Review of Murder At The Christmas Cookie Bake-off


Tucked away inside an old lighthouse in Beacon Harbor, Michigan, bakeshop café owner Lindsey Bakewell is ready to make her first Christmas in town shine bright. But her merry plans crumble fast when murder appears under the mistletoe…

With the spirit of the holidays wafting through the Beacon Bakeshop, Lindsey thinks she has the recipe for the sweetest Christmas ever–winning the town-wide cookie bake-off. Unfortunately, striving for a picture-perfect December in Beacon Harbor is a lot like biting into stale shortbread. Low on staff and bombarded by visits from family, Lindsey can barely meet demands at work, let alone summon the confidence to face fierce competition…

Self-appointed Christmas know-it-all Felicity Stewart is determined to take the top spot in the bake-off, and she’s not afraid to dump a little coal in everyone’s stocking to do it. Just as the competition heats up, everything falls apart when the judge is found dead–and covered in crumbs from Lindsey’s signature cookie!

Solving a murder was never on Lindsey’s wish list. But with her reputation on the line during the happiest time of the year, she’ll need to bring her best talents to the table in order to sift out the true Christmas Cookie culprit. 


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Lindsey has agreed to take part in the Christmas Cookie Bake-off, even though she is very busy.  While she  is participating in the event, someone is killed.  She feels like she needs to find the culprit, and she needs to do it fast.  She will have help from some of her friends and her new baking assistance, Mrs. Nichols.  There is just something special about her.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a fast easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and had me feeling like I was watching all the action taking place.  The mystery 

was well plotted and was not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off (A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery Book 2) by [Darci Hannah]