As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles

  • Author: Leslie Budewitz
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Release Date: June 8, 2018
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  • GenreChristian
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Book Summary

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 Fest has 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 Times bestselling 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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About The Author

Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in two light-hearted mystery series: the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle, and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in northwest Montana. Her books focus on strong women who share her passions, and have a talent for finding trouble!

Leslie is the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. Death al Dente, first in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her guide for writers, Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure, won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction.

A Montana native, Leslie graduated from Seattle University and Notre Dame Law School. After practicing in Seattle for several years—and shopping and eating her way through the Pike Place Market regularly—she returned to Montana, where she still practices law part-time. Killing people—on the page—is more fun.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

It’s the holidays in the village and not everything is sugar and spice and everything nice. The mystery is surprising and done in the manner that Leslie Budewitz can only do. I adore this book the most in this series for the holiday theme and I can picture it in Montana and feel at home.


If you look for great holiday covers this is one of the best. With the tree, snowy lake and of course cats, readers will want to curl up next to the fireplace with this one.

Enjoyable Moments

I love the way the author has the mystery woven into a tapestry of suspense and blended with cozy elements. Readers are paced through the perfect set up for a murder and mystery. I really love the feeling that you get with the holidays in this book.  I truly, always feel at home in this series. Being at home in this book is easy and makes it more enjoyable for readers.


I love the setting and theme in this book. Once again, being back in Montana makes my heart happy and I love Christmas time. Readers that enjoy the cozy worlds will be hard to find a setting more charming than Jewel Bay.


Who will make the naughty list with Santa in this  book? I won’t tell, but I can say that readers will be surprised and thrilled in solving this mystery! With the perfect holiday setting,wonderful cast of characters and yummy food, who could ask for a better mystery?

I Rate it

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.


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