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.


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


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.