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The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up... After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and S The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up... After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple sticky situations underway, namely that the other two ex-wives also call Sprocket home, Trinidad's life seems to be churning along smoothly. That is, until she discovers her neighbor, the Popcorn King, head down in his giant popcorn kettle. When one of Trinidad's fellow ex-wives is accused of the murder and Upper Sprocket descends into mayhem, it's going to take a supersized scoop of courage to flush out the killer.


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The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up... After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and S The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up... After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple sticky situations underway, namely that the other two ex-wives also call Sprocket home, Trinidad's life seems to be churning along smoothly. That is, until she discovers her neighbor, the Popcorn King, head down in his giant popcorn kettle. When one of Trinidad's fellow ex-wives is accused of the murder and Upper Sprocket descends into mayhem, it's going to take a supersized scoop of courage to flush out the killer.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Cozy Mystery, and this is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop Mystery series. I have to say the cover of this book totally made me get this book, and I think the cover is so very cute. In this book we follow Trinidad after her divorce to no good ex-husband. She moves to Sprocket which sounds like the cuteness small town ever, but her ex-husband's other two ex-wives lives in Sprocket. I think my favorite character is Noodles which is Trinidad's dog, and this dog just takes the spot lig This is a Cozy Mystery, and this is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop Mystery series. I have to say the cover of this book totally made me get this book, and I think the cover is so very cute. In this book we follow Trinidad after her divorce to no good ex-husband. She moves to Sprocket which sounds like the cuteness small town ever, but her ex-husband's other two ex-wives lives in Sprocket. I think my favorite character is Noodles which is Trinidad's dog, and this dog just takes the spot light several times during this book. I love Noodles so much. I have to say the mystery was ok, and I really love learning this town and these characters. This is a funny and cute book with a little mystery. I will be picking up the second book in this book series. I can see great things coming for this series. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Poisoned Pen Press) or author (Dana Mentink) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the first book in the Shake Shop Mystery series and I found it to be an easy and entertaining read. Trinidad Jones is picking up the pieces of her life post-divorce and finds herself in the hometown of her ex-husband turning the building he deeded to her into a shake shop. I thought Trinidad was a good main character. She is likable and as an accidental sleuth, she is cautious in searching out clues. She is surrounded by a diverse and solid group of secondary characters that help her wit This is the first book in the Shake Shop Mystery series and I found it to be an easy and entertaining read. Trinidad Jones is picking up the pieces of her life post-divorce and finds herself in the hometown of her ex-husband turning the building he deeded to her into a shake shop. I thought Trinidad was a good main character. She is likable and as an accidental sleuth, she is cautious in searching out clues. She is surrounded by a diverse and solid group of secondary characters that help her with her journey to clear her new friend and fellow ex-wife of her former husband from murder charges. There is really good potential with all of the characters and a lot of room for character growth. I kind of liked that Trinidad ended up in the same town as the other two ex-wives. There is a lot going on in terms of the mystery. There are plenty of suspects, motives, and most of all secrets that need to be uncovered before Trinidad can help her friend Juliette. The author doesn't make it easy to choose the killer because it seems everyone has something to hide that could potentially cause them to murder. In the end, I did not guess the identity of the killer, having been misled by some of the red herrings dropped by the author. This was a solid start to a new cozy series that I found very enjoyable. I will be continuing with the series to see where the author takes the characters in future books. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    After finding out that her ex-husband was a thrice-married embezzler, Trinidad Jones moved to Upper Sprocket, Oregon. The reason? Her ex left her a storefront, and she is going to open a shake shop there. One afternoon, she finds a neighboring store owner dead in the back of his popcorn shop. The police start to look at Juliette, one of Trinidad’s fellow ex-wives, as the killer. Trinidad doesn’t think that Juliette committed the crime, but can she trust her instincts? I found myself at once drawn After finding out that her ex-husband was a thrice-married embezzler, Trinidad Jones moved to Upper Sprocket, Oregon. The reason? Her ex left her a storefront, and she is going to open a shake shop there. One afternoon, she finds a neighboring store owner dead in the back of his popcorn shop. The police start to look at Juliette, one of Trinidad’s fellow ex-wives, as the killer. Trinidad doesn’t think that Juliette committed the crime, but can she trust her instincts? I found myself at once drawn into the book as I struggled to fully get lost in the world. There were small details that we didn’t get right away that kept me from fully getting emmeshed in the story. On the other hand, the characters were wonderful, and those relationships kept drawing me in. The pacing was a little off a couple of times, but it held my interest as I read, and it led to a great climax. The book does a good job of balancing tone. At times, it’s light, but other times it gets serious. The combination makes for a richer book. I appreciated the slight twist on the cozy mystery set up. The ice cream scenes made my drool, and I appreciate the recipe at the end of the book. I can’t wait to revisit these characters when the second in this series comes out. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Pint of No Return is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop Mystery series. I love how the author incorporates her enthusiasm for writing into books. Her characters are somewhat quirky and it makes for a great fast read as you really want to see who will do what as the story evolves. A mystery revolving around an ice cream shop,a scheming ex-husband who is now jailed,the ex-wives and a smart as a whip former rescue dog. Kept me guessing and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I just know i Pint of No Return is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop Mystery series. I love how the author incorporates her enthusiasm for writing into books. Her characters are somewhat quirky and it makes for a great fast read as you really want to see who will do what as the story evolves. A mystery revolving around an ice cream shop,a scheming ex-husband who is now jailed,the ex-wives and a smart as a whip former rescue dog. Kept me guessing and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I just know it's going to be delicious! Pub Date: 25 May 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is the start of a fun new series with Trinidad Jones starting a