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Publisher's Summary

In this batch of sweet, short murder mysteries, three cooks don’t spoil the broth.

New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke pens the title story, in which a box of Hannah Swensen’s gingerbread cookies is found near the corpse of her neighbor.

Popular co-authors Laura Levine and Leslie Meier offer “The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies” and “Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots”, respectively.

Together, these three cozies will entertain listeners while compelling them to think twice about a cherished holiday treat.

©2010 Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier, Laura Lavine (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Fluke, Levine, and Meier each offer a yuletide whodunit treat.... In Fluke's wry "Gingerbread Cookie Murder," Hannah Swensen of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., wants her neighbor Ernie Kusak to simply lower the volume on his too loud Christmas outdoor display, but she soon discovers Ernie with his head bashed in. In Levine's hilarious "The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies," Jaine Austen's holiday stay at her parents' home in the Tampa Vistas retirement community is enlivened by the murder of elderly lothario Dr. Preston McCay, whose neck gets broken during his star turn in an amateur play called The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Rounding out the volume is Meier's less cheery but poignant "Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots," about Maine reporter Lucy Stone's investigation of a four-year-old boy's disappearance." (Publishers Weekly)

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GingerBread Cookie Murder

Don't waste your time or money on this one. So short, and not of the quality of her other work. Then the other two books are not up to the quality of Fluke. So sorry I wasted my money and a credit on this book.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Jaine Austen holiday fun

This is a review for the Jaine Austen cozy mystery by Laura Levine only.

This short story lasted around 3.5 hours. It included all the things us fans of the series have come to love - humor, a puzzling mystery, and naughty Prozac the cat!

Usually in Jaine's mysteries there are plenty of side stories - her friends' problems, dating, her parents etc. Because this is a short story, there was much less of that, and more focus on the mystery. Jaine is staying with her parents, so we get to see her infamous daddy up close. His battle with the Christmas tree is not to be missed haha!! This story will make you laugh out loud - and it ends with a great twist!

My only complaint is the narrator. She is not the worst, but she's not the one who usually does these stories either. Brittany Pressley is a fantastic narrator - so if you enjoy this story but not the narrator, check out the other stories in this series! The narrator of this one (not Pressley) pauses long and awkwardly and many of the voices sound the same.

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Wasted credit

Very disappointed. Only Joanne's book was worth the listen. The other two authors and narrators just DRAGGED on, especially the second story's narrator, she was so irritating with all those overproduced pauses I couldn't skip it fast enough! Sad to say but I couldn't finish listening to the last two stories. Too slow.

I wish I read the reviews first. What a waste of a credit.

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  • Jody
  • Alsea, OR, United States
  • 06-04-13

Bummer

What disappointed you about Gingerbread Cookie Murder?

That there were other books in this. Joannes book was really short and I didn't want other peoples book i wanted Joannes.

Has Gingerbread Cookie Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

no as long as it is only her book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Toren?

I like Suzanne Toren as narrator.

Any additional comments?

i wasted one of my credits. should have got the next book instead.

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Enjoyed 1/3 of stories

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I didn't look closely enough to realize I was only buying a short book by 3 different authors instead of one long book by Joanne Fluke.

I loved the Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke but the other two authors and especially the narrators were not to my liking. I'm not saying they are bad, they are just not for me. I will continue to purchase books by Joanne Fluke.

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  • Lee
  • long beach, CA, United States
  • 02-05-12

What a fun group of stories!

Would you consider the audio edition of Gingerbread Cookie Murder to be better than the print version?

Great mysteries, humor and Christmas cozy stories. At first I was disappointed that I downloaded a short story book, but soon realized they were just short mystery novels. Loved them all.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor. In all the stories, it was the best part.

Who was the most memorable character of Gingerbread Cookie Murder and why?

Well, I always like the main characters mom. This time she was out there looking for love in all the wrong places, can't tell you more or I will ruin the story.