Mint Chocolate Murder
An Ice Cream Shop Mystery
By: Meri Allen
Publish Date 26 July 2022
St. Martin’s Press
St. Martin’s Paperback
Mystery & Thrillers
I would like to first thank both St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book.
Good Reads Synposis:
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.
I enjoyed this book and gave it 4 stars. I would suggest that you don’t read the synopsis of the book beforehand because it gives away who dies.
This cozy mystery was laid out a little different than others I have read because you know by chapter 3 who is going to die and how that person is going to die. The only thing you don’t know is why. The fun thing about this story is the finding out why. Was it an accident or was it murder?
There are also two smaller mysteries in this story that you receive clues if you are paying close enough attention.
There are also a whole lot of characters in this story that you will need to keep track of. Most of them are from the first book and you already know their roles. There are a few more people introduced that are mentioned in the synopsis. The other people you will need to know are the catering crew and the people who work with Maud in the castle.
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