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Recently divorced Tallulah Jones is mortified when she's stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau. But when Brittanie drops dead, Tally is suddenly the prime suspect in the murder investigation. To catch the killer, Tally will have to dip deep into her small Texan town's darkest secrets and churn Recently divorced Tallulah Jones is mortified when she's stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau. But when Brittanie drops dead, Tally is suddenly the prime suspect in the murder investigation. To catch the killer, Tally will have to dip deep into her small Texan town's darkest secrets and churn up stories some would prefer to keep in the past. But can she uncover the real culprit before a murder charge puts her dreams on ice for good?


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Recently divorced Tallulah Jones is mortified when she's stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau. But when Brittanie drops dead, Tally is suddenly the prime suspect in the murder investigation. To catch the killer, Tally will have to dip deep into her small Texan town's darkest secrets and churn Recently divorced Tallulah Jones is mortified when she's stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau. But when Brittanie drops dead, Tally is suddenly the prime suspect in the murder investigation. To catch the killer, Tally will have to dip deep into her small Texan town's darkest secrets and churn up stories some would prefer to keep in the past. But can she uncover the real culprit before a murder charge puts her dreams on ice for good?

30 review for I Scream, You Scream

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Tally Jones is trying to get her new ice cream shop off the ground, but business has been slow. It’s so slow, she’s agreed to cater the dessert for Wayne, her ex-husband, at the picnic his company puts on each fall. The morning after the picnic, Wayne’s new girlfriend is found dead in bed. When gossip and the police begin to look at Tally, she knows she has to find the truth. Can she clear her name? I felt right at home with these characters within just a few chapters. Tally is wonderful, and the Tally Jones is trying to get her new ice cream shop off the ground, but business has been slow. It’s so slow, she’s agreed to cater the dessert for Wayne, her ex-husband, at the picnic his company puts on each fall. The morning after the picnic, Wayne’s new girlfriend is found dead in bed. When gossip and the police begin to look at Tally, she knows she has to find the truth. Can she clear her name? I felt right at home with these characters within just a few chapters. Tally is wonderful, and the rest of the cast of regulars are just as much fun. The suspects were strong as well. Unfortunately, the mystery wasn’t quite as strong, especially in the first half. Still, it did pick up in the second half and provide some good surprises before we reached the logical climax. Add in enough talk about ice cream to make me drool and you’ve got a perfect book to enjoy during the summer. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    4.45 yummy stars This book has been on my to-read list for a while and now that it is to be re-released and available on Netgalley I requested it. I don't know why I waited this long! It is a super fun read with a lot of humour. I got hooked right from the beginning. I enjoyed all the characters no matter if they were nice or not. I felt right at home - not that I live anywhere near the southern states but it felt just comfy. The murderer was a bit easy to spot even though at some point I wavered 4.45 yummy stars This book has been on my to-read list for a while and now that it is to be re-released and available on Netgalley I requested it. I don't know why I waited this long! It is a super fun read with a lot of humour. I got hooked right from the beginning. I enjoyed all the characters no matter if they were nice or not. I felt right at home - not that I live anywhere near the southern states but it felt just comfy. The murderer was a bit easy to spot even though at some point I wavered a bit with my suspicions. Nevertheless I had a great time reading the mystery and I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series. I requested this book on Netgalley and would like to thank Henery Press and the author for providing me with a copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Flora

