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Cookie Dough or Die (Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,385 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House—a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie—and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But now they must take a break from baking and turn their attention to recreating a recipe for murder...

No one is more shocked than Olivia when prominent bu
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Published April 1st 2011 by Berkley Publishing Group of Penguin Group (first published March 1st 2011)
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Apr 04, 2014 Robin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found the whole situation unbelievable. How could a store completely devoted to selling cookie cutters plus a few baking utensils support two employees? The characters are suppose to be in their early thirties and have the experiences of people of that age (college, careers, failed first marriages) but act as though they barely in their twenties acting like moon-sick calves with their new love-interests, throwing caution to the wind trying to catch a dangerous murderer, and even eating nothing ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really hate to give a bad review... that's why I'm not... I just really think it was me this time and not the book. I just couldn't get into the plot and the characters. I will have to pick it up and re-read it at a later date... so...

Dear Cookie Dough or Die,

I sincerely regret to inform you, that I am finished reading you (for now). It is just not working out between us and to be truthful... I'm just not that in to you. Fortunately it is not your fault... this time it's all me. Don't worry..
Mar 27, 2012 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The mystery itself was fine; plenty of suspects, plenty of motives and red herrings to keep the reader guessing.

But I am a knit-picker, so I question whether a town that is so small that it only has two officers of the law could really support a store that specializes in cookie cutters (Unless it is a known tourist destination, but then wouldn't there be more that two police officers?) and provide enough income for two people. Also, did Livie and Maddie sell the cookies they made or only use the
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I found this book very gentle and handled being a new series well. There were murder mysteries and the clues were placed, not obviously, throughout the book. I had a sense of the culprit but was not sure until the ending.

I would make the recommendation that our new friends, Olivia and Maddie learn to eat something other than pizza. I do understand about not being a 'cook' but a baker, however, with the world of take-out at our finger tips, it seems, a lasagna, ravioli, sub-sandwich, something?

Really 3.5 stars but I rounded up.

I really enjoyed this book. It suffered from a few first-book blunders, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

The characters were excellently written. I especially loved Livie and Del. Maddie could get a little bit annoying, but for the most part she was an enjoyable character. However, at the same time I absolutely detested Lucas and Hugh, I don't know what it was about them, but I just did not like them.

The mystery was simply alright. The MC did a good amount o
Dharia Scarab
Nov 03, 2013 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Jun 20, 2017 Isis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
It was a decent mystery, but not all I'd hoped it could be. Some parts of the story were implausible, and could have used more editing.
Aug 02, 2013 Sapphyria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia (Livie) Greyson is the owner of The Gingerbread House, a store on the main level of her Victorian home in Chatterley Heights. The Gingerbread House is a quaint little store that specializes in cookie cutters; from brand new to antique. Olivia also owns a rescue dog named Spunky who certainly brings his own bit of charm to the story, and his interactions in the park with his lab friend Buddy, who is owned by the Deputy Sheriff, are just awesome. Olivia's business partner is her best friend ...more
Mar 30, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia Greyson is the owner of The Gingerbread House which occupies the first floor of her Victorian home in Chatterley Heights. It is a shop that features cookie cutters and other baking items. Olivia lives upstairs with her tiny dog Spunky. Olivia (Livie) and her friend Maddie run the shop and Maddie bakes and creates the most yummy cookies. Olivia gets to be close friends with prominent Chatterley Heights citizen and business woman Clarisse Chamberlain who also has a passion for cookie cutter ...more
Somewhere between 3-4 stars. Enough to want to read more but not enough to say this book was great.

Olivia Greyson has returned to her hometown after her divorce to open The Gingerbread House, a quaint boutique shop that sells vintage and modern cookie cutters. Her best friend Maddie is the baker and creative genius behind the shop's scrumptious treats. Olivia owes her success to a local businesswoman, Clarisse Chamberlain. It was Clarisse who encouraged Olivia to start a business and who helped
Cookie Dough or Die by Virginia Lowell is the first book of the Cookie Cutter Shop cozy mystery series set in a contemporary small town near Baltimore, Maryland. Olivia Greyson lives in a Victorian house, upstairs over The Gingerbread House, her cookie cutter shop. Olivia specializes in antique cookie cutter designs; her best friend and business partner Maddie specializes in baking artistic cookies. Life is mostly idyllic for the two young women, who "do what they love and love what they do" eve ...more
Wow, a mystery centered around cookie cutters and collectors. I love that this book is dedicated to members of the Cookie Cutter Collector's Club and to our newsletter "Cookie Crumbs". I wish there was a shop like the Gingerbread House in my city! She talks about D.C. collectors coming in a van to shop at her little store. I am wondering if any of my friends were in that van? I do wish that she had included a little bit more of the cookie cutter lore.
This is an example of a "cozy mystery". Oliv
Jul 17, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I loved this cozy mystery by Virginia Lowell! I just finished a dark, graphic, violent serial killler type novel and needed something a bit lighter . I couldn't put this one down.
Olivia, (livvy) owns a cookie shop with her good friend Maddie. Since moving back to her small hometown, Livvy became close with Clarrise. When Clarrise is found dead, Olivia can't believe it. It looks like Clarrise either accidentally consumed too much wine while taking pills, or committed suicide. Livvy just doesn't
Nicole Cadet
Feb 17, 2012 Nicole Cadet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
While this is an enjoyable mystery romp (being the first in the series), with some well rounded interesting characters, it was be a little slow in parts. There seemed to be at times a repetitiveness with the descriptions of the baking and decoration of cookies (yes, the primary character and her sidekick run a cookie cutter store with a side of catering, but it did detract at times from the main story).

