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It’s Valentine’s Day in quiet, cozy Hatter’s Cove, Florida and food columnist, Kat Archer, has been assigned the event of the year, the grand opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium. What begins as a run of the mill, albeit tasty, assignment turns into something much more dangerous when one of the Cookie Jar’s employees is poisoned. Now Kat is chasing the It’s Valentine’s Day in quiet, cozy Hatter’s Cove, Florida and food columnist, Kat Archer, has been assigned the event of the year, the grand opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium. What begins as a run of the mill, albeit tasty, assignment turns into something much more dangerous when one of the Cookie Jar’s employees is poisoned. Now Kat is chasing the biggest story of her life, while trying to catch the eye of her handsome editor and avoid becoming the killer’s next victim. A cozy novella: approximately 44,000 words


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It’s Valentine’s Day in quiet, cozy Hatter’s Cove, Florida and food columnist, Kat Archer, has been assigned the event of the year, the grand opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium. What begins as a run of the mill, albeit tasty, assignment turns into something much more dangerous when one of the Cookie Jar’s employees is poisoned. Now Kat is chasing the It’s Valentine’s Day in quiet, cozy Hatter’s Cove, Florida and food columnist, Kat Archer, has been assigned the event of the year, the grand opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium. What begins as a run of the mill, albeit tasty, assignment turns into something much more dangerous when one of the Cookie Jar’s employees is poisoned. Now Kat is chasing the biggest story of her life, while trying to catch the eye of her handsome editor and avoid becoming the killer’s next victim. A cozy novella: approximately 44,000 words

