Book Spotlight: BODY AND SOUL FOOD by Abby Collette

Body and Soul Food (A Books and Biscuits Mystery)
by Abby Collette

About Body and Soul Food


Body and Soul Food (A Books and Biscuits Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Books and Biscuits, 1st in Series
Setting – Timber Lake, Washington (Near Seattle)
Berkley (November 9, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593336178
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9780593336175 (Paperback)
ISBN : 9780593336182 (eBook)
ISBN : 9781666123449 (digital Audiobook)
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08YWW1DCH (Kindle edition)
ASIN : B09JFN9LDP (Audible audiobook)

In this page-turning new mystery series, fraternal twins Keaton and Koby will pull double duty when they take down a killer while preparing to open their new bookstore and soul-food café, Books & Biscuits.

When Koby Hill and Keaton Rutledge were orphaned at age two, they were separated, but their unbreakable connection lingered. Years later, they reunite and decide to make up for lost time and capitalize on their shared interests by opening up a well-stocked bookstore and cozy soul-food café in the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Timber Lake. But this new chapter of their lives could end on a cliffhanger after Koby’s foster brother is found murdered.

The murder, which occurred in public between light-rail stops, seems impossible for the police to solve. But as Keaton and Koby know, two heads are always better than one, especially when it comes to mysteries. With just a week to go before the grand opening of their new café, the twins will use their revitalized connection with each other to make sure this is the killer’s final page.

About Abby Collette

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and it’s a mystery even to her why she hasn’t yet moved to a warmer place. As Abby Collette, she is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the Books and Biscuits mystery series, starring a set of fraternal twins who reunite and open a bookstore and soul food café. Writing as Abby L. Vandiver, she is the author of the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian, as well as the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, pairing an East Texas medical examiner and her feisty, funeral-home-owning auntie as sleuths. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.

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Book Spotlight: A KILLER SUNDAE by Abby Collette

A Killer Sundae (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette

About A Killer Sundae

A Killer Sundae (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

3rd in Series

Setting – Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Berkley (January 4, 2022)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593099702

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593099704

Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B091PHQ88M

Ice cream shop owner Bronwyn Crewse is in for two scoops of murder in this charming mystery from Abby Collette.

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is gorgeous in the fall, and Bronwyn Crewse, owner of Crewse Creamery, knows just how to welcome the new season. At the annual Harvest Time Festival, residents will get a chance to enjoy hot-air balloons and hayrides, crown a new Harvest Time Festival Queen, and eat delicious frozen treats sold at Win’s freshly purchased ice cream truck. But she gets into a sprinkle of trouble when a festivalgoer is poisoned and Win is implicated.

Although the victim was a former Harvest Time Festival Queen, her once-sunny disposition had dimmed into bitterness, leaving no shortage of suspects at the festival. To clear her name before the chill of winter sets in, Win will have to investigate and hope that her detective skills won’t “dessert” her.

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About Abby Collette

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and it’s a mystery even to her why she hasn’t yet moved to a warmer place. As Abby Collette, she is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the Books & Biscuits mystery series, starring a set of fraternal twins who reunite and open a bookstore and soul food café. Writing as Abby L. Vandiver, she is the author of the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian, as well as the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, pairing an East Texas medical examiner and her feisty, funeral-home-owning auntie as sleuths. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries, and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.

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Book Showcase: A GAME OF CONES by Abby Collette

A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery) by Abby Collette

About A Game of Scones

A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series

Publisher: Berkley (March 2, 2021)

Paperback: 352 pages

ISBN-10: 0593099680

ISBN-13: 978-0593099681

Digital ASIN: B089S6SPKB

In this charming mystery series set in an ice cream shop, no case is too cold to crack!

Bronwyn Crewse is delighted that Crewse Creamery, the ice cream shop her family has owned for decades, is restored to its former glory and serving sweet frozen treats to happy customers in the picturesque small town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. But when a big city developer comes to town intent on building a mall, a killer with a frozen heart takes him out.

After literally stumbling across the body, one of Win’s closest friends becomes the prime suspect, and to make things worse, Win’s aunt has come to town with the intention of taking command of Crewse Creamery. Even though Win has a rocky road ahead to help her friend and keep her ice cream shop, it’ll take more than a sprinkle of murder to stop her from solving the crime and saving the day.

About Abby Collette

Abby L. Vandiver, also writing as Abby Collette, is a hybrid author who has penned more than twenty-five books and short stories. She has hit both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller list. Books one and two, A Deadly Inside Scoop and A Game of Cones, from her latest cozy series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, published by Penguin Berkley, is out now.

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Book Spotlight: A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP by Abby Collette

A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette

About A Deadly Inside Scoop


A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 12, 2020)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 0593099664
ISBN-13: 978-0593099667
Digital ASIN: B07WJF48NC

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…

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Extra — Recipe:

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.

