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This book kicks off a charming cozy mystery series set in an ice cream shop—with a fabulous cast of quirky characters.
Recent MBA grad Bronwyn Crewse has just taken over her family’s ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and she’s going back to basics. Win is renovating Crewse Creamery to restore its former glory, and filling the menu with delicious, homemade ice cream flavors—many from her grandmother’s original recipes. But unexpected construction delays mean she misses the summer season, and the shop has a literal cold opening: the day she opens her doors an early first snow descends on the village and keeps the customers away.
To make matters worse, that evening, Win finds a body in the snow, and it turns out the dead man was a grifter with an old feud with the Crewse family. Soon, Win’s father is implicated in his death. It’s not easy to juggle a new-to-her business while solving a crime, but Win is determined to do it. With the help of her quirky best friends and her tight-knit family, she’ll catch the ice cold killer before she has a meltdown…
By Abby L. Vandiver
Ice cream is good any time of the year. And Win, the main character in my new book, A Deadly Inside Scoop, knows that’s true even though the day of her grand re-opening is the same day as a snowstorm. As a millennial, she believes her determination, her background working in an ad agency and her social media savvy will get the luscious, mouthwatering frozen concoctions she makes at Crewse Creamery into the mitten and gloved-clad hands of her customers. To do it, she knows she needs to make ice cream that’s so good, even the cold, unpredictable weather of northeast Ohio can’t stop customers from coming in. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in every book, good yummy ice cream—oh yeah, and of course murder! And in the back—recipes! Here’s one to try at home.
Wilhelmina’s Caramel Corn Ice Cream
6 raw ears of corn
½ cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
8 large egg yolks
Cut kernels from the ears of corn, and chop the cobs. Combine cream and milk into a medium saucepan over medium-¬high heat. Add cobs and kernels to the cream mixture along with the vanilla extract. Let the corn steep. Heat the mixture until hot, but don’t let it boil. Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain mixture into a bowl, discarding chunks.
Add sugar, salt and egg yolks, and whisk in a mixer on high for about three minutes. (Mixture should have tripled in size.)
Temper corn mixture into yolk mixture. Beat to combine. Pour mixture into a large saucepan; cook over medium heat until thick (do not boil). Stir constantly for about twenty minutes. Remove from heat. Place pan into a large ice-¬filled bowl for thirty minutes or until mixture comes to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Chill.
Churn the mixture according to your ice ¬cream maker’s instructions until mixed. Add the caramel. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-¬safe container. Freeze for at least two hours.
1 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
Heat granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly.
Once sugar is melted, add the butter. Caramel will bubble quickly.
Stir in the butter until completely melted. Slowly drizzle in the heavy cream while stirring. Allow mixture to boil for one minute.
Remove from heat and stir in salt. Allow it to cool before using.
About the Author
Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. Born and raised in Cleveland, it’s even a mystery to her why she has yet to move to a warmer place. Author of the two Southern cozy mystery series Logan Dickerson Mysteries featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian who is always digging up trouble, and the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, set in East Texas, it pairs a medical examiner and her feisty auntie who owns a funeral home and is always ready to solve a whodunnit. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and spending time with her grandchildren, each of which are her favorite.