Icing Ivy (Jane Stuart and Winky Mysteries)

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ICING IVY

Once Jane Stuart and Ivy Benson were best friends--until Ivy's daughter Marlene took a job as nanny to Jane's son and was later murdered. Now it's time for Jane and Ivy to heal past wounds and catch up on old times. The perfect opportunity presents itself at a week at the off-season mountain lodge where Jane has scheduled a fiction writers' retreat.

So much for best intentions. Ivy's brought Johnny, the new man in her life, who has eyes for one of Jane's students. The handsome lothario is also a man on the run, and the Mt. Munsee Lodge is his perfect hideaway. But what Johnny's running from is soon catching up with all of them--and with a blizzard leaving them snowbound, there's little chance for escape. Especially for Ivy. Jane's discovered her old pal dead--stabbed with an ice pick.

As the melting ice gives way to startling clues, Jane and Winky's investigation leads them into Ivy's complicated past--and the deadly secrets of a writer who has the clever manipulations of the murder mystery down cold. . .

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From Publishers Weekly:

In her fourth engaging cozy (after 2001's Stabbing Stephanie), literary agent Jane Stuart delves into murder at a writers' retreat. An old friend, Ivy Benson (the mother of the murder victim in the first in the series, Missing Marlene), reappears just as Jane has agreed to help out at a writers' weekend being held at Mt. Munsee Lodge. Ivy has a new man in her life, Johnny, and she seems to want to mend her fences with Jane, but Jane has misgivings about Ivy's new heartthrob and his intentions toward her friend. Johnny's on the run from something, and his antics with one of the women at the lodge soon cause problems for everyone. When Jane discovers Ivy dead, killed by an ice pick, she figures Johnny is the likely killer-except that he's disappeared. Despite the urgings of her cop boyfriend not to get involved, Jane keeps digging into the murder and finds that there are unexpected connections to some of the students attending the retreat. What was the real motive that compelled someone to put Ivy on ice? In unearthing the final clue, Jane rather foolishly puts herself in danger. She nevertheless proves a shrewd sleuth, even without the help of her cat, Winky, who's sidelined during this adventure, giving birth to a litter of kittens (the two cats on the Christmasy jacket, however, are sure to draw ailurophiles).
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From Library Journal:

Because her daughter was murdered after taking a job as nanny to literary agent Jane Stuart's son, Ivy Benson and Jane are no longer best friends. Ivy subsequently attends a writers' retreat arranged by Jane, but before they can repair their friendship, someone kills Ivy, and Jane and her cat, Winky, must solve the case. For fans of feline cozies.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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