30 review for The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    4 stars to Elisabeth Crabtree's The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre, the first book in the "Hatter's Cove Gazette" mystery series. I downloaded this e-book for free several months ago and found myself with a few spare hours this evening... so I jumped on it and am glad I did. It was a really fun new series I look forward to reading more. I'll even check for other series by this author. Kat Archer has taken a job at her local paper, hoping to get back into her investigative journalism career, 4 stars to Elisabeth Crabtree's The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre, the first book in the "Hatter's Cove Gazette" mystery series. I downloaded this e-book for free several months ago and found myself with a few spare hours this evening... so I jumped on it and am glad I did. It was a really fun new series I look forward to reading more. I'll even check for other series by this author. Kat Archer has taken a job at her local paper, hoping to get back into her investigative journalism career, but her new boss has put her on the food critic beat until he can hire more staff. After several bouts of food poisoning, and a few death threats, she worms her way into colleague Simon's news reporting to try and mentor him while finding better stories for herself. When her mother's best friend requests that Kat cover the new opening of her cookie shop, Kat has no choice but to comply. And by the time the party's over, she sees tons of gossip and feuds ripe for the picking. But it's when she tries to meet a snitch later that night that she finds her first dead body. And her mother's best friend is the prime suspect. As Kat tutors young Simon, deals with the arrival of a new detective she once knew in Miami and finds herself attracted to her new boss, the paper's owner, she's about to crumble like the cookie. She narrowly escapes survival after weeding through several potential suspects and in the end finds herself with the culprit, and sent back to the food critic beat until they hire someone new! For a debut cozy, it's really good. The plot and the complexity of the timeline in the crime is pretty organized and detailed... too many things have to add up for it to be each potential suspect, and someone has to be lying, but Kat can't figure out who it is. You can tell a lot of thought went into the relationships built between all the characters in order to make this work so well. And it really did. Kat is likable, a little annoying at times, but heading down the right path if she can keep her opinions in check from time to time. I like her budding friendships with her fellow colleagues at the paper. And her two potential love interests both have a nice shine to them. It was a little too short and rushed at the end. I thought the author could have drawn out the suspense and the resolve for at least another 30 pages to really keep the reader guessing. But it was done well and I will definitely read another book in this series. Nice work! About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    This novella is a cute, cozy mystery where the humor comes across natural - not forced - and works well enough to earn an occasional chuckle. That it has an adorable cover is just icing on the cake, I'm a nut for cutesy covers. Quirky characters in the charming, small town of Hatter's Cove are usually bored with the local news. News reporter Kat gets the sniff of a potential story, only to stumble on what becomes a full-fledged murder investigation. Her boss, who's good on the eyes but shy of rel This novella is a cute, cozy mystery where the humor comes across natural - not forced - and works well enough to earn an occasional chuckle. That it has an adorable cover is just icing on the cake, I'm a nut for cutesy covers. Quirky characters in the charming, small town of Hatter's Cove are usually bored with the local news. News reporter Kat gets the sniff of a potential story, only to stumble on what becomes a full-fledged murder investigation. Her boss, who's good on the eyes but shy of relationships, encourages the story while they all battle against a rival news agency. Throw in an oddball cop or so, a mildly amusing host of other townsfolk, and you get a group that's a joy to read about. The mystery is surprisingly complex for this type, as it seemed simple enough at first but then started getting more stacked onto it. Being a reporter, it was realistic for the protagonist to be in the position to keep uncovering secrets and the sequences of events. While there's nothing original about a reporter having to turn back to her original, small hometown and hicksville atmosphere, Crabtree's writing flowed well and brought enough to charm to carry it off. It's short, sweet, and at first simple - but it unfolds into an actual mystery. I did have the tendency to skim sometimes, but this could have been my mood or else because I read it as an e-book (I can't focus as well on some of those, skimming beware.) Recommended for a quick, holiday cozy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    For Valentine's week, I found this little gem hiding in the FREE Kindle books on Amazon. Kat has moved back to her hometown of Hatter’s Cove and is now working for her local paper. She’s finding it to be a let-down after years of crime reporting. Now, she has been relegated to covering the society pages, specially being the ace food critic, a job that has led to multiple bouts of food poisoning as well a death threats. Apparently her restaurants reviews are similar to my book reviews. 