her own cooking show, Cooking with the Farmer's Daughter and, due to a clause in her contract, that little lie is kept secret. You see, Courtney Archer isn't in any way, shape or form a farmer's daughter. She hails from Chicago and her father is a pediatrician. If that got out, well there goes her show or so she's been told. She really wants her fans to know who she is. When she and her producer head to the Poconos so Courtney can act as host for a reality cooking show, she has no idea that her secret will make her prime suspect number one in a murder.
Courtney has gone to culinary school and wants to further her career but, one night her secret slips out when her conversation is overheard by one of the attendees. Mick is really a reporter and this scoop is one that he wants to publish. When Courtney makes a cherry cobbler in a cast iron pan she has no idea that Mick with cease living, done in with her pan - full of cobbler. Who set her up and why? Who among the attendees wanted Mick dead? Time for Courtney to forget about her secret and try to clear her name or her future will be toast
I found the mystery satisfying and the whole premise refreshing. There were some twists and a few red herrings, enough to keep me engaged, reading a bit past my bedtime. I am looking forward to the next entry in this series. ~ Susan E.
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.