Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette


Today I'm participating in the A Deadly Inside Scoop Blog Tour.  In this post you'll find book and author information along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an ice cream gift basket from the author. 

About the book . . .


 

A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 12, 2020)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 0593099664
ISBN-13: 978-0593099667
Digital ASIN: B07WJF48NC




Synopsis . . . Recent MBA grad Bronwyn Crewse has just taken over her family's ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and she's going back to basics.  Win is renovating Crewse Creamery to restore it to its former glory, and filling the menu with delicious, homemade ice cream flavors--many from her grandmother's original recipes.  But unexpected construction delays mean she misses the summer season, and the shop has a literal cold opening: the day she opens her doors an early first snow descends on the village and keeps the customers away.

To make matters worse, that evening, Win finds a body in the snow, and it turns out the dead man was a grifter with an old feud with the Crewse family.  Soon, Win's father is implicated in his death.  It's not easy to juggle a new-to-her business while solving a crime, but Win is determined to do it.  With the help of her quirky best friends and her tight-knit family, she'll catch the ice cold killer before she has a meltdown . . .

My review . . . Set in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Chagrin Falls, A Deadly Inside Scoop introduces Bronwyn "Win" Crewse, an intelligent, lively young woman devoted to her family and their ice cream parlor.  Although Crewse Creamery has seen better days, Win is determined to restore its former luster and profitability.  With her recent MBA degree in hand and a goal to reach for the stars, Win is on a well-grounded course despite unexpected setbacks--until she stumbles upon a dead body in the snow at the base of the Falls.  When the victim's identity is revealed, both the family business and the family reputation are threatened.  It's up to Win to find a murderer in order to protect everyone and everything her family holds dear.

As Win searches for clues, she realizes that nearly everyone in the village is a suspect because of prior dealings with the victim.  The way forward is cloudy, but her best friend, the intrepid Maisie Solomon, is certain they can crack the case.  Maisie, after all, is an avid fan of British crime dramas and is quite enthusiastic to try her hand at the investigative techniques featured on her favorite shows.  Together Win and Maisie snoop, google, and stalk suspects, while interacting with their quirky village neighbors.  Will they find the killer before it's too late?

Abby Collette has created a delightfully delicious mystery, complete with an engaging cast of ethnically and age diverse characters, a possible love interest, a decidedly regal cat, humorous scenarios, and mouthwatering ice cream flavors and desserts (recipes included).  All of these features give the series a satisfyingly solid start, and leave me craving more scoops of adventure at the Crewse Creamery.


Giveaway . . . Enter the A Deadly Inside Scoop Giveaway for a chance to win an ice cream gift basket (U.S. only) by clicking on this link.


About the author . . . Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery.  Born and raised in Cleveland, it's even a mystery to her why she has yet to move to a warmer place.  She is the author of the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, the southern cozy series featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian who is always digging up trouble.  She is also the author of the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, set in East Texas, which pairs a medical examiner and her feisty auntie who owns a funeral home and is always ready to solve a whodunit.

 

Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries, and in the company of her grandchildren, each of whom is her favorite.


Author links . . . 
Website:  www.authorabby.com

Purchase links . . .  Amazon  B&N –  Google  IndieBound


 


Tour Participants . . .
May 12 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
May 12 – The Layaway Dragon – REVIEW
May 12 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
May 12 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
May 13 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW
May 13 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 13 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 14 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
May 14 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 14 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW*
May 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW 
May 15 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
May 15 – Diane Reviews Books– REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 15 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
May 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
May 16 – The Book Diva’s Reads – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
May 16 – Here’s How It Happens – SPOTLIGHT 
May 17 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
May 17 – Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
May 17 – Brooke Showalter – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
May 17 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW*
May 18 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST
May 18 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW




Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of A Deadly Inside Scoop from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



 
This Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  







Monday, May 11, 2020

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 





First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Teaser Tuesday hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker, where bloggers post two teaser sentences (no spoilers allowed) from a random page of their current read. 

Today I'm featuring A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette. The excerpts shared are from an advanced readers copy I received from the publisher for a blog tour. Today is the book's publication day (May 12, 2020). 

