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Pineapple Port's "Santa" is found dead...wearing a gingerbread man costume...with a shelf-elf stuffed in his mouth... Just another day in Pineapple Port! Sheriff Frank asks newly-minted private detective Charlotte to help him crack the case, but she has no idea those darn gingerbread men will start showing up everywhere. What did Santa do that made them so angry? And what's Pineapple Port's "Santa" is found dead...wearing a gingerbread man costume...with a shelf-elf stuffed in his mouth... Just another day in Pineapple Port! Sheriff Frank asks newly-minted private detective Charlotte to help him crack the case, but she has no idea those darn gingerbread men will start showing up everywhere. What did Santa do that made them so angry? And what's the secret in his colorful Christmas-themed bureau? Charlotte is forced to split her time between searching for Santa's killer and helping Declan's crazy ex-Stephanie stop a corrupt district attorney in exchange for a book that could help solve more crimes in the future. She never thought she'd help calculating Stephanie with anything... but as this story comes to it's shocking ending, you'll find it could be Stephanie who's finally bitten off more cookie than she can chew...


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Pineapple Port's "Santa" is found dead...wearing a gingerbread man costume...with a shelf-elf stuffed in his mouth... Just another day in Pineapple Port! Sheriff Frank asks newly-minted private detective Charlotte to help him crack the case, but she has no idea those darn gingerbread men will start showing up everywhere. What did Santa do that made them so angry? And what's Pineapple Port's "Santa" is found dead...wearing a gingerbread man costume...with a shelf-elf stuffed in his mouth... Just another day in Pineapple Port! Sheriff Frank asks newly-minted private detective Charlotte to help him crack the case, but she has no idea those darn gingerbread men will start showing up everywhere. What did Santa do that made them so angry? And what's the secret in his colorful Christmas-themed bureau? Charlotte is forced to split her time between searching for Santa's killer and helping Declan's crazy ex-Stephanie stop a corrupt district attorney in exchange for a book that could help solve more crimes in the future. She never thought she'd help calculating Stephanie with anything... but as this story comes to it's shocking ending, you'll find it could be Stephanie who's finally bitten off more cookie than she can chew...

