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A Deadly Grind (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2012
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First in a new series from bestselling author and famed O. J. Simpson trial prosecutor Marcia Clark, a “terrific writer and storyteller” (James Patterson). Learn More
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"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
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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!!!
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.
Jaymie and Rebbecca Leighton share a nineteenth century house that is close to being overrun with antiques. Jaymie's niche is vintage cookware and cookbooks. At an upcoming auction there is a Hoosier cabinet that is to be for sale. There may not be room for it, but it is something that Jaymie has to have. She outbids to others who are arguing when the gavel falls and Jaymie has her cabinet. With the help of a guest at the B&B next door, Jaymie is able to get cabinet safely on her side porch. About the time Jaymie is getting into a good sleep, it's shattered by a disturbance on the side porch. When she goes to investigate she finds the body of an unknown male that has been hit over the head with a meat grinder from the cabinet.
After a few days police are able to get a lead on the dead man. but no real idea as to who had done it. One of the towns newer residents is Daniel Collins, who owns the elegant home where a tea celebrating Queen Elizabeth I birthday, deserves some attention along with two of his Frat buddies who just happened to have shown up in town, too. And who were the men that missed out on the bidding due to their arguing. And what was so valuable about the Hoosier Cabinet? Jaymie needs to come up with a list of possible suspects and recruit some of her friends to help track down the killer.
Will be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't believe it took me so long to begin this series! As a lover of vintage kitchen stuff, this book was just my cup of tea. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Lisa Young
I have read all of this series of books, both as ebooks and paperback books.
I will be reading more books by this author. Read more
This is the first time I've read a Victoria Hamilton book. I found it an excellent read. Enjoyed it immensely. I also found it a bit lighthearted, with some suspense. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rhoda Williamson
Jaymie Leighton is a collector of vintage cookware and long forgotten cookbooks. When she spies a 1920s Hooiser cabinet at a local estate sale, she knows she needs to place a bid... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kimberly D. Orosky
A good well written cozy mystery. The vintage kitchen items made the mystery fun and interesting. Will definitely read book 2Published 4 months ago by Leslie J. Cohen
I enjoyed this new cozy series. There is a kitchen theme, but it is not very pronounced for those who dislike over the top themes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ARG
I started out with high hopes for this series. Vintage kitchens and recipes, antiques and collectibles and a small town just on the south side of the 49 parallel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shirley Schwartz
Fun, new series that I just discovered! I picked this one up as an audio and am glad I did. I finished it in two days because the story kept me going. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Brown