Cooking the Books: A Sloane Templeton Mystery - eBook  -     By: Bonnie Calhoun
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Abingdon Press / 2012 / ePub

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After her mother dies, Sloane Templeton leaves the Cyber Crime Unit to take over her mom's bookstore. Her batty store manager and the Granny Oakleys Book Club keep life fun---until she receives cyber threats and discovers her mom didn't die of natural causes! Can she use her computer skills to discover what really happened to her mother?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781426754067
ISBN-13: 9781426754067

Publisher's Description

After her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also "inherits" a half-batty store manager; a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week, but never read books, called the Granny Oakleys Book Club; and Aunt Verline, who fancies herself an Iron Chef when in reality you need a cast iron stomach to partake of her culinary disasters. And with a group like this you should never ask, “What else can go wrong?”  
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
"What do a gangsta ex-boyfriend, gunslinging grannies, computer hacking, two very unusual books, and the world’s worst chef all have in common? You’ll find them in Bonnie Calhoun’s debut novel, Cooking the Books. It’s a one-of-a-kind a potboiler filled to the brim with plot twists, romance, and humor. A tasty treat for romantic suspense fans."
--Rick Acker, author of When the Devil Whistles and Dead Man's Rule"Bonnie S. Calhoun is a master weaver of snarky humor and suspense. Cooking the Books is fast paced, laugh out loud funny with enough suspense to make you shiver. Sloane is an oxymoron: tough as nails on crime and injustice, yet her Aunt Verline and Fifi, her nutty store manager, manipulate her. Novel Rocket and I give it a high recommendation. It's a must read." -  Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor Novel Rocket
"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

Author Bio

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

Publisher's Weekly

Sloane Templeton inherits a Brooklyn bookstore after her mother dies, a bookstore that’s in the sights of a realty company that would love to add the land to a development project. Sloane’s urbane psychiatrist boyfriend is an improvement over her ex, a gangbanger type. Her aunt Verlene is a cooking show run amok. Not long after Sloane refuses the offer to sell the store, bad things start happening on her store’s computers, and she must deal with a rare book worth a million dollars. A lot of ingredients get thrown into Calhoun’s plot pot. Her mashup of comedy, urban fiction, romance, and suspense doesn’t hang together, and some of the comedy is juvenile (boogers, anyone?). On the plus side, Sloane Templeton is a fierce, sometimes funny voice. Harder editing would better channel it. Agent: Terry Burns. (Apr.) 2012 Reed Business Information

Readers are thrown headfirst into an imaginative mystery when they open the pages of Bonnie S. Calhoun's debut novel, Cooking the Books. Her main character, Sloane Templeton, used to work in a Cyber Crimes Unit investigating computer forensics. She decided to give up that life when she inherited her mother's bookstore. Now she works hard to juggle looking after her eccentric aunt and her zany customers. But the real mystery begins when Sloane starts getting cyber threats.

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,

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  1. BC, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    This book didn't appeal to me personally
    May 28, 2013
    BC, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This book wouldn't be a favourite. Didn't finish it. The writing style didn't appeal to me.
  2. The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 16, 2013
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Not 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.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Highly enjoyable cozy mystery
    November 27, 2012
    Jo Huddleston
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Cooking the Books.
    Bonnie 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.
  4. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun Read
    November 26, 2012
    Cheri Cowell
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Cooking the Books.
    Fun 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.
  5. France
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun light reading
    July 7, 2012
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    An enjoyable light read, not great literature but pleasant escapism.
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