Title: Hot Fudge Murder
Author: Cynthia Baxter
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Page Count: 304
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Just six weeks after the grand opening of Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe, owner Kate McKay has been enlisted to whip up sundaes at the most decadent soiree in the Hudson Valley. If only Kate knew how deadly sticky her sweet deal will turn out . . .
Once Kate arrives at a glamorous gala hosted by world-famous fashion designer Omar DeVane, she’s instantly intimidated by the mogul’s luxurious mansion and the frosty personalities of his handlers. But the party completely loses its flavor when guests follow screams to a room that’s eerily empty—except for Omar’s freshly murdered body . . .
While the headline-grabbing crime brings a steady stream of journalists to the sleepy village of Wolfert’s Roost, Kate knows things won’t return to normal until Omar’s killer is brought to justice. And with the scandalous case driving customers away from Lickety Splits, she has no choice but to put down the ice cream scooper and expose the culprit on her own . . .
As Kate crashes high-profile photo shoots and mingles with fashion’s biggest influencers in search of clues, the puzzling truth about Omar’s fame and fortune rises to the surface—and with it, the key to his killer’s twisted motive. Kate will have to navigate the celebrity lifestyle to save her fledgling business, but her attempts to freeze cold-hearted criminals in their tracks could lead to a double scoop of deadly trouble . . .
Includes mouthwatering ice cream recipes from the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe!
Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter is the second book of the cozy A Lickety Splits Mystery series. Each book of the series centers around it’s own mystery to be solved so it is possible to read out of order although some character development would be missing.
In this series Kate McKay had left her hometown after high school and gone onto college and then a career in Manhattan but when she got news that her grandmother needsed someone to come care for her Kate quickly returned to Wolfert’s Roost giving up her career. Once back in her hometown Kate decided she would follow her dream of opening her own ice cream shop to begin a new career path.
Now just weeks after opening her shop Kate finds that her tempting treats are so popular she is getting offers of catering some huge events. However, after arriving at the party hosted by fashion designer Omar DeVane it isn’t long before screams are heard and another murder occurs. When the fact a killer is one the loose starts to kill off business too Kate vows to solve the case herself.
Reading this first book in A Lickety Splits Mystery series I found myself loving the small town cozy vibe and Kate became somewhat endearing to me learning of her love for her grandmother so I really enjoyed the first book. However, getting into this second book it seemed it lost a bit of that magic I found in the first. I found myself not so much of a fan of creating a love triangle for Kate and I think the mystery was a little less compelling than the arch rival in the first book although I did still enjoy all the wonderful ice cream shop talk and the characters overall.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
CYNTHIA BAXTER is the author of fifty-three novels. Her books have been translated into German, Swedish, and Danish. Born and raised on Long Island, she currently resides on Long Island, New York. Her favorite ice cream flavors are Peach, Coconut, and Chocolate Hazelnut. Readers can visit her website at http://www.cynthiabaxter.com.