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The Icing on the Corpse

(Pawsitively Organic Mysteries #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Kristan "Stan" Connor is thrilled to be invited to the Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are a big hit at the annual celebration, though an important guest is curiously absent . . .

When Helga Oliver, the town's elderly historian, is found crumpled in the basement of the Historical Museum, the close-knit town is
Paperback, 346 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Kensington
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Feb 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
so, what i am understanding from this cover:

is that a bunch of crazy animals wearing gang-affiliation stars killed someone to bake into a cake for their crazy animal wedding? but that it's okay because it's organic?

seven basic plots, my ass...
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017-wom
Ironically, one of my book buddies suggested we do a buddy read on Liz Mugavero's first Pawsitively Organic Mysteries called 'Kneading to Die.' Not only will I read just about anything, but we both like cozies/mysteries. She didn't care for it and I loved So, I have continued on with the series reading the 2nd one and now this, the 3rd. They just keep getting better in my humble opinion. I think Ms. Mugavero has hit upon a winning combination of having a quirky town, Frog Ledge, quirky ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Liz Mugavero's books! I love Frog Ledge, CT and I love all the quirky characters and pets that live there. The latest book has done nothing but solidify my love for this series.

Stan always seems to be in the middle of the action in Frog Ledge, whether it be a pet birthday bash or a wedding or the annual groundhog day celebration as in this book. Just as Stan was getting ready to give the groundhog its annual treat from the town, disaster strikes and the town historian, Helga Oliver, is f
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This series gets better with each story!! Remember Stan Conner, owner of Pawsitively Organic Gourmet Pet Food, in the picturesque New England town of Frog Ledge? Well, in this story, one of the town's oldest civic leaders and historians, takes a tragic, fatal header down the basement stairs of the local museum during Groundhog Day festivities. Stan's boyfriend, Jake McGee, has a sister, Jesse Pasquale, who's a State Trooper, and who is not happy to find Stan at the accident scene. Nosing around, ...more
I was so glad, when I heard I won a copy of this book from the author, Liz Mugavero. I've been a fan of these books since reading the first book a few years ago. The cast of characters are enjoyable to read about and the town, Frog Ledge, the name along is just to adorable.

This was another great story in the series. The mystery and story, was fast paced and the mysteries were fantastic. There was a lot happening in this story between the main mystery, about the towns historian, if her death was
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stan Conner is busy with her organic pet food business. So busy in fact she is fast becoming part of the community of Frog Ledge, Connecticut. She's even asked to bake a special groundhog treat for the town's groundhog day and invited to cater a doggie wedding! Before Stan can present the visiting groundhog with her special cookie, the town historian Helga Oliver is found dead. Given her age of 87, no one suspects foul play at first. The whole town is devastated, especially Stan's kind of boyfri ...more
Dawn Frazier
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I always love visiting Frog Ledge with Stan and the gang. Stan finds herself again in the middle of a murder investigation when the towns historian falls down a flight of stairs. This is a fun book! I read the whole thing in a day, it was hard to put down. What is not to love about a murder investigation, a ghost hunt, and a doggie wedding? I look forward to the next in the series!
Mark Baker
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, mystery
Frog Ledge’s Groundhog Day celebration is cut short when the town historical, elderly Helga Oliver, is found dead at the bottom of the Historical Museum stairs. But when whispers that it was murder reach Stan’s ears, she begins to dig in and see if she can find the truth.

There are many plot threads introduced early that slow down the pacing of the story a little, but as the book progresses, we see how everything ties together. There are some good twists and a creative climax. The characters are
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
The town of Frog Ledge is celebrating Groundhog Day when the body of Helga is found in the museum basement. Helga is much loved and everyone is dismayed by her death. As plans proceed for a Memorial and funeral Stan learns that there might more to Helga's death. The investigation shows that the death of the historian is tie to a old unsolved murder. Meanwhile Stan planing a wedding to two dog. As Helga's has no home Stan adopts him. The book is fast moving and the characters will become friends. ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
5 stars!
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, cozy-mysteries
The Icing on the Corpse by Liz Mugavero is an enchanting cozy mystery. We get to return to Frog Ledge, Connecticut where Stan Connor has been living for the last year and has started her business Pawsitively Organic (making meals and treats for pets). It is Groundhog’s Day which is a big celebration for the town. Stan has been chosen as the Groundhog Gift-Giver and she has to give something special to Lilypad, the groundhog. Before the ceremony, Helga Oliver, the town historian, goes missing. Th ...more
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Humourous Small Town Mystery I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person. -Audrey Hepburn
Maybe your weird is my normal. Who's to say? -Nicki Minaj
I have one word to say about The Icing on the Corpse. Quirky. What else can it be but quirky and funny when it is set in Frog Ledge, Connecticut? Especially when the mystery occurs during the annual Groundhog Day Festival. A fe
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I remember when I read the first book in this series, KNEADING TO DIE, and thought to myself, “I can’t wait to come back to Frog’s Ledge for another visit. So, when I started reading THE ICING ON THE CORPSE, book three, I immediately felt like one does when they go on vacation to a favorite spot. I was happy, excited, and relaxed.

Author Liz Mugavero has penned another winning story. The opening paragraph alone insured I would spend more time reading at one sitting than I should…and I did!

All th
I'm usually a stickler for reading a series in order. But, cozy mysteries are my guilty pleasure and my library system stocks very few of them. Even the ones that exist are missing certain volumes. So I've finally decided to bite the bullet and read what I can. It mostly doesn't matter. Also, for a challenge enthusiast, having an I title doesn't hurt.