🙂 When she For Valentine's week, I found this little gem hiding in the FREE Kindle books on Amazon. Kat has moved back to her hometown of Hatter’s Cove and is now working for her local paper. She’s finding it to be a let-down after years of crime reporting. Now, she has been relegated to covering the society pages, specially being the ace food critic, a job that has led to multiple bouts of food poisoning as well a death threats. Apparently her restaurants reviews are similar to my book reviews. 🙂 When she receives an invitation to the grand opening of the newest Cookie Shop, she is reluctant to go but knows she has to attend. After all, the owner is her mother’s best friend. Later that evening, Kat receives an anonymous call beckoning her back to the cookie shop. The caller tells her that they have a big tip regarding an old murder. When Kat arrives, she discovers a dead body holding a bag full of cookies from the shop. The owner, her mother’s friend, is promptly arrested despite everyone’s protests. Kat knows she has to do whatever it takes to find the real killer – to save her mother’s friend and possibly her own life. If you’ve read cosy mysteries, and I’m sure most of you have, then you know that sometimes they are just too adorable for words and the characters are sooo sweet but the substance of the mystery is, well, lacking. If there is too much crime and violence then the book is no longer a “cosy” so it’s a tightrope to walk for authors. Thankfully for us, as readers, Crabtree knows exactly how to tread that tightrope perfectly. There is plenty of humor, the characters are quirky and funny but they still have plenty of depth and, most importantly, the crime itself is plausible, within reason of course. If you like a lite read, a mystery without gore, then you will find The St. Valentine’s Day Cookie Massacre absolutely perfect and it’s a great seasonal read too – who could ask for more?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This was a really good story even if I was not fully happy with the character development. I have never read anything by this author before but am willing to read more if they continue to be this good. The story was interesting enough to keep me reading even when I was happy about how these people interacted with no good reasons. It took a minute to get into it but when I did I was hard pressed to put it down. The setting was fine since it was a well known state even though the town is small. Val This was a really good story even if I was not fully happy with the character development. I have never read anything by this author before but am willing to read more if they continue to be this good. The story was interesting enough to keep me reading even when I was happy about how these people interacted with no good reasons. It took a minute to get into it but when I did I was hard pressed to put it down. The setting was fine since it was a well known state even though the town is small. Valentine's Day in Hatters Cove, Florida and food critic/columnist Kat Archer has been requested to do write the review for the grand opening of Miss Dolly's Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium. Even though this seems like a mundane assignment it soon turns into a big story. From an altercation at the grand opening to an anonymous call to come for a late night meeting to discuss something important. When an employee of the Cookie Jar is found murdered by poison things take an ominous turn. The victim seems to have been an accident and Kat was to be the original target. The mystery is a good one and gives you a lot of suspects with motives that range far and wide.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    by Andrea Renee Cox This cozy mystery kept me guessing and even had me doubting my predictions. However, there were three cases of profanity, one expletive, a sarcastic remark about the Bible, and melodrama about affairs. I was also disappointed that the majority of the story was presented in explanations via dialogue. Though there were a couple of moments of action, I thought there could have been a much better balance between the action and dialogue to create a less tiresome atmosphere. I was no by Andrea Renee Cox This cozy mystery kept me guessing and even had me doubting my predictions. However, there were three cases of profanity, one expletive, a sarcastic remark about the Bible, and melodrama about affairs. I was also disappointed that the majority of the story was presented in explanations via dialogue. Though there were a couple of moments of action, I thought there could have been a much better balance between the action and dialogue to create a less tiresome atmosphere. I was not compensated for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Reads A-Lot

