BLOG TOUR – As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles – REVIEW


Welcome! Today I’m hosting a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles, the fifth in the Food Lovers’ Village Mystery series by Leslie Budewitz.

About the Book

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

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

Purchase Links – AmazonB&NKobo

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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!

Review – 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this latest installment in the Food Lovers’ Village mysteries. It’s always fun to return to Jewel Bay and visit the characters there and this book was no exception!

It’s Christmas and this year is extra special because Erin and Adam are getting married on Christmas Eve!

Our victim, Merrily, seemed like a sweet girl. It’s too bad she and Erin won’t be able to be friends. But alas, someone has to be the victim.

The plot was great and kept me guessing. I wondered about the villain, but I was never sure until it was revealed!

I do wish there’d been a little more about the wedding, but all in all it was another fun adventure in Jewel Bay!

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About the Author

Leslie 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


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2 thoughts on “BLOG TOUR – As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles – REVIEW

  1. Thank you for your review and for being part of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for “As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles” by Leslie Budewitz.

    Adorable cover, and a wonderful storyline! Always love reading the adventures and mishaps of Erin owner of the Merc.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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