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Gingerbread Cookie Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Joanne Fluke , Leslie Meier , Laura Levine
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Book Description

In this merry collection of holiday mysteries, murder is making its own special delivery. . .

"Gingerbread Cookie Murder" By Joanne Fluke

When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah's Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that's as long as her holiday shopping list.

"The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies" By Laura Levine

Jaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents' retirement community's play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he "accidentally" falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor's jealous lovers was capable of murder.

"Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots" By Leslie Meier

When Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick's car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again.

Includes Over 10 Luscious Holiday Recipes!



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Fluke, Levine, and Meier each offer a yuletide whodunit treat in this entertaining follow-up to 2007's Candy Cane Murder. In Fluke's wry "Gingerbread Cookie Murder," Hannah Swensen of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., wants her neighbor Ernie Kusak to simply lower the volume on his too loud Christmas outdoor display, but she soon discovers Ernie with his head bashed in. In Levine's hilarious "The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies," Jaine Austen's holiday stay at her parents' home in the Tampa Vistas retirement community is enlivened by the murder of elderly lothario Dr. Preston McCay, whose neck gets broken during his star turn in an amateur play called The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Rounding out the volume is Meier's less cheery but poignant "Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots," about Maine reporter Lucy Stone's investigation of a four-year-old boy's disappearance. Recipes enhance two of the selections.
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  • File Size: 563 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758234961
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M4U0Z4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in September! September 29, 2010
Format:Hardcover
This highly entertaining trio of novellas would make a terrific Christmas gift--but not for anyone who hates the holidays. The plethora of dastardly murders presented here might give them ideas.

Joanne Fluke's "Gingerbread Cookie Murder" delivers not only recipes for sweet treats, but a cautionary tale about the dangers of too-flamboyant Christmas displays. (OK, that wasn't the actual motive for murder, but I'm sure it didn't help.)

Leslie Meier's "Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots" is the most low-key story in the collection, a quiet, touching description of Lucy Stone's investigation involving a small boy's disappearance. Plus recipes.

Laura Levine's "The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies," was my favorite entry. Prozac the cat is back, with snappier dialogue than ever. This tale of two "doctors" even has our feline heroine playing a crucial role in exposing--literally and figuratively--a killer. (Considering the expertise with which Prozac manages to cadge everyone's tastiest food throughout the story, it'd be interesting to see some of her recipes...) As always in Levine's Jaine Austen yarns, the obvious warmth and affection between Jaine and her family (which most definitely includes Prozac) is a warm touch for a cold fall/winter night. Even if Jaine's dad's efforts to play Junior Detective don't work nearly as well as her cat's.

All in all, this is a fine way for a mystery lover to get into the holiday spirit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars three wonderful amateur sleuths October 1, 2010
Format:Hardcover
"Gingerbread Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke. Hannah Swensen and other condo owners are furious with neighbor Ernie Kusak for playing the music so loud he cannot hear the knocking on his door. When the police arrive and enter the apartment, Hannah joins them and sees Ernie's corpse. Another neighbor who had incidents with Ernie is the prime suspect but Hannah thinks otherwise; so she runs a parallel investigation to that of the cops. Joanne Fluke provides a delectable whodunit.

"The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies" by Laura Levine. Jaine Austen visits her parents at their Florida retirement village. The community play is The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas starring Dr. Preston McCay as the heroic gingerbread cookie. When he dies from a fall while performing, the police suspect Edna, a friend of Jaine's mother, as the killer. The cops believe her motive was she believed they were engaged as did two other women in the complex. Jaine investigates in order to prove Edna never killed the lothario. With plenty of humor and wit, McCay's final act makes for a fun novella.

"Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots" by Leslie Meier. Lucy Stone is buying groceries when she spots four years old Nemo at the store. The child wants a gingerbread man, but his mother insists they cannot afford it. Lucy buys a cookie for the child, but is perplexed to notice his mom and stepfather own a Porsche. On the TV news,Lucy learns there is an Amber Alert out on Nemo who was kidnapped. Soon afterward, Rick, Nemo's step-father is found dead with his head bashed in. Worried about the boy, Lucy investigates the homicide and the alleged kidnapping. Lucy Meier writes a charming Christmas cozy.

These three wonderful amateur sleuths star popular protagonists who sweeten the Christmas season with fun homicide investigations.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Triple Dose of Christmas Murder October 1, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Once again, Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier have come together to give us a triple dose of Christmas murder starring their respective series sleuths. Ms. Fluke leads off the book with the title story which finds Hannah Swensen solving the death of her neighbor. Was Ernie killed because of his obnoxious and loud Christmas display or is something else afoot? Next comes "The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies," which finds Ms. Levine's Jaine Austen visiting her parents in Florida only to have the star of the retirement community's Christmas play fall to his death. Finally, Ms. Meier presents "Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots" as Lucy Stone attempts to find a kidnapped boy and bring him home for Christmas.

I realize it's a bit early to fully indulge in Christmas, but this collection certainly helped get me ready to start listening to Christmas music and decorating. All three stories are delightful and will please the authors' fans. I regularly read Joanne Fluke and Laura Levine, and their stories perfectly fit in with the series. While I don't read Leslie Meier, her story made me consider giving her series another try. All three main characters are fun, and all three stories move forward at brisk paces. Of course, when each story only gets about 100 pages, there isn't a lot of extra room.

As a plus, two of the authors included recipes. Leslie Meier has two at the end of her story, and Joanne Fluke includes twelve. All of them had my mouth watering.

If you are a fan of any of these authors, get a copy of this book and see if you don't find something new you'll enjoy. And if you want a hint of danger this Christmas, this book will be perfect for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Gingerbread Christmas Mysteries January 25, 2011
Format:Hardcover
"Gingerbread Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke - 5 stars

This novella, was to me by far the best of the three. It deserved more than just 5 stars. The story was so cozy. I enjoyed the goodies, the coffee, and the unexplainable coziness that is in the Hannah Swensen novels. And I appreciated the recipes.

Hannah's neighbor has won the 8 million dollar lottery. Will he and his ex-wife get back together?

Hannah once again is determined to find the killer. Who murdered him and why? This mystery is interesting, fun, and all the pieces fit together.

I enjoyed the cold Minnesota snow and cold weather. I also enjoyed all of Hannah's baking and that cozy Christmas feeling.

"The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies" by Laura Levine - 5 stars

Jaine visits her parents in warm, sunny Tampa for the Christmas holidays. The seniors at the retirement home are putting on a play. A boring, not-too-good of a play that Jaine has to suffer through.

Jaine's visit with her parents is interesting and colorful. Those seniors are interesting, Jaine loves fudge, and her cat, Prozac, takes center stage.

Someone is murdered, and Jaine (with her protective father monitoring her every move) is determined to find the killer. There are lots of interesting suspects.

"Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots" by Leslie Meier - 5 stars

This was my second favorite novella. I love the Lucy Stone novels because they are so cozy and homy. I can feel her warm and loving home with her kids and husband. Even though she has one child who has no love at all (Elizabeth), but her other three children are loving, warm, normal kids.

A child is missing, and Lucy is determined to find the perpetrator.
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