Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cozy Mystery Review ~ NO MALLETS INTENDED by Victoria Hamilton

No Mallets Intended (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery, #4)
by: Victoria Hamilton
Series: A Vintage Kitchen Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Source: Author

The Queensville Heritage Society is restoring the once-grand Dumpe Manor. While Dumpe relatives and society members use the occasion to dust off old grudges, Jaymie Leighton prefers to adorn the kitchen with authentic Depression Era furnishings. A collection of vintage wooden mallets found in the house is a perfect addition to her display, but one also offers a late-night intruder the perfect weapon to knock Jaymie unconscious before escaping.
Though the attack has everyone on edge, nothing is missing from the house. Perhaps it was merely a vagrant who thought the place was still abandoned. But when Dumpe Manor’s resident historian is murdered with a mallet from the same collection, it’s time for Jaymie to turn up the heat on the investigation before someone else becomes history.

Includes recipes!
This installment of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series finds Jaymie Leighton restoring the kitchen of the Dumpe Manor, which was recently purchased by the Queensville Heritage Society.  Jaymie wants to make the kitchen truly vintage with items from days of yore.  The story starts out with Jaymie being so entrenched in looking through vintage items that she loses track of time.  Thus, setting off what seems to be a meaningless chain reaction but is so much more.

Rumored to be haunted by ghosts and with secret treasures inside, the Dumpe Manor starts to receive numerous uninvited guests.  Unfortunately, one of those guests ends up paying with their life for trespassing.  Once again, Jaymie and her friends put on their sleuthing hats to figure out who the killer is and why.  New alliances are formed, revelations are made, and Jaymie’s life is changed.

Victoria Hamilton definitely brought surprises with No Mallets Intended.  I will admit that I was a little upset at first.  Okay, a lot upset.  But, by the end of the story, she had me smiling.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next for Jaymie and the people of Queensville, Michigan.

Rating: 4

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  1. It's good to know the story mad you happier as it continued to progress, and in the end you had a smile on your face. I really should be reading more cozy mysteries.

    1. I love cozy mysteries. I started reading them last year. I definitely have my favorites and Victoria Hamilton/Amanda Cooper is among them.


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