As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery) by Leslie Budewitz
As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery) Cozy Mystery 5th in Series Midnight Ink (June 8, 2018) Paperback: 288 pages ISBN-13: 978-0738752419 Digital ASIN: B075W25FNF
Erin is one smart cookie, but can she keep the holiday spirit—and herself—alive till Christmas?In Jewel Bay, all is merry and bright. At Murphy's Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily has turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he's been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she's found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there.
Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?Includes delicious recipes!
Christmas holidays, planning a wedding, families coming together - can all add stress to anybody's life. Add in a murder and your holiday lights won't shine as brightly, especially when the bride seems to find herself also in the killer's line of sight.
Erin Murphy should be at her happiest. In less than a month she is marrying the man of her dreams. They have finished the noisy and dusty remodel of their home together. She loves the holiday season and the atmosphere at the Merc, her business. Many elements of family life come together in this wonderful book. It is a season of forgiveness and Erin believes in giving second chances. Her future husband's nervousness about his twin brothers arriving for the wedding is contagious, but Erin is so busy, especially when she adds investigating some money mismanagement and a murder to her ever growing to-Do List, that Erin, who believes in the best in people, and has grown up with a supportive, loving family, has to have faith all will work out in the end.
As it turns out, the end does not come swiftly or via a straight, smooth path. Erin, and the reader, have time to contemplate their own beliefs, faith, trust levels, and family relationships before any chance to walk down a wedding aisle.
Jam packed with spicy twist and turns, this is a delicious addition to an excellent series.
Throw on a carol or two (beware of earworms) and enjoy.
About the Author
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model, and avid bird-watcher.Connect with her on her website, http://www.LeslieBudewitz.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
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