Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth Pantley

Posted June 4, 2022 by elzaread in Book Review / 6 Comments

Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth PantleyOld Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth Pantley
Series: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic #6
on May 20th, 2022
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 350
Format: ARC
Source: Author's Copy
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Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones follows the series format of combining two stories that blend into one. A murder mystery and the island mystery.

The Island Mystery: Hayden’s boyfriend Han is missing. But she swears she saw him zoom by in his car. She’d thought it was a surprise, and that he was home early from his secret service case. She was wrong. The surprise is that his signal isn’t pinging, and no one knows where he is. There appears to be black magic behind his disappearance. Can they learn who’s responsible and bring Han safely home?

The Murder Mystery: A pile of old bones is found in an ancient fishing boat. They could be tied to the disappearance of two young women years ago, back when many of the Destiny Falls people where in high school. Many of the citizens had bad history with the students. Do the bones belong to them, and what happened? Were they murdered? And could the murderer be living among them?

Hayden and Latifa’s many adventures in Destiny Falls will keep you guessing with each book in this fun and intriguing series.

A boyfriend who’s missing. Or was. . . Or is. . . A boat full of old bones. A community ice cream social. A friend in trouble, a spiteful witch, and an angry villain. The mysteries and fun abound in Destiny Falls. Hayden, Latifa, and their family and friends are up for the excitement and adventure.

Whoo hoo! Aaaand we’re back!! Filled with magic, feline sass, delicious food that don’t let you gain an ounce and of course the satisfaction of knowing there’s more to come.

You’ve guessed it! We’ve just returned from Destiny Falls for a visit with Queen Latifa, Hayden, Han that pulled an on-again-off-again stud, I mean stunt, and the rest of the Caldwell family and crew.

But wait, if you are new to our ranting and ravings on our Destiny Falls visits, I guess you are completely lost and need a quick recap. No worries, I’m a cat and I can usually do you one better. By clicking on the image below, you will be able to read all 5, five, ***** reviews of our favorite magical series ever.

But let’s get back to our latest instalment. For our seasoned Destiny Falls visitors, do you still remember how Jousting & Justice ended?

We had been tending to Han’s yard when Bear’s truck had squealed up to the curb. He jumped out and sprinted up to us. He hadn’t even shut the truck door behind him.

“I need your help!” he yelled. “Something’s gone wrong with the mission. Han is missing.”

True to form, the magical author-wizard (calling her a witch doesn’t sound or feel right at all), Elizabeth Pantley, continued her series by simply jumping to the next sentence.

Poor Hayden was of course heartbroken and by now, we also know that hiking, yoga and the menagerie of awesome cats who all reside in the Caldwell House, are what helps her cope with the stress one can actually experience in a magical town that resembles Camelot or a Hallmark-style community, in numerous ways. (Of course I know Camelot, I’ve learned from Caldwell cats to watch all the classic movies).

While going on a romantic picnic/hike with Han the stud/stunt, they stumble upon a set of old bones in an even older fishing boat. Who can it be? Did the bone-inhabitant die of natural causes, or does our local amateur sleuth need to solve yet another murder? You can guess the answer to that question for yourself. As the local editor, journalist, and photographer of the Observer, Hayden of course jumps into the latest murder mystery with the vigor and determination that will make Jessica Fletcher blush. And all of that while trying to solve the stud/stunt Han situation as well.

Our my Mommy’s definite highlight of Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones was that we got the opportunity to use our own magical library, aka Google. Gaspar told Hayden a tall tale that was actually true and Googleable. Han’s disappearing/reappearing act isn’t island bound and searching for Gaspar’s tale on Marvin Clark, was quite interesting.

My favorite part of course was the Nifty 1950 Rock & Roll Party. This hip cat had loads of fun and I am still trying to convince my Mommy to please, please watch Grease with me again.

As always, we loved the latest instalment and enjoyed every minute submerged in our book. It really does only get better and better and the author-wizard Elizabeth Pantley keeps on adding things to keep us entertained and sending the series in various different directions. Although we aren’t left with another cliff-hanger mid-sentence ending, we eager await the next instalment and can’t wait for our next ferry ticket to Destiny Falls!

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About the Author

Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. Her presentations are received with enthusiasm, and praised as realistic, warm and helpful.

She is a regular radio show guest and frequently quoted as a parenting expert in newspapers and magazines such as Parents, Parenting, American Baby, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook and on hundreds of parent-directed Web sites. She publishes a newsletter, Parent Tips, which is distributed in schools nationwide.

Elizabeth is the author of 13 popular parenting books, available in 24 languages.

Elizabeth and her husband, Robert, live in the state of Washington along with their four children and “Grama.”


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6 responses to “Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth Pantley

  1. Imagine my delight this morning. I woke before six and in the quiet house opened my email and yours was the first I spotted and read. Your reviews always delight me – and they always make me laugh out loud. So here I am in my office just having a grand old time. What a great way to start my day! Thank you!