Murder and mayhem abound in these short stories set in the quiet town of Caesars Creek, Georgia. Join Tara, Stormi, and Paige as they attempt to solve murders and mysteries along with serving up delicious ice cream concoctions from The Frozen Scoop Shoppe.
This six-book series contains enjoyable characters, amateur sleuthing skills, madcap fun, a few heartrending scenes, and visions of gooey ice cream delicacies.
This is a wholesome classic cozy, a collection of 6 "mini mysteries." They move pretty quickly but you still get a full mystery experience in each book and get to play along with the whodunit. The main characters are Tara, Stormi & Paige, and you get to know the supporting characters well throughout the books (Sam, Brandon, Trixie, etc).
You might be wondering, "how does this small town have 6 quick back to back murders? How does this series pull that off?" This was my initial question too, but alas it doesn't feel that way at all. There are 6 Books, and for example one book isnt really a murder mystery, but rather a discovery of a sketchy past of one character. Another book is a reopening of an old case, and another only has an attempted murder etc. So there is a great balance here where each Book is different and brings something different to the table. It does not feel redundant in the least.
Overall it is an easy listen, and an enjoyable one at that! If you are a fan of cozies you will enjoy this series.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Ahhh! Six delightful melting moments though not all of them about 'murder', but all were well written mysteries played out in a small town and involving a bunch of very good friends who of course solve the crimes.
Most enjoyable and I'm quite happy to listen/read any of Constance Barker's other books as I've enjoyed 2 different series of hers so far.
The narration was a pleasure to listen to too.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to A Frozen Scoop of Murder: The Bundle Edition, Books 1-6 again? Why?
of course whoever the girls voice is stole my brain
What did you like best about this story?
all of it its very intriguing
Have you listened to any of Angel Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
yes and all of her work is on point she is very passionate and cares about her work she seem compared to some other voices ive listened to who just seem dull and bored
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
with the voice of angel always
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
First, if you are a cozy mystery fan, this isn't really a mystery. This is more a short story where a crime is committed, the characters mull it over, and then the criminal is revealed. The stories lack any real sleuthing.
The author has a lot of opportunity to develop characters and events, but doesn't follow through. For example, the characters plan a party, but the author skips writing the scene and the reader is told the party happened.
Additionally, this starts as a "clean" read, but the language gradually deteriorates as the series progresses. While the language is mild, I like to listen with my family around, so that was a problem for me.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A Frozen Scoop of Murder: The Bundle Edition, Books 1-6 by Candace Barker is a bundle set of six mystery stories set at the Frozen Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe.
In A Frozen Scoop of Murder, Tara, newly divorced, has had her own ice cream shop for three months now, with her best friend, Stormy, as her chief employee and good friend Paige as an assistant during rush times. One of Tara's best customers is the mean and surly Greta Hagglemere, who prides herself on being the best at everything, especially the pie contests and rose competitions at the Spring Festival in Caesar's Creek, Georgia. At the festival this year, Greta, furious at not having won the rose competition this year, takes a big whiff of her roses and falls over with anaphylactic shock from her well-publicized nut allergy. And her epipen has disappeared, leaving her to die. Someone has killed her.
Death by Chocolate Sundae takes place during a particularly hot period during the Georgia summer. The ice cream shop ladies discuss local events, in particular the way a mean resident, Mr. Jenkins, is suing a family hardware store to put them out of business. Then Mr. Jenkins comes into their shop just as they are about to close and orders a chocolate sundae. As the ladies clean up, Tara turns around to see Mr. Jenkins's face in his ice cream. They call 911 and try to perform CPR, but that is worthless, for Mr. Jenkins has been poisoned.
In Soft Serve Secrets, the twice-widowed sweetest lady in town, Trixie, who recently eloped to marry Ben Flores, has to call an ambulance because Ben has fainted and hit his head. Ben's daughter, Grace, comes to town and accuses Trixie of trying to kill her new husband. Grace digs up information about the death of Trixie's first husband and accuses her of murder.
Ice Cream, You Scream deals with a 40-year-old murder. Paige's husband, Bruce, rents a long-vacant office space next to the Frozen Scoop in order to stay closer to home in his business. As the friends investigate the office, they find a filthy but well-behaved Westie dog whom Tara adopts after he gets cleaned up and shown not to have tags or a microchip. Winchester joins the friends as they clean the office and manages to find a special chew toy. Unfortunately, that chew toy is the skeleton of a human hand. Brandon, the brother of Stormy who works as a handyman and is checking out the wiring, finds the rest of the skeleton that had been walled up in the office. The police soon figure out that the skeleton belongs to Clifford Ewing, a lawyer who had owned the office but disappeared 40 years earlier. Thus the friends get involved in a cold case murder.
