I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Iced Princess (Snow Globe Shop Mystery, #2) by Christine Husom
Series: Snow Globe Shop Mystery #2
Published by Berkley on December 1st 2015
Number of Pages: 294
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
The national bestselling author of Snow Way Out returns with more sparkling snow globes and cold-blooded murder...
It’s that time of the year again—the Christmas rush is about to begin, and curio shop owner Camryn Brooks and her BFF, coffee shop owner Alice “Pinky” Nelson, need to hire additional help. Their former high-school classmate, Molly Dalton, is not exactly who they had in mind. Has the rich socialite worked a day in her life? But Molly practically begs for the job.
On her first day, Molly seems to be in her own little world, and Cami worries that her new employee may flake out. The problem turns out to be far worse than that when Cami discovers Molly dead in the back of the shop, after drinking a poisoned cup of coffee. Soon there is an avalanche of suspects as Cami starts shoveling through the clues—including a shattered snow globe of Marilyn Monroe. Now Cami will have to venture out of her safety zone before the pathological poisoner stirs up more trouble...
I loved the mystery in this. And how Cami went about trying to piece it together. I’m not sure exactly why, but I kept picturing Velma from Scooby Doo, during some of the sleuthing bits.
I liked how Cami and Pinky interacted. You could tell they’d been friends a while, and it was fun getting to know them and the other characters. There is a little bit of romance, but it isn’t a major thread. Friendships new and old are more central than the romance. I also liked how involved the police were. As well as the way the small town feel was written. It really felt like it was a real place that would be fun to visit.
I didn’t know who had murdered Molly until a bit past the half-way point in the book. And it wasn’t anything obvious, just a feeling. There were a few different people it could have been, so I’m not sure why I picked this particular one so early on.
The book has no slow spots. It isn’t so fast-paced that you lose track of what was going on either. It hit the perfect middle ground of wanting to know what was going to happen next. There were also a few minor mystery plot threads woven around the main one. Which is always fun, and helps give added dimensions.
If you’re looking for a new mystery series to get in on, you should give this one a try.
How To Make A Snow Globe instructions included.