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5 stars for Double Dipped by @TerryIsWriting #mystery #cozymystery #beachread #bookreview

Title: Double Dipped

Author: Terry Korth Fischer

Genre: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Beach Read

Book Blurb:

Accepting second best is good for her career, but first-grade teacher, Retta Curt, delays signing up for the disappointment. Given two weeks to consider her contract, she retreats to Gram’s cottage on Moon Lake, the last place she felt contentment. But the cottage is derelict; Cousin Julie, distant; childhood beaux, Dean, bitter; and Sweet Picks, the family ice cream stand, in danger of folding. A surly newcomer is buying and then running down properties until nothing remains of the idyllic lakeside community she remembers. When vandals target Sweet Picks, Retta’s dreams to recapture her happy childhood collapse, and the return to Moon Lake becomes a decision worse than accepting her teaching contract. Disheartened. Star-crossed. Can Retta save the family business and rediscover happiness, or is she destined for a second-best future?

My Review:

Can Retta return to Moon Lake and grab a hold of happiness or will she fail and be miserable forever? The school year is over and while Retta has an offer to teach next year, she’s not thrilled about the grade change. Feeling restless, she decides to go back to where she felt content and happy: Moon Lake and her family’s ice cream stand. When she arrives, she’s in for a rude awakening. Nothing is as she remembers it and even worse, the ice cream stand is on the brink of collapse. Will no one stand up to this bully of a man who’s buying up property and letting them fall to ruin? As Retta’s hope circles the drain, she wonders why she even bothers. All her dreams are dashed. Can Retta save the ice cream stand and in the process Moon Lake, showing other residents that it can be done? Or has she no other choice but to go back to her old life, desolate and unhappy?

Double Dipped is a summer mystery beach read full of nostalgia and turmoil. Nothing says summer like a small lakeside community and an ice cream stand. But when disaster strikes, this same community needs to either band together or fold up and move. It’s an interesting mystery and the basic theme of Double Dipped. I connected with Retta from the start. She’s a very likable character standing at a crossroads. Which direction she steers her life will determine her level of happiness. A very relatable premise indeed. Double Dipped is a summertime mystery I enjoyed. Terry Korth Fischer has written a beach read for mystery lovers. I enjoyed reading this book and following Retta as she maneuvers through a difficult time. The setting is described beautifully. The narration and plot are easy to follow with plenty of characters to interact with. The ending is sweet and made me smile. If you love mysteries with a bit of romance, pick Double Dipped. Cozy mystery readers will also love Double Dipped. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Terry Korth Fischer writes short stories, memoirs, and mysteries. Her debut mystery, Gone Astray, introduced Detective Rory Naysmith, a seasoned city cop relocated to small-town Winterset, Nebraska. The Rory Naysmith Mysteries continued with Gone Before, January 2022. Transplanted from the Midwest, Terry lives in Houston, Texas, with two guard cats. When not writing, she loves reading, gardening, and basking in sunshine. Yet, her heart often wanders to the country's heartland, where she spent a memorable—ordinary but charmed—childhood. Learn more about Terry at her author website:

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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Jul 06, 2022

You made my summer. Thank you, Mrs. N.

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Jul 06, 2022
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You're so welcome, Terry!

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