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Murder at Icicle Lodge

(Ferrara Family Mystery #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Seasoned Italian-American Alberta Scaglione can whip up a traditional dish for any occasion. But when an impromptu vacation turns deadly, can she sift out the deadly ingredient?

When her granddaughter lands a reporting gig at the grand opening of the luxurious Icicle Lodge, Alberta and friends tag along for a week of much-needed R&R amid the snowcapped hills of
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Natalia  Ramlal
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Jinx lands a reporting gig at the grand opening of a luxury lodge, she immediately invites her grandmother Alberta and her two aunts to come along with her for a week of rest and relaxation. But the perfect winter vacation becomes a nightmare after they discover celebrity guest Pamela Gregory murdered on the ice skating rink. To make matters worse, a blizzard leaves everyone trapped at the lodge. With no help arriving anytime soon, the Ferrara women decide to do their own investigation ...more
Patty
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder at Icicle Lodge by J. D. Griffo is the 3rd book in Ferrara Family Mystery series, and a great addition. Alberta inherited a lake house in Tranquility, New Jersey from her aunt, where she now lives. Alberta's, granddaughter, Jinx, lands a reporting job at a new grand opening of Icicle Lodge in the snow-capped hills of Pennsylvania and invites her family. Jinx, Alberta, Helen and Joyceare excited for the getaway, until they are snowed in by a blizzard and a dead body is found. This book had ...more
Christine
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
This was a nice story. I liked the characters and the mystery was interesting and we'll done. I didn't guess the killer until the end. I loved the relationship between Alberta and Jinx. I might read more in this series but not a must read series for me.
Lisa Morin
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jinx, Alberta, Helen and Joyce are back at it again in Murder at Icicle Lodge.
When Jinx lands a gig to report on the opening day of the new lodge, she had no idea that a simple vacation would turn deadly.
Inviting her grandmother and family members seemed like a perfect idea, until hidden secrets, deception and revenge become the star of the grand opening.
The ladies work together to bring the truth forward and return home safely.
Christine
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alberta Scaglione’s granddaughter is given the assignment to cover the grand opening of the Icicle Lodge in nearby Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. Alberta and a few close family members and friends join Jinx for a week at the luxury lodge. It was supposed to be an easy assignment for Jinx to write about the lodge and the celebrity guest, Olympic figure skating champion Pamela Gregory. Pamela’s fans are looking forward to seeing her special performance, but others are surprised to see how demanding and ...more
Gloria
Murder at Icicle Lodge is the third of the Ferrara Family Mystery series but the first that I read of the series. However, the author does a good job of giving background information on the characters and they are a diverse group of friends. Alberta, her sister Helen, sister-in-law Joyce, and granddaughter Jinx are going on a fun vacation. Jinx works for a local newspaper and is assigned to cover the grand reopening of a nice mountain lodge, Icicle Lodge, in Pennsylvania ski country. An Olympic ...more
Smitten
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Alberta Scaglione’s granddaughter is given the assignment to cover the grand opening of the Icicle Lodge in nearby Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. Alberta and a few close family members and friends join Jinx for a week at the luxury lodge. It was supposed to be an easy assignment for Jinx to write about the lodge and the celebrity guest, Olympic figure skating champion Pamela Gregory. Pamela’s fans are looking forward to seeing her special performance, but others are surprised to see how
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Julie
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
So many things I thought I was going to like about this book - the settings, both Sussex County, NJ, and a vacation lodge in Northeastern Pennsylvania (probably in the Poconos). Former Olympic ice skating stars. Middle aged and youthful detectives. What's not to like? A lot! Everyone's outfits, furniture, and the resort decor are described in detail similar to a description in a catalogue, with lengthy praise of the colors, patterns, and occasional superfluous designer that add nothing to our ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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Although MURDER AT THE ICICLE LODGE is the first book in this series that I’ve had the chance to read, I wasn’t the least bit lost with the cast of recurring characters in the least. Light explanations are provided within the narrative or dialogue to make it easy for a new reader, like me, to fall into this world easily. Now that I’ve had a taste of this Cozy Mystery series I’ll be going back to the beginning to pick up all those little nuances for myself.

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Susan
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before you start reading Murder at Icicle Lodge, brew up your favorite hot beverage and find a comfy place to curl up. Time to join Alberta, her granddaughter Jinx, sister Helen and her sister-in-law Joyce in another investigation. Together these awesome ladies, ranging in age from 65 down to GenX, are the Ferrara Family Detective Agency. They are quite a team. In this, the third murder they investigate, Jinx, a young newspaper reporter, has a plum job - a week at the Icicle Lodge. She asks ...more
FMSWarrior
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ferrara ladies are going on vacation, thanks to Jinx. Invited to a new lodge that is opening and featuring a famous olympic gold medal ice skater making her return to the rink, Jinx was given two rooms to attend the opening festivities and interview the former olympian. To make it into a girls’ trip, Jinx brings Alberta, Helen and Joyce with her. To Alberta’s surprise, their local Police chief was also going to surprise the ladies with two rooms to the event as well. Instead, the ladies are ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd in series and a perfect Holiday theme read ! I love the setting, the mystery and the charcters. I have read the previous in series and always enjoy returning to this series. Thank you for the advance reading copy to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinions are my own..

