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

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

by Livia J. Washburn

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The Gingerbread Bump-off (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #6) by Livia J. Washburn

As Christmas approaches in Weatherford, Texas, Phyllis Newsom is decorating her house in preparation for the Jingle Bell Tour. The last thing she expects is that one of her ceramic gingerbread men will be used to commit murder....

When her friend Georgia Hallerbee asks Phyllis to have her house featured in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes, Phyllis is equally flattered and flustered. She already has a bridal shower on Christmas Eve and a wedding on New Year’s Eve to prepare for, and she’s been baking gingerbread cookies like they’re going out of style. But like her tasty treats, she rises to the occasion.

Before the tour can even get under way, Phyllis hears a crash on her front porch and makes a gruesome discovery. Someone has broken a decorative gingerbread man over Georgia’s head. Santa’s naughty list just got longer—and with the police baffled, it’s up to Phyllis to catch a half-baked killer...

Includes recipes!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451235916
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Series: Fresh-Baked Mystery Series , #6
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 281,039
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Livia J. Washburn has been a professional writer for more than twenty 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 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. Her two grown daughters are both teachers in her hometown, and she is very proud of them. 

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The Gingerbread Bump-Off: A Fresh-Baked Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
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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harstan More than 1 year ago
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
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not an imposter! And u r the same guthix! Whe u posted the last one disappeared so ha!