Book Review: White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton

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White Colander Crime (Vintage Kitchen Mystery, #5)White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

White Colander Crime is the 5th book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series written by Victoria Hamilton. This is the second series I’m reading by the author, but it’s taking longer to grow attached to the characters. Jaymie is a solid investigator and lead, but she doesn’t have a lot of anchors in her life which makes her a little distant for me. Each book is helping improve that connection, but I wish she were closer with her family or had a lengthier relationship (or none at all). Over the five books, she’s dated four different guys, but at least the current one is the best one. I only bring it up because it’s hard to build a relationship with her when hers keep changing, and she hardly ever talks about or visits her family to show a strong level of intimacy. That said, it’s really my only concern in the series. The rest is smooth sailing.

The book takes place in a small tourist town on the border of Michigan and Canada. Jaymie writes for the local newspaper, clerks in a market, and works with vintage kitchen tools… sometimes helping a museum authenticate an exhibit, and at others, refurbishing tools and gadgets so they can be resold at an auction. Through her editor, Jaymie meets a group of young twenty-somethings who are involved in complex dating situation. The editor’s son might be abusive, but it’s hard to be certain whether he’s actually hit a girl or she’s faking it for another reason (we do find out the truth). Jaymie’s new boyfriend gives the kid a chance and lets him work on the farm. Soon, the girl is beaten to death. Was it the editor’s son? One of her many other boyfriends (we learn she was dating a few guys all who had a similar experience with her). It’s a confusing plot, as I couldn’t tell what was going on regarding the abuse, i.e. was she unable to stop it, or was she trying to catch bad guys in the act? We find out the whole story, and it’s full of layers that keep us guessing. Physical abuse all happens off-screen, but it does occur a few times in case any reader has triggers.

At the end, I really enjoyed the diversity of the characters in this one. It wasn’t just the normal townspeople, but most of the new folks had solid connections to the place or other characters. The plot was strong, but the culprit was fairly easy to pick out. The setting and descriptions are always enjoyable. I recommend the series for someone who wants neither a funny cozy nor a serious one… something in between more focused on the setting, a quaint town, and some interesting relationships among the citizens. It’s not a typical family-based series, nor is it is a ‘which guy will she choose’ arc.

Next up… the sixth book in the series, probably toward the end of this month.

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton

    carhicks said:
    March 4, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Glad you are enjoying this series. I have read the next two and can tell you that her relationships get better. I really need to go back and read the first few in this series. Wonderful review Jay. As much as I enjoy light and fluffy cozies, I also like a more serious one so this will fit the bill nicely.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 4, 2019 at 12:15 PM

      I’m glad to hear it. I do like Jakob a lot. I just ordered the next one, so I’ll see soon enough. I am wavering on my cozies. I like some of the light / fun ones, but then series like The Wine Country Mysteries and this one give a fair balance.

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        carhicks said:
        March 4, 2019 at 10:01 PM

        You are right. I don’t always want to read light and fluffy.

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    lghiggins said:
    March 6, 2019 at 11:37 PM

    Good review on what sounds like a fairly complicated plot related to the abuse.

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    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    March 10, 2019 at 6:21 AM

    Great review!
    Wow, four relationships in five books. I can see why that might make binding with the character hard.

    Liked by 1 person

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