The Christmas Cookie Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #3)

The Christmas Cookie Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #3)

by Livia J. Washburn

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It’s Christmastime in Weatherford, Texas, and retired teacher–cum–amateur sleuth Phyllis Newsom has to deal with a cutthroat Christmas bake-off in this festive Fresh-Baked mystery.
Phyllis would like to think she’s entering the Christmas cookie contest just for fun. But that’s not exactly true. She can’t imagine anyone beating her delicate snowflake-shaped lime sugar cookies, although her neighbor Mrs. Simmons’s gingerdoodles might give her a run for her money.
Then, during her annual Christmas cookie exchange, Phyllis heads over to the elderly Mrs. Simmons’s home and finds the poor thing in a pile of lime sugar cookies, strangled by the belt of her own bathrobe. With a number of names on Santa’s naughty suspect list, this case is a cookie Phyllis means to crumble...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451226662
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Series: Fresh-Baked Mystery Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 240,837
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Livia J. Washburn is the national bestselling author of the Fresh-Baked Mysteries and has been a professional writer for more than 20 years. She received the Private Eye Writers of America Award and the American Mystery Award for her first mystery, Wild Night, written under the name L. J. Washburn, and she was nominated for a Spur Award by the Western Writers of America for a novel written with her husband, James Reasoner. She lives with her husband in a small Texas town, where she is constantly experimenting with new recipes.

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The Christmas Cookie Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #3) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and easy to read stories with great recipes, too. I like the main characters. The stories are very well written.
Penguin39 More than 1 year ago
Can hardly wait to try out some of those cookie recipes at the end of the book--especially since my oldest daughter is planning on trying some of them out also. These are some of the most delightful books I have read---I do love the thrillers and mystery books, but it's so nice to have some of the lighter ones that have that mystery involved and yet are also a little bit lighter reading to keep your interest also, and these definitely do all of that.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the midst of her neighborhood's annual Christmas cookie exchange, hostess Phyllis Newsom slips next door to take a plate of cookies to her her home-bound elderly neighbor, Agnes Simmons. Mrs. Simmons takes a fancy to Phyllis's lime sugar cookies cut in the shape of snowflakes and asks Phyllis if she can borrow her cookie cutters. By the time Phyllis finds the cookie cutters, talks to some of her guests, and returns next door, someone else has been there and strangled poor Mrs. Simmons. Was it one of the guests at the cookie exchange? One of the neighbors who didn't attend the exchange? One of Mrs. Simmons children or grandchildren?I found the characters in this series appealing. Phyllis Newsom is a retired school teacher. After her husband's death, she opened her home to three other retired teachers -- another widow, a multiple divorcee, and a widower -- and their different personalities provide an interesting dynamic in the household. Phyllis's son is a sheriff's deputy, so she has a plausible way to find out details of police investigations. The mystery is the weakest element in the book. It was very easy for a seasoned mystery reader to spot the culprit. The author made a half-hearted attempt to throw suspicion on other people, but since the other suspects make only brief appearances, it's hard to take them seriously as suspects. I like the characters well enough to read another book or two in this series, but if the mystery plotting doesn't improve I'm sure I'll eventually tire of it.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Phyllis sets out to find out who killed her next-door neighbor on the day of the Christmas cookie contest. The most obvious suspect is a member of the deceased's family, but Phyllis just doesn't believe that person capable of the heinous act. As she sets out detecting, she unravels all sorts of secrets in the neighborhood. Which is the strongest motive for murder? I'm going to have to try my hand at a batch of the first prize cookies, but you'll have to read the novel yourself to see which those were!
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
This is the first Fresh-Baked Murder and I started the series out-of-order, because I was reading Christmas-themed books in December. The neighborhood Christmas Cookie Swap was a clever vehicle for a murder and its investigation. There are several recipes for foods that were featured in the story and that is a good thing for readers whose taste buds were wishing for tastes! Phyllis and her housemates are an interesting team. Like many a good sleuth, Phyllis uses her listening skills well!
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In Weatherford, Texas, Phyllis Newsome is hosting the annual Christmas Cookie Exchange party, which is a chance for people to relax with others who they rarely if ever socialize with during the year. Mrs. Simmons is unable to attend due to injuries so Phyllis brings a batch of cookies to her. When Mrs. Simmons asks Phyllis to lend her cookie cutters so she can bake some cookie, the host runs home to get them. She returns to find Mrs. Simmons dead the rope from her robe tied around her neck. --- As Phyllis struggles to remove the rope, someone comes up behind her and knocks her unconscious. After a short stint at the hospital, Phyllis returns to the Simmons¿ house to bring the mourning relatives some cookies, but nobody answers her knock. She notices someone peaking from one of the windows so she enters. She meets Mrs. Simmons¿ grandson Randal who was in the attic. The police arrest him for skipping bail on a charge of possession with intent to sell. The homicide evidence points to him also, but Phyllis has doubts he killed his grandma and begins to question the neighbors while the culprit watches her every move. --- If anyone assumes life slows down at sixty, they need to look at Phyllis to change their mind. She has more energy than the Energizer Bunny has. Livia J. Washburn always provides a delicious whodunit with her latest Fresh Baked Mystery a delicious holiday treat as the audience knows what the heroine feels. --- Harriet Klausner