30 review for Pineapple Gingerbread Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Charlotte has two cases to solve in this one as Christmas is around the corner in Pineapple Port. A deceased Santa look alike, psycho Stephanie and her serial killer mother are all in Charity. With humor and a quickly paced plot, Charlotte needs Christmas magic to help her solve the mysteries.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    Another funny book I always look forward to a new book in this series because I know I’m in for a good laugh. From the very start, that’s what I got. This was just down right funny! The author is amazingly talented to weave such humor but very serious murders and crimes together to make for an excellent read and series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    The retirement community of Pineapple Port and the town of Charity are looking forward to the Christmas festivities. A newcomer, Kristopher Rudolph, is playing Santa and organizing the charity raffle. In the middle of the night (10 PM) Charlotte receives a call from her "Uncle" Frank, the local sheriff, to assist him at a crime scene. She's now a licensed PI and eager to get some practice. Charlotte is shocked (first to find Frank in his wife's robe wearing his sheriff's hat) to discover Kristop The retirement community of Pineapple Port and the town of Charity are looking forward to the Christmas festivities. A newcomer, Kristopher Rudolph, is playing Santa and organizing the charity raffle. In the middle of the night (10 PM) Charlotte receives a call from her "Uncle" Frank, the local sheriff, to assist him at a crime scene. She's now a licensed PI and eager to get some practice. Charlotte is shocked (first to find Frank in his wife's robe wearing his sheriff's hat) to discover Kristopher Rudolph's trailer had a fire and the man is dead! Charlotte is also surprised to find Pudding, Aggie Mae's missing dog tethered to a lamp post. What the heck is going on? It seems Mr. Rudolph did not die of smoke inhalation and Sheriff Frank wants answers NOW. When some gingerbread suited people try to hold up the pawn shop and threaten Declan and Charlotte, the case takes a strange turn. Charlotte has the opportunity to get help from an unexpected source but it means making a deal with the devil in the form of Declan's crazy ex Stephanie. Is it worth it and will Stephanie's information help crack the case? This book is super hard to summarize without spoilers. The novel's plot goes back and forth between time and characters so the reader gets most of the story before Charlotte and Frank know what is actually going on. I do not find this method of storytelling effective. It ruined the mystery knowing who, why and how. The primary mystery shares too much page time setting up the next mystery by featuring Stephanie and her latest criminal defense case. The charming, fluffy, coziness of the first novel has darker tones here and I miss the fluffiness. I missed the dogs, especially Abby finding a body or at least parts of a body. I don't miss the nosy, annoying old ladies though. I wasn't prepared for how dark and violent the story got at the end. I skipped a bunch of books between 1 and 7 but I was able to follow the story OK. Charlotte is less flaky than she appears in the first book. She's matured and gotten her private detective license so she can legally solve crimes now. She's still sweet and innocent, having been raised by elderly people. Charlotte isn't so innocent she doesn't know when she's being exploited and is smart enough to weigh her options. Stephanie, her antagonist, is the complete opposite. Stephanie is ruthless and will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. In this novel we learn more about Stephanie's surprising background and learn to feel compassion for her. Everyone has choices in life though and Stephanie chooses to be a victim of her circumstances rather than overcome them. She's a tragic character as a foil for Charlotte's innocence. Declan is kind of a nice guy. I don't approve of his going in and taking advantage of relatives of the deceased but he isn't dishonest about what he does. He needs to make a living somehow I suppose. He's strong and loyal to those he cares about. The quirky characters that make up Pineapple Port are hardly in the story. There is one scene with Darla and Mariska and an opossum that's there for comic relief. The scene didn't really fit the story nor was it necessary to the plot. It's charming and funny but illogical. They live in a retirement community! Don't their HOA fees cover pest control? Call animal control at least. The scene concludes with a clue to the mystery. There's also Tillie the gossip who knows everything that happens in Pineapple Port. She's able to provide a big clue that helps Charlotte and Frank. There's also Frank, of course, as crusty as ever but perhaps the only adult willing to let Charlotte be an adult- sometimes. We meet Jimmy the Jeweler who seems nervous about something. He has got to be as dumb as a brick to participate in the thing he did. He has every motive to want Kristopher Rudolph dead. Arnie Burke, Jr. also has every reason to want Kristopher Rudolph dead. He doesn't exhibit much intelligence and the car selling situation gets out of his control. He doesn't seem intelligent enough to be a killer. The mayor, on the other hand, is acting strange. Could he know something he isn't telling Frank and Charlotte? The three gingerbread men act like The Three Stooges. They bumble around and mess up their careful plans. Stephanie's other nemesis, Assistant District Attorney Jason Walsh is not an ethical or honorable person. While Stephanie seems to be representing a bad guy, she's right that everyone deserves a fair trial. Jason is preventing a fair trial but Stephanie can't prove it. Like Stephanie I can't stand people who try to bribe and buy their way up the ladder. How much does the judge realize? The whole case should be thrown out and started again without the unreliable witness and Jason. Apparently this plot leads into the next book in the series. The conclusion to the mystery was rather a let down. I'm going to skip ahead a few more books and maybe back track if I have time before my Kindle Unlimited trial runs out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Irene Sauman

    I had forgotten I had read the first in this series some time ago and didn't finish it because of a silly scene that went on far to long, about an hallucinatory drug taken by accident. If you had a headache, would you take two tablets found on your kitchen bench that you hadn't put there? The stories haven't gotten any less over-the-top. In this one we have a Christmas conman, murder, four people buzzing around Pineapple Port dressed in gingerbread men costumes, Charlotte's boyfriend's feral ex- I had forgotten I had read the first in this series some time ago and didn't finish it because of a silly scene that went on far to long, about an hallucinatory drug taken by accident. If you had a headache, would you take two tablets found on your kitchen bench that you hadn't put there? The stories haven't gotten any less over-the-top. In this one we have a Christmas conman, murder, four people buzzing around Pineapple Port dressed in gingerbread men costumes, Charlotte's boyfriend's feral ex-girlfriend who isn't averse to killing, and her serial killer mother. Then there are Charlotte's friends and surrogate aunts and uncles - the people who live in the retirement centre where Charlotte grew up and still lives. Oh, and there's a cliffhanger ending. This story isn't over yet. An entertaining light read but not my favourite cosy series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie Howard

