Monday, October 30, 2023

PINT OF NO RETURN and A SPRINKLE IN TIME by Dana Mentink, Reviewed by Kim Ann



I don’t read many cozy mysteries, but when I saw Dana Mentink was writing a cozy mystery series, I knew I had to read them. I love Ms. Mentink’s stories, her writing style, and her great characters! Pint of No Return is a fun read that kept me guessing till the end! There were so many characters that it could’ve been! I also loved getting to know everyone in the town, especially Trinidad and Noodles.

Trinidad is such a likable character that you can’t help but root for her. Her dog, Noodles, added such a fun and heartwarming touch to the story. I also really liked Quinn and his developing relationship with Trinidad. It felt natural and believable.

I really enjoyed Pint of No Return, which is the first in the Shake Shop cozy mystery series set in the small town of Upper Sprocket, Oregon. I’m looking forward to book 2, A Sprinkle in Time, to see what mystery Trinidad solves next!
*I purchased this book. All opinions are my own. 5 stars. This is a clean read


The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up...

After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple sticky situations underway, namely that the other two ex-wives also call Sprocket home, Trinidad's life seems to be churning along smoothly.

That is, until she discovers her neighbor, the Popcorn King, head down in his giant popcorn kettle. When one of Trinidad's fellow ex-wives is accused of the murder and Upper Sprocket descends into mayhem, it's going to take a supersized scoop of courage to flush out the killer.


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I am really enjoying this series by Dana Mentink! I have always loved her romantic suspense books, but honestly, I’m enjoying these cozy mysteries just as much! These characters have been so fun to get to know!

I really like Trinidad and her sleuthing ways! She is so easy to root for and her dog Noodles adds so much fun to the story. Trinidad and Quinn’s relationship is progressing nicely. I hope they make things permanent in the next story! The mystery kept me guessing and accusing the whole time. I was kinda right and lots of wrong!

A Sprinkle in Time by Dana Mentink is the second book of the Shake Shop series. While it can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading Pint of no Return first. You really get to know Trinidad, Noodles, and Quinn, as well as others, who live in Upper Sprocket which has really added to my enjoyment of this series. I cannot wait to start Spoon to be Dead!
*I purchased this book. All opinions are my own. This is a clean read. 5 stars!


The second book in the Shake Shop Mysteries—a new murder in town has Trinidad Jones thrown for a scoop!

It's Alpenfest in Upper Sprocket! Yodelers are congregating in the square, tourists flocking to the town, and Trinidad Jones is scooping up some fall flavors at her Shimmy and Shake Shop.

The cherry on the sundae is her upcoming feature in The Scoop magazine. She's determined to serve up the perfect interview, but it won't be easy, thanks in part to her meddling Cuban grandfather Papa Luis who has decided to make Sprocket his home for the foreseeable future. Papa Luis has set himself up as a taxi driver in his classic 1951 Buick.

But things take a turn when Papa Luis tells her he's found a corpse in his trunk. Upon closer investigation, they realize the body has disappeared. With the assistance of Juliette and Bonnie (her sisterhood of exes) and the way too handsome nut farmer Quinn Logan, Trinidad must solve the mystery of the disappearing corpse, before her father is up to his neck in a murderous mess.


Join us again for Kim's review of Spoon to be Dead!

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