Hot Fudge Murder by Cynthia Baxter is the second book of the cozy A Lickety Splits Mystery series. Each book of the series centers around it’s own mystery to be solved so it is possible to read out of order although some character development would be missing.
In this series Kate McKay had left her hometown after high school and gone onto college and then a career in Manhattan but when she got news that her grandmother needsed someone to come care for her Kate quickly returned to Wolfert’s Roost giving up her career. Once back in her hometown Kate decided she would follow her dream of opening her own ice cream shop to begin a new career path.
Now just weeks after opening her shop Kate finds that her tempting treats are so popular she is getting offers of catering some huge events. However, after arriving at the party hosted by fashion designer Omar DeVane it isn’t long before screams are heard and another murder occurs. When the fact a killer is one the loose starts to kill off business too Kate vows to solve the case herself.
Reading this first book in A Lickety Splits Mystery series I found myself loving the small town cozy vibe and Kate became somewhat endearing to me learning of her love for her grandmother so I really enjoyed the first book. However, getting into this second book it seemed it lost a bit of that magic I found in the first. I found myself not so much of a fan of creating a love triangle for Kate and I think the mystery was a little less compelling than the arch rival in the first book although I did still enjoy all the wonderful ice cream shop talk and the characters overall.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.