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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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Product Details

  • 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: #83,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Levine's Story Is Worth Reading This For December 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Flukes story was the usual offering plenty of recipes and the story dragged out a bit. Hannah once again finds a body this time it is her neighbor and solves the murder pretty quickly. However, the killers identity is easy to figure out early on so I found the rest of the story to be fluff. 3.0 Stars.

Levine's story was the winner here. Funny and quick paced. Janie is visiting her parents for Christmas and when a Tampa Vistas resident is killed Janie tries to solve the murder without her parents knowing. As usual Levine shines in these offerings. Her writing is exactly what a cozy should be. Levine also has a talent for inserting humor in the appropriate places. Considering a murder mystery espically one that takes place during the holidays can be a downer the humor is not only appreciated but needed. 5 stars.

Meier's story was odd. She did not bring her A game here or her fact checker she mixed Elizabeth Smart up with Jaycee Dugard. I found Meier's offering to be a little odd. Lucy is whining about being broke and not being able to spend the holidays with her whole family and becomes obsessed with a local boy named Nemo who has odd parents. This obsession only intensifies when Nemo goes missing. This tale was hard to believe espically the ending. Meier also indicated something was amiss with Sue but did not resolve that storyline. I was disappointed in this offering and this is the weakest story in the book. 2 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great story and wonderful receipes.;
Published 15 days ago by bridget
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 18 days ago by Elizabeth Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 22 days ago by steve vieu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Joanne Fluke is one of my favorite authors. Love all of the books in this series.
Published 1 month ago by shirley johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy all the Fluke books and this one is a ...
I enjoy all the Fluke books and this one is a short story, but you have the added bonus of 2 other short stories with it by authors Laura Levine and Leslie Meier which appeared at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joan Koko
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author
I became a Joanne Fluke fan a couple months ago and I have devoured one book after the other. I have not gotten to this one yet but will soon enough!
Published 2 months ago by A.Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Gingerbread Cookie Murder
I have read this book by Joanne Fluke and I am sure if anyone wants to purchase it will not be disappointed because it is truly a page turner.
Published 2 months ago by Sharon Aszman
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and made me laugh alot
Quick, light reading. I liked the characters because they made me laugh alot. The extra stories were a nice bonus.
Published 2 months ago by Roxy
5.0 out of 5 stars Gingerbread cookie murder
Arrived earlier than expected. birthday gift for my mother who does not like violence or sex in books. This one has 3 charming enjoyable mystery stories. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Monette Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Laura Levine!
The reason I love this book is that it introduced me to Laura Levine and her sleuth Jaine Austen - that made it worth every penny.
Published 3 months ago by 2510cheesecake
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