Monday, April 16, 2012

A Deadly Grind-Victoria Hamilton

A Deadly Grind

Victoria Hamilton

Berkley, May 1 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425248010

In Michigan siblings Rebecca and Jaymie Leighton attend an auction in which the latter buys a vintage 1920s Hoosier Kitchen Cabinet over the objection of her older sister who insists their Queensville house is already too cluttered though she resides in nearby Ontario. Brett Delgado, who is staying at the next door Jones B&B, helps Jaymie get the heavy cabinet onto her porch.

That night, the tired sisters are awakened by a loud noise. They investigate only to find a corpse of a well-dressed male near the cabinet and some purchased china shattered. Police Detective Christian leads the homicide investigation in which John Doe victim’s head was bashed in by the cabinet’s meat grinder. Unable to remain out of the inquiry, Jaymie and Hopalong her three-legged Yorkie Poo investigate the murder.

The first A Vintage Kitchen Mystery is an exciting regional amateur sleuth. The investigation is clever though Jaymie’s reason for doing it seems weak while her relationship with her sister enhances the whodunit. With a solid support cast, a murder most likely tied to the Hoosier, and a recipe for Queen Elizabeth Cake, fans will enjoy this fun Michigan cozy.

Harriet Klausner

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