Book Review: Copy Cap Murder by Jenn McKinlay

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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.

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18 thoughts on “Book Review: Copy Cap Murder by Jenn McKinlay

    bettylouise31 said:
    March 26, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Reblogged this on idahobluebird50 MYSTERIES GALORE AND PHOTOS and commented:
    I thought this would be a nice addition. I haven’t read but Iit is on my TBRlist.

    Liked by 1 person

    Mary Deal said:
    March 26, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    I love a story that lets you learn something as you’re enjoying the plot. Glad you mentioned that.

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    sjhigbee said:
    March 26, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    This one sounds great fun, Jay. Thank you for sharing:)

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    foodinbooks said:
    March 26, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    This one sounds interesting, although I normally don’t have much interest in reading about true-life Killers. Probably because they’re a little too close to home you know? Ghosts and vampires and witches, well who knows if they exist. But we all know there are serial killers out there. Great review J.

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    Nice review Jay! You and Carrie over at are making me realize I’ve been away from cozies for far too long.

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    March 27, 2018 at 1:07 AM

    I like the sound of this book, James. Starting my Agatha Christie today.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 27, 2018 at 6:59 AM

      It’s a fun series. Excellent on Agatha Christie. I will send out the post tomorrow to get everyone ready and excited! I will probably start on the weekend.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 27, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Oh my goodness. You are killing me with these recommendations! Oy. This looks so good too.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 27, 2018 at 10:34 AM

      Hehehe, um… should I post a bad review of something fake so you feel better about skipping a book?

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        March 27, 2018 at 10:40 AM

        Okay. I’ll call it your writing prompt for today. 😉😄
        Why are there so many good stories to read? And I really should get off of WordPress and go do the ‘paid’ work.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 27, 2018 at 11:15 AM

        True… unless you have a nice glass of wine and can just relax. That’s often more important.


    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 27, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    Hmm… There are perks to working from home days, after all 😉

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    carhicks said:
    March 27, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    This sounds like a fun series. I have not read any of her cozies, but I have read some of her romance books. I like the way she writes and builds her characters as well. I will have to check this one out.

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