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A Killer Sundae: 02/03/22

A Killer Sundae

A Killer Sundae by Abby Collette is the third book in the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series. Crewse Creamery now has a food truck and it's out for its first big event, the Harvest Time Festival, when Win's ex-friend dies shortly after eating one of the creamery's sundaes. Although the sundae isn't the cause of death, Win is once again pulled into investigating a murder.

Win is another mystery series main character who is following the recent trend of trying to refuse to investigate. In previous books Win has been pulled along by her best friend. This time, though, her bestie is laid up with chicken pox for most of the book.

I'm rather split brained about the reluctant sleuth, especially by the third book. It's a delicate balance to reach between making a amateur sleuth seem realistic: keeping them focused on their job, life, and family, while also keeping the mystery's narrative progressing. In Win's case, she does have a natural curiosity that allows friends and acquaintances to pique and get her back on the case. Also, this time she had a family mystery in the form of an old cookbook that kept her thinking about the murder too.

Five stars

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