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Product Details

  • Series: Fresh-Baked Mystery (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Original edition (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451234839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234834
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Fresh-Baked Mysteries

“Christmas and murder…delightfully entertaining.”—Armchair Interviews

“The whodunit is fun and the recipes [are] mouthwatering.”—The Best Reviews
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Livia J. Washburn is the pseudonym of an author who lives with her husband and two daughters in Texas.

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Under the names Livia J. Washburn and L.J. Washburn, Livia Reasoner has been writing award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery, western, romance, and historical novels for almost thirty years. She began to write in collaboration with her husband, author James Reasoner, and soon branched out into telling her own stories.

In addition to writing, Livia enjoys photography, arts, crafts, and cooking, but she also loves having a pile of lumber, a circular saw, and a building project. An accomplished carpenter, she has framed houses and built more sets of bookshelves than she can remember, some of which have been filled with the books she's written. A good day for her includes having time to create something new in the kitchen, on a story, and in the garage.

Livia lives in the Texas countryside with her husband, and her dogs. Her websites can be found at www.liviawashburn.com, and she blogs when she can find the time at http://liviajwashburn.blogspot.com.

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The characters are well defined and the plots are interesting.
Yvonne Gray
Sometimes you just want to sit back and be drawn in to someone's imagination,well this is the book to choose.
Msth
I recommend this book as a good cozy mystery to anyone that likes cozy mysteries.
Lucille I. Jorgensen

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bill Crider on November 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the latest of Livia Washburn's "Fresh-Baked Mysteries," and it's another winner. Pretty soon, Phyllis Newsom is going to have to quit thinking about entering baking contests, though. Too many people get killed when she does.

This time the victim is Georgia Hallerbee, who persuades Phyllis (at the last minute) to include her home on the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour. Phyllis reluctantly agrees, but her home's not on the tour, after all, since someone clobbers Georgia with a ceramic gingerbread man on Phyllis' front porch.

Phyllis finds herself being drawn into the investigation of the crime, much to the chagrin of a local cop who thinks Phyllis would be a lot better off in the kitchen. Phyllis doesn't like his attitude, and neither does her friend Sam, but they both realize that Phyllis isn't a law-enforcment officer, after all. That cop does seem rude, however.

As usual, Washburn manages to make everybody involved seem to be a likely suspect, and when Phyllis works everything out, she discovers . . . well, that's something I won't reveal. There's a good bit of humor in the book, too, and when I read the "get off the lawn" joke, I knew this book would entertain me all the way. And there's more: the recipes will make your mouth water, for sure. Definitely a cozy to read during the holidays or any other time, too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lucille I. Jorgensen on December 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book as a promotion contest. I read it right away, it sounded like a good cozy mystery. ....and it was. There were no cussing, swearing or sex scenes. The love interest was just that, an interest. Retired school teachers renters and murder on the front porch make for a good read. I liked the book and wish I could find more like it. I gave it 4 stars, because this is my first review and I don't know what makes a 5 star book. Not having the bad words and sex scenes makes a 5 star in my book. I recommend this book as a good cozy mystery to anyone that likes cozy mysteries.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
With Christmas a few days away, Phyllis Newsom is busier than usual because her close friend and tenant (in her home) Eve Turner is marrying to a man she met on Facebook. Phyllis hosts the Christmas Eve bridal shower, bakes for the New Year's Eve wedding and has her house featured in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes. Because she can't say no to her buddy, she and her only male friend Sam Fletcher scramble with baking holiday treats especially a gingerbread couple as Mr. and Mrs. Klaus.

On the night of the Home Tour, Phyllis hears something break so she goes to look. An unknown culprit took one of the gingerbread displays and cracked it on the skull of Georgia; placing the woman in a coma until she dies. Eve expects Phyllis to investigate as the baker has solved murder cases before (see The Pumpkin Muffin Murder). Once again unable to refuse, Phyllis begins to look into the homicide that has the police baffled while she also asks Sam to help her.

The latest Fresh-Baked Mysteries contains energetic senior citizens working the case, baking the treats, and hosting the tour and wedding. This character driven amateur sleuth is fun to follow as everyday people like Phyllis attempt extraordinary activities. Although she should have just said no, Phyllis questions various people before putting the recipe for murder together in entertaining whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra Calhoun on January 2, 2014
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I like the Christmas angle with the Jingle Bell tour of homes but the story actually moves a little slow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Msth on December 26, 2013
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Sometimes you just want to sit back and be drawn in to someone's imagination,well this is the book to choose. Great characters,plotting,suspense, and twists,terrific.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judi Boone on April 8, 2013
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This is a fun book, sort of silly, sort of not. Easy to read and enjoy. not a disappontment at all
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nisie on April 1, 2013
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Livia Washburn books are very good. I love a book that is connected with food. The way she solves crimes is fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By texasgal on February 11, 2013
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I started buying this series because I live in the area where it is set. The early ones were OK, but this one was so slow that I almost stopped reading it, but kept on to the end because I hate to waste money. Best part was the receipes at the end, but I won't be buying more.
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