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How to Bake a Murder

(Cookie and Cream #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  857 ratings  ·  95 reviews
“I can’t get a pulse. Cookie, call for an ambulance.”

Definitely not the words you want to hear when a man has just collapsed in the middle of your bakery.

A few minutes is all it took for Karen 'Cookie' Williams to be thrust into the center of a nightmare. A customer was dead and she was considered a suspect. Her beloved shop was a crime scene.

Things weren't looking s
Kindle Edition, 194 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by South Coast Publishing
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Cookie had picked up her granddaughter, Clarissa, from her daughter Madison’s house as Clarissa was spending the summer with her in the small town of Widow’s Rest, but she was very against the idea. Her angst at her mother’s new husband was making itself felt and Clarissa was hurt, angry and disgruntled. But Cookie was determined to help her come to grips with the new situation in her life.

The morning a customer collapsed and died in her shop was like any other in that Jerry, the local sheriff w
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-ebooks
I really enjoyed this cute, clean and quick murder mystery featuring an older sleuth. Not only was she an older sleuth, but she was interested in a police officer around her age, which was just too darn adorable. No worries though, Jerry was very attentive to his job when he needed to be and insisted they do everything by the book after a murder took place in Cookie's bake shop.

At first, I didn't like Cookie's granddaughter Clarissa very much. She'd come to stay with her grandma for the summer
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Well it started out interesting enough with a not quite so typical premise of a grandmother taking in her grand-daughter over the summer and where it all turns into a big mess very soon.
But then the book just loses itself in repetitions about who might be the murderer, who might have done this and that, with a cliché romance thrown in.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ereader
A good start to a new cozy series. Cookie is a nice grandmother with her own bakery. Her grouchy teen granddaughter is visiting, Cookie is flirting with a handsome police officer and a customer dies in her bakery. There is sweetness, potential heat and the start of some interesting relationships. I found that solving the murder was a little slow as I prefer quick action but I still enjoyed the story.
Evelyn Grabas
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A pleasant little read, but a story that seems to be told over and over - who owns or inherits a tea room, a cupcake emporium, a bakery, who has someone die in their shop by eating one of their products or some such thing - and, of course, all have that very handsome detective who they wind up falling in love with. Has everyone become so devoid of imagination, that they all must use the same type of storyline over and over ad infinitum. This is, and no lie, at least the tenth book I have read us ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
How to Bake a Murder is a cute short cozy. First in a series featuring a grandmother who is hosting her very reluctant grandmother to give her daughter a break from some teenage rebellion time. The Grandmother, Cookie, runs a bakery which she lives above and is currently barely breaking even. A regular customer dies in the shop and now rumors abound, in the midst of all this a developer swans in with offers to buy up the shop. Cookie wants to clear her name, figure out who killed her customer, a ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
When one of Cookie’s regular customers dies after eating a crème puff from her bakery, Detective Jerry Stansted and Detective Mason Kent are called in to investigate.
Cookie on the other is still trying to bond with her granddaughter, Clarissa.
Well-crafted mystery with interesting characters and engaging storyline
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, if I could, I would...give this series more than a mere five stars!

Karen "Cookie" Williams, owner of a medium sized bakery, is a pre-senior citizen, who has several issues to deal with, not to mention a murder right in her beloved bakery!

Cookie was so well developed a character that I fully empathized with her. She is a divorcee who raised her daughter and created a business that, up to now, had supported them both through the decades. Cookie, wonders if a woman that is 61yrs old is too o
Susan Barton
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

When an unlikable bully suddenly dies after eating a pastry in Karen “Cookie” Williams’ bakery, she finds herself the center of a murder investigation. Cookie already has a ruthless businessman harassing her to sell her property, and a strange nightly visitor lurking outside the bakery. Cookie is determined to get to the bottom of everything, while keeping her visiting granddaughter Clarissa out of harm’s way. Good thing handsome cop, Jerry, is on the case.

As stated in the description, this is a
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

Cookie did not plan on this day going so very, very wrong. But then who does? This amateur sleuth is about to lose her bakery if the police don't catch the killer. People won’t come into the bakery if they think they could croak.
Cookie also dreaded having to tell her daughter that her granddaughter was in the same building, only feet away from all this chaos. Cookie is trying so hard to get to know her teenage granddaughter. Her granddaughter seems to have an
Debbie Lesley
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
“Sweet” Little Story

How on earth have I managed to read two books in a row where a grandmother has her grandchild living with her and murders happen? And, both grandmothers run a bakery and become interested in a police officer! Now what are the odds?

So Grandma Cookie agrees to take her granddaughter for the summer while her daughter has time with her new husband and time away from a teenager with an attitude. Of course, Clarissa the granddaughter keeps the attitude but grandmothers know how to
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
How to Bake a Murder is the first in the Cookie and Cream Cozy Mystery Series by K.J. Emrick. Karen Williams, better known as Cookie, is the owner of a small bakery in Widow Rest. Cookie's granddaughter Clarissa is spending the summer with Cookie to have some time away from Clarissa's mother and her new husband. There is an unexpected death in the bakery, and customers avoid going there. Cookie decides she better help find the person responsible or else she could lose her business. It also appea ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Cookie " is tasty!

Really liked "Cookie" and her small town bakery. A woman of a certain age, Cookie is not your typical 'older' character. She has spent most of her life raising a daughter, running a business in a small town in her own without losing her sense of humor or her belief in the goodness of life or her town. Until...her grumpy daily customer drops dead in her shop after tasting his daily pastry. Add her snarky granddaughter staying for the summer, Cookie's friendly policeman (or mayb
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
How to Bake a Murder was a book I found in the free Nook book section. Since I was in the mood for a cozy mystery and it had an adorable puppy on the cover I went for it. Sadly I was not overly thrilled with the story and found myself skimming parts.

Cookie owns her own bakery and decides to help her daughter out with her stubborn teenage daughter Clarissa. I wanted Cream, the adorable dog, to play a bigger role. He just seemed to show up to bark at the wrong or right moment depending on how you
Ellen White
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cookie overhears a conversation, with her granddaughter calling her an old bat. Her daughter and Cookie thought a summer away, from friends, and working might be good for Clarissa. Conversation was null due to ear buns and her texting. The highlight came the next morning for Clarissa to rise and shine at four am. She maybe 61,but has a soft spot for Clarissa, and maybe even love again with a certain policeman. Nice cozy story, the characters and what she faces day to day, were very real. Definit ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining the whole way through

An older and wiser woman running her own bakery in a small town, struggling to make ends meet, and a feisty chihuahua determined to take on anyone who messes with his home or his humans, agreeing to give her emotionally troubled granddaughter a safe place to spend the summer, a handsome cop and the hidden feelings he and the baker had for each other, a money hungry weasel with an eye on the somewhat faltering bakery, and a Mayor's wife with a dark secret. All of
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the story...but found a problem.

I enjoyed the storyline very much. I would love to read how the rest of the summer went for Cookie and Clarissa. However, towards the end of the story, one thing is glaringly wrong. A gun was first introduced as a long-barreled revolver. Then, a few pages later, a character was wondering how many bullets an automatic weapon holds. A revolver is not an automatic weapon. A revolver discharges one bullet with one trigger pull. Automatic means many bullets for as
Kat Taylor
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mixed messages

An exciting storey writer has come to my attention K.J.Emrick as well as an exquisite new series, the storey starts in giving you an array of caracters so diverse in a gentle sweep then carries you away on a mysterious plot that keeps you jumping,laughing ,then almost weeping. A true credit the turm cozey mystery, thank you for sharing your hard work and talent with us readers. Kat
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
When a snarky, difficult customer dies in Cookies shop, the timing couldn't be worse with Cookie's temperamental granddaughter staying for the summer. Add the murder to the stranger lurking about after dark and a ruthless businessman making threats in order to convince Cookie to sell her shop, and you have one upset bakery owner. The only upside is the events allow Cookie to spend more time with a certain policeman she has feelings for. ...more
Ted Tayler
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
"The diet starts today"

I keep reading this story. I'm sure of it. The names and settings change a little on each occasion, but just because a format is successful you don't have to keep repeating it until you're sick of it. I gave up halfway through after a surfeit of cake. I'm done with books of the baked goods genre. The characters are stodgy and the story lines have developed the dreaded soggy bottom.
Tracy Wainwright
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Not s clean cozy

My greatest disappointment in this book stems from I found it when looking for Christian fiction and it looks like a cozy mystery. One thing I really like about cozy mysteries is that they are G rated and very clean. This book does not have a lot of unclean stuff in it, but it does have a bit of sexual innuendo and a handful of profanity. The writing was OK and I stuck with it to the end, but I won’t pick this author up again.
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like cozy mysteries, you'll like this one. Cookie owns a bakery, her grand daughter comes to stay the summer. One of Cookie's customers keels over in her shop after eating a pastry. Some rich guy wants to buy her shop and Cookie gets kiss from a gentleman she likes. The hunt is on for who killed Cookie's customer. I didn't figure out who the murderer was until the very end. Total surprise! ...more
Edith Horgan
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Feel good family affair

I enjoyed the book. Being an older person, I identified with Cookie, the main character. Plus I too have a small dog & grandchildren. Made it more enjoyable for me. I like Cookie & her family & love interest.
As for the book being a murder mystery, that part was sort of all ovwr the place. Yet, I still enjoyed it because K. J. Emrick did a good job with her characters in the book.
All in all, I liked it & want to read more about Cookie & her life.
Lyn Jenkins
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet mystery.

It's nice to read a cozy involving an older age group. Cookie certainly has a heck of a lot on her plate in this first book. Murder, disgruntled granddaughter, pushy business man, falling revenue, stalking teenager and a new love. All makes for a wonderful story of mystery and murder.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Too many goodies can be bad for your health

Great start. Having her granddaughter to stay should have been a good experience. But having one of her customers drop dead in her bakery wasn't a great start. Who wanted to kill him? How did he die? Who has been hanging around the bakery? A light hearted read that follows some tough issues regarding family life. Recommended
Amary Chapman
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clean culinary cozy

Cookie, had made a life for herself and her daughter years ago when her husband left by baking. She became the owner of the shop she worked in, but now is under pressure to sell. A customer dies, someone is prowling. Outside and she has more questions than answers, and is responsible for her granddaughter for the summer. Time to get some answers
Sharon M. Turner
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lot of stuff happens in a bakery!

Cookie helps out her daughter by having her teenage granddaughter stay with her for the summer. A customer drops dead of poisoning in the shop and someone is trying to scare her into selling the bakery, plus there just might be romance on the horizon. This is one tough Cookie to contend with.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read with a common theme...woman own's food shop and someone dies in it. She has to solve the case since police are slow/she has financial issues.
The author kept using the phrase "What is that called?" several times to indicate the 61 year old lead is old. 61 is not old!
A simple mystery that was easily solved.
Christie Marsh
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How to Bake a Murder

Cookie's life was turned upside down when her granddaughter came to stay with her for the summer, and then murder happened. Cookie was bound and determined to find out who dun it with a Little help from her granddaughter, Clarissa, and cop friend/ boyfriend, Jerry.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a go d. Excellent story.

This is a book from an author I hadn't read before. I loved the story line the characters and disruptions of the setting. It kept me guessing and rooting for the baker a d her bakery. Not a book you want to read while trying to stay away from goodies.. My but my mouth watered. Nicely done. Thank you.
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