A Deadly Inside Scoop

A Deadly Inside Scoop

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"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. Wyn 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, Wyn 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, Wyn's father is implicated in his death. It's not easy to juggle a new-to-her business while solving a crime, but Wyn 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 . . "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780593099667
0593099664
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 21 cm

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newdog
Apr 26, 2021

*** Before I start this review, I'd like to mention that I also finished book #2 in the series (because I already had it here), and most of the things I found problematic in this 1st book, were resolved by the 2nd. ***

PROS:
- The main characters in this book are nearly all people of color, which is extremely lacking in the cozy mystery genre.
- The author is a woman of color, which is very refreshing in the cozy mystery world.
- Most of the characters were very likeable and relatable.
- The mystery was good with lots of twists and turns. It made me want to keep reading in spite of issues I will address in the con section.
- If I owned an ice cream maker, I'd be trying each and every recipe included in the book. They all are very unique and sound scrumptious.

CONS: (again, please don't allow these to keep you from reading the series, as the writing is greatly improved in the 2nd book)
- Some of the dialog made no sense, such as Win constantly asking people how they new about the murder. Please, they are living in a small town where everyone always knows everyone else's business, plus being the 1st ever murder, it would have been the talk of the town.
- The author would drop in many random statements, with absolutely no follow-up nor comments, such as stating that a family member has been questioned by the police (a few pages earlier they were all concerned about this scheduled interview) with no further description of how the questioning turned out or even if the family member had or had not been arrested.
- There were numerous inconsistencies with information in the book, which were frustratingly far more that I cared to count and keep track of. If the mystery hadn't been so good I never would have finished it. At the end of the book, in the Author's Acknowledgments, the author thanked her editor for being the best editor. Wow! And I was thinking she needed to fire that editor. Well, in the Author's Acknowledgments at the end of book 2 there was no mention of an editor and that book was much improved with only 1 or 2 minor inconsistencies.

In summary, although I can't say that I highly recommend this book, I always believe it is beneficial to start reading a new series with the first book, and I can honestly recommend reading the 2nd one. And after reading book #2, I'm really looking forward to book #3 in the series.

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Alpha_zzz
Jan 18, 2021

A cozy mystery showing family dynamics in a positive way.
It wasn’t exactly “thrilling” or a page-turner, but the simplicity didn’t diminish from the story.

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