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Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House--a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie--and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But a dead body on their front porch might put their bake shop in a truly sticky situation... Olivia is busy baking up special cookies for Maddie's upcomOlivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House--a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie--and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But a dead body on their front porch might put their bake shop in a truly sticky situation... Olivia is busy baking up special cookies for Maddie's upcoming engagement party when soap star Trevor Lane shows up unexpectedly in town. It soon becomes clear that Trevor, who grew up in the neighboring town of Twiterton, left behind a number of enemies with long memories. Even Trevor's assistant and childhood friend, Dougie, seems to harbor a grudge against him. Soon after his arrival, Trevor is found dead on The Gingerbread House porch, his handsome face branded with the image of a cookie cutter. When their friend Stacey is implicated in the murder, Olivia and Maddie rush to find the killer. Because it seems someone in Chatterley Heights has a sweet tooth for revenge... ...

Title : One Dead Cookie
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ISBN : 9780425260692
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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One Dead Cookie Reviews

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-05-21 20:45

    3.5 starsMaddie and Lucas are finally getting married and Livie has volunteered to make Maddie's cookie cake. She's pressed for time and worried about a series of local break-ins and neighboring shops. Livie had her hands full with a business to run so has hired a new clerk, a woman named Jennifer Elsworth, who excels at sales but is remarkably terse when it comes to her past. Livie feels uneasy hiring someone so unknown and tries to delve into Jennifer's background. Only Livie's brother Jason can provide the fact Jennie grew up in the next community, Twiterton and had a tough childhood. When the local vet's aunt Len, a former actress, invites a Hollywood celebrity to visit her in Chatterley Heights, the whole town is in a tizzy. Livie is less than impressed with soap star Trevor Lane and only slightly more so with Trevor's handler, Dougie Adair. It seems the pair grew up in Twiterton. Is there a connection to Jennifer, despite a big difference in their ages? When Trevor ends up dead and Livie and Maddie's childhood friend Stacey's ex-husband Wade is accused, Livie and Maddie feel honor bound to solve the mystery and keep the paparazzi from hounding Stacey and her kids.This mystery was a little complicated. I figured out who the murderer was going to be before it happened but I wasn't positive. I had 3 major suspects and one seemed the most likely candidate. I stayed up late finishing the book and wasn't surprised. The "why" turned out to be more complicated than I expected. I thought I knew why Jennifer kept disappearing, especially when Trevor and Dougie showed up, but I guessed wrong. The background to this mystery is rather dark for this light mystery series. The characters in this series are so vivid and seem like the types that live in small towns like Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls). In fact, Lucas is Luke and Lenora Tucker is Miss Patty. The characters you will love to hate are Binnie, the gossip newspaper/blog writer and her niece Ned. Binnie is so rude and obnoxious that I can't believe she isn't in jail. I love how Del is one step ahead of her at times. Del is starting to emerge as a full-fleshed person. He has a wry sense of humor and isn't a romantic but he loves Livie. Their relationship is similar to Ellie and Allan, Livie's mom and stepdad. Allan also appears in this novel instead of being just a mention. He and Ellie are such opposites, it's hard to believe they're married. Ellie sure loves to gossip but it's always well-meant. She seems like she would be flaky because she's a hippie, but she's sharp and perceptive. Maddie's ADHD brain drove me crazy again. She's continually being insensitive and rude but yet Livie loves her. Maddie is not a "hacker" for guessing her best friend's password. I know my best friend's password because she gave it to me but unlike Maddie, I respect her privacy and have only used it sparingly. Maddie is good at searching the Internet but next time, Livie should ask Heather, the librarian to teach her how to search effectively. The new characters are Trevor, Dougie, Howie and Livie and Maddie's friend Stacey. I don't remember Stacey being in the series at all. I know Maddie is usually jealous of Livie's other friends but this time she's friendly with Stacey still. Stacey is a caring and protective woman but seems very different from Maddie and Livie. Like Livie, I wasn't impressed with Trevor and Dougie. I found Trevor sleazy and Dougie not much better for keeping Trevor out of trouble. Their backstory is horrifying and I can't believe they would have gotten away with what they did. Howie is instantly a character I hated. He holds a grudge against his childhood tormentors yet wants to be pals with them. He seems like a nasty, bitter man - Livie's dad refers to Howie as a brilliant sociopath who would do well in the corporate world. That's creepy! Finally, there are recipes in this book! However, one of them is for Ellie's lemon chicken. Why is there a chicken recipe in a book about cookies? Where are Maddie's special lavender/lemon and rose/lemon wedding cookies? Only the rose cookie recipe is included.

