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One Dead Cookie
Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery #4
Virginia Lowell

Berkley Prime Crime
July 2013/ 978-0-425-26069-2

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Olivia Greyson is going full steam ahead with baking cookies for her best friend Maddie's engagement party. Olivia owns her own cookie shop, The Gingerbread House, so baking cookies is her forte. When soap opera actor Trevor Lane comes to Chatterley Heights, trouble rears its ugly head.

Trevor left many a resident with a bad taste in their mouths. Not even Olivia's sweet cookies could take that away. With grudges against him all over town, Trevor is murdered. He's found dead outside The Gingerbread House, with a cookie cutter image of a judge's gavel burned into his cheek. There are more suspects than chocolate chips in most cookies. Who is the killer, and why did they kill him and leave his body on The Gingerbread House porch?

This is such an enjoyable series. I love Olivia's little Yorky, whose name is Spunky. Olivia and Maddie's friendship is special and strong. Their good friend Stacey is a suspect and the best friends know they have to clear her name…and while they are at it, stop the killer from striking again.

I found this to be a fast and fun read, appropriate for teens and adults. I was surprised that of the two recipes in the back, only one is for cookies. The other is for a chicken dish. Nevertheless, be prepared to want to bake some cookies, or at the very least, have some delicious cookies on hand to munch on while you read.

Reviewed 2013