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I Scream, You Scream (A Mystery á La Mode #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,455 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
Recently divorced Tallulah Jones is mortified when she's stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau.

But when Brittanie drops dead, Tally is suddenly the prime suspect in the murder investigation. To catch the killer, Tally will have to dip deep into her small Texan town's darkest secrets and churn
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by NAL (first published August 29th 2009)
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Jun 27, 2012 Flora rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-reviews
The Plot: The story revolves around Tally Jones, her ice cream parlor, and her involvement in the murder of her ex-husband's latest romantic conquest. With the added romantic aspect with a handsome stranger from the past, it's safe to claim that this novel won't knock your socks off with its masterful storytelling.

The Setting: It takes place in a supposedly warm Southern town where everybody knows everybody, though I didn't think the author was effective at portraying small town charm.

The Charac
Nov 05, 2009 Melodie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
This is a first-rate 1st in series cozy mystery! Tallulah Jones has recently divorced her lying, cheating ex and has gone into business with her cousin making & selling their own ice cream creations. The store has a cutesy name, Remember the A-la-Mode (they're in Texas!), and they're trying to make a name for themselves. Tally's ex & his new bimbo hire her to handle the dessert at the ex's company's annual picnic. The bimbo turns up dead from anti-freeze poisoning and suspicion ends up f ...more
Connie (Ava Catherine)
I put off reading this book because the cover really put me off. I thought it was going to be a sticky sweet kind of chick lit and really boring book; however, it was an interesting fun read. The characters are fun and quirky.

Tally owns an ice cream shop and caters her ex-husband's party, and his Barbie doll girlfriend dies at the party. Tally, of course, is blamed with the murder, so she sets out to find the real culprit. Her cousin Bree and niece Alison help her investigate.

Mar 20, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read Wendy Lyn Watson's A La Mode mystery series because I recently read the 1st book in her Paws for Murder series and loved it. Most of the time when cozy authors have a pen name, the other series is as good, if not better than the other (most of the time) so it was worth it to me to start this one.

I guess for me, it was good but not as good as the Paws for Murder mystery. It was just ok. Typical story again, ho-hum, husband left our main character, Tally for a thinner, younger m
Duffy Brown
Jul 02, 2012 Duffy Brown rated it it was amazing
Loved I Scream...what a terrific read. So glad there are more to come in the series.
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause something just don't feel right
Cute cozy about Tally Jones, a divorced woman who owns her own ice cream shop and is about to 'work' for her ex-husband and his annoying new girlfriend.

Add to that, her old high school boyfriend is back in town.

She lives with her cousin, Bree (who is actually more like a sister) and her sixteen year old 'niece', Alice in Dalliance Texas - a place that could - to paraphrase from JoAnn Simms - 'put Peyton Place to shame'.

Tally is a little naive, a little innocent and she's spent her whole life try
Mar 16, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I would technically give this probably about a 4.5, but I'm going to round up because I really could not find any fault with this book. It may not be particularly groundbreaking, but I felt that it still did everything right. The pacing and the way in which Watson reveals new information is frequent enough to keep boredom at bay without progressing too fast or making the answer painfully obvious. I feel disappointed in a mystery story if I can figure out the "Whodunnit" long before the conclusio ...more
It was ok. I don't read cozies for the mystery. Which is just as well, because here, the murderer was blindingly obvious - Tally spent so much time looking at the opposite direction. The motive was barely there. There was a point in the book where I thought it would get interesting - (view spoiler) - but that was wiped out pretty quick.

So why d
Cheryl Bradley
Jun 08, 2010 Cheryl Bradley rated it really liked it
Tallulah Jones is newly divorced and struggling to keep her fledging ice cream parlor, Remember the A-la-mode off the ground. Unfortunately, part of keeping her business solvent means agreeing to cater the dessert for her ex-husband Wayne's annual Weed & Seed party. This year the party is to have a luau theme, and Wayne wants bright neon green, his business theme color, to be featured in the ice cream desserts. Tally can manage to whip up a green topping for some tropical sundaes, carefully ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Oct 28, 2015 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Tally owns and runs A-La-Mode an Ice Cream Parlor in her home town. Business has been slow so when her Ex Husband Wayne and his new Girlfriend Brittania hire her to Scoop and Serve Sundaes at the Company Luau, she is stuck. To make matters worse her Ex Boyfriend Finn Harper is back in town and working as a reporter at the local paper. When Brittania dies Tally becomes the prime suspect in the Murder investigation. To catch the Killer Tally will have to dig deep into the past and dig Dalliance's ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Jan 15, 2012 Susan (susayq ~) rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2012books, mystery
I've been in the mood to read mysteries so I picked this one up at B&N before Christmas and just now got to it. It was pretty good. There were a couple of places in the book that made me go o.O Like when JoAnn admitted that Tally's ex-husband was a sex addict. Really? He had cheated on Tally while they were married, so he's a sex addict? And his sponsor is one of the women he cheated with? I don't think so.