    The Plot: The story revolves around Tally Jones, her ice cream parlor, and her involvement in the murder of her ex-husband's latest romantic conquest. With the added romantic aspect with a handsome stranger from the past, it's safe to claim that this novel won't knock your socks off with its masterful storytelling. The Setting: It takes place in a supposedly warm Southern town where everybody knows everybody, though I didn't think the author was effective at portraying small town charm. The Charac The Plot: The story revolves around Tally Jones, her ice cream parlor, and her involvement in the murder of her ex-husband's latest romantic conquest. With the added romantic aspect with a handsome stranger from the past, it's safe to claim that this novel won't knock your socks off with its masterful storytelling. The Setting: It takes place in a supposedly warm Southern town where everybody knows everybody, though I didn't think the author was effective at portraying small town charm. The Characters: There is your heroine Tally Jones, her cousin that is like a sister Bree, Bree's daughter, the murder victim, the ex-husband Waynes, and a whole slew of slick Southern belles. I find the cast average at best. No one stood out, their personalities and voices indistinguishable and blurry. The ones that are supposed to be funny and witty did not impress me. I couldn't identify or sympathize with any of the characters and would not want to befriend them in real life. Aren't fiction supposed to be larger than life? The Mystery: The actual murder mystery was well scripted and designed and the final showdown was fairly interesting and wrapped up all the loose ends nicely. I did not guess "whodunit" until the last 50 pages or so. Though I wish Tally could be smarter and more efficient in her crime solving. She is not your brainy sleuth that's for sure. Was that intended by the author? I have no clue. I found it hard to respect her abilities as a detective. Sorry. The Writing: Her writing is too descriptive for my liking. Do we really need to know what the carpet looks like in every establishment Tally visits? Since this novel was written in first person POV, more introspective dialogues concerning the people she met and evidence that she had observed would have been helpful in fleshing out Tally and her role as an amateur detective. Pros: - light, breezy, fast read - great murder mystery - pretty cover Cons: - not as funny as it should be - pacing is on the slow side - I still don't know who Tally is after reading this book - the romance was extremely poorly depicted, we are talking about zero chemistry, I did not feel any passion/sexual tension between them, they were like two bad actors going through the motions - too many cliches and bad metaphors

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    I Scream, You Scream A Mystery a La Mode, Book #1 Wendy Lyn Watson 5 Stars Synopsis: Recently divorced Tallulah Jones is mortified when she's stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau. But when Brittanie drops dead, Tally is suddenly the prime suspect in the murder investigation. To catch the killer, Tally will have to dip deep into her small Texan town's darkest secrets and churn up stories some would prefer to keep in the I Scream, You Scream A Mystery a La Mode, Book #1 Wendy Lyn Watson 5 Stars Synopsis: Recently divorced Tallulah Jones is mortified when she's stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau. But when Brittanie drops dead, Tally is suddenly the prime suspect in the murder investigation. To catch the killer, Tally will have to dip deep into her small Texan town's darkest secrets and churn up stories some would prefer to keep in the past. But can she uncover the real culprit before a murder charge puts her dreams on ice for good? (Goodreads) Review: Sometimes when you read a book, something clicks and you really enjoy it. I do not know why that happens, only that it does, I am happy to say that is what happened when I read this book. There is nothing that I would change about this book, that is how much i liked it. The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. I thought Tally was spunky, smart and funny. I thought that Bree, he cousin, was a hoot and I enjoyed reading about their relationship and interactions. I always enjoy storylines revolving about the one that got away, and Finn is the boyfriend that Tally has regrets about. I felt a little sad for Tally when she had to be Wayne’s (her ex-husband) friend instead of his wife. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and eavesdropping in on conversations. I thought the mystery was well plotted and moved along at an even pace. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. It was not an easy mystery to solve and I was not entirely sure until the reveal at the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery. I am excitedly looking forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Henery Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    This is a first-rate 1st in series cozy mystery! Tallulah Jones has recently divorced her lying, cheating ex and has gone into business with her cousin making & selling their own ice cream creations. The store has a cutesy name, Remember the A-la-Mode (they're in Texas!), and they're trying to make a name for themselves. Tally's ex & his new bimbo hire her to handle the dessert at the ex's company's annual picnic. The bimbo turns up dead from anti-freeze poisoning and suspicion ends up falling o This is a first-rate 1st in series cozy mystery! Tallulah Jones has recently divorced her lying, cheating ex and has gone into business with her cousin making & selling their own ice cream creations. The store has a cutesy name, Remember the A-la-Mode (they're in Texas!), and they're trying to make a name for themselves. Tally's ex & his new bimbo hire her to handle the dessert at the ex's company's annual picnic. The bimbo turns up dead from anti-freeze poisoning and suspicion ends up falling on Tally. It's a good story that keeps moving, it's well written and the characters are well drawn. I must confess that one of the plot points involves the return of an old high school flame (the one that got away!), which is a story twist that will get me every time. If you're looking for something new, definitely give this book a shot!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I Scream, You Scream by Wendy Lyn Watson is the 1st book in A Mystery a La Mode series, and I can't wait to read the next book. Tallulah, Tally, Jones owns an ice cream parlor, Remember the Al-La-Mode, and she agrees to cater a work party for her ex husband Wayne and his young girlfriend, Brittany. Tally has gone from the boss' wife to a server, but she needs the money. When Brittany is found dead, Tally and Wayne become prime suspects, and Tally must find the truth. Not only is this book fun, i I Scream, You Scream by Wendy Lyn Watson is the 1st book in A Mystery a La Mode series, and I can't wait to read the next book. Tallulah, Tally, Jones owns an ice cream parlor, Remember the Al-La-Mode, and she agrees to cater a work party for her ex husband Wayne and his young girlfriend, Brittany. Tally has gone from the boss' wife to a server, but she needs the money. When Brittany is found dead, Tally and Wayne become prime suspects, and Tally must find the truth. Not only is this book fun, it has a great mystery also. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. If you love fun cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer McMurrain

