Book Review: Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton

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Death of an English Muffin (Merry Muffin Mystery, #3)Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

A strong cozy mystery [for me] must contain a complex mystery with a mean victim, a group of solid core characters, a bevy of potential culprits who are tied together in a fascinating manner, and an easily visible and charming locale. The third book in the Merry Muffin Mystery series by Victoria Hamilton, Death of an English Muffin, has all that and more. I give this one 4.5 muffins, I mean stars.

The Villain
A nasty old woman visiting the castle with her friends is killed. Cleta had some of the most offensive (for a cozy) and ruthless dialog I’ve ever seen. She’s a miserable lady who takes her frustrations out on everyone else, and therefore, she deserved to be the one to die in this book. Readers will love seeing her get her just desserts!

The Core Characters
Merry is awesome. She’s a realistic and smart woman who is trying to figure out her path. Sometimes she pushes too hard, others she backs away in appropriate measures. I like her character a lot and she makes me want to find my own castle to renovate. Her friends are growing and she’s building connections among the people in Autumn Vale. In the last book, I worried she didn’t have better ties, but they are growing. I like the budding friendship / relationship with Sheriff Virgil, too.

The Suspects
Cleta’s fellow 80-something gals from New York City came with her. Friends (or frenemies) for more than 50 years, they hold secrets over one another and use them to get whatever they want. Which one is lying? Which one is telling the truth? Why are they all so bitter? Oh, those high society biddies need to be taken down a notch or two, and Merry is just the gal to do it.

The Setting
Autumn Vale is in upstate New York. It’s a gorgeous and inspiring village. I love the landscape, the castle and the small-town feel. To see the rivalries with neighbor cities is also amusing. I feel immediately transported to it.

All-in-all, this series is developing strongly. I recommend it for most cozy readers. I can’t wait to pick up the next one.

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19 thoughts on “Book Review: Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton

    robertawrites235681907 said:
    January 16, 2019 at 5:52 AM

    I love this review, Jay. A nasty old high society biddy getting her comeuppance sounds interesting.

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    Shalini said:
    January 16, 2019 at 7:48 AM

    Jay I have never eaten a muffin… Not that I would like o due after eating one

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    Shalini said:
    January 16, 2019 at 7:48 AM

    Uuuggghhh it got sent before I could finish… I want to eat English muffin…
    The previous one is to die*

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 16, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Ah yes, I have the same criteria for a good Cozy. Umm… when will you be once again reviewing non-cozies… just asking…. 😉😄

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 16, 2019 at 9:06 PM

      Soon! I have a non-cozy I finished today, starting another tomorrow, and have a thriller next week set! 🙂

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 16, 2019 at 9:16 PM

        Great. Lol. Slightly less chance of you adding to my TBR then 😄

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 17, 2019 at 7:19 AM

        Yay. I do try. Not to I mean. Lol

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 17, 2019 at 7:21 AM

        Hahaha. I think you make a concerted effort to get me to add books 😄

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 17, 2019 at 7:28 AM

        Exactly! If I have to read, you have to read. I must put up a wall to stop others from making recommendations. I read them, but I won’t let myself click buy or order anymore. LOL!

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 17, 2019 at 7:45 AM

        Hahaha. I’ve been pretty good about that but you’ve been testing my good intentions!!!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 17, 2019 at 7:49 AM

        I promise, it is never intentional!

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    carhicks said:
    January 17, 2019 at 7:58 AM

    Wonderful review Jay. I love when the victim is mean, but a nasty old biddy is even better. Have you read any books in Victoria’s other series? I have a few from that one, but not this one. I read the first in this series and enjoyed it, but have not continued, although I probably should based on this review.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 17, 2019 at 8:04 AM

      Thanks! I have read 5 of 8 in the Vintage Kitchen series, and I have the other 3 in my queue coming up. I also have the 5th Merry Muffin ready to go, then I’ll be current on both series. I haven’t forayed into the other series tho… I might try in time, but I want to catch up on a few other series first.

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        carhicks said:
        January 17, 2019 at 12:53 PM

        Yes, I was talking about the Vintage Kitchen Series. I will have to check out your reviews for those ones.

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    lghiggins said:
    January 18, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Good review. I found your comment on the perfect victim for you interesting. I’d never really thought about it that way. I think I’m just as good with a sympathetic character for a victim, but I can certainly see your point about this particular victim. I think I would like this one because of the 80-something suspects. They sound like quite a group of “characters!”

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 19, 2019 at 8:05 AM

      Yes, quite a group. The 80-something crew was over the top, but fun. I also like a good sympathetic one, but there’s something about ‘just desserts’ when it’s all in a book / not real!

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