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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?”
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?
Cooking The Books is the first book in The Sloan Templeton Mysteries Series by Bonnie S. Calhoun. Sloane Templeton inherits a bookstore, a flighty store manager, strange elderly business owners, and an aunt that thinks she can cook when her mother dies suddenly of a heart attack. Sloane takes over the bookstore and all the issues including death threats. Sloane's only shelter in the storm is her boyfriend who is a psychiatrist. As things get weirder, Sloane wonders, What else can happen?
Cooking The Books is Bonnie S. Calhoun's debut novel and she really has a winner here! Cooking The Books is a fast paced mystery story. The characters are hilarious and quirky. You truly feel the family dynamic in this novel and the dysfunction. The characters are well written and are real people going through real things. Bonnie S. Calhoun writes with authority about books, computers, love, abuse, and God's appearance in all circumstances. I was hooked by this novel from the first page and really had a hard time putting it down. This fast paced mystery/thriller keeps you guessing until the end. The twists and turns this novel takes will keep you on your toes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Mystery Fiction. You will love Sloane Templeton! I sure do! I cannot wait for the next book in The Sloane Templeton Mysteries.