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A Game of Cones: 03/29/21

A Game of Cones

A Game of Cones by Abby Collette and and Joell Jacob (narrator) is the sequel to A Deadly Inside Scoop (2020). Wyn Crewse is enjoying her time running the family ice cream shop. The repairs are done and business is booming. But now a big time developer who is trying to bring a mall to Chagrin Falls ends up murdered and Wyn's friend from New York is the prime suspect.

The set up for this mystery is centered on gentrification and a very firm sense of place. Curious this time, I had to look up Chagrin Falls, Ohio. It's a real place and while Wyn's ice cream shop isn't, the location overlooking the falls, is.

Wyn takes a less active role in investigating but she's egged on by her local best friend and her concern for her New York friend. Wyn's also in a bit of an emotional tug of war between her aunt (the previous owner of the ice cream shop) returning and her previous job offering her a raise if she returns to New York.

The mystery itself was a satisfying balance between red herrings and tangible leads and motives. That said, I figured out who had done it and had a pretty good idea why well before Wyn did. Despite figuring it all out, A Game of Cones was an enjoyable cozy to listen to.

I hope a third book is planned for the series!

Five stars

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