I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM

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This was a fun cozy mystery to read. I really enjoyed the characters and the setting. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
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I Scream, You Scream by Wendy Lyn Watson: This book one in a cozy series that is sure to delight. The ice cream shop setting is unique and fascinating. This was a fast read with plenty of action. A recommended read.
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This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author.
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I Scream You Scream by Wendy Lyn Watson is the first book in the Mystery A-la Mode series.  Tallulah's ice cream shop is struggling so she agrees to take a job providing ice cream for her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.  When the girlfriend is found dead under suspicious circumstances following the party, Tallulah is the prime suspect.  Tallulah is a wonderful cozy mystery heroine, and that fact that she is southern to the core made me like her more.  The book has a nice flow, and the supporting characters add to the charm.  I have added the rest of the series to my reading list!
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Cozy mystery lovers will welcome the release of a new series, Mystery A-la-mode, and the first installment, I Scream, You Scream, by Wendy Lyn Watson. The protagonist, Tullulah Jones (Tally) owns a struggling ice cream shop, Remember the A-la-mode, located in the small town of Dalliance, Texas. Since she needs the business, she agrees to provide dessert at a picnic sponsored by her ex-husband’s company. Her cheating ex-husband has a new girlfriend, Brittany, who lives with him in Tally’s previous home, and when she turns up dead on the night of the picnic, the cops suspect that it’s murder. Unfortunately, Tally is one of the top suspects, and must find who the real murderer is before she is arrested and charged.

Watson has done a good job of telling the story, including twists and turns, and a few surprises. She also does an excellent job introducing her characters and making them seem like real people. The characters seem like typical small-town residents, and Tally is quite likeable. One of her old boyfriends has just moved back to Dalliance; he is also likeable, and in addition to helping her find the murderer, there may be a romantic comeback between the two.

While cozy mysteries generally aren’t high-suspense, they are fun and I Scream, You Scream is no exception. Unfortunately, there are no recipes included, which would have made it even more fun, since the flavors of ice cream mentioned in the novel sound decadent. 

This is a good cozy series, and will be enjoyed by cozy lovers of all ages.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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“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.
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The book held my interest and I didn't want to put it down until finished.  The plot was different and compelling and the characters were believable and felt real.  I recommend this book to suspense and murder fans.  I also recommend this author.
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This is a fun new series for me. It is the cozy mystery genre that I enjoy. In this series, Tallulah Jones is a fairly new divorcee. As part of her divorce settlement, she has purchased an older house in town (complete with many necessary rehab projects) as well as starting a new handmade ice scream shop.

I must admit, though I am severely lactose intolerant and ice scream a no-no, the flavors of ice referenced in the book had my mouth watering. I wish the author had included recipes as well.

The story starts as Tally is hired to do the desserts at her ex-husband’s annual all-holds barred company picnic. Tally is getting over the oddness of being hired by her ex but needs the money to keep house and home together.

Seeing her ex with his new squeeze Brittney (just about young enough to be her daughter) is not too unsettling, that is, until the next day, when Brittney turns up dead.


Suspicions turn from one individual to another, with Tally getting her fair share. In trying to prove one or other individuals innocent (not to mention trying to prove certain ones guilty), Tally gets heavily enmeshed in solving the whodunnit.

The book is funny and is a good quick read. There are a good number of side characters, sister Bree (what a hoot!), niece Alice (brainiac), Wayne (only slightly sleazy ex-husband) and Finn her long lost high school sweetheart who has turned up out of the blue.

I enjoyed the book and see that there are already two more books in the series available. I’ll certainly be looking into purchasing those books as well.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
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I have seen this book around and it has actually been on my TBR for a long time. I guess it's being updated with a new cover and published under a new company. I was excited to get the ARC for this version. I was more than happy to finally read this book. Oh, and I love the new cover. It's so eye-catching. I just love love love it. I read the book and I really enjoyed the book. The mystery was good, the main character was cute, I found myself quite entertained. 

The main character, Tally lives in a small Texas town, has an ex-husband that is dating a younger woman, and an ice cream shop. She has a pretty nice life. She needs to get some more business going so she excepts a job from her ex-husband. A pretty big one for his company picnic. Well after that picnic, Brittany- Tally's ex-husband's girlfriend, ends up dead. Yup dead and looks like her ex and herself are the only suspects. Tally sets forth on a mission to figure out this mystery murder, oh with a little help from her high school sweetheart... which by the way is a sweetheart. 


I really enjoyed this book. It was a great start to what I think will be a fun cozy mystery series. I am excited to read more in the series. The mystery was good. I really didn't catch on to who it was. I liked the characters, they were easy to like and quite entertaining. I thought the writing was good, the pacing just right for this kind of read. Light and fun. 

Tally is a good character, I found her spunky and snarky. She has had a bum deal in the romance department and yes a little bitter, I mean I would be too. I think her bitterness is what stands in the way of me completely loving her. I did like her drive, her loyalty, and her determination. She was a pretty smart cookie too. 

The romance is just starting in this book, but it's a little bit there. I am very exited to see where it goes int he next book. I really like her high school sweetheart and think he is quite a catch. I am just waiting for Tally to figure it out. 

The only negative for me, I felt it was a little underdeveloped but I think future books will help with this for me. I can see me falling for these fun and sassy characters.

