Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cookies and Scream - Cozy Days of Summer Giveaway

by Maddie Briggs, co-owner of The Gingerbread House

Lately some folks around here have been suggesting I might be obsessively fascinated by murder. I find that notion so irritating I’m beginning to obsess about it. Chatterley Heights may be a small town, but it is close to DC and Baltimore, so there ought to be more interesting topics to discuss. Besides, Livie gets every bit as involved in local mysteries as I do. (That’s Olivia Greyson—she and I run The Gingerbread House.)

What really irks me is when someone accuses me of pining for someone to get murdered! I do not pine. I do adore creating decorated cutout cookies and have been known to stay up most of the night happily baking. Baking makes me happy, but murder definitely does not, no matter what a certain small-town newspaper/blogger might say. (Yes, I’m talking about you, Binnie Sloan.)

Binnie is right about one thing, though—I do adore a mystery. Murder isn’t right. It makes me sad, even if the murdered person wasn’t the most admirable of human beings. But mystery… ah, the thrill of it!

This newest mystery, for instance… It’s all about antique cookie cutters. How could I not be over-the-top thrilled by that?! Yes, a person was murdered, and both Livie and I are determined to see the culprit brought to justice. Wouldn’t you feel the same way?

At the same time, I’m so excited because this mystery is an opportunity to learn all sorts of interesting things about antique cutters, like how to tell early German cutters from American ones. And did you know that some antique cutters are signed or initialed by their creators? That makes them more valuable, of course. To learn more, I borrowed a huge stack of my Aunt Sadie’s Cookie Cutter Collector’s Club newsletters, which are full of wonderful photos and interesting tidbits about antique and vintage cutters. Figuring out the origin of an antique cookie cutter (or if it’s a fake), now that’s mystery! And it doesn’t have to include a murder… although sometimes it does.

Why do you like mysteries?

KILLER CHARACTERS COZY DAYS OF SUMMER GIVEAWAY

Every day in June and July the Killer Characters are giving away books for your stack of summer reading! Leave a comment by midnight for a chance to win a copy of COOKIES AND SCREAM, the newest book in Virginia Lowell’s Cookie Cutter Shop Series.

Because COOKIES AND SCREAM just hit the shelves on July 1, Virginia is celebrating by giving away a second copy of Olivia and Maddie’s newest sleuthing adventure. Leave a comment for a chance to win!

Remember to check KillerCharacters.com again soon to see if you are listed as a winner of a giveaway copy of COOKIES AND SCREAM. If you are a winner, contact Virginia at www.virginialowell.com and let her know where to send your free copy.

55 comments:

  1. I love trying to figure out the killer before the main character does. I like that the stories keep me on the edge of my seat and I can't put the book down until I finish it :). areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  2. I love a good puzzle. In fiction, the bad guy always gets caught. I like the logic and being caught up in the momentum of the story. dbahn@iw.net

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  3. I like mysteries because they make my mind work a bit harder. I love cozy mysteries because I have fun while I'm making my mind work harder. ;-) Love this series! lisaksbookreview@aol.com

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  4. After reading this series I am so glad that I did not let my Mom or my husband throw out all of the cookie cutters I collected in my teens. I'll never let them call all of the old Hallmark cookie cutters junk again!

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  5. I like trying to figure out who the killer is

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  6. Mysteries are interesting and keep you reading to find out how the story ends.

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  7. Mysteries are captivating and intriguing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. A mystery hold my interest and attention because of the writing, characters and plot. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. I have some antique cookie cutters so I am curious about which ones are featured in this mystery, Thank you for the chance,

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. I like mysteries to keep my mind busy + I'm naturally a nosy person. I love this series. there are so many good series out now. thanks for offering the new book.
    ColleenMvotour at yahoo dot com

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  11. I love trying to piece together the clues and figure out the real killer. Sometimes....I even get it right. LOL This series is one of my favorites. Its set in a wonderful small town - a place that I would like to live in. And there are likeable characters, good friends, romance, and a cute doggy. All the things I look for in a book! Can't wait to read Cookies and Scream.
    dty66@md.metrocast.net

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  12. I love trying to solve the mystery before the end and seeing if I'm right. I also love to bake and cook, so these cozies are so much fun

    debbiec1313@yahoo.com

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  13. I love this series. I really enjoy watching how amateurs are able to prove that anyone with a brain and some cognitive skills can solve a crime. My son in law is a cop... I know for a fact that while he'd love to make detective, he can't find his way out of a paper bag, with a map. LOL

    I hope I get lucky and win this new book.

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I think part of it is that there is a purpose to the story line. A crime/murder has been committed and there's a clear path to finding out who did it. I hate chick lit because it just meanders.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  15. I like mysteries because I like trying to figure out "whodunit" before the author tells us.


