Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Scoop to Kill - 2nd in the Mystery a la Mode series
Author: Wendy Lyn Watson
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Dalliance TX
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Wendy's Website/Blog: www.wendylynwatson.com
A really fun time with a cozy series; with a lot of laughs along with emotions, plot changes and recipes in the back of the book that will make your mouth water.
Tallulah Jones is the owner of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor in Dalliance, Texas. She lives with her cousin Bree and Bree's daughter Alice. Tallulah or Tally as she is called is a very down to earth woman who loves to make ice cream and she is also a perfect foil for her cousin who is a loving mother but, sometimes embarrasses her daughter by her mode of dress and her opinions on everything that Alice does. During the annual Honor's Day celebration at the local college Alice stumbles across a dead body. The victim is a teaching assistant in the English Department, who she goes to look for before the ceremony begins. Alice is immediately looked at as a suspect when her mother comes forward to defend her. As the author states "It may be blasphemy to say it in Texas, but if William Travis and his men had defended the Alamo the way Bree defended Alice that day, General Santa Ana would have scooted back to Mexico with his tail between his legs." Unfortunately, the victim was the nephew of Detective Cal McCormack who is an old school mate of Tally's and is trying to take over the case. Suspicion immediately falls on an English professor he had accused of sexual harassment, but a few days later she is also found dead. An apparent suicide.
Tally leaves her business called "Remember the A-la-mode", don't you love that name? and tries to clear the professor's name. But, sadly this English Department is full of students who are failing, creative academics, and a lot of extramarital affairs. There are so many suspects all of a sudden that Tally is overwhelmed.
I really liked this book. It is fast-paced and the writing is A-One. Tally is a very endearing amateur detective and the book is full of very different characters for you to enjoy. So, have a good read, and I'll talk to you soon.
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