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Last Licks

(Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery #3)

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It's autumn in the Hudson Valley, and Kate McKay has some tricks up her sleeve for a deliciously spooky season at her Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe. But with a cold-blooded murderer thrown into the mix, the scares are about to become a little too real . . .

Kate receives the shock of a lifetime when she's blindsided by an offer she can't refuse. An assistant m
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Hardcover, 250 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Carrie
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Last Licks by Cynthia Baxter is the third book in the cozy A Lickety Splits Mystery series. Each book in the series does contain it’s own mystery that will be solved so they can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. However, for those that follow the series from the beginning there will be some character development that carries over from book to book.

In this series Kate McKay had left her hometown after high school and gone onto college and then a career in Manhattan. Ho
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Rebecca Reviews
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cynthia Baxter’s Last Licks is a great and fast-paced cosy. I really liked this mystery filled with delicious ice-cream, good sleuthing, and some Halloween fun. However, I would have liked Kate’s romance to be more developed. I haven’t read the earlier books in this series but I had no problem understanding everything. The book works well as a standalone.

Kate McKay, owner of Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe, is preparing for Halloween. But, she gets an offer from Hollywood that she can’t refuse!
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The Cozy Review
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: A Lickety Split Mystery – Book 3
Author: Cynthia Baxter
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Culinary/Holiday
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 256

Publishing Date: December 31, 2019

A new addition to the “A Lickety Split Mystery” series by Cynthia Baxter published by Kensington Books comes the delicious (Halloween) holiday cozy, Last Licks.

Kate’s ice cream shop is a beautiful place to spend a few hours. Visiting with the characters from this series is time well spent. Kate and Emma, as well as Grams,
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Taryn
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
As we go into this third book of the series we find Kate excited over an offer that will pay out some big bucks. There is an assistant movie director that would like to use Kate's shop to shoot a pivotal scene. The money would be great so Kate doesn't want to refuse, she can put up with a crew for a short time. Things start of well that is until new actress, Savannah Crane, dies while eating ice cream. Kate's first shot into making some Hollywood connections might just be her last. She can't bel ...more
OjoAusana
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*got this book for free from netgalley for honest review* Too cute!!!! First off, we had tons of extra Halloween candy this year bc the weather was crappy and i suggested cutting up the extra candy to make ice cream or cookies and eveyone acted like i was werid, but i must have been on to something bc they make it in this book! 😂

I haven't read the second book yet but i love this series, its so cute, i like the characters, it has little ice cream facts every chapter AND it has recipes! Its the p
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Mary Brown
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last Licks
A Lickety Splits Mystery, Book #3
Cynthia Baxter
5 Stars

Synopsis:

It's autumn in the Hudson Valley, and Kate McKay has some tricks up her sleeve for a deliciously spooky season at her Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe. But with a cold-blooded murderer thrown into the mix, the scares are about to become a little too real . . .

Kate receives the shock of a lifetime when she's blindsided by an offer she can't refuse. An assistant movie director desperately wants to shoot a key scene at Lickety
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Patty
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Last Licks by Cynthia Baxter is the 3rd book in A Lickety Splits Mystery series, and another fun addition. Kate McKay left her high powered job in New York to return home to care for her grandmother and open up her dream ice cream shop. Kate and her niece Emma are busy coming up with Halloween flavored ice cream flavors when a women walks in and inquired if they could rent Lickety Splits for a few hours for a scene in a movie. Kate is not sure it's a good idea, until she sees how much it will pa ...more
RO G'ma
Last Licks is the third book in Cynthia Baxter’s A Lickety Splits Mystery series. This is a fun and easy read, with well-developed and likable characters, an interesting mystery with multiple suspects, twists and turns, and red herrings. The reveal surprised me.

Kate McKay lives in her childhood home in Wolfert’s Roost, New York, a quaint Hudson Valley village, with her grandmother, Caroline “Grams” Whitman, and her eighteen-year-old niece, Emma Pritchard. Kate loves everything related to ice cre
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Toni
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the third book in the Lickety Splits mystery series by Cynthia Baxter. I am not certain why the publication dates is December 31st for this particular title since it would have been a perfect late September release. There are all things fall and cozy in this story and the ice cream shoppe is all decked out for Halloween too.

This mystery was fascinating and they paired the problems Kate has in her love life alongside the mystery making it so hard to look away or put the book dow
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Annarella
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was quite a nice cozy mystery, fun to read and engrossing.
I liked the well thought cast of characters, the setting, and the solid mystery that kept me guessing.
It's the first book i read in this series and won't surely be the last.
Recommended.
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Lisa Morin
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
What better compliment them having the Hollywood film people wanting to use your shop for a new film.
Unfortunately, when a taste of ice cream ends the life of the leading actress, it might be lights out for everyone involved.
Ileana Renfroe
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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It’s autumn in the Hudson Valley, and Kate McKay has some tricks up her sleeve for a deliciously spooky season at her Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe. But with a cold-blooded murderer thrown into the mix, the scares are about to become a little too real . . .
Kate receives the shock of a lifetime when she’s blindsided by an offer she can’t refuse. An assistant movie director desperately wants to shoot a key scene at Lickety Splits and she’s willing to pay big bucks to sweeten the last
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Susan
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this series makes me head for the freezer and pull out a pint of really good ice cream. With that in mind, I planned which flavor I wanted beforehand. (mint chocolate chip) Once that was settled I dove into this, the third in the series after Murder with a Cherry on Top and Hot Fudge Murder. I wasn't disappointed.
It's almost Halloween and Kate and her niece are trying to come up with some themed flavors to serve at Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe which she owns. Located in the Hudson Va
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K.A. Davis
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
LAST LICKS, the third book in the Lickety Splits Mystery series by Cynthia Baxter, is a fun Halloween treat of a read filled with all sorts of sweets to tempt the reader. I love how each chapter begins with an ice cream factoid which adds to the appeal. Protagonist Kate McKay is owner of Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe and lives to dream up yummy and unique ice cream flavors. The reader will be drooling over the descriptions and Ms. Baxter’s writing makes you feel like you’re right there in the ...more
dnsyl57
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Last Licks" is the 3rd in this series by Cynthia Baxter. Kate McKay agrees to allow a movie shoot in her ice cream shoppe with murderous results. She decides she must clear her name (and her shoppe) by finding the killer. Some nice twists and interesting developments leading to the revelation of "who done it".

Tasty food and vivid descriptions of the autumn beauty add lovely layers to the story. I will say though, that I did have an early hunch of who the guilty party was but the reasoning behi
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Susan Johnston
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: Do not read this book on an empty stomach if you love ice cream. You will be drooling all over your Kindle. Lickety Splits becomes the set for a big Hollywood movie with an up and coming starlet playing the lead role. Everything is magical for Kate until she serves the star a bowl of her ice cream and the actress is poisoned. While there is plenty of negative publicity, Kate is not really considered a viable suspect but she still wants to clear her shop of any residual ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Last Licks by Cynthia Baxter is the third book in the cozy A Lickety Splits Mystery series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone however i highly recommend the entire series from book one for your reading enjoyment.

Kate McKay is happily living back in her hometown running her new business, a ice cream shop called ' lickety Splits.' i love how the author incorporates information on ice cream in every chapter. She has a good relationship with her Grandmother and is enjoying her ne
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Melissa Castor
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ice cream and Halloween make a fun combination! I love Kate's Lickety Splits ice cream shop with original flavors and more creative flavors. The Halloween Bag of Tricks and Treats was a great-sounding ice cream flavor in this book. I also enjoy Kate's close relationship with her grandmother and niece. A movie crew is shooting a scene in Kate's shop and the day of the shoot, the lead actress is poisoned when she eats the ice cream. The police suspect Kate, except she really had no motive since sh ...more
Kathleen Gray
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Regular cozy readers know that Kate is not the one who poisoned the ice cream which killed Savannah Crane. Nope. Kate owns the ice cream shop and she stood to benefit greatly from filing there. Savannah, a hot young actress, had stalkers and haters and all sorts of things going on her life that weren't obvious immediately. Well, unfortunately, suspicion falls on Kate (it is her shop after all) and she's got to exonerate herself. Luckily, she's got good friends, a nascent love triangle, and a his ...more
Ann
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book 3 in the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe cozy series. It can be read as a stand alone but I have enjoyed the previous books. Kate is decorated for the Halloween season and is coming up with some creative menu ideas to get the public inside for ice cream in cold Hudson Valley. Kate is given a large amount of money to let a film crew use her store for an afternoon's shooting. Sounds good until the star drops dead after eating a spoon of her ice cream. A good cozy to solve with some gr ...more
Aimee
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last Licks is the third entry in the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery series, and it's my favorite so far! Each book in the series is better than the last.

