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Cookie Dough or Die by Virginia Lowell

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Cover art: Cookie Dough or Die Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Cookie Dough or Die - 1st in the Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery series
Author: Virginia Lowell
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-24067-0
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New England Chatterly Heights
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Virginia's Website/Blog: None found


Livvie Grayson has recently moved back to her home town and opened a cookie cutter shop, which is full of cookie cutters, of course, but also kitchen antiques, cookbooks, aprons and more. She really loves her business. She likes having her best friend Maddie work with her. Livvie has really enjoyed developing a relationship of friendship and confidant with her business mentor, Clarisse Chamberlain.

Their growing friendship is extinguished suddenly. Not by something as trivial as an argument, but by death, and it seems to Livvie that she is just about the only one who thinks Clarisse’s death isn’t suspicious but suspicious.

She won’t rest until she knows exactly what happened to her dear friend. Even if it means finding out some not-so-pleasant things about Maddie’s new love interest, or one of Livvie’s old school friends. Even if it means she defies Del, the sheriff, and puts herself in danger. She will not let a murderer go free.

My thoughts took amazing turns at being conflicted…I had a difficult time connecting with Livvie and at times the story. LIvvie has the need to control, to be right. That and her impatience over powered some of her positive attributes. But once I had that connection I held tight.

Yes, there are positives! Ms. Lowell has assembled a cast that I can visualize clearly and picture them growing with each installment to this series. The author also created a tightly puzzled mystery that consisted of secret upon secret yet when the perp was finally caught she tied up virtually every loose string.

I will definitely be on the lookout for the next in this series to see where Ms. Lowell takes it.

Happy reading!
Connie

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