Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Under Cozy Covers Book review of One Dead Cookie by Virginia Lowell
One Dead Cookie by Virginia Lowell
Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House—a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie—and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But a dead body on their front porch might put their bake shop in a truly sticky situation…
Olivia is busy baking up special cookies for Maddie’s upcoming engagement party when soap star Trevor Lane shows up unexpectedly in town. It soon becomes clear that Trevor, who grew up in the neighboring town of Twiterton, left behind a number of enemies with long memories. Even Trevor’s assistant and childhood friend, Dougie, seems to harbor a grudge against him.
Soon after his arrival, Trevor is found dead on The Gingerbread House porch, his handsome face branded with the image of a cookie cutter. When their friend Stacey is implicated in the murder, Olivia and Maddie rush to find the killer. Because it seems someone in Chatterley Heights has a sweet tooth for revenge...
My Take: This was a great cozy mystery. Even though it is the fourth book in a series I was able to enjoy this book without having read the other books in the series. I will probably be picking up the other books as well and will look for other books in the series. The one complaint that I had was I am use to reading the Hannah Swenson Series by Joanne Fluke and those books are packed with recipes where as this book only had two recipes at the end of the book. Even though these two series' are set in cookie shops they are totally different as to the type of shop. The Cookie Cutter Series is all about the cookies made with cookie cutters and a cookie cutter plays a major part in the mystery. Also cookies play a part also. There were alot of suspects that Olivia and her friend had to shift through all while planning Maddie's engagement party. This had all of the things I like about cozy mysteries. A romance but nothing hot and heavy, the murder was not gone into with a lot of detail the emphasis was on the solving of the mystery, a cute pet to add a little extra something in this case a rescued yorkie, a town full of interesting characters. I found myself laughing out loud a few times which I never do.
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I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Prime Crime Mystery in exchange for an honest review.