    Wow, this series just seems to get better and better. I really enjoyed the book and every time I thought I had it worked out it shifted on me and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I loved the whole idea of this book, with the dangerous group of gingerbread men running around town it sounded funny and it didn't disappoint. Charlotte has her hands full soloving a murder as a newly deputise deputy and to make things worse, she is hired as a private investigator looking into a crooked distr Wow, this series just seems to get better and better. I really enjoyed the book and every time I thought I had it worked out it shifted on me and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I loved the whole idea of this book, with the dangerous group of gingerbread men running around town it sounded funny and it didn't disappoint. Charlotte has her hands full soloving a murder as a newly deputise deputy and to make things worse, she is hired as a private investigator looking into a crooked district attorney by her boyfriend ex-girlfriend. I can't wait for the next book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    kindle unlimited, she has other series but since I don't 'do' romances {not even so called romantic comedies wheich also writes those} and all haven't read those, but just a heads up if you like that type of thing/book. Main issue, having read so many agatha christie etc including more recent cozies is such things as character stating she now had 2 vehicles to find which is uh NO she'd been told a few pages back that one had already been found by the cop, check for continuity. Pineapple Port's "S kindle unlimited, she has other series but since I don't 'do' romances {not even so called romantic comedies wheich also writes those} and all haven't read those, but just a heads up if you like that type of thing/book. Main issue, having read so many agatha christie etc including more recent cozies is such things as character stating she now had 2 vehicles to find which is uh NO she'd been told a few pages back that one had already been found by the cop, check for continuity. Pineapple Port's "Santa" found dead...wearing a gingerbread man costume...with a shelf-elf stuffed in his mouth... Just another day in Pineapple Port! Sheriff Frank asks newly-minted private detective Charlotte to help him crack the case, but she has no idea those darn gingerbread men will start showing up everywhere. What did Santa do that made them so angry? And what's the secret in his colorful Christmas-themed bureau? Charlotte is forced to split her time between searching for Santa's killer and helping Declan's crazy ex-Stephanie stop a corrupt district attorney in exchange for a book that could help solve more crimes in the future. She never thought she'd help calculating Stephanie with anything...but as this story comes to it's shocking ending, you'll find it could be Stephanie who's finally bitten off more cookie than she can chew... A Pineapple Port Mysteries Pineapple Pack: Pineapple Port Mystery Series Books 1-3 Pineapple Lies 1 Pineapple Mystery Box 2 Pineapple Puzzles 3 Pineapple Land War 4 Pineapple Beach House 5 Pineapple Disco 6 Pineapple Pack II: Pineapple Port Mystery Series Books 4-6 Pineapple Gingerbread Men 7

  7. 5 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    What does a strange Santa, Gingerbread men, Declan's crazy Ex, a coded book of fingerprints, a newly minted private eye and Declan's new love, Charlotte, a very strange custom dresser, a charity event, a car dealership, a request of Charlotte by Declan's crazy ex, an old but excellently kept Volvo, a captured opossum all have in common? Well, these are the laughout loud mystery threads woven so deftly by the author of the 7th book in an incredibly fun cozy mystery series, Amy Vansant! You just c What does a strange Santa, Gingerbread men, Declan's crazy Ex, a coded book of fingerprints, a newly minted private eye and Declan's new love, Charlotte, a very strange custom dresser, a charity event, a car dealership, a request of Charlotte by Declan's crazy ex, an old but excellently kept Volvo, a captured opossum all have in common? Well, these are the laughout loud mystery threads woven so deftly by the author of the 7th book in an incredibly fun cozy mystery series, Amy Vansant! You just can't put this book down once you open and turn to the first page. The well drawn descriptions puts a movie in your mind as you visualize every page of this episode. I can't wait to read the next book in this series as there is a cliff-hanger at the end! And if you haven't read any of the books in this series, I know you will love each one. You can read this one as a stand-alone, but if you do...you will want to read them all because this one will give you a taste of a wonderful fun, humorous and fantastic series! I received and ARC from the author, but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    Pineapple Gingerbread Men, Pineapple Port Mysteries #7 by Amy Vansant This is the first book I read in this series. I found it worked excellently as a stand-alone, and I didn't feel like I'd missed anything by not reading the previous six! The characters were well fleshed out and likeable, with enough backstory for each to understand the plot, but not so much that it overwhelmed this particular episode. Good plotting and pacing, good editing and proofing (I did find one place where the author used Pineapple Gingerbread Men, Pineapple Port Mysteries #7 by Amy Vansant This is the first book I read in this series. I found it worked excellently as a stand-alone, and I didn't feel like I'd missed anything by not reading the previous six! The characters were well fleshed out and likeable, with enough backstory for each to understand the plot, but not so much that it overwhelmed this particular episode. Good plotting and pacing, good editing and proofing (I did find one place where the author used the word compact where I felt either pact or contract would have been a better choice -- but maybe that's just me), a couple of nice mysteries. While the ending lead directly into the next book, I'm sure, I didn't feel like it was a cliffhanger, and if I choose not to read any of the other books in the series, I won't feel short-changed. Nice Christmas read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christine Lowe

