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The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer: A Fresh-Baked Mystery (edition 2015)

by Livia J. Washburn (Author)

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Title:The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer: A Fresh-Baked Mystery
Authors:Livia J. Washburn (Author)
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It's the holiday season in Weatherford, Texas. Retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom is attending the town Christmas parade with her housemate Sam Fletcher. Sam spots Barney McCrory, an old acquaintance, preparing the carriage with horses that will pull Santa down the parade route. Sam, a former basketball coach, coached Barney's daughter Allyson and her now-husband, Nate Hollingsworth, when he was teaching. Shortly after eating one of Phyllis's candy cane cupcakes, the parade begins, and Barney collapses, his team of horses running wild with the carriage.

It is soon clear that Barney was murdered, shot with a hunting rifle. The police suspect Nate Hollingsworth as he had several heated disagreements with his father-in-law over signing gas leases on Barney's land. Sam is certain Nate is innocent, and he and Phyllis begin to investigate Barney's murder. They can't be sure however that Barney was the intended target as a local county commissioner, Clay Loomis, who was dressed as Santa Claus in the parade was near Barney when Barney was shot. Further investigation reveals Clay Loomis had a lot of enemies.

Working with a tabloid TV reporter, Phyllis and Sam hope to ferret out the truth so Nate and Allyson can spend the holidays happily. In the meantime, Phyllis is busy perfecting her recipe for baklava macarons for "A Taste of Texas" magazine along with the article to accompany the recipe.

I have read the previous books in this series, and this book is among the better books in the series. It made for a quick, cozy read, and the recipes are sure to please any foodie. ( )
  cln1812 | Apr 30, 2017 |
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In the latest from the national bestselling author of Trick or Deadly Treat, Phyllis Newsom returns with a festive Christmas recipe that’s to die for…

‘Tis the season in Weatherford, Texas, and everyone in town is gearing up for the annual holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony in the town square, where Phyllis Newsom will be serving her much-anticipated candy cane cupcakes. Local rancher Barney McCrory manages to charm one away from her before the ceremony begins. But unfortunately, when the minty confection is finished, so is he.

This isn’t the first time someone has dropped dead after eating one of Phyllis’s treats. But when the paramedics determine the rancher was shot, suspicion swiftly falls on McCrory’s daughter and her husband—who both stand to reap some sweet rewards from his death. Though Phyllis doesn’t want to get mixed up in another murder investigation, something about this case doesn’t sit right with her. With a little help from a tabloid TV news crew, Phyllis must unwrap the truth and restore good cheer to Weatherford before it’s too late…

Includes recipes! 

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:20:00 -0400)

"In the latest from the national bestselling author of Trick or Deadly Treat, Phyllis Newsom returns with a festive Christmas recipe that's to die for... 'Tis the season in Weatherford, Texas, and everyone in town is gearing up for the annual holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony in the town square, where Phyllis Newsom will be serving her much-anticipated candy cane cupcakes. Local rancher Barney McCrory manages to charm one away from her before the ceremony begins. But unfortunately, when the minty confection is finished, so is he. This isn't the first time someone has dropped dead after eating one of Phyllis's treats. But when the paramedics determine the rancher was shot, suspicion swiftly falls on McCrory's daughter and her husband--who both stand to reap some sweet rewards from his death. Though Phyllis doesn't want to get mixed up in another murder investigation, something about this case doesn't sit right with her. With a little help from a tabloid TV news crew, Phyllis must unwrap the truth and restore good cheer to Weatherford before it's too late... Includes recipes!"--… (more)

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