new life in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, where she is working on opening an ice cream shop, the Shimmy and Shake Shop, for the coming up 4th of July. She is in a unique place with two other ex-wives that made the mistake of trusting and loving Gabe Bigley. He left each of the wives a business in Sprocket before he went to prison. Trinidad is using old recipes from her Cuban born Papa Luis who is back at home in Miami with her mother This is the start of a fun new series with Trinidad Jones starting a new life in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, where she is working on opening an ice cream shop, the Shimmy and Shake Shop, for the coming up 4th of July. She is in a unique place with two other ex-wives that made the mistake of trusting and loving Gabe Bigley. He left each of the wives a business in Sprocket before he went to prison. Trinidad is using old recipes from her Cuban born Papa Luis who is back at home in Miami with her mother and brother. There are some yummy sounding flavors using mango and key lime. She has a funny dog companion, Noodles, who failed military training school. He is like another character in the story. He senses her feelings of despair or frustration and takes her a jar of pickles from the fridge or something else he can find. Funny pup! Her life takes a turn when she stumbles upon Kevin, her neighbor store owner's body, and one of the other exes, Juliette, is blamed for the murder after being overheard arguing with Kevin over his infidelity. Juliette is kind to Trinidad so she feels led to help find out who really killed Kevin. Trinidad unites with a couple more business owners she has befriended to try to get Juliette freed, including a local nut farmer, Quinn and his brother, and local coffee shop owner and lawyer, Stan. The police chief happens to be Gabe's sister. Things keep getting stranger. This is a story with quirky and interesting characters in a small town setting where everyone knows each other and gossip travels quicker than a wildfire. The mystery was one that kept me guessing and I was definitely super surprised by the killer. I am looking forward to reading more of Trinidad's adventures. I received a complimentary ARC from Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  6. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! Newly divorced Trinidad Jones is getting a new start in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, by opening the Shimmy and Shake Shop in a building that used to house one of her embezzling ex-husband’s businesses. Opening a shop and serving monster “freak” milkshakes is a dream come true but Upper Spocket is a small town and it just happens to be where ex-wives 1 and 2 also reside. That is not really a problem for Trinidad until one of them is Dollycas’s Thoughts I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! Newly divorced Trinidad Jones is getting a new start in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, by opening the Shimmy and Shake Shop in a building that used to house one of her embezzling ex-husband’s businesses. Opening a shop and serving monster “freak” milkshakes is a dream come true but Upper Spocket is a small town and it just happens to be where ex-wives 1 and 2 also reside. That is not really a problem for Trinidad until one of them is accused of murdering The Popcorn King. His shop is near the Shimmy and Shake and he and Trinidad were splitting an order of nuts. When she went to deliver his half she found him dead in his huge popcorn kettle. She doesn’t really know anything about Juliette but can’t imagine her being a murderer. So she is going to shake things up and do a little investigating with some of the other business owners to find who really popped The Popcorn King. I was struck right away by the delightful characters the author brings us in this first Shake Shop Mystery. Trinidad is an interesting character with an interesting background. She is smart and does well on her first adventure as an amateur sleuth. She also has a wonderful sidekick, her dog Noodles. Noodles failed military training school but he still acquired some awesome skills. Trinidad is also surrounded by some intriguing human characters. I loved that Trinidad had a young set of twins helping her get the shop ready to open and to be her taste testers. We also meet nut farmer Quinn and his brother Doug, and Stan who owns the local coffee shop and is a reluctant lawyer. Oh, and the local police chief, who just happens to be her ex’s sister. Several other residents of Upper Spocket drop into the story as necessary and truly depict life in a small town. Gossip runs rampant and secrets are hard to keep when everyone is in each other’s business. All the characters felt very realistic and unique making them easy to keep straight. The mystery was extremely well-plotted with different suspects and their motives coming to light. Twists on top of turns kept misdirecting my thinking. The author really scooped me this time. The actual criminal was not even on my personal suspect list. I was totally surprised and had to take a few moments to try to think of what clues I had missed. What I really liked was that when Trinidad had a solid theory the police chief actually listened to her and didn’t just brush her off. She had a plan and the reveal tied all the clues together nicely. Ms. Mentink has given this series an excellent start in Pint of No Return. We have only met one of the two ex-wives and I am excited to meet the other one when she gets back from her trip. The shake/ice cream theme is fun and had my mouth watering for a freak shake all my own. Doesn’t the one on the cover look yummy? I can’t wait to visit these characters again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really enjoyed this first installment in the Shake Shop Mystery series. Trinidad is a great MC, and I love that she ends up in Sprocket Oregon, with two other ex-wives of the same man. Her ex is in prison for embezzlement, and he gave each of his ex-wives a business or property he had in Sprocket. Juliette one of the ex-wives is accused of murdering another person from the town - Keven. There are a lot of other suspects, and Trinidad with the help of Quinn and Doug, and her dog Noodles, do som I really enjoyed this first installment in the Shake Shop Mystery series. Trinidad is a great MC, and I love that she ends up in Sprocket Oregon, with two other ex-wives of the same man. Her ex is in prison for embezzlement, and he gave each of his ex-wives a business or property he had in Sprocket. Juliette one of the ex-wives is accused of murdering another person from the town - Keven. There are a lot of other suspects, and Trinidad with the help of Quinn and Doug, and her dog Noodles, do some sleuthing to help Juliette go free. I had no idea who the murderer was until the end. Really fun and engaging story and I hope the author does more in this series. I received an e-ARC of this book by the author and publishing via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Me the whole read through: Bwahahaha! Snort!! Guffaw!!! And repeat. Clever and funny and brilliantly choreographed. The town in all it's quirky glory provides the perfect backdrop to the chaos and mayhem that has become Trinidad's life. Love the starting over theme and the Shimmy and Shake Shop is more brilliance....though, warning, reading this book may induce ice cream cravings. :-) And the teenage twins Trinidad employs to help her set up her business are a hoot! Cue more laughter. But the real Me the whole read through: Bwahahaha! Snort!! Guffaw!!! And repeat. Clever and funny and brilliantly choreographed. The town in all it's quirky glory provides the perfect backdrop to the chaos and mayhem that has become Trinidad's life. Love the starting over theme and the Shimmy and Shake Shop is more brilliance....though, warning, reading this book may induce ice cream cravings. :-) And the teenage twins Trinidad employs to help her set up her business are a hoot! Cue more laughter. But the real star (and super sleuth) is Noodles. Move over countless cozy kitties, there's a spectacular canine ready to steal your thunder and take his place in cozy mystery history. Poor Noodles, he has some issues for all he's a devoted companion and they stem from being a therapy dog flunkee. :-) The mystery is very clever and I like the way the author works in the amateur sleuthing angle and provides the heroine with a posse of new friends to help out, including a certain farmer who I'm already head over heels for. Hopefully Trinidad is of like mind and there will be no dreaded love triangles to untangle. Mentink brings her zany flare to a new mystery series that better have umpteen books in the works because I am already a super fan! Oh -- and I listened to the audible edition narrated by Stephanie Nemeth-Parker. She has an amazing gift for giving each characters a unique voice, including accents. Made for a stellar listening experience.