A Day in the Life with Olivia Greyson by Virginia Lowell

Dead Men Dont Eat CookiesIn case we haven’t met, I’m Olivia Greyson, but everyone calls me Livie. . . except my brother, Jason, who calls me Olive Oyl. . . though only in public.

I must admit, I was expecting more peace and quiet when I moved back from Baltimore to my little hometown, Chatterley Heights, a few years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life here. I opened a store, The Gingerbread House, devoted to anything and everything cookie. My business partner, Maddie Briggs, is also my best friend since age ten, as well as a decorated-cookie artist and computer whiz. My feisty little rescue Yorkie, Spunky, and I live right above The Gingerbread House in the upper story of a sweet Queen Anne for which I owe a bundle to the Chatterley Heights bank.

Workdays can be hectic, fun, and sometimes frustrating. I’m surrounded by shiny cookie cutters, sparkling sugars, fancy stand mixers, cookbooks. . . Customers can hang out in the cookbook nook with a cup of Italian roast and a decorated cookie. Out on the sales floor, Spunky receives forbidden treats from visitors as he holds court from his antique chair.

Life is peaceful and comfortable, except for a few infuriating townsfolk and the occasional murder.

Each morning, when I open The Gingerbread House, I hope for a quiet, humdrum day. I rarely get my wish. Resentments can run deep in a small town, and we do seem to have our share of murders in Chatterley Heights. Somehow Maddie and I find ourselves involved in the investigations. Even with a business to run, it’s hard to stay on the sidelines when crime affects people you care about.

Right now, for example. . . My mom has been busy renovating an old Depression-era boarding house so she can open an arts and crafts school. We were just over there helping her set up a brand-new kitchen, and we found… well, I promised the Chatterley Heights sheriff, Del Jenkins—who also happens to be my “special friend,” as my mom would say—that I wouldn’t broadcast the details. But just between you and me, human remains were involved. They’d been hidden away for some time, too.

But was the death due to murder, or wasn’t it? Hard to tell before the forensic folks take a look, but who knows when that will happen. Del is tied up with more active cases at the moment. This is a cold case, he said, so it goes on the back burner. I suggested the case might warm up once it’s been on that back burner for a while. Del just sighed and urged me not to investigate.

Nevertheless, Maddie and I thought we’d poke around a bit—you know, for my mom’s sake. She is desperate to get her arts and crafts school up and running. She hasn’t been her perky, centered self since her yoga instructor moved back to Baltimore. Besides, if the trail is so cold, what harm could it do to investigate on our own?

You can read more about Livie in Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies, the sixth book in the “Cookie Cutter Shop” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Cookie Dough or Die.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on July 30 for the chance to win a print copy of Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

Visit Virginia at www.virginialowell.com

82 responses to “A Day in the Life with Olivia Greyson by Virginia Lowell

  1. Judy Weaver

    Love the cover and the story sounds great!!

  2. Pearl Denault

    I would love to read this! Looks like a great story!

  3. Barbara Tobey

    Sounds as if this is another fun read.

  4. Lynn Buddenbohm

    Cookies and a cozy, the perfect evening!

  5. I am a fan of the Cookie Cutter Shop mystery series, and the cover is gorgeous! Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. Kelley Morrow

    Sounds tasty, would love to read!

  7. Sounds like a fun read and who doesn’t love cookies. Thanks for the chance!

  8. Kaye Killgore

    O love this series. It’s really fun

  9. The cover is delightful and the story sounds great! Thank you for this opportunity.

  10. Lisa Millett

    Love your books and can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the contest.

  11. Jill Lauder

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  12. Pamela Woodfield

    I absolutely love this series! I’m only up to the 4 th book but I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance!

  13. The book sounds wonderful very fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. This book looks great. Love the cover.

  15. Sounds like a fun read—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  16. Linda Kuzminczuk

    Love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Kuzlin at AOL.com.

  17. Funny title; love the cover; thanks for the chance 🙂

  18. Debbie Carnes

    Sounds like a fun read, Love the cover

  19. Thank you for the opportunity!

  20. I would love to win. I can’t wait to see what happens next after reading the clip posted. scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

  21. This looks like a great read. I would love a copy and thanks for the opportunity to win one.

  22. What an intriguing title! I want to read this.

  23. I keep telling my husband that. BUT, he keeps eating cookies anyway 🙂

  24. Hester Regan

    I love a good murder mystery, And I am a cookieholic. This book is perfect for me. Thank you for a chance to win.

  25. I love the cover. Especially the dog! I have read others in this series and it is the perfect cozy series to read in any series.

