Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Secret Power Of Cookies!

byOlivia (Livie) Greyson and Maddie Briggs, cookie mavens and crime fighters.
From THE COOKIE CUTTER SHOP MYSTERIES, by Virginia Lowell.
Visit them in Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies.

Olivia Greyson, Maddie Briggs, and Ellie Greyson-Meyers had spent the last two hours sitting around the kitchen table in Olivia’s apartment, planning the grand opening of Ellie’s longed-for arts and crafts school.  Olivia poured another round of strong coffee and sighed. “We’ve been planning for over an hour without sustenance,” she said. “I think it’s time to break out the cookies.”  She opened a tin of tiny almond spritz cookies, and plopped it on the kitchen table.

Ellie’s pixie face lit up. “Oh, spritz cookies! They are lovely. Maddie, you truly are a baking genius, and I’m so glad you’ll be teaching at my school.”

“Hey!” Olivia arched an eyebrow at her mother.

“Livie, you are a brilliant business woman,” Ellie said. “Your decorated cookies are quite good, really.”

“Thanks, Mom,” Olivia said. “I think.”

“Now about the opening celebration, I do have some concerns.” Ellie sighed. “Well, one concern in particular.”

“Lenora and her penchant for wine.” Olivia refilled coffee cups. “I know you suggested not serving anything alcoholic, but how do we stop guests from bringing their own contributions? We’re likely to attract an artistic crowd, and you know what they’re like.”

“Now Livie, you and Maddie are artistic. I’ve seen you two imbibe your share of merlot.” Ellie softened her observation by patting her daughter’s hand. “Of course, you know when to stop. Lenora does not. And she is so very thin.” Ellie shook her head. “I really think we must ban all alcoholic beverages at the school’s grand opening.”

“That will be tough,” Olivia said. “It’s a celebration, after all.”

Ellie heaved a sigh worthy of a woman twice her weight. “Dear Lenora has invited a number of her old Hollywood friends.”

“Mom, how likely is it that her Hollywood friends, if they still remember her name, will trek to Chatterley Heights to attend the opening of an arts and crafts school?” Olivia glanced at Maddie for moral support and was surprised to see her best friend grinning. “Maddie?”

“I hope you all realize,” Maddie said, “that my cunning knows no bounds.”

“Yes, dear,” Ellie said, “of course we do.”

Olivia arched an eyebrow. “And your point is?”

“In a moment.” Maddie spun toward the kitchen cabinets, selected four small bottles from a shelf, and placed them in a row on the kitchen table. “Am I not brilliant?”

Olivia glanced at the table. “Extracts?” She scooped up the small bottles and read the labels. “Rum, Irish Cream, Orange Brandy, Crème de Menthe… Are you hoping flavored water will pacify Lenora and her sophisticated friends?”

Maddie rolled her emerald green eyes toward the kitchen ceiling. “Oh Livie… what is it that I create so brilliantly, if I do say so myself? Decorated cookies, of course. And really, who needs alcohol when there are luscious, alcohol-flavored, decorated cookies available? No one, that’s who. Trust me, the booze will never be missed. Plus, the cookies will attract potential students for my cookie-baking classes. Now, back to the question of my brilliance…?”

Ellie patted Maddie’s hand. “Of course you are brilliant, dear. But just to be safe, perhaps we should taste those alcohol-flavored cookies…several times. One can never be too thorough, can one?”

Happy Holidays! Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of one of Virginia Lowell’s cookie cutter shop mysteries! Check the sidebar to see if you’ve won.

SUBMITTED BY VIRGINIA LOWELL

Virginia Lowell is the author of COOKIE DOUGH OR DIE, A COOKIE BEFORE DYING, WHEN THE COOKIE CRUMBLES, ONE DEAD COOKIE, COOKIES AND SCREAM, and DEAD MENT DON’T EAT COOKIES. Visit Virginia at: www.virginialowell.com

58 comments:

  1. I plan on decorating some cookies today. Enjoy the coming holiday!
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  2. I love all of the titles & look forward to a lot of delicious reading.

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  3. I've read the first 2 books in the series and enjoyed them. I have to catch up.