    I did like this book, but I kept looking at my GoodReads page to see if I had read it before. There was something oddly familiar about it. I still don't know what that was, maybe I started it and then got busy with life ... I don't know. But I continued to read and even though I figured out pretty quickly who the murderer was, I still enjoyed the humor and the story as a whole. I will be reading the next book in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I Scream, You Scream was a pleasant surprise. I did not think I would enjoy this one as much as I did. Love the characters and the locale of an ice cream shop. I will definitely be reading more of Watson's A Mystery A La Mode series. 4 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    The cover of this book is very deceiving- it makes "I Scream, You Scream" look like a fluffy/silly/almost immature read, when in reality, it's anything but. I was surprised to find that this book was actually VERY good- well paced, hard to put down, intelligent and really well thought out. I liked all of the characters, the small town setting, and the interplay between Tally and her ex-husband- it was fun and sometimes a bit heartbreaking to see how Tally navigates the murky waters of transition The cover of this book is very deceiving- it makes "I Scream, You Scream" look like a fluffy/silly/almost immature read, when in reality, it's anything but. I was surprised to find that this book was actually VERY good- well paced, hard to put down, intelligent and really well thought out. I liked all of the characters, the small town setting, and the interplay between Tally and her ex-husband- it was fun and sometimes a bit heartbreaking to see how Tally navigates the murky waters of transitioning from wife to friend. I would definitely recommend this book to others- it is so much more than the cover makes it seem!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    I scream, You Scream is a cute fun mystery that anyone can enjoy from first to last page. Readers will fall in love with Tallulah "Tally" Jones as she figures who, what, why, when and how. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Wendy Watson I Scream You Scream

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “I Scream, You Scream” earns 4/5 Scrumptious Sundaes…Murderously Fun! How slow does business have to be for you to agree to cater desserts for your ex-husband’s company picnic? Slow, very slow… And when the ex’s girlfriend ends up dead, what defense can you offer the police? Well, that might be difficult, so maybe investigating for yourself is the answer. Tallulah “Tally” Jones owns the Remember the à-la-Mode ice cream shop (very clever Texas reference) known for her handmade treats, but due to s “I Scream, You Scream” earns 4/5 Scrumptious Sundaes…Murderously Fun! How slow does business have to be for you to agree to cater desserts for your ex-husband’s company picnic? Slow, very slow… And when the ex’s girlfriend ends up dead, what defense can you offer the police? Well, that might be difficult, so maybe investigating for yourself is the answer. Tallulah “Tally” Jones owns the Remember the à-la-Mode ice cream shop (very clever Texas reference) known for her handmade treats, but due to some financial problems, she needs to accept a job to provide ice cream sundaes for her “bleep” husband. Demands for using a special “green,” threats to find another caterer, and veiled digs about Tally as a less than “svelte” figure make this whole thing more a problem than a saving grace. However, Miss Fancy Britches ends up dead, and the evidence points toward Tally. The discoveries along the way might just mean jealousies, revenge, and karma are all served cold! Wendy Lyn Watson has penned a delightful first in a series mystery with a steady pace and mouthwatering descriptions of ice cream, but like many first books, character introductions, connections, background, and setting descriptions took the lead. The mystery started out a bit slow, but it pick up adding a few clever motives and suspects and a satisfying ending. The characters seem tentative and ill prepared for investigating, but… Hello! They’re amateurs! I am eager to see the personal growth and improved investigative skill as the series continues. Fun BFF, teenage niece, and the hint of romance has made a reappearance. A high school crush, has returned, and although he joins in with some of the investigation, more may be on the horizon. No recipes. I'd have loved a frozen treat or two, but overall it was enjoyable. "Disclosure: I received an ARC. However, this review is voluntary with honest insights and comments."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ava Catherine

