Wednesday, August 3, 2016

GRILLING THE SUBJECT is out! 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery by author @DarylWoodGerber + book #giveaway

It's here! 
Grilling the Subject , the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is officially out!

Where there’s smoke...
As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even take in a horse or stagecoach race. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next morning smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished.
Sylvia Gump acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbors’ properties—including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals...

So pull out your cowboy boots and settle in for a delightful read.  Grilling the Subject is a delicious new mystery that will leave you hungry for more.” ~ Carstairs Considers Blog
I'm so excited. I had so much fun writing Grilling the Subject. I put Jenna in all trouble. Yes, I did it, not she. I am the mastermind.  It is one of the most fun things that an author can do -- cause trouble for her protagonist! Don't worry. Jenna prevails, but she will face a number of personal challenges along the way!  
While I was weaving my plot, I did lots of research for barbecue recipes. At the end of the book, you'll find a number recipes for sauces, muffins, spoon bread, and some sweet goodies. Today, I'm sharing one of the easiest recipes and one that helped my husband, as he had diabetes for a short time until we got things under control!  Low sugar mattered!  As I've said before, I like using Swerve (sugar substitute) to help with lowering the sugar levels. This recipe is not entirely sugar-free, but it's low and tasty!

Low-Sugar St. Louis Barbecue Sauce

(yields 1½ cups sauce)
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Swerve (sugar substitute)
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
½ tablespoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon white pepper
3 to 4 pounds pork spare ribs

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

In a small bowl, mix the ketchup, water, cider vinegar, Swerve, mustard, garlic powder, and white pepper.

On a large baking sheet, place a long piece of aluminum foil. Rinse the ribs and cut them into portions. Set the ribs on the foil and brush both sides liberally with the sauce. Turn the ribs bone-side down on the foil. Top with more foil and pinch the foil tightly to seal.

Bake for 1½ hours. One hour “in,” heat the barbecue to medium.

Remove the ribs from the oven and set them on the hot barbecue, bone-side down. Cook for 10 minutes. Flip and cook another 10 minutes. Be careful not to let your barbecue temperature climb too high. You don’t want to burn the sauce.

Today's giveaway!

Two winners will win a copy of GRILLING THE SUBJECT or a choice of 
Leave a comment with your email, in case you win 
(cryptic if you need it to be - I'll figure it out). 
And tell me:  Why do you read cozy mysteries?

Savor the mystery and say cheese!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, can be pre-ordered.
Coming August 2016!! 
Click here to pre-order.

the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery.
Came out in February 2016

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When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
To order: CLICK HERE.

$2.99 in e-books everywhere. Print is available on Amazon.



  1. Love the BBQ sauce recipe! And I read cozy mysteries because I love engaging books/stories.

    1. Hi, Liz, thanks. I like engaging stories, too. Good choice of words! ~ Daryl

  2. Congrats on the release! And this is my kind of BBQ sauce - just a touch of vinegar with pork. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Congrats on your release! I read cozies for the characters ( which includes the towns). No cursing or scenes. Thanks for the chance!

    1. Barbara, the characters and towns. Yep. That's why I read them, too. ~ Daryl

  4. Great BBQ sauce recipe, Daryl, and congratulations on the release of Grilling The Subject. Thanks for the chance to win! grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  5. This is going to be a fantastic cozy mystery and I would love to read it.

  6. Wonderful post and giveaway. Cozies provide me with a great deal of old fashioned pleasure. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. I enjoy cozies for the unique characters and the special settings. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite, you are more than welcome. Unique characters. Yep. I have a few of those in this book. :) ~ Daryl

  8. I read cozy mysteries because I like to solve the puzzle---and enjoy the quirky characters---and am glad there's no graphic violence.

  9. I like BBQ sauces that aren't overly sweet.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  10. Love BBQ as much as I do mysteries! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. I read cozies for the puzzles and the characters. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com