    What Are the Gingerbread Men Doing in Pineapple Port? Life-sized gingerbread men isn't something you expect to see in Pineapple Port or anywhere else for that matter. Charlotte saw her first one when Sheriff Frank requested she come to the scene of a murder. Newly licensed Private Investigator Charlotte was happy to oblige. She was even happier when Frank asked her to help with the murder investigation. Author Amy Vansant continues to delight her readers with new stories that are funny and interes What Are the Gingerbread Men Doing in Pineapple Port? Life-sized gingerbread men isn't something you expect to see in Pineapple Port or anywhere else for that matter. Charlotte saw her first one when Sheriff Frank requested she come to the scene of a murder. Newly licensed Private Investigator Charlotte was happy to oblige. She was even happier when Frank asked her to help with the murder investigation. Author Amy Vansant continues to delight her readers with new stories that are funny and interesting. An encounter with a possum and two residents had me laughing out loud. There is a lot more to enjoy in this book and one very big development that took me by surprise. I'm waiting for the next book to see how it works out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Grabas

    I just loved the book, but that is nothing unusual, I love all of the Pineapple Port mysteries. If anyone ever entered my home while I was reading one of them, they would think I had lost my mind, because they would fine me laughing out loud so hard, tears are coming to my eyes. I just printed a list of all of the mysteries to make sure I have read them all and found that I didn't read #1 and #2, which I must get to see how this all started. Not that having missed the beginning changed my enjoyme I just loved the book, but that is nothing unusual, I love all of the Pineapple Port mysteries. If anyone ever entered my home while I was reading one of them, they would think I had lost my mind, because they would fine me laughing out loud so hard, tears are coming to my eyes. I just printed a list of all of the mysteries to make sure I have read them all and found that I didn't read #1 and #2, which I must get to see how this all started. Not that having missed the beginning changed my enjoyment of each book, as they are stand alone, but I would never forgive myself if I missed even one of them. I heartily recommend this series to one and all. If you don't read them you just don't know what you are missing. Now I just have to sit and wait for the next one to come out - and I do so with bated breath.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    The set up Great read. Lots of twists and turns with a cliffhanger ending. When she receives a call from Frank to attend a crime scene and an offer to be deputised so she can help investigate, she takes no time at all to agree. Who killed the Santa by stuffing an elf down his throat. The Stephanie throws her a curve ball by wanting her to follow the assistant DA over the weekend in exchange for the book her mother kept on everyone in the witness protection programme who was a resident. Add in a c The set up Great read. Lots of twists and turns with a cliffhanger ending. When she receives a call from Frank to attend a crime scene and an offer to be deputised so she can help investigate, she takes no time at all to agree. Who killed the Santa by stuffing an elf down his throat. The Stephanie throws her a curve ball by wanting her to follow the assistant DA over the weekend in exchange for the book her mother kept on everyone in the witness protection programme who was a resident. Add in a conman Santa, a very special chest of drawers, gingerbread man, a dead assistant DA, a missing dog and a threatening phone call from a cold hearted killer as well as finding her mother's car. Can she survive? Will she have nightmares about gingerbread men?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    I love this series and this book! Charlotte has been raised in a 55+ community when her parents and then her grandma die. The community and the sheriff and his wife raise her. So is it any surprise when she becomes a PI. This case when Santa is murdered by gingerbread men Frank the sheriff decides to deputize her. The book is laugh out loud funny! There is plenty of adventure and twists and turns. The only thing I didn’t like is the cliffhanger. Otherwise I highly recommend this book and this se I love this series and this book! Charlotte has been raised in a 55+ community when her parents and then her grandma die. The community and the sheriff and his wife raise her. So is it any surprise when she becomes a PI. This case when Santa is murdered by gingerbread men Frank the sheriff decides to deputize her. The book is laugh out loud funny! There is plenty of adventure and twists and turns. The only thing I didn’t like is the cliffhanger. Otherwise I highly recommend this book and this series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    doris

    Pineapple gingerbread men:a pineapple port mystery/vansant I enjoyed this story of charlotte, declan, and her many friends .You can't help but fall in love with the characters especially Charlotte who seemingly finds herself dealing with all kinds of crazy in her detective and private investigator role, with Declan the antique broker(who was once an black operative). You can't go wrong reading her books in my opinion they are delightful, and she adds substance to the story not boring.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I received this book as an ARC. Grab a nice blanket, some gingerbread cookies, warm cider, your favorite cuddle dog, and this book, then settle in for a fun mystery romp through Pineapple Port. Amy Vansant has a talent for painting images in your head that most cozy mysteries seem to lack. This book sported some scenes with physical humor that were so well phrased I could see them happening as I read, and genuinely laughed aloud. I devoured this tasty book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    RaChelle Holmberg

    I received this book as a free ARC gift from the author - THANK YOU SO MUCH! - Ms Vansant has a really cute writing style, humorous as well as serious, her books are laugh out loud with zany lovable characters you wish you could actually meet, as well as a few you would never WANT to..... I've read the entire series, this one was one of the best. LOVED it. Left us with a drop off, however... Im sure that will be remedied....

