Saturday, April 26, 2014

Chip Off the Ice Block Murder

I had the pleasure of reading this cozy for Netgalley, this past April. In the 4th installment of the Shay O'Hanlon series, Chip Off the Ice Block Murder,  Jessie Chandler introduced us to a new kind of twist. It was New Year's Eve and Day in a cold winter in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With Shay's father missing and the bartender quit on her, when it was busy in the Leprechaun bar, it left Shay empty-handed and behind on the dispensing of drinks. What made matters worse was her father disappeared, a dead body was found in the body of ice, and Lisa Vecoli arrived on scene. Shay and her partner and lover, JT, and her best friend Nick Cooper were on the scene to find out what happened to her father, and what caused the stink in the bottom of her basement. With the police harping on her, since he was a suspect, the closer to the truth of what went down and happened before it. Little did she knew, there was a hidden shocker, when things turn real cold, and a surprise ending she didn't expect to find. This is a good find for trying new authors.

I loved the backdrop of St. Paul/Minneapolis during the winter holiday season. It gave it an icy feel to it. I enjoyed the interaction with Shay at her father's bar. I liked the chemistry between Shay and JT, who were care of her each other as lovers. I also loved Nick as their best friend and sidekick. I didn't like the mob connection in this story. As for Lisa, she provided plenty of good drama to the mystery itself. Overall, it was a delightful new cozy to try and get hooked on reading the series.

Ready for a new cozy? Check out this one from Jessie Chandler today!

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