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January 18, 2015

THE ICE CREAM WAR by Dr. Paul Anthony Janson

A Mystery of Murder and Hot Fudge
Dr. Paul Anthony Janson

(from Amazon)
A mystery of rival ice cream shops in a small town in middle America. Jerry, a California surfer, returns to his home town and opens an ice cream shop where he is giving away his ice cream. This threatens Mary owner of the only other ice cream shop in town with disaster until there is a murder in Jerry's shop. Mary find herself reluctantly trying to prove that Jerry didn't kill anyone, although she thought of killing him to save her shop, and Jerry ends up working beside her in her ice cream shop. The plot continues to become more and more complicated as Jerry's friends from California show up carrying drugs and threats. Between the "war" and the murder things are getting as sticky as fudge in a hot July day with four year old murders adding to the mystery. Soon it looks like Jerry and Mary will be the next victims if they are not arrested by the DEA first.
  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: JM Publishing (October 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990742407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990742401

Murder isn't usually a light hearted read but this book is light hearted.  We have Mary who is a little sassy and Jerry who is intuitive.  There are two ice cream shops in town and both are rivals. Jerry has an ice cream shop and he gives his ice cream away which makes it hard on Mary who has the other ice cream shop.They end up friends after an "ice cream war". Someone was murdered in his ice creams shop. Mary tries hard to prove that Jerry didn't murder anyone. Mary and Jerry get right to work to try to find out who the murderer is. The plot thickens as some of Jerry's friends from California show  up.  They are a bunch of druggies with a lot of threatening statements. Things are getting stickier than hot fudge on a summer day. It looks like Mary and Jerry may be next on the murder list if something doesn't happen quick.
 The author wrote the story with some very unusual characters which make for several suspects in the murder. Will these two amateur detectives find the murderer?  What will happen to Mary and Jerry?  Will they go their separate ways or will they work together in the "ice cream shop"?  Is there Romance in the horizon?
Maybe when the murders are solved, Mary and Jerry can have some ice cream with fudge, without the murders and mystery.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE ICE CREAM WAR from the author, Dr. Paul Anthony Janson and Bostick Communications for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS. 

Paul JansonPaul is the middle child of three boys, born and raised in New England. Though he is now a practicing Emergency Department physician, his formal education began at the Boston University College of Engineering. He worked briefly for NASA during the Apollo project where one of the engineers convinced him to apply to medical school. Paul went on to attend Boston University School of Medicine intending to pursue bio-medical research, but grew to like the practice of medicine too much to give it up.

While working at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center), Paul met his wife, Mary. She was his supervisor, but he somehow managed to get up the courage to ask her out and eventually, to marry him. That was 39 years ago. The couple spent their honeymoon year in Eastern Kentucky, Appalachia, because they wanted to go somewhere that really needed physicians. With breaks to return to their training, the year extended to six years. Paul and Mary understood that if they were not there, it was likely that no one else would have been. Exhausting work, but fulfilling.

Paul did end up doing research, publishing a dozen articles including three pieces in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. One of the articles outlined the response of patients with renal failure and bleeding, and became the basis for the current treatment of these patients, still in use almost forty years later.

Paul's favorite journal publication was co-authored by Deepak Chopra, who was an endocrinology fellow at the time. It was Deepak's first time being published, but certainly not his last!

Since that time Paul has certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Emergency Medicine. He practices now in Lawrence, MA, in one of the busiest ED's in the state, and in one of the most medically underserved areas in the state.

Paul is actively involved in teaching Family Practice residents, and was the director of the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians' course on board exam review and preparation until five years ago when the course was closed.

He has written several articles for traditional print publications and online sites, along with a biweekly humor column in the local Newburyport, MA newspaper, titled: The Port Planet.

In addition to being a writer, Paul is a musician who performed locally, with recorded music available online.

Paul says "Mary and I live in Georgetown, MA, on a small farm of sorts with chickens and dogs and cats... and love. My family is one of my greatest joys, especially the adoption of my two daughters from Ecuador, now twenty years ago. They have added meaning to our lives and expanded our cultural adventures." 


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