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As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (Food Lovers' Village Series #5)

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As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (Food Lovers' Village Series #5)
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"Budewitz's finely drawn characters, sharp ear for dialogue, and well-paced puzzle make Jewel Bay a destination for every cozy fan."—Kirkus Reviews

"Clean-as-a-whistle dialogue, endearing characters, and a solid plot make this cozy a winner."—Publishers Weekly

"Cozy readers will relish the small-town,Christmastime frame accompanying details of frenzied wedding planning and running a family food business. And, of course, recipes, too."—Booklist

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!

Praise for the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries:

"A lighthearted and amusing story with the added bonus of several yummy recipes."—Mystery Scene

"Treble at the Jam Festhas all the necessary elements to satisfy cozy mystery lovers: likeable, believable characters, a fast-moving plot, and a logical ending. Great fun!"—Suspense Magazine

"A pleasing read with a thoughtful heroine, a plethora of red herrings, and some foodie tips."—Kirkus Reviews

"A delicious mystery as richly constructed as the layers of a buttery pastry. Wine, enchiladas, and song make for a gourmet treat in the coziest town in Montana!"—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries

"Leslie is a fellow foodie who loves a good mystery and it shows in this delightful tale!"—Cleo Coyle, New York Timesbestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries

"Music, food, scenery and a cast of appealing characters weave together in perfect harmony in Leslie Budewitz's latest book."—Sheila Connolly, author of the Orchard Mysteries and the County Cork Mysteries

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"Budewitz's finely drawn characters, sharp ear for dialogue, and well-paced puzzle make Jewel Bay a destination for every cozy fan."—Kirkus Reviews

"Clean-as-a-whistle dialogue, endearing characters, and a solid plot make this cozy a winner."—Publishers Weekly

"Cozy readers will relish the small-town,Christmastime frame accompanying details of frenzied wedding planning and running a family food business. And, of course, recipes, too."—Booklist

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!

Praise for the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries:

"A lighthearted and amusing story with the added bonus of several yummy recipes."—Mystery Scene

"Treble at the Jam Festhas all the necessary elements to satisfy cozy mystery lovers: likeable, believable characters, a fast-moving plot, and a logical ending. Great fun!"—Suspense Magazine

"A pleasing read with a thoughtful heroine, a plethora of red herrings, and some foodie tips."—Kirkus Reviews

"A delicious mystery as richly constructed as the layers of a buttery pastry. Wine, enchiladas, and song make for a gourmet treat in the coziest town in Montana!"—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries

"Leslie is a fellow foodie who loves a good mystery and it shows in this delightful tale!"—Cleo Coyle, New York Timesbestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries

"Music, food, scenery and a cast of appealing characters weave together in perfect harmony in Leslie Budewitz's latest book."—Sheila Connolly, author of the Orchard Mysteries and the County Cork Mysteries

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Product Details
Sales Rank:
28,091
Pages:
288
Publication Date:
06/08/2018
Series:
Food Lovers' Village Series , #5
ISBN13:
9780738752419
Product Dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x0.80(d)
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
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About the Author

Leslie Budewitz is passionate about food, great mysteries, and her native Montana, the setting for her national-bestselling Food Lovers Village Mysteries. The first, Death al Dente, won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. She also writes the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle's Pike Place Market. A practicing lawyer, Leslie is the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. A past president of Sisters in Crime, Leslie loves to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint—not necessarily in that order. She lives with her husband, Don Beans, a doctor of natural medicine and musician, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.

Visit her online at www.LeslieBudewitz.com, where you can find maps of the village and surrounding area, recipes, and more.

