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Chip Off the Ice Block Murder by Jessie Chandler

Updated on October 26, 2016

This new cozy series takes place in a Minnesotan winter holiday season, especially during New Year's Eve and beyond

An intriguing new cozy to read and try out this year with a twist

An ice cold murder

In Jessie Chandler's 4th installment of the Shay O'Hanlon series, Chip off the Ice Block Murder, she introduced us to Shay O'Hanlon's world. It's New Year's Eve at her father's bar in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, during a frigid winter. Everyone came there to celebrate the new year, except for her father. ... who was missing. With a crowded bar with drink orders piling up fast, she met Lisa Vescoli, who arrived at the bar and was looking for her father, while she helped by pitching in. And that wasn't the end of the problems... it just started. The police called and asked for her father, a dead body was found out in the basement that caused plumbing problems, and a notice about the bar. It was now up to Shay, her lover JT, and her best friend Nick Cooper to locate her father to get down to the bottom of the mess, which included one mob connection. Was her father a person of interest or a victim? That's what Shay wanted to find out, before someone came after her, too.

This new cozy takes place in an Irish pub, just like this for the central theme

A wrap-up of the story

This past spring, I received my e-copy version of it to read in April for Netgalley.com. I loved the winter scenic route in St. Paul/Minneapolis.I did care for Shay, while she searched for her father. Nick Cooper was a great best friend to her. He seemed like a cool guy. JT, her lover and partner, and also a cop, helped made the trio of friends even better. This is the first time I read a book with a female partner to the female main lead character, which was okay with me. I liked how Nick and JT pitched in to help Shay out in a pitch. I didn't like the mob connection I did enjoy her grandmother as well. As for Lisa, she provided plenty of intrigue as well with an interesting twist. Overall, it was a pleasant book to review.

Recommendation/Series Book List

I would recommend this cozy for those readers who love to try new genres and new authors and new series every year, like I do. This cozy had something different to other, when it featured a lesbian couple who cared about each other in a strong love way. For Shay and JT, they were both strong female characters who help solve the crime in the end.

If you're hooked, why don't you give the other books in the series a try. Here's the book list of the order of books: Bingo Barge Murder, Hide and Snake Murder, and Pickle in Middle Murder.

This is a photo of author Jessie Chandler who pens the cozy series

About the author

Jessie Chandler is from Siren, Wisconsin. She now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is married to her real life partner, Betty Chandler. She studied Mass Communications-Broadcast Journalism-Criminal Justice at St. Cloud State University.

The list of books in the Shay O'Hanlan series before Chip off the ice Block Murder are as followed: Bingo Barge Murder, Hide and Snake Murder, and Pickle in the Middle Murder.

Coming Soon

Coming out later this year is Jessie Chandler's Blood Money Murder. Stay tuned for the publication date, when it's released. I'll update it as soon as I know. She also has started a brand new series with Operation Stop Hate, the first book in the Operation series, which is now out and available to read.

Netgalley e-arcs

If you're interested in reading digital copies on your smart phone, Android, Kindle, or even on the computer, you can sign up for Netgalley and read them for free. I've been doing them for almost two years. You just create a profile, upload a photo, and search through nonfiction and fiction books that are available in a variety of genres to read before their publication date. If you see something you like, you can request the title and wait to get approval from the publisher. Some pubs have restrictions, depending on what country you're from. You can get pre-approved by a publisher to request any title you want to read and review.

Also, if you sign up for their email alerts, Netgalley would let you know what books are available to read and what books you're pre-approved for. After you read a title, you just go to your profile page, rate the book, and send feedback to the publishers. (Some authors on Facebook do the same thing too, with their street teams. That's how I got started.) Happy reading!

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    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Jill, if you have a Kindle, go for it. I haven't read the rest of the series. But I will at some point. Thanks for the visit.

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      Jill Spencer 

      3 years ago from United States

      I've never read a Jessie Chandler novel, but this sounds like a good one to get now and read over the winter. The main characters sound likable and sympathetic, which is a must for me.

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Chris, my pleasure. Give it a try. I might be two new book reviews this summer, since I haven't done one since January. Sometimes it's hard to expand it and find images for it. Give the series a try. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 years ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      Nice, quick review of a book with an intriguing storyline. You've made me want to try a book review here on HP. My niece just published on that is doing very well. It might be fun to share it here. Thanks for the book recommendation and the inspiration.

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