    I put off reading this book because the cover really put me off. I thought it was going to be a sticky sweet kind of chick lit and really boring book; however, it was an interesting fun read. The characters are fun and quirky. Tally owns an ice cream shop and caters her ex-husband's party, and his Barbie doll girlfriend dies at the party. Tally, of course, is blamed with the murder, so she sets out to find the real culprit. Her cousin Bree and niece Alison help her investigate.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Duffy Brown

    Loved I Scream...what a terrific read. So glad there are more to come in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Smooth, Rich and Decadent! These are the three words I would use to describe the first in this series by Wendy Lyn Watson. Tally Jones is like a warm hug, she is so passionate about her business, family and friends and even when in a pickle her Ex Husband who left her for a much much younger woman. Truly you feel for each character. While I did not agree with Wayne, the ex husband, in his choices I still loved hearing about him and felt bad for him when I wanted to and hated him when I was suppo Smooth, Rich and Decadent! These are the three words I would use to describe the first in this series by Wendy Lyn Watson. Tally Jones is like a warm hug, she is so passionate about her business, family and friends and even when in a pickle her Ex Husband who left her for a much much younger woman. Truly you feel for each character. While I did not agree with Wayne, the ex husband, in his choices I still loved hearing about him and felt bad for him when I wanted to and hated him when I was supposed to. It is a truly fantastic series and Wendy shows off her fantastic chops at writing a cozy mystery. Wendy lives in Texas and her niche Texas knowledge she puts on the page. The part about wearing black mums to the homecoming. A colleague had spoken about these mums and when it showed up on the page I shouted out YES! Plus the name of the store when read slowly is VERY Texas but I did not get it till the end and when I read it I was like well, well that is brilliant! Synopsis: Tallulah Jones’s whole world is melting. Her ice cream parlor, Remember the A-la-mode, is struggling, and she’s stooped to catering a party for her sleezeball ex-husband Wayne and his arm candy girlfriend Brittany. Worst of all? Her dreamy high school sweetheart shows up on her front porch, swirling up feelings Tally doesn’t have time to deal with. Things go from ugly to plain old awful when Brittany turns up dead and all eyes turn to Tally as the murderer. With the help of her hell-raising cousin Bree, her precocious niece Alice, and her long-lost-super-confusing love Finn, Tally has to dip into the heart of Dalliance, Texas’s most scandalous secrets to catch a murderer…before someone puts Tally and her dreams on ice for good. Note: I received and ARC from the publisher and NetGalley and chose to write an honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I enjoyed this cozy mystery. Surprisingly I did guess whodunit but I really had no idea why. When I found out the why, I wasn’t disappointed. It did make sense. I’ll have to see if there is more in this series as I’d like to see if Tally and Finn hit it off, or if someone does her around to offing Wayne.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Monica Gearhart

    This series caught my eye at the library and I'm glad it did. I enjoyed the first one. Hopefully the second one is as good as the first.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily Linacre

    a cute little cozy mystery! i liked tallulah and the small town cast of characters. things got a little over the top a time or two, but i'll definitely grab the next in the series when i need some book dessert. omg, and speaking of dessert... those descriptions of tally's handmade ice creams... nom nom nom!! 😁