    Kat (a.k.a. Kitty Kat) is a food critic that’s actually a journalist that’s filling in. She thinks one of the restaurants she’s been critiquing might be trying to poison her. Possible? I wouldn’t want to be a food columnist, not so much because of the death threats, but because of all the fatty foods. Her next assignment is at The Cookie Jar, where she is forced to eat cake, cookies, pies, candy and some pink concoction called “Cotton Candy Rush.” OMG, where’s the barf bag? Now a body has been fou Kat (a.k.a. Kitty Kat) is a food critic that’s actually a journalist that’s filling in. She thinks one of the restaurants she’s been critiquing might be trying to poison her. Possible? I wouldn’t want to be a food columnist, not so much because of the death threats, but because of all the fatty foods. Her next assignment is at The Cookie Jar, where she is forced to eat cake, cookies, pies, candy and some pink concoction called “Cotton Candy Rush.” OMG, where’s the barf bag? Now a body has been found behind the dumpster of The Cookie Jar. It looks like it was “Poison by Cookies.” Who could it be? And is someone after Kat? A witty and light mystery read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Cute and fluffy cozy mystery novella with enough twists to keep things entertaining. Might pick up the second one at some point.

  8. 5 out of 5

    C.P. Cabaniss

    This was a fun little mystery novel with likable characters and an interesting plot. I like the newspaper aspect of the story, since this gives Kat a reason to be so involved with things. And the rivalry between the various papers was also a nice touch. The mystery was somewhat obvious, but threw in some nice twists that I appreciated. At times Kat was a little silly about how she did things, which is one issue that I have with these kinds of stories in general. You don't just meet random people This was a fun little mystery novel with likable characters and an interesting plot. I like the newspaper aspect of the story, since this gives Kat a reason to be so involved with things. And the rivalry between the various papers was also a nice touch. The mystery was somewhat obvious, but threw in some nice twists that I appreciated. At times Kat was a little silly about how she did things, which is one issue that I have with these kinds of stories in general. You don't just meet random people in parking lots late at night and not check in with the people who know where you are. When has that ever turned out well? There were a few things about the writing that threw me off at times. Commas were placed randomly on occasion and I found it rather distracting. Also, I think it mentioned Kat being 32 at one point and then 28 a chapter later. Maybe I just read that incorrectly (and it didn't hinder my enjoyment) but it left me a little confused about how old she was. The cast of characters was interesting enough. Kat, as mentioned before, could be silly at times, but I liked her. Hayden seemed likable enough as well, though I was a little confused about why he stayed in Hatter's Cove and how long he had been there. Luke was a nice addition, since he gave them a connection with the police that it would have been difficult to make otherwise. Overall this was a fun little mystery and really quick to read. If you enjoy cozy mysteries this might be a good one to try.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Kat moves back to Hatter's Cove from Miami and takes a job at the newspapers where she once interned. A new bakery decides to open ahead of schedule in time for Valentine's Day. Tiffany, who served time for the manslaughter of her father, returns to town following her release. A man found dead by the bakery's dumpster with a bag of cookies bearing Kat's name creates a very tangled puzzle. A detective Kat knew in Miami began working for Hatter's Cove's police department on the day of the murder. Kat moves back to Hatter's Cove from Miami and takes a job at the newspapers where she once interned. A new bakery decides to open ahead of schedule in time for Valentine's Day. Tiffany, who served time for the manslaughter of her father, returns to town following her release. A man found dead by the bakery's dumpster with a bag of cookies bearing Kat's name creates a very tangled puzzle. A detective Kat knew in Miami began working for Hatter's Cove's police department on the day of the murder. The almost novel-length novella shows promise with an interesting main sleuth and a detective who apparently knows how to remind her when she crosses the line. I reserve judgment on the newspaper owner until future installments.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This novella surprised me, I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Kat who wants a break into bigger stories than the food column and she is given her chance when she attends a grand opening of Miss Dolly's Cookie Jar and a fight occurs and a dead body appears later. I wasn't sure that I would like Kat at first but she grew on me and gave me some laugh out loud moments. The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing, with a nice twist to it. I will continue on with this series, I can't wait to see This novella surprised me, I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Kat who wants a break into bigger stories than the food column and she is given her chance when she attends a grand opening of Miss Dolly's Cookie Jar and a fight occurs and a dead body appears later. I wasn't sure that I would like Kat at first but she grew on me and gave me some laugh out loud moments. The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing, with a nice twist to it. I will continue on with this series, I can't wait to see how some of these characters develop.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I really enjoyed my first trip to Hatter's Cove, and it definitely won't be my last! I had one part of the mystery figured out, but there were some good red herrings for another part. The character of Simon cracked me up! And I loved Kat! She's not afraid of anything, even a detective she always butted heads with at her other job in Miami. I will be reading more in this fun series! I really enjoyed my first trip to Hatter's Cove, and it definitely won't be my last! I had one part of the mystery figured out, but there were some good red herrings for another part. The character of Simon cracked me up! And I loved Kat! She's not afraid of anything, even a detective she always butted heads with at her other job in Miami. I will be reading more in this fun series!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    Really enjoyed this book. I could actually see the people & places. I had a few of the series, but this is the first I read. I will check out all of Ms. Crabtree's books. Really enjoyed this book. I could actually see the people & places. I had a few of the series, but this is the first I read. I will check out all of Ms. Crabtree's books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda C

    Kat is a journalist who has returned to her hometown from Miami, looking for a slower pace. She is working as a features writer covering food and local events. At a local cookie store opening by a family friend she spots several disagreements. Later when she is called by someone to meet at night and get info regarding righting a wrong she discovers his body. This is a great set up and being a journalist gives her the right to investigate. No busybody situation. I'm impressed. For a short cozy th Kat is a journalist who has returned to her hometown from Miami, looking for a slower pace. She is working as a features writer covering food and local events. At a local cookie store opening by a family friend she spots several disagreements. Later when she is called by someone to meet at night and get info regarding righting a wrong she discovers his body. This is a great set up and being a journalist gives her the right to investigate. No busybody situation. I'm impressed. For a short cozy this is well put together. The MC is logical and making legitimate connections with the suspects. She is working with the police and not in opposition. She is supported by her boss. I will definitely look for further volumes and other things by this author. The only thing I caught was a discrepancy in the heroine's age. On p.6 she says"while in my early thirties and still fit..." and then on p.38 she says "I was only 28!." So since she spent 10 years in Miami on the paper she started there right out of high school and worked her way up to investigative reporter or if she's in her early thirties she went to journalism school and then to Miami. Either are legitimate avenues and going to college or not was not mentioned. So either works but needed to pick one and stick to it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maritza

