Book Review: Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton

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Leave It to Cleaver (Vintage Kitchen Mystery #6)Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leave It to Cleaver is the 6th book in the ‘Vintage Kitchen Mystery’ series written by Victoria Hamilton. All I can say is… this series keeps on getting better. Jaymie and her sister are cleaning out a friend’s home when they discover a body trapped in a trunk for over 30 years. Who killed the missing teenager? It seems to be one of their friends who fought back in high school with the girl, except a second body turns up days later. That girl disappeared from high school around the same time. Someone was up to no good… what kinda shady characters was Becca hanging out with!?!?

Hamilton’s mystery itself is complex and full of believable suspects. I liked the way Jaymie went back and forth with her suspicion cast upon several people she knew and was close with. As she learns the truth about adoption, abuse, cheating, and hidden tempers, everything comes to a blow. What excelled in this story was the structure and approach. In alternating chapters, we see exactly what happened to different characters thirty years ago, all in third person perspective. We also see Jaymie’s current investigation, and decide for ourselves how the details will play out.

On the personal side, Jaymie is engaged, which we knew from the last book… but her wedding is finally here and it’s a double one with Becca, her sister. We meet more members of Jakob’s family – he’s such a good influence and match for Jaymie. And Grandma Leighton comes for a visit. Another wonderful edition in this series. I’ve already got the next one in my queue to order.

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18 thoughts on “Book Review: Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton

    Patty Magyar said:
    March 25, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Oh my…this one sounds so good!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 25, 2019 at 5:03 PM

      It had a great balance between the mystery and the social stuff in Jaymie’s life.

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    bettylouise31 said:
    March 25, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    I need to get back and read this series.

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    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    March 25, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Good review, Jay. Sounds like an excellent series. 🙂
    –Michael

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 25, 2019 at 5:04 PM

      Thank you. I have 2 more to catch up… only 10 series to do that on this year!

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 25, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    A double wedding… fun!
    On a related note… Did you ever read any Vicki Delaney books? I’ll have to search your site. 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 25, 2019 at 5:05 PM

      I have! I finished two series at this point. I’m waiting on the next 2 books this year to read. Love them! You can search the site by her name and find the links to all the reviews.

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        March 25, 2019 at 9:39 PM

        Well I jumped ahead a bit. I requested the new Christmas one on NG. Maybe I’ll try to read at least the first from that series before.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 26, 2019 at 7:52 AM

        They can be read separately, so you will be okay!

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    AJ said:
    March 25, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Sounds really good!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 25, 2019 at 5:05 PM

      Fun series… how’s teaching going? What’s new? I have to catch up on blogs soon.

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        AJ said:
        March 25, 2019 at 7:40 PM

        I’m way behind on reading blogs too! Teaching is great right now since I’m on spring breaks:)

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 25, 2019 at 8:09 PM

        🙂

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    lghiggins said:
    March 27, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Your review is good, but my mind keeps going back to a body in a trunk for 30 years😱

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 27, 2019 at 7:18 AM

      Yes! I’m not sure that would be a good find. Well, it wouldn’t be, but 30 years later, it must be very different. Oy… as I really think about it… eww…

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