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

    Tallulah Jones is newly divorced and struggling to keep her fledging ice cream parlor, Remember the A-la-mode off the ground. Unfortunately, part of keeping her business solvent means agreeing to cater the dessert for her ex-husband Wayne's annual Weed & Seed party. This year the party is to have a luau theme, and Wayne wants bright neon green, his business theme color, to be featured in the ice cream desserts. Tally can manage to whip up a green topping for some tropical sundaes, carefully keep Tallulah Jones is newly divorced and struggling to keep her fledging ice cream parlor, Remember the A-la-mode off the ground. Unfortunately, part of keeping her business solvent means agreeing to cater the dessert for her ex-husband Wayne's annual Weed & Seed party. This year the party is to have a luau theme, and Wayne wants bright neon green, his business theme color, to be featured in the ice cream desserts. Tally can manage to whip up a green topping for some tropical sundaes, carefully keeping Wayne's dessert cups specially marked, due to his pineapple allergy. It grates that Wayne seems to have a new, much younger thin girlfriend, Brittanie who seems to be his new "sugar". As Tally dishes up dessert at the party, folks seem drunker than skunks and the night ends with a stressful confrontation with Brittanie. The next morning, Brittanie is found dead in bed, and it doesn't seem to be of entirely natural causes. The police have their sights set on Wayne, but even though Tally knows Wayne Jones to be a two-timing snake, she just can't believe he is capable of murder. Wayne won't come clear about where he was the night Brittanie died, and asks Tally to alibi him. Tally won't lie for her ex, but she does agree to poke around a bit. It seems plenty of folks have reason to want to kill Brittanie. She seems to have slept with half the men and several of the women of Dalliance and made enemies of her fellow Zeta sorority sisters. Even chipper Lady Shapers guide Ashley seems to have been snubbed by Brittanie. Later, evidence turns up that there was antifreeze in the dessert cups marked for Wayne--the same dessert cups Tally served at the luau, and suddenly, the police seem to be focusing undue attention on her. With her cousin Bree and niece Alice at her side as well as Tally's newly arrived ex-boyfriend from high school, she seeks to clear her name before she ends up in jail for a crime she did not commit. Can Tally keep her good name and her ice cream business afloat? This is the first book in the Myatery A La Mode series, and on the whole I enjoyed it. I found the action well-paced and did enjoy the culinary aspects related to ice cream. I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chaitra

    It was ok. I don't read cozies for the mystery. Which is just as well, because here, the murderer was blindingly obvious - Tally spent so much time looking at the opposite direction. The motive was barely there. There was a point in the book where I thought it would get interesting - (view spoiler)[when for a minute Tally thinks that gorgeous hunk Finn Harper might have something to do with it, but he's too gorgeous to be a murderer (hide spoiler)] - but that was wiped out pretty quick. So why d It was ok. I don't read cozies for the mystery. Which is just as well, because here, the murderer was blindingly obvious - Tally spent so much time looking at the opposite direction. The motive was barely there. There was a point in the book where I thought it would get interesting - (view spoiler)[when for a minute Tally thinks that gorgeous hunk Finn Harper might have something to do with it, but he's too gorgeous to be a murderer (hide spoiler)] - but that was wiped out pretty quick. So why do I read cozies? It's for the characters. Maybe this is a misconception, but I do think that cozies have more colorful, eccentric characters in them than regular mysteries. There's a token one here - Bree, Tally's sister. But she's not enough to make up for the irritating person Tally herself is. She put my back up from the moment I started reading this thing. I'm not certain why - she just ticked me off. She has low self esteem, she's always thinking about herself as a middle aged frump, but of course there's a guy (or two) pursuing her. But, oh, she's not good enough. She's an idiot mostly, all her "detective" work is done by someone else. And the worst was when she went with two bits of random stuff and told the police she knew who'd done it and named the person. How is she better than the vicious gossips she's complaining about? At least they didn't take their gossip as fact and told the cops that. Ugh, utterly unsympathetic character. I'll probably read the next book, but only because I don't leave a series dangling. And I'm not in any hurry to do so. P.S. I could have made a drinking game out of the number of times Tally wiped away unexpected tears, or when she felt her face heat up. Come to think of it, my reading experience would have vastly improved. P.P.S. I hated it more than I thought I did. I changed my rating three times in the course of typing this review. Started with a 3 star, now it's a 1. Phew.

