I recently picked up I Scream, You Scream by Wendy Lyn Watson. I just read the book and I really enjoyed it.
Recommend this product?
I Scream, You Scream is the first book in the Mystery a la Mode series. There are two more books available in the series. Since I really enjoyed this book, I'll probably continue reading the books. The books are focused on Tallulah Jones and the ice cream parlor she owns.
After her marriage to Wayne falls apart, Tally decides to buy the ice cream parlor in town. Her cousin Bree, along with Bree's daughter Alice, also work at the parlor and all three of them live together in the house Tally got Wayne to buy in the divorce settlement. Tally has focused on her business since the divorce was final, but Wayne has a new, younger girlfriend, Brittanie. The need for a new cooler has Tally accepting a job serving sundaes at the luau Wayne and Brittanie are throwing for Wayne's business.
The day after the luau, Tally learns that Brittanie has died and Wayne is a suspect. Despite the fact that he cheated on her, Tally agrees to try to help figure out what really happened. As more evidence turns up, Tally becomes a suspect. Things get more complicated by the fact that Finn, Tally's high school boyfriend is back in town and there are still feelings between them.
I Scream, You Scream begins when Wayne is at Tally's shop with Brittanie testing the ice cream so he can decide if he wants Tally to serve it at his yearly company party that has a luau theme this year. It doesn't take long for everything to get settled, but it is quickly clear that there are lingering issues between Wayne and Tally. Brittanie doesn't do much, though she is putting on a bit of an act in front of Wayne. Several things happen during the book without making things overly complicated. The plot is interesting and makes the book entertaining.
The mystery in I Scream, You Scream is tied to Brittanie's death. At first, there isn't a clear cause for it. As the police learn more, it becomes known that she was murdered. Wayne is a suspect and out of some sense of loyalty to him, Tally agrees to help clear him. She comes up with a few theories that she follows. She doesn't always think things through fully before acting, but she does manage to discover a few interesting things. Tally learns things that make it seem like a few different people have a motive. Some of the ideas Tally comes up with for her investigation don't work as well for her, but she keeps at it. Things are resolved by the end of the book in a way that makes sense for what happened. The mystery is interesting and not really predictable, though some people may think the mystery isn't strong enough.
I Scream, You Scream is written in first person from Tally's point of view. That allows all of her thoughts about what is going on to be shared and helps to make her more developed. She still has issues with Wayne, but she doesn't believe he is capable of being a killer. She is conflicted about a few things. Tally tends to say what she thinks, even in some situations where that probably isn't the best idea. She is a likable character.
Bree is Tally's cousin. The two women live and work together. Bree is a little wild at times and a tad more out going. She is nice and likable overall. Alice is Bree's teenage daughter who is just starting her first year at the local college. She also works at the ice cream shop. Alice doesn't do a lot in the book, but she is nice enough. She doesn't get too moody like happens with some teenage characters. Kyle, the only other person who works at the ice cream shop is in a few short scenes.
Finn is a reporter who returns to town because of his sick mother. He and Tally have a somewhat complicated history and things aren't resolved between them by the end of the book. He is willing to help Tally with her investigation even when he doesn't agree with her conclusions. He is an interesting character. Wayne has some moments when he is nice enough, but he is hard to like. He's a bit of a jerk and he keeps going to Tally for help, expecting her to deal with certain things even though they are divorced. Other people from around town turn up briefly in some scenes without them doing too much.
I Scream, You Scream is an entertaining cozy mystery and good first book of a series. People that like these type of lighter mysteries should give this one a chance. Reading the descriptions did cause me to crave ice cream.
This review is part of talyseon's It's Elementary My Dear Watson! Mystery Write-off.