    Cute Mystery. Filled with humor and quirky characters this was an enjoyable read from a new to me author. I really enjoyed Krazy Kat and her band of merry men. The mystery had me guessing until the end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A quick cozy mystery. It was ok, but I'm not invested enough to finish the series. A quick cozy mystery. It was ok, but I'm not invested enough to finish the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Britney

    I was pleasantly surprised by this cozy. It was a quick read that kept me entertained. Very likeable characters. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deanie Nelder

    Welcome to Hatter's Cove, Florida, home of the Hatter's Cove Gazette, a struggling paper with an eccentric staff. Investigative reporter Kat Archer's return to her hometown has been less than triumphant, with her assigned to a hated food column. Until the night when she almost trips over the dead body of her source, landing her in the middle of an investigation that could have her becoming the next victim. The cleverly titled St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre is a standard cozy mystery. The dia Welcome to Hatter's Cove, Florida, home of the Hatter's Cove Gazette, a struggling paper with an eccentric staff. Investigative reporter Kat Archer's return to her hometown has been less than triumphant, with her assigned to a hated food column. Until the night when she almost trips over the dead body of her source, landing her in the middle of an investigation that could have her becoming the next victim. The cleverly titled St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre is a standard cozy mystery. The dialogue is a little bit snappier than average (especially sarcastic Kat), but you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to solve this mystery. This book is a fun, but ultimately forgettable read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Denise Zendel

    Kat Archer returns to her hometown of Hatter’s Cove, Florida, from the bright lights of Miami where she was an investigative reporter, slightly homesick and looking for a slower pace. She thinks she’ll help out with the family business and take freelance jobs on the side. After two-weeks of soul-crushing boredom, she winds up at the local paper and gets forced into being a fluff reporter and food columnist. She covers the opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium where one of the em Kat Archer returns to her hometown of Hatter’s Cove, Florida, from the bright lights of Miami where she was an investigative reporter, slightly homesick and looking for a slower pace. She thinks she’ll help out with the family business and take freelance jobs on the side. After two-weeks of soul-crushing boredom, she winds up at the local paper and gets forced into being a fluff reporter and food columnist. She covers the opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium where one of the employees gets murdered. By poisoned cookies. The detective on the case turns out to be her frenemy from Miami – he’s come to Hatter’s Cover for the slower pace as well. Kat is either a suspect or the killer’s next target, so she uses her investigating skills to find out who the real killer is. There were some minor grammatical errors that drew me out of the story, and the premise was slightly formulaic – sassy high powered reporter returns to small town roots, has the hots for her editor, and the investigating detective, and is stuck on a beat she’s overqualified for. Even with these minor issues, however, I found this novella a decent read. Kat is sharp and funny, and keeps getting death threats for writing honest restaurant reviews. She had a crush on her boss, Hayden, back when he was a brand new reporter and she was an intern. There’s still a spark there now that they are both adults. And her sparring with the detective was entertaining as well. I found this to be a perfect book for the treadmill – engaging enough to take my mind off what I was doing, and a pleasant way to pass the time. I was even slightly disappointed that it was so short. I think I will read more in this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jana Brown

