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Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off is the second book in Darci Hannah's "A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery" series. During the town-wide cookie bake-off, the celebrity judge, who belongs on the naughty list, ends up dead under some mistletoe. Baker, Lindsey Bakewell, and her family and friends investigate the crime to stop a murderer from ruining Christmas.
This book is everything I want in a holiday cozy mystery. It has a great deal of Christmas references from food to decorations to traditions. There are plenty of suspects, none of them the obvious killer. Lindsey's close friends and family, who are in town for the festivities, investigate the crime together, and there is even a Mrs. Claus-type character with lots of holiday cheer.
I have enjoyed both books in this series and highly recommend them to cozy fans!
This is a read that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. I loved the debut of this series and second book does not disappoint. Set around the holiday with all our favorite characters and a few more added, things are festive until a food critic is murdered at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off. Who could have done it? Would Lindsey have won? Was the critic really as bad as we are learning? Could one of the village's shop owners have done the deed? Well worth your time to read and find out!!
As much as I enjoyed the first Beacon Bakeshop Mystery, that's how much I disliked this 2nd entry. The main character, Lindsey, preparing for an over-the-top Christmas, comes off as a nitwit. I didn't care about any of the characters. They were cartoonish. And the murder doesn't happen until page 114, which is more than a 3rd of the way into the silly book. I usually love Christmas back drops, but this doesn't work at all. Not recommended.
It was an awesome read. It caught my attention from the beginning and was very hard to put down. Lots of holiday spirit and activities in this book and it really helped me feel the Christmas spirit. I loved getting to know Lindsey better and enjoyed her burgeoning romance with Rory. I enjoyed meeting her parents. I also enjoyed getting to know the other side characters. The killer was someone I did not guess right away. The story was so fun and engaging. I also loved all the recipes included at the end. There was a really good variety.
Lindsey Bakewell is hoping for a perfect Christmas this year in Beacon Harbor with her family, best friend Kennedy and new love Rory Campbell. But with large holiday orders, no assistant baker, the cookie bake-off and a dead judge, Christmas might not be so merry.
This is the second book in the Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series and it does not disappoint. I love the setting, characters and the recipes sound delicious. I can’t wait to try them.
Lindsey and her Newfie, Wellington, will have you summoning your inner Clark Griswold.
Ms. Hannah writes a good mystery involving lots of possible suspects all having their own reasons for wanting revenge. She creates chaos with humor and laces it with just enough danger to keep the reader turning pages. Her recipes look scrumptious and are just the ticket with which to celebrate the holidays.
Three and a half stars. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and thought this second installment was pretty good. Some of it was far fetched and a bit silly but the mystery kept me guessing and I loved the twist at the end. Can’t wait for book 3.