Death By Ice Cream

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Pismawallops Island is a Puget Sound paradise. . . until the local gadfly shows up dead. Then JJ MacGregor finds out just what she’ll do for the PTA, even while she has to deal with a teenaged son, a Yearbook deadline, and a serious crush on the local police chief. More
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About Rebecca M. Douglass

After a lifetime of reading and a decade of slinging books at the library and herding cats with the PTA, Rebecca began to turn her experiences into books of her own, publishing her first (The Ninja Librarian) in 2012. That failed to quiet the voices in her head, but seemed to entertain a number of readers, so she wrote some more, which generated still more voices. Despite the unlimited distractions provided by raising sons to the point of leaving home, not to mention the mountains that keep calling (very hard to resist the urging of something the size of the Sierra Nevada), she has managed to produce many more books in the years since.

For those who enjoy murder and mayhem with a sense of humor, Rebecca’s Pismawallops PTA mysteries provide insights into what PTA moms and island life are really like. If you prefer tall tales and even less of a grip on reality, visit Skunk Corners in The Ninja Librarian and its sequels. And for those who’ve always thought that fantasy was a bit too high-minded, a stumble through rescues and escapes with Halitor the Hero, possibly the most hapless hero to ever run in fear from any and all fair maidens, should set you straight.

Through it all, she has continued to pen flash fiction, for a time sharing a new story on her blog nearly every week. Now those stories are getting new life in a series of novella-length ebooks, with an omnibus paperback coming soon.

Why does Rebecca write so many different kinds of books (there’s even an alphabet picture book in the mix!)? It might be because she has a rich lifetime of experience that requires expression in many ways, but it’s probably just that she’s easily distracted.

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About the Series: Pismawallops PTA Mysteries
There's nothing so peaceful as island life... unless the island is Pismawallops Island. This bit of glacial detritus in the middle of Puget Sound is the home to JJ MacGregor and her best friend Kitty Padgett, and the PTA to which they dedicate more energy than they can spare. And trouble follows them faster than police chief Ron Karlson can clean up the messes!

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Reviews of Death By Ice Cream by Rebecca M. Douglass

Sundance414 reviewed on Aug. 16, 2021
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I regret not reading this sooner! I am a big fan of cozy mysteries and thus one does not disappoint. I can often figure out whodunnit but not this time. Enjoyed everything about this book, enough to add Rebecca Douglass to my favorites. I can't wait to read the other books in this series.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
Jemima Pett reviewed on April 8, 2014

One of the things I dislike about cosy mysteries is the way well-meaning civilians trample over police evidence and butt in when they should leave it to the pros. Rebecca Douglass has solved both those problems by providing a law officer in desperate need of help, and the evidence right in front of everyone’s noses with little need for trampling.

This is a well constructed mystery with plenty of pressure points – the divorce, the deadline for the school yearbook, necessarily abandoned by the deceased, who appears to have done nothing about it despite meddling in everybody else’s business. The kids are engaged to help sort it out which gives the adults suitable assistance when it comes to all matters computerised. I loved the way whole families got involved – a story not just of the protagonist but of a beautifully drawn community.

The reader is carried along with JJ MacGregor’s investigation, and is engrossed in the tour of the island and the tensions emerging as the story unfolds. There are delightful character sketches, believable teenagers, realistic confrontations – and a hot cop! The tension builds as still more problems are thrown at JJ, and this reader empathised with her all the way. The author cleverly reveals whodunnit to the canny reader just as JJ gets drawn into the trap, heightening the nerve-jangling finish!

It’s an excellent story, beautifully told. Full marks to Ms Douglass – more please!

I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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