My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Vintage Kitchen Mystery series by Victoria Hamilton is the kind that grows on you with each new edition. I’m now finished with the 7th book, No Grater Danger, and have one more left to be current with the available releases. It’s one of my goals for this year’s reading challenge – too not fall behind on series and authors I enjoy reading. Overall, I liked this book, and I found the mystery challenging and clever.
Jaymie is newly married to Jakob and learning to be a mother to her stepdaughter, Jocie. Jocie’s experiencing a few issues at school with other kids and is pushing her boundaries, but Jaymie quickly figures out how to step in and be a good parent. Jakob is supportive of her plans, and they decide on plans for future businesses for their family. Meanwhile, Jaymie’s checking out a collection of vintage graters. Between stolen goods, a few death attempts on an older woman Jaymie met once before, and a plot to turn somewhat unused waterfront property into bigger real estate investments, the bodies begin to turn up!
While this is a cozy mystery series, the murder doesn’t happen until about 50% into the book; however, there are other mysteries beforehand leading up to it, so I wasn’t concerned as the intrigue and suspense percolated from the beginning. In the end, the reasoning and clues all made sense. I guessed the killer but not right away, as it really could’ve legitimately been 3 people with valid reasons. Hamilton gives you lots to think about, and with the supporting cast and the subplots, you’re always entertained.
I particularly enjoyed learning all about the vintage tools in this book. I could more easily picture them and their uses this time. I much prefer cozies with a theme I can connect to, and this is a series that lives up to the sub-genre. I’m looking forward to the latest one which came out late last year and is on my Kindle to start later this month.
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