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Murder with a Cherry on Top

(A Lickety Splits Mystery #1)

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Kate McKay had doubts about swapping her high-powered life in Manhattan for Wolfert's Roost, the quaint Hudson Valley village where she grew up. But when she moves back to care for her ailing grandmother, Kate decides to start fresh and indulge her dream of running an ice cream shop. All goes smoothly--until she's reunited with old acquaintances nuttier than a vat of rocky ...more
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Published March 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Carrie
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Murder with a Cherry on Top by Cynthia Baxter is the first book in the cozy A Lickety Splits Mystery series. Kate McKay had left her hometown after high school and gone onto college and then a career in Manhattan but when she gets news that her grandmother needs someone to come care for her Kate quickly returns to Wolfert’s Roost giving up her career.

Growing up Kate has fond memories of her family and their love for ice cream from birthdays to times of sorrow the frozen treat was always right th
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LORI CASWELL
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream and Cynthia Baxter has scooped up a tasty mystery for us readers to enjoy!!

Kate McKay has returned to Wolfert’s Roost to take care of her grandmother and to follow her dream of opening an ice cream shoppe. Lickety Splits has a prime location but it is directly across the street from a bakery owned by Ashley Winthrop, a woman Kate knew in school and wishes she could just avoid. When Ashley becomes her competition by selling ice
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Betty
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-books, crafts
It has been awhile since I read a book by this author and I always enjoyed her writing. The overwhelming reaction, I had when I finished that was an amusing and a relaxing read. I am not fan of ice cream, I can eat it or leave it alone. Some of the recipes sound great and others I wouldn't touch.
Kate McKay returned to Wolfert's Roost to help her Grandmother as her health is declining Kate has opened her dream ice cream shop called Lickety Spilt. Kate is pleased with the decorations of the store
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Patty
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder with a Cherry on Top by Cynthia Baxter is the first book in A Lickety Splits Mystery series, and it is off to a great start. Kate McKay has left her high powered job in New York to return home to care for her grandmother. Kate open up her dream shop, which sells ice cream, but trouble finds her right away in the form of an old nemesis.
I really love this book, and can't wait to continue Kate's adventures in the next book. Not only is this book fun, it has a great mystery also. There are t
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Peggy R
This is the first in a new series by an author who is new to me. I liked the premise of the Ice Cream Shoppe owner and who could resist an ice cream parlor called Lickety Splits. I thought this was an entertaining read and has wonderfully likable characters. It was fun to watch Kate realize her life long dream and share it with her Grams and niece. For me, I thought the mystery was a bit lacking. While there are plenty of suspects to choose from, I thought Kate's sleuthing was a bit sparse and t ...more
Karen
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a first in a hopefully long running series.
This was a delightfully delicious book.
"A Lickety Splits Mystery" was already a big selling point to me, and the writing lived up to my expectations!
The characters were written realistically and were entertaining. I have to admit I groaned at first at the thought of a childhood rival being killed off and the subsequent blame being pinned on our protagonist, but this storyline was well written and did not feel overused.
I was entertained from star
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Mary Brown
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder With A Cherry On Top
A Lickety Splits Mystery, Book #1
Cynthia Baxter
5 Stars

Synopsis:

Kate McKay had doubts about swapping her high-powered life in Manhattan for Wolfert's Roost, the quaint Hudson Valley village where she grew up. But when she moves back to care for her ailing grandmother, Kate decides to start fresh and indulge her dream of running an ice cream shop. All goes smoothly--until she's reunited with old acquaintances nuttier than a vat of rocky road . . .

Kate should be thrilled
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Taryn
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this book we meet Kate who has decided to make a huge change in her life and open an ice cream shop. She was working a very stressed filled job but took time away to help care for her ailing grandmother in the town where she grew up. Things are going well until Kate's rival from school, who owns a bakery across from her shop, decides she is going to sell ice cream too. When her rival, Ashley, is murdered Kate decides she must find out who the culprit is before she herself ends up behind bars. ...more
Kristina
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Murder with a Cherry on Top by Cynthia Baxter is the first installment in A Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery series. Katherine “Kate” McKay has opened Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe in Wolfert’s Roost, New York. It is a dream come true for Kate and the start of a new chapter in her life. Then she notices Ashley Winthrop of Sweet Things Pastry Palace posting a sign in her window stating that they are now selling homemade ice cream. It seems Ashley is continuing the rivalry that started be ...more
Lisa Morin
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a new series and a new to me author.
First books in a new series are always a challenge.
The author has to pack a lot knowledge into a first book and making it flow smoothly is an amazing talent.

