A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery
BY VIRGINIA LOWELL
ABOUT THE BOOK:
On a stormy night, Olivia Greyson and her Yorkie discover the body of a man stabbed to death—which looks suspiciously like the intruder seen fleeing the local health food store The Vegetable Plate. Charlene Critch, owner of The Vegetable Plate, has a grudge against Olivia’s cookie cutter shop, but could Charlene be hiding a secret serious enough to kill for?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hi! I'm Virginia Lowell, and Cookie Dough or Die was the first book in my new Cookie Cutter Shop series. I had a great time writing the story. I mean, decorated cookies and murder, what could be more fun?
I grew up surrounded by shelves of mysteries, which my mother collected. She loved those wonderful British cozies with quirky characters, a light touch of humor, and gallons of tea. I do, too. Cookie cutters have always fascinated me, as well. They seem to have personalities of their own, and sometimes they tell a tale. In Cookie Dough or Die, cookie cutters help to solve a murder.
Virginia Lowell's first book in The Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery Series is COOKIE DOUGH OR DIE.
To read more about Virginia Lowell and her fascination with cookie cutters, visit her website HERE.
NATIONAL COOKIE CUTTER WEEK:
Did you know that National Cookie Cutter Week is the first week of December? I learned about this from reading Virginia Lowell's website and going to some of the links.
Here is some of the information I found that might interest you other cookie cutter fans:
What is this Holiday for?
This holiday is for honoring and enjoying the fun use of cookie cutters all week long. There's nothing as fun as decorating a cookie! Let today be the day you buy a new cookie cutter and enjoy using it by baking homemade cookies. Let this week be the week you sit down with your kids or grandkids and have some cookie decorating fun. Memories last a lifetime so make some cookie memories for your family. Let today be the day you sit down with a tall cold glass of milk or hot coffee, a large plate of fresh cookies, and have no guilt at eating them all up.
Origin of this Holiday?
"National Cookie Cutter Week was started in the mid 1990's by Paula Mullins from KY. It was started for the members of the Cookie Cutter Collector's Club. Paula registered it and designed a cutter for it each year. Lyn Linder took it over around 2007 when Mullins decided she no longer wanted to do it." Lyn Linder emailed us and said "Check out the National Cookie Cutter Collector Club's Museum in the Joplin, MO Museum Complex. It, as well as the rest of the museum is a pleasant surprise...great experience...thanks ,lyn"
What is a Cookie Cutter?
A cookie cutter is a tool to cut out cookie dough in a particular shape.
Types & Variations:
- Cutouts: Usually made out of Copper, Tin, Stainless Steel, Aluminum or Plastic. Cut outs are the most simplest of cookie cutters and only "cut out" the shape in the dough.
- Detail Imprint: Commonly Made out of Copper & Tin or Plastic. Detail Imprints not only cut out the dough they also leave an imprint in the dough that will last through baking.
- Cookie Molds: Usually made out of wood or ceramic or plastic. Springerle molds are the most ancient of examples (can be traced back to the 14th century) and perhaps the beginning of cookie & cracker shaping.
- Cookie press: Automated or hand operated press used to make large batches of cookies quickly
Other Cookie Cutter Uses:Besides their defined use "to cut shapes out of dough", they can also be used but not limited to for cutting and shaping tea sandwiches.
The above information is from "Gone-ta-pot.com"
THANKS TO KAYLEIGH AND THE GOOD
FOLKS AT PENGUIN PUBLISHING, I HAVE
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A COOKIE BEFORE DYING, TO GIVE AWAY
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