Publisher: Berkley / Tantor Media, Inc.
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Cozy Mystery
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…
A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette is SO MUCH FUN, and I had such a great time reading it. I’m a big fan of the cozy mystery genre and this made for a great start to the Ice Cream Parlor series. It is lighthearted, entertaining, and pleasantly surprising, especially since I did not have the culprit figured out. Bronwyn (Win) was such a great character as was her friend Maisie. I loved watching them blunder through their investigation of who killed the man Win found dead, and there were lots of parts that had me laughing out loud.
I listened to the audio, and the narrator Chandra Skyye did such a great job that I really hope she’ll be back to narrate the next book in this series. She was so easy to listen to and she really made the perfect Win. Collette’s writing style sucked me in immediately and I didn’t want to put it down. A Deadly Inside Scoop was the perfect escape read (complete with a cat!) and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the cozy genre and looking for something quick. And who doesn’t love a book that has ice cream in it? I’ll be sure to have some handy for book two!
Thank you to the publisher for my advance review copy via Edelweiss. All opinions and thoughts are my own.