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Pint of No Return

(Ice Cream Shop Mystery #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  90 reviews
The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up...

After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and S
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Published May 25th 2021 by Poisoned Pen Press
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This is a Cozy Mystery, and this is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop Mystery series. I have to say the cover of this book totally made me get this book, and I think the cover is so very cute. In this book we follow Trinidad after her divorce to no good ex-husband. She moves to Sprocket which sounds like the cuteness small town ever, but her ex-husband's other two ex-wives lives in Sprocket. I think my favorite character is Noodles which is Trinidad's dog, and this dog just takes the spot lig ...more
Peggy R
This is the first book in the Shake Shop Mystery series and I found it to be an easy and entertaining read. Trinidad Jones is picking up the pieces of her life post-divorce and finds herself in the hometown of her ex-husband turning the building he deeded to her into a shake shop. I thought Trinidad was a good main character. She is likable and as an accidental sleuth, she is cautious in searching out clues. She is surrounded by a diverse and solid group of secondary characters that help her wit ...more
Deanne Patterson
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Pint of No Return is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop Mystery series.
I love how the author incorporates her enthusiasm for writing into books.
Her characters are somewhat quirky and it makes for a great fast read as you really want to see who will do what as the story evolves.
A mystery revolving around an ice cream shop,a scheming ex-husband who is now jailed,the ex-wives and a smart as a whip former rescue dog.
Kept me guessing and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I just know i
This is the start of a fun new series with Trinidad Jones starting a new life in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, where she is working on opening an ice cream shop, the Shimmy and Shake Shop, for the coming up 4th of July. She is in a unique place with two other ex-wives that made the mistake of trusting and loving Gabe Bigley. He left each of the wives a business in Sprocket before he went to prison. Trinidad is using old recipes from her Cuban born Papa Luis who is back at home in Miami with her mother ...more
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Newly divorced Trinidad Jones is getting a new start in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, by opening the Shimmy and Shake Shop in a building that used to house one of her embezzling ex-husband’s businesses. Opening a shop and serving monster “freak” milkshakes is a dream come true but Upper Spocket is a small town and it just happens to be where ex-wives 1 and 2 also reside. That is not really a problem for Trinidad until one of them is
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this first installment in the Shake Shop Mystery series. Trinidad is a great MC, and I love that she ends up in Sprocket Oregon, with two other ex-wives of the same man. Her ex is in prison for embezzlement, and he gave each of his ex-wives a business or property he had in Sprocket. Juliette one of the ex-wives is accused of murdering another person from the town - Keven. There are a lot of other suspects, and Trinidad with the help of Quinn and Doug, and her dog Noodles, do som ...more
K.A. Davis
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
PINT OF NO RETURN, the first in the brand-new Shake Shop Mystery series by Dana Mentink, has all the ingredients for a temptingly delicious cozy mystery! Protagonist Trinidad Jones, and her adorable flunked-out service dog, Noodles, are newly arrived in Upper Sprocket, Oregon to take control of a commercial building left to her by her in-the-slammer ex. She’s opening the Shimmy and Shake Shop featuring over-the-top milk shakes and I couldn’t help but drool over the descriptions of her frozen con ...more
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the first book in the Ice Cream Shop mystery series by Dana Mentink.

Trinidad Jones owns an ice cream shop and is out getting nuts for a friend when she stumbles upon his body stuffed inside a large kettle. This is where he made his famous caramel popcorn.

They know someone is out to keep Trinidad from discovering the truth when her friend, Quinn is attacked and the photos he picked up that belonged to the dead guy were stolen. There is a lot going on in this book which is fine s
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a fun mystery this was! The community of Upper Sprocket was all at once enjoyable and questionable at the same time. Trinidad connected with a few people who could be good friends with her, such as Quinn, Doug, and Juliette. It was also a quaint and cute town. However, it soon became clear that there was a murderer loose and Trinidad’s new friend, Juliette, was immediately accused and arrested.

The author did a great job of keeping me guessing about who was behind the murder and mayhem. Ther
Shirley Chapel
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne Stalker.
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I really enjoyed this delicious and baffling cozy mystery. It was scary , unpredictable, at times funny and definitely a page turner. This is the first cozy mystery by Dana Mentink that I've read and I intend to read other books in this series as they come out. The cover with the monster milk shake on it drew me to the book.
Trinidad Jones is new in the town of Upper Sprocket Oregon. Her ex husband came from this town and he deeded her the shop before he went to jail for embezzlement. Problem is
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pint Of No Return is the first book in the A Shake Shop Mystery series by Dana Mentink.