  20. 5 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    Cute cozy about Tally Jones, a divorced woman who owns her own ice cream shop and is about to 'work' for her ex-husband and his annoying new girlfriend. Add to that, her old high school boyfriend is back in town. She lives with her cousin, Bree (who is actually more like a sister) and her sixteen year old 'niece', Alice in Dalliance Texas - a place that could - to paraphrase from JoAnn Simms - 'put Peyton Place to shame'. Tally is a little naive, a little innocent and she's spent her whole life try Cute cozy about Tally Jones, a divorced woman who owns her own ice cream shop and is about to 'work' for her ex-husband and his annoying new girlfriend. Add to that, her old high school boyfriend is back in town. She lives with her cousin, Bree (who is actually more like a sister) and her sixteen year old 'niece', Alice in Dalliance Texas - a place that could - to paraphrase from JoAnn Simms - 'put Peyton Place to shame'. Tally is a little naive, a little innocent and she's spent her whole life trying to be the perfect Southern - or rather- Texas girl. She followed whatever her mother said, tried to be sensible and sat on all of her feelings. That bit her in the ass when her husband cheated on her, multiple times, with anything warm and of the female persuasion and then had the audacity to hire her for his company's Luau. And then Brittanie, the girlfriend he cheated on Tally with, winds up dead. The cops are looking at her and she needs to start looking at others in order to get herself out of a big helping of trouble. The one thing that sort of bugged me was that while there were descriptions about everyone, there was none about Tally. Yes, this is a first person book but still, a little description would have been nice. She calls herself pudgy but that's not the image I get. She doesn't say whether or not she is attractive or 'normal' and doesn't really go out of her way to tell us how old she is! I like a description with my characters. The ice cream shop idea was cute and since I'm lactose intolerant I felt good reading about someone else eating the stuff. Call it vicariously living through fiction.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I decided to read Wendy Lyn Watson's A La Mode mystery series because I recently read the 1st book in her Paws for Murder series and loved it. Most of the time when cozy authors have a pen name, the other series is as good, if not better than the other (most of the time) so it was worth it to me to start this one. I guess for me, it was good but not as good as the Paws for Murder mystery. It was just ok. Typical story again, ho-hum, husband left our main character, Tally for a thinner, younger m I decided to read Wendy Lyn Watson's A La Mode mystery series because I recently read the 1st book in her Paws for Murder series and loved it. Most of the time when cozy authors have a pen name, the other series is as good, if not better than the other (most of the time) so it was worth it to me to start this one. I guess for me, it was good but not as good as the Paws for Murder mystery. It was just ok. Typical story again, ho-hum, husband left our main character, Tally for a thinner, younger model and the thinner, younger model gets knocked off. I will tell you that I guessed the murder very quickly. I almost never do but with this one, I did and it felt very obvious to me. I thought that secondary characters were just ok in this one. The sister, Bree and Bree's daughter Alice were eh (nothing like Hannah Swenson's friends and family) and if Bree were my sister and forgot to give me the notice about my house being painted the wrong color... well let's just say there would be fiercer words exchanged than what transpired between Tally and Bree. The storyline with Finn is reminiscent of the way Paws for Murder ended so maybe that's the author's MO when it comes to the love lives of her MC's, not sure. All in all, it was an enjoyable, if a slightly painful read for me. These books are available at my library through Kindle so when my list of TBR's is shorter, I'll probably pick another one up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I would technically give this probably about a 4.5, but I'm going to round up because I really could not find any fault with this book. It may not be particularly groundbreaking, but I felt that it still did everything right. The pacing and the way in which Watson reveals new information is frequent enough to keep boredom at bay without progressing too fast or making the answer painfully obvious. I feel disappointed in a mystery story if I can figure out the "Whodunnit" long before the conclusio I would technically give this probably about a 4.5, but I'm going to round up because I really could not find any fault with this book. It may not be particularly groundbreaking, but I felt that it still did everything right. The pacing and the way in which Watson reveals new information is frequent enough to keep boredom at bay without progressing too fast or making the answer painfully obvious. I feel disappointed in a mystery story if I can figure out the "Whodunnit" long before the conclusion of the story, and I'm happy to report that "I Scream, You Scream" kept me happily guessing until the end (I never really did get it right until the last piece of the puzzle was revealed. Perfect!). While some mysteries become slaves to their own plot, I felt that the characters of "I Scream, You Scream" were well-developed. In fact, real humanity is portrayed so efficiently that I found myself wishing I could be friends with several of this Texas town's residents, especially Tally (our charming protagonist) and her cousin Bree. Watson also demonstrates a lovely balance between her comedic and quippy writing style and deeper issues like childhood adventure vs. adult reality, second chances, and forgiveness in light of a murder. All in all, an engaging and charming read. Just what I needed! I will certainly be reading the next Mystery A La Mode.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan (susayq ~)

