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5 stars for Fire and Ice by @btpolcari #cozymystery #cozy #newadult #newrelease #bookreview



Title: Fire & Ice

Author: B.T. Polcari

Genre: Cozy Mystery


Book Blurb:


After encountering a brief power outage at work, college student Sara Donovan might be allowing her imagination to run wild. The main vault in the Carlton Museum holds the Fire and Ice Exhibit, a collection of rare gems, including the Star of Midnight, a 175-carat diamond. Although all the stones are accounted for, Sara suspects the Star of Midnight was stolen and replaced with a fake.


While conducting her own investigation, what Sara uncovers is beyond even her wildest imagination: a coded message, papers with strange characters, and a mysterious set of numbers carved into an office wall. Despite dismissive historians and other experts, she is certain these clues point to a mysterious centuries-old legend.


Unfortunately, her colorful history of usually being right, but always being wrong, means she must solve the mystery to prove her theory.


This is a standalone sequel to the award-winning title Against My Better Judgment. Meaning readers do not necessarily have to read AMBJ to read Fire & Ice. There are also no AMBJ spoilers in Fire & Ice.


Praise for Fire & Ice


"Both young adult and adult readers will quickly be charmed by this standalone sequel to Against My Better Judgment, the first book in Polcari's award-winning A Mauzzy & Me Mystery Series. ...a well-researched crime-busting adventure that takes on ever-deeper meaning and mystery with every page. ...Polcari transforms what could be a clichéd plot and spices it up with colorful, engaging characters, accessible, conversational prose, down-to-earth dialogue, and a flair for storytelling that will keep readers turning pages."

- RECOMMENDED. The US Review of Books


“B.T. Polcari‘s cozy mystery, FIRE AND ICE, includes all the elements required to engage readers into solving the puzzle—a compelling hook, interesting characters, a well-structured plot, and a few red herrings.”

-Indie Reader APPROVED


Amazon Top 100 New Release: Teen & Young Adult Humor Nonfiction ebooks, Teen & Young Adult Humorous Fiction, Teen & Young Adult Mysteries & Detective Stories


My Review:


The second book of this series that the world has been eagerly waiting for. Sara returns to her glorious side career as a mystery solver. She is now in the summer between years at Bama and she hasn't lost her style.


In the first book, this reader was taken aback by the ditzy nature of Sara as a student. She wears this distinction well as a person with a summer job at a museum. A person who just adores dogs will love Mauzzy and how this story works around a dog. Much of the humor is about the living style of Mauzzy.


The mystery is a real page-turner here. There is a great amount of suspense and intrigue to keep the reader on edge. The mystery of just who Mrs. Majelski is will continue to haunt the curious reader until another book is written.


Fans of cozy mystery with a side of dogs will love this book. Fans of lighthearted mystery with a little edge will love this book. Readers of the first book will love this book. Those who have read this book will want to read the next installment.


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:


B.T. Polcari is a graduate of Rutgers College of Rutgers University, an award-winning mystery author, and a proud father of two wonderful children. He’s a champion of rescue pups (Mauzzy is a rescue), craves watching football and basketball, and, of course, loves reading mysteries. Among his favorite authors are D.P. Lyle, Robert B. Parker, and Michael Connelly. He is also an unapologetic fantasy football addict. He lives with his wife in scenic Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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Reviewed by: Mr. N

1 Comment


Barbara Bettis
Aug 23, 2022

Great review. This sounds like a dandy story! Wishing you all the best, B. T.

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