Freezer I'll Shoot (Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series #3)

Freezer I'll Shoot (Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series #3)

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by Victoria Hamilton
     
 

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ICE COLD

Trying to escape her overbearing mother, vintage kitchenware enthusiast and soon-to-be columnist Jaymie Leighton retreats to her family’s cottage on Heartbreak Island. While there she hopes to write an article about the Ice House restaurant, owned by good friends and neighbors, siblings Ruby and Garnet Redmond. Once an actual icehouse,

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ICE COLD

Trying to escape her overbearing mother, vintage kitchenware enthusiast and soon-to-be columnist Jaymie Leighton retreats to her family’s cottage on Heartbreak Island. While there she hopes to write an article about the Ice House restaurant, owned by good friends and neighbors, siblings Ruby and Garnet Redmond. Once an actual icehouse, the restaurant is charmingly decorated with antique tools of the trade, including a collection of ice picks.
 
One night, while working on her article, Jaymie overhears an argument and, ever the sleuth, sets out to explore. But when she stumbles upon a dead body her blood runs cold. It’s Urban Dobrinskie, whose feud with the Redmonds is no secret, and he’s got an ice pick through his heart. Now Jaymie’s got to sharpen her sleuthing skills to chip away at the mystery and prove her neighbors’ innocence—before someone else gets picked off…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series:

“[A] charming new series.” —New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly

“Small-town setting, kitchen antiques…and a bowlful of mystery. A perfect recipe.”—Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author of Widow’s Tears
 
“Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series…exudes authenticity.”—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425252376
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series, #3
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
173,699
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series:

“[A] charming new series.” —New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly

“Small-town setting, kitchen antiques…and a bowlful of mystery. A perfect recipe.”—Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author of Widow’s Tears
 
“Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series…exudes authenticity.”—Library Journal

Meet the Author

Victoria Hamilton is a pseudonym for national bestselling author Donna Lee Simpson, who is also a collector of vintage cookware and recipes.