I was very impressed right away that this reminded me of Dame Agatha Christie and her winter time mysteries.. This is the perfect setting of a mysterious luxury lodge in the snow during the holiday time.
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Mary
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd in the Ferrara Family Mystery series. In this installment the ladies are headed for a vacation due to the fact that Jinx (Alberta's grandaughter) has landed a reporting job at the grand opening of an Icicle Lodge that will feature an olympic gold medalist returning to the ice rink. Jinx is given two rooms so her Grandmother Alberta and two Aunts (Helen and Joyce). Turns out their guys also had the same idea so no longer just a girls trip. They all soon realize that Pamerla ...more
J Messina
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an ARC if this book. I had a wonderful time while reading, the characters were so much fun. Some even reminded me of family members and friends (they are admittedly Italian). I felt right at home with the dynamics between Alberta, Helen and Joyce. They were my favorite, and I will keep on reading this series. The story was interesting and well written, even though I am not a fan of figure skating. It was not very easy to identify the ...more
Kathleen
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, netgalley
Murder at Icicle Lodge is the 3rd book in the Ferrara Family Mystery. It is the first I have read. It is a standalone story.


Jinx works for a local newspaper in Tranquility, New Jersey and is assigned to cover the grand reopening of a mountain lodge, Icicle Lodge, in Pennsylvania. Scheduled is an Olympic gold medal ice skater, Pamela Gregory, as the main draw for the week-end. Unfortunately, she is found dead on the ice.

There are a lot of lies, secrets, and suspects in this story; come along
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Annarella
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Happy to meet again the Ferrara women and be back to their world.
It was as entertaining and engrossing as usual and I smiled a lot.
The mystery is solid and it kept me guessing.
The cast of characters is well written and likeable.
Just one note: I subtracted one star because Italian is my mother tongue and there were plenty of grammar mistakes. As I assume that the characters' mother tongue is Italian I expect them to know the basic rules of the language. Some title sounded so weird that I had to
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Stephanie Tadlock
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Murder at Icicle Lodge, J D Grifo
I give this a three stars, first the plot is fabulous, second the characters are great Helen (ex-nun), Joyce, (sister-in-law), Jinx (Alberta's granddaughter), and A!berta (main character) all considered themselves Italian -American family. The third reason for three stars the plot is center in the world of ice skating. Give this book a chance and give it a read.

PS - There is a sub-plot that not revealed until later in the story. Open minded will be need.

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Judy
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great story. I learned about the Olympics and ice skaters. Going to stay at a lodge for a week with your family and friends sounds wonderful. Little did they know what a crazy time they would have. You will be entertained by this group of ladies and gents. Oh, and we can’t forget Lola. What an interesting group of folks are at the lodge. What secrets are being kept within these walls? You may be in for some surprises. I hope you enjoy hanging out with these folks as much as I did. I ...more
Krystal
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a reader of cozy mysteries I was intrigued to read this book. The Italian-American culture and family vibe come through strongly and the story centres around more mature characters.
The investigation of the crime is well written but I’d say this is a slightly more niche cozy mystery, and would perhaps be more popular with a more mature audience but it can be enjoyed by anyone who reads the cozy mystery genre.
My main takeaways were strong characters and sense of story identity.
Barbara Cotton
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I laughed so hard reading this book. You have to love this big Italian family. The ex nun, the widow, sister in law, and grand daughter. Don't forget, the cop, priest, widows boyfriend, and grand daughters boyfriend. The inside look of a prima Donna, figure skater. The twists and turns of a murder plot. These all make a funny book.
Anna Fox
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. The characters have grown on me as I've read more books. The mystery was good and kept me guessing. I like the seeing the relationships develop between the main characters. I also like the "locked" room setting of the lodge.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review. - I look forward to more in the series.
Karin Carlson
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun cozy with interesting characters and recipes! Murder in a ritzy environment is always entertaining and this story especially so. This was a really quick read and and I hope this author writes more in this series. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
Doreen
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcn
11/28/19 Adorable, as always! Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.
Barbara Tobey
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Italians, Russians, Americans. What fun! Ice skating, too. A delightful array of characters. A few surprises that keep one guessing. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
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