Serena Lavinia just can’t get a break. She needs every penny she can make between her newspaper job and her ice cream truck. It’s just her luck to find her very best customer dead when she decides to check on him. And the circumstances make Serena look mighty suspicious as the murderer. With way too much evidence pointing her way, Serena needs to find the real culprit before she ends up in jail (or worse)! Serena’s new newspaper boss Webster is growing on her but the jury is still out whether he is her friend or enemy. At least he is willing to help her track down clues in the latest mystery on Lantern Beach.

Milkshake Up is another quick and easy-to-read cozy mystery in Barritt’s latest Crime a la Mode series. More fun, more quirky characters, and another mystery to solve adds up to a pleasant evening of reading escape. Christy Barritt’s novellas may not qualify as serious literature but there is definitely a place for it in my life when I want to lighten things up a bit. I love her style and sense of humor and will continue to read as many of her books as I can.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


When ice cream lady Serena Lavinia’s best customer doesn’t show up to buy his daily treats, she has no choice but to find out if he’s okay.

She didn’t expect to find him lying dead amid the wrappers of her wares.

As an investigation begins and all the evidence points to Serena, she has no choice but to clear her name. With the help of her trusty dog Scoops and her new frenemy Webster Newsome, she’s determined to find the bad guy before her life gets the ultimate shake up and she spends the rest of her days behind bars . . . and not of the frozen indulgence variety.


USA Today has called Christy Barritt’s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”

A Publishers Weekly best-seller, Christy writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have sold almost two million copies, and one is currently being developed as a movie.

Christy’s books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.

She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.

Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She loves spending time with her husband, her two sons, and her four dogs.

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