"Murder with a Cherry on Top" is the first book in the Lickety Splits Mystery series! It’s about Kay McKay, who just opened up a new ice cream shop in her hometown. Her childhood frenemy Ashley decides to her start selling her own frozen treats at her establishment, which angers Kay. The two argue, and Ashley is murdered a few hours later. And Kay is the prime suspect.
This was my first ice cream themed cozy, and I have to say that it was definitely sweet and delicious. The first page instantly seized my attention and never let me go.
Kate, the main character came off as very likeable and relatable, especially when we find out the reason she left her high-powered Manhattan life to move back to her hometown was to help her ailing grandmother. I went through the same thing with my own grandfather, so it was like having a deja vu moment. And that’s when I instantly liked her and knew that I always would.
The other characters all came off as delightful and lovely. And that’s when I knew that this series would be one of my favorites. Not many books can make you love every character, but this one did. Everyone felt so real to me.
The mystery itself was very fun and exciting. The tension was always thick and intense, and the twists kept me thoroughly entertained. Never once was I bored.
Overall, a great start to a new cozy series! I loved it, and I will be picking up the next book in the series!
Kate McKay had doubts about swapping her high-powered life in Manhattan for Wolfert’s Roost, the quaint Hudson Valley village where she grew up. But when she moves back to care for her ailing grandmother, Kate decides to start fresh and indulge her dream of running an ice cream shop. All goes smoothly—until she’s reunited with old acquaintances nuttier than a vat of rocky road . . .
Kate should be thrilled about opening Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe in the heart of town. Instead her spirits melt like soft serve in the summer when she learns that her childhood frenemy, Ashley Winthrop, has started selling frozen treats in the bakery across the street. Turns out, Ashley hasn’t sweetened since high school. And, once again, she’s game for some very unfriendly competition . . .
But before Ashley can kill Kate’s new business, someone kills Ashley—stabbing her to death inside the bakery. Worse, the murder occurs right after the two rivals drew crowds with a heated argument, leaving half of Wolfert’s Roost speculating that Kate was finally pushed over the edge . . .
With rumors swirling and her reputation in serious trouble, Kate is determined to get the real scoop on the crime—even if it means joining forces with a former flame. As she pieces together clues to a chilling scandal, Kate soon realizes that she’ll need way more than a sprinkle of wit if she wants to expose the killer and live to see another sundae . . .
Includes mouthwatering ice cream recipes from the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe!