Fresh Baked Mysteries, No 6
Livia J. Washburn
Nov 2011/ 978-0-451-23483-4
Mystery / Cozy
by Laura Hinds
has her hands full trying to help one of her tenants and best friends,
Eve Turner, get ready for her bridal shower and wedding. It’s
also almost Christmas, but when at the last minute Georgia Hallerbee
asks Phyllis to add her house to the annual Jingle Bell tour, Phyllis
can’t help but say yes.
having another tenant, her friend Sam, help her get old decorations
out of storage, buy new ones and then with plenty of other hands
assisting, she is happy to see her home all decked out for the tour.
Yet the night of the tour gets off to an awful start when Georgia
shows up early and is murdered! She’s killed right on Phyllis’
front porch when she is bashed over the head with a large ceramic
gingerbread man that was part of the display.
There is a
whole host of suspects, and since she has helped solve previous
murders, it is almost expected that she will get involved with this
investigation. Phyllis doesn’t want to do so, but this murder
is literally committed on her doorstep, and while setting out to
collect money for flowers for Georgia’s funeral, she questions
many of the suspects herself. Truth be told, that is what she wanted
to do, but when the flower collection idea popped up, she ran with
it. Lucky for her, she has Sam watching her back and being with
her almost every step of the way.
As a fan of
this series, I always look forward to finding out what Phyllis and
her tenants will be up to next. There’s never a dull moment,
but if there is even a lull in the action, Phyllis and or Carolyn
(another tenant, and Phyllis baking rival in contests) will cook
up a new cookie, pie or other dessert recipe. There are always several
recipes at the back of the book, after the mystery is solved.
I also like
that the main characters are retirees who have found their way into
later-in-life friendships and a dash of romance is thrown in now
and then. Phyllis and Sam have a sweet relationship, and in this
book, Eve’s upcoming nuptials are almost as front and center
as the murder.
cooking fans, young and old and middle-aged readers will all get
a kick out of this book. It’s well written, moves along smoothly
and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing as to motive
and murderer until the end. This is a great Christmas season read,
and would be a lovely holiday gift for anyone who loves to read
a good seasonal mystery.