The books did not give away too many hints about who the actual killer was, which was probabl
I wanted to like this book because it takes place in a cookie cutter shop named The Gingerbread House (how cute is that?) I liked the main character, Olivia (or Livie, as she likes to be called)because she is smart, tough, and determined. Her dog, Spunky, is a realistic characteration of a typical small dog, all bark and a lot of love. The way the story evolved, in my opinion, was too slow at the beginning. However, it really picked up during the last 100 pages of the book. Overall, it was an en ...more
Nov 17, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oliva owns a cookie cutter shop with her best friend Maddie. When her mentor dies under suspicious circumstances, and the police think it was accidental suicide, Oliva makes it her mission to find out what really happened. I really enjoyed this book- especially the small town setting, Olivia's relationship with Maddie (which is tested by Maddie's new love), and Olivia's Yorkie Spunkey. I also liked the cookie cutter theme (I had no idea they were so collectible!) and the baking/cookie decorating ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Grey853 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Do people really collect cookie cutters? I guess so, probably the same people who collect salt and pepper shakers. It takes all kinds.

Livie Greyson runs The Gingerbread House that makes cookies and sells cookie cutters. When a friend and fellow collector dies, Livie's not convinced that it was an accident. Unlike some of the more recent cozies I've read, she at least investigates without being an idiot about it.

I found it an easy, fluffy read, no heavy lifting needed. For a first book in a seri
❂ Jennifer
Well, I started out not liking this book and putting it back down to read others. But I think it may have just been the mood I was in, because when I picked it back up I fell immediately into the story. Nice plot line and even though you know who the strongest suspects are throughout most of the book, she did a nice job of keeping me from guessing who really did it. Nice character development as well. This book was enjoyable enough that I'll read the next one.
Jan 14, 2012 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. I wihs there was a recipe in the back for cookie dough, as I have never tried to make cookies like these, now I'm ready to give it a chance. I liked the characters, but had a hard time picturing them in my mind. (just me, probably) It was a nice between books read, easy to follow - although I still didn't figure out who did it. (I never do!)
If you have some reading time on your hands, and enjoy a little myster give it a try.
Jul 12, 2013 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Meh. Well... On the bright side, this book was an easy read. However, the dialogue struck me as off. I kept thinking, no one would ever say that... The method used at the end to expose the killer made me roll my eyes and seemed forced. The mystery was a bit predictable as I guessed the killer almost immediately and nothing swayed me to change my mind. Not my favorite cozy.
Dec 30, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasant little cozy. At first I was not sure of a cookie cutter themed cozy but you know what it works and I loved it. The book went at a good pace and most important this book broke my reading slump. So needless to say will be reading more of this series.
Aug 28, 2011 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first cookie cutter mystery, and it was better than I had anticipated. The main characters we were defined with room to grow. Whether they cook or not, they need to expand their menus beyond Petes diner and pizza. Ellie is a character I hope to see more of in future stories .
Karen Holman
This story has interesting characters. a setting in Maryland, and an ending that will lead to more books. Overall the story had the usual divorced main character and future love interests. The story had a mystery that may surprise the reader.
Feb 20, 2017 Jaymie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery. First in a series. I would definitely read more of these. Great ensemble of characters
Nov 27, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Culinary Cozies thinks COOKIE DOUGH OR DIE is a “Delicious Read.” This first book in the Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery series, by Virginia Lowell, was a cut about the rest.

Olivia Greyson, the owner of The Gingerbread House, was shocked when her business mentor and dear friend was found dead. Was it accidental suicide? Olivia didn’t think so. Clarisse had helped her put her life together after a divorce and offered level-headed advice about moving forward … Suicide was simply not her style. There ha
Olivia Greyson runs The Gingerbread House with her friend Maddie. They sell cookie cutters and lovely decorated cookies. Most days,their only concerns are running the business and developing new cookie designs, but when local businesswoman Clarisse Chamberlain is found dead, they find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery. Olivia inheirits a large sum of money and a prized collectible cookie cutter collection from Clarisse's estate, and the local gossip mill starts rumors that Olivia may have ...more
Aurian Booklover
Sep 02, 2013 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Olivia, or Livie as she wants to be called. She is recently divorced from a very controlling husband, for whom appearances are everything. So now she is slowly discovering herself, and allowing herself to do the things she likes and he did not. He liked to criticize her, wanting her to be the perfect arm candy and hostess to his associates. A dog was totally out of the question, so one of the first things Livie did, was adopt a little puppy.
Olivia loves baking, and she has been collecti
Jun 16, 2014 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this cozy mystery, Cookie Dough or Die by Virginia Lowell. The theme is not cookie baking, although there is some of that going on, but rather a shop that sells all things cookie related with an emphasis on cookie cutters, both antique collectibles and the everyday kind.

The sleuth, Olivia or Livie as she prefers to be called, is a divorced woman living with her mother who owns The Gingerbread House, the cookie and everything cookie related shop. She has a dog, Spunky, and a partn
Mar 04, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Cookie Dough or Die (Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery Series #1)

Author: Virginia Lowell

ISBN: 9780425240670

Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis (from

Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House-a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie-and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But now they must take a break from baking and find a killer, or else their reputation-and quite possibly their lives-will be batte
Connie N.
#1 in the Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery series.

I liked this quite a bit. Olivia's best friend Clarisse is found dead, and Livie suspects murder. Livie (and her tiny dog Spunky) are quite likeable as main characters--loyal and friendly and intelligent. Livie's a planner, and it was a helpful trait since it allowed the reader to really understand where she stood with her thoughts about the investigation. And I really liked Del, town sheriff, who is also a very early possible romantic figure to Livie.
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