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When the Cookie Crumbles (A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2012
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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"Olivia is a charming lead and Chatterley Heights will entice cozy readers who like the drama and close-knit relationships in small towns."—RT Book Reviews
"Fans of Joanne Fluke or of Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery mysteries will enjoy this new culinary mystery series."—The Season for Romance
"Follow this author! You will not be disappointed."—Sherry Ladig, Irish Music and Dance Association magazine
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I am looking forward to more books in this series. Enjoy !
"When the Cookie Crumbles" is another tasty trip to The Gingerbread House where Livie and Maddie cook up delicious and beautiful cookies to sell along with vintage cookie cutters and everything you need to make your own decorated cookies. The book's setting is just as delightful as prior books in the series, and the characters have mellowed and are comfortable with their lives in the Baltimore suburb of Chatterley Heights. Livie is a wonderful main character. She is kind, bubbly, and full of energy and optimism. With help from her rescue Yorkie, Spunky, Livie gives her boyfriend Sheriff Del Jenkins a hand in solving a murder in their town.Read more ›
I enjoyed the characters in this cozy. There was a good variety of personality types, and the characters acted in realistic ways to the different situations. Olivia was a sensible gal who handled people well and was likable. The details about cookie decorating and cookie cutters were described well enough to give a feel for what went into the job and and for the reader see the main character's passion for them but without so much detail that it slowed the story.
The suspense was created by relationship tensions and from wondering whodunit. The mystery was interesting and kept me reading to see what the next clue would be. I did finally settle on whodunit shortly before the big reveal, but I couldn't figure out the motive and I'm still not sure I follow whodunit's reasoning (though I don't think whodunit's reasoning was supposed to be logic).
There was a minor amount of explicit bad language. There were no sex scenes (though plenty of past affairs were mentioned). Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
Virginia Lowell has done it again! She manages to pull off a smart, funny,exciting trip to Chatterley Heights, where murder definitely wasn't on the plans for the small town's 250th anniversary celebration. Despite an officious mayor, a full schedule of cookie baking and event planning and a cookie cutter shop to run, Olivia Greyson lands herself smack-dab in the middle of a murder investigation, when a returned aristocratic black sheep turns up to claim the family mansion just in time for the town's celebration, and ends up 'accidently' drowned in his clawfoot tub....or was it accidental? Plenty of town residents have reason for Paine Chatterley to be silent...forever. Blackmail, sordid pasts,illicit affairs,lost children, and a very valuable cookie cutter collection hidden in his mansion: all add up to one sweet murder investigation (with plenty of decorated iced cookies in the bargain; all that sleuthing works up an appetite!). The colorful cast of returning characters, including Sheriff Del, mom Ellie, sidekick Maddie, and little Spunky the Yorkie terrier reprise their supporting roles in fine fettle. As in her previous mysteries, the ending has enough twist in the plot to surprise and delight. I haven't had so much fun reading a mystery since I was thirteen, swinging on the summer porch with a Nancy Drew mystery in one hand and a glass of lemonade in the other. This is Nancy Drew for grownups. It is immensely satisfying to have read three of Virginia Lowell's books, and know there will be MORE to come. Well done,Virginia! --(review by Sherry Ladig, reviewer for the Irish Music and Dance Association's column, The Bookcase)
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