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Saturday, June 9, 2018

As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery)
by Leslie Budewitz

The characters in this series are some of the most realistic I have ever read. It is very easy to get invested in their lives.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
I love the characters and the setting in this series – the story was well thought-out and I couldn’t help but root for Erin, trying to get ready for her wedding and catch a murderer at the same time!
~The Book’s the Thing
A heartfelt series cozy mystery, AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES strums emotions deeply while providing a convoluted mystery and the themes of opportunity, second chances, and forgiveness.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

About the Book

As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Midnight Ink (June 8, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738752419
Digital ASIN: B075W25FNF
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!

About the Author

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model, and avid bird-watcher.
Connect with her on her website,, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
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I love reading holiday themed books all year round. This one was fun to read as the author makes  the town come to life with decorations that make you smile. I would love to visit the Merc and hang out with Erin. She sounds so fun and oh my does she have wonderful things to buy in the store. When Merrily was introduced into the story I instantly liked her. She has had a hard life but I really think she is trying to change things for the better. I was so angry when her mom made a scene in front of everybody and basically rejected her. What happened to forgiveness and giving someone a second chance?

I was very angry when Merrily came up missing. I could see the writing on the wall of her demise. The author does a great job of giving readers several suspects. The town is pretty much in shock and Erin steps into help the investigation. I hope she remembers she has a very important event coming up on Christmas Eve. The tension over the years between Merrily and her parents was very well written. I felt a little tug on my heart for her father. He wanted to make amends with his daughter, but for some reason Merrily's mother wouldn't budge. I would hate it  if I had a strained relationship with one of my kids.

The action and intrigue in the story is fast paced and I really enjoyed trying to figure out who the killer was. Erin has attracted someones attention regarding Merrily's death because she finds herself in unexpected danger. The story is very well written and I loved finding out more about Merrily when she was younger. There were some twists that I didn't see coming and was very surprised at who the killer was. Don't miss this great adventure and the wonderful recipes at the back of the book.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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  1. Thank you for your fabulous review on "The Christmas Cookie Crumbles" by Leslie Budewitz and for being part of the book tour.

    Love the cover, love the author, and can't wait to read the book!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Sounds like a great holiday read with lots of recipes for Christmas cookie.

  3. So glad you enjoyed the trip to Montana -- on the page!