    I've been in the mood to read mysteries so I picked this one up at B&N before Christmas and just now got to it. It was pretty good. There were a couple of places in the book that made me go o.O Like when JoAnn admitted that Tally's ex-husband was a sex addict. Really? He had cheated on Tally while they were married, so he's a sex addict? And his sponsor is one of the women he cheated with? I don't think so. When we got to the end and found out who killed Brittanie, I felt a little let down. I to I've been in the mood to read mysteries so I picked this one up at B&N before Christmas and just now got to it. It was pretty good. There were a couple of places in the book that made me go o.O Like when JoAnn admitted that Tally's ex-husband was a sex addict. Really? He had cheated on Tally while they were married, so he's a sex addict? And his sponsor is one of the women he cheated with? I don't think so. When we got to the end and found out who killed Brittanie, I felt a little let down. I totally didn't suspect that person and the way we found out seemed a little anti-climatic. Maybe I'm just not used to reading mystery novels.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Very cute story!! Tally Jones owns and operates an ice cream store in a small town in Texas. The book opens with her serving obnoxious customers who end up being her cheating, rat bastard ex husband (her words lol) and his new Barbie girlfriend. While less than happy with her patrons she is excited that she landed the catering job for the rat bastards party. Too bad when Barbie drops dead, she ends up taking the blame for it. So what does any self respecting Texan do? She decides to figure out w Very cute story!! Tally Jones owns and operates an ice cream store in a small town in Texas. The book opens with her serving obnoxious customers who end up being her cheating, rat bastard ex husband (her words lol) and his new Barbie girlfriend. While less than happy with her patrons she is excited that she landed the catering job for the rat bastards party. Too bad when Barbie drops dead, she ends up taking the blame for it. So what does any self respecting Texan do? She decides to figure out who really killed Barbie, and the possible candidates are adding up.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    Tally owns and runs A-La-Mode an Ice Cream Parlor in her home town. Business has been slow so when her Ex Husband Wayne and his new Girlfriend Brittania hire her to Scoop and Serve Sundaes at the Company Luau, she is stuck. To make matters worse her Ex Boyfriend Finn Harper is back in town and working as a reporter at the local paper. When Brittania dies Tally becomes the prime suspect in the Murder investigation. To catch the Killer Tally will have to dig deep into the past and dig Dalliance's Tally owns and runs A-La-Mode an Ice Cream Parlor in her home town. Business has been slow so when her Ex Husband Wayne and his new Girlfriend Brittania hire her to Scoop and Serve Sundaes at the Company Luau, she is stuck. To make matters worse her Ex Boyfriend Finn Harper is back in town and working as a reporter at the local paper. When Brittania dies Tally becomes the prime suspect in the Murder investigation. To catch the Killer Tally will have to dig deep into the past and dig Dalliance's Darkest secrets. But can Tally catch the Killer before a Murder charge ends her dreams for good!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Britney

    Sometimes cozies bring annoying characters and so-so plots. This wasn't one of them. Tallulah Jones and her cousin Bree have a way of getting information out of people in a subtle way that no one knows what their intentions truly are. Good story line with likeable characters that make you want to read it in one sitting. This is start of a series that I think will truly be something. Always has a yummy ice cream recipe in the back.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda

    This is a good intro to what seems like a good series. The characters seem to be real, and fun to read about. The only criticism I have is how the mystery was solved. The build up was good and then it felt like the climax just blew in out of thin air. I still liked the book though, and plan to read more of the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Kennedy

    Who could resist the Mystery a La Mode series? Great plotting and entertaining characters make this a series to watch.

  29. 4 out of 5

    DJ =^^=

    Cute new series! Someone said that after book #3 the series is over. I hope that's not true.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    A nice, quick, cozy read that is mysterious but not suspenseful (which was mostly a good thing).

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