DEATH OF AN ICE CREAM SCOOPER is the fifteenth book in the Hayley Powell Mysteries by Lee Hollis. With humorous repartee, memorable characters—both human and animal alike, and a fast-moving plot, it’s no wonder this has been an enduring and endearing series. Just when I thought this series couldn’t get any better, the brother-sister author duo strikes again and has hit this newest release out of the ballpark. Protagonist Hayley Powell is juggling her new restaurant while maintaining her food and cocktails column for the local newspaper. When her son, Dustin, arrives in town for vacation, a major bombshell hits the family and leaves Hayley reeling. And her BFFs, Mona and Liddy, have begun feuding…over a man, of all things. Of course, ice cream is a great comfort food, especially during the summer, and Hayley can’t get enough of Bar Harbor Ice Cream’s gourmet frozen concoctions to ease the upheaval in her life. It also helps that the ice cream shop’s owner, Lynette Partridge, has become a good friend and a respite from everything else going on. That is until Lynette and Hayley find the body of a young woman in the ice cream freezer truck.
When the murder occurs, the book’s pace swings into high gear and it was nearly impossible to put it down. Hayley is a seasoned amateur sleuth and knows how to pry information out of people. However, she sometimes steps on toes and goes over the line of common courtesy… but, she solves cases and even her chief of police brother-in-law accepts her meddling. There were plenty of suspects revolving around unrequited love, social media influencers, and college-aged kids determined to party hard over the summer. Besides the main murder mystery plot, there were several subplots taking place throughout. The author does an admirable job of keeping the momentum going and as the story winds down—with a heartwarming event—all questions are answered.
Another thing I enjoy about the Hayley Powell Mystery series is Hayley’s newspaper food and cocktails column. Here she “chats” about fond memories of her family and friends and ties it in with food. It’s such a wonderful way to get some backstory of Hayley’s life. And, of course, Hayley shares loads of recipes for both food and cocktails that tie in with the theme of the book. In Death of an Ice Cream Scooper the theme is, obviously, ice cream and I couldn’t be happier. The author provides so many flavors, some requiring an ice cream maker and others requiring nothing more than an electric mixer and a freezer. The frosty cocktails are sure to be a hit during hot summer months, but it was Gramma’s Easy Oreo Ice Cream that caught my eye and I made it for our 4th of July celebration dessert. Using only four simple ingredients and an electric mixer, this frozen treat surpassed all my expectations! I also tried it using a dairy-free heavy whipping cream (Silk brand) along with non-dairy sweetened condensed milk and gluten-free Oreos to cater to those with dietary restrictions, and it was also quite delicious! Taking a cue from another ice cream recipe I’ve made in the past, I used chocolate cookie crumbs to form a pie base, then spread the Oreo ice cream over the pie crust then sprinkled crumbled Oreos over the top. No matter how I served it, this turned out to be one of our favorite ice cream flavors and the fact that it’s so easy means I’ll be making it again and again.
Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell doesn’t know what to believe when Lynette Partridge, the put-together owner of gourmet Bar Harbor Ice Cream, suddenly reveals fears that her husband may be having an affair. There’s no other way to explain why Jamie, a respected professor, was spotted in a remote part of town with a much younger woman. But instead of learning the truth about the secret meeting, Lynette opens her freezer truck to find another surprise—the dead body of a summer employee . . .
The shock continues as photographic evidence proves Jamie was spending time off campus with the victim, one of his students. Now, Lynette desperately needs Hayley to discover if Jamie really is a cheater—and, worse, a ruthless killer. With her own complicated family issues to address, can Hayley make sense of a popular college girl’s love life and out the true culprit before the case, or another person, goes cold?
A special thanks to Lee Hollis for providing two print copies of DEATH OF AN ICE CREAM SCOOPER to two lucky winners! Contest ends August 10, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST and is limited to U.S. residents only. Please use the Rafflecopter box located below to enter. The winner will be announced on this page and on Cinnamon & Sugar’s Facebook page, as well as notified by email (so check your spam folder!)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 package Oreo cookies
Break and crumble your Oreo cookies into smaller pieces and set aside.
In a stand mixer, add your heavy whipping cream and whisk until stiff peaks have formed.
Fold the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and 3/4 of the crumbled cookies into the whipped cream and mix well.
Pour mixture into a container and add rest of the crumbled cookies over the top. Cover and place into the freezer for at least 8 hours.
When ready, remove, scoop into bowls, and enjoy!
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I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I don’t mind trying new flavors, to an extent. Some of the really out-there flavors these days don’t sound terribly appealing. I have tried making my own ice cream though and it turned out pretty good.
I definitely like trying new ice cream flavors though I do have certain preferences. And reading about ice cream is even better-no calories!
I will try new flavors, if it sounds like something I would like. Blue Bell had a new flavor, Southern Blackberry Cobbler, that I had to try and it is now one of my favorites.
I will try most new ice creamflavors
I like trying new flavors of ice cream as long as their not to bazaar.
My favorite ice cream flavors are dark chocolate and pistachio.
I love your ice cream recipies. i can’t wait to try the oreo. I would love to try to make cherry cordial
I love trying new flavors!
I like my favorites. And they all are chocolatey. Yum!
I tend to stick to my regular flavors, but Oreo would count! And the recipe looks easy, who knew!?
I LOVE trying new flavors! My favorite will always be Fudge Ripple. But anything with Oreos is sure to be delicious! LOVE the cover of the book! So colorful and fun!
There is a better than fast food restaurant called Culvers in town and they make a different custard every day I love their Georgia Peach and also love their cheesecake blueberry or any berry for that matter. Some of them are so different but I love looking at their menu online and see what they are serving if my hubby is in town I have been known to call him and have him bring a cup of it home. In fact last week we placed an order with them I called it in as they have the best Reuben sandwiches well hubby went inside and found 2 Georgia Peach in their freezer low and behold he thought of me and brought them home. wow I was sure surprised! I just love ice cream or frozen custard so good…
tend to stick to ones i know.
I will try some new ice cream flavors is I think I will enjoy them.
Funny how many really good ice cream places there are in Maine. South Florida? None. Why is that?
My favorites are from John’s Ice Cream in Liberty. Maine–peanut butter crunch and mocha chip. With all “real” ingredients, John knocks the flavors out of the ballpark.
I tend to stick to my favorites unless I see a new one to me that catches my eye that I think I might like.
Hi , yes, I like to try different flavors. This Oreo Ice cream sounds delicious, thank you for sharing the recipe. Have a great weekend and stay safe.
I usually stick to my favorite flavors. I am not too adventurous.
I enjoy trying new flavors.
I love trying new flavors, anytime I find one in the store I’m always up for giving it a taste!
I enjoy trying new things. It also depends on mood and how I’m feeling that day. Sometimes it’s just about comfort along with flavor.
I love Lee Hollis’ books. I read every single one I can get my hands on. I love them all. Keep ’em coming!
I love most all ice cream, except a few really weird off the wall flavors and strawberry! My favorite all time flavor is rocky road!
I enjoy trying new flavors. My favorite one is butter Pecan. Your recipe sounds and looks wonderful!!!
I love Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream which is a seasonal. I also love all flavors of Chocolate Ice Cream. Thanks.
I will try unique ice cream flavors, but, when I am home, I enjoy going to our local dairy where they make their own ice cream and have so many wonderful flavors that I keep getting my favorites!
I enjoy trying new and unique ice cream flavors.
I love trying new flavors.
I stick with flavors I like. Thank you for a chance to win.
I like trying different flavors.
It’s fun and new ones taste pretty delicious.
Thank you for the chance
I am willing to try new flavors of Ice cream, as long as it does not have peanuts, I’m allergic.
Thank you so much for sharing. I love cozy mysteries. God bless you.
I usually stick with my favorites, chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate chip, butter pecan or something with a chocolate fudge mixture. Thank you so much for sharing.
I stick with flavors I like.
If something I have never tried stands out to me, and it is a flavor I like, I will definitely buy it and try it.
Our household is a mixed bag. Hubby is a plain vanilla guy and I’m a let me try them all gal. I do experiment with new add ins and ingredients – especially with company so they can help me eat it. Lord knows I don’t need to be forced to eat it all! 🙂 After all, isn’t it waste not – want not?
I’ll try new ice cream flavors. I’m not a fan of store bought vanilla unless it is homemade. There may have been days when I’ve had ice cream more than once!!
I like trying new flavors, but I do have some favorites.
I like trying new flavors but I definitely have my favorites. All Ben and Jerry’s!
I am all for trying new flavors!
I love trying new flavors! This Oreo Ice Cream sounds so yummy! Thanks for the chance!
I love trying all kinds, I once tried mango habanero. It was weird eating ice cream that also made your mouth a little hot!
With twelve grandchildren I am always in a fun mood to trying new flavors.
I will try new flavors but nothing too outlandish.
I’d try any new flavor once (except for a fish flavor.)
If a new flavor sounds intriguing, I might try it, but I usually stick with vanilla or butter pecan.
I love trying new flavors. Looking forward to making the Oreo ice cream.
I love trying new flavors!
I stay with my favorites, but sometimes I try something new.
I will try new flavors – if they sound like they might
be good. Don’t want something too exotic.
I have several faves I can fall back on if I don’t
see something new to try. thanks.
I like to try new ice cream flavors but we’re kind of limited to what we can buy because our daughter has a peanut/tree nut allergy.
I do like trying new flavors, but a lot of the time I just go with old favorites.
Thank you for generously sharing recipes and the opportunity to win some fabulous cozies!!!Good luck to everyone!
I love trying unique flavors