Erin is one smart cookie, but can she keep the holiday spirit—and herself—alive till Christmas?
In Jewel Bay, all is merry and bright. At Murphy’s Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily has turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.
When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he’s been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she’s found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?
Includes delicious recipes!
What’s could be better than curling up with a great story about Christmas, cookies, and murder to go with it without having to worry about the snow piling up outside? I love to read holiday-themed stories during the corresponding holiday season, but As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles was a nice break from the heat we’ve had here recently.
When Erin’s new friend ends up strangled, she decides to find the killer and bring him or her to justice. I love the characters and the setting in this series – the story was well thought-out and I couldn’t help but root for Erin, trying to get ready for her wedding and catch a murderer at the same time! The mystery and the other details of Erin’s life compliment each other nicely.
As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles is the fifth book in the Food Lover series. It might be nice to know the characters before you dive in, but you can certainly read this one even if you haven’t read the rest of the series.
About the Author
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model, and avid bird-watcher.
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