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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Game of Cones (Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery #4) by Cynthia Baxter

Game of Cones

(Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery #4)

by Cynthia Baxter


Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation



Goodreads synopsis: 

In Cynthia Baxter's fourth Lickety Splits Mystery, ice cream shoppe owner and amateur sleuth Kate McKAy doesn't waffle around scooping up new clientele at a historic hotel, but her hopes of becoming the Hudson Valley's reigning ice cream queen melt fast when murder checks-in!


From the moment Kate arrives at the imposing Mohawk Mountain Resort, not even luggage brimming with hot fudge can sweeten her stay. Instead of savoring alone time with her on-again boyfriend Jake and leading workshops on whipping together delectable frosty treats, she finds herself stranded at the isolated hotel with a small group of nutty characters--and a dead body.


When the corpse of wealthy cosmetics executive Bethany La Montaigne is suddenly found following a blackout, any of the five strangers trapped with Kate and Jake could be the killer. Chilled to the core, Kate vows to discover whether the victim's mortal enemy was a smooth-talking playboy, bubbly millennial, mousy librarian, charming Englishman, or the Mohawk's creepy general manager...


Bethany's life was chock full of scandals and there's little doubt that someone refused to endure another taste. With just a sprinkling of clues, it's up to Kate to bring justice to a culprit who believes that revenge is a dish best served cold...



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4 stars


This is the fourth book in the Lickety Split Ice Cream Shoppe series by Cynthia Baxter.


I have to admit something. I really do love this series. But this installment just didn’t seem to catch me as the previous three did. I didn’t feel as connected to the characters like I had previously. It could be that the entire cast was off site at a different location. Not entirely sure why.


The story was interesting. There was a whole corporate beauty aspect that was a cool idea and implemented well. The book is easy to read and well plotted. So I am not sure what my problem was. I think it comes down to that “it factor” they always talk about. There was something missing and I can’t quite put my finger on what it was that stiemied me.


Overall it was decent, readable. Good. But don’t just take my word for it. Dig into this awesome series for yourself!


If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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