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Freezer I'll Shoot 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is the third book of A Vintage Kitchen Mystery but the first one I have read. I think it can stand alone but might be better if you have read the first two books, The characters are well developed and I like them. But I do feel I might have missed a little of their working together. The plot is that Jaymie is at her family's cottage on Heartbreak Island getting the septic tank and field taken care of. While she is up late at night working on a project she needs to go use her neighbors restroom and while going finds a dead body. Her third one in the past few months. In Jaymie's personal life her parents are staying at her house that she shares with her older sister. Her mom is always telling her what to do. Her mom is fighting with Daniel her boyfriend's mom. Daniel is rich and owns his own business. The detective that lives on the island is the one who she was questioned in the last two murders is Zach. The suspense is good and keeps you guessing till the end about who the murder is and why. Their are a lot of suspects. This story has good character relationships. I am not saying this right. The characters are going about their lives while Jaymie is also trying to figure out who the guilty party is. She is always trying to get more information out of Zach. I would love to go back and read the first two novels in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. The part of the story I was disappointed on was the romance between her and Daniel or even between her and Zach. Just neither seemed to really work. Maybe by not reading the first two books I have missed something. Needed more conversation or plans to show where they were going. This is a clean read. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review by Netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW. Nov. 5 2013 Pub. ISBN:9780425252376
InspirationalAngel531 3 months ago
Title: Freezer I'll Shoot - Vintage Kitchen Mystery 3 Author: Victoria Hamilton Published: 11-5-13 Publisher: Penguin Group Berkley Pages: 305 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Slueths; Women's Fiction; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9780425252376 ASIN: B00BDQ3AP2 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 stars . . Jaymie Leighton takes a break from her mother's forceful personality and arrived early on Heartbreak Island to work on an article about the Ice House restaurant and its owners her friends Ruby and Garnet Redmond. The charming restaurant truly was am Ice House at one time and uses antique cooking tools and ice picks as part of the decor. While working on her article one evening she overhears an argument outside her family's cottage. She goes outside to snoop she finds the body of Urban Dobrinskie who has a standing feud with the Redmonds and an antique ice pick in his chest. With her friends under suspicion Jaimie jumps into sleuth mode in earnest to prove them innocent and find the real killer before he strikes again. All while coping with major plumbing problems, an ongoing argument between her mother and Daniel's over at whose home the holiday dinner will be held, Daniel's surprise and the handsome detective Zack who comes to investigate the murder. I'll admit it when I saw the title and cover I had to check this book out. Once I read the description I was hooked. I began reading and finished within one afternoon. Freezer I'll Shoot lived up to every one of my expectations and then some. The title alone told me there would be humor and the description lets you know there is going to fun times ahead for Jaymie and maybe someone who will treat her better than the dud, Daniel she has now. Fast moving with well defined characters. Freezer I'll Shoot is a winner for Ms. Hamilton Although the third in the series it can be read as a standalone. I look forward to catching up on this series. Thank you Ms. Hamilton for sharing your talent and brightening my day.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
On Michigan's boarder with Canada, Jaymie Leighton is enjoying her vintage cottage on Heartbreak Island.  She definitely needed a break from her mom, whom she loves but drives her batty at times.  She's trying to write her first article to start her blog on vintage tools, and old updated food recipes.  She's chosen to write about her friends old Ice House that's been turned into a restaurant.  But when a vintage ice pick turns up in the body of a local man, found in Jaymie's yard, some arguments and abuses seem to point to a number of Jaymie's friends, and she starts sleuthing again. Confusing all her efforts are the squabbles between Jaymie's mom and her new rich boyfriend's mom over the annual family dinner that Jaymie's parents have always celebrated at their cottage.  Redoing a drainage system has left a mess in their yard so why not have it at the lovely cottage of the boyfriend's parents.  Trying to compromise between the mom's  is becoming as difficult as finding who left a body in her yard. Then add in the cute detective on the case, and Jaymie has lots more to handle than her growing vintage kitchen tools collection. This third book in the vintage kitchen series, is definitely the best one yet, or maybe it's just that the characters in these books are growing close to my heart.  I enjoy the discussion of the connection between this part of Michigan and Canada, and the shared holidays.  Personalities and problems seem very realistic, and I find myself rooting more and more for Jaymie and one particular man.  The mysteries are always solid and developed with good clues.  I listened to this on Audible and really liked the narration. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3rd in the series and the characters are getting even more likeable and there are NEW back-stories around each corner... the author isnt just repeating bits and pieces from the previous books, she/he is building layers on to these stories that make the reader want more and more... Cant wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series....can't wait to read more
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
A great quick read You have to feel sorry for the main character who is caught between her parents (especially her mother) and her "boyfriend's parents (again, the mother). Add to this repair works that keep expanding on the family cottage, neighbors who aren't acting right, and a dead body showing up in her backyard. But at least she has her three-legged dog to help her out.
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ethel55 More than 1 year ago
This is the third installment of Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen mysteries and while there was a little less vintage, the mystery part still delivered. It took me awhile to get into the story, Jaymie and her possible boyfriend Daniel spend a good portion of the time discussing the sewage issues at Rose Cottage and an impending meal when their parents finally meet. Zack Christian continues to be a good looking foil for Jaymie's sleuthing exploits and I really like the small town characters and atmosphere Hamilton has created here, near the border of Canada.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
The third book in the Vintage Kitchen series by Victoria Hamilton is Freezer I'll Shoot. Fans of the series love the vintage cooking utensils and recipes that Hamilton includes in the series, as well as, the first rate mysteries. Hamilton has a way with words that is descriptive, yet simple. Her mysteries aren't easy to figure out and she doesn't give it all away too quickly. Freezer I'll Shoot lands Jaymie Leighton, the main character in the middle of another murder case and readers will be frantic to help her figure out who put an ice pick through the heart of one of the townspeople. There is so much to like about this series. The theme behind the series, of vintage cooking and recipes is a favorite of mine. I like the old style cooking techniques and bakeware that Hamilton describes, just about as much as the mysteries she creates. She imparts a lot of knowledge to the reader in each book about how things were done in the old days and makes them wish they were there. I know that I wish I could cook like my grandmother did and this series reminds me of that and will probably make a lot of readers nostalgic. The mystery in this one was of particular interest to me. The name of a local restaurant is The Ice House because it was once the location of the town ice house and still has all the ice picks and utensils. Finding a murder victim with an ice pick in his chest logically leads the police to the Redmonds, owners of the restaurant and neighbors of Jaymie's. I liked all of the information on why ice houses existed and what they were used for. It was easy to see that Hamilton did her research on this and it was informative, as well as, entertaining.  