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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Levine, Leslie Meier, Joanne Fluke Narrator: Suzanne Toren, Danielle Ferland, Andrea Gallo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lucy Stone Mysteries Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781449839710
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In this batch of sweet, short murder mysteries, three cooks don’t spoil the broth. New York Times bestselling author Joanne Fluke pens the title story, and popular coauthors Laura Levine and Leslie Meier offer “The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies” and “Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots,” respectively. Together, these three cozies will entertain listeners while compelling them to think twice about a cherished holiday treat.

In “Gingerbread Cookie Murder,” Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah’s Gingerbread Cookies with his head bashed in—and discovers a flurry of murder suspects that is as long as her holiday shopping list.

Jaine Austen, the heroine of Laura Levine’s “The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies,” finds herself enlisted to help with her parents’ retirement community’s play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he “accidentally” falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor’s jealous lovers was capable of murder.

In “Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots” by Leslie Meier, when Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick’s car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This collection features well-plotted mysteries, great authors, [and] fun visits with old friends...Readers will want to stay wrapped up by the fire with this holiday suspense trio.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “A fun, frothy compilation of whodunits.”

    Examiner.com

  • “A yuletide whodunit treat.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Recommended...for anyone craving an auditory slice of Christmas plum pudding.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 2/16/2014

    " Three short stories, all written well, just wish there was more of these to read! Quick reads that I really enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/15/2014

    " Light hearted mystery with a fun Christmas time twists. This book contains three short stories from 3 different Authors. Each author is different in writing style and storyline but all enjoyable. Plus you get the bonus of many new recipes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 2/11/2014

    " Always enjoy these books. Their entertaining, I enjoy a lot of the recipes, and they come on audio. What more could I ask for? I did not enjoy the last book by Meier as much as the other books. The first two were comical and light and the third was a bit more serious and kept recapping backstory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/11/2014

    " I LOVED this book! I hope the authors keep up the tradition and do more in the future. It left me wanting to read more by the authors, so I picked up another Christmas book by Fluke, and one by Meier. Ms. Levine are you listening? I'd love an entire book about Jane, Prozac and Christmas!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Sampson | 2/4/2014

    " An enjoyable read with 3 great stories init. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubree Bowling | 2/3/2014

    " Cozy Christmas book I would rather have read in December than January! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 1/30/2014

    " I like Joanne Fluke books because of the recipes. They are usually charming. The other two stories in the book by the other two authors were ok... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oghafoerkhan | 1/23/2014

    " I absolutely loved the second story. The first story was predictable, and the third had an improbable ending, but my opinion may be off by the fact that I'm not a mystery fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie Miller | 1/13/2014

    " Predictable with yummy sounding recipes. Good read before bed. Didn't keep me up wondering what would happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/18/2013

    " this was s short story, combined with similar stories of two other authors. Usually there are many twist and turn. I felt this one was just too short to explore all the nooks and crannies of the murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/14/2013

    " I tried the "Hannah's Best Butterscotch Cookie" recipe and wasn't impressed. The story was good though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandee | 9/5/2013

    " I didn't read the other two short novels in this book by the other authors. I just wasn't as big a fan of their writing as I am of Joanne Fluke, and had other books to read, so I skipped them. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 8/25/2013

    " I liked it but could have done without the Leslie Meier story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 8/9/2013

    " The Joane Fluke book was okay but the second two were awful. :-) Good recipes from Ms Fluke and of course I love Hannah but there was not a lot to this one in terms of mystery or story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 2/5/2013

    " I didn't realize when I started this book that it was a book with 3 separate stories in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 12/23/2012

    " Couldn't finish Laura Levine's novella. The first one in the book, by Joanne Fluke gets 2 stars. I liked the 3rd novella the best, it gets 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 12/17/2012

    " I liked Fluke and Meier's stories best, maybe because I've read other books in their series. I enjoy reading Christmas stories in the "off season"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/23/2012

    " I picked up this book because I thought the name was hysterical and I just had to read it. Completely fell in love with both Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier books!!! Such great series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 5/19/2012

    " I read only the title story "Gingerbread Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke. In this story, Hannah solves the murder of a man who had won $8 million in the lottery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 charlene | 5/5/2012

    " not usually much on short stories but these were pretty good "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 4/23/2012

    " Fluff read, enjoyed book 1and 2, didn't care for 3 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Violet | 11/26/2011

    " I was looking for a festive read, and this was definitely okay for when I was bored...but I did roll my eyes about a million times during the second story. The first (by Joanne Fluke) was okay, so I may read more of her work in the future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorrie | 10/5/2011

    " Book club, so far it's ok. Sorry didn't finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johnnelle Walker | 6/26/2011

    " This book was total fluff, but i would recommend it for a cute, mindless, seasonal read. Save it for a sick day or just yucky weather and grab a cup of coffee:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 6/6/2011

    " Only read the Laura Levine story. Love that series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/14/2011

    " The second story was very funny - I loved the bits of dialogue from the kitty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 4/11/2011

    " This is a good 3.5 stars...

    Usual stuff for Hannah Swensen fans, enjoyable but nothing new. It was a quick easy read with some tasty looking recipes to try. Maybe one day Hannah will choose a man... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 3/13/2011

    " I love her books. It's a nice escape from a hectic world. The characters are fun and clean...no bad language or immorality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 2/28/2011

    " I like some of Fluke's books but this short story wasn't my favorite and I wasn't that impressed with the other stories either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/18/2011

    " The Joanne Fluke story was very good and the other two were good, but not enough to up the star level... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val | 2/5/2011

    " This is a fun book. I can't wait to try some of the recipes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/2/2011

    " Gingerbread Cookie Murder is actually a book of 3 mini-mysteries. The narration was great. The mysteries were perfect for a pre-holiday listen during my commute. Definitely a "Good Listen"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/18/2011

    " This was a better combination of stories than Candy Cane Murder which was the last compilation I read by these three authors. The book by Joanne Fluke was the best of the three but the other two were far better than in the last compilation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oghafoerkhan | 1/15/2011

    " I absolutely loved the second story. The first story was predictable, and the third had an improbable ending, but my opinion may be off by the fact that I'm not a mystery fan. "

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About the Author

Laura Levine is a former sitcom writer for such shows as The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Three’s Company, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. As an advertising copywriter, she created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. She and her husband live in Los Angeles.

About the Narrators

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.

Danielle Ferland performed in her first Broadway musical production, Sunday in the Park with George, at the age of thirteen. She is best known for her Drama Desk-nominated role as Little Red Riding Hood in the original 1987 Broadway production of Into the Woods. She also appeared in theatrical productions of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and Moliere’s Tartuffe.

Andrea Gallo is an audiobook narrator whose works include Ungifted by Gordan Korman, The Nosy Neighbor by Fern Michaels, Kings of the Earth by John Clinch, and In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols, among many others.