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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

About the Book

Book: Spoon to Be Dead

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Release Date: October 31, 2023

A murder for the holidays is about to shake things up!

Trinidad Jones is starting the festive season with sugary confections and a heaping scoop of worry as her shake shop enters its first Oregon winter. With snow abound and tourists trickling through, she’ll do anything to keep her milkshake dreams afloat, even if it means catering a holiday steamboat party for some new arrivals in town.

But when her good-for-nothing ex crashes through her shop’s door claiming he’s being charged with murder, things go sideways. With clues piling up like whipped cream on a sundae and motives abound, Trinidad and her fellow ex-wives must solve this murder before she’s finally thrown for a scoop.

The third book in the Shake Shop Mysteries following Trinidad Jones who makes sweet confections and solves sticky situations in her small town!


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion for excellence in mystery/suspense. She was honored to receive the Author of the Year award from West Coast Christian Writers. A California native, she’s written over fifty titles for the general and Christian markets in the suspense, lighthearted romance, and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at if you’d like to learn more.


More from Dana

It seems like just yesterday that I was dreaming up decadent freakshake recipes for book one in the Ice Cream Shop mysteries and here we are in book three! It’s Christmas time in Upper Sprocket and there’s a wedding in the works, but most surprising of all is the appearance of Gabe Bigley, the cheating ex of Trinidad and her two besties. You can imagine there is going to be a hefty helping of murder, mayhem and merriment in this next installment in the series. Hope you love book three as much as I do!


This is probably not a big secret but I absolutely love this author’s creative talents. This cozy mystery is fun, intriguing and filled with surprises. I’m glad to be back in this quaint little town with Trinidad and her friends. The concoctions she makes with ice cream wants me to run to the store and find her products. 

If you have missed the first two in this series I highly recommend grabbing them so you don’t miss out on a spectacular series. The mystery this time involves several people including an ex husband and a famous athlete . There is some underhanded deals going on and revenge on one person’s  mind. I loved following the clues and being  surprised several times when I was so sure I knew who the guilty person was. 

The stars of the story for me was Noodles and Scooter who become best friends. They lend comic relief to the story with their friendship.  Two unlikely pets who show us that friends can be opposites but still find a bond. I would love to take them both home with me if  Trinidad would let me. Trinidad is once again on the hunt for the killer and is hit with a big secret from one of her friends. 

Get ready to grab a bowl of ice cream, maybe a mug of hot chocolate as well and enjoy this fun story that will keep you guessing. Now I’m off to go grab my favorite peppermint ice cream and find another book from the author to enjoy.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

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Simple Harvest Reads, October 17 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 18

Mary Hake, October 18

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 19

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Betti Mace, October 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 20

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 21

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 22 (Author Interview)

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Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 23

Blossoms and Blessings, October 23

Labor Not in Vain, October 24

Holly’s Book Corner, October 24

Lily’s Book Reviews, October 25

Splashes of Joy, October 25

Pause for Tales, October 26

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, October 26

She Lives To Read, October 27


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

(If the winner is outside the U.S., then he or she will receive an eBook.)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Love your review. I would certainly want to read the book, if I hadn’t already!

  2. Great review, and I am 100% certain that I will love Spoon to Be Dead.

  3. The cover is really cute! thaks for sharing your thoughts on the book

  4. I enjoy humor, pets, and when a mystery keeps you guessing. Sounds like a great read- thanks for sharing about it :) !

    - Madie

  5. Do you have other writers in your family?