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Product Details

  • Series: A Vintage Kitchen Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425248011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425248010
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


 “All the right ingredients: small town setting, kitchen antiques, vintage cookery, and a bowlful of mystery. A perfect recipe for a cozy.”
(Susan Wittig Albert, author of Cat's Claw)

 "Victoria Hamilton's charming new series is a delightful find. Jaymie is as dependable as the vintage Pyrex cookware she collects and the plot is as full of surprises as the old Hoosier cabinet she wins at an auction."
(Sheila Connolly)

About the Author

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

More About the Author

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of a nationally bestselling romance author.

She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and dead bodies for Berkley Prime Crime in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mystery series. Besides writing about murder and mayhem, and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria collects vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups. Visit Victoria at: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com to read an excerpt and for online availability of her books!

Victoria also enjoys crafting, especially cross stitch and crocheting.

Customer Reviews

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The author does a great job with character development.
Beverly L. Archer
I found Jaymie very likable, though she seemed to have a bit of a paragon edge, but that's not uncommon and it didn't take away from the character.
Luv 2 Read
And of course, recipes are included and I'm very tempted to give them a try...especially the Queen Victoria cake recipe.
Kimberly Scott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Lapierre on May 4, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've found a new favorite cozy character...Jaymie Leighton. She is so refreshing, and I see so much of myself in her...an old-fashioned girl living in a modern world, happy to be a homebody and live her own life. I loved the scenes where big sister Becca teases Jaymie about her overstuffed kitchen, yet she's still buying more. (I didn't know anything about Hoosiers but can now see myself wanting to own one! The history of vintage cookware and recipes is fascinating indeed; a part of our heritage that should not be forgotten. Just because everything is modern and technological today doesn't make it better.) And I love how Jaymie is an aspiring cookbook writer, and hope to read more about her fledgling career. And I don't even need to say how much I love Hoppy the feisty Yorkie-Poo and grumpy little Denver!

I really enjoyed the historical significance of Jaymie's hometown of Queensville, nestled on the US-Canada border, and the "Tea with the Queen" event. I hope further books in the series feature more of the town's festivals, especially Dickens' Days at Christmas!

So as I obviously adore the characters and setting of the book, I also loved the mystery, and was truly stumped. There are so many shady characters roaming around Queensville, all double-crossing each other, that when the true killer is finally revealed it is a surprise indeed.

I can't wait for the next book in this series...this is without question one of my favorite "first in a series" ever!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By andiesenji VINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
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I was intrigued by the subject of this cozy mystery when I read that it was "A Vintage Kitchen Mystery" as I happen to collect vintage kitchen items and I have a fairly large collection of cookbooks, many antique and vintage.
The opening lines are provocative and immediately draw one in to the story. The initial setting, at an estate auction, is in itself interesting as auctions always seem to turn up some exciting finds and a house of this era is sure to include some truly vintage treasures.
I could easily picture myself in that venue, happily bidding for the very same items.
The characters, with one or two exceptions, are entirely believable and the protagonist, Jaymie Leighton, is very engaging and it is easy to understand her motivations.
The murder is sufficiently quirky and the number of suspects enough to make it difficult to determine the identity of the murderer until near the end of the story.
I did guess the name of the perpetrator but only because I am always suspicious when a solution seems too pat. I just knew there had to be something else going on.
I particularly like the inclusion of the recipe for the Queen Elizabeth Cake at the end of the book. I have added it to my "to try" list.
In my opinion, any reader who is a fan of cozy mysteries will enjoy this one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm936 on June 29, 2012
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The book was very slow in the beginning. The writer explains the town then the history of the town then some of the town people...it got a bit old. Once the murder happened I expected things to pick up a bit but instead Jaymie just went about her normal routine. Yes, I understand citizens don't ususally get involved with police investigations but this is a cozy so I sort of thought she would...but nope. Not yet. More information is given about the town and its folk. Then Jaymie stumbles upon a special item and instead of turning it over to the police she keeps it and goes about her normal routine even though Jaymie is saying she will for the last few chapters. Then Jaymie is the victim of another crime! What a surprise! Jaymie doesn't seem to be the smartest pea in the pod and after a while I found this trait a bit irritating. Then finally Jaymie decides to investigate which ends up being alot of going over things people told her in her head and trying to remember what she heard or was told..not alot of edge of your seat sleuthing. But at least the character did something...which lead to an over analysis of her love life, the two guys she may or may not have an interest in, her career and ect....once Jaymie does so some sleuthing the story picks up a bit and takes quite a few twists and turns which would have been nice to see more evenly distrubuted in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kaye on July 17, 2012
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This has been a bonanza year for new series that really appeal to me. In A Deadly Grind, I liked the two sisters and how they complemented each other's personalities, but I really liked Jaymie. She's an independent woman who's very comfortable in her own skin. Collecting vintage cookware and living in an old-fashioned farm house suits her just fine. Writing her cookbook using old recipes she converts to modern day, tending her garden and helping out her neighbors leads to a full life for her. She likes a slower pace of life and doesn't feel the need for a high powered career or all the latest modern conveniences. She has a fine appreciation for the past.

I thought the mystery was well done in this one; plenty of suspects with the powerful motive of Greed! Yes, that's Greed with a capital G; greedy enough to commit murders, theft and betrayal. The author kept me guessing through out most of the book. Although I did figure out the culprit towards the end, that did not take away from the story at all.

The setting, Michigan near the Canadian border, was interesting and the author made me feel as if I were really in the scene. I liked the ambiance of the Queen's Tea that Jaymie participated in. Sounds like an event I would love to attend myself. All these little details make for a well rounded cozy.
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