My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I read the first book in the Merry Muffin series by Victoria Hamilton almost two years ago, then moved on to sample as many other cozy mysteries as I could. I’d also read another one of Hamilton’s series, Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, and am catching up on those now, too. I’m finally back to reading a few of the earlier ones from this series in publication order, which made Muffin But Murder (#2 of 5) next on my list. I’d forgotten enough about the characters and setting, but by about twenty percent into this book, it all came back… and it’s gotten even better in this edition.
Merry used to be a NYC fashion and style consultant. After a model falsely accused her of stealing something, and Merry’s great uncle passed away, she hightailed it to Autumn Vale in upstate New York to find out what she inherited and re-group. Surprise, he owned a castle! Merry decided to sell the estate and in this second book, she’s battling a supposed cousin for ownership, townspeople who think she’ll sell them out, and a killer with a vendetta. With her best friend’s help, Merry holds a costume ball to help showcase the estate to wealthy folks in the hopes they’ll buy the place, but when one uninvited attendee ends up dead at the end of the party, she’s back to sleuthing. What’s even scarier: the victim was the unknown twin brother of the guy who caused problems in the first book of the series!
Character – Good; they’re developing but we need a few more supporting ones
Writing – Strong; I enjoy the witty dialog and narrative / descriptions
Setting – Good; reminds me of my trips to Hudson, NY and its surrounding towns
Voice – Good; I like the tone of the books and the perspective changes on the action
The mystery was medium-complex. There were several red herrings, lots of potential culprits, a few side stories, a secondary mystery to keep us distracted, and a strong, clear finish. When the various side stories began to weave together, I figured out what was going on, but it was still fun to watch it finish. I will definitely continue reading the series and already ordered the next one to begin in late January.
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