today’s 2nd book: Spoon to Be Dead
We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only 26 days away, according to Google! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
SPOON TO BE DEAD by Dana Mentink
SERIES: Shake Shop Mysteries #3
GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Poisoned Pen Press
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2023
“Mentink has designed a story that will keep the reader wondering, and then knowing, and then wondering again, as the suspects and victims keep changing places.” — New York Journal of Books
A murder for the holidays is about to shake things up!
Trinidad Jones is starting the festive season with sugary confections and a heaping scoop of worry as her shake shop enters its first Oregon winter. With snow abound and tourists trickling through, she’ll do anything to keep her milkshake dreams afloat, even if it means catering a holiday steamboat party for some new arrivals in town.
But when her good-for-nothing ex crashes through her shop’s door claiming he’s being charged with murder, things go sideways. With clues piling up like whipped cream on a sundae and motives abound, Trinidad and her fellow ex-wives must solve this murder before she’s finally thrown for a scoop.
The third book in the Shake Shop Mysteries following Trinidad Jones who makes sweet confections and solves sticky situations in her small town!
Before Trinidad could answer, the door of the Shimmy and Shake Shop slammed open with a crash of bells and a gust of freezing air. She shot to her feet as a man from her nightmares lurched in. Gabe Bigley, serial cheater, felon, liar and embezzler stood there as handsome as the day she’d married him, but a less debonair version. His shoes were muddy, and there was a tear in the knee of his jeans which were wet to thigh level. His expensive sunglasses were missing one earpiece and they dangled drunkenly from his face. A dark sweat jacket hung slightly off one shoulder. Incredibly, he waved. “Oh hey,” he said as if he’d stopped by to ask the time. “You’re all here.”
Madcap blinking didn’t help. It wasn’t a nightmare. Gabe was really standing right in front of her. “Yes, we are all here,” Trinidad managed, her voice rising to a squeak. “But what are you doing here?”
“Paroled, Monday. Stopped to see Mom and borrowed her car to drive here,” he said. “And something really weird just happened.”
Which part was weirdest, she wondered? Gabe materializing in Sprocket? Strolling in as if he hadn’t wrecked all their lives? Or looking as if he’d just gone through a car wash without the car?
His eyes fastened on Bonnie, slightly glazed. “Hi, Bon Bon. I’ll buy you that engagement ring soon as I get the money.”
Engagement ring? Trinidad was now certain a cardiac event had messed with her faculties, but Noodles wagged his tail at Gabe and bumped her on the knee with his nose, so she figured she was still standing and conscious. She gritted her teeth. “Someone better tell me what is going on before my head explodes.”
“Uh…” Bonnie started, then stopped.
Gabe held up a trembling finger. “I know exactly how you feel, Trina.”
“Don’t call me Trina,” she snapped. “Only my friends call me that.”
“Right, so here’s the thing.” Gabe pushed his glasses up and only succeeded in knocking them further askew. “I think, I mean I’m pretty certain, ninety-eight percent or so…” Gabe blinked rapidly. “…That I just killed someone.”
“What do you mean you think you killed someone?” Trinidad toyed with the idea of slapping some coherence into him.
Bonnie stared, hands covering her mouth.
“Hold one one sec.” Gabe pointed his shaking finger at the ceiling. They waited in collective shock. After five seconds, he keeled over backward, knocking against the counter and upending a container of sprinkles that swirled around him in a kaleidoscope of colors as bright as the blood on his shirt.
Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense and Poisoned Pen Press. Her new Shake Shop mystery series features Trinidad Jones and her funky freakshakes! You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, TikTok (danamentinkmysteryauthor) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)
Dana Mentink is offering a print copy of Spoon to Be Dead and a Starbucks gift card to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read Spoon to Be Dead by Dana Mentink?