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    I really enjoyed this delicious and baffling cozy mystery. It was scary , unpredictable, at times funny and definitely a page turner. This is the first cozy mystery by Dana Mentink that I've read and I intend to read other books in this series as they come out. The cover with the monster milk shake on it drew me to the book. Trinidad Jones is new in the town of Upper Sprocket Oregon. Her ex husband came from this town and he deeded her the shop before he went to jail for embezzlement. Problem is I really enjoyed this delicious and baffling cozy mystery. It was scary , unpredictable, at times funny and definitely a page turner. This is the first cozy mystery by Dana Mentink that I've read and I intend to read other books in this series as they come out. The cover with the monster milk shake on it drew me to the book. Trinidad Jones is new in the town of Upper Sprocket Oregon. Her ex husband came from this town and he deeded her the shop before he went to jail for embezzlement. Problem is that his other ex wives are also in Sprocket and sooner or later they will run into each other because the town isn't that big. It seems that an elderly collector of junk has harbored something of value for years and can't remember where he put it. After he passed away many in town would like to know where the old man's treasure was stored and what it was. Then someone gets murdered because he apparently bought the treasure at a flea market. Someone wanted that treasure so badly they were willing to kill to get it. Unfortunately poor Trinidad is the one to find the victim hidden away in his popcorn shop. A killer walks free in the town of Sprocket and the wrong person gets arrested . Trinidad puts her sleuthing cap on and gets to work trying to find Whodunit. Will the killer strike again before she can solve this mystery? I recommend this book to readers of Cozy Mysteries and readers who enjoy a fun and perplexing story. Pint of no Return is book one of the Shake Shop Mysteries. I borrowed a copy of this book from the local library. A review was not requested. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    What a fun mystery this was! The community of Upper Sprocket was all at once enjoyable and questionable at the same time. Trinidad connected with a few people who could be good friends with her, such as Quinn, Doug, and Juliette. It was also a quaint and cute town. However, it soon became clear that there was a murderer loose and Trinidad’s new friend, Juliette, was immediately accused and arrested. The author did a great job of keeping me guessing about who was behind the murder and mayhem. Ther What a fun mystery this was! The community of Upper Sprocket was all at once enjoyable and questionable at the same time. Trinidad connected with a few people who could be good friends with her, such as Quinn, Doug, and Juliette. It was also a quaint and cute town. However, it soon became clear that there was a murderer loose and Trinidad’s new friend, Juliette, was immediately accused and arrested. The author did a great job of keeping me guessing about who was behind the murder and mayhem. There were just so many people who could have had means and motive! This mystery kept my attention and I felt like I got to know the community very well through this story. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  11. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    PINT OF NO RETURN, the first in the brand-new Shake Shop Mystery series by Dana Mentink, has all the ingredients for a temptingly delicious cozy mystery! Protagonist Trinidad Jones, and her adorable flunked-out service dog, Noodles, are newly arrived in Upper Sprocket, Oregon to take control of a commercial building left to her by her in-the-slammer ex. She’s opening the Shimmy and Shake Shop featuring over-the-top milk shakes and I couldn’t help but drool over the descriptions of her frozen con PINT OF NO RETURN, the first in the brand-new Shake Shop Mystery series by Dana Mentink, has all the ingredients for a temptingly delicious cozy mystery! Protagonist Trinidad Jones, and her adorable flunked-out service dog, Noodles, are newly arrived in Upper Sprocket, Oregon to take control of a commercial building left to her by her in-the-slammer ex. She’s opening the Shimmy and Shake Shop featuring over-the-top milk shakes and I couldn’t help but drool over the descriptions of her frozen concoctions. While Pint of No Return follows the usual formula for cozy mysteries, Ms. Mentink ups the ante with colorful and quirky characters along with glimpses into the Cuban culture and food thanks to Trinidad’s heritage and her charming grandfather, Papa Luis. Trinidad also finds herself in a highly unusual position of living in a small town with not one, but two fellow ex-wives. This creates the opportunity for some interesting scenes, especially when one of the ex-wives is accused of murder and she begs Trinidad to help prove her innocence. With plenty of humor interjected, I was highly entertained throughout the entire story. The mystery is well-crafted and the included sub-plots dovetail nicely into the story. Between Trinidad trying to prepare the Shimmy and Shake Shop for opening, to settling into a new town and meeting new people, to getting embroiled in a murder, the action never slows down. I found the pacing spot-on and it kept me turning pages until the last word was read. The author makes effective use of Trinidad being a newcomer to town and not knowing anyone. She’s forced to work extra hard to unravel the clues to help out her fellow ex-wife. With plenty of suspects to keep a sharp-eyed reader on their toes, I was surprised by not only the final reveal of the culprit, but also why the crime had been committed. I look forward to reading more in this yummy new series! As I mentioned before, Trinidad creates lots of yummy frozen concoctions for her new shop’s grand opening. Being a transplant from Miami, she has tropical and citrus-based shakes to offer. I was pleased to find that the author includes the recipe for Trinidad’s Easy Key Lime Ice Cream at the back of the book. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Pint Of No Return is the first book in the A Shake Shop Mystery series by Dana Mentink. Trinidad Jones has moved to Upper Sprockett, Oregon, to open her dream business, Shimmy and Shakes, a milkshake shop in a storefront that her ex has deeded over to her. Her convicted husband has also deeded over businesses to his two other exes in Sprocket. Trinidad is about ready to open her shop and runs out to see Quinn Logan, who runs Logan’s Nut Farm, to purchase some hazelnuts that she will use in some o Pint Of No Return is the first book in the A Shake Shop Mystery series by Dana Mentink. Trinidad Jones has moved to Upper Sprockett, Oregon, to open her dream business, Shimmy and Shakes, a milkshake shop in a storefront that her ex has deeded over to her. Her convicted husband has also deeded over businesses to his two other exes in Sprocket. Trinidad is about ready to open her shop and runs out to see Quinn Logan, who runs Logan’s Nut Farm, to purchase some hazelnuts that she will use in some of the shakes. As Trinidad is about to leave, Quinn asks if she would mind delivering some nuts to Kevin at his Popcorn Palace next to her shop. When Trinidad stops at the Popcorn Palace, she notices the front door ajar. Trinidad calls out and knocks on the door; she enters the store when she gets no response. Trinidad soon finds Kevin stuffed in a giant popcorn kettle. The police’s investigation soon points to another ex-wife of Trinidad’s ex, Juliette. Juliette will ask Trinidad to help clear her name. Even though they don’t know each other well, Trinidad agrees, but soon the police feel they have enough evidence and arrest Juliette. Trinidad and Quinn set out, along with some others, to learn the killer’s identity. They will soon find there will be many suspects to sort through. I found the book to be well-written and plotted. There were many twists and turns, and I was kept guessing until the end of the book. The book provides the reader with an interesting and well-developed cast of characters. I particularly enjoyed Trinidad’s grandfather and his sense of humor. Another interesting character is Doug, Quinn’s mentally challenged brother. He proved to be helpful with the investigation. I also enjoyed Doug’s interaction with Trinidad’s Labrador, Noodles. There are also delicious-sounding recipes included in the book. I will be watching for the next book in this delicious series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop mystery series by Dana Mentink. Trinidad Jones owns an ice cream shop and is out getting nuts for a friend when she stumbles upon his body stuffed inside a large kettle. This is where he made his famous caramel popcorn. They know someone is out to keep Trinidad from discovering the truth when her friend, Quinn is attacked and the photos he picked up that belonged to the dead guy were stolen. There is a lot going on in this book which is fine s 4.5 stars This is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop mystery series by Dana Mentink. Trinidad Jones owns an ice cream shop and is out getting nuts for a friend when she stumbles upon his body stuffed inside a large kettle. This is where he made his famous caramel popcorn. They know someone is out to keep Trinidad from discovering the truth when her friend, Quinn is attacked and the photos he picked up that belonged to the dead guy were stolen. There is a lot going on in this book which is fine since the author is is world-building and establishing her universe, so to speak. The last half of the book was much better in my opinion since it felt like the author finally had a good grasp on her world and was successfully playing in it. The mystery was complex and the constant attacks made me wonder who in the heck could be doing this. The suspect list wasn’t that big. I wonder if Trinidad’s dad will become a recurring character or main cast member. He sure did put his mark on the story in a big way. I am s curious about the possibilities and look forward to future books by this author. Highly recommended. If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out! I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title. Opinions are completely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    My thoughts: Dana Mentink is a talented author who can write stories that hold your interest and stir your heart. Pint of no return is a cozy mystery with a lovable ex service dog, 3x wives, and ice cream shop with teen boys as employees, and of course a murder. There might even be a potential romance. Set around 4th of July this is the perfect book to pick up now for this holiday weekend. The perfect summer read. Grab your copy today. I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    When Trinidad Jones's lying, cheating scoundrel of an ex-husband heads to jail, she inherits a storefront in his hometown of Upper Sprocket, Oregon. It's a far cry from Miami where Trinidad grew up but she decides to grab her dog and start fresh and open an ice cream shop. This won't be an ordinary ice cream shop but home to what Trinidad calls the Freakshake! Giant milkshake/sundae creations featuring her own homemade ice cream. With two teens to help with the DIY renovations and run the shop T When Trinidad Jones's lying, cheating scoundrel of an ex-husband heads to jail, she inherits a storefront in his hometown of Upper Sprocket, Oregon. It's a far cry from Miami where Trinidad grew up but she decides to grab her dog and start fresh and open an ice cream shop. This won't be an ordinary ice cream shop but home to what Trinidad calls the Freakshake! Giant milkshake/sundae creations featuring her own homemade ice cream. With two teens to help with the DIY renovations and run the shop Trinidad is set to open on the 4th of July. Soon she becomes entangled in local affairs when she meets ex-wife #3, the younger model. Juliette is so kind and welcoming, Trinidad can see Juliette was just as fooled by Gabe's charm as Trinidad was herself. Juliette is a bit nervous about a situation at her storage unit facility but it's probably nothing. Then Trinidad discovers her neighboring shop owner, Kevin Heartly aka "The Popcorn King" dead is his own kettle and the police chief arrests Juliette! Trinidad knows Juliette is not a murderer but can she prove it? She enlists the help of lawyer/baker Stan and Quinn, the handsome nut farmer and Quinn's brother Douglas to help save Juliette! This is the first in a new series and I quite enjoyed it. The plot moves along quickly and I had a hard time putting it down. I put some of the clues together before Trinidad because this IS a novel and nothing is ever a coincidence but even once the final clue was dropped, I did NOT guess who the murderer was. I was surprised but I'm sure other readers were not. The writing style isn't dazzling or all that witty but I liked the characters, the town and most of all the ice cream! I didn't spot any major typos or grammatical errors which is always nice. I did notice Trinidad's house keeps expanding. How many square feet IS it? 200 is way too tiny for all the people she crams in there. I had an efficiency apartment in DC that was 450 sq. ft. It was big enough for me, my bed, a cube for my TV with shelves underneath and a dining room table and chairs, kitchen and bath. I can't see having a medium large size dog in a house that small either. In the preview for book 2 it says her house is 700 sq. ft. which makes more sense. Trinidad is a likable character. She's very human. At 36, she's a little older than most of the cozy heroines and has more life experience. At the same time, she's still unsure of herself after making a mistake with Gabe Bigley, the thrice-married embezzler. Her mother hasn't helped Trinidad's self-confidence by constantly criticizing Trinidad's looks and her lack of fashion sense. Making ice cream for a living isn't going to help Trinidad's figure but that's OK. She's NORMAL and that makes her appealing. Trinidad desires a fresh start after her marriage imploded and since she has little money and only the inherited store front, she decides to follow her dreams. I admire that. She doesn't always know what she's doing but she learns from her mistakes and isn't afraid to ask for help. I like her relationship with her grandfather. It's sweet but he's very inconsiderate of her planning a 4th of July cookout at Trinidad's house AFTER opening day of her ice cream shop! Papa Luis is funny and charming with his outgoing, friendly nature. It was interesting to read about his Cuban culture and how