I Scream, You Scream by Wendy Lyn Watson is the first book in the new “A La Mode” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), October 2009

Tallulah Jones, proprietor of Dalliance, Texas’s old-fashioned ice-cream parlor, dishes up luscious ice cream that is simply to die for….

Unfortunately, Remember the A-la-mode’s profits are melting faster than a snow cone in July–and Tally’s stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau. To make matters worse, twenty years after she dumped him in the Tasty-Swirl parking lot, Tally’s high school beau, Finn Harper, comes back to town–looking every bit as delicious as a double-dip raspberry mascarpone waffle cone.

The cherry on top? Brittanie drops dead, and Tally’s suddenly the prime suspect in her murder investigation. To catch a killer, Tally will have to churn up Dalliance’s darkest secrets and dip deep into the past. But can Tally freeze out the real culprit before a murder charge puts her dreams on ice for good?

This is a great beginning to a new series. Tally becomes a suspect in the death of her ex-husband’s girlfriend and while clearing her name, Tally discovers long-ago secrets that may point to the killer. This book had what I like in a cozy mystery: a fast read, a good mystery, quirky characters, some romance, some fun and it was enjoyable. I also loved the dialogue between Tally, Bree, Alice and their friends. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. My rating: 4 stars

*new-to-me author

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