    2019-05-16 21:52

    Maddie’s engagement party is just a few days away and finding the dead body of a soap star on the front porch has put quite a crimp into the plans. It seems Trevor Lane grew up just up the road in Twiterton and he left a few enemies behind and time has only let their anger fester. Even Livie and Maddie’s friend Stacy has become a suspect. They have no choice but to use their baking and sleuthing know how to mix up the perfect recipe to catch the real killer.Dollycas’s ThoughtsI absolutely love this series. Livie is trying so hard to make her friend Maddie’s party super special but soon realizes she is in over her head and that’s even before the branded victim is found on the front porch.These characters are so wonderfully written. Their dialogue always rings true. The friendship is the foundation each and every story is built on. People with friendships like Livie’s and Maddie’s are truly blessed.The mystery sure doesn’t crumble, it is plotted perfectly. There are plenty of suspects and I found myself thinking I knew the killer more than once and was wrong every time.Another fantastic story from Virginia Lowell. Can’t wait to see what this smart cookie has up her sleeve for readers next!

  • Sallee
    2019-05-04 23:49

    This is the first one in the Cookie Cutter Mystery series that I've read. I enjoyed it very much. Very much like many cozy stories, it still had a great plot and very zany characters. We have the main character, her law enforcement love interest and her silly but sweet best friend who,against the law enforcement wishes, delves into solving the murder. The victim, left on Olivia's (main character) front porch of her business, The Gingerbread House is a soap opera hunk who is visiting. Because he had a cookie cutter brand on his face, Olivia feels she must find out who is responsible. I have read so many cozies that I notice little errors in proof reading. At dinner at Olivia's mother's house they start out having cabernet sauvignon and all of a sudden it becomes merlot. There were a few others so maybe the author's proof readers need to do a better job. No big deal though as the story was well paced and kept my interest. I plan to read more of this series.

  • AngryGreyCat
    2019-05-18 02:49

    One Dead Cookie is the fourth book in a Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery. I really enjoy this series. The main character, Olivia owns the shop and lives above it with her dog. She is busy dealing with baking for her best friend Maddie’s engagement party. The party gets wilder when a B list celebrity arrives and the murder occurs. The murder is connected to people who stayed in the area and to an old unsolved crime. On top of the murder, there are other smaller crimes occurring muddying the waters. I really do enjoy this series, but I will say this was not my favorite it it so far. I am looking forward to reading the next one nonetheless.

  • Sue Ross
    2019-04-24 18:49

    e final (for now) book in the series has Maddie and Lucas preparing for their wedding. It's non stop baking in the shop for Livie and Maddie. When a dead soap star ends up with one of their cookies stuffed in his mouth and a cookie cutter brand on his cheek, questions begin to surface. Did one of the bakers or their new hire kill him or was it whoever is breaking in to various stores? If you want to find out, you'll have to read the book.

  • Teresa
    2019-05-19 00:54

    2.5 starsJust a so so read. Really didn't like any of the characters and the plot was pretty weak.

  • Taylor
    2019-04-30 19:58

    normally I really like the antics that Olivia and Maddie get up to but all I can say about this book is it was dreadfully boring. the murder was boring and didn't happen until halfway through the book and then the rest of the book was endless baking for Maddie ' s engagement party like wholly hell how many cookies do you need for one event. also if you stopped feeding them to people you wouldn't have to be staying up until 3am baking more. this was not an enjoyable read for me at all

  • Julie
    2019-04-28 22:53

    These are fun.

  • Sherrie
    2019-05-14 20:00

    A little slow at first and it did seem to be slow as well and then it turn out better but not till the middle of the book. I am hoping the next one in this series moves at a faster pace.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-05-10 01:38

