- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From the PublisherPraise for Victoria Hamilton’s Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
“[A] delightful find.”—Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author
“Smartly written and successfully plotted.”—Library Journal
“Smartly written and successfully plotted.”—Library Journal
Posted July 21, 2014
Lately is seems as if I am missing the 1st in a lot of series, and then I read the 2nd and try to catch up on what happened. Victoria Hamilton has a way of connecting me with any series of hers, that I might have missed the 1st in. Muffin But Murder left me getting to know the characters, and vowing that I will be on the lookout for A Bran New Death. I also love Victoria's Vintage Kitchen series. The small upstate New York is a place that I would be happy to visit, perhaps I'll get an invitation from Merry and Pish when the spa is up and running.
FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2014
Multiple Mysteries in Muffin but Murder
Muffin but Murder by Victoria Hamilton
The Second Merry Muffin Mystery
In Muffin but Murder, Merry continues to live in Wynter Castle with friends Shilo and Pish baking muffins, not only for herself, but, now that she has the proper permits, her clients-the local cafe and an old folks home. Although she still intends to sell the castle, Merry's grown quite fond of the town and her new found friends and wonders about her options. Merry also wonders about the man who claims to be her cousin...a cousin who says he's also eligible to receive part of Merry's inheritance. Deciding the best way to sell the castle is to show it off, Merry and the gang decide to throw a Halloween gala at the castle and invite rich prospective buyers to the event. The gala doesn't go quite as planned however, starting with party crashers and culminating with the discovery of a dead body!
Victoria Hamilton expands the setting in her Merry Muffin Mystery series to include the drab, depressing town of Ridley Ridge. This dismal town opens the book and sets the tone for the novel. This second book in the series is less light hearted than its predecessor with Merry focusing on her need to sell Wynter Castle, and all she'll lose in doing so. Although it's been eight years, Merry is now coming to grips with the loss of her husband and her new feelings toward Sheriff Virgil Grace. Will moving on with her life include letting someone else in? Will it mean leaving Autumn Vale and her new friends?
There are multiple mysteries in Muffin but Murder. Is cousin Cranston a legitimate heir to Merry's castle? Can Merry and the gang decipher the clue to her uncle's treasure?And finally-the murder mystery itself. Who is the unknown cowboy at the costume party? And why did someone kill him? When her good friend Pish becomes a suspect Merry is determined to solve the murder, for although her friend is hiding something, it's not the fact that he's a killer.
I enjoyed my second visit to Autumn Vale. Victoria Hamilton has a lot going on in Muffin but Murder, but manages to keep the plot moving forward. New dimensions are revealed in characters both old and new and the future is rife with possibilities.
Recipes are included.
Posted September 11, 2014
I'm enjoying this series. The mysteries are solid, the characters are a nice mix of quirky and conventional, and the setting is interesting. I look forward to the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2014
Posted September 1, 2014
Posted August 13, 2014
Merry owns a castle in upstate New York. There is a man claiming to be her Great Uncle's grandson and wants part of the castle is his own. Merry is trying to sell the castle. With her friends she has a party around Halloween. When someone at the party is murdered everyone is suspect. There turns out to be party crashers who might be involved. Merry is determined to find out who did this and gain control back again. The people who might be involved is vary in many ways. It was interesting how she concluded who done it. It is a must read to all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2014
Posted July 18, 2014
This is the second in the series with these characters. I enjoyed the first book, but felt it was lacking in description. Characters were quirky and interesting, but the settings were mostly left to the imagination. If you live in a castle, you should let us know what it looks like! It was a very imaginative mystery and not easy to solve. I am definitely looking forward to another from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2014
Posted July 2, 2014
Tailing A Tabby is the second book in the A Bookmobile Cat Mystery. And a good read, too.
Minnie and her volunteer assistant, Thessie, set for bringing another day of joy for those that can't get into Chilson to get to the library. As they are driving down the road a woman flags them down and says that her husband is having a stroke and ask for their help. Knowing time is critical in these cases they get the man in the bookmobile and head for the hospital. Minnie soon learns the man whose life she help saved is Russell "Cade" McCade, s very famous artist. a few days later, Minnie gets a call in the middle of night, say that Cade is about to be arrested for murder. He was found bent over a lady, Carissa, who has been hit in the head with a rock. Evidence finally show that they don't have a lot to hold Cade with. But Minnie wants to find who killed Carissa, so that Cade can be cleared completely from having anything to do with her death.
All the characters from the first book are back. Stephen, Minnie's boss, continues to be a less than desirable boss. Aunt Frances is back, but is having trouble with her "match making" at her Bed and Breakfast. The guests have their own ideas as who to match up with. Chris Ballou, manager of Uncle Chip's Marina, is back making up silly names using Minnie's name. Kristen owner of the Three Seasons restaurant is back as the sounding board for Minnie's sleuthing plans.
And of course the handsome Eddie is back with his mischievous ways. Eddie doesn't help in solving the case, but his being certainly helps Minnie talk thru her plans. The scary thing is that he seems to understand what she is saying. I can understand Eddie knowing what she is saying, as my Westie seems to know what I am saying, too, but then he isn't vocal like Eddie.
Definitely looking forward to the next book in this light- hearted series.
0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2014
No text was provided for this review.