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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles








As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery)

by Leslie Budewitz


About the Book




As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

5th in Series

Midnight Ink (June 8, 2018)

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0738752419

Digital ASIN: B075W25FNF




Erin is one smart cookie, but can she keep the holiday spirit—and herself—alive till Christmas?

In Jewel Bay, all is merry and bright. At Murphy's Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily has turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.

When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he's been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she's found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?

Includes delicious recipes!

What I Thought:

This is my second visit to Jewel Bay and the Merc and this visit was even better than my first visit.  This story captured my attention from the beginning and kept it throughout, maybe because it was about Christmas.  This book was very well written with great dialogue and banter between the characters.  The setting was great, and because it is set during Christmas, even though it is June, that made the book even better.  Erin is getting ready to marry the man of her dreams when bad girl turned good, Merrily comes to town.  She has been shunned by her parents and is suspected of stealing from her boss, but she is found dead with a string of lights around her neck.  Erin has to solve he murder to save the Christmas holiday and also because her wedding nuptials are coming up.  I look forward to reading more in this series, and am definitely going to go back and read the others in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.



About the Author




Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural

medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model, and avid bird-watcher.

Connect with her on her website, http://www.LeslieBudewitz.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


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