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.
Coming in July: Dead Men Don't Eat Cookies
Things are heating up for Olivia Greyson, her best friend, Maddie, and the rest of the crew at The Gingerbread House—until a cold case puts their plans on ice...
Olivia's mom, Ellie, is always cooking up new schemes, but her latest idea has Livie and Maddie especially excited. Ellie's converting an old boarding house into an arts and crafts school—one that, of course, houses a kitchen for those interested in baking. But right as renovations start, the workers discover a pile of bones buried within the boarding house's walls, evidence of a long-forgotten crime.
A silver necklace with a cookie cutter charm is found within the remains, convincing one of the workers that the bones are the remains of her father, who's been missing for over five years. Of course, Livie and Maddie can't resist the allure of investigating. But they're about to discover that digging up the secrets of the past can be deadly dangerous...
"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
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