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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2012 Bonnie S. Calhoun (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • 10-20-21

6 chapters is all I could take

I never write reviews. It's a good thing this book was included in my audible membership and I didn't have to buy it because it's awful.
The narrating is terrible and the story cannot be worse or more boring.

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Refreshingly good listen

Actually was not sure what to expect with this one, but has listened to another book by the author and gave it a try. Enjoyed the story line and characters personalities. The narrator did a good job with so many voices to do. Kind of guessed the bad guy early on but the twist to it at the end was great! Definitely recommend this one!

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A wonderful page turner

Just when I thought I knew where the story was going was another surprise would round the corner. See if you can figure it out before the end. Delightful characters and good mystery where only real neighborhoods have such interesting lives. Upbeat and interesting! Well done!

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excellent ☺️. I give 5 stars

loved it although something happened with the scoring on my phone. I give it a rating of 5 stars. loved the pistol packing girls

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Didn’t finish.

I just couldn’t get into it. Please take no offense. God bless and keep writing.

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Monday July 26, 2021

This is a very slow paced, wannabe comedy/thriller mystery. It has a great ending though.