Death of an Ice Cream Scooper review

This is the fifteenth book in the long-running Hayley Powell Food & Spirits series by brother and sister duo, Lee Hollis. I love how the characters have grown and changed since the first book but yet they’re familiarly the same and so much fun to feel like you’re coming home to Bar Harbor and hanging out with these people.

I’m just crazy about the little dachshund on the cover! Sprinkles might not have a huge role in the book, but just being a buddy to Leroy while Hayley and Sprinkles’ doggie mom Lynette walked them was super cute. I love how it was described that Sprinkles brought out the puppy in Leroy.

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My Goodreads review:

Death of an Ice Cream Scooper (Hayley Powell Mystery Book 15)Death of an Ice Cream Scooper by Lee Hollis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 15 and Hayley’s going strong! I love the characters and town as much as when I first picked up the debut book. And just as I was wondering if we were getting any of his famous Sergio-isms, he didn’t disappoint!

There was a lot going on this time. Dustin’s as grown of a man as he could possibly be now while Gemma was roasting away in a New York summer as she was telling her mom. Three of Hayley’s friends had new boyfriends, Liddy was getting an expensive mansion as a listing and all through this, Hayley was trying to figure out who killed the ice cream scooper.

I loved the mention of the ice cream shop owner’s little dachshund, Sprinkles! He sounded adorable and good old Leroy, Hayley’s beloved Shih-Tzu was still plugging along and finding his second wind when Sprinkles was around. Which to the dachshund lover (me) wasn’t quite enough, but I’ll take whatever I can get of a dachsie in the story! I’m always grateful when one shows up!

In true Hayley fashion, she found herself in quite a predicament but managed to slip out of it only to confront a killer not long after. But all went well, ending in the familiar family get-together that I always love about this series. I’m sure it won’t take Hayley long to transition into her new role! I’m being purposely vague and leaving out anything I personally would’ve thought was a spoiler before reading this book. You can get the whole scoop (ice cream pun intended) on July 26 when it releases!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Kensington Cozies, and my opinions are my own.

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A Game of Cones review

This is the second book that was just published today March 2, 2021 in the Ice Cream parlor series by Abby Collette, an Ohio author who’s also known as Abby L. VanDiver. Under that name, she’s published several different series, the longest being the Logan Dickerson series. I love her writing in this series, and I really want to explore her other books too. I just love Win and her crazy friend Maisie and of course, Riya who’s definitely a threat to any perp out there. These three besties got to team up this time with a friend of Win’s from New York who surprisingly fit right in. I’m super anxious for the next book and would like to thank @Berkley Publishing for approving me to read this book from NetGalley.

My Goodreads review:

A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery Book 2)A Game of Cones by Abby Collette
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m really enjoying this series and Win with her big wonderful family and crazy but fun-to-sleuth- with friends! She had a visit from a good friend named Rory from when Win worked at an ad agency in New York, and Rory’s job was to persuade Win to come back to New York while tempting her with a nice fat pay increase and an office. I love what Win advised her friend later on toward the end. Poor Rory got a little tangled up in the murder that happened to be a guy representing a firm wanting to put a mini mall right in the downtown triangle of Chagrin Falls.

There were lots of secrets and mostly people were against this idea which would take away several of the small businesses. Maisie was about to burst from wanting to sleuth and coming up with about 800 conspiracies–that girl absolutely cracks me up and makes me laugh when she’s around, what a hoot and genuinely nice person! The usual trio with the addition of Rory became a foursome (not quite all fearsome, although Riya is a force to be reckoned with!) for sleuthing. The showdown was very cool, and Rory’s reaction was so good! I really liked Rory’s character and would love to see more of her in future books. Who knows, maybe she’ll change her mind about small towns someday?

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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A Deadly Inside Scoop review

This is the first book in a brand new series by Abby Collette, who some may recognize as Abby L. Vandiver who writes the Logan Dickerson, Tiny House and Romaine Wilder series. Having not had a chance yet to enjoy these series, I was very happy to get the chance to read this book where I discovered some new favorite characters. Ice cream in winter time? Bring it on! Thanks to Abby herself and Berkley Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book from NetGalley!

My Goodreads review:

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an awesome first for this new series, and I really love these characters! I think my faves were Maisie and PopPop. It was hilarious to read about Win and Maisie sleuthing together with sensible, non-risk taking Win trying her best to keep Maisie out of trouble. When their other bestie Riya joined in and beat up a guy, sleuthing was just taken to a new level with them. PopPop made a good ice cream shop helper, since he’d founded the place to begin with, but he was also a pretty good snooping partner and drove Win to where he felt like she needed to ask questions.

A few clues toward the end led me to think about guessing who the killer was, and I was on the right track. The showdown was a good one, and PopPop got to help too. I was so happy to see the ice cream shop’s success under Win’s new management and that a sleuth came home for once just because she wanted to be with her family, not to escape some loser guy she’d broken up with or divorced. I’m anxious to see what other adventures Win and her friends and family get into.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. The book releases this Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

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