Review: Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter

Review: Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter
Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter

Published by Kensington on January 29, 2019
Series: Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Format: ARC, Print
Source: The Publisher

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five-stars

I received an advance copy of this book from The Publisher.

Just six weeks after the grand opening of Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe, owner Kate McKay has been enlisted to whip up sundaes at the most decadent soiree in the Hudson Valley. If only Kate knew how deadly sticky her sweet deal will turn out . . .

Once Kate arrives at a glamorous gala hosted by world-famous fashion designer Omar DeVane, she's instantly intimidated by the mogul's luxurious mansion and the frosty personalities of his handlers. But the party completely loses its flavor when guests follow screams to a room that's eerily empty--except for Omar's freshly murdered body . . .

While the headline-grabbing crime brings a steady stream of journalists to the sleepy village of Wolfert's Roost, Kate knows things won't return to normal until Omar's killer is brought to justice. And with the scandalous case driving customers away from Lickety Splits, she has no choice but to put down the ice cream scooper and expose the culprit on her own . . .

As Kate crashes high-profile photo shoots and mingles with fashion's biggest influencers in search of clues, the puzzling truth about Omar's fame and fortune rises to the surface--and with it, the key to his killer's twisted motive. Kate will have to navigate the celebrity lifestyle to save her fledgling business, but her attempts to freeze cold-hearted criminals in their tracks could lead to a double scoop of deadly trouble . . .

Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter is book #2 in the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe series. Although I haven’t read the first book, I had no trouble jumping right into this story.

Kate McKay owns the Hudson Valley’s gourmet ice cream shop, Lickety Splits. Although the shop hasn’t been open very long, it’s been tapped to cater a prestigious event: a gala at the home of Omar DeVane, fashion designer to the stars.

But Kate and the Lickety Splits crew don’t have much time to be starstruck because Omar is murdered at his own party. Who would want the successful fashion mogul dead? Kate has to get to the bottom of the case in order to protect her shop and town.

This was a great read! As Kate is getting her business off the ground, she’s also earning her amateur sleuth cred. I loved how the ice cream shop is almost like its own character in the story—I wish I could visit Lickety Splits because its offerings sound amazing. There’s also a blooming romance subplot that I hope is explored in future books in the series.

Hot Fudge Murder is a fun cozy mystery. I plan on going back to read the first book and look forward to reading more from this author!

Rating: 5 stars

five-stars

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