The Gingerbread Bump-Off by Livia J. Washburn is the sixth book in the “Fresh-Baked” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), November 2011

When her friend Georgia Hallerbee asks Phyllis to have her house featured in the annual Christmas Jingle Bell Tour of Homes, Phyllis is equally flattered and flustered. She already has a bridal shower on Christmas Eve and a wedding on New Year’s Eve to prepare for, and she’s been baking gingerbread cookies as if they’re going out of style. But like her tasty treats, she rises to the occasion.

Before the tour can even get under way, Phyllis hears a crash on her front porch and makes a gruesome discovery. Someone has broken a decorative gingerbread man over Georgia’s head. Santa’s naughty list just got longer—and with the police baffled, it’s up to Phyllis to catch a half-baked killer.

Phyllis once again gets involved in a murder investigation when the victim is found on her doorstep; this despite all the other things on her calendar. This was a good mystery that had plenty of suspects that kept me guessing and was a bit surprised when the killer was revealed.

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