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A Parfait Murder (A Mystery a La Mode #3)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  412 ratings  ·  51 reviews
When Tally's cousin Bree spots her deadbeat ex-husband strolling the Lantana County Fair with a fat wallet and a vixen on his arm, she immediately files for back child support. But when his lawyer is found dead, things get a little sticky. Did Bree serve up a dish of cold, sweet revenge? Or is she another hapless victim of a parfait crime?
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by NAL (first published April 12th 2011)
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It's the Lantana County Fair day in Dalliance, Texas, when out of the blue, who strolls past the A-la-mode ice cream booth but Sonny Anders, Bree's ex husband, who she hasn't seen since he walked out on her and their daughter, Alice, fifteen years ago. He's walking with another woman looking very smug and successful. This really frosts Bree as she never saw one red cent of child support money from this loser. Now for the final insult; his lawyer, Kristen Ver Steeg has served her papers questioni
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
This installment of Tally's adventures was a twisty one indeed.

Tally was doing fine until the Big Reveal #1 when I wanted to slap her upside her head (view spoiler)
Yun Zhen
I don't usually read mystery books because I sort of have the impression most of them are either the sherlock/poirot kind of mysteries, which are good, or the A to Z mysteries kind which I read when I was 12. I do love a good mystery, but most of them time I'm just looking for some casual reading material and most mystery books are too intense. I picked up this book from the library eventually because it looked happy enough (sorry, judging the book by the cover again) and it was probably somethi ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

Another really good addition to this cozy mystery series. It kept me guessing until right at the end. The romance between Finn and Tally broke my heart because of some information that was revealed. Tally's a better person than I am to let what she learned go. I wouldn't have been able to.
Appearances can be deceiving.

“A Parfait Murder” by Wendy Lyn Watson is the 3rd serving of a Mystery a la Mode series. We open to find Sonny Anders, Bree’s ex and Alice’s daddy, strolling up the midway at the Lantana County Fair after a seventeen year absence. On his arm is his new lady, Char. Char is an enigma dressed up like a church social lady but with a walk that would give the Devil pause. The duo is back in town with a sweet deal for the business folk of Dalliance. But first Sonny’s lawyer
A Parfait Murder is a cozy mystery. It's the third in a series, but you can follow this story without having read the previous novels, and this novel didn't spoil the mystery in the previous ones.

The characters were varied and complex. Tally's family had some messed up family dynamics that she had to deal with along with solving the murder. There were some nice details about the setting and her job woven into this fast-paced story. An ice cream recipe was included in the back of the book.

I did f
It's time for the Lantana County Fair and Tally's cousin Bree is manning the A La Mode booth when she spots her ex-husband walking through the midway with a thick wallet and a babe on his arm. Bree is beyond mad, this man left her "high and dry" with an infant to raise and no financial support whatsoever. She decides it is time to sue for Child Support. Then her ex serves her with paternity papers asking her to prove her daughter is really his.

Bree gets into a sticky situation when she meets wit
Samantha Janning
When Wendy Watson asked on Facebook who wanted to review her latest mystery, A Parfait Murder, I signed myself right up. After reading the first, I Scream, You Scream, and thoroughly enjoying the delectable mystery, I knew I wanted to follow the series. I did miss the second book, Scoop To Kill, but I have that on my list to read. For the third book in the Mystery A La Mode series, Tally’s cousin Bree gets an unexpected visit when her ex-husband appears back in town. Sonny shot off seventeen yea ...more
Read this after reading the second in the series. Did not disappoint. The heroine, Tally, is more reluctant to get involved in solving mysteries, which I like. There are too many cozy mysteries heroines that think they how to do things better than the professionals and just go off foolishly and without regard to their safety and sometime the safety of their friends, which is even more unforgivable. As a friend of my has said, you have to a compelling reason for the heroine to place herself in pe ...more
A Parfait Murder
By Wendy Lyn Watson
Copyright June 2011
Publisher Obsidian Mystery

“Life has been good for Tallulah Jones, and nabbing a spot on the judging panel at the Lantana County Fair puts the cherry on the top.
But when Tally's cousin Bree spots her deadbeat ex-husband strolling the Lantana County Fair with a fat wallet and a vixen on his arm, she immediately files for back child support. But when his lawyer is found dead, things get a little sticky. Did Bree serve up a dish of col
A Parfait Murder by Wendy Lyn Watson

From the back of the book: Life has been good for Tallulah Jones, and nabbing a spot on the judging panel at the Lantana County Fair puts the cherry on top. But when Tally's cousin Bree spots her deadbeat ex-husband strolling the fairground with a vixen on his arm and fat wallet in his pocket, all the fun goes cold.

Bree immediately files for back child support, but then her ex's attorney is found dead at the fair, and things look more than a little sticky beca
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This is the third of Watson's "Mystery à la Mode" series (the other two of which my public library doesn't have!). I was short on emotional resources when I first started reading it, however, so heroine Tallulah Jones' emotional pyrotechnics were a bit too much and I had to put it aside till I felt better. Set in Texas, it features the hard-working divorced owner of an ice-cream shop ("Remember the A-la-Mode" - don't judge, it's memorable, at least) and her equally hard-working family: cousin, n ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
A Parfait Murder was very close to being a perfect murder. The book was character driven and used a County fair as it's location. There is a murder, but to tell you where, would be a crime itself, as it was cleverly drawn.

