Ms. Robinett is a new-to-me author, and I look forward to reading more books in this series and her other mysteries and western romances.


About The Book

Christmas Cookies Series
Publication Date: November 29, 2022

This fun cozy mystery features a “colorful display of Christmas suspense and intrigue” perfect for lovers of true crime and mysteries.

Jessica Barker blogs about true crime for an online magazine. Blogging for others is far from her dream job, but she’s willing to pay her dues so that someday she’ll have a podcast of her own.

Then, Jess witnesses what appears to be her next-door neighbor in distress and Jess is the only one who seems to care. When the cops dismiss her as a bothersome true crime reporter with an overactive imagination, Jess must delve into the life of her mysterious neighbors, Rory and John Regan – with hints at embezzlement and gambling – before someone ends up dead.

Lori L. Robinett introduces a new series about the adventures of an aspiring podcaster that will appeal to fans of true crime and cozy mysteries.



The Review

Gingerbread Dead by Lori L. Robinett is the first book in a new series, and it was a quick read at less than one hundred pages. 

A lot was packed into this cozy mystery with Jess, a true-crime blogger, and her neighbors in this small town. When a potential crime hits close to home, Jess has to be careful, but she also wants to stop whoever is hurting her new neighbor Rory.

Gingerbread Dead has several stories told within its pages, and they are woven together nicely. There are clues that only Jess can see, and the police have not been willing to help. 

Rory’s husband has several secrets, and Jess has a front-row seat as where she blogs and writes is at a window that overlooks her neighbor’s house. 

The story has twists and turns as Jess keeps piecing the clues together. She is nothing if not diligent, and it was nice to see that her boyfriend supported her as she delved for answers. 

Things come to a head when their street has its annual Christmas Eve gathering, and some neighbors get sick. There is closure with the mystery of Rory’s strange illness being solved and whodunnit, but there were a few loose ends that I hope will be addressed in the next book. 

A cozy mystery with an amateur sleuth who writes and blogs about true crime with lots of attention to detail made this book a quick and fast-paced read. 

Ms. Robinett is a new-to-me author, and I look forward to reading more books in this series and her other mysteries and western romances.

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About The AuthorLori L. Robinet is a paralegal by day, writer by night. She’s the author of several books, including mysteries, thrillers, and contemporary western romance. She also offers online writing courses through WriteScouts (her signature course is Blank to 50K). Lori and her husband of 25+ years live on a hobby farm in central Missouri maintained for the comfort and enjoyment of their Beagle and Snorkie and two rescue calico cats. When not writing (or reading), you can find Lori crafting or indulging in her TV addiction. Her favorite authors are Stephen King, Tierney James, Carolyn Paul Branch, Micki Browning (and soooo many others!).


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JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!



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Ms. Robinett is a new-to-me author, and I look forward to reading more books in this series and her other mysteries and western romances.4-STAR REVIEW: GINGERBREAD DEAD by Lori L. Robinett