Trinidad feels strongly connected to her heritage. I also loved Trinidad's relationship with Noodles. Noodles is the best dog EVER! A senior rescue dog, like Trinidad, he was traded in for a younger model. When Noodles was a pup, he was trained to be a service dog but apparently flunked out of the program. He tries to anticipate Trinidad's needs and think of something to comfort her and sometimes his ideas are a little quirky. That just makes him extra adorable. He's sweetest and best when he's just being a dog and comforting people with his presence. I just want to put my arms around him! Trinidad's first friend in Sprocket is Juliette, ex-Bigley babe #3. Juliette is younger and prettier than Trinidad (or so Trinidad thinks) but she welcomes Trinidad with open arms. Juliette is friendly, welcoming and caring. Her only other friend in town is Bonnie, ex-Bigley babe #1. With Bonnie out of town, Juliette needs a friend. Trinidad bonds instantly with Juliette and when Juliette is arrested for murder, Trinidad is POSITIVE Juliette didn't do it. That's a little silly. They only just met and she DID overhear Juliette's angry voicemail. Trinidad might be a little too trusting. Does the fact Juliette was also fooled by Gabe make her automatically trustworthy? It's nice to have the exes be friends but that was a little too quick to be believable but I'll excuse it because I liked Juliette too. She seems nice, hard-working and just trying to live her life on her own out from the shadow of the loser, Gabe. It's hard enough being new in town but to be the ex-wife of a local? That's rough. Trinidad's next friend is Quinn, a nut farmer. OK Trinidad-please don't put nuts in your brownies or your ice cream! You need to post a clear sign if you do. People are allergic to hazelnuts too, not just peanuts. Plus they're gross and don't belong in my brownies thank you! I'd feel bad for Quinn if he had to close his business though. He's passionate about what he does and he needs the open space and privacy because he's an Army veteran who had kind of a tough time returning to society. He's not the kind of guy I'd usually go for but he's very kind, caring and a true friend. I absolutely adore his relationship with his brother Douglas. Douglas has special needs, probably autism but fortunately the author is smart and makes Douglas more than a disability or a diagnosis. He's just Doug. He loves precision, machines, vanilla ice cream and his brother. Doug does not like fireworks, being touched, or the group home he lived in briefly before his brother returned from Afghanistan. Doug is sweet and his friendship with Noodles is so touching. While Trinidad understands Doug on some levels, earmuffs won't help either Doug or Noodles with fireworks. Doug could use noise cancelling headphones and Noodles maybe some rescue remedy or CBD or a white noise machine or thunder shirt. Just not ear muffs. Not on a dog! Other locals include Stan, the lawyer turned baker who dusts off his law books to help Juliette. A proper British gent, Stan is very polite but he's willing to go the extra mile to help a friend in need. He doesn't even question Juliette's innocence. While I don't like lemon, I can almost his baked goods and they smell delicious! He should team up with Trinidad and bake lemon squares for her freakshakes. Right now they're busy solving a murder! Vince, Jr., Juliette's employee, is a nerdy 20-something who seems to have a crush on his employer. I feel sorry for Vince because his parents don't understand his passion for art history and constantly brag about his older brother in medical school. We all have our own paths to follow, even if it translates to unemployed! He's not in it for the money. Vince needs some lessons in tact and to grow up a bit more before people will take him seriously. Also very young are Trinidad's employees, 15-year-old twins Diego and Carlos Martin. They may be twins but they're polar opposites in personality. I like Diego better because he's the nerdy professor type. The twins add some lightness and humor to the story. Cora Fieri, the theater manager, is one cranky woman. She's cheap and likes to DIY. She's protective of her theater and runs a tight ship. Of all the Sproketerians Trinidad meets, Cora is the least friendly. Mr. Mavis, the gas station owner and bicycle enthusiast is down-home country. He's friendly in an aw-shucks way and his needs are simple. I like him and hope to see more of him in the next book. Another fun character I want more of is Pastor Phil. He's funny and has a great sense of humor. I like his banter with Papa Luis. Vince, Jr's mother, Virginia, is annoying. She loves to gossip about everything and anything, and oftentimes it's none of her business to spread that news. I hate how she brags about her elder son and dismisses her younger son. Chief Cynthia Bigley, of the Sprocket Police department is in charge of the murder investigation. She means business. I agree with Trinidad that Chief Bigley seems a LITTLE prejudiced against Juliette because the chief loves her brother unconditionally. She had her own troubles with the law and he stood by her and now she IS the law. I think she jumped the gun arresting Juliette. Is that even correct procedure? I don't think so! The victim, Kevin, was a much-loved member of the community. However, it seems to me the guy was an arrogant jerk. I got the impression he made Trinidad pick up the nuts because he couldn't be bothered and that he wasn't going to pay her for them. I also think Kevin was a player and broke a lot of hearts, Juliette's included. That doesn't mean he deserved to die though. So who did kill him? One guess is Tanya, his girlfriend. She's rich and lives in the lap of luxury but she's not all that spoiled. However, she knows what she wants and once her mind is made up, there's no changing it. She's very determined and forceful. Tanya assumes Juliette is guilty and makes no bones about shouting it loud and clear. I think she's protesting too much. Tanya seems like a strong candidate for killer to me. A weaker candidate for killer is Warren Wheaton who is always around when and where he shouldn't be, like idling around outside the popcorn shop as Trinidad finds the body. He makes excuses a lot and I think he's hiding his true whereabouts and his purpose for being there. He's up to no good. Sonny Petrakis is a better suspect. He's scary. He sure seems like he's bad news and he's determined to keep Trinidad from poking her nose into his business. His business, whatever it is, involved Candy, the relator. She's massively cheap and makes Ebenezer Scrooge look generous. Candy is snippy and unfriendly to anyone who doesn't show an interest in buying the house of Edward Lupin, the eccentric junk collector. Sunny and Candy are hand-in-glove in shady business. Did Kevin get in the middle? I liked this book well enough to read the excerpt of book 2 and I am looking forward to it. It seems like each book is going to revolve around a holiday or special event.