 

Book Beginning:  Chapter One
Today I was going to touch the stars.
Lying on my back, I stated up at my bedroom ceiling.  When I'd moved to my own place the only things I'd taken from my childhood home were the star-shaped glittered cardboard cutouts my grandmother and I had made when I was seven.  I hung them as a reminder of what she'd told me--always shoot for the stars.

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Teaser:  "Well, don't volunteer any information.  It's easy to get railroaded when it comes to murder investigations." 


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What do you think?  Would you continued reading?
A Deadly Inside Scoop is the first book in the new Ice Cream Parlor Mystery cozy series.  Set in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Chagrin Falls, the story centers on Win Crewse, who is determined to restore her family's ice cream parlor to its former glory.  With her recent MBA degree and goal to reach for the stars, Win is on course to achieve success--until she stumbles upon a dead body in the snow at the base of the Falls. When the discovery threatens not only the family business but her family itself, Win must take on the role of amateur sleuth to protect everything her family holds dear.

This is a delightfully delicious new series, complete with a cast of ethnically and age-diverse characters, humorous scenes, and mouthwatering ice cream flavors (recipes included).

See my full review and enter a giveaway here.




This First Chapter ~ First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog, bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution. 



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring The Guest List by Lucy Foley.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version I purchased.

  

Beginning:  Now
The Wedding Night.

The lights go out.

In an instant, everything is in darkness.  The band stop their playing.  Inside the tent the wedding guests squeal and clutch at one another.  The light from the candles on the tables only adds to the confusion, sends shadows racing up the canvas walls.  It's impossible to see where anyone is or hear what anyone is saying: above the guests' voices the wind rises in a frenzy.

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Page 56:  When I think about everything that happened in the last year my mind goes hot, and blank, and I can't think about it properly or sort it all out in my head.
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My thoughts:  After reading Lucy Foley's novel, The Hunting Party I am eager to start another one of her fast-paced page turners.

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From Goodreads:  A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party.

The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?








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This Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog, bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution. Sharing this original post on Twitter with appropriate recognition is appreciated.

Monday, April 27, 2020

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 





First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Teaser Tuesday hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker, where bloggers post two teaser sentences (no spoilers allowed) from a random page of their current read. 

Today I'm featuring Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore. The excerpts shared are from an advanced readers copy I received from the publisher at a library association conference in January.  This book was published this month (April 2020).

 


Book Beginning:  Gloria
Sunday morning begins out here in the oil patch, a few minutes before dawn, with a young roughneck stretched out and sleeping hard in his pickup truck, shoulders pressed against the driver's side door, boots propped up on the dashboard.  His cowboy hat is pulled down far enough that the girl sitting outside the dusty ground can see only his pale jaw, freckled and nearly hairless, a face that will never need a daily shave, no matter how old he gets, but she is hoping he dies young.

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Teaser:  A lot of years will pass before I think my daughter is old enough to hear it, but when I do, I will tell her the last thing I remember seeing before I leaned back against the doorframe and passed out cold on the front porch.

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What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The last sentence of the opening paragraph gives quite a jolt.  Who is the young man being observed and what would make Gloria have such strong feelings about him?





This First Chapter ~ First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog, bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution. 



Thursday, April 23, 2020

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version I purchased.

  

Beginning: Prologue
Seventeen Years Earlier

On their first date, Will took Natalie to a cozy French bistro in uptown New Orleans. The restaurant was painted a dark, moody red and had gilt-framed mirrors on the walls that reflected the candles that flickered on every table.  It was a popular eatery and every table was full, even on a Thursday night.  It was also nearby the Tulane University campus, where Will and Nat were both law students.  They'd each ordered the steak-friteswhich had given them reason to exchange a brief smile.  We're so compatible we ordered the same thing!  And shared a bottle of the house red, which was better than expected.  While they sipped their wine, and waited for their salads to arrive, they chatted about the Contracts class they had together.

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Page 56:   "I just hope I made the right decision telling you all.  I would appreciate it if we could keep it between us," Grace said.
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My thoughts:  I find myself drawn to the domestic suspense and thriller genres these days.  Such stories grab me from the opening pages and keep me enjoyably engaged, thus providing a respite from the much scarier reality of today's world.

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From GoodReads:  On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?
 

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This Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog, bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution. Sharing this original post on Twitter with appropriate recognition is appreciated.