Trinidad Jones has moved to Upper Sprockett, Oregon, to open her dream business, Shimmy and Shakes, a milkshake shop in a storefront that her ex has deeded over to her. Her convicted husband has also deeded over businesses to his two other exes in Sprocket.

Trinidad is about ready to open her shop and runs out to see Quinn Logan, who runs Logan’s Nut Farm, to purchase some hazelnuts that she will use in some o
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When Trinidad Jones's lying, cheating scoundrel of an ex-husband heads to jail, she inherits a storefront in his hometown of Upper Sprocket, Oregon. It's a far cry from Miami where Trinidad grew up but she decides to grab her dog and start fresh and open an ice cream shop. This won't be an ordinary ice cream shop but home to what Trinidad calls the Freakshake! Giant milkshake/sundae creations featuring her own homemade ice cream. With two teens to help with the DIY renovations and run the shop T ...more
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink is a fantastic start to a new dessert cozy mystery!
With cozies I either enjoy the series because of how descriptive they are of the town and hobby or because of the great characters, and Mentink does great in both areas, but really shines in the character development.

Trinidad, Quinn, Doug and Noodles make a fantastic detecting team, and I wouldn’t mind a future romance with Trinidad and Quinn because Quinn seems like a wonderful man. Doug is on the spectrum, and
Madis Mysteries
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED IT. Everything your fun loving heart could ever want. Just such a good break between heavy books and such a good reminder of the books I read growing up that gave me my love for reading!!

The main character was adorable and I wanted to eat all of her ice cream the flavours sounded amazing. I also kept laughing at the fact that she was living in a small town with her ex husband (who was in jail)’s ex wives like absolutely ridiculous in no actual scenario do you get deeded a shop and move
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, arc, mystery
Pint of No Return is an entertaining cozy mystery, the first book in a series.

At first it was hard to keep track of all of the characters and I kept confusing two of them, but after a while it became more interesting and I really liked the end. Oh, and of course, I adore Noodles, the dog!

** Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion. I read and reviewed this book voluntarily. **
Mary Brown
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it

The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up...

After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple sticky situations underway, nam
Cozy Cat Reviews
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the debut book in the new cozy mystery series " Ice Cream Shop Mystery Series" . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. I enjoyed this new series with a fresh take on cozies set in a charming ice cream shop.

I loved the setting of a fictional small Oregon town called " Upper Sprocket". Trinidad is our protagnist just divorced from a nefarious ex who left her a sizable settlement she uses to set up her dream ice cream shop. She has a talent for making fabulous m
Sue Em
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Enjoyable debut cozy set in Upper Sprocket, Oregon where Trinidad Jones is focused on opening her ice cream shop. Deeded the building by her louse of an ex- husband far from her native Miami, she relocated into a town where two other ex-wives live. Amazingly enough when she encounters one of the other wives, she really likes her. So much so that when Juliet is suspected for murder, Trinidad comes to the rescue to investigate. The other characters are interesting and the plot intriguing. Best of ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love Dana Mentink's inspirational suspense books and since she is so good at those, I figured she'd be good at a cozy mystery, too. She is. This is not inspirational, but totally clean and wholesome. Trinidad Jones lives in the same small town as her conniving ex husband's other two ex wives. He is in jail, fortunately, for other crimes, so she doesn't have to look at him. Trinidad opens a shake shop and goes into business for herself. Then her business neighbor, a popcorn king, turns up dead ...more
Lisa Morin
Trinidad Jones is making a new life for herself in Upper Sprocket, Oregon. While this itself may not seem strange, living in the same small town as your ex-husbands previous wives does add a bizarre twist. When her embezzling ex was taken to prison, he gave Trinidad the deed to a small store.
With her head held high, Trinidad begins preparing the shop for her new business, the Shimmy and Shake Shop.
Trinidad has done her best to avoid the other ex wives, but when she meets Juliette, she feels a k
Stephanie (read_with_steph)
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Series starters--especially for cozy mysteries--can be difficult to do well, since there is so much foundation necessary, but I think this one did a great job! Our main character, Trinidad, is one of three ex-wives of a crook, and she was deeded a business and is attempting to start anew after the schmuck is put in jail. Trinidad decides to open a "Freakshake" ice cream shop, only to discover her next door neighbor, the caramel corn king, dead in his vat of popcorn!

