Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies by Virginia Lowell


Cold Cases Can Be Murder

Here I thought I was sending Livie and Maddie on a fun little jaunt to help set up a brand-new kitchen for Livie’s mom’s new craft school, and what happens? I’m sure you can guess. But was it murder or wasn’t it? Evidence may be tough to find given the passage of years. The answer will take time and forensics, and the trail is cold. Naturally, that won’t stop Livie and Maddie from investigating on their own.

There’s something intriguing, I think, about a murder that happened years or even decades ago. Time has a way of muting the horror we might otherwise feel. After all, the killer might be long buried, along with his or her motive. At the very least, he or she might have disappeared. The absence of a smoking gun can lull us into a dangerously false sense of security. So searching for clues might feel more like a treasure hunt… until we turn over the wrong stone.

DEAD MEN DON’T EAT COOKIES was especially fun for me to write. Cold cases capture my imagination, and the colder the better. As a youngster, I once visited a museum where I lingered in a room filled with artifacts from ancient Egypt. I stared, transfixed, at the mummy of an Egyptian princess who had died as a child. She had not been interred alone in her sarcophagus. It wasn’t clear what or who had been embalmed with her, though there was speculation that it might be an extra head. A hidden murder, perhaps? Or perhaps her loving parents had buried a doll with their daughter to give her a companion in the afterlife. Several more gruesome possibilities occurred to me, as well, but I settled on the doll.

Years later I learned the extra inhabitant of the sarcophagus was actually the princess’s favorite cat. It seemed the pet’s death might not have been entirely natural. However, I told myself the cat must have died of grief over the death of its beloved mistress. The princess and her cat died centuries ago, and so I felt free to make up my own ending to their story.

In DEAD MEN DON’T EAT COOKIES, Livie and Maddie take on a case that is far less cold. The killer might well be alive, perhaps living in or near Chatterley Heights …and feeling safer with each passing year. If you believed you’d gotten away with murder, how would you react if suddenly, years later, two amateur detectives began asking questions? Would you try to disappear? That might raise suspicion. Or would you begin to wonder if perhaps you might need to do a bit of damage control?

post-divider rightdeadmenSeries: A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery (Book 6)
Publisher: Berkley (July 7, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425260712
ISBN-13: 978-0425260715
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


As the national bestselling Cookie Cutter Shop mysteries return, things are heating up for Olivia Greyson, her best friend, Maddie, and the rest of the crew at The Gingerbread House—until a cold case puts their plans on ice…

Olivia’s mom, Ellie, is always cooking up new schemes, but her latest idea has Livie and Maddie especially excited. Ellie’s converting an old boarding house into an arts and crafts school—one that, of course, houses a kitchen for those interested in baking. But right as renovations start, the workers discover a pile of bones buried within the boarding house’s walls, evidence of a long forgotten crime.

A silver necklace with a cookie cutter charm is found within the remains, convincing one of the workers that the bones are the remains of her father, who’s been missing for over five years. Of course, Livie and Maddie can’t resist the allure of investigating. But they’re about to discover that digging up the secrets of the past can be deadly dangerous…

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Dead Men Don't Eat Cookies to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on July 15th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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virginiaVirginia lives in the temporarily unfrozen northland with her husband and two bossy cats. One Dead Cookie, which was just released on July 2, is the fourth book in her Nationally Bestselling Cookie Cutter Shop mystery series.


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07/01  Lori's Reading Corner – Spotlight, Giveaway
07/07   Mochas, Mysteries and Meows- Review, Giveaway
07/10   Marie’s Cozy Corner- Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
07/13   Fresh Fiction- Guest Post
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07/16   Open Book Society- Review
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  1. I adore A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery!  I am looking forward to reading Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies.

  2. I've read several in this series and have each one enjoyable.  I am sure Dead Men Don't Eat Cookies will be the same.  Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  3. Michelle Daniels says:

    I have read them all!! When it another great advnture coming our way???!!!!


  4. Michelle Daniels says:

    I have read them all!! When is another great advnture coming our way???!!!!


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