Death or Ice Cream by Gareth P. Jones

27204179Larkin Mills: The Birthplace of Death!

Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. It’s a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour, and an awful lot of death.

An extraordinary mystery in Larkin Mills is beginning to take shape. First we meet the apparently healthy Albert Dance, although he’s always been called a sickly child, and he’s been booked into Larkin Mills’ Hospital for Specially Ill Children. Then there’s his neighbour Ivor, who observes strange goings-on, and begins his own investigations into why his uncle disappeared all those years ago. Next we meet Young Olive, who is given a battered accordion by her father, and unwittingly strikes a dreadful deal with an instrument repair man.

Make sure you keep an eye on Mr Morricone, the town ice-cream seller, who has queues snaking around the block for his legendary ice cream flavours Summer Fruits Suicide and The Christmas Massacre. And Mr Milkwell, the undertaker, who has some very dodgy secrets locked up in his hearse. Because if you can piece together what all these strange folks have to do with one another… well, you’ll have begun to unlock the dark secrets that keep the little world of Larkin Mills spinning…

How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Mystery

Previously reviewed:
Constable & Toop
The Society of Thirteen

Review: Welcome to Larkin Mills, a town with only one hotel – a very interesting one at that, a waxwork museum that only has famous waxworks of local residents on display and Mr Morricone ice cream parlour.

A town I wish I could visit.

Larkin Mills is peculiar, mysterious and you don’t want to look too closely because since it was founded this town has had an interesting battle, one of death or ice cream.

I always love how Gareth P Jones creates such brilliant characters and in this book there are plenty. Death or Ice Cream is a short story collection of sorts, yet they link together and you’ll find recurring characters such as Mr Morricone. Given the number of character and stories you’d think there would be confusion but no, I thought it was well balanced so the reader could follow exactly what was happening.

I loved Death or Ice Cream from the moment I began reading.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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