A Cookie Before Dying (A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery #2)
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A Cookie Before Dying (A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery #2)

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On a stormy night, Olivia Greyson and her Yorkie discover the body of a man stabbed to death-which looks suspiciously like the intruder seen fleeing the local health food store The Vegetable Plate. Charlene Critch, owner of The Vegetable Plate, has a grudge against Olivia's cookie cutter shop, but could Charlene be hiding a secret serious enough to kill for?
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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I just can't get worked up about cookie cutters. And they seem to be way peripheral to the "mystery." These characters, while obviously meant to be interesting with lots of quirks and tics, don't quite gel as real people.

And in cozies, I'm getting tired of the spry senior Mom who's nosy and interfering and still pushing buttons. And the children react as though they're still twelve.

No more of this series for me.
Laura Watts
Another great book from Virginia Lowell. Every time I read a book in this series I want a sugar cookie!

Olivia , how does she keep finding bodies. But she does, and this time it hits close to her business and her family. Can she help her brother out of some trouble with a girl? Will her brother and this girl get together in the next book?

Del, poor Del, he is always coming to the rescue of Olivia. I wonder what he needs to talk to her about? Is it their relationship or his past relationship?

In the second book of the series, there's a lot more going on than the first book. Unfortunately, a lot of that activity is a bit disjointed and flat. The rivalry between Olivia's cookie and cookie cutter store and the local vegetarian restaurant could've been interesting, but several of the characters were just too extreme. The mystery itself and how she goes about "helping" to solve it while breaking several laws, well, it was totally unbelievable.

Tamara Temple
Second offering from V. Lowell of her cozy mystery series about Olyvia Grayson, owner of the Gingerbread House, a cookie cutter shop. Filled with the typical characters, relationships, and so on, as well as a bonafide mystery to solve! Some more twists and turns in this novel than the first, a wholly delightful read.
Second book, and still not grabbing me. The characters are flat and I have no sympathy with them or desire to see them do well. Will not be wasting any more time with this series.
Mary Ann
Love this series it made me start a cookie cutter collection. And the bantering between the sisters is true to life. Waiting for the next book!
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was fun to read but also had a good solid murder mystery. Our sleuth, Olivia Greyson, is the owner of a Cookie Cutter Emporium named the Gingerbread House. It specializes in cookie cutters, cookies, books about cookies...well you get the idea. A boutique store.

Unfortunately, next door is a restaurant, "The Vegetable Plate" owned by a rather over zealous health conscious woman and there is a rivalry that is acrimonious to say the least.

While cleaning up an act of vandalism, Olivia spies...more
Synopsis (from BN.com): On a stormy night, Olivia Greyson and her Yorkie discover the body of a man stabbed to death-which looks suspiciously like the intruder seen fleeing the local health food store The Vegetable Plate. Charlene Critch, owner of The Vegetable Plate, has a grudge against Olivia’s cookie cutter shop, but could Charlene be hiding a secret serious enough to kill for?

My thoughts: This is the second installment of Virginia Lowell’s Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery Series. I have to admit...more
A Cookie Before Dying by Virginia Lowell is A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery. The main characters are interesting, the book is well written and the plot is engaging enough to encourage readers to suspend their disbelief that anyone could make a living just selling cookie cutters. This was made a little more believable by an inheritance which will help support the protagonist. Charming setting and plenty of twists and turns, I certainly was fooled at points in the mystery. I am enjoying this take on...more
Wow. I could not even finish this book. The main character drives me to distraction -- what does she think?! What does she feel? I did not develop any sense of who she is as a fictional character, nor did I become invested in her--or, sadly, her well-being, an important investment to make when reading cozy mysteries! I will not be continuing with this series until I have run out of all other A-list cozies (maybe B-listers, too).
Liked everything about the book but the mystery itself. Spoiler alert . . . the fact that the abuser of a ballerina and the ballerina herself end up independently in the same small town just stretches the suspension of disbelief too much. And as much as I liked the book, the solution to the murder is just stupid so I couldn't rate it above a 2.
Another good cozy. I like how the characters are starting to become more dynamic especially the minor characters. It adds more interesting to an otherwise gentle mystery. I'll continue reading the series if I can find more at the library.
Sue Ross
What a fun series!!! You get cookies, hot guys, best friends, and enemies. In this one, Olivia and Maddie have to deal with Olivia’s ex, a neighbor who is totally against anything sweet, ie, cookies, one hot Latin dancer, a school friend who has been in a wheel chair and a possible ghost. When Olivia finds her front yard littered with fliers from her next door neighbor, a natural food seller, the trouble begins and it doesn’t stop until the end of the book. There are mob hints in the book, a pos...more
Loved the character, I think I identify with Maggie the most though. She cracks me up. And her hyperactivity reminds me of myself. Enjoyed the story line and there were parts that made me want to learn to dance. Also enjoyed the interaction between Livie and Del and their continuing courtship. Not sure what a Duesenberg cookie cutter would actually look like nor how you could differentiate it from other car shapes but I rolled with it. (Get it? "Rolled" with it...a pun - never mind). Final take...more
Another fun cozy series.
The dead man near the small town's bandstand is a stranger to many of the local people, including cookie store owner Olivia Greyson. But some people knew him only too well, including Livie's kid brother Jason, who's confessed to killing him. Livie knows Jason is protecting someone, but the only way she knows to get him out of trouble is by finding the real murderer. I do question whether anyone can live for days on decorated cookies--not even chocolate!--and coffee, but I guess that's why we cal...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
A mystery about two women who bake cookies and no recipes at the end of the book. :)

