Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN#: 978-0-451-22534-4
September 2008
NAL (Division of Penguin Group USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
$14.00 U.S./$15.50 Canada
304 pages
Rating: 4 Cups

Phyllis Newsom has taken in boarders since her husband's death. It was not as much as she needed the money but more so, did not wish the quiet in the huge house. As she prepares for the annual Christmas Cookie Contest, so does a murder.

Sam Fletcher is one of the boarders. He lost his wife to cancer. Living in the home of Phyllis has allowed him to grow closer to the kind woman. When Phyllis is attacked, Sam, and the other friends make sure to keep a watch over her.

Phyllis gets ready to enter the Christmas cookie contest entering her favorite recipe. It is hard to believe anyone can top her snowflake-shaped lime cookie. Since Agnes is unable to attend the event, Phyllis takes some cookies to her. While visiting Agnes, Phyllis steps away for a moment only to be attacked, then discovers Agnes dead with her robe belt wrapped around her neck. Her son, Mike, is a deputy with the Parker County Sheriff Department. He rushes home when he learns about the attack. Much later, Phyllis goes to Agnes' house to take some cookies to the grieving relatives. She finds a suspect that in her book leaves much doubt as she sets out to help find who is responsible for the murder.

Yummy, I thoroughly loved this book, not only was the mystery intriguing, but the recipes are a great joy. I love how the reader is invited into the homes and even gets a feel for the characters cooking some of the recipes in the book. Livia J. Washburn pens a cozy read, easy on the eyes, that this reader enjoyed. She paints a great portrait of a beautiful Christmas season, as well as a delicious baking aroma in the kitchen. I fell in love with Phyllis and would love to have some of her energy. Being around Phyllis, and her friends, was like a warm, loving family. When she wondered if she was being disloyal to her late husband by allowing Sam to build the fire in the home, it was a moment I could relate in this entertaining read.

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