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Cobblered to Death

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Cute! The first book in a new series is always wonderful and this is no exception. The bar has been set and I hope the rest are of the same level and I'm sure they will be based on the writing in this story. The characters are well written. The story is well written. Just a good ole mystery. Loved it.
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The setting of a reality cooking show is new. Not your usual small town book store,bakery,realtor office setting.Love the characters and the food descriptions are great. I can see the main character growing and moving on in her career. I believe this is a really good start for a series.
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Cobblered to Death, the first book in the Courtney Archer Mystery series, has a great premise that is sure to please fans of culinary cozies with its focus on a TV cooking show host and a baking competition, but the book is uneven.

The story started out interesting.  Courtney is a trained pastry chef from Chicago, the daughter of a doctor.  However, her television persona is that of a down home cook who grew up on a farm.  As time goes on, she is more and more uncomfortable keeping up this façade. She is hired to be a host of The American Baking Battle, and contestant Mick soon starts to cause trouble, threatening to expose Courtney’s secret.  Courtney finds herself the prime suspect in Mick’s death when her cast iron pan full of cherry cobbler is used as the murder weapon.  

Unfortunately, the mystery here is thin and, ultimately, disappointing.  There are too few suspects to work through, and there are virtually no clues to move the investigation along.  Courtney does not do anything stupid or particularly dangerous while investigating, but most of her investigating seems to be lucky guessing.  I blame not figuring out whodunit on the lack of good clues and plotting. That said, the behind the scenes look at filming a baking competition and the emphasis on food, for me, saves the book.  I liked these foodie bits, but even they teetered on being too repetitive.

Courtney is an average character, and I do not think I got to know her well enough to decide if I like her very much.  As the book went on, I found her fear of being outed tedious. There are some (intentionally) unlikable characters and a couple of more relatable ones such as Courtney’s producer Eric and competition judge Shannon, but none of them are endearing or very memorable.

Cobblered to Death has its failings, but the food theme is great.  I hope the next installment I the series is stronger. 

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
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A new cozy mystery series I did enjoy this book but I must say I am a bit tired of the plot line of the sleuth being a murder suspect having to clear their name. I did enjoy the characters and the setting of a cooking competition but I would enjoy seeing a new story line in the next one
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I really enjoyed this food competition based cozy mystery. I grew to really like the main character and her relationships with those around her. Courtney is keeping a secret but that’s not the only intriguing part of this mystery. I can’t wait for more from this series!
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Courtney Archer's cherry cobbler is the murder weapon in this new series.  Leaving her pie to cool overnight, she discovers that the cast iron pie was used to kill a fellow contestant in a cooking competition.  Her television series, the Farmer's Daughter is popular and when the dead cook/journalist has a file on his desk revealing she's never been to a farm the police think she's the number one suspect.  A good story that introduces multiple characters for future books.  I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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“Oh. My. Gravy.” Cobblered to Death is a food-themed cozy mystery, very fitting of the main character’s signature tagline. As the first in a series, you will surely want to return for seconds! 

The main character of Cobblered to Death is Courtney Archer. She stars in a cooking show, in which she has a persona as a farmer’s daughter. However, she is not a farmer’s daughter and feels very badly that she has duped her audience. She wants to tell them the truth. The book starts with Courtney and her producer traveling to a hotel/resort where she will be a host on a cooking competition show. The setting is idyllic until one of the competitors is murdered. 

This book was a complex mystery with a lot of characters and a lot of moving parts. In addition to Courtney and another show host, there were two judges, a dozen contestants for the food competition, producers/crew, and a security team. There were several suspects and that got more complex as the case unfolded. There were also multiple romantic interests and new, developing friendships. Courtney was simultaneously grappling with wanting to be authentic for her audience, filming two shows, and solving the murder mystery in which she was a suspect. 

Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read and would read the next in the series. I did like that the question of whodunnit was not answered very easily. However, I do like being able to figure it out along with the main character. In this case, it seemed like not even the main character really figured it out. Elements of the case were revealed that I had very little chance or no chance of figuring out on my own. While the mystery aspect was fun to try to figure out, it was just not as satisfying as it would have been if I could have really figured it out along the way. I do think the main character is an engaging one, and it is her unfolding life story that makes me intrigued to read the next in the series. Plus, I do wonder what the premise would be next time. Finally, I suspect this author has a lot of promise and the clue trail-making will improve in time. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for an advanced reader copy of Cobblered to Death, in exchange for an honest review. I am in the early stages of developing my own bookstagram and book blog, and I will happily include a review for this book on those platforms.
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I really enjoy the book in a new series.  I love cooking competitions and mysteries, so this one was perfect me.  Even though this is the first in a new series, it read more like an established series.  

The characters are well-written as is the mystery.  Just enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages.  It's an easy read and I can't wait for the next one in the series.
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My rating: 2 of 5 stars, it was okay.

Book 1 in a new series.

