Those of you who’ve been with me for a while will know I have a bit of a thing for ice cream. Three books – Tempted By Trouble, Anything But Vanilla and Vettori’s Damsel in Distress – have charted the romances of the three Amery sisters who founded the ice cream events business “Scoop!”.
Often one book will lead to a spin-off – great characters cannot be left dangling while the main event sweeps on to its inevitable conclusion.
Two such characters were that magician with ice cream, Ria (Knickerbocker Gloria, herself) and uptight millionaire with a passion for opera, Graeme Laing.
Sorrel Amery’s parting gift to him was to tell him that Ria loved the opera. Great Uncle Basil’s response was that she would “shake the creases out of his pants”.
Melting Mr Frosty’s Heart is a short story that catches up with the moment when Graeme, much against his better judgement, decides to ask her to join him in his box at Covent Garden.
Will she say yes? Do opposites ever attract? And what happens to his pants?