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.
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 when a stunning antique cookie cutter collection leads to murder, things get a bit too hot to handle...
After a brief vacation to escape the summer heat, Olivia returns home to find the safe at her beloved store stuffed with unfamiliar cookie cutters. The cutters are part of a priceless set owned by former local Greta Oskarson, who has returned home after fifty years in the hopes that Olivia will broker their sale.
But before Olivia can sell a single piece, Greta turns up dead. Though the cause of death appears natural, something is not quite right—between Greta's mysterious past and her long list of enemies, Olivia suspects murder. And with Sheriff Del Jenkins away, it's up to Olivia and Maddie to sift through the cookie cutters and the clues before the killer claims another victim...
"Four stars! The dynamic duo of Olivia and Maddie returns in the fifth installment of this fun mystery series. These two friends, with their uncanny wit and charm, find themselves in the middle of another murder, and readers will be flipping the pages to find out what happens next."
—RT Book Reviews on Cookies and Scream
"Sentiment, humor, and cookies blend together in this sweet mystery that shines with characters who genuinely support one another and appreciate the eccentricities that make them all so unique."
—Kings River Life on Cookies and Scream
"Learning the history of cookie cutters was fascinating and fun to read. I could imagine tasting all the scrumptious cookies... I can't wait for my next adventure with Olivia and Maddie in The Gingerbread House."
—A Cozy Girl Reads on Cookies and Scream
"Lowell is great at storytelling and she has build a world of very enjoyable characters, especially with such a fun duo of Olivia and Maddie."
—Lily Pond Reads on Cookies and Scream
© Virginia Lowell.