As expected, it was a fast read. The main character showed some sense. The romance angle requires some work, but then I always think cozy mystery
Darlene Griffin
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won an advance copy in a FB drawing. How exciting. This is the 3rd installment in the series, Pawsitively Organic. Our herione Stan, a smart girl who gave up corporate America to live in a small town, is once again trying to find a killer. This time the victim is very close to the family of Jake, her boyfriend and brother of the law enforcer. I must admit I did not guess the killer early on. This drama held my interest and made me keep reading. I truly love the characters in this series. You w ...more
Linda Smatzny
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is the third book in the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series. I have not read the previous books in the series. I received this book thru First Reads on Goodreads. The main character is Stan(Kristan)Conner who makes natural organic treats for dogs and cats. The book begins with Stan creating a treat for Frog Ledge, Connecticut's groundhog day festivities. A death occurs and thus begins a journey for Stan to find out who and why. Another story line is about ghost hunters in the town. Another ...more
Kimberley Murray
Loved it

Another fun read! Looking forward to the next book in the series. Pets and murder mysteries and a nice cup of coffee or tea...
Pet baker Stan (Kristan) finds herself embroiled in the murder of small-town historian Helga.

I am a recent convert to the "cozy" subgenre, thanks to Barbara Ross, Lea Wait, and Leslie Meier. Liz Mugavero writes in the same vein, with the same quality, but with a focus in Connecticut and with pets! This was a wonderful story, with a wide group of side characters who are well managed, diverse, and unique. Often, I have a difficult time following this many side characters, but Mugavero does it exce
Emily Cullen
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Frog Ledge's elderly historian is found at the bottom of the stairs, it's naturally assumed to be a horrible accident. But when organic pet food maker (Kris)Stan discovers it was murder, she also uncovers that the town has some deep dark secrets, which some people think are better left that way. All this and Stan is catering her first doggie wedding! I really enjoy the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series. Stan is a great heroine and there's an excellent supporting cast, and always good stori ...more
Linda Wallace
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Guess I'm in the minority here, but I really didn't find this book compelling, although I did stick with it to the end. I didn't find any of the characters particularly like able. Perhaps because I didn't read the first two books in the series, I found the main character did not have much of a personality. I also found the 'mystery' weak. If there had been more dog and cat involvement, I would have enjoyed the book more. I liked the setting as it was based on an area where I live.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A doggie wedding, a ghost hunt, a dead historian and a 60 year old cold case, add up to one hell of a week for Stan and the denizens of Frog Ledge. With crackling wit, clever plot twists and the usual cast of quirky characters, The Icing on the Corpse, is a delightfully twisted addition to the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series!
Frog Ledge is hopping with an old murder, a new murder, ghost hunting and a dog wedding! Several storylines intertwined together and culminate in healing some wounds. The ending is a cliffhanger so I can’t wait to read the next installment!
Deborah Almada
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the latest in the series, Stan and the menagerie are in rare form, in this latest volume that includes the death of a beloved historian, an old building haunted by a 60 year old ghost and a doggy wedding!!!!!!
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute Groundhog and Valentine's Day mystery. I guessed the killer but it was still fun.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have
This series is continuing to grow on me. Loving the recipes and the mysteries and the relationships that are evolving over the series. On to the next book!
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Here are links to my reviews of the first 2 books in the series:

Book 1 ~ Kneading to Die:

Book 2 ~ A Biscuit, A Casket:

Stan has been in Frog Ledge for about a year and it's time to celebrate Groundhog's Day. This is a big deal to the sleepy little town but the groundhog is overshadowed by the sudden death of local historian, Helga Oliver. Found at the bottom of the stairs in the museum, at first glance her death doesn
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: cozy, mysteries
Stan Connor, is the owner of Pawsitively Organic, where she makes home-made pet food and treats for dogs and cats. She is attending the Groundhog Day festivities in the small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut where she lives. So when she meets Sarah Oliver, a self-proclaimed psychic, who immediately claims there's something wrong with her mother, Helga, the town's historian, and she is later found at the bottom of the stairs of the museum, Stan knows that something Just Isn't Right. Especially whe ...more
Mary Brown
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Stan has been given the prestigious honor of presenting Lilypad, the groundhog, a special treat for Groundhog’s Day. She has made a special cookie for Lilypad, since she owns a gourmet pet bakery shop. But before the event happens, tragedy strikes and someone is murdered. The local town historian is the victim and her death impacts many of the residents of Frog Ledge, including Jake, Stan’s boyfriend, and his family. No one knows why she was killed, but Stan plans on figuring out the answer.

Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked Icing on the Corpse more than I did A Biscuit, A Casket. This book had a lot of sub plots which was a plus and minus. It made the world of Frog Ledge more interesting, but cut back from time spent on the mystery. There is no way the reader could guess who dunnit by what clues we're given and by how much sleuthing anyone is doing.

I still don't find the characters particularly likable, no one talks to each other, instead they get mad and cut the "offender" off. This happens between several
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Icing on the Corpse is a mystery to be savored by animal lovers and mystery lovers alike.

Stan has settled in the rural town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut and her organic pet food and treats business is doing well. So well, that she has been given the dubious honor of providing a unique treat for the star of Frog Ledge's annual Groundhog Day celebration.

Before the festivities can begin, Helga Oliver, Frog Ledge's beloved historian, is found dead in the museum's basement. When it becomes clear th
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Liz Mugavero has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. Before that, she would tell them to anyone who would listen (not many at the time). After deciding early on she would write books for a living, she practiced by writing bad, angst-filled poems, short stories and even a storyline for a soap opera--all by age 15. She never wavered from her goals despite all the usual questions includi ...more

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