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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #1) by Abby Collette


A Deadly Inside Scoop

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Berkley Books




Goodreads synopsis: 
This book kicks off a charming cozy mystery series set in an ice cream shop--with a fabulous cast of quirky characters.

Recent MBA grad Bronwyn Crewse has just taken over her family's ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and she's going back to basics. Win is renovating Crewse Creamery to restore its former glory, and filling the menu with delicious, homemade ice cream flavors—many from her grandmother’s original recipes. But unexpected construction delays mean she misses the summer season, and the shop has a literal cold opening: the day she opens her doors an early first snow descends on the village and keeps the customers away.

To make matters worse, that evening, Win finds a body in the snow, and it turns out the dead man was a grifter with an old feud with the Crewse family. Soon, Win’s father is implicated in his death. It's not easy to juggle a new-to-her business while solving a crime, but Win is determined to do it. With the help of her quirky best friends and her tight-knit family, she'll catch the ice cold killer before she has a meltdown..

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4.5 Stars 

This is the first book in the An Ice Cream Parlor mystery series by Abby Collette.

Basic premise: Brownyn “Wen” Crewse has taken over running her family’s ice cream business. Even her Grandfather PopPop has gifted her with her grandma’s recipe box. Then a man rides into town and talks to Wen when she opens the first day. He really seems to know her family. Later, when she is feeling down after a day of lackluster sales, she stumbles over the dead body of the same man. Apparently, this man had made a lot of enemies in her little community and there is no lacking in suspects. But her father is at the top of the detective’s list.

Since this is the first book in a series, we learned about a lot of different people. I really enjoyed Detective Beverley probably the most. I am a sucker for a good detective. This story reminded me of how we never really truly know our neighbors. Lots of secrets around this town. Should prove to be wonderful fodder for future stories. 

I am surprised this book is coming out in May since it is set in later October near Halloween. But I guess books just come out when they come out these days.

The mystery really kept me interested and as Wen traveled around we got to dig into the lives of so many people. That meant suspects galore and Wen and her friends had to weed out whodunit.

This story was just fun and I look forward to reading more from this author. Definitely going to put her on my must read list.

If you are looking for a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out.


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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