Book Review: Muffin to Fear by Victoria Hamilton

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Muffin to Fear (Merry Muffin Mystery, #5)Muffin to Fear by Victoria Hamilton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Muffin to Fear is the 5th book in Victoria Hamilton’s ‘Merry Muffin Mysteries’ series. It takes place in Autumn Vale, New York, an upstate town with its very own Wynter Castle, Merry’s home after her great-uncle left it to her in his will. She’s been renovating it since moving to the small town, and now she just married the former sheriff. As a ~40ish former stylist from NYC, Merry’s enjoying a more relaxed life, except it’s not relaxed… bodies keep showing up!

This time, when she returns from her honeymoon, Pish (her late first husband’s gay best friend) has rented the castle out to a team of paranormal investigators who have a show on TV. They search for ghosts and hold seances. Two of the crew are killed. Who had it in for them? And was there some sort of other worldly interference? Doubtful, murder’s usually achieved (not really a goal I suppose) by someone quite angry or hurt. In this case, both! Merry solves the case with Virgil’s help as she earns the favor of the new sheriff. My favorite character is her friend at the library who always arrives at the last minute with all the answers. Then Lizzie… a somewhat troubled teen wise beyond her years. Will she be okay? It’s getting scary how close she is with a killer sometimes.

This is a great series. I love the supporting characters, but Merry is a true heroine. Sometimes flawed, occasionally a buddinski (sp?), but always on top of her game. Between the extensive cast of crew and paranormal investigators, she has her work cut out for her here. The best part: complexity in how all the team fit together. The not-so-great part: Too many characters to play detective. It got confusing way more than it needed to, and in the end, it was a 20 page explanation of ‘why’ the person was killed. Too much for one book.

But I’m a fan and I will be sticking with this series. I’m even more excited now that I’ve confirmed a 6th book is in the works for late spring. Now my weekend is complete… well okay… it’s a lot better!

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15 thoughts on “Book Review: Muffin to Fear by Victoria Hamilton

    Beware Of The Reader said:
    January 24, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Everyone should have a friend at the libtary! Proof that books are love your review Jay and once more she played with words for her title. That only shows a deep sense of humor.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 24, 2019 at 7:45 AM

      Definitely. I want to live in a library. Maybe that’s the house I should build in the future! 🙂


    robertawrites235681907 said:
    January 24, 2019 at 7:26 AM

    Your review almost seems energetic, Jay. I can tell you really liked this book.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 24, 2019 at 7:46 AM

      The series is quite funny and amusing to see the character growth. I’m a sucker for these types of books. Thx.

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    Shalini said:
    January 24, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Ahem ahem. 40ish New York… Sounds familiar.. 😂 😂
    Interesting review. Glad to see you enjoyed this one.. I want to read this too… And eat a muffin perhaps.. 😂

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    carhicks said:
    January 24, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Wonderful review Jay. Castles, paranormal and friends at the library, sounds like great settings. I really need to check out this series when I get home. I love the names of the characters, Pish and Merry, sounds awesome.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM

      Cute names. I think you’ll like this one. A slightly different take on the small town with a strong lead.

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        carhicks said:
        January 25, 2019 at 10:26 PM

        I checked and my library has the whole series on audio.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 26, 2019 at 9:09 AM

        That’s great! I can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Renting out a castle to paranormal investigators….. loving it. Lol

    Liked by 1 person

    tylerus said:
    January 25, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Good review. Sounds like a series to definitely check out.

    Liked by 1 person

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