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!
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