    This fourth novel in the series of 'A Cookie Cutter Store Mystery,' finds Olivia Greyson, her dog, Spunky, and best friend, Maddie preparing and testing cookies for Maddie's up-coming engagement party. With only one week to prepare, Olivia was trying to create the a new and special cookie to make the Wedding Cookie Cake from. Maddie? Well, she is trying to convince Olivia to let her assist, after all, it is her party! The two ladies are best friends, having been in each other's lives since the age of ten. Olivia had wanted to make this project her 'gift' to the couple but quickly realizes that Maddie's talent is needed. Spunky is around to protect and sample!This novel is a cozy and it is truly written as one. There are recipes and romance and humor with quirky characters, however that is not the only plot going on...there are crimes, murder of soap opera stars, and suspense...Maddie hired a young woman, Jennifer Ellsworth, without references other than she 'knows' cookie cutters. What is her story?Who and why are Lady Chatterly's and the local bank attacked? Nothing seems to be missing or stolen?Really? Resting actress Lenora Dove has two Hollywood names coming to visit the elder star? Both having been football players in the next town of Twiterton? Really?Then a body is found on the porch of the Gingerbread House? What on earth is going on and why pick Olivia's store and home?It takes the combined efforts of Olivia, Maddie, Spunky, Olivia's family, and Del Jenkins, Sheriff to solve the questions and snare the culprit. You will not only enjoy the journey but yell 'Go ...' well you really didn't expect me to tell you the ending did you? Believe me that this is a comfy cozy murder mystery and I am looking forward to the next volume.

  • Drebbles
    2019-05-14 02:31

    Olivia Greyson is busy running The Gingerbread House but she has even more things on her plate these days - her best friend and coworker Maddie is getting married and Olivia is trying to find the perfect cookie recipe for the engagement party. She is working night and day on arrangements for the party and the last thing she needs is to be interrupted but when soap star Trevor Lane is murdered and his body left on the porch of The Gingerbread House Olivia finds herself involved in the case. Can Olivia, with the help of Maddie, solve this case in time for Maddie to enjoy her engagement party?"One Dead Cookie" is the tasty fourth book in Virginia Lowell's A Cookie Cutter Shop cozy mystery series. I had not read any of the other books in the series but I never felt lost regarding the characters or setting while reading this book. The cookie cutter shop setting is an interesting one (I'm not sure if a business like that would survive in real life but it works perfectly as a setting for a cozy mystery). The setting made me hungry - I'm not a huge cookie fan but my mouth was watering as Olivia and Maddie were constantly eating cookies (they apparently survive on cookies and very little sleep!). Olivia and Maddie are nicely done characters but, although the book is from Olivia's viewpoint, Maddie seemed a bit stronger as a character. Lowell does a great job of portraying life in a small town where everybody knows everybody else's business or so they think. The mystery itself is well plotted with a few surprises - I just wish Lowell had had a different ending for one of the most interesting characters in the book."One Dead Cookie" is a delicious cozy mystery.

  • Angela
    2019-04-30 23:41

    One Dead Cookie is book four in Virginia Lowell's Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery series. Olivia (Livie) and her best friend and Business Partner, Maddie are crazy busy preparing for Maddie's fabulous engagement bash to handsome hunk Lucas with a gorgeous garden themed cookie extravaganza!! But they get sidetracked when a celebrity if found murdered and branded by a cookie cutter on their front porch and one of their close friends is suspected of murder. As the stories surface, the girls find out that Movie Star Trevor had made numerous enemies and the number of potential suspects begins to add up quickly!! Add to all of this, the mysterious activities of their newest employee and the vicious rumors of the unprofessional Binnie and her gossip blog and you have a lot of different rabbit holes to fall down! I really enjoyed reuniting with the Chatterly Heights cozy community!! I still think Livie and Maddie eat enough cookies to weigh about 300 pounds and they never ever sleep, but it keeps things interesting, LOL!! Overall, I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next one!!

  • ❂ Jennifer
    2019-05-22 18:40

    Just so-so.I really like to the two main characters, Olivia and Maddie. And Olivia's mother is a joy. The dialogue between these three is really well written and there are more than a few good one-liners. Del is sweet and I think he could be a great character if he was around more.The plot of the mystery, at it's bones, was well done. Old clues, new clues, lots of suspects and an ending that wasn't the total cliched "cozy ending number 2". I liked the ending.So what was the problem? The story just didn't flow well at all. It felt disjointed and clunky; disorganised. And while I'm an animal lover to an extreme, if I had to hear one more time about Spunky's days on the "mean streets of Baltimore" or his begging eyes I was gonna scream. It was too much.If the next book came out right now, I wouldn't pick it up. We'll see how I feel X months from now when it does come out.

