Review of Death of an Ice Cream Scooper

Death Of An Ice Cream Scooper

Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery, Book #15

Lee Hollis 

5 Stars


Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is back on the case in Bar Harbor, Maine when her friend and owner of a gourmet ice cream shop finds that her husband may be a cheater and a killer…

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell doesn’t know what to believe when Lydia Partridge, the put-together owner of gourmet Bar Harbor Ice Cream, suddenly reveals fears that her husband may be having an affair. There’s no other way to explain why Jamie, a respected professor, was spotted in a remote part of town with a much younger woman. But instead of learning the truth about the secret meeting, Lydia opens her freezer truck to find another surprise—the dead body of a summer employee…

The shock continues as photographic evidence proves Jamie was spending time off campus with the victim, one of his students. Now, Lydia desperately needs Hayley to discover if Jamie really is a cheater—and, worse, a ruthless killer. With her own complicated family issues to address, can Hayley make sense of a popular college girl’s love life and out the true culprit before the case, or another person, goes cold?  (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Haley has a lot going on in her life right now. She has her restaurant to run, keeping the peace between her two best friends and a visit from her son that really surprises her.  When a body is discovered in her friend’s freezer truck, Hayley has to add finding the killer to her list of things to do.  

The authors are very talented in their descriptive writing  and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. I felt like I was right there watching all the action taking place and listening in on their conversations.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well plotted, and with enough suspects to consider and clues to sift, it was not easily solved.  I was surprised at who the culprit was.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  The characters are likable, the setting refreshing and the mystery intriguing and you will really like it.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.