The setting was interesting, but Courtney feels a bit one dimensional and the mystery was a bit blah, with most of the action happening at the very end. All in all, it's a decent first, but hopefully the author tightens things up a bit and develops Courtney a lot in the next book.

I'd like to read the next in the series, but it's not going to the top of my TBR pile just yet.
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A Sweet Cozy mystery featuring a reality show and a murder along with a heroine who's lying about who see really is. A quick read I couldn't put it down, I enjoyed that the author kept the reader guessing and making it hard to figure out who the killer was.
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Cobblered to Death by Rosemarie Ross has readers enjoying the Pocono Mountains in May.  Courtney Archer is the host of Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter even though she has never stepped foot on a farm in her life.  Courtney is now co-hosting The American Baking Battle on location while filming episodes of her own show.  The one thing Courtney wishes is to present her real self to the audience, but her contract precludes her from revealing the truth.  She finds it even more challenging working alongside Shannon Collins, host of Southern Comfort Foods, who is so genuine and extends friendship to Courtney.  There is drama on the set between the baking contests and problems off screen thanks to contestant Mick who overheard a conversation between Courtney and her producer.  Courtney sheds her worries while baking a cherry cobbler in a cast-iron pan for her show the next day.  The next morning, she stops to pick it up and finds it on the floor alongside a very dead Mick.  With Courtney in the hot seat as the police’s top suspect, she digs in to find the true culprit.  Cobblered to Death is the debut of A Courtney Archer Mystery series.  Courtney was a mixed bag for me.  I liked her, but I also found her frustrating.  If you are presenting yourself as a farmer’s daughter on air, would you not visit a farm and do research?  I did not understand why the author has Courtney floundering after hosting the show for three years especially when Eric’s family owns a farm.  I hope in the next book we get to know more about Courtney besides she likes to carve fruit, from Chicago, and dislikes lying to her viewers.  I liked Courtney’s friend and producer, Eric Iverson.  I found him friendly and caring.  I also enjoyed the blossoming friendship between Courtney and Shannon Collins.  Shannon was my favorite character in the story.  There is baking galore for those readers who enjoy culinary cozies.  I loved the descriptions of the red mixers on the lovely blue countertops (my two favorite colors).  The mystery was lacking.  It was obvious who would die and who would be blamed.  I was easily able to solve this whodunit.  There was an absence of suspects and pointed clues.  I wanted less of Courtney upset about her situation (not being a farmer’s daughter, the clause in her contract) and a more solid mystery.  There are two love interests for Courtney (of course).  Cobblered to Death is what I call a light and breezy cozy mystery.  Cobblered to Death is a new culinary cozy mystery with a crushing cherry cobbler, an abundance of baking, a complaining contestant, and a carking contract clause.
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Clobbered to Death by Rosemarie Ross is about a pediatrician’s daughter named Courtney Archer. She becomes involved in a show called The American Baking Battle. She tries to avoid drama but finds it anyway. Someone who knew the story she was peddling about herself was fake, was suddenly found dead next to one of the desserts she was working on. Now Courtney needs to find out what happened before she gets pinched for the murder. This was a good book and the reader learns a lot about what happens backstage in a cooking reality show. There were plenty of mysteries to be solved. The book keeps you in suspense until the killer is revealed at the end.
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I  love to watch baking shows on tv.  I was glad to see this book available  for review.  I love the premise of the t.v show, I loved the characters and the mystery was satisfying.    I am a fan and can't wait for the next story.
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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.
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“Cobblered to Death” is the first installment in the all new cozy mystery series, Courtney Archer, by Rosemarie Ross. I won’t say much about the actual plot of this story as everything is outlined in the blurb. What I will say is that the author’s style of writing was smooth and very easy to follow along with. I loved the descriptiveness of the story. The whole plot is something I’ve not seen done before, so I was definitely excited about it! It kept me guessing throughout. 

* I received an advanced digital copy of this book via NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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A great cozy mystery taking place on the set of a televised baking contest.  Rosemarie Ross has given us a character with a successful television show built around a huge secret.  As she competes in the contest, a murder points directly to her.  How she manages to solve the crime and win the day....if not the contest...makes for a very entertaining story.
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Cobblered to death.
I enjoyed this first book by Rosemarie Ross.
Fun read especially learning what goes on in  the background filming  and making of a baking show ..
Plenty of suspects, never guessed until it was reviled.
Looking forward to the next instalment.
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A great start to a new series! I’m just getting into the ‘cozy mystery’ genre and this is the perfect book for newbies like myself!
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I love watching baking shows on television, so when I read this book description, I knew I would be in for a fun time.
Behind the scenes of the show, a tragic takes place and leaves Courtney asking too many questions.
Fun first in a new series.
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Cobblered to Death was a well paced mystery.  Lots of things going on, with a pretty constant flow of new info to add to the suspense.  Who did it?  Why?  What are they cooking next?  Ha.  

Fun & suspense with a touch of drama.
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