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Editorial Reviews
04/30/2018
In Agatha Award–winner Budewitz’s inviting fifth Food Lovers’ Village mystery (after 2017’s Treble at the Jam Fest), Merrily Thornton returns home to Jewel Bay, Mont., after a nearly two-decade absence, which included a short stint in prison for pleading guilty to embezzlement from Sally Grimes’s children’s shop, where she worked part-time in high school. With the exception of her mother, most of the townsfolk welcome Merrily back; she’s even hired to help with the books at her school chum Greg Taylor’s building supply store. But when the store’s bank deposit comes up short and a stash of cash is found in Merrily’s desk drawer, it appears she hasn’t learned her lesson. When she’s found murdered, it looks as if someone decided to teach her one. Erin Murphy, the manager of Murphy’s Glacier Mercantile, takes time to investigate, even though her greatly anticipated Christmas Eve wedding to Adam Zimmerman is just three weeks away. Clean-as-a-whistle dialogue, endearing characters, and a solid plot make this cozy a winner. (June)2018-04-16
A Montana shop owner copes handily with all the challenges of the holiday season.Jewel Bay has escaped the irrelevance that plagues many rural towns in America's heartland by creating a rustic shoppers' paradise in its picturesque center. And the spirit of cooperation among the crafters and artisans who run the local shops is never stronger than during the Christmas season, when shopkeepers help each other decorate their doors and self-appointed elves string lights and decorate the streets in between. So it's not surprising that Erin Murphy (Treble at the Jam Fest, 2017, etc.), owner of the venerable Murphy's Glacier Mercantile, has chosen Christmas Eve for her upcoming wedding to longtime beau Adam Zimmerman. But the season's shine dims when Merrily, the black sheep of the Thornton clan, returns hoping to make a fresh start. Her parents, Walt and Taya, have other ideas and tell their daughter to get lost. Erin tries to befriend the dejected Merrily and feels rebuffed when she fails to turn up at Erin's annual cookie exchange. But Merrily isn't snubbing Erin. She's dead, as her childhood friend Greg Taylor learns when he finds her corpse at an old schoolhouse on her parents' property. Busy as she is, Erin can't help nosing around to figure out what Grinch would spoil the spirit of the season by strangling a repentant sinner with a string of holiday lights.Budewitz's finely drawn characters, sharp ear for dialogue, and well-paced puzzle make Jewel Bay a destination for every cozy fan.
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Erin and Adam are getting married at Christmastime in Jewel Bay, M ...
Erin and Adam are getting married at Christmastime in Jewel Bay, Montana, but all is not calm and bright as Erin's new friend, Merrily, is found murdered the day after the Christmas cookie exchange. Merrily's previous criminal record comes back to haunt her - even after her death, she's accused of embezzlement for the second time in her life - and Erin sets out to find the killer, but she's not sure that Merrily was guilty of pilfering the missing funds. Using her Spreadsheet of Suspicion (love this!!!), Erin seeks justice for her lost friend, and investigates both the murder and embezzlement. Leslie Budewitz' As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles is the fifth book in the Food Lover's Village Series, and it's simply one of the most enjoyable cozies I've had the pleasure of reading - small close-knit community, a loving family, delicious recipes, a little romance, and of course, murder - it has it all! Absolutely loved it!
- BeagleGirl123
June 8, 2018
Christmas holidays, planning a wedding, families coming together - ...
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.
- WisReader
June 15, 2018
As The Christmas Cookie Crumbles by Leslie Budewitz is the Book #5 ...
As The Christmas Cookie Crumbles by Leslie Budewitz is the Book #5 in the A Food Lovers Village Mystery Series. It’s Christmas time in Jewel Bay. Erin Murphy, the Merc (Murphy’s Mercantile) manager is busy along with all the other “elves” to get the town ready for Christmas while working on the finishing details to her upcoming marriage to Adam on Christmas Eve. Everyone is surprised to see Merrily Thornton return to town. However, Erin finds a kinship of sorts and hopes to become friends with this once gone astray girl. Gossip flows after the scene between Merrily her Mother. Then her sudden disappearance along with money found in her desk drawer at work and discrepancies with the company bookkeeping makes it look like she had went back to her old ways. Erin just “feels” that people are jumping to the wrong conclusion. When Merrily is found dead, she is determined to find out not only who killed her but to prove that she is innocent of stealing and book tampering. This story is full of twists and turns that keep you interested and turning the pages. There are plenty of suspects and you will change your mind throughout the book as to whodunit which I love in a cozy mystery. I love the way the author mixes just the right mixture of holiday spirit and the upcoming wedding with the event towards solving the murder. She made it the perfect Christmas cozy mystery that everyone will enjoy. She shows how happy and loving a family can be but also that some families are highly dysfunctional as it is in real life. I really enjoyed the spunk of Erin and how she shows her loyalty to family, friends and the town she loves and how you must swim upstream sometimes to defend a friend – even a new one. Her marriage to Adam is the icing on the Christmas cookie with all the ups and downs of preparing for a wedding but the undying devotion of her husband to be including his little remodel surprise. There are several great recipes in the back of the book that were talked about in the story. If you are anything like me, you be trying them. I know they made my mouth water when I read about them while reading the book. I highly recommend AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES to anyone that loves a great cozy, enjoys a good Christmas story or just appreciates the work of a wonderful author.
- arkieclown
June 16, 2018
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