by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier
In this trio of Christmas mysteries, gingerbread cookies play a supporting role.
In Fluke's Gingerbread Cookie Murder, Hannah Swensen finds the dead body of a neighbor and remains of the gingerbread cookies that she baked for him.
Levine's The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies takes Jaine Austen to her parents' condo in Florida. It is there that a local theater production features a gingerbread man and murder.
Meier's Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots focuses on the kidnapping of a young boy, Nemo Anderson. It is up to sleuth Lucy Stone to find Nemo and return him to his mother.
I enjoyed reading Levine's Jaine Austen mystery. It was humorous, and I'd definitely read another one. I've never read a mystery by Leslie Meier before this one. It left me flat. Lucy Stone is a Debbie Downer of sorts and not very likable.
All in all, this was a nice holiday read.