I’d been trying to delay diving into this, there are too few Christmas cosies in the world and I wanted to save it for a ‘rainy day’ which in the North of England is usually in the middle of summer. Anyway, I couldn’t wait, first cold I got I felt sorry for myself and needed a little Christmas comfort.
The book has 3 novellas and I enjoyed the contribution from Joanne Fluke, it was nice visiting with the characters and the story is well written. There’s a little problem with a lack of clues, and the perpetrator is somewhat obvious but it’s very well written and choc full of recipes. The recipes are: Gingerbread Cookies, Chocolate Mousse, Double Chocolate Drop Cookies, Game Day Oven Burgers, Coleslaw, Oven Bean Hotdish, Chewy Coconut Cranberry Cookies, Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies, Magic Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars, Goodie Fudge, TCB Fruitcake, Butterscotch Cookies. Phew! Plenty to go at. Very enjoyable read whether you’re a Fluke fan or not.
My favourite section of the book is ‘The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies’ by Laura Levine, she strikes a perfect balance between the mystery elements and the characterisations. We have some nice clues, a range of suspects and a lot of humour. The story rattles along at a super pace and to be honest I’d forgotten what fun the Jaine Austen mysteries are. I’m going to treat myself to one, the last I read was ‘shoes to die for’ and that was far too long ago. We all have our guilty pleasures and a good cosy is mine.
Leslie Meier has contributed ‘Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots’ I enjoyed this very much but I have to say I find that Leslie Meier isn’t quite as cosy as I like. I don’t like things happening to children and I prefer a solid supporting cast of unquestionably nice characters. That isn’t the way Meier writes, but her cluing is very good and I like the way she structures a mystery in addition her lead charcter of Lucy Stone is also very likable. This book isn’t as ‘Christmassy’ as the other two, the Christmas season is somewhat incidental but the end is very exciting. All in all the three novellas complement one another, Fluke’s mystery is at the very cosy end, character focused with mystery second, Levine is in the middle and Meier is mystery focused with the characters second.
I’ve finally found another blogger who loves her cosies! It’s a foodie blog first and the cosies are second so I guess that’s the other way round to me 🙂