Welcome to The Gingerbread House, a Victorian home converted to a shop filled with cookie cutters, baking equipment, and, of course, every imaginable color of sparkling sugar. Did I mention the aroma drifting from the store's kitchen? It might be lemon, perhaps ginger, but you can be certain it means decorated cookies are on the way. If this is your first visit, let me introduce you to the owner of the Gingerbread House, Olivia ("everyone calls me Livie") Greyson and her best friend since age ten, Maddie Briggs. Livie's little rescue Yorkshire Terrier, Spunky, guards the sales floor with all the ferocious dedication in his five-pound body, while Livie and Maddie run the business, bake, and decorate cookies. Their lives are busy and fun... until murder stops by for a visit. Again.
Watch for One Dead Cookie, Livie and Maddie's fourth deadly adventure, which hit the shelves on July 2!
Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House—a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie—and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But a dead body on their front porch might put their bake shop in a truly sticky situation...
Olivia is busy baking up special cookies for Maddie's upcoming engagement party when soap star Trevor Lane shows up unexpectedly in town. It soon becomes clear that Trevor, who grew up in the neighboring town of Twiterton, left behind a number of enemies with long memories. Even Trevor's assistant and childhood friend, Dougie, seems to harbor a grudge against him.
Soon after his arrival, Trevor is found dead on The Gingerbread House porch, his handsome face branded with the image of a cookie cutter. When their friend Stacey is implicated in the murder, Olivia and Maddie rush to find the killer. Because it seems someone in Chatterley Heights has a sweet tooth for revenge...
Upcoming Guest Posts:
Take a break and check out my posts on the following blogs:
June 24: Killer Characters
June 30: Mystery Lovers' Kitchen
July 9: Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries and More
July 11: Dru's Book Musings
July 17: Escape with Dollycas into A Good Book
July 24: Killer Characters
July (date TBA): Melina's Book Blog
August 24: Killer Characters
"...another tasty trip to The Gingerbread House... The book's setting is just as delightful as prior books in the series... this is an enjoyable book with believable characters and situations."
—The Season on When the Cookie Crumbles
"Virginia Lowell does it again—she bakes up a satisfying blend of sugar and spice and all things murderous in A Cookie Before Dying. Her second offering in The Cookie Cutter Shop Mysteries is a sweet sequel to Cookie Dough Or Die... This excellent offering will satisfy your sleuth-tooth (and make you hungry for an iced sugar cookie). Well done, Ms. Lowell! Long may you bake up delectable books with toothsome plot twists and tasty characters."
—Sherry Ladig, former writer for the Hungry Mind Bookstore's Fodder newsletter, and current reviewer for Irish Music and Dance Association monthly magazine (St. Paul, MN)
"[Cookie Dough or Die] is exactly the kind of mystery that made me a fan of the genre... It's always a joy to find a new series that has such a solid first outing and contains such promise. There are plenty of possibilities to the story at hand; enough suspects and subplots to make the mystery delightfully twisty, and to sustain suspense until the end. I'm hoping for lots more from this author."
© Virginia Lowell.