Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Killer Sundae by Abby Collette

Posted February 12, 2022 by meezcarrie in Abby Collette, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 9 Comments

A KILLER SUNDAE by Abby Collette
Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #3
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: January 4, 2022
PAGES: 352

Ice cream shop owner Bronwyn Crewse is in for two scoops of murder in this charming mystery from Abby Collette.

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is gorgeous in the fall, and Bronwyn Crewse, owner of Crewse Creamery, knows just how to welcome the new season. At the annual Harvest Time Festival, residents will get a chance to enjoy hot-air balloons and hayrides, crown a new Harvest Time Festival Queen, and eat delicious frozen treats sold at Win’s freshly purchased ice cream truck. But she gets into a sprinkle of trouble when a festivalgoer is poisoned and Win is implicated.

Although the victim was a former Harvest Time Festival Queen, her once-sunny disposition had dimmed into bitterness, leaving no shortage of suspects at the festival. To clear her name before the chill of winter sets in, Win will have to investigate and hope that her detective skills won’t “dessert” her.


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I love this series of diverse characters, clever plots, warm family ties, and strong multi-cultural friendships! A Killer Sundae definitely delivered all those things and more.

Bronwyn has done such a great job since taking over the family ice cream parlor, and her new food truck (not to be called an ice cream truck haha) for Crewse Creamery is off to a fabulous start, too! Par for the course for this poor reluctant amateur sleuth, however, a murder takes place nearby and she’s dragged into the investigation before she can say ‘Rocky Road’. A subplot involving a recipe book with some … interesting … notations that might have belonged to her grandmother (and may or may not have anything to do with this most recent murder) adds some intriguing dimension to the plot and had me fully hooked. The trio of best friends in Riya, Maisie, and Win makes a hilarious crime-solving trifecta and their scenes together had me laughing more than once – especially at Maisie’s antics (as usual). And of course, PopPop and Rivkah whom i love so much!

Bottom Line: A Killer Sundae has it all – great relationships, a hint of romance potential (I’m still pulling for O), and a layered mystery to solve. I loved the characters (as always) and the mystery kept me engaged & guessing whodunnit. I was way off in my prime suspect until just before the big reveal, and the author did a skilled job of seamlessly weaving all the clues and red herrings together. A delicious way to spend your weekend!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and it’s a mystery even to her why she hasn’t yet moved to a warmer place. As Abby Collette, she is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the  Books & Biscuits mystery series, starring a set of fraternal twins who reunite and open a bookstore and soul food café. Writing as Abby L. Vandiver, she is the author of the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian, as well as the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, pairing an East Texas medical examiner and her feisty, funeral-home-owning auntie as sleuths. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.

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