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The Gingerbread Bump-Off (Fresh-Baked Mystery #6)

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A Christmas killer has been icing Phylis Newsom's friends in the sixth Fresh-Baked mystery. Not only will Phyllis Newsom's house be featured in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes, she also has a Christmas Eve bridal shower and a New Year's Eve wedding to bake goodies for. But like her tasty treats, she rises to the occasion.

Before the tour gets under way, Phyll
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Published October 26th 2011 by NAL
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May 07, 2014 Luffy rated it really liked it
The Gingerbread Bump-Off is so titled because a garden figurine is the murder weapon. I've had quite some expectation from this series. It was a pleasure to read and watch the plot unfold. It was brilliantly told. The author took her time to place the event of the murder. The amateur detective Phyllis went onto the wrong track, due to circumstances and to being misled purposefully by the murderer.

The last chapters were so suspense laden! It felt like a movie, a good movie at that. When there
Jan 26, 2016 Jess rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Phyllis is insufferable and I honestly hope she's killed off in one of these books. I don't often root for the police in amateur sleuth cozy mysteries, but I wanted Latimer to solve it and rub it in her face. Eve is the only character with any sense of decency because she doesn't judge everyone some weird moral standard like Phyllis, Sam, and Carolyn do. Also could not give a rat's hinder about Phyllis and Sam's boring romance. And usually I hate romance in cozy mystery! Would only recommend to ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
Phyllis Newsom has just finished up Thanksgiving and is getting ready for Christmas and a bridal shower for her friend Eve who is marrying the mysterious Roy Porter that no one knows much about. Phyllis gets contacted by her friend Georgia Hallerbee who runs the Christmas Jingle Bell Tours* and invites Phyllis to join at the last second as someone else dropped out. While the tour is beginning at other homes Georgia stops by Phyllis home and gets attcked by a gingerbread man statue dressed up as ...more
Michelle (True Book Addict)
This was basically my very first cozy mystery and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The mystery is set up nicely and amateur sleuth, Phyllis, reminds me of Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote (one of my favorite shows back in the day). She is known around town as "the woman who solved all those murders," much to the dismay of the police, most likely because it seems she tends to show them up. I can certainly say that I was kept guessing about who committed the crime...there was no ...more
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Christmas comes to Weatherford along with the annual Jingle Bell Tour. One of the participants has to drop out for health reasons and Phyllis agrees to have her house be a last minute substitute, even though she already has her hands full planning her friend and tenant Eve’s bridal shower and wedding.

After a trip to purchase a more holiday lights and decorations and with the help of her friends and neighbors she has the house ready in plenty of time for the big event. With the tour ready to star
Dec 22, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Busy, busy, busy!
Phyllis is entering another baking contest, this one for the local newspaper's annual Christmas Cookie recipe contest.
On top of that Eve having announced her engagement on Thanksgiving - to a man she met having a bridal shower Christmas Eve, and getting married on New Years Eve...and, of course, Phyllis and Carolyn are cooking and baking and decorating for both!
On top of that, Phyllis is asked and accepts to showcase her home in the town's Christmas Jingle Bell Tour
Once Upon a Twilight
Jan 27, 2012 Once Upon a Twilight rated it really liked it
Mysteries aren't usually my thing but this book definitely held my attention. I loved the basis of the story that Phyllis is a veteran at catching killers, but this time someone tries to kill her friend right on her porch during the Jingle Bell Tour of Homes. She has to figure out who did it all while juggling her friend Eve's bridal shower, and New Year's Wedding.

Phyllis is a lovely lady who has the sharpest mind and doesn't miss a beat. I love that Sam is included on her investigation and hes
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, cozy-mysteries
The Gingerbread Bump-off by Livia J. Washington is delicious page turner and would be a great book to read during the holidays.

This is my first time to read a Livia J. Washington cozy but it won't be my last. Now I want to read all of the series. This author knows how to engage you from the beginning and keep you hooked until the end. There were at least four red herrings, a hint of romance, and plenty of good cooking.

