Review of Mint Chocolate Murder

Mint Chocolate Murder

Ice Cream Shop Mystery, Book #2

Meri Allen

5 Stars


Riley Rhodes returns in the second delicious cozy set in a New England ice cream shop, Meri Allen’s Mint Chocolate Murder!

When Udderly Delightful Ice Cream shop manager Riley Rhodes is summoned to Penniman’s Moy Mull Castle, it’s the cherry on top of a successful summer season. The gothic pile built by an eccentric New England Gilded Age millionaire has been transformed into a premiere arts colony by Maud Monaco, a reclusive former supermodel. As part of Moy Mull’s Fall Arts Festival, Maud is throwing a fantasy ice cream social and hires Riley to whip up unique treats to celebrate the opening of an exhibit by Adam Blasco, a photographer as obnoxious as he is talented.

As Penniman fills up with Maud’s art-world friends arriving for the festival, gossip swirls around Blasco, who has a dark history of obsession with his models. Riley’s curiosity and instincts for sleuthing – she was a CIA librarian – are piqued, and she wonders at the hold the cold-hearted photographer has over the mistress of Moy Mull.

But when Adam is found dead behind the locked door of Moy Mull’s dungeon, Riley realizes there’s more than one suspect who’d wanted to put the malicious photographer on ice.  (Amazon)


Riley Rhodes is the manager of Udderly Delightful Ice Cream shop and things have been going very well. When she is asked to provide  delicious ice cream treats for the opening of a famous photographer she is all in.  When said photographer is found murdered Riley decides she has to try and figure out who the killer is.  It will not be easy, the murder happened behind a locked door.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and because of these descriptions I was pulled into the story from the very beginning.  I really enjoyed hearing the story about the Weeping Lady, I thought it was very interesting.  The mystery is well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a well crafted cozy mystery.  Get caught up with Riley and the ice cream shop because book three will soon be released.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

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