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  16. It's fun to follow the clues and guess the murderer. Raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I DO scream for cookies!!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  18. It's fun to live through the characters in the books - they have all kinds of adventures I'll never have (and am thankful to not have a lot of time).
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  19. My husband tells me I am obsessed with murder, since whenever he asks what I'm reading about I usually have to say murder! I enjoy the puzzle and the clues and trying to see if I can figure it out, and all the creepy things are in the book and not really in my life.

    Never realized there was so much to cookie cutters. Interesting.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  20. I love mysteries because they are simply wonderful. From the time I was young, losing myself in a fictional world of mystery and intrigue was my favorite pastime. I'm also a cookie monster, and LOVE this series!

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  21. I love the puzzle of trying to figure out the solution. I usually get it wrong, but it is a fun game to try to piece things together before the detective. carstairs38 at gmail

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  22. I love cozy mysteries because the characters are amateur sleuths piecing together a puzzle. There's also such a great sense of place that you get lost in the communities and the quirky characters that live there. It's like taking a mini vacation.

    Sandra M
    sa7mrt@aol.com

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  23. I like the surprises and the challenge.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  24. I love the anticipation of figuring out the murderer. Kuzlin( at)aol(dot)com

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  25. I love games and puzzles so I love trying to solve the mystery. Right now I'm trying to solve whether Virginia Lowell is a pseudonym . Is it ? Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book. kphans08@gmail.com

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  26. Mysteries keep me guessing.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  27. I like how the main character always puts it together in the end.
    jeosmond@gmail.com

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  28. So many cookies So little time
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  29. I like it when I find out the killer is the one I picked out as I read the book.
    CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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  30. I like to figure out who and why. Although I am also enjoying the TV show MOTIVE which only asks us to solve the why.

    Karen94066 at aol.com

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  31. I have already reaad the book so I'm not going to enter ,but I just wanted to say it was a GREAT book!!! :)

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  32. to find out what happens

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  33. I love light mysteries they allow you to follow the lives of the characters. Peak over their soldiers and pit your wits against the villain and hero/heroine to see if you can solve the crime before them. An added bonus is that their is no bloody scenes or gory details to wade through. At the average 200 pages cozy mysteries are quick reads. If I have a desire to do so I can read as many as four or five in one day. What is not to like about mysteries?

    DelAnne
    InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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  34. Love cookie cutters. Never thought of them involved in a mystery. Usually my mystery is when are they all after the grandkids are through playing with them. Looks like a great book. Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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  35. I started getting into mysteries in a big way about the time my dear Nana passed away. I had lived with her my
    entire life and she was one of the people who meant the world to me. At the time it was easier to focus on stories
    where someone else had been killed by someone else for a reason (however silly it sometimes seemed) than focusing
    on her natural death. But while my dive into mysteries may not have had the best reason behind it, I really quickly
    grew to love them. I get to see into the lives of the characters and even learn some new things. Plusit's a way to challenge myself by playing detective and trying to figure out who a killer is, without the possibility of finding myself facing the business end of a weapon like some fictional characters end up doing.

    Thanks for the giveaway. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  36. I have enjoyed their adventures in the past. suefoster198@netzero.net

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  37. Mysteries keep my brain active and alert - between "senior moments" - even though I'm so often wrong as to who-dun-it.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  38. mysteries are my preferred reading - can't get enough of them jody.714@hotmail.com

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  39. I'm not sure why I enjoy mysteries so much. Because of the unknown? The process of discovery? Whatever the reason, I do love them!

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  40. One reason I like mysteries is that I like to figure things out.

    spigootz9@hotmail.com

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  41. Would love to win the newest in this series! angelamcrae at charter dot net

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  42. I love Mysteries, because I love solving puzzles and mysteries involve diverse characters, situations, and places interacting in that puzzle. I also like to see if I can solve it before the end! Plus it's usually just plain clean and good fun!

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  43. I want to hear more about these antique cookie cutters---so I hope I win the book.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  44. I love trying to solve the mysteries.
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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  45. I love mysteries because I like figuring out what situations and people are not what they seem!

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  46. I love puzzles, and the puzzle of "whodunit" has appealed to me since reading Nancy Drew as a kid. I like to try to figure out the culprit before the detective, and sometimes even succeed. :-)

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  48. I love mysteries because I love trying to solve it. kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  49. I adore mysteries and trying to solve the it. :)

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  50. I hope it is not too late to enter. I seem to get the emails the day after the post. I would love a chance to win this book - it sounds fun. griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  51. I get the notices the day after the post. I hope it isn't too late to enter either. I love mysteries due to the mystery and suspense factor... and I try to solve them. Thanks for the chance!
    rayptc@gmail.com

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  52. I enjoy reading mysteries and trying to solve them. Thank you for this opportunity. :)

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  53. I love trying to solve mysteries. Thank you for this opportunity.
    carter@columbusacademy.org

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