When we got to the end and found out who killed Brittanie, I felt a little let down.
May 28, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is very deceiving- it makes "I Scream, You Scream" look like a fluffy/silly/almost immature read, when in reality, it's anything but. I was surprised to find that this book was actually VERY good- well paced, hard to put down, intelligent and really well thought out. I liked all of the characters, the small town setting, and the interplay between Tally and her ex-husband- it was fun and sometimes a bit heartbreaking to see how Tally navigates the murky waters of transition ...more
Mar 26, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Very cute story!! Tally Jones owns and operates an ice cream store in a small town in Texas. The book opens with her serving obnoxious customers who end up being her cheating, rat bastard ex husband (her words lol) and his new Barbie girlfriend. While less than happy with her patrons she is excited that she landed the catering job for the rat bastards party. Too bad when Barbie drops dead, she ends up taking the blame for it. So what does any self respecting Texan do? She decides to figure out w ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Jill rated it liked it
All in all, this was a good cozy. It didn't grab my attention like other cozies have in the past, however, I will be reading the rest of the series. The book had likable characters and a decent plot. I wish the book would have been surrounded more in the ice cream shop. The love story has a bit loose for my taste. At times I felt myself guessing as to what the couple was feeling in the relationship. The murderer was a bit obvious to me. The book's last few chapters were outstanding. It was a dec ...more
Sepideh Sahebsara
Feb 24, 2014 Sepideh Sahebsara rated it really liked it
Jan 14, 2010 Yolanda rated it liked it
This is a good intro to what seems like a good series. The characters seem to be real, and fun to read about. The only criticism I have is how the mystery was solved. The build up was good and then it felt like the climax just blew in out of thin air. I still liked the book though, and plan to read more of the series.
Marlena Nguyen
Sep 02, 2015 Marlena Nguyen rated it it was ok
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Aug 21, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
I first discovered Wendy Lyn Watson when I bought her book, Scoop to Kill. The book cover looked like the quirky type of mysteries that I enjoy reading, so I thought that I'd give it a try. I have since found out that the book is actually the second in her "A Mystery a La Mode" books. So, after enjoying the book, I went back and read the first book in the series--I Scream, You Scream. If you like reading mysteries with fun, likeable characters who always seem to be involved in solving homicides, ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Stella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was a great read for all of us who are cozy mystery fans. Wendy Lyn Watson did a good job of mixing the real life troubles of the heroine and the mystery.
Mary Kennedy
Jun 25, 2010 Mary Kennedy rated it it was amazing
Who could resist the Mystery a La Mode series? Great plotting and entertaining characters make this a series to watch.
DJ =^^=
Nov 13, 2011 DJ =^^= rated it it was amazing
Cute new series! Someone said that after book #3 the series is over. I hope that's not true.
A nice, quick, cozy read that is mysterious but not suspenseful (which was mostly a good thing).
Candace Davidson
Sep 11, 2013 Candace Davidson rated it it was amazing
Great book, lots of laughs! Will definitely be t
reading the next in the series.
Sharon Helfrich
Jun 25, 2012 Sharon Helfrich rated it liked it
Very fun read, lots of humor and attitude!
Aug 26, 2015 Andi rated it liked it
This is exactly what I'm looking for in a cozy mystery. It was an easy read, I liked the characters well enough, and I didn't become so engrossed that I got cranky when I had to put it down for one reason or another. It's disappointing that there are only three books in the series, however. I was able to determine that book 2 ends in a cliffhanger, but I couldn't find anything about book 3 ending that way, so here's hoping. I checked the other two out from the library and can only hope I won't g ...more
I Scream, You Scream by Wendy Lyn Watson is the first book of the Mystery a la Mode cozy mystery series set in contemporary North Texas. Protagonist Tallulah "Tally" Jones recently divorced Wayne Jones, owner of Wayne's Weed and Seed, for his unfaithfulness. Now she owns her own ice cream parlor in her small hometown of Dalliance, Texas, and lives in a cozy bungalow with her sister Bree and niece Alice. Tally has plenty of financial worries, running her own business and restoring the bungalow, s ...more
Connie N.
What a fun start to this cozy mystery series! I particularly liked the characters in this one. Tally Jones owns an ice cream shop. She is fun and interesting, she tries to be a nice person, she's lived in Dalliance, TX all her life, she's close to her crazy sister and sweet niece, and she's even friendly with her ex-husband and her ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately her ex-husband's girlfriend drops dead after a party where Tally served her ice cream for dessert, so suspicion points to her. She decides ...more
Jan 28, 2011 Myhotstylist rated it it was amazing
1st in series:

What a sweep scoop delicious Texas fun with a murder served on top.

Tally Jones becomes the prime suspect when her ex husbands newest piece of candy turns up dead after a social function that Tally helped cater. All fingers point to Tally when the police find empty ice cream cups laced with anti-freeze instead of the specialty green drizzle topping.

This was an easy going cozy mystery that kept a good pace. Unlike most cozy mysteries, our main characer doesnt get attacked, threatni
Jennifer August
May 18, 2012 Jennifer August rated it really liked it
This book was a quick read. It has a lot of great humor and since it's centered around a fictitious version of a town I live near, it was fun to see how the town was re-shaped. The book starts off with a teeth-gnashing scene involving Tallulah Jones and her ex-husband and his current squeeze. I felt for Tally and wanted her to wallop them, but alas, she's forced by necessity to play nice. And then... said squeeze ends up dead and Tally has a real pickle on her hands trying to figure out who kill ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Vickie rated it it was amazing
I don't know what it is about mysteries or any of the books I've read set in the South that makes me happy. There can be humor, suspense, thrill, Gothic mystery, what-have-you.

Texas, especially, seems prime for crack-me-up humor and twisted wrong-doin's. I have heard a lot about this series and glad I finally have a couple of them on Mt Git'r'Read. The humorous analogies, colloquialisms, and the names could easily coast and go over the top and take over the mystery. Not this one.

Tally has to so
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Wendy Lyn Watson's checkered past includes stints as a graveyard shift Denny's waitress, a nanny, a video arcade attendant, and a federal court law clerk. These days, Wendy's day job is teaching constitutional law to college kids.

She also writes mysteries ... light, funny mysteries (because what could be funnier than murder?). Following the Mysteries a la Mode, Wendy's adding some history to her m
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