Posted in Cozy, mystery, Review on April 10, 2016

death by ice cream


What do you serve when all you have in the freezer is an ice-cold corpse?

JJ MacGregor and her best friend Kitty Padgett struggle to hold the Pismawallops PTA together, and new volunteer Letitia LeMoine isn’t making it any easier. But when Letitia’s strangled corpse turns up where the ice cream bars should have been, things get a whole lot worse. JJ has to shoehorn in a search for the killer along with all her other problems: divorce, a 15-year-old son with his first girlfriend, a desperate race to complete the Yearbook on time, and her own tendency to get all wobbly-kneed around the Chief of Police. JJ just can’t help asking a few questions. But a loud mouth and insatiable curiosity can be a dangerous combination. Especially when someone wants her stopped.



I thought this was a good start to a new series set on an island off the coast of Washington (think Seattle area).

The cast of characters is rather small so I had a hard time figuring out who might have killed Leticia and why (other than the fact that she was pushy!). There are some interesting twists and some that might have you say “ewwww” but all in all a good book and this sets it up nicely for the next book.

I did suspect the killer but not for any strong obvious reason, just that this person seemed the most likely….perhaps it was little clues that gave it away to me but I wasn’t even sure until it was revealed at the end.

A little bit of a love story for JJ so can’t wait to see how that progresses in the next book.

We give this 3 1/2 paws up.


About the Author

Rebecca Douglass was raised on an Island in Puget Sound only a little bigger than Pismawallops.  She now lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her books include the tall tales for all ages, The Ninja Librarian and Return to Skunk Corners and middle-grade fantasy Halitor the Hero.  Rebecca likes to spend her time outdoors, when not writing or working to make the schools the best they can be.  She spends her free time bicycling and running, and her vacations hiking, camping and backpacking.

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