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Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen series) by [Fluke, Joanne, Meier, Leslie, Levine, Laura]
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From Publishers Weekly

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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About the Author

Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in sunny southern California, where she is currently working on her next Hannah Swensen mystery. Readers are welcome to visit her website at www.MurderSheBaked.com.

Laura Levine is a comedy writer whose television credits includeThe Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, Three's Company, and Mary Hartman, Mary Martman. Her work has been published inThe Washington Postand The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles, and is currently working on the next Jaine Austen mystery. Readers can reach her at Jaineausten@aol.com, or her website: www.JaineAustenMysteries.com.

Leslie Meier is the acclaimed author of sixteen Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. She lives in Harwich, Massachusetts, where she is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery.

Product Details

  • File Size: 754 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M4U0Z4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By A Customer on October 1, 2010
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"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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By Jwb52z on May 27, 2016
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5/27/16 As of this date, I have only read the Laura Levine story as a part of her series with the Jaine Austen character. I'll update this review when I get to the series in which the other stories are involved. This was a fun story and I almost didn't guess the culprit. My only problem with it is that I wish all the stories were longer. There should be a way to program the formatting of these books so that within an anthology there are chapter demarcations aside from separating demarcations between the stories themselves. If you liked the previous books in this series, I say you should give this one a shot. Have at it because I don't think you'll be disappointed. I can't wait for the next one.
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I was ready to start the Blackberry Pie Murder last week when I realized that if you let the Kindle go to the next story after you finish a story and review it, they skip the holiday books with multiple authors, and I had missed the Gingerbread Cookie Murder which comes between Devil's Food Cake Murder and Cinnamon Roll Murder. So I read this out of order, and still enjoyed it. I was also introduced to two authors new to me and plan to read more of theirs in the future. I also plan to try and bake the Linda Kemp's Chocolate Mousse Cake from Leslie Meier's story The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies. Enjoy! Now it's on to the Blackberry Pie Murder.
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By MJ on November 30, 2014
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This is the second book I read by Joanne Fluke. I purchased the book for a group read but will not be buying any more of her books as they just don't hold my interest. The characters Hannah and Norm are okay but.... Many, many people love her books in fact the group will be reading and discussing two more of her books. Not me.
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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 the end of Fluke's Candy Cane book. I enjoyed all 3 stories, all fun to read.
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