Maryland is all decked out as Victorian London during the
Christmas season. They are having a Dickens of a Holiday festival,
and during a private tea party, all of the volunteers are
in costume. Val Deniston is hosting a private tea party for
the volunteers where almost everyone has a themed costume.
One guest arrives dressed as the Ghost of Christmas Presents
and leaves bags of mystery presents for those seated at the
same table as Santa. This Santa is rude and no one likes him.
The creepy costumed visitor did not speak and no one knew
who it could be. Santa opened his bag first, and dove into
the gingerdead man cookie he found inside. A gingerdead man
with a skeleton head and bones made of icing. It was like
the cookies they’d had at Halloween, and soon enough
Santa keels over.
Val’s grandad fancies himself a private investigator
and he and Val set out to get to the truth of the cookie killer
before he or she strikes again.
This is a good holiday-themed mystery with interesting characters,
an intriguing plot, and a charming setting. The sleuthing
duo of Val and Grandad are fun and I was tracking clues along
with them. “Gingerdead Man” would make a great
Christmas or holiday gift for your cozy mystery-loving friends,
but don’t forget to be good to yourself and get your
There are also some recipes for yummy desserts, cider, and
a chicken casserole at the back of the book. The cover is
perfect and the gingerdead man cookies made me chuckle.
I sure did!