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


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

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 .

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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

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

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

  18. 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!”

  19. 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.

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