Olivia “Livie” Grayson, slave to Spunky, a rescued yorkie, is co-propietor of The Gingerbread House along with long time friend Maddie Briggs, a free-spirited, flamboyant, and a cookie mixer extrodinaire. The book quickly goes to the announcement of the discovery of Livie’s dear friend and mentor Clarisse Chamberlain, wealthy business woman and a pillar of the community. Sheriff Delroy Jenkins tells her it was either a suicide or accidental overdose. Something Livie has a hard time accepting. The more she learns the more she is convinced Clarisse was murdered.
Livie recieves a letter that convinces her more than ever something was going on in Clarisse’s life that may have led to her death. She and Maddie begin investigating on their own, much to the consternation of the sheriff. They interview many of the town’s people covertly and check the alibi’s of each of her prime suspects. Follow along as Livie and Maddie make cookies, sell new and antique cookie cutters and investigate murder on the side.
Welcome to Chatterly Heights, your newest stop on visits to old and new literary friends. If you enjoy Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldylock’s Catering or Joann Fluke’s Hannah Swenson mysteries then you are going to love Virginia Lowell’s Cookie Cutter Shop mysteries. You will identify with Livie’s hectic life and smile as you imagine Maddie and her zany ways. From beginning to end Cookie Dough or Die will keep you involved in the happenings at The Gingerbread House and eagerly waiting to open A Cookie Before Dying just so you won’t have to leave Chatterly Heights.