  26. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the chance

  27. Christi King

    This is one of my favorite series. I can’t wait to find out what Olivia and Maddie are up to this time! Thanks for a chance to win!

  28. Another food cozy for us to enjoy…

  29. “What harm could it do?’ Famous last words!

  30. I’ve read earlier books in this series and enjoyed each one. This one is certainly on my to be read list. robeader53@yahoo.com

  31. Love it, thanks, Dru!

  32. Dotty Kelley

    Looking forward to reading this one.

  33. Thank’s Dru. Looking forward to a good read. And it does look interesting. It is now on my TBR list. Thanks.

  34. Barbara Hackel

    The preview of DEAD MEN DON’T EAT COOKIES sure captures my attention! Thanks Dru for featuring it, and thanks to you and Virginia for the opportunity to win a copy. 🙂 It’s on my TBR list for sure.

  35. elainehroberson

    I’ve always been a cookie monster, so this book sounds like a series I would really enjoy. Thanks.

  36. Susan Slovinsky

    The cold case angle is an interesting premise. Definitely adding this series to my TBR list. Thank you.

  37. Love the cover and title! Looking forward to starting a new and interesting series – thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  38. Sounds like a great read.

  39. candace knight

    I love this series. I can’t wait to read this one. The cover is so cute.

  40. Barbara Landrum

    Love this title! Sounds like a great book!

  41. Karen Candee

    Can’t wait to read this book it sounds GREAT!

  42. Sema Firestone

    Sounds great! Would love to read!

  43. Cynthia Blain

    Every time that I read a blog post about this series I end up making a batch of cookies or two or three. Maybe cookie baking is just what I need today. I have read the first three books in this series so I need to catch up. This one sounds yummy.

  44. Yes Dru, I’d kill to win this book and add it to my collection. I’d also love to add the recipes to my collection also. LOL I love gingerbread and would hope there’s a recipe for it in the book.

  45. peggy clayton

    Dru love the interviews and also when you get the author to part with a print copy it is amazing love to read about the book and the author .

  46. As always, thank you for the opportunity to win. I feel compelled to make cookies now.

  47. Vivian Shane

    I really like this series – and the cover is too cute1 Thank for the chance to win a copy of this book – I need to catch up!

  48. Sounds like a fun series – if dead men don’t eat cookies, more for us!

  49. MaryAnn Forbes

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Dead Men Don’t Eat

  50. Lois Rotella

    Love the title of this nook

  51. Cookies are one of my favorite things to eat! Also love the cover and that fact the main character and her mother get to do what they love to do in their life!

  52. Delightful giveaway. Thanks.

  53. This is a terrific series – and I LOVE cookies!

  54. Carving Lady

    Catchy title! The story sounds good, I’m putting this series on my TBR list now,

  55. You had me at Dead Men and ultimately Cookies. Count me in. Judy D.

  56. This looks like a must have!!

  57. Wanda downs

    Would love to read this

  58. Another new author for me. Sounds like a good book, and I love the title. I have a series fascination with cozy titles. 😀

  59. sounds like a great read, would love to win

  60. Being from a small town, I love the way everyone is in everyone else’s pocket. This sounds yummy!

  61. Kathleen Costa

    I love Virginia Lowell’s books!

  62. Love the cover. Thank you for the chance

  63. Fun! I enjoyed the first few books in this series and would like to catch up!!

  64. Donna Gantt

    I love the cover with cookies and a Yorkie! Thanks for the giveaway.

  65. Celest Mattis

    This sounds like a wonderful series. I can’t wait to start reading it. Hope to win one.

  66. Betty Jo English

    If dead men don’t eat cookies. Who does? Like to visit The Gingerbread House.


  67. Sharon Baker

    Would love to read this book. It sounds fantastic.


  68. I’d love to win! Thanks!

  69. I enjoy this series. Olivia is a well developed believable character.

  70. I love this series.

  71. Barbara Kolasky

    Love cookies, it’s a great series too. Thanks for the many hours of enjoyable reading.

  72. Sounds like a great read.

  73. I’d love a store all about cookies in our town. Of course, I’d probably gain 10 pounds! Thanks for the contest.

  74. I always love the combination of baked goods, murder and mystery.

  75. Definitely one of my favorite series!!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  76. This sounds like my kind of series! I love food mysteries!

  77. Love this series! Can’t wait to read this one!

  78. We always bake gingerbread everything at the holidays in our house! Its a tradition! Love to compare recipes in “Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies!”

  79. Some of my favorite cozies revolve around those who work with food. That this series food focus is cookies? Heavenly. Can’t wait to read Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies. Thanks for the chance to win.

  80. Contest is closed.