Christmas Cookie Murder – Leslie Meier

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4/5 Christmas Cookie Exchanges

On The Back:

For Lucy Stone, the best thing about Christmas in Tinker’s Cove has always been the annual Cookie Exchange. But the usual generosity and goodwill is missing from this year’s event which turns out to be a complete disaster.

Petty rivalries and feuds that have long been simmering finally come to a boil, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many guests, including Lee Cummings who accuses Tucker Whitney of stealing her recipe for low-fat, sugar-free cookies. But the icing on the cake is when Tucker is found strangled in her apartment on the following morning.

Who could’ve wanted Tucker dead badly enough to kill her? Despite all of the ingredients for danger, Lucy sets out on the trail of a murderer and soon uncovers a Christmas secret best left wrapped.

My Thoughts:

Finally I can cross off the ‘book set during Christmas’ from my library’s reading challenge I’m participating in this year! I feel like I should’ve read one long ago, but for some reason I hadn’t. This book fit the bill!

I really like Lucy, but as I’ve stated in many reviews I cannot stomach her husband. He is atrocious most of the time! I feel like all he does is want dinner, watch TV, and expect Lucy to fix him lunch. It’s frustrating, and I really wish he’d quietly exit the series, but as I know that won’t happen. He remains a black spot on otherwise a pretty good series.

This mystery was absolutely wonderful. Folks, if you want an extremely solid mystery, this is the book for you! Lucy didn’t use badgering tactics when solving the crime and it all just fell into place. The killer took me by absolute surprise.

Overall, a solid book. I will read the next one, but I think I may space it out a bit more than I have with the last few. Recommend.

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