The thing I liked most about
Jennifer Baker
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this new cozy mystery series! Trinidad moves to Sprocket, Oregon and opens up an extravagant, over-the-top shake shop. She lives in the same town with the two other ex-wives of her ex-husband Gabe Bigley. You know just by that there might be some drama! This mystery had me guessing almost till the end. It had so many characters who could of had a motive for killing Kevin, the owner of Popcorn Palace. This was the first time I read a cozy mystery where there is a female detective ...more
Steph Elias
Pint of No Return is a fantastic cozy mystery that is the first in the Shake Shop Mystery series. It follows Trinidad Jones as she begins a new life running an ice cream shop in a small town after her divorce. The characters were well-written and very likable. Trinidad and her dog Noodles make such a great team. I really enjoyed the people in the town, especially Quinn, Doug, and Papa Luis. The mystery itself is solid and has a satisfying outcome. I loved the atmosphere of the town and the Shake ...more
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love cozy mysteries and this book was a great start to a new series! I love beginning new cozy series because the authors always have such rich descriptions of the towns and characters- this book was no exception to that rule. The author did a wonderful job of making the characters so well developed that they felt real. This book was a light easy read, fun with a mystery and all of its twists and turns thrown in. I can’t wait to continue reading this new series!
Janice Sisemore
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Pint of No Return

Trinidad’s friend was arrested for the death of Kevin. Trinidad knew her friend was innocent and was determined to find find the killer. Pint of No Return is a great mystery. I never guess the killer. Definitely a surprise on how it happened too.

Pint of No Return has a dog in the story. The dog always ends up being my favorite character. I loved Noodles and how she was with Trinidad all the time.

This is the first book of the series. I am looking forward to reading the next bo
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First book in new mystery series

Trinidad Jones is getting divorced from her embezzler husband to start a fresh start in Upper Sprocket Oregon where she plans to start the business of her dreams the Shimmy and Shake Shop where she will serve monster milkshakes. Even with her husband’s two other ex-wives also in Sprocket things are going along smoothly.

That’s until she finds her neighbor the Popcorn King head down in his popcorn kettle, and the suspect is one of her husband’s ex-wives. What is sh
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley, Dana Mentink and Poisoned Pen Press for the copy of Pint of No Return. This is my personal review.
Trinidad Jones has had a rough patch in her life and now she is divorced and ready to move on. She is happy to take one of her ex’s businesses, her cash settlement and her dog and move to Oregon to start her dream business – the Shimmy and Shake Shop. She soon finds out that two other ex- wives of her low life ex-husband live in the same town.
When she returns to her shop only t
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink is the perfect debut for her new Ice Cream Shop Mystery series. Mentink lays the story down so nicely and you cannot help but fall in love with the town of Upper Sprocket, Oregon, the people and the history of the main character is one you won't soon forget !!

Trinidad Jones moves to Upper Sprocket after her ex-husband goes to jail and she learns that he left her a building there. Unfortunately not only did she learn that her husband was an embezzler but was also
Jerrye Bell
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Story Notes

Cute story of finding a new lease on life and solving an unexpected murder by the inventive Dana Mentink

Recently divorced and now shop owner, Trinidad Jones is taking her life back and is determined to open a gourmet shake shop. Upper Sprockett may not be a thriving metropolis but as she's the only game in town, Trinidad is fairly certain she can make a go of
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars (rounded up to 5)

I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

Trinidad Jones is ready for a fresh start. After a divorce from her cheating, embezzling husband, Trinidad moves to the small town of Upper Sprocket with a dream of opening her own ice cream shop. However, the town is home to her ex-husband’s other two ex-wives which is a little awkward. But nothing could have prepared Trinidad for what happens next: she discovers the body of one of the other resid
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Dana Mentink enjoys writing in many different capacities. She currently writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House Publishers and her mystery series debuts with Poisoned Pen Press in October.

Dana is the recipient of a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, two ACFW Carol Awards as well as a Holt Medallion.

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