What’s the recipe for a fun mystery? When I was writing MINT CHOCOLATE MURDER I decided to indulge myself and add an ingredient I’ve been dying to use for ages. I’ve always wanted to set a murder in a moody haunted castle! Here’s a list of some of the other ingredients in my newest Ice Cream Shop mystery – I hope you’ll enjoy it.
M - Mysterious supermodel with a royal secret
I - Ice cream social to die for
N - New England village of your Hallmark dreams
T - Teashops and treachery
C - Crafty clues and red herrings
H - Haunted Scottish castle
O - Obsessions turned deadly
C - Cat who needs therapy
O - One hot veterinarian
L - Locked room mystery
A - Art world gossip
T - Tantalizing twists
E - Enemies and frenemies
M - Malicious suspects
U - Unrequited love
R - Race against the clock
D - Danger in the dungeon
E - Extra sprinkles!
R - Riley Rhodes, my main character, an ice cream shop manager and former CIA librarian with plenty of secrets of her own
Ice Cream Shop #2
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 put the malicious photographer on ice.
Mystery Cozy | Mystery Culinary [St. Martin's Paperbacks, On Sale: July 26, 2022, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781250267085 / eISBN: 9781250267092]
MERI ALLEN lives in a quiet corner of Connecticut, where she haunts used book stores and vintage shops. As Shari Randall, she writes the Agatha Award-winning Lobster Shack Mystery series.
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