    This was a very cute cozy mystery, pretty much perfect for a Sunday morning watching over a sick toddler. The story reads quickly and I had the end figured out before it happened, but that didn't stop it from being an entertaining read. The characters are fun and quirky with some nice unexpected aspects. It was funny that the heroine's awful nickname was truly her parent's fault, (Kitty Katherine - Kitty Kat) as we've all read about or know someone who names their kids things the kids don't alwa This was a very cute cozy mystery, pretty much perfect for a Sunday morning watching over a sick toddler. The story reads quickly and I had the end figured out before it happened, but that didn't stop it from being an entertaining read. The characters are fun and quirky with some nice unexpected aspects. It was funny that the heroine's awful nickname was truly her parent's fault, (Kitty Katherine - Kitty Kat) as we've all read about or know someone who names their kids things the kids don't always appreciate as they get older. There's a little bit of romantic flare in the book, but it's kept very mild. There are at least two possible interests (hunky police officer and sexy newspaper editor), but it's not really built as a love triangle or even more than just some fun flirting. So continues in the vein of light and cheerful. Some days really just call for light and cheerful with chocolate raspberry cookies. Content: This is a very clean read. There's a little violence and a dead body, but the descriptions aren't detailed. There is an affair going on and some adult situations surrounding that, so prolly a 15+ kind of read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    RATING: 3.5 SUMMARY: It’s Valentine’s Day in quiet, cozy Hatter’s Cove, Florida and food columnist, Kat Archer, has been assigned the event of the year, the grand opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium.What begins as a run of the mill, albeit tasty, assignment turns into something much more dangerous when one of the Cookie Jar’s employees is poisoned.Now Kat is chasing the biggest story of her life, while trying to catch the eye of her handsome editor and avoid becoming the killer RATING: 3.5 SUMMARY: It’s Valentine’s Day in quiet, cozy Hatter’s Cove, Florida and food columnist, Kat Archer, has been assigned the event of the year, the grand opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium.What begins as a run of the mill, albeit tasty, assignment turns into something much more dangerous when one of the Cookie Jar’s employees is poisoned.Now Kat is chasing the biggest story of her life, while trying to catch the eye of her handsome editor and avoid becoming the killer’s next victim. REVIEW: This cozy mystery is a novella so is a quick, easy, fun read. Full of humor that comes across naturally and not forced with enough suspicious, quirky characters that I wasn't sure until the end who the killer was. It is a clean read with a little predictable "eye rolling" romance.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shilpa

    This story is about Kat Archer, a reluctant food columnist who gets involved in a murder when she is invited to 'Cookie Jar' for its opening on the Valentine's day so she could write a review. Kat was considered a harsh critic as she wrote reviews about restaurants in Hatter's Cove that got her a lot of hate mail. She wants to be an investigative journalist rather than write food columns at the local newspaper. Kat finds herself at the center stage of a murder which she feels is related to anoth This story is about Kat Archer, a reluctant food columnist who gets involved in a murder when she is invited to 'Cookie Jar' for its opening on the Valentine's day so she could write a review. Kat was considered a harsh critic as she wrote reviews about restaurants in Hatter's Cove that got her a lot of hate mail. She wants to be an investigative journalist rather than write food columns at the local newspaper. Kat finds herself at the center stage of a murder which she feels is related to another murder, which had happened in the past. So she decides to get to the core of it. The plot is interesting, not too many complications. The book is a quick and cozy read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    Love the title and some of the characters in Hatter's Cove. Kat was a bit much to take some times though. She is lucky she didn't end up in jail or get fired based on the way she acted. I did like Hayden and Luke. I will probably check out the sequel eventually. Love the title and some of the characters in Hatter's Cove. Kat was a bit much to take some times though. She is lucky she didn't end up in jail or get fired based on the way she acted. I did like Hayden and Luke. I will probably check out the sequel eventually.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Roberts

