Book Review: Assault and Beret by Jenn McKinlay

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I’ve come to really enjoy the Hat Shop Mystery series written by Jenn McKinlay. In this fifth and possibly final (I’ve heard rumors, but I’m hoping it’s not true!) book, Assault & Beret, McKinlay takes us from London to Paris for a caper. I’d give this a solid 4 stars and recommendation to read for any cozy mystery fans.


Scarlett and Viv are in Paris for a hat-making course, but also to find Viv’s estranged husband whom no one knew about. Scarlett discovers him, but then he’s kidnapped. When they learn he’s involved in a heist about a painting that 4 different people claim ownership over, everything goes south. Which one of the 4 kidnapped him? He’s just the insurance agent trying to figure out how much it’s worth, but someone thinks he knows more about the past forgeries and thefts. Poor guy is caught in the middle… he seems so lovable, why wouldn’t Viv want to be with him? Hopefully we find out, is all I kept thinking. And of course, because McKinlay is such a great cozy author, she delivers a powerhouse revelation among everything going on in the mystery and eventual murder that occurs. Where it ends up, you’ll have to read to find out!

Scarlett is a wonderful character. I really like following her escapades. Viv’s okay, but Scarlett makes the books pop. I love her relationship with Harrison and am so glad how things turned out in the end on this one. I really hope there’s another book possibly sending them to the US to visit the Briar Creek library in McKinlay’s other mystery series. Thanks for a fun few hours of reading!


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. 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, 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.


8 thoughts on “Book Review: Assault and Beret by Jenn McKinlay

    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    August 24, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Sounds like another winner!! Is it sad that I kind of care less about the mystery and more about Viv, and why she’s not with her estranged husband?? 😂😂 Great review!

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    August 24, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    This sounds good, Jay. A lovely review.

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    August 24, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    I haven’t read her work yet. Thanks for the recommend!

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    carhicks said:
    August 26, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    Nice review. This is one series that I have never read. You might have enticed me to check it out and see if my library has it.

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