A Killer Sundae by Abby ColletteA Killer Sundae by Abby Collette
Narrator: Diana Blue
Series: Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #3
Published by Tantor Media on January 4, 2022
Source: Library
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 9 hrs 16 mins
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
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three-half-stars

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.

A Killer Sundae might be my favorite of the series so far, which is good since I wasn’t thrilled with the first two. The only reason I picked this up is because it was immediately available to download from the library and I didn’t hate the others.

This time around a local reporter, and old high school classmate of Win’s, has been killed. Win reluctantly becomes involved, mostly at the insistence of her friends – she has a bit of a reputation by now. The plot was well done, with plenty of suspects and several twists – and some delicious-sounding ice cream flavors. There’s also a mystery involving that seemed a little silly for Win to get so obsessed over.

Win is smart and caring. Her friends were a little more realistic this time, and I love how loyal and helpful her family is. It’s a good bunch of characters, and I feel like I should enjoy them more than I do.

I was not a fan of the narrator – fairly flat, with odd pauses, and sooo slow. Yes, I could have sped it up, but I hate to do that.

About Abby Collette

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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