My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Muffin But Trouble is the 6th book in the Merry Muffin Mystery series written by Victoria Hamilton. The series takes place in upstate New York and focuses on Merry, a remarried widow in her late thirties or early forties (I believe, as I think the author might be leaving it open so she could have a child in the future) who inherited a castle and bakes muffins for local stores and organizations. And she solves crimes too… this time, it’s a cult that’s moved to town. Is it responsible for all the disappearing young girls? Merry and her young friend, Lizzie, are on the case.
Merry is a strong lead character. She’s smart and nosy, but only in a good way. She tries to figure things out on her own, and the police have learned to trust her more. She often goes down the wrong path yet it helps her find the right one. I like the balance between the two towns, Ridley Ridge (the ‘bad’ side of town) and Autumn Vale (where her castle is located), because we get a variety of people. It reminds me of towns I’ve visited in the Hudson Valley, so it’s on point. Another good aspect in the series are the side stories because we see so much evolution in the characters.
It’s been almost two years since the last book, and Merry has been married for nearly two years at this point (just under). It helped show how much change has happened in the town and in her life. Her best friend Pish has turned the castle into something wonderful, and seeing Merry become a stronger foundation in the town is heartwarming. In this caper, the cult is fascinating. So many of the lines and characters are awful (in a good way) that I got angry at the book… because it sorta sounded a bit like real life in some parts of this country. I was glad to see how Hamilton could push her readers to react, and it’s a result of strong writing and character dialog and development.
I look forward to more from this series… but will have to wait, as the next book bring released from the author is in another series of hers that I read (Vintage Kitchen)… so see ya again soon!
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