Phyllis Newson, the main character, lives in Weatherford, Texas in her house w
Feb 14, 2013 Sallee rated it really liked it
This book was like coming back to an old friend. Phyllis has been asked to place her home on the Christmas tour of homes. She agrees even though she is trying to get ready for the wedding shower and wedding of her friend, Eve. Eve, Carolyn, Sam are all retired teachers who rent rooms from Phyllis in large old home. Sam has the sweets for Phyllis and Carolyn says she will never marry and Eve, having been married before is looking forward to her upcoming marriage to Roy. The night of the tour arr ...more
Lynn Demsky
Jun 24, 2013 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
As Christmas approaches in Weatherford, TX, Phyllis Newsom I decorating her house in preparation for the Jingle Bell 'Tour. The last thing she expects is that one of her ceramic gingerbread men will be used to commit murder...Where her friend Georgia Hallerbee asks Phyllis to have her home featured in the annual Christmas jingle bell Tour of Homes, Phyllis is equally flatter and flustered. She already has a bridal shower on Christmas Eve and a wedding on New Year's Eve to prepare for, and she's ...more
Feb 16, 2013 ☯Emily rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery readers
Recommended to ☯Emily by: Cozy Mystery Bookclub on Goodreads
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2013
This is the first time I have a book by this author. It is a fast, easy read about a house of senior citizens, and two of the occupants work together to solve murders in Weatherford in Parker County, TX. None of the characters do anything real exciting. They solve crimes while doing everyday things, like fundraising, shopping for a wedding shower, getting a flat tire and having to call AAA, etc. Sometimes it is a little too ordinary and a little too boring. Yet, these events make the characters ...more
Dec 09, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I have never read a mystery novel like this one ("cozy" is the term used, I think?) or a mystery that is part of a series but I bought this last year with the plan to read it in December to get in the Christmas spirit and figured since it's basically "fluff" there wouldn't be much risk of extensive time wasted if it turned out to be awful.

Generally likable characters and a quick, easy read. I am not one who really figures out whodunnits on my own and even looking back I don't know that the auth
Feb 08, 2015 Rage rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery with a great Christmas atmosphere. Although most of the secondary/tertiary characters displayed little personality, Carolyn's bad temper was fun (Carolyn being a friend and tenant of Phyllis, the sleuth) and having a second character do some investigating/contribute his own experience and knowledge was neat.

I found it interesting that Phyllis focuses on how many mysteries she's solved before, something that characters in the cozy-mystery genre don't often do. Jessica Fletcher, for
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Dec 26, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this gentle and pleasant cozy murder while I was busy preparing Christmas dinners etc. The book had some lovely recipes as well.

Our heroine, Phyllis Newsome a former teacher, now landlord of a shared home filled with other former teachers, goes to answer her front door and instead finds a victim of an attempted murder! It is personal...or was Phyllis the intended victim?

If you have followed the previous novels in this series, you are aware that Phyllis has solved several murders to aid
Nov 19, 2011 Yvonne rated it really liked it
It’s Christmas time in Weatherford, Texas and Phyllis is asked to feature her home as one in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes. Phyllis is excited but she’s also in the middle of planning a dear friends’ wedding to take place on New Year’s Eve. With the help of her friends, as well as the man in her life, she makes sure her home is up to the holiday standards.

