Book Review: Mint Chocolate Murder

Posted October 6, 2022 by geograph in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Mint Chocolate MurderMint Chocolate Murder by Meri Allen
Series: Ice Cream Shop Mysteries #2
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on July 26, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley
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"Mint Chocolate Murder is a delightful confection of wonderful characters, a yummy setting, and an intriguing, twisty, and multi-layered mystery. It's the perfect book to curl up with on a lazy summer afternoon—preferably with your favorite flavor of ice cream close to hand." --Elizabeth Penney, Edgar-nominated author of the Cambridge Bookshop Series

Riley Rhodes returns in the second delicious cozy set in a New England ice cream shop, Meri Allen's Mint Chocolate Murder!

When Udderly Delightful Ice Cream shop manager Riley Rhodes is summoned to Penniman’s Moy Mull Castle, it’s the cherry on top of a successful summer season. The gothic pile built by an eccentric New England Gilded Age millionaire has been transformed into a premiere arts colony by Maud Monaco, a reclusive former supermodel. As part of Moy Mull’s Fall Arts Festival, Maud is throwing a fantasy ice cream social and hires Riley to whip up unique treats to celebrate the opening of an exhibit by Adam Blasco, a photographer as obnoxious as he is talented.

As Penniman fills up with Maud’s art-world friends arriving for the festival, gossip swirls around Blasco, who has a dark history of obsession with his models. Riley’s curiosity and instincts for sleuthing – she was a CIA librarian – are piqued, and she wonders at the hold the cold-hearted photographer has over the mistress of Moy Mull.

But when Adam is found dead behind the locked door of Moy Mull’s dungeon, Riley realizes there’s more than one suspect who’d wanted to put the malicious photographer on ice.

Series #: Ice Cream Shop Mysteries #2
Narrator: Riley Rhodes, former CIA librarian???? What!
Location: Penniman, Connecticut
Sub-location: Udderly Delightful Ice Cream shop, Moy Mull’s Fall Arts Festival
Animals: Rocky and Sprinkles, both cats
Theme: Ice cream
Recipes: No Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream (why not mint chocolate?)
Magic?: No
Mystery notes: Lots of red herrings!
Notes on the puns of the title: Not a pun. Disqualified. Also has nothing to do with anything in the book.
Copaganda/police involvement: A CIA LIBRARIAN??? Extremely weird. Other than that, no copaganda that I remember.

Lots of repetition in this book, which is great for me, a cozy mystery reader who kept setting this book down and picking it back up later. There are also a lot of twists and turns and interesting settings. Also, two cats! Three and a half stars from me, rounded up.


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