  16. 5 out of 5

    K B

    5 stars I purchased a copy of the novel Pineapple Gingerbread Men: A Pineapple Port Mystery: Book Seven by Amy Vansant and this review was given freely. A complex action packed and at times humorous cozy mystery containing 2 murders, multiple story lines that are seamlessly blended, the continued romance between Charlotte and Declan, the dichotomy that is Stephanie, and an excellent lead in to a sequel. A good blend of murder and humor.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Parade earlier than day in which gingerbread dressed men were going around, and now they were at his door that evening. He had organized the parade and hadn’t ordered any gingerbread men, but didn’t think more of it then..Sheriff Frank calls Charlotte.a PI who has been wanting to go to a murder scene, the victim was the parade Santa. Dressed up in a gingerbread outfit, then one is seeing them around town. Another quirky story with adventure and laughs, and a murder to solve.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Charlotte is so busy, as usual. Santa is not who he seems - and now he is dead - found wearing a gingerbread cookie costume. Also, Stephanie, Declan's crazy ex, has hired her to help by following the local A.D.A. who is apparently crooked. In return she will receive a book of fingerprints, previously owned by Jamie, Stephanie's serial killer mother. Amy Vansant always spins a great tale. I would recommend her books to anyone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne Wingate

    More Silly than Funny Funny cozies are a sub-subgenre. But this one doesn't quite cut it. It tries hard and there are a few funny spots, but there is a little top much plain silliness, such as the possum. Read it if you wish. Maybe you am not being fair. But I'm not going to look for more books in order series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne G. Kasaba

    Some people go overboard with Christmas decorations but running around in gingerbread men costumes is over the top. Can Charlotte and Sheriff Frank solve a Christmas Murder before the holiday is ruined? Cute storyline and the usual cast of characters make this a great addition to the series. I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily provided a review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marian Elavsky

    You've done it again, Amy! If you want a story to start off slow, this isn't it! It starts with a weird murder and ends with you wondering who will be next! Charlotte has her hands full from beginning to the end and beyond....

  22. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Homeier-poe

    Love this series. This is a great series. I can't wait for the next one to come out. I hope it is very soon. This book had me laughing out loud. Thank you Amy for another Pineapple Port story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Merle Ellen Hilbun

    More Action in the Port Can't wait for eight! Another fun action packed mess Charlotte gets into. It all comes together in a fun twist that makes me want to learn what comes next. Thanks Amy. Your good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Christmas Cookies and Possums I think I laughed harder at this book than I did the previous ones. Vansant tells a story around wonderful, believable characters with a plot that winds around typical small town perils with unexpected twists and humor that makes you laugh out loud.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie Gray

    A Christmas Mystery This is a warm (takes place in Florida) mystery about 4 inept but well meaning giant gingerbread cookies and the Santa-ish man they want to teach a lesson. It’s a very funny cozy, as usual, by Amy Vansant. You won’t be disappointed!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ricki Crane

    Pineapple gingerbread men a good way to chill Pineapple Gingerbread Men. As with the other six books I had so much fun reading them it was a good way just to chill out and relax and not have to worry about what was going on in the rest of the world for a few hours.

  27. 4 out of 5

    L Kate

    Crazy fun Charlotte has her PI’s license, and is even deputized to help figure out who killed “Santa” and dressed him in a Gingerbread man costume... and why. Light and fun mystery.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alice Hazelbaker

    Possums and gingerbread men, oh my! Another adventure full of laughs and drama from the Pineapple Port gals! A crazy murder and Police Chief Frank deputizes Charlotte to help solve the case. And a very strange case it is. Enjoy this latest in the Pineapple Port series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A book full of indistinguishable and unnecessary characters, poor pacing, no mystery, little charm, and what seems to have been an attempt at a cliff-hanger so that people will buy the next one in the series. The author's bio was the only interesting part of the book. Good editing. 1.5*.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Pineapple Gingerbread Men by Amy Vansant Oh my, so funny. So mysterious, angsty and funny. I love these mysteries and how all the pieces fall together. Add in a sweet love story (and a serial killer) and it doesn't get any better than this.

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