As the tour is almost ready to begin, the head of the tour committee, and a friend of Phyllis’, Georgia Hallerbee is attacked
Sep 24, 2013 Flsunluvr rated it it was amazing
Phyllis is an older woman living in a big house in which she rents rooms to her friends and Sam (her gentleman friend). When she's not busy baking cookies, she's solving murders. Just as the Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes is about to begin, Phyllis' doorbell rings and as she's ready to open the door, she hears a crash and a thump. When she opens the door, she finds her friend, and organizer of the tour, Georgia, has been assaulted and is lying in a pool of blood. Phyllis is busy trying to o ...more
Dec 23, 2013 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Phyllis Newsom has too much to do this holiday season. One of her house mates is getting married. There is a bridal shower to plan for Christmas Eve, and a wedding for New Year's Eve. To top it all off, her friend, Georgia, asks her to be part of the Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes. On the night of the home tour, Phyllis hears her door bell ring followed by a loud crash. When she opens her front door, she discovers Georgia unconscious on her front porch having been assaulted by the ornamenta ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Sheri rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Culinary mystery books or women sleuths
Recommended to Sheri by: Paperbackswap
I really liked this one of the Livia J. Washburn series with Phyllis and Sam solving the mystery of who killed the organizer Georgia of the Jingle Bell House Tour. I liked the pacing and the clues and was unable to figure out the killer until the last chapters. A fun read and recipes for cookies and Gingerbread and other desserts at the back of the book. But I think I liked the Killer Crab Cakes the best and will read more from this series of books.
Nov 27, 2015 Emilia rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cosy-mystery
That was my first one in this series, at times it was somewhat bothersome, but I do not think enough other stuff was revealed to spoil the previous ones :)
Very nice read, flow was there, interest was there, at a certain point I thought I had the killer all worked out, and then the whole thing took another turn, had to re-work my theory :D
Nice job!!!!
Feb 02, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
A Christmas killer has been icing Phylis Newsom's friends in the sixth Fresh-Baked mystery.

Not only will Phyllis Newsom's house be featured in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes, she also has a Christmas Eve bridal shower and a New Year's Eve wedding to bake goodies for. But like her tasty treats, she rises to the occasion.

Before the tour gets under way, Phyllis makes a gruesome discovery on her porch: someone has tried to kill her friend. As Santa's naughty list gets longer, Phyll
Deb Sharp
Who can turn down a delicious Gingerbread Cookie!

I really enjoyed the Christmas Tour Theme of this book, I did actually suspect the murderer, then I changed my mind, but then suspected the person again :)
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this wonderful series.
Jun 26, 2015 Becky rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy, fiction
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Sarah Adamson
Dec 20, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A fun seasonal cozy mystery.
Nice plot twists and subtle hints and believable characters.
I did get the murderer before the end but still really enjoyed the chase and the intrigue and the side-clues!
I had expected more gingerbread and cooking from the title but the book was nicely filled without it.
A good cozy mystery.
Cara Noyes
Aug 06, 2016 Cara Noyes rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This was my first book to read in this series, but it was 6th. Felt like I missed out n backstory. Now I want to catch up with these characters and see how it all began. I like how a bunch of retired teachers solve crimes!
Feb 07, 2014 Eileen rated it liked it
Likable characters and a decent mystery with enough red herrings and well placed clues to keep it interesting. An enjoyable quick read that was a welcome change from what I have been reading.
Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
I don't know if its because I was busy or if it was the book itself, but I could not get through this book. Took me way longer than it should've to read it. I like the series, but Phyllis annoys me. She just seems so uptight. Sam seems like a nice guy, but she gets way to sensitive whenever he tries to make a joke. I guess if you always end up finding dead people, that might make you a little tense. I have a hard time liking a mystery if I don't like the character that gets killed, and the reaso ...more
Debra McEathron
Nov 22, 2015 Debra McEathron rated it liked it
This was a new mystery author for me. The story was okay, it held my interest. The recipes seemed easy to make, some of them used mixes to make them.
Robert Schneider
Apr 09, 2015 Robert Schneider rated it it was ok
This is the second book of this series I have read. While the characters are pleasant the story just never clicked with me. By the time I decided to just skip to the end I found that I had lost interest in who the murderer was. This series is not for me.
Dec 07, 2011 Melodie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
I read THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE KILLER from this series a few years ago and didn't care for it much. Last year I read THE PUMPKIN MUFFIN MURDER and liked it much better. This one was back to the Christmas Cookie one. I just don't like Phyllis. She's far too literal minded and straight laced. I realize I'm really not that much younger than the character is, but I hope I never have a stick that far up my butt! And the recipes in this one didn't appeal to me either. I think I'll leave this series alone ...more
May 09, 2014 T rated it liked it
just ok. clean
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