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Chip Off the Ice Block Murder by Jessie Chandler

Updated on July 8, 2020
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Kristen Howe have been reviewing writing reviews on books she read and reading e-arcs for a couple of years on her blog & also on Netgalley.

This new cozy take place during New Year's in Minnesota.

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.

The central location for this mystery is at an Irish pub

A Wrap-up of the Story

This past spring, I received my e-copy version of it to read in April for 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.

Photo Of Jessie Chandler

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.

Netgalley E-arcs

If you're interested in reading digital e-copies on your Smartphone Kindle, or on the computer, you can sign up for Netgalley and read them for free. I've been doing them for a half-dozen years. 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, 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, 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've gotten started.) See my full hub article on how to read and review e-arcs at Netgalley for tips. Happy reading and enjoy!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Kristen Howe


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