  • Crys
    2019-04-27 01:51

    I loved this - Olivia and Maddie are back...and this time, it's personal.Okay, it's not really personal. But someone does leave a dead body on the porch of The Gingerbread House, so in a way it is personal.Anywho...I adored the story and the pacing and the dialogue between Olivia and Maddie. These ladies are definitely on my list for friendship goals. Maddie and Lucas are getting married, Olivia and Del are cuter than ever, and a famous dead man is left on The Gingerbread House's porch one night. That's a lot of plot, and it's developed nicely. The story kept me engaged, and the ending was a bit of a surprise, which I love.Looking forward to the next.

  • Emilia
    2019-05-03 02:53

    as much as I love cozies, this one started so slow and strange... it was hard to keep on reading and I thought I'd give it up altogether... I kept reading though - not sure, but probably because of the adorable Yorkie ;) - and what a surprise - about halfway through the action started :) and it turned out to be gripping, funny at times, kept me guessing which one of the main suspects (a bunch of 3 ;))did it. overall - a good read. but a bit hard to stick around long enough to get to the best part ;)

  • Connie
    2019-05-02 18:46

    Still like the characters and cookies, but this one took too long to get to the murder and solved it fast and a bit disoriented, would have liked a little more info into the murder, suspects and history. Too much other stuff going on in the first of the book that I had a hard time getting into this one and I was wondering if there was even a murder mystery plot in the book at all, which is too bad since I really enjoyed the first three books of this series. Hope the author can get back on track with her first three books and this was just a hard one to write, I'm hoping.

  • Kathy Bryson
    2019-05-05 01:53

    What I like most about this series is the wealth of supporting characters with their own eccentricities and quirks. The setting has the feel of a small town inhabited by real people, including those really odd ones that we shake our heads over and say 'you wouldn't believe me if I told you!' Read this for the aging actress alone and you'll get your money's worth!

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-10 23:35

    Liked it because of the characters (I've read all of the previous ones in the series) but this entry was a bit more confusing than the others. The first half of the book sets up a lot of red herrings before the murder even happens. Then the second half consists of more red herrings until everything wraps up suddenly. Not my favorite of the series.

  • Lynn Demsky
    2019-05-01 00:42

    This was a wonderful, fun, cozy-mystery lead! A well written, well plotted story about a little town and it’s cookie bake shop! The townspeople are often funny – fit well in the story and the main character has a cute little Yorkie that helps with all the twists and turns!

  • Peggy
    2019-05-09 19:51

    I enjoyed story line. I have read many reviews that are down right nasty saying the next books was worse than the last. I have to say I disagree.I found myself trying to guess what was happening. I was judging people by their actions but I would never guess the final ending.

  • Mylovely1
    2019-05-10 23:44

    It makes me feel that I am ...Not the LONE Cookie Cutter Adore-Rhar-Ohr! For all the reasons that the store owner lists for loving cookie cutters, that being wonderful childhood memories/associations &

  • Marie
    2019-05-23 23:43

    The more I read of this series the better I like it. In this latest book the plot is so twisted you honestly don't know 'who done it' till the last pages. Mystery, a touch of romance and witty charaters made this a very enjoyable read.

  • Kate
    2019-05-22 02:37

    Not my favorite of the series and it bothered me that Olivia basically let Maddie make her own wedding cake, when it was supposed to be Olivia's gift. Still, it was fun to check in with Spunky and read about cookie cutters, and I hope this series continues.

  • Deb Sharp
    2019-05-01 01:38

    A fun and most enjoyable seriesI found this book a little slow to get into, but once the actual murder had taken place, and the many suspects started to emerge I became completely hooked. I didn't want to put my book down.

  • Nicole Cadet
    2019-05-04 20:35

    A by the numbers cosy mystery that spent far too much time having the characters make lists of potential suspects and motives. I just felt that this book dragged in several points and I think the other books in this series have been much more interesting and better written.

  • Darlene Ferland
    2019-05-13 23:57

    Now I have to wait for the next book in the series. .. . I love cookies but never noticed cutters before I began the series. Sunday I was in Wilmington, Vermont and I was seeing cookie cutters everywhere I went. One Dead Cookie was a fun and interesting read.

  • Sarah Adamson
    2019-04-23 23:40

    This is a great cozy mystery - although not for anyone trying to eat healthier! Cookies cookies cookies!!As with other books in the series, some gentle fun, cookies and cookie cutters, some local history and a great mystery with fun twist and turns to keep you going until the end!

  • Lesley
    2019-04-26 20:52

    Good mystery to deaf in the pool today!

  • Kay Wright
    2019-04-25 20:45

    Read this, can't even remember it from reading the description.

  • Kebek
    2019-05-19 23:00

    super cute!