The Gingerbread Bump-off (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #6)

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Overview

A Christmas killer has been icing Phylis Newsom's friends in the sixth Fresh-Baked mystery.

Not only will Phyllis Newsom's house be featured in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes, she also has a Christmas Eve bridal shower and a New Year's Eve wedding to bake goodies for. But like her tasty treats, she rises to the occasion.

Before the tour gets under way, Phyllis makes a gruesome discovery on her porch: someone has tried to kill ...

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Overview

A Christmas killer has been icing Phylis Newsom's friends in the sixth Fresh-Baked mystery.

Not only will Phyllis Newsom's house be featured in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes, she also has a Christmas Eve bridal shower and a New Year's Eve wedding to bake goodies for. But like her tasty treats, she rises to the occasion.

Before the tour gets under way, Phyllis makes a gruesome discovery on her porch: someone has tried to kill her friend. As Santa's naughty list gets longer, Phyllis tries to catch a half-baked killer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Washburn’s engaging sixth mystery starring retired teacher and baker Phyllis Newsom (after 2010’s The Pumpkin Muffin Murder), an old friend of Phyllis’s, civic booster Georgia Hallerbee, drops in at Phyllis’s “lovely old house” in Weatherford, Tex., and asks her to participate in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes. A reluctant Phyllis is busy preparing for a bridal shower and a wedding, but when her special friend, former basketball player Sam Fletcher, says he’ll lend a hand, she agrees to put her house on the tour. Meanwhile, gingerbread cookies may be burning in the oven. Shortly after this meeting, on Phyllis’s porch, someone smashes Georgia over the head with a ceramic gingerbread man dressed as Mrs. Claus, with fatal results. Once again, Phyllis turns sleuth in a cozy distinguished by its appealing characters and mouthwatering recipes. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In her sixth adventure, Phyllis Newsom (Killer Crab Cakes) and the fellow retired teachers who share her large Texas home pitch in to solve the murder of the Jingle Bell Tour of Homes coordinator. A solid cozy with capable senior sleuths and comfort-food recipes.
Kirkus Reviews
An amateur sleuth's Christmas plans are upset by murder. Something's cooking among the boarders in Phyllis Newsome's home in Weatherford, Texas. Eve Turner is soon to marry Roy Porter. Her wedding plans are keeping Phyllis and Carolyn Wilbarger, another boarder, especially busy baking for Christmas and the upcoming nuptials. When local accountant Georgia Hallerbee asks Phyllis to decorate her house and become a stop on the Jingle Bell home tour, she reluctantly agrees. But Georgia pays the price for her initiative by getting attacked on her front porch with Phyllis' ceramic gingerbread man. Phyllis ignores a police warning and starts sleuthing with the help of Sam Fletcher, yet another boarder. A little investigation shows that several people were angry with Georgia over tax matters, but they all seem to have alibis. Once Georgia dies without regaining consciousness, Phyllis redoubles her efforts to solve the crime before Christmas. Washburn's Fresh Baked series (The Christmas Cookie Killer, 2008, etc.) continues to feature competent mysteries, likable characters and the obligatory recipes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451234834
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/26/2011
  • Series: Fresh-Baked Mystery Series , #6
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 841,758
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Livia J. Washburn is the pseudonym of an author who lives with her husband and two daughters in Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Another author in a series with receipes

    While I like this type of mystery some of them are too easy and I usually have the killer and I am correct all the time. This was no exception. I ahd the killer figured out in the first 3rd of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    An entertaining whodunit

    With Christmas a few days away, Phyllis Newsom is busier than usual because her close friend and tenant (in her home) Eve Turner is marrying to a man she met on Facebook. Phyllis hosts the Christmas Eve bridal shower, bakes for the New Year's Eve wedding and has her house featured in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes. Because she can't say no to her buddy, she and her only male friend Sam Fletcher scramble with baking holiday treats especially a gingerbread couple as Mr. and Mrs. Klaus.

    On the night of the Home Tour, Phyllis hears something break so she goes to look. An unknown culprit took one of the gingerbread displays and cracked it on the skull of Georgia; placing the woman in a coma until she dies. Eve expects Phyllis to investigate as the baker has solved murder cases before (see The Pumpkin Muffin Murder). Once again unable to refuse, Phyllis begins to look into the homicide that has the police baffled while she also asks Sam to help her.

    The latest Fresh-Baked Mysteries contains energetic senior citizens working the case, baking the treats, and hosting the tour and wedding. This character driven amateur sleuth is fun to follow as everyday people like Phyllis attempt extraordinary activities. Although she should have just said no, Phyllis questions various people before putting the recipe for murder together in entertaining whodunit.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Fun characters and an easy read. I read this book first before

    Fun characters and an easy read. I read this book first before I realized it was a series. I liked it a lot, so I bought the rest of the series. I have now finished the first three in three days because I enjoy them so much. I can't wait to make some of the recipes.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

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    Phyllis Newsom has just finished up Thanksgiving and is getting

    Phyllis Newsom has just finished up Thanksgiving and is getting ready for Christmas and a bridal shower for her friend Eve who is marrying the mysterious Roy Porter that no one knows much about. Phyllis gets contacted by her friend Georgia Hallerbee who runs the Christmas Jingle Bell Tours* and invites Phyllis to join at the last second as someone else dropped out. While the tour is beginning at other homes Georgia stops by Phyllis home and gets attcked by a gingerbread man statue dressed up as Ms. Claus.

    Phyllis finds herself at odds with CJBT* group as they want her to solve the mystery and release details of her friend Georgia and Phyllis won't. Phyllis wants to let the police do their job and not investigate the murder, even if it did happen on her front porch.

    This book had no shortage of who could have possibly wacked Georgia. The most simplest explanation was the one that didn't come up til the end of the book. I loved it and I loved reading more about the relationship between Phyllis and Sam I really enjoy the spark those two have together!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Tori

    Im not an imposter! And u r the same guthix! Whe u posted the last one disappeared so ha!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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