Book Review: Gingerbread Cookies & Gunshots by Leslie Meier

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This novella was included in a three-story book focused on gingerbread that I received as a holiday present. I read Joanne Fluke’s books, which was the reason I got this one, but I’m getting interested in Leslie Meier‘s Lucy Stone series as a result of this book, Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots. I read the ~100 page story in a paperback before bed last night in about 45 minutes. It’s a very quick read, a teaser to get fans interested in the larger series. Lucy Stone is a fun character and this was a nice break away from a cozy about murder. Instead, it focused on a kidnapping that ended with a murder. What a twist! Apart from the mystery, the really fun aspect is the interaction between Lucy and her family. She has a few older kids, middle/high school age kids and at least one grandchild from what I can tell so far. It takes place in Maine, but they spent time in Louisiana, too, I believe. I’ve so much to learn… It hits the spot as a fun read when you just need to escape from reality.



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8 thoughts on “Book Review: Gingerbread Cookies & Gunshots by Leslie Meier

    The Cozy Pages said:
    February 20, 2018 at 8:15 AM

    WIll look out for this. I wasn’t a fan of the Lucy Stone that I read most recently but I was told that one wasn’t the best Of the series and that I should try some older ones. A novella sounds perfect for giving the series a second chance.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 20, 2018 at 8:20 AM

      I also read another novella of hers, Candy Canes, which was in the Lucy Stone series, and part of a 3-in-1 book with Joanne Fluke in 2007. That story was good, too. I think I did a review last year. Neither is pushing me to run out right now to start reading them, especially with so many more cozy books available now… but it is popular, so there must be something to them!

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        February 20, 2018 at 8:29 AM

        That was my sentiment when I picked up the book. Lol. If it’s so popular….
        as you said, so many cozies to choose from. Currently enjoying the first Imogen Banks one.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        February 20, 2018 at 8:41 AM

        Oh, I’m so glad you’re giving those a try. I read 3 of the 4 so far.

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        February 20, 2018 at 8:43 AM

        Good. I know I saw some positive reviews from you. Very happy so far with it.

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    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    February 20, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    I’ve had mixed results with novellas, but I love it when they turn you on to a new author.☺️

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    February 20, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    I love novellas. A nice quick way to get introduced to an author! This one sounds cute and I’ll gave to look into it!

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