Murder with a Cherry on Top has the potential to become a great new series.
The story did hit a few bumps where the mystery fell a little flat, but the strong characters kept it interesting.

High school rivalry flows into adulthood, leading to murder and mayhem.

I think mystery fans will enthuse story
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QNPoohBear
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Kate McKay has recently returned to her hometown of Wolfert's Roost, New York, located in the Hudson Valley, after 10 years on her own. She has returned to care for her ailing Grams as Grams cared for Kate and her older sisters when their parents died. Through all the ups and downs of Kate's life, the one constant has been ice cream. So what better to do when she returns home than open an ice cream shop? Kate can't wait for her shop to become famous as she dreams up new flavors and creations. He ...more
Mallory
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is heavy on the ice cream, not so much on the murder. Once you finally get to the investigation you are 3/4 through the book and barely get to dig in! It seems rushed and glossed over, focusing more on describing ice cream flavors and not on the mystery. In theory, the plot is a great idea but I just can’t get behind how it played out. This might be better suited for a younger audience, but it just wasn’t my flavor (see what I did there?). A cute read, but don’t expect a great mystery.
Yrsa
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story idea. A cosy mystery and ice cream. Delicious. I, however, found both the narrator and the main character a little annoying. The story had some logical holes towards the end as well.
RO G'ma
Murder with a Cherry on Top is the debut book in Cynthia Baxter’s A Lickety Splits Mystery series and is a fun and easy read. The characters are well developed and likeable. There isn’t any gratuitous adult situations, no graphic violence, and just a small amount of adult language, with an interesting mystery and sprinkled with humor and a touch of romance. The reveal surprised me.

After attending college and then spending the past ten years in Manhattan, Katherine “Kate” McKay returns to her chi
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Kate
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this author’s Reigning Cat’s & Dogs vet series as well as her travel series, so I was excited to see that she had a new book out! This series revolves around a young woman who returns to her hometown to help her grandmother and open an ice cream shop. When her old rival is found murdered she is a suspect, and must juggle her new business, an old flame and a murder investigation. This was a great cozy read and it made me hungry for ice cream! Looking forward to the next!

Thank you to t
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Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Murder with a Cherry on Top, I haven't read this author before, I wasn't to sure what to expect going into this one. The cover alone is cute as pie, I just adore covers like this one. This was a cute murder/mystery, I will be definitely checking out the authors other work. The characters were fun to read about, I was surprisingly spooked, I enjoyed it. The writing flowed nicely and come release day I hope everyone who likes this genre will give this guy a go!
Conny
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was a First Read Winner of this book and it was a lovely cozy mystery. Not much action, some mystery and the characters where likable and the storyline moved along nicely, there was also the possibility of a rekindled romance, got my fingers crossed for that one. However there is a problem with the book, it made me crave ice cream like crazy. Forget your diet while reading this charming book. It also includes some recipes at the end of the book, which I think I might just try out. Overall a ve ...more
Susan
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. Just wow.
I finally did it. My first dive into the world of adult and I loved it.
Murder With A Cherry On Top is a mystery with a fun twist of ice cream on the side. I love the characters, and the crazy family dynamic. I love how Kate was rediscovering everyone from her high school now as adults, and I love that she took the time to investigate what had happened. I never expected the twist or the true killer and this was just wonderfully written. I can’t wait to pick up Hot Fudge Murder and
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Rima Aiello
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A scoop full of murder that keeps you on the edge of your seat! The characters were well written and delightful. You either love them or really love to hate them. The mystery was thought out well and executed to perfection. I loved everything about this book!
Joan
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This storyline is very familiar to readers of cozy mysteries. Kate McKay gives up a high powered public relations job in NYC to return to her picturesque town to help care for her grandmother and open an ice cream store. Her niece, Emma, takes time off school to discover what she really wants out of live, to pursue one of her passions, either art or computers. She joins Kate in her new store and quickly makes herself indispensable, as well as a joy to have around. Nice characters who make you wa ...more
Toni
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Just a run-of-the-mill cozy mystery. Kate McKay left her high-profile job in Manhattan to return to her hometown to take care of her grandmother, who raised her and her sisters after their parents died. It didn't take long for her to decide to open up her own ice cream shop, Lickety Splits, where she can indulge in her true passion: ice cream.
However, not long after she opens, her high school rival, Ashley, suddenly decides to start selling ice cream at her bakery across the street. Her and Kat
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Brenda
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Murder with a Cherry on Top is the debut of the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe mystery series set in the small town of Wolfert's Roost, NY and featuring ice cream shop owner, Kate McKay. Having left her Manhattan PR job to come back home and take care of her ailing Grandmother, Kate follows a dream and opens Lickety Splits, an ice cream shop featuring Kate's new and inventive flavors.

