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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2012
A lot! Sloane begins to receive cyber threats. While Sloane uses her computer forensic skills to uncover the source of the threats, it is discovered someone is out to kill her. Can her life get more crazy?
"Bonnie Calhoun's first Sloane Templeton mystery, Cooking the Books, is one of the most delightful new fiction voices I've read in years. My only complaint--waiting for the sequel. If this book doesn't have you ROFLOL, you'd better check your pulse!"--Jeanette Windle
"Bonnie Calhoun's debut novel, Cooking the Books, is as fun and quirky as the author herself. The cast of characters brims with unexpected humor and heart, and Sloane's take on the world around her keeps the reader eagerly turning pages to see what she'll say or do next. I look forward to more Sloane Templeton adventures." Sandra D. Bricker, award-winning author of the Emma Rae Creation series that began with Always the Baker, Never the Bride
"Bonnie S. Calhoun pens a heroine with snap and pizzazz. Sloane Templeton wonders why an old book is cause for bullets, and whether her refusal to sell her business justifies harrassment. A fast-paced mystery full of colorful characters and a last minute twist--what's not to love?" ~ S. Dionne Moore, Author of Promise Brides, 2010 and 2011 Carol Award Finalist
Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance helping to promote Christian fiction with blog tours. She is owner/publishes of Christian Fiction Online Magazine devoted to readers and writers of Christian fiction. As Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was named 2011 Mentor of the Year. She is President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network, and also Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.
In her spare time she is an avid social media junkie, and teaches Facebook, Twitter, blogging and HTML. Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin on 15 acres in upstate area of Binghamton, New York with a dog and cat who consider the humans as wait-staff. Her website is bonniescalhoun.com.
Things keep getting worse for Sloane as the story progresses. The threatening emails and messages on her work computers are easy to ignore. Her abusive ex-boyfriend, Trey, is not. Sloane wonders if it's safe for her to continue dating the stunningly handsome Andreas. Aunt Verline and the bookstore manager, Fifi, contribute a lot to the story while attempting to keep Sloan out of trouble. The real uniting feature among the female characters is their lack of respect from the men in their lives. Verbal and physical abuse unites them. Sloane and her lady companions grow as the novel progresses, and they learn to look at themselves as "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139: 14).
For a first novel, Bonnie S. Calhoun has woven an admirable tale. Cooking the Books, with its quirky characters and twisting plot, would be best enjoyed by women who are interested in urban mysteries. It is by no means limited to that crowd though. This reader would recommend it to avid cozy mystery fans and Christian readers looking for a light enjoyable book. Katelyn S. Irons, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
AnneBC, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5This book didn't appeal to me personallyMay 28, 2013AnneBC, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2This book wouldn't be a favourite. Didn't finish it. The writing style didn't appeal to me.
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5DisappointedMarch 16, 2013CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 3Not my type of book. I had to push myself to keep reading and as the book went on I found most incidents quite unbelievable. I also didn't see the main character showing signs of being a Christian although near the end she did send up some emergency prayers.
Jo Huddleston5 Stars Out Of 5Highly enjoyable cozy mysteryNovember 27, 2012Jo HuddlestonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bonnie Calhoun writes a delightful novel filled with real people and real life. Sloane Templeton has inherited a book store with a zany manager. Calhoun's characters are a hoot! An example: the group of wacky senior citizens that meets in her bookstore but they don't read the books. When Sloane receives life-threatening messages on her computer the police become involved and Sloane tries to keep the incident a secret, which is impossible. With each page you wonder what will happen next to complicate Sloane's life. Calhoun writes thick tension but breaks it up with her lovable characters and their zany ways. The reader knows the criminal threat is dangerous, but enough laugh out loud moments keep the story from dragging. There is no sagging middle to this story. Highly recommended.
Cheri CowellGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fun ReadNovember 26, 2012Cheri CowellGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fun book to read as it infuses humor while weaving a tale of mystery and self-discovery. The author uses interesting character self-talk to provide insight to the main character's, Sloane, mindset at tense moments in the book. While some might view these self-talk segments as somewhat snarky, I found them to be an amusing take on what and how most people surely think to themselves on a daily basis. The references to red velvet cake also had me laughing as I completely identified with indulging in the wonderful treat and always finding ways or occasions to do so!
Just when you think you've figured out who is behind all the threats in Sloane's life, the author throws in another twist or comment from a supporting character that has you guessing again until the end.
Overall a good book written with self-discovery, faith, suspense and the importance of love and support of family and friends.
PiperClassiqueFranceAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun light readingJuly 7, 2012PiperClassiqueFranceAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3An enjoyable light read, not great literature but pleasant escapism.