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

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  983 ratings  ·  133 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
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Berkley Publishing Group of Penguin Group (first published March 1st 2011)
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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
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..
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?

Dharia Scarab
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
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
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
Nicole Cadet
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
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
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 (reviews on BookLikes)
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.
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.
Cozy Reader
Best friends, Olivia and Maddie, own The Gingerbread House, a cookie shop that specializes in not just cookies, but cookbooks, cookie cutters… everything cookies! When Olivia learns that her dear friend, Clarisse Chamberlain, has passed away, she’s devastated. Clarisse was her mentor and close friend. When the circumstances surrounding Clarisse’s death don’t add up, Olivia and Maddie take it upon themselves to investigate and find out what happened.

COOKIES! I love cookies, everyone loves cookies
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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.
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
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 .
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.
While the premise behind the main character's shop seems somewhat dubious (can one REALLY make a living off of selling 97-cent cookie cutters?!), I tried my best to go along with this new series. This debut title was mediocre. I made it through and, with somewhat of a sense of girding my loins, turned to the second in the series. But I lacked the enthusiasm I want to feel by the end of a debut novel's final pages. Lowell's main characters are curiously lifeless and one-dimensional, and I felt th ...more
Three and a Half stars.
Once I started reading the book I realized I had started reading it before and did not finish. I liked most of the characters, but honestly had to check back to see when the murder occurred. I knew who was murdered and when, but the actual event was not vivid in my mind.

This time I stuck with the book, and I enjoyed it after more after chapter 8, a long time to get into the story for me. I did enjoy the ending and the characters became better defined.

I will read the seco
Jennifer Barr
I liked the characters enough, even the incredibly stereo-typed "hippie" mom. (Just a hint: any self respecting "hippy" who knits, does yoga, actively protests etc. would not be caught dead relying on pancake mix. Maybe with all her activities she doesn't have time. I think the only clichéd activity she wasn't involved in was making soap.)
I've digressed. The setting, the town, wasn't really described at all.
I found the ending incredibly disappointing. Her plan to flush out the killer is ridicul
In this first book in a new cozy mystery series, Olivia owns a shop called The Gingerbread House which sells cookies, cookie cutters, and specialty bakeware. The store is on the ground floor of a restored old Victorian in the downtown area of a small town in Maryland. Olivia and her small Yorkshire pup, Spunky, live upstairs. The book opens with the death of Olivia's friend and business mentor, Clarisse Chamberlain, apparently an accidental overdose of sleeping pills that were dissolved into a b ...more
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, is just awesome. Olivia's business partner is her best friend, ...more
Aurian Booklover
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
Title: Cookie Dough or Die (Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery Series #1)

Author: Virginia Lowell

ISBN: 9780425240670

Publisher: Berkley

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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
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
I read this one for my Cozy Mystery book group and I don't think I would have picked it up without the nudge. It was a cute story, but I did not love it.
Livie, her mom, and Maddie were great characters, but some of the secondary characters were a bit one-dimensional. I did love that this book took place in Maryland. I love it when books take place in locales that I recognize.
I was almost sad that Clarisse was the one that died and not Tammy... Tammy's character really annoyed me (which is why I
In Virginia Lowell's Cookie Dough or Die, the first installment in the Cookie Cutter Shop Cozy mystery series, we were introduced to a new kind of culinary cozy with a twist. Olivia Greyson owned and runs a cookie cutter shop, the Gingerbread House, with her best friend and partner, Maddie Briggs. They make cookies with various cookie cutters. But when her close friend, Clarisse Chamberlain passed away, she didn't believe it was by accident or suicide. She believed it was murder. And that's when ...more
This is the first book in a new series. Olivia Greyson is the owner of the Gingerbread House, which offers all things "cookie" to the residents of Chatterley Heights. Her friend and employee, Maddie Briggs, and her little canine companion, Spunky, round out the normal shop occupants. When Olivia's business mentor, and friend, Clarrise Chamberlain is found dead, Olivia decides to track down the killer. The local sheriff is ready to rule the death a suicide.
I enjoyed the Virginia Lowell's charact
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