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  4. I've really enjoyed this series. I never knew you could buy so many different cookie cutter shapes. I remember when my friend and I looked, in vain, for a horse shaped one for her daughter. Merry Christmas! dbahn@iw.net

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  5. This series is one I would like to get started after the first of the year. This cover has been the best so far. Thanks for the chance.
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  6. Merry Christmas! I haven't tried this series yet, but it's on my list. Merry Christmas! nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  7. I like the title of this book. Merry Christmas to all!

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  9. I love this series! Merry Christmas!
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  10. Enjoy this series so much. Merry Christmas!!
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  11. I am familiar with Virginia Lowell's books and enjoy them very much. Thank you very much for the wonderful
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  12. Happy Holidays to everyone!! Thank you for introducing me to Virginia Lowell ... a "new to me" author!
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  13. Happy holidays to everyone! I love this series and always want to bake while I'm reading. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  14. This series & author are new to me, and I hope I will be fortunate enough to start this series with The Secret Power of Cookies, which by the way, happen to be my families favorite treat. Especially our cream cheese cookies. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com Since learning of Chatting About Cozies I've been introduced to Killer Characters and Mystery Kitchen. I am of limited funds and have been blest with 4 wins in the past 5 months, so I have been in 7th heaven. Thank you for this giveaway. I received my book from Kari yesterday.

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  15. I'm sure I would love this book!
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  16. Happy Holidays Everyone. Love this series. Nothing like a great cozy mystery during the Holiday Season.

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  17. love the title! thanks for the chance to win! Merry Christmas!

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  18. Christmas cookies! I love them...sugar cookies with buttercream frosting are delicious,mbut at Christmas they have a little extra flavor to them. kat8762@aol.com

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  19. Sounds like a great read. Merry Christmas!

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  20. This reminds me I wanted to try the Lavender Meringue recipe from the last book. I wonder if there is still time before Christmas... (susierobertsmom at Hotmail dot com)

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  21. Glad Dead Men Don't Eat Cookies, more for me!

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  22. What a wonderful feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. Merry Christmas to you.
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  24. Terrific cozy. Merry Christmas! Wonderful book and series. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I love the book cover. I definitely want to check this series out.

    Christmas Eve, time to bake and decorate cookies. Merry Christmas.

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  26. Great cover!!
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  27. Love the cover and theme! Happy Holidays!
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  28. I'd be happy to help with the cookie tasting!
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  30. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  31. Happy Holidays! Sounds great! Thanks for the chance!
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  32. Have a Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks for having a chance to win!

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  33. I did my baking at church bake sales this year---I could get such a nice assortment that way.
    Merry Christmas.
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  34. Happy Holidays! Didn't have time to bake this year.
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  35. I'll take one of those alcohol flavored cookies later this evening!

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  36. Thank you for the chance to win! Merry Christmas Eve!
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  37. This is a new author to me. I love cozy mysteries and love to read. Hope to win this one.
    Merry Christmas and enjoy your day
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  38. Thank you for the giveaway. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. Georgia
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  39. I love cookies but somehow did not feel like going through all of the steps to make any this year, so will have to feast on store-bought ones...but there are great-tasting varieties at my local store, so it won't be too much of a hardship! Happy holidays!

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  40. I love this site and I love cozy mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win a book! Merry Christmas!!
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  41. I would love to win one of your cozy mysteries.
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  42. Merry Christmas!
    I love the Cookie Cutter Shop mystery series, and the cover art is always adorable.
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  43. I never met a cookie I didn't like! Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!
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  44. Love the title, looks great. Thanks for the chance to win :)
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  45. Can't wait to read this! Thanks for the opportunity. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  46. I enjoy these cooking cozies. Thanks for this opportunity. Happy Holidays to all.

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  47. A favorite series! seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  48. Blessed Christmas! I haven't read any books from this series yet, so would love to read this. Cookies, one of my Grandma's remedies for every boo boo! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  49. I enjoy reading this series very much.

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  50. I'm in the middle of reading this book, love it. Thanks for a chance to win another of your great books.
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  51. I'm all for alcohol in my cookies! Merry Christmas!

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  52. I would love to win a copy of this book. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  53. I read the first book in the series and own two more to read.
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