The shop is off to a great start thanks to the help of best friend Willow Baines, until Kate realizes that her h
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Annie
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lghiggins
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kate’s lifelong love affair with ice cream began as a preschooler, but that devotion was not transformed into a business until fifteen years after her high school graduation. She attended college and had a successful career as a New York City public relations consultant. She returned to Wolfert’s Roost when her “Grams” was injured, decided to stay, and opened her own business, Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe. She finds her bullying childhood rival has not changed any, and there is a murder in qu ...more
Donna
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A great start to a new series. After working in Manhatten in the corporate world Kate decides to open an ice cream shoppe in the small town of Wikfert's Roost where her grandmother lives. Everything is going great until she realizes that her childhood 'friend' Ashley Winthrop has started selling frozen treats in her bakery across the street. But before things can get bad Ashley is killed and Kate is the prime suspect. Determine to clear her name she starts looking into Ashley' ...more
Susan
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I saw this mystery offered the subject wasn't what got my attention. While I like ice cream, that wasn't what made me decide to request it. It was the fact that the author was Cynthia Baxter, an author I had enjoyed in the past but I thought she was no longer writing. So glad she is back with a new series. The story line isn't new with the female protagonist giving up her career for various reasons and returning home to family and friends, starting on a new path. The writing, the characters ...more
Kate
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder with a Cherry on Top by Cynthia Baxter is a cozy mystery that will keep you in suspense until the very end. Kate opens an ice cream shop in her old hometown across the street from a bakery shop run by Ashley, who has taunted Kate every since Kindergarten. Ashley is murdered after an argument with Kate and Kate becomes a suspect. Kate is determined to find out who killed Ashley and in doing so, finds out that there is more than meets the eye with Ashley.

This is an entertaining mystery with
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Marge
Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Tried this new series. It was disappointing, again we have a woman business owner who neglects her brand new business to run all over town trying to find a murderer. She enlists her 18 year old niece to run it by herself after 2 hours of instruction. There is no character development, all we know about her is the over the top love of ice cream. She scoops a "huge" bowl of ice cream constantly morning, noon and night to deal with everything. Then there is the constant repetition, the author uses ...more
N
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
‘Murder With a Cherry on Top’ by Cynthia Baxter is a really cozy murder mystery. It evokes life in a small town with Kate McKay returning to her hometown in the Hudson Valley of New York to care for her ‘Grams’ and to open an ice cream shop. This is the first book in the Lickety Splits series and a good introduction to some of the characters. Could we have a young Miss Marple on our hands? It’s a fun read and at times hilarious. There’s a bit of history included and the blurbs at the beginning o ...more
Sandra Hernandez
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this but Kate is a wonderful character and I love ice cream. It actually makes me want to go to the ice cream store that we have that is similar to this where they make their own ice cream. I feel like she has some issues with the past especially coming back to her hometown. It will be interesting to see what happens with her and Jake or if she develops a new romance. In this book her and her old high school I Ashley get into an argument and later that day Ashley ends up dead. Because of ...more
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