Tally and Bree are busy trying to make a living with their Ice Cream store and fairway stand. Bree sees her ex-husband, and nonpaying child supporter, and off she flys to get back payments. Prior to this, she gets served with Paternity papers from the beautiful blonde lawyer wi
This is the third book in Watson's murder mysteries. I have read all 3 and I liked this one the best. I still like finding out about the 4 main characters and all the messes that they get into. This particular book had a few surprises in store, too!! If you like mysteries written in a series, try this series out! I highly recommend them! I hope Watson is working on a fourth book!
Diane ~Firefly~
Bree's ex is back in town, appearing loaded and attempting to deny fatherhood. The mystery was ok, but I had some issues with the interpersonal parts this time. (view spoiler) ...more
This is a very good read. There's a twist in the middle of this story that I did not see coming.

I like the way this author handles the main character's personal relationships - no dragging out love triangles. Life gets messy but she deals with it. There's a good blend of mystery and developing the character's personal story lines. Plus the personal developments relate to solving the mystery. The author gives you enough information to figure it out if all those red herrings don't get in the way.
Tally Jones runs the Dalliance ice cream parlor and lives with her cousin Bree and Bree's daughter Alice. Now Bree's ex-husband, who deserted them, is back in town, and suing Bree for proof of Alice's paternity. When his lawyer is found shot, Bree's standing right there with a gun in her hand. Not good! Tally must investigate to clear Bree, and fortunately has the help of her newly-returned to town boyfriend, journalist Finn. But when Alice's paternity is revealed, it's hard for Tally to co-oper ...more
Wanted to see how it compared to another mystery series I just finished: Lee Child's Mysteries by Joanna Carl--also based upon delectable dessert sub-plots. I don't know which series was written first but Joanna Carl has my vote for the better one! But I digress. "Parfait Murder" was my first, and last, read of this series. There was too much distraction from crass language, amoral preferences of the heroine that made the conclusion of the case less satisfactory. The ice cream references were wo ...more
Loved the ending -- always a good twist -- way to go Wendy!! ;)
All 3 books in this series are basically short stories, but connected. And they need to be read in sequence, since the stories of the characters make sense that way. What I liked is that the mysteries in each of these bring in people from their small town, but there's also an underlying and stronger story of the family that takes place here, too. For short, simple mysteries, these were interesting books, and in their own way, well written. Very enjoyable. I hope there's another in the series pla ...more
Have I mentioned before in relation to this series that I absolutely LOVE it??? All 3 have struck exactly the right chord with me and I've loved all of them. The first one roped me in with the return of "the one that got away", which is a point that will get me every time. But the stories are extremely well written, the characters are people you care about, and the mystery part is always good. This one did not disappoint me and I'm only sorry that it will be another year now before there's anoth ...more
Still holding my attention. I figured out who this time but not why.
The guy she picked was the one I would have picked as well. The big reveal came out of nowhere for me. I'm just as surprised as Tally and would be angry as well. That is until I calmed down from the shock.
I wouldn't be surprised if another couple sprouted out of everything that happened. There were hints that it should happen.
Vague, I know, but details would give the book away.
While I did really like this book, the "bad guy" was pretty obvious to me for a long time before I finished the book. There are some serious "side" plot lines that are somewhat iffy for me, but I think overall, I'm still really happy and satisfied as a reader with the full total of the book, even if I would have liked a little more of the scene at the very end.
3.5 stars for this one! I started this series because I met the author (in a manner unrelated to mystery books). I really enjoyed the first two books in the series (4 stars), and this third outing is equally entertaining, but the treatment of the characters' private lives is too superficial for a series that's previosuly been character driven.
I'm sad that it appears there won't be any more books in this series because it is really good! Thankfully this third book didn't leave any serious cliff hangers, but there was a story line I would have liked to follow in future books. Here's hoping this author comes out with a new series soon!
Nov 02, 2013 Kai rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery Fans
Recommended to Kai by: Saw at Library
Shelves: mysteries
A great cozy mystery coupled with family drama and ice cream. Can't get much better! I am going to read the first book in the series (that I missed). I picked this one because of the yummy sundae on the front cover. It was an easy solve, but well worth the read.
This is the third book in the ice cream series, and I liked it just as much as the others. Once again, she surprised me at the end with who actually did it and the motive. It kept me in suspense. A quick and easy read.
Christine Jensen
Another good cozy. I really have enjoyed this series. It has fun characters and good story lines. This book threw in a few emotional twists for the characters. I look forward to the next installment in this series.
I enjoyed reading this book so much. It was one of those cozy mysteries where I just found myself grinning because I was so happy to see the characters again. And most importantly - I didn't figure out the killer!
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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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A Mystery a La Mode (3 books)
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