Jenn McKinlay is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. I received Copy Cap Murder, the 4th book in her Hat Shop Mystery series, for Christmas and wanted to catch up on Scarlett’s capers. She’s an American transplant in London who’s inherited her grandmother’s hat shop and co-runs it with her cousin, Viv. She’s socializing with a former childhood friend, Harrison, whom she’s fallen head over heels for, but after a disastrous break-up before leaving the U.S., she’s sworn off dating for a year. In this book, it’s only been 8 months when she attends a Guy Fawkes holiday bonfire at Harrison’s supervisor’s house, so she won’t let herself sneak anything other than a brief kiss. When a rival to Harrison is found strangled after hitting on Scarlett, they are both suspects. Throw in some potential underhanded dealings and an entire cast of colleagues who hated the deceased, you’re in for a real crime-solving mystery full of jealousy, masks, and innocent espionage.
McKinlay has really rounded at this cast. I can’t decide if I like this series or her other one based in a Briar Cliff library in the U.S. New England region. There’s even a cross-over mention of Scarlett’s parents visiting the library, which makes for a fun read this time around. I love the banter between all the British friends she’s met, especially how she incorrectly learns the jargon of a new language. On the rare occasion she gets it correct, it’s always a fun adventure. Of course the poor girl almost gets killed again… what’s a cozy without a trip to the police and/or hospital for the main detective, right?
I enjoy learning about the hat-making business. Harrison’s just fine! And there’s even a hint of a ghostly presence when we sometimes hear their late grandmother’s voice. It makes for a really enjoyable and quick read. At ~275 pages, it can be devoured in about three hours… and always makes for a fun, cozy time. I’ve got the 5th book on my shelf and will pick it up next month. Kudos to McKinlay for fearlessly delivering a fantastic series that should definitely be on any cozy reader’s TBR wish list.
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
Follow my blog with Bloglovin.