Review of Pint Of No Return


The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up…

After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she’s left one of ex’s businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple sticky situations underway, namely that the other two ex-wives also call Sprocket home, Trinidad’s life seems to be churning along smoothly.

That is, until she discovers her neighbor, the Popcorn King, head down in his giant popcorn kettle. When one of Trinidad’s fellow ex-wives is accused of the murder and Upper Sprocket descends into mayhem, it’s going to take a supersized scoop of courage to flush out the killer.  (Goodreads)   GET A COPY


Pint Of No Return is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop Mystery series and it was a great debut.  It has a lot of what I look for in a cozy mystery–great characters, an inviting setting, intriguing mystery and an adorable puppy. 

Trinidad Jones has decided to make her dream of opening a shake shop after getting divorced from her cheating husband.  When she finds out that her ex-husbands two other exes also live there, she is not thrilled but she plans on making the most of it.  When someone is killed and one of the other exes is accused of the murder, Trinidad will have to find the killer because she likes the ex.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The characters are well developed and I found myself caring about them and wanting to learn more about them.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved, which is a plus in my opinion.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  I cannot wait to see what Trinidad’s next adventure is.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Pint of No Return: A Dessert Cozy Mystery (Shake Shop Mystery Book 1) by [Dana Mentink]