My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Cast Iron Alibi is the 9th book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series written by Victoria Hamilton. It will be released on 11/5 and focuses on Jaymie’s all-girls-trip with her college pals. Clearly, shenanigans were going to ensue, and I was on board with all of them. What a fun book!
For those unfamiliar with the series, it focuses on amateur sleuth, Jaymie, who’s married with a young daughter and lives on the Canadian / US border. She collects vintage kitchen tools, writes a column for the local paper, and gets herself into bunches of innocent trouble. When an annual (although skipped the last 3 years) trip with her friends is re-scheduled to occur at Jaymie’s remote family cabin, things begin to get murky. The women have changed a lot in the last few years, and Jaymie’s regretting her decision to host the event–especially when random husbands and friends keep showing up, despite it supposedly being just the friends from college.
Murder, of course, happens to a local contractor in his fifties too. Which friend knew of and offed the guy? He wasn’t very nice, and he’d been cheating on his pregnant teenage girlfriend, but Jaymie doesn’t let murder go unpunished. Between befriending a detective, reprimanding a few new girls, and missing her husband (who took their daughter to visit family in Germany), we have a well-rounded and clever mystery to solve. The cast is large, but the guide at the front of the book helps and long-time readers know which people are just friendlies and townies. There are at least 10 new characters who could be guilty, but Hamilton effectively reminds us of everyone’s role, so we can understand the red herrings and potential motives.
Overall, the story was strong. It takes longer than usual for the murder to happen, but in this case, it works… as we really get to know each of the girlfriends visiting Jaymie, e.g. who’s happy, who’s miserable, who’s cheating, who’s lying… in the end, I was hoping 2 of them were innocent, as they were strong characters with good range and possibilities for the future. I won’t reveal any spoilers, so you’ll have to read the book for yourself. Kudos to the author for another great edition in this series. 4.5 stars rounded up… looking forward to the next one in 2020. I believe the title might be revealed soon too!
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