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Hello Readers,

Well, needless to say, this is a stressful time for everyone in the country, most particularly those who are sick or who have loved ones who are sick or those who are on the front lines taking care of those who are sick or working at grocery stores, government, and essential businesses.

My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Be strong, be as positive as possible, and be safe. Meditate. Walk often. Reach out to a loved one and check in on them regularly. Watch a TV show that makes you laugh. Read something fun when you can.

If you are in the mood for reading, I have a new Cookbook Nook Mystery coming out in 3 weeks. Shredding the Evidence, the 9th in the series.

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You can read more about it on my website, and get into the world of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, watch the book trailer, and more below.

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What's it about?

The denizens of Crystal Cove are salivating over the upcoming Food Bowl Week, when local chefs offer some of their best and most imaginative creations in bite-size portions all over town. Bookstore proprietor Jenna Hart is hungry to sample as many of the delicacies as she can, but when she stumbles onto the dead body of a local food reporter and learns that her best friend’s husband is the primary suspect, she’ll have to summon the appetite for a side dish of sleuthing to prove his innocence.

Jenna knows the ambitious and aggressive reporter, who was strangled at a fitness center with her shredded restaurant reviews scattered around her, left behind a long list of potential suspects. As she begins piecing together the scant clues, she uncovers illicit ties between the victim and a local newspaper owner, a spurned would-be lover, and a host of disgruntled restaurant owners not a bit torn up by the critical reporter’s demise. And with a solution so close she can almost taste it, Jenna turns up the heat on the culprit, realizing too late that she’s the next course on the murderer’s menu . . .

And two months from now, A Sprinkling of Murder, the first Fairy Garden Mystery comes out.

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What is it about?

Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .

Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father's landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes and trickling fountains. Now she's starting a book club tea.

But the light of the magical world she's created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside a fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected new friend . . .

What do you know?

Well, I was at a conference when we got the word that California needed to shelter in place. I didn’t hesitate. I climbed into my car and drove home. I’ve been here ever since. The day at the conference was nice. Saw some old friends. Met some new readers. And no one got sick, thank heavens. But the next conference I’d planned to attend has also been canceled, so I’ll be doing a lot more online promotion and giveaways to make up for it. Keep your eyes peeled here, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Who knows what you might find?

What's new?

The Kindle e-books for my stand-alone suspense novels are on sale for 99 cents. That’s right. 99 cents. You’re home. You’re reading. Follow these links for either Day of Secrets or Girl on the Run

And now for the Giveaway

I am giving away 4 advanced readers’ copies for Shredding the Evidence to four of my newsletter subscribers. Is it you? Here are the four names. If you’re open to reviewing the book, please do. It’s not a requirement. Best places to review: on Goodreads, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Don’t know how? Watch the tutorial on my website.


Elizabeth (eba*t*o AT

Shannon (bo**wo****h62 AT

No name (wayfar***w***er AT

Lee (lbo**e2 AT scatter*****.com)

You have until April 21st to contact me to claim your book.
Email me using your above address
at and receive the book of your choice.
I look forward to hearing from you.

What are you reading?

I just finished Connie Berry’s A Dream of Death, a Kate Hamilton mystery, which is up for an Agatha Award.  Great story, lovely writing.   Set in Scotland.  Now, I’m reading Krista Davis’s Not a Creature was Purring, a Paws and Claws Mystery.  One of my favorite cozy series.  It’s so much fun visiting Wagtail.  Next up, Kaye George’s Revenge is Sweet, a Vintage Sweets Mystery.  Brand new!   I’m very excited.  How am I reading so much?   I made a pact to read nightly for an hour after dinner.  It’s a perfect way to digest.   

What's to eat?

Are you, like me, trying to figure out what to make using whatever you have in the freezer? I like to keep fish in the freezer at all times so I can eat "healthy" once in a while. I had a number of vegetables in the refrigerator and thought a quickie meal would be perfect for dinner. Don't get me wrong. During the day, I eat plenty of sugary things that are bad for me, but at night, I really try to treat my body right. Enjoy this simple but elegant meal.

Salmon and a variety of vegetables

(for 2)

  • 2 portions salmon, skin off
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For vegetables:

  • 1 turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced thin
  • 10-20 snow peas, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chives, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • white wine, if desired

Cook salmon as desired. I like to brush with olive oil and broil in a hot oven, 3-4 minutes a side.

Prepare vegetables and herbs.

In a saucepan, melt the olive oil and butter. When it’s sizzling, stir in the vegetables. Reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Remove pan from heat and toss in the herbs and seasonings. Set on plate and top with salmon. If desired, add a tablespoon of white wine to the olive oil and butter.

What’s up with Sparky?

Sparky is feeling a little pookie lately. Frankly, I think he’s shocked to see me around so much. It’s like, “Mom, what’s up with that? Another walk? Cool your heels.” I’m sure he’ll muscle through whatever this is. He is getting more caresses and more attention. What dog would pooh-pooh that?

That's it. That's all that is fit to print.
May your joy come from reading.
May your lives be filled with love.

Until next time…all my best,

Cookbook Nook Mysteries
Final Sentence // Inherit the Word // Stirring the Plot //  
Fudging the Books // Grilling the Subject   
Pressing the Issue  //  Wreath between the Lines
Sifting Through Clues // Shredding the Evidence

French Bistro Mysteries

A Deadly Éclair // A Soufflé of Suspicion

Aspen Adams Novels of Suspense

Desolate Shores // Fan Mail

Stand-alone Suspense

Girl on the Run // Day of Secrets

Cheese Shop Mysteries

written as Avery Aames
The Long Quiche Goodbye // Lost and Fondue //
Clobbered by Camembert // To Brie or not To Brie
Days of Wine and Roquefort // 
As Gouda as Dead // For Cheddar or Worse

Copyright © 2020 Daryl Wood Gerber, All rights reserved.
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