Title: Cooking the Books
Author: Bonnie S. Calhoun
ISBN 13: 978-1-4267-3388-8
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Cover: Electronic ARC
Reviewer: Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant – Literary Wonders!
Rating: 4 Stars
Cooking the Books is by debut author Bonnie S. Calhoun and is part of the Sloan Templeton Series. Sloan Templeton inherited Beckman’s Books and Brew from her late mother. Sloan can think of a hundred other things she would rather be doing, but she wants to honor her mother and keep the bookstore alive.
Sloan in a kind and caring soul and attempts to help those in need. This rings true when she finds young woman sleeping in her car and soon finds out the woman is a victim of abuse. Sloan befriends the woman but makes sure she keeps her distance. The last thing she needs in her life is drama. She is already dealing with a crazy, stalking ex, who can’t take no for an answer.
Sloan is on high alert when people become very interested in one particular book—so much that they are willing to kill for it.
At first, the book appeared to start of slow and I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book. I still never figured out what the prologue had to do with the rest of the book. Perhaps that will be revealed in a later installment.
When the book finally picked up, the action, and the laughs never stopped. Bonnie uses a cast of colorful and original characters that help make Cooking the Books and exciting read.
Kudos to Mrs. Calhoun for her first novel. I look forward to more of the Sloan Templeton Series and more from this author.