Author: Livia J. Washburn
Title: The Christmas Cookie Killer
Series: 3rd in A Fresh-Baked Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Trade Size Paperback
Book From: Library
My Rating: 4.5
Date Started: Dec 29, 2009
Date Finished: Dec 31, 2009
I love this series so much.. I love these characters.. I find myself completely drawn into their world.
Four retired school teachers all live together in a big house... Some widowed, some divorced.. 3 women/1 man and 2 are cooks who like to compete against each other in various cooking contests throughout the year. :)
In this book the cooking contest is for cookies.. Sure did make my mouth water!!
I also tried the recipe for corn bread that was used in the story for their Christmas diner.. it was so good that my family was fighting over leftovers ahead of time ;)
Description from the publisher:
It's Christmastime in Weatherford, Texas, and retired teacher-cum-amateur sleuth Phyllis Newsom is looking forward to finishing up what has been one unlucky year. But she won't be hanging up her apron quite yet, because this year's Christmas bake-off is going to be cutthroat.
Phyllis would like to think she's just entering the Christmas cookie contest for fun. But that's not exactly true. She's can't imagine anyone beating her delicate, snowflake-shaped lime sugar cookies--although her friend Carolyn's pecan shortbread, along with her neighbor Mrs. Simmons's gingerdoodles, might give her a run for her money.
Then, after her annual Christmas cookie exchange, Phyllis heads over to elderly Mrs. Simmons's home and finds the poor thing in a pile of lime sugar cookies, strangled by the belt of her own bathrobe. With a number of names on Santa's naughty list, this case is a cookie Phyllis means to crumble..