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In Crawford's busy ninth mystery featuring Longely, N.Y., sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons (after 2012's A Catered St. Patrick's Day), the elderly ladies of the Christmas Cookie Exchange Club are excited about the Baking for Life TV program coming to town for a contest. In particular, 82-year-old Millie Piedmont is confident her Millie's Majestic Meltaways will be the winner. On the way to the show, Millie is injured in a car accident. Before she expires, she tells her niece, Amber, who works for the sisters' catering company, that she wants Bernie and Libby to "find her murderer." As the constantly bickering Bernie and Libby investigate, they discover that every club member had a grievance with Millie. Since the sisters are the contest's judges, they face a potential conflict of interest when Amber announces her plan to take her aunt's place. Squabbling suspects and a demanding TV producer create further complications in this lightweight holiday cozy. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Bernie and Libby are the bickering sisters and owners of a catering and bakery business in Longely, NY. As Christmas approaches, a murder also turns them into amateur sleuths again (after A Catered St. Patrick's Day). The elderly ladies of the Christmas Cookie Exchange Club are anticipating entering their cookies in a baking contest on a TV show. No one wants to win more than Millie Piedmont, who has obsessively been testing cookie recipes for months. She's finally come up with a sure winner-Millie's Majestic Meltaways-but on the way to a run-through for the show, Millie is in a fatal car accident. When the accident begins to look suspicious and Millie's cookies and recipes go missing, Bernie and Libby investigate. VERDICT A chatty cozy mystery without much action. Includes Christmas cookie recipes, although, disappointingly, not Millie's Majestic Meltaways. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.