This book was a very short, quick, fun read. I really enjoyed it. Nothing made this read a wow for me but I think it will only get better with each book. This was just the start to develop the town and the characters. Whenever I need a good fun mystery, this will be a go too for me. 






A pretty good cozy mystery that hit the spot for me.
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I Scream, You Scream

by Wendy Lyn Watson

Wendy Lyn Watson, author of I Scream, You Scream throws the reader right into main character Tally’s life and problems as Tally tries to rebuild her life after her divorce from two(or more)-timing Wayne. She’s started a struggling new business, Remember the A-la-mode, an ice cream shop named for its Texas (Alamo) roots.  Her part of the divorce settlement is a historic house (cha-ching!), and she needs her ex and his teenintsy girlfriend to hire her to cater desserts for his company’s annual picnic.

There is a murder following the picnic and suspicion lands on Wayne and then on Tally. Tally’s informal investigation takes her into the seamier side of her hometown of Dalliance where it seems everyone has a secret. Tally's high school sweetheart returns to town making life even more complicated.

I knew I would like this book from page one. The characters with their Texas talk and customs are interesting and well integrated into the plot where the mystery holds center stage. The story clips along at a good pace and culminates in a surprise ending. I’m looking forward to more of this series, perhaps served up with a bowl of my favorite ice cream.

I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery

Notes: #1 in the Mystery A-la-mode Series

Publication:  May 1, 2018—Henery Press

Memorable Lines:

In a heartbeat, the curvy coed went from looking like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth to looking meaner than a skillet full of rattlesnakes. I dang near got whiplash watching the transformation.

Sure enough, he could turn on the aw-shucks, chicken-fried charm when it suited him. But behind his sleepy blue eyes lurked a whip-smart mind and a shrewd ambition.

She laughed again, a sound as rich as warm dulce de leche.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, atmosphere, and characters.  I would recommend the book to friends and family for their reading pleasure.
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I really enjoyed this book. It has amazing descriptions of ice cream swirled with a great mystery. The only bad thing I could say is it will make you crave a good ice cream cone. I would recommend this book to every foodie and Mystery lover
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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!
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This is a re-publish of the first book in the series A Mystery a La Mode.  This book, as well, as the next 2, are being re-published simultaneously.  I’m glad this series was re-introduced otherwise I wouldn’t have picked this to read.  Now that I have, I am interested in continuing the series.
Tallulah Jones (Tally), recently divorced and on her own, operating an ice cream parlor that showcases her homemade ice cream flavors is struggling to make ends meet.  Out of her divorce, she had her ex-, Wayne, purchase her a cottage, instead of ongoing support.  
For the money, Tally agrees to cater Wayne’s annual work party.  She has to deal with his new, young girlfriend, Brittany, in the process of preparing for the event.  Shortly after the catering event, Brittany is found dead and Wayne is the prime suspect.  Tally agrees to help Wayne out by finding out the real murderer (the alternative was Wayne wanted Tally to lie for him and give him an alibi… shame on him).  
Plenty of twists and turns in the story.  Love the characters and especially the return of Tally’s high school boyfriend.  The mystery was well plotted even thought I suspected the murderer.  The reason, I did not have figured out.  As the first book in a series, the author did a good job and I look forward to reading her additional 2 stories.  Plenty of room to grow the characters and relationships more.  A very quaint setting… very Texas, small town all perfectly portrayed by the author.
Thank you NetGalley and publisher, Henery Press, for the opportunity to read this ARC.
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I'm glad that this book series was reissued. I loved the cover! The characters are likable and I had no idea who the killer was. Will be reading more in the series.
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I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM (A Mystery à La Mode #1) by Wendy Lyn Watson is a fun cozy mystery. 
Tallulah Jones, a recently divorced woman in her forties, bites the bullet and agrees to serve her homemade ice cream at her ex-husband’s company picnic. Not only did Walter Jones frequently cheat on Tally, he eventually left her for a woman nearly half her age. When Tally’s “replacement”, Brittanie, drops dead from anti-freeze poisoning following the company picnic, Tally jumps to the top of the suspect list. While many believe that Tally had motive, means, and opportunity – and the evidence implicates her – Tally knows that she isn’t the killer. To prove her innocence, Tally must figure out who the real killer is before she finds herself serving ice cream in the prison’s kitchen.
I really enjoyed I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM. Tally and other main characters are intriguing and likeable. Tally’s cousin, Bree, is a great partner in crime. And Tally’s former boyfriend, Finn, adds a bit of a romantic angle. Small-town Texas was vividly brought to life. The murder was unique, and there were plenty of suspects. I will admit that I figured out who the killer long before the book ended, but I did not have the motive completely figured out.
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I read this story last year and thought it was a good story.
It includes most of the typical cozy mystery scenarios, murder, deception and of course, plenty of twists and turns.
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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.
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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.
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A delightful, charming, and entertaining cozy mystery. It was obviously written a few years ago. Technology has changed quickly. Flip phones are a thing of the past. Even Gibbs (NCIS) has given his up. Otherwise, the tale plays as current. Ice cream is one of my favorite things. Some unusual flavors mentioned, but I still craved ice cream throughout. Okay, so maybe a margarita, too. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
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