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink has Trinidad Jones moving to Upper Sprocket, Oregon where she is going to open the Shimmy and Shake Shop in a building deeded to her by her louse of an ex-husband. Trinidad is delivering nuts to Kevin Heartly, owner of Popcorn Palace, when she finds him dead inside his giant popcorn kettle. Juliette Carpenter, a new friend of Trinidad’s, is arrested for the crime. Trinidad with help from some of her new friend’s works to clear Juliette’s name. Pint of No Return Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink has Trinidad Jones moving to Upper Sprocket, Oregon where she is going to open the Shimmy and Shake Shop in a building deeded to her by her louse of an ex-husband. Trinidad is delivering nuts to Kevin Heartly, owner of Popcorn Palace, when she finds him dead inside his giant popcorn kettle. Juliette Carpenter, a new friend of Trinidad’s, is arrested for the crime. Trinidad with help from some of her new friend’s works to clear Juliette’s name. Pint of No Return is the debut of A Shake Shop Mystery series. This is a cute, lighthearted cozy mystery with a good cast of characters. I must admit that my favorite character is Trinidad’s dog, Noodles. He is a compassionate dog with many talents. I also liked Trinidad’s grandfather, Papa Luis. The author took the time to introduce the characters and describe the town. I enjoyed the vivid word images of Upper Sprocket. It sounds like a beautiful area with charming shops and homes. The mystery of who murdered Kevin Heartly, the Popcorn King, had several good suspects who had motive. I liked the tie-in to the auctioned off storage unit. The author did a good job of laying the groundwork from the beginning. The clues are evident, and they will lead readers to the killer’s identity. It is a well thought out whodunit. I just wish it were a little more challenging to solve (I like a good puzzle). There is some romance as well. Trinidad meets Quinn Logan and there is a spark between them. We shall see where it leads. There are mouthwatering descriptions of freakshakes which is what Trinidad is going to serve at her shop. They are over-the-top milkshakes that will have you heading to store to obtain the necessary ingredients to make your own frozen creation. There is a recipe for key lime ice cream at the end. Pint of No Return is a sweet treat with fantasy freakshakes, a departed popcorn king, storage shed disorder, an excess of ex-wives, a set-up suspect, and firm friends.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up... After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple sticky situations underway, nam Synopsis: The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up... After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple sticky situations underway, namely that the other two ex-wives also call Sprocket home, Trinidad's life seems to be churning along smoothly. That is, until she discovers her neighbor, the Popcorn King, head down in his giant popcorn kettle. When one of Trinidad's fellow ex-wives is accused of the murder and Upper Sprocket descends into mayhem, it's going to take a supersized scoop of courage to flush out the killer. (Goodreads) GET A COPY Review: Pint Of No Return is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop Mystery series and it was a great debut. It has a lot of what I look for in a cozy mystery--great characters, an inviting setting, intriguing mystery and an adorable puppy. Trinidad Jones has decided to make her dream of opening a shake shop after getting divorced from her cheating husband. When she finds out that her ex-husbands two other exes also live there, she is not thrilled but she plans on making the most of it. When someone is killed and one of the other exes is accused of the murder, Trinidad will have to find the killer because she likes the ex. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The characters are well developed and I found myself caring about them and wanting to learn more about them. The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved, which is a plus in my opinion. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. I cannot wait to see what Trinidad’s next adventure is. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate

  18. 4 out of 5

    Madis Mysteries

    I LOVED IT. Everything your fun loving heart could ever want. Just such a good break between heavy books and such a good reminder of the books I read growing up that gave me my love for reading!! The main character was adorable and I wanted to eat all of her ice cream the flavours sounded amazing. I also kept laughing at the fact that she was living in a small town with her ex husband (who was in jail)’s ex wives like absolutely ridiculous in no actual scenario do you get deeded a shop and move I LOVED IT. Everything your fun loving heart could ever want. Just such a good break between heavy books and such a good reminder of the books I read growing up that gave me my love for reading!! The main character was adorable and I wanted to eat all of her ice cream the flavours sounded amazing. I also kept laughing at the fact that she was living in a small town with her ex husband (who was in jail)’s ex wives like absolutely ridiculous in no actual scenario do you get deeded a shop and move to a tiny town to hang out with your ex husbands ex wives while he’s in jail 😂 This book was the definition of a snack, it was long enough to develop everything and keep a good amount of mystery and searching but short enough that it was a delightful little read to sit down and read the whole book (although I know I’m a quick reader). The love interest and his brother in this book were also freaking cute and I was so into their budding romance. Anyways, I will be reading every book in this series as they come out because they’re adorable and I loved it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Enjoyable debut cozy set in Upper Sprocket, Oregon where Trinidad Jones is focused on opening her ice cream shop. Deeded the building by her louse of an ex- husband far from her native Miami, she relocated into a town where two other ex-wives live. Amazingly enough when she encounters one of the other wives, she really likes her. So much so that when Juliet is suspected for murder, Trinidad comes to the rescue to investigate. The other characters are interesting and the plot intriguing. Best of Enjoyable debut cozy set in Upper Sprocket, Oregon where Trinidad Jones is focused on opening her ice cream shop. Deeded the building by her louse of an ex- husband far from her native Miami, she relocated into a town where two other ex-wives live. Amazingly enough when she encounters one of the other wives, she really likes her. So much so that when Juliet is suspected for murder, Trinidad comes to the rescue to investigate. The other characters are interesting and the plot intriguing. Best of all is her dog, Noodles, who she rescued after he flunked out of being a service dog. All this bodes well for further adventures featuring Trinidad and crew. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Pint of No Return is an entertaining cozy mystery, the first book in a series. At first it was hard to keep track of all of the characters and I kept confusing two of them, but after a while it became more interesting and I really liked the end. Oh, and of course, I adore Noodles, the dog! ** Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion. I read and reviewed this book voluntarily. **

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is the debut book in the new cozy mystery series " Ice Cream Shop Mystery Series" . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. I enjoyed this new series with a fresh take on cozies set in a charming ice cream shop. I loved the setting of a fictional small Oregon town called " Upper Sprocket". Trinidad is our protagnist just divorced from a nefarious ex who left her a sizable settlement she uses to set up her dream ice cream shop. She has a talent for making fabulous m This is the debut book in the new cozy mystery series " Ice Cream Shop Mystery Series" . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. I enjoyed this new series with a fresh take on cozies set in a charming ice cream shop. I loved the setting of a fictional small Oregon town called " Upper Sprocket". Trinidad is our protagnist just divorced from a nefarious ex who left her a sizable settlement she uses to set up her dream ice cream shop. She has a talent for making fabulous milk shakes and the town takes to her business right away. When she finds out that two of her ex husbands ex wives also live in the town she hopes they can all get along. Her business is going well and she is settled in when she finds a popcorn vendor dead . Soon on the other ex wives is accused and Trinidad wants to clear her name . Clues abound as she solves this fun mystery with a great conclusion. ,' This is a promising start to a charming series with all the right cozy mystery elements I loved the charcters, the setting and the sleuth. Well done to the author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I love Dana Mentink's inspirational suspense books and since she is so good at those, I figured she'd be good at a cozy mystery, too. She is. This is not inspirational, but totally clean and wholesome. Trinidad Jones lives in the same small town as her conniving ex husband's other two ex wives. He is in jail, fortunately, for other crimes, so she doesn't have to look at him. Trinidad opens a shake shop and goes into business for herself. Then her business neighbor, a popcorn king, turns up dead I love Dana Mentink's inspirational suspense books and since she is so good at those, I figured she'd be good at a cozy mystery, too. She is. This is not inspirational, but totally clean and wholesome. Trinidad Jones lives in the same small town as her conniving ex husband's other two ex wives. He is in jail, fortunately, for other crimes, so she doesn't have to look at him. Trinidad opens a shake shop and goes into business for herself. Then her business neighbor, a popcorn king, turns up dead and one of the ex wives is looking good for the murder. Delectable milkshakes, caramel popcorn and a great dog are all here in this neat mystery. You'll find it all very appealing. But watch out or you'll gain weight reading it! My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Trinidad Jones is making a new life for herself in Upper Sprocket, Oregon. While this itself may not seem strange, living in the same small town as your ex-husbands previous wives does add a bizarre twist. When her embezzling ex was taken to prison, he gave Trinidad the deed to a small store. With her head held high, Trinidad begins preparing the shop for her new business, the Shimmy and Shake Shop. Trinidad has done her best to avoid the other ex wives, but when she meets Juliette, she feels a k Trinidad Jones is making a new life for herself in Upper Sprocket, Oregon. While this itself may not seem strange, living in the same small town as your ex-husbands previous wives does add a bizarre twist. When her embezzling ex was taken to prison, he gave Trinidad the deed to a small store. With her head held high, Trinidad begins preparing the shop for her new business, the Shimmy and Shake Shop. Trinidad has done her best to avoid the other ex wives, but when she meets Juliette, she feels a kinship with her. When the shop owner next door meets an untimely death, Trinidad finds herself wrapped up in the police investigation, refusing to believe her new friend is responsible. This is a fabulous beginning to what I hope is a long running series. The cast of characters is fantastic and I felt an immediate connection to Trinidad. Quinn & Doug are excellent additions to the storyline, as well as Noodles, her fabulous dog. I definitely recommend this book to all cozy mystery readers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink is a fantastic start to a new dessert cozy mystery! With cozies I either enjoy the series because of how descriptive they are of the town and hobby or because of the great characters, and Mentink does great in both areas, but really shines in the character development. Trinidad, Quinn, Doug and Noodles make a fantastic detecting team, and I wouldn’t mind a future romance with Trinidad and Quinn because Quinn seems like a wonderful man. Doug is on the spectrum, and Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink is a fantastic start to a new dessert cozy mystery! With cozies I either enjoy the series because of how descriptive they are of the town and hobby or because of the great characters, and Mentink does great in both areas, but really shines in the character development. Trinidad, Quinn, Doug and Noodles make a fantastic detecting team, and I wouldn’t mind a future romance with Trinidad and Quinn because Quinn seems like a wonderful man. Doug is on the spectrum, and I think more books could use a wider set of diverse characters. Then there’s the other two ex-wives, Juliette and Bonnie, although we don’t get to know them much in this book, especially Bonnie, I see so much potential for them in future books. The twins, Carlos and Diego… having intelligent and amusing teens will be fun in future books. And Papa Luis is awesome! I love how kind and supportive he is, and including a multi-generational element to the series is a great idea. So Mentink really sets up a great cast of diverse and interesting characters. The way she describes Upper Sprocket is delightful and it is a town any cozy mystery fan would love to visit or move to. Then there’s all the yummy ice cream and Freakshakes! If I lived in that town I would have to walk everywhere to try and keep some of the weight off. As for the mystery itself, there were lots of red herrings and various storylines that could have the reader continually changing their mind as to who the killer is… I know I was. And I really enjoyed the final outcome with what the treasure ended up being and becoming. I’m already looking forward to book two in the Shake Shop Mysteries and recommend you give Pint of No Return a read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reviews

    Dana Mentink’s Pint of No Return is a great and entertaining dessert cozy mystery. The plot moves a bit slowly and certain aspects of the characters are a little unbelievable. But, it’s a solid and lighthearted debut with mature writing and good characters. Trinidad Jones has moved to Upper Sprocket, Oregon for a fresh start after a tumultuous divorce from her slimy ex-husband Gabe Bigley. She’s diligently preparing to open her dream: the Shimmy and Shake Shop selling fantastically over-the-top m Dana Mentink’s Pint of No Return is a great and entertaining dessert cozy mystery. The plot moves a bit slowly and certain aspects of the characters are a little unbelievable. But, it’s a solid and lighthearted debut with mature writing and good characters. Trinidad Jones has moved to Upper Sprocket, Oregon for a fresh start after a tumultuous divorce from her slimy ex-husband Gabe Bigley. She’s diligently preparing to open her dream: the Shimmy and Shake Shop selling fantastically over-the-top milkshake creations. Although the town is also home to two other Bigley ex-wives, Trinidad and her beloved dog Noodles are doing their best to settle in. However, Trinidad soon stumbles upon the body of her neighbour, Kevin the Popcorn King. When Trinidad’s new friend and fellow Bigley ex-wife Juliette is accused of the murder, can Trinidad solve the crime and survive till her shop’s opening day? The mystery is interesting and well-written with a few good twists and a fair number of viable suspects. I like that I really didn’t guess the murderer’s identity although there are clues sprinkled throughout. However, the plot lacks a bit in thrill and suspense and also drags at times. I wish the cast of suspects had been much more developed. I also think the history of Trinidad’s relationship with her philandering ex-husband as well as his other ex-wives is a little unbelievable and ridiculous. I’m also not entirely sold on her dream business of selling milkshake Freakshakes in the middle of nowhere. I really enjoy Mentink’s mature writing and great descriptions. Upper Sprocket is very nicely described and the town’s memorable inhabitants are interesting and well-crafted. Trinidad is a likeable, resourceful, and kind protagonist. She’s a good sleuth and friend. I love her hesitant friendship with Juliette and I would love to see more of their relationship in later books. There’s also a budding hint of romance with Quinn Logan, a kind nut farmer who also aids Trinidad on her sleuthing adventures. I am looking forward to more of their relationship as Quinn happily supports Trinidad’s investigating instead of discouraging her. However, my two favourite characters are the adorable and quirky dog Noodles, and Trinidad’s lively and fun grandfather Papa Luis who comes to town just when she needs his support the most. Pint of No Return is a solid debut. The characters and writing have the potential to make a great series and I will definitely be checking out the future books! Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for this book in exchange for an honest review. 🍦 🍦 🍦 ½ out of 5 ice creams!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    Series starters--especially for cozy mysteries--can be difficult to do well, since there is so much foundation necessary, but I think this one did a great job! Our main character, Trinidad, is one of three ex-wives of a crook, and she was deeded a business and is attempting to start anew after the schmuck is put in jail. Trinidad decides to open a "Freakshake" ice cream shop, only to discover her next door neighbor, the caramel corn king, dead in his vat of popcorn! The thing I liked most about Series starters--especially for cozy mysteries--can be difficult to do well, since there is so much foundation necessary, but I think this one did a great job! Our main character, Trinidad, is one of three ex-wives of a crook, and she was deeded a business and is attempting to start anew after the schmuck is put in jail. Trinidad decides to open a "Freakshake" ice cream shop, only to discover her next door neighbor, the caramel corn king, dead in his vat of popcorn! The thing I liked most about this book was the auxiliary characters. They all were extremely unique with thorough backstories. For example, Trinidad's potential love interest is a farmer vet with PTSD and a mentally challenged brother who is equally important to the story. Likewise, Trinidad's Cuban pops makes an appearance and may my favorite character (I wish he arrived sooner!). Another enjoyable aspect was the description of the freakshakes, which are large, over-the-top milkshakes I wish I could have in real life! As for improvements... I have no idea why Trinidad got herself involved in this crime. She claims it was to help the person wrongfully accused, but Trinidad had been in town maybe a week and talked to this person once before they were arrested, so I see no reason for Trinidad to have trusted this person enough to go sleuthing on her behalf. Just made really no sense to me. There wasn't enough of a personal stake. Curious to see what the hook for the second book will be... Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press for my ARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 4 stars - 7/10

  27. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    Trinidad Jones is starting over after divorce and opening her very own ice cream shop with the property left her in the settlement. A fun, fresh small town cozy read, I loved that Trinidad is making friends and the best of her new beginnings. Upper Sprocket is a welcoming place, and I adored the clever names of the local businesses and the backstories. Trinidad is a relatable heroine, with her own insecurities, but I loved how she follows her dream of opening and ice cream shop where she can be c Trinidad Jones is starting over after divorce and opening her very own ice cream shop with the property left her in the settlement. A fun, fresh small town cozy read, I loved that Trinidad is making friends and the best of her new beginnings. Upper Sprocket is a welcoming place, and I adored the clever names of the local businesses and the backstories. Trinidad is a relatable heroine, with her own insecurities, but I loved how she follows her dream of opening and ice cream shop where she can be creative. And I admired her willingness to help and befriend her ex-husband's other ex-wife. Overall, there were many fun characters, and I liked that Trinidad offers to help out her new friends. I was delighted that the plot kept me guessing throughout, and managed to surprise me in the end. This book is clean in content, though it has Christian aspects to it, the themes are not as strong as your typical Christian fiction. A great start to a fresh new series, and I can't wait to read more! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I was lucky enough to have won a copy of this book, and it was an enjoyable first in the series. Trinidad receives and business from her ex and decides to open an ice cream shop. She also learns that the other ex's of her husband lives in the same town. When Trinidad finds the body of a shop owner and one of the ex's is accused, Trinidad steps in to help. The characters are developed, I love the twins. Likable and real. This book gave me a couple of laugh our loud moments. The mystery was good a I was lucky enough to have won a copy of this book, and it was an enjoyable first in the series. Trinidad receives and business from her ex and decides to open an ice cream shop. She also learns that the other ex's of her husband lives in the same town. When Trinidad finds the body of a shop owner and one of the ex's is accused, Trinidad steps in to help. The characters are developed, I love the twins. Likable and real. This book gave me a couple of laugh our loud moments. The mystery was good and kept me guessing. I will continue on with this series. There is the added bonus of a yummy ice cream recipe in the back. *I did receive a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Baker

    I really enjoyed this new cozy mystery series! Trinidad moves to Sprocket, Oregon and opens up an extravagant, over-the-top shake shop. She lives in the same town with the two other ex-wives of her ex-husband Gabe Bigley. You know just by that there might be some drama! This mystery had me guessing almost till the end. It had so many characters who could of had a motive for killing Kevin, the owner of Popcorn Palace. This was the first time I read a cozy mystery where there is a female detective I really enjoyed this new cozy mystery series! Trinidad moves to Sprocket, Oregon and opens up an extravagant, over-the-top shake shop. She lives in the same town with the two other ex-wives of her ex-husband Gabe Bigley. You know just by that there might be some drama! This mystery had me guessing almost till the end. It had so many characters who could of had a motive for killing Kevin, the owner of Popcorn Palace. This was the first time I read a cozy mystery where there is a female detective. I thought that was a nice change than the typical male detective in town. One of the secondary characters I grew to really love was Trinidad’s dog, Noodles. Noodles was so helpful and always so sweet. I also grew to love the people in town who helped Trinidad with the sleuthing, Quinn and Doug. Overall, I thought it was a great opening to what seems like a fun and exciting series. I’m looking forward to more in the future! Plus, there was a recipe in the back for Trinidad’s Easy Key Lime Ice Cream. Yummm. ••• I was provided an e-ARC of this book by the author and publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a fun read! I enjoyed this one immensely. The story pulled me in early on and I really liked the characters that make up Sprocket. The vibe of the town and it's people reminded me of one of my favorite cozy series, The Tourist Trap by Lynn Cahoon. Suffice to say, I will be looking for the next one in this series! Fantastic book! What a fun read! I enjoyed this one immensely. The story pulled me in early on and I really liked the characters that make up Sprocket. The vibe of the town and it's people reminded me of one of my favorite cozy series, The Tourist Trap by Lynn Cahoon. Suffice to say, I will be looking for the next one in this series! Fantastic book!

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