As Double Dip Dilemma opens, the friends have begun to open the shop when they hear a loud car crash. Running outside, they find a car slammed into a parked car and the driver, Sandra Morgan, very dazed, saying her brakes failed. They learn that Mrs. Morgan is the step-mother of Jeremy Morgan, the best friend of Colton, the boyfriend of Paige's 16-year-old daughter, Samantha. Colton, a computer whiz, has helped out the ice cream shop in the past and shows real integrity and responsibility. Thus, the friends express concern when Colton explains that Sandra really hates Jeremy, trying to get his father to make him move to New York, where Jeremy's mother now lives. So with suspicion that someone has tampered with the car's brakes, Colton fears that Sandra is going to push hard to get Jeremy arrested for this crime.
In Melted Memories, Trixie has decided to look up the son she put up for adoption 40 years earlier right after losing her husband, who suffered from untreated bipolar disorder. This leads her to confront her past.
The six pieces in this book are more like novellas than books, with six fitting into eight hours, 17 minutes. Novellas can be terrific if written well and tightly, but the problem with these is that especially in the earlier novellas, they don't provide a lot of clues toward the solutions. The first book is especially light in details and pops up a surprise solution that no one would have a chance to guess. This breaks the generally accepted rules of writing mysteries. Thus I do feel that the books would really be assisted by better mystery plots. In addition, Barker seems to have a particular love of foretelling as a plot device, which takes away from the mystery even more. The characters in the book have fun life situations, with development of them over the course of the books, and I appreciate that. As it is, we see the characters in the midst of their lives when suddenly the solution to the murders pops up. However, I do like the way the characters do develop over the course of the books and move from flat, stock characters to rounder ones.
The bundle is narrated by Angel Clark. She is a good reader and has a nice voice, but I don't feel that this set is suited for her. The books take place in Georgia, where the people contain strong Southern accents. However, the only character with a Southern accent is Stormy, and I suspect that it is not really Georgian either. Many of the characters did not grow up in Caesar's Creek without our knowing exactly where they each did grow up, but we do know that Stormy and Tara have been best friends since childhood, so they should have similar accents. In addition, I did begin to get annoyed by the way Clark says that the dog gives a "wolf" instead of a "woof." The first time she said this it didn't bother me, but as she kept it up, with Winchester "wolfing" numerous times, it got irritating. However, these issues aside, Clark serves as a good reader who just needs to learn a bit more consistency in matching the character voices to the details in the text.
In general, A Frozen Scoop of Murder: The Bundle Edition, Books 1-6 is a fun, light-hearted series of books. It's not for the serious mystery fan but for a day when the reader just feels like a bit of fluff. I give the bundle three stars.
Over all I would say the stories were "okay"
What really grated on me was 1) Brandon's voice. I had a really hard time imagining him with Tara. Well, really with any female under 60. Old Charlie sounded better than he did. He was suppose to be good looking but with that voice, I couldn't see it and 2) Sam's voice was not that of a teen ager. At least not in my book and I live with 4 of them. She sounded more like a 1-800-Phone Me voice
While I realize all towns and cities have personal lives I purchased the set with murder mysteries in mind. They were all mysteries but not what I was hoping for
Still, the stories were pretty okay
I received this book for free, for an honest review.
This was a great series of murder mysteries. I really enjoyed how the author brought the characters and settings to life. The narrator was great was well, easy to understand.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about A Frozen Scoop of Murder: The Bundle Edition, Books 1-6?
My original review disappeared and I've listened to quite a few books since so I cannot recall the particulars to this story.
Any additional comments?
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Would you try another book from Constance Barker and/or Angel Clark?
Yes to Constance, no to Angel-very nasally & annoying
If you’ve listened to books by Constance Barker before, how does this one compare?
How could the performance have been better?
Another voice over. Angel's voice is too high pitched and annoying.
Do you think A Frozen Scoop of Murder: The Bundle Edition, Books 1-6 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, mystery solved.
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This is a great book; this is a great set with books one through six in the A Frozen Scoop of Murder Mystery series written by Constance Barker and narrated by Angel Clark. This is great boxed set, when I started listening to it I didn’t want to stop until the end. These stories are set around the cozy, quiet town of Caesars Creek, Georgia. Tara, Stormi, and Page put their sleuthing skills to the test trying to solve the murders and mysteries is each of these books.
The narrator Angel Clark did a great job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.
If you are looking for a fun cozy mystery with great characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast