As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles by Leslie Budewitz – a #BlogTour #BookReview and #Giveaway

As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles by Leslie Budewitz

As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery)
Book Details:

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Midnight Ink (June 8, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738752419
Digital ASIN: B075W25FNF

I am super-excited today to provide a review at my blog stop for As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles by Leslie Budewitz on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour.

Book Blurb

Erin is one smart cookie, but can she keep the holiday spirit—and herself—alive till Christmas?

In Jewel Bay, all is merry and bright. At Murphy’s Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily has turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.

When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he’s been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she’s found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?

Includes delicious recipes!

As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles by Leslie BudewitzMy Review

In this fifth book of the series, Erin Murphy is diving headlong into the Christmas season by participating in the annual Decorating Day with the downtown merchants of Jewel Bay, Montana. Erin is coordinating the festivities with food, drink, and little giveaways for customers of her shop, Murphy’s Mercantile, better known as the Merc. All the neighboring shops are inadvertently competing with the Thornton’s shop, nearby, who sets the bar at a new height each year. But it is Mrs. Thornton who rages against their daughter, Merrily, who recently returned to her hometown after a long estrangement that draws everyone’s attention away from their decorating efforts. Erin feels awful for the young woman, a few years older than herself, and invites her into the shop to help with lights and invites her to the cookie exchange on Sunday. Merrily left home almost twenty years ago after a scandal in which she was accused of embezzlement and sent to prison. She is hoping after all this time for a reconciliation. Most people aware of the history felt she was innocent and that there were extenuating circumstances.

Unfortunately, Merrily does not show up for the cookie exchange and Erin feels something is very wrong. Then she gets a call from Greg Taylor, who tried to give her a second chance when he hired her as a bookkeeper upon her return at his building supply store. Together they go out to her parents home and find her murdered in her parent’s barn. Despite the upcoming holidays and her wedding scheduled for Christmas Eve, Greg asks Erin to quietly look into the facts of Merrily’s death but to do so would also have her investigating the original embezzlement.

Erin and her fiancé, Adam Zimmerman, have been rehabbing her old family home and expecting to host several upcoming holiday and nuptial events. She is busy with the Merchants Association, working on all aspects of her wedding, including rehearsal dinner, dealing with a historic building in need of repairs, plotting her shop’s upcoming primary sales, organizing a manual for her employees for use while she is on her honeymoon, and interviewing persons associated with Merrily.

There is a host of characters, townspeople, shop employees, as well as Erin’s mother and fiancé who provide a developed sense of small town, winter conditions in Montana. Protagonist Erin presents a strong, independent, mature and level-headed nature. As with most cozies, Erin is a proprietor of some form of retail shop. Tackling the murder mystery is handled by her Excel spreadsheet, where she creates a timeline, and to examine possible motives and bad guys. There are twists and little surprises that add to the spicy fun of a well-plotted storyline. Also, as with most cozy reads, the plot begins rather slow and slow and steady sets the pace, while preserving that downtown Holiday atmosphere. Christmas in June! This entry in the series would still work well as a standalone. Get your copy and chill this summer!

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Thank you for visiting my stop on the tour and please visit the other stops listed below!

About the Author

Leslie Budewitz - authorLeslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model, and avid bird-watcher.

Connect with her on her website,, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Purchase Links

Amazon  B&N  BookBub   Kobo

Tour Participants:

June 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – COZY WEDNESDAY

June 7 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

June 7 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

June 7 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 8 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

June 8 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

June 8 – Carole’s Book Corner – GUEST POST

June 9 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

June 9 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

June 10 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

June 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

June 11 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 11 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

June 11 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

June 12 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

June 12 – Island Confidential – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 12 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

June 13 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

June 14 – cherylbbookblog – REVIEW

June 14 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

June 15 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

June 15 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW

June 16 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

June 17 –   Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 18 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW

June 18 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 19 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

June 19 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

June 19 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

June 20 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

June 20 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST Great Escapes Book Tours

Thanks to Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this cozy mystery!

©2018 V Williams V Williams

Author: Rosepoint Publishing

I am the granddaughter of Patrick John "Stanley McShane" Rose whose books including "Cocos Island Treasure" I've recently published. My time is now spent in reading, reviewing, and writing bookish articles. I'm looking forward to sharing this social media odyssey with you!

9 thoughts on “As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles by Leslie Budewitz – a #BlogTour #BookReview and #Giveaway”

  1. Nice review. I am listening the the third book in this series right now. I want to read them in order, so this one will get read or listened to soon I hope. I heard the recipes are really tempting.

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