“Gingerbread Cookie Murder” is written by Joanne Fluke. When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbour Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah’s Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that’s as long as her holiday shopping list. “The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies” is written by Laura Levine. Jaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents’ retirement community’s play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he ‘accidentally’ falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor’s jealous lovers was capable of murder. “Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots” is written by Leslie Meier. When Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick’s car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again.
This is what I call a “bonus” book. Not only did it have a wonderfully entertaining story by Joanna Fluke, but two more stories by different authors. All involving GINGERBREAD COOKIES. That is a good thing. These stories take place at the Christmas season and seeing the words on paper just seems to cool down the blistering heat of the 2011 OKLAHOMA DROUGHT. Anything that will take my mine off this heat is a very very good thing.
These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need – especially when there’s a murder to investigate. A new minister is in town to cover for Reverend Bob Knudson, who’s honeymooning with Hannah’s good friend Claire. But when the replacement is found face down in a plate of devil’s food cake with a bullet in his head, Hannah starts asking questions. She soon discovers that the good Reverend wasn’t quite the saintly fellow he appeared to be. It will take some more digging to find the culprit, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly…
I love this series of books because along with a great and humorous murder mystery, the author provides 20-25 yummy recipes for cakes, cookies and any other food that’s mentioned in the story.
I’ve made several of these recipes and wish she (the author) would put together a cook book so all of the recipes would be in one place. Now, to find a recipe you have to go to the book that mentions that particular item and sometimes I bring home the wrong book. But, that’s no great loss, I just make a recipe in that book then go back to the library and check out the correct book.
I recommend this series to anyone that like mysteries, humor and baking. You can’t go wrong.