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Books 105-106 : Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop and Real Murders

Book 105: Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop.
Author: Abby Clements, 2013.
Genre: Chick-Lit. Romance.
Other Details: ebook. 348 pages. Unabridged Audiobook. (8 hrs, 33 mns) Read by Jane Collingwood

When Imogen and Anna unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien's ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside down. The Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but though it's big on retro charm it's critically low on customers. If the sisters don't turn things around quickly, their grandmother's legacy will disappear forever. With summer fast approaching, Imogen and Anna devise a plan. Rather than sell up, they will train up, and make the parlour the newest destination on the South Coast foodie map. - synopsis from Goodreads.

A light and airy read that relates the sister's efforts to continue their grandmother's legacy with a few stumbling blocks along the way and romantic ups and downs. It was a reading group selection and the main discussion centred on how something so light weight came to be part of the library's reading group collection. There was no definitive answer though we did wonder if something lighter was requested to balance things out. The group was divided as to its merits. I enjoyed it as a change from the intensity of the Man Booker titles though this kind of chick-lit is not really my cup of tea. I did intend to listen to this when the Kindle edition was offered as a Daily Deal so combined listening and reading.

The novel does contain a number of ice cream recipes and one member of the group did try out the one for salted caramel and brought to the group for us to sample. It was absolutely delicious!

Book 106: Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1).
Author: Charlaine Harris. 1990.
Genre: Cozy Mystery.
Other Details: ebook. 202 pages.

Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime—until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects-or potential victims. - synopsis from Goodreads.

A pleasant enough mystery from early on in Harris' career. I was inspired to read this now as there was a TV movie that I recorded and I wanted to read whodunit before watching. I may carry on with this series as a change from darker crime thrillers. The novel dates from 1990 and it was strange for people not to have mobile phones and need to use phones located in residences.
Tags: chicklit, murder mystery, mystery, romance

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