Urban Dorbrinski is the victim in this installment of the series and he has a lot of enemies, due to a very overactive temper. His wife and child have dealt with his rage for years and his recent altercation with Garnet Redmond leads several people to believe Garnet committed the murder. Especially since the body was found in between Jaymie's house and the Redmond home. But there's a whole lot more going on here than is first apparent. I liked the fact that I thought I had it all figured out and it turns out I was pretty far off base with this one. I love it when that happens. It's always such a surprise to figure out I was wrong. Jaymie is a great character that really holds it all together in this book. She is inquisitive and full of surprises. She loves cooking about as much as she loves sleuthing. I think Hamilton does a great job with her. She has some issues in her personal life to be sure and that adds a human element to the story. Her mother and the mother of her boyfriend are at odds. Her relationship with Daniel isn't exactly perfect and the local law enforcement agency has quite a detective in Zach. But where does Jaymie's heart really life... not sure yet, but I'm interested enough to keep reading this series to find out!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews While Freezer I’ll Shoot is the third book in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries Series, it is easily a stand alone. I’ve wanted to read a book by Victoria Hamilton for a while now and I had no problem getting into this story. Jaymie Leighton is a thirty-two-year-old single lady. She lives in her childhood home in Queensville, Michigan. She’s slowly getting over her relationship with her cheating ex and is trying to take things slow with her new boyfriend, Daniel Collins, a multi-millionaire software computer mogul. Jaymie herself has several little odd jobs and is trying to run her upstart picnic basket rental company, a small blog on cooking and write a bi-weekly article called Vintage Eats for her local newspaper. When Jaymie is around, it seems that murder follows. In this installment of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series, Jaymie finds the body of Urban Dobrinskie between her and her neighbor’s backyard on Heartbreak Island. Urban Dobrinskie is a man who isn’t very well liked, to say the least. He’s abusive to his wife and teenage son and is pretty much just flat out mean to people. As the list of suspects grows, so does the gossip on the small island of Heartbreak Island and its neighboring small town Queensville. Leave it to Jaymie and her adorable yet protective three legged Yorkie-Poo, Hoppy, to find out who the killer is. I loved this story because it kept me guessing as to who the killer was. Just when I had an idea, someone else came to mind. In this lovely tale of murder, greed, and secrets; you have to figure out just who you can and can not trust. In her quest to find out answers, Jaymie inadvertently puts her life and that of Hoppy’s at risk. But it’s up to sexy Detective Zack Christian to rescue her and save the day. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Source: NetGalley
gaele More than 1 year ago
Every now and then I need a cozier mystery, without the tension and overwhelming anxiousness that often comes with a stronger thriller.  And how could I resist a heroine who loves vintage kitchenware when I have my own collection of bits and bobs from back in the day?  And even though this is the third in the series, Victoria Hamilton did a wonderful job of developing the characters to give new readers enough information to not be lost or overwhelmed.  Jaymie is one of those seemingly scattered, yet ultimately steady and solid women; her family is a bit high maintenance, her sister is not a fan of vintage, nor is her often overbearing mother.  With a boyfriend who was ultimately pretty bland and not very interested in her needs, she is trying to oversee the septic system overhaul at the family cottage on the island, in the few days it is not occupied, with hopes to have it functional to entertain.    Unfortunately, her 3 legged dog (a primary player in the story, if only for comic relief) is barking, when Jaymie investigates, she finds a body.  Not her first.  From this point forward, she is working with the information and knowledge of the residents, the holiday people and even her own prejudices as she tries to keep her neighbors and friends from an incorrect accusation.  This was one of those stories that makes you want to go to Michigan and visit the island that straddles the US/Canada border.  Between the construction delays, her mother’s interference, her boyfriend’s lack of sense or backbone and the other lovely characters, the options to get lost in the story and the scene is omnipresent.  While Jaymie is always at the forefront of characters to know: Ruby and Garnet, the detective Zach and even the murdered man’s family, as well as the town gossips, workmen and eccentric characters all manage to develop a sense of a town that you want to visit, but instantly understand Jaymie’s frustrations with the life.  The murder, for me, was an interesting twist that presented several options for solution that felt natural, not directed or overly guided.  I enjoyed Hamilton’s style of writing, her ability to give her character’s unique qualities while managing to develop a sense of camaraderie with the reader.  These are people that you can easily relate to while you subtly form opinions about their reasons and approaches.  I received an eGalley copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This installment of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries takes place mostly on Heartbreak Island. Again Jaymie finds herself in the middle of a very well plotted whodunit. I really enjoy the way the author weaves in the history of the vintage antiques our amateur sleuth loves. This time the ice houses (ice storage) and the implements used before the modern appliances that came later. I really love Jaymie and her dad, her mom just seems to push my buttons and I can understand why Jaymie feels the need to escape away sometimes. I wasn’t a big fan for Daniel in this story and his mother drove me crazy. Ruby and Garnet had me rooting for them though and their story was the real highlight of this book. Cozy mysteries need that wide variety of crazy quirky characters, the ones we love, the ones we hate, and the ones that make us want to jump into the pages and slap upside the head. Victoria Hamilton has delivered them all in Freezer I’ll Shoot. Plus Hoppy is one of my favorite pooches in the cozy mystery realm. I am really looking forward to my next visit with Jaymie as I am sure she will again be up to her neck in a murder mystery. I also hope she she opens her heart and her eyes to the right man.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Freezer I'll Shoot is the third book in the A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. Jaymie Leighton is looking forward to a couple relaxing day at the family cottage on Heartbreak Island, while she works on her first column for the local newspaper and to try to figure out how she can get her mother and her boyfriend's mother to get along. Then one evening after having a nice dinner at the Ice House, she heard yelling from the cottage behind her, which is the home of the owners of Ice House. Later, after hearing more noises, Jaymie goes to investigate and literally trips over the body of Urban Dobrinskie. Urban had been stabbed with an ice pick that Jaymie remembers seeing at the Ice House earlier. There is long list of suspects for Jaymie to sort through. Quite naturally Urban's wife and son, who have suffered from his rage. His business partner has also had to deal with his temper. Also the owners of the Ice House are high on list from the fact that the murder weapon came from the their restaurant. Besides, there is no real past history on them that Jamie can find. Most all of the characters from the previous books, but to a lesser extent with the story centering on Heartbreak Island. Looking forward to the next series in this interesting series.
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WendyB More than 1 year ago
The Vintage Kitchen series is so much fun! Great characters, fun setting and quirky collectibles.