A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death: Helen Binney Mysteries holiday short story

Gemma Halliday Publishing
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From USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones comes a holiday short story of murder, mayhem, and cookies...

 

How could something as sweet and wholesome as a gingerbread-house contest lead to a murder investigation? Just include the ex-first-lady of Massachusetts, Helen Binney, on the judging panel and require a unanimous decision for the prizes. The other judges are dampening Helen's Christmas spirit, and she's beginning to think that someone involved in the contest is a killer targeting her friends at the nursing home. Could it be the local politician who would do anything to hold onto her power, the wealthy invalid who guilts people into acting against their own beliefs, or the male nurse who looks a lot more like a bodyguard/assassin? Helen is determined to find out, no matter how many cookies she has to crumble!  

 

**This is a short story of approximately 19,000 words/37pages**

Helen Binney Mysteries:

A Dose of Death – book #1

A Denial of Death – book #2

A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death – holiday short story

A Draw of Death – book #3

A Dawn of Death – book #4

A Darling of Death – book #5

A Display of Death – book #6

"Lethally clever! Gin Jones's Helen Binney Mysteries will have you laughing, smiling, and on the edge of your seat wondering whodunit. I can't wait for more from these characters!" 

~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

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USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones is a lawyer who specializes in ghost-writing for other lawyers. She prefers to write fiction, though, since she doesn't have to worry that her sense of humor might get her thrown into jail for contempt of court. In her spare time, Gin makes quilts, grows garlic and serves on the board of directors for the XLH Network.

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Publisher
Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Published on
Mar 3, 2016
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Pages
50
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ISBN
9781940371870
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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Helen Binney Mysteries:

A Dose of Death – book #1

A Denial of Death – book #2

A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death – holiday short story

A Draw of Death – book #3

A Dawn of Death – book #4

A Darling of Death – book #5

A Display of Death – book #6 

"Lethally clever! Gin Jones's Helen Binney Mysteries will have you laughing, smiling, and on the edge of your seat wondering whodunit. I can't wait for more from these characters!"
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

From USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones...

 

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Helen Binney Mysteries:

A Dose of Death – book #1

A Denial of Death – book #2

A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death – holiday short story

A Draw of Death – book #3

A Dawn of Death – book #4

A Darling of Death – book #5

A Display of Death – book #6 

"Lethally clever! Gin Jones's Helen Binney Mysteries will have you laughing, smiling, and on the edge of your seat wondering whodunit. I can't wait for more from these characters!"
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author  


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