A found this to be a good, solid mystery with lots of suspects, lots of red herrings and an interesting solution. The characters continue to develop and the author does a credible job with the scene. I think I like Maddie more than the main character, Olivia, but that's probably just because she's the irreverent, kicky one. All in all a fun, quick read.
I liked this second installment of the cookie cutter mysteries but I have one complaint. Towards the end of the book, there is a section where Livie and Maddie discuss Valentina but they did not know her name was Valentina until later in the book. It was actually very confusing. Aside from that, it was an interesting and enjoyable read. I'd like to see a bit more of a romance develop with Livie and the sheriff, Del.
Nancy H
The second entry in a cozy mystery series set in a cookie shop, this one features the rivalry between Olivie (Livie) Greyson's cookie shop and her neighbor Charlene's vegetarian health food store. First Livie's lawn is trashed, then Charlene's store is vandalized, and there is much acrimony involved as the mystery deepens and Livie tries to find out who committed both crimes, as well as the ensuing murder.
I still really like this series, and the only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because there was an editing continuity error that really annoyed me; the name of a character key to the mystery was mentioned conversationally as if the main characters already knew who they were before they actually "discovered" who that person was. A minor inconsistency, but I'm surprised the editor did not catch it.
Nicole Cadet
The second book in the series, this time the writing is much cleaner and better paced. Characters from the previous book are woven in and out of the story line, and new characters brought in without cluttering up the storyline. Although this one (IMHO) is a bit more predictable than the first, the crafting of the story is much more interesting than the first novel.
Brigitta {Percy Jackson Lover}
I just loved this book. Like in Cookie Dough or Die, the characters are very loveable and Spunky is adorable. I enjoyed the tension between Olivia and her almost boyfriend, Sheriff Del. It made me laugh when he told her to stop investigating and she just couldn't help it. I loved that Olivia is very generous, sarcastic, and fiercely loyal to her friends.
another enjoyable cookie mystery. getting to know the characters better now, and finding them pretty (pretty) realistic in actions/thoughts. Once again I didn't figure out the mystery, well I almost did, but right as my brain got to woring it was revealed! Ah, well,..there's always next time,...at least I hope there will be another cookie mystery!
Olivia and Maddie find flyers all over their shop's yard, protesting the sugar in cookies. They suspect the owner of the shop next door, a vegetable/fruit health store, of papering the cookie cutter shop's yard. The health store owner's ex-husband is found dead in the town square and Olivia's little brother is arrested for the murder.
This book was just okay. I didn't think it was terrible but it wasn't something I would read again. I felt like the mystery was a bit simplistic and that unnecessay elements were added to it simply to make it fit a full length novel. There also wasn't a lot of development in the heroine's personal life.
Wyshona D. Lawson
I thought I might have missed a novella between book one and two, but I guess there was just some inserted information in the book that the author put in to move the story along. Not bad, but not as good as the first book. Also, if all the murders are revealed in the shop, that's going to get old.
This second book in the series is even better than the first! The author keeps you turning the pages to see who the real killer is and until you.....Well I won't ruin it. All I have to say is if you want a real page turner in the cozy mystery genre, then this one fits the bill!
As well-written as the first but with the same serious flaws at the first. I took another star off for that this time. Heroine's actions towards the end make relatively little sense. Her big plan really shouldn't have worked (again).
This second book in the series was pretty good too.I like the characters. Livie finds a dead man in the park and her brother confesses to the murder (to protect his girlfriend). Livie has to find the true murderer to save Jason.
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