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#BookReview: “Gingerbread Dead” by Lori L. Robinett

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This fun cozy mystery features a “colorful display of Christmas suspense and intrigue” perfect for lovers of true crime and mysteries.

Jessica Barker blogs about true crime for an online magazine. But blogging for others is far from her dream job.

Then, Jess witnesses what appears to be her next-door neighbor in distress and Jess is the only one who seems to care. When the cops dismiss her as a bothersome true crime reporter with an overactive imagination, Jess must delve into the life of her mysterious neighbors, Rory and John Regan – with hints at embezzlement and gambling – before Rory ends up dead.

Lori L. Robinett introduces a new series about the adventures of an aspiring podcaster that will appeal to fans of true crime and cozy mysteries.


True crime podcaster Jessica Barker writes a lot of stories about women murdered at the hands of their husbands, so when she sees her neighbor, Rory, collapse and the woman’s husband doing nothing about it, she believes Rory is in trouble. Too bad the police don’t agree with her. So begins her investigation that climaxes into a frenzy of dangerous but delicious gingerbread men cookies.

I don’t read cozy mysteries often, but I enjoyed this one. Jess is a strong, sympathetic woman with a knack for uncovering clues and getting to the truth. Though there was one unanswered question (What happened to Alisha?), everything else was wrapped up at the end. Ms. Robinett has a crisp writing style, and I’d like to read more of her work.

For readers of cozy mysteries, Gingerbread Dead is an entertaining holiday read perfect year around.

4 Stars

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