Enjoy!

CHAGRIN FALLS PUMPKIN ROLL PUMPKIN SPICE ICE CREAM

INGREDIENTS:

1¾ cups milk
¾ cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
⅔ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
⅛ tsp. nutmeg
⅛ tsp. ground cloves
⅛ tsp. ground allspice
2 cups heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin puree with the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.

Add the milk, heavy cream sugar and vanilla to the bowl, and then beat using an electric mixer until the mixture becomes smooth, about two minutes.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn until the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. Place in a covered freezer-safe container for at least two hours.

About Abby Collette

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.

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Guest Post: Abby Vandiver – A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP



Happy Tuesday, book people! It’s another rainy day here in Charleston, West Virginia and I don’t relish the thought of having to get up, dressed in outside clothing, and go out to pick up my meds and other items, but I must. I love seeing nature rebound in the Spring but my seasonal allergies and asthma aren’t big fans! On the plus side, I can go out early, run my errands, and then get back home so I can spend the rest of the day reading!

Well, back to more bookish discussions. Today, I’m pleased to welcome Abby Vandiver (also known as Abby Collette), author of A Deadly Inside Scoop scheduled for release next month. Like many of you readers, I’m passionate about books as well as learning about new books. As a result, it’s always a pleasure to welcome a new-to-me author to The Book Diva’s Reads. Thank you, Ms. Vandiver for taking the time to stop by today. I hope that all of you will enjoy learning about Ms. Vandiver’s writing journey and add A Deadly Inside Scoop to your TBR list. Is it too early for ice cream because I’m beginning to crave some just looking at that cover?! 🍨





My Writing Journey
By Abby L. Vandiver


Having the life of your dreams, including having a job that excites you, is probably not a dream you can hope to come true. Sure some people are lucky, but many don’t get to do it. They just don’t get to follow their passion and do the things that satisfy them. Passionate people are happy people. There are moments, I’m sure you’d agree, when you slip away and do the things you love—read, bake, travel.  Moments we look forward to. Moments we cherish. But many aren’t able to find that same satisfaction in our jobs.

Like many people in search of doing something they enjoyed, I’ve done a lot of things in my life—work-wise. When I was young I had dreams of being an actor, a teacher, and a pediatrician, while I did teach for a few years, I never did realize those dreams. It seemed that I was never satisfied with the path my life was going and kept switching up. Finally, I decided I wouldn’t ever be passionate about what I did for a living. That is until now. 

It took me getting sick—nearly bedridden for more than four years—to realize what it was I enjoyed doing. Writing. Sometimes I guess, you just have to stand still instead of chasing things down to find out where you belong in life. Although, in hindsight, I realized that in all of my endeavors throughout my life, I have always been drawn to jobs where writing was a big part of the position. And I see that I was always good at it. (It would have been nice to have realized that about myself long ago, I could have been on my writing journey so much earlier!)

When I first started writing I was ill and it took my mind off of how sick I was. It took my mind off of all the tests and hospital stays and the worry of what was wrong with me (it took doctors four years to figure it out). I don’t talk much about it or share my illness, other than to say that’s when I started writing, but it was a turning point in my life that I’m sure I will always remember.

Writing came easy for me. At first, I did it just for something to do but then I wanted to share my work with others. Online retailers like Amazon made it super easy to upload a manuscript and get my book out into the world. And after my first book was published, I found I enjoyed sharing my work with readers and learning from the feedback  I was received. 

As a self-published author, I penned more than fifteen books (and hope to write more). Transitioning to a traditionally published author took no talent of mine. Many authors have to query (and query and query) but thank the lucky stars I didn’t. Henery Press, a small cozy mystery publisher, saw my independently published book, Bed & Breakfast Bedlam, and asked would I do a three-book deal with them. I didn’t hesitate (well, maybe for a moment while I was jumping around with excitement). Next, before my first traditionally published book was released, a literary agent contacted me for representation.

It seems that my passion found me. 

It’s been a fun ride and now I have a new cozy out published by Penguin called A Deadly Inside Scoop. Hope you’ll check it out. It’s a cozy with ice cream and of course murder!







A Deadly Inside Scoop

An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery Book 1

by Abby Collette

Genre: Cozy Mystery





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…






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I write as Abby L. Vandiver and Abby Collette but you can just call me Abby . . .

​I love mysteries! Whatever I write, I put a little mystery into it.

​Now I’ve got a new cozy mystery coming out May 12, 2020. A Deadly Inside Scoop, is part of my new series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery from Penguin Berkley. I’m so excited for its release.

Stay tuned as I gear up for Release Day with giveaways, interviews and of course. ice cream. (Okay, I won’t actually have ice cream on my page, but I’ll talk about it. A lot.) Pre-Order here!



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