Friday, 10 January 2014

Review: 'When the Cookie Crumbles' by Virginia Lowell

When the Cookie Crumbles by Virginia Lowell, 2012, Berkley, $7.99, softbound, 294 pages. Category/Genre: mystery. Cover: a bit busy, but not bad. Like the dog. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million.

Olivia Greyson owns The Gingerbread House cookie shop and runs it with her business partner and best friend Maddie Briggs. Olivia is obsessed with cookies and cookie cutters . . . but she seems to have a flair for solving mysteries, as well.

The 250th birthday of Chatterley Heights is approaching, and Maddie is working hard to finish a special gingerbread house of the famous Chatterley Mansion. Meanwhile, Olivia is on the committee to help plan the birthday bash. 

When the owner of Chatterley Mansion is killed, Olivia takes it upon herself to help solve the murder. There's also the mystery of the fabled antique cookie cutters rumoured to be in existence -- but Olivia isn't sure she even believes the tale. 

Filled with interesting characters (not the least of whom is Olivia's rescue Yorkie, Spunky) and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, this is a great read for any mystery lover. 

If you like this one, try: Cookie Dough or Die, by Virginia Lowell; A Cookie before Dying, by Virginia Lowell; Death by the Dozen, by Jenn McKinlay; and Buttercream Bump Off, by Jenn McKinlay.   

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