    Just your average cozy mystery. Entertaining, if not particularly memorable. Full of twists. Plenty of suspects and motives. A fun setting. I would've liked more character development. A decent start to a new series for fans of the genre. Just your average cozy mystery. Entertaining, if not particularly memorable. Full of twists. Plenty of suspects and motives. A fun setting. I would've liked more character development. A decent start to a new series for fans of the genre.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Good the mystery of how many murders and crimes can be committed for money and jealousnes .the many different people who were involved.th e ending was surprisingly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a lite hearted mystery. I liked it a little more than I thought I would. It also had good humor to it. I really liked the main character Kat. She's sassy! This is a lite hearted mystery. I liked it a little more than I thought I would. It also had good humor to it. I really liked the main character Kat. She's sassy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Good cozy mystery novel. Well written. Lots of red herrings.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A fun cozy mystery! Loved Kat's wry sense of humor and nosy reporting. Great cast of small town characters made for a cozy read. Will be following this series! A fun cozy mystery! Loved Kat's wry sense of humor and nosy reporting. Great cast of small town characters made for a cozy read. Will be following this series!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This was a very good book, how ever I do wish the author had done more to make it more interesting. I look forward to reading more of this author's work. This was a very good book, how ever I do wish the author had done more to make it more interesting. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol Evans

    If I’ve learned anything from cozy mysteries, it’s that holidays go perfect with dead bodies. So, instead of reading a romance for today, I went with The St. Valentine’s Day Cookie Massacre and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Kat has must moved back home from a stint in Miami and is working at a small local paper. The staff is small and while her heart is in investigative journalism, mostly she’s covering community events and doing the food critic column. She covers a local bakery openi If I’ve learned anything from cozy mysteries, it’s that holidays go perfect with dead bodies. So, instead of reading a romance for today, I went with The St. Valentine’s Day Cookie Massacre and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Kat has must moved back home from a stint in Miami and is working at a small local paper. The staff is small and while her heart is in investigative journalism, mostly she’s covering community events and doing the food critic column. She covers a local bakery opening where a fight breaks out. Later that evening, an anonymous caller asks her to meet him behind the bakery – he has information for her. When she shows up, she finds a dead body, a bakery employee who also happens to be one of the men who was in the fight earlier. Of course, she starts investigating. And ends up almost dead herself before she tracks down the killer(s). So, The St. Valentine’s Day Cookie Massacre is a shortish read, but I really loved it. Kat is a great main character, smart, funny, sarcastic and her food critic comments are hilarious. I was laughing out loud in the first three pages. She’s tenacious, but it helps that she’s sorta friends with the new cop in town, also a transplant from Miami. There’s a touch of romantic interest between Kat and the owner/editor of the newspaper. He’s a good guy, I hope they get together without any stupid jealousy over Mr. Cop. The clues were well-done and the motive made sense. The mystery takes several twists and turns and I was actually a little surprised at who dunnit. It also made me wish I was somewhere warmer this Valentine’s Day. There were all walking around in short and sunglasses, meanwhile it’s cold and gray here in Ohio.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was an enjoyable cozy mystery read. It had a good mystery. It had suspense. It kept me on my toes. I had tried to predict how it was going to turn out. I was right in one aspect, but then totally off on the other. I liked there were two murder mysteries yet they were very connected with the one murder influencing the other. There was a twist, and though I didn’t guess it, it didn’t shock me or blow my mind. I liked Kat, who really was heart and soul an investigative reporter. Even though th This was an enjoyable cozy mystery read. It had a good mystery. It had suspense. It kept me on my toes. I had tried to predict how it was going to turn out. I was right in one aspect, but then totally off on the other. I liked there were two murder mysteries yet they were very connected with the one murder influencing the other. There was a twist, and though I didn’t guess it, it didn’t shock me or blow my mind. I liked Kat, who really was heart and soul an investigative reporter. Even though there wasn’t a romance, not that I was expecting one, I found that there was a potential setup of a love triangle between Luke and Kat’s boss. I think despite her having a crush on her boss, I think she sparked most with Lucas. I loved seeing their interactions during the story. I did think there would be a tad more Valentine’s flair to it. Yes, it was part of it, but not as big as I was expecting. The ending seemed a little abrupt before going into an epilogue. I would have rather the epilogue have been the final chapter rather than an epilogue, which really didn’t seem necessary. But overall it was good.

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