Kate's ice cream shop, Lickety Splits, sounds like the perfect place to stop for dessert (or a midday treat!) Cynthia Baxter strikes a great balance between gushing about delicious flavors of ice cream and having Kate work to solve the most recent murder in town.

This murder mystery caught me completely off guard! I thought I had it figu
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Mary
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd installment of the Lickety Splits Mystery series. Kate McKay runs the Lickety Splits Ice Cream shop and she is decorating her shop for Halloween when a director from a Hollywood movie that is shooting in the area wants to use her shop for a scene. All Kate has to do is prepare some homemade ice cream and put up the with film crew. It is only one scene so what could possibly go wrong. Well the actress Savannah Crane drops dead after eating the ice cream the shop is under suspicion ...more
Antonina Deverue
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was very fun to read. What was great about this book is that everything was still a complete misery until the last 1/5th of the book. I was sure that there was no way that the writer could put in the resolutions to the mystery in the last few chapters, but sure enough she did, and I DID NOT SEE IT COMING. This is what is so great with these books, they are so juvenile and upbeat, until the end of the book, when everything gets very serious (I still cannot believe the twist in the first ...more
LilyPad
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a fan of mystery books, I was on the lookout for a cozy read for the autumn season, especially with Halloween right around the corner! I came across this book by chance the other day and decided to give it a try. This book definitely puts you in the Halloween spirit! I absolutely loved the talk of Halloween festivities throughout the book.
The plot itself is intriguing and keeps you on your toes at all times. It jumps right into the mystery almost immediately and takes you on the journey of so
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Annalisa
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was cute and fun to read. Kate is decorating her sweet little ice cream shop with some boo worthy decorations for the upcoming season. They want
to shoot a scene in her shop and pay big money to do so but after taking a spoonful of a delectable frozen treat, the actress Savannah drops dead. The plot has some twists in it and the story was well written. The characters were charming and witty. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Janet Graham
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Halloween Horror Cozy Mystery
This book is part of a series and can stand alone. It has a beautiful setting, lots of moving pieces and a very surprising ending. Like the rest of the series, there is a bit of romance, a bit of country charm and a bit of delicious ice cream. The author includes a few recipes at the back of the book. This is a fun story that I enjoyed. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Tracy
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No one does ice cream like Kate McCay. With Halloween on the way and delicious treats to create Lickety Splits Ice Cream is busy, but when poison turns up on the menu instead of parfaits Kate must find out the who and why of this newest mystery. I love love my cozy mysteries and this one is an absolute treat! I had to clue I was going to be so shocked to find out who done this time around. This new series if one to watch "read" if you love your cozies. ...more
Wendy Spedale
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Last Licks was an enjoyable read. Baxter may have been a little overindulgent with the ice cream analogies for my tastes...see what I did there.. but who am I to judge anyone, I eat raw cookie dough. (Also, I'm a reader, not a writer). I have to admit, the one who dunnit didn't completely surprise me but the way she/he was revealed did. So that was fun. ...more
Chris gerst
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series. Kate owns a ice cream shop. When someone comes in and asks if they can use her shop for a movie. Then someone is murdered. Kate sets out on her own to find the killer before they murder again.
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