Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sneak Peek - Bran New Death!

By: Merry Wynter
Book Title: Bran New Death
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Hi there... my name is Merry Wynter, and I have a strange tale to tell. 
To start with... I own a castle. 
Yup, you read it here first. I inherited an honest-to-goodness American castle, and now I have to figure out what do do with it. Not too long ago I was just going with the flow, living my topsy-turvy life in Manhattan. When I found out about my inheritance I finally - after some stalling for reasons that are too lengthy and complicated to speak of here - went to see it. Wow. It's huge! And lonely, and breathtaking! And surrounded by enormous holes big enough to lose an excavator in.

I have to put it out there... despite the hunky sheriff, Virgil Grace's implications, it really was not my fault that a body ended up at the bottom of one of those holes.How that all came about and the weird events following my journey to Autumn Vale (in upstate New York) to claim my inheritance and look it over are detailed in Bran New Death, coming in September.

So here and now I'll just tell you about my lifelong passion for... muffins!

Capodimonte Teapot
Who doesn't love muffins? I love to bake them, and I love to eat them. I make them for friends, and sometimes even for strangers. When I was a little kid, it was something I could make with my Grandma while mom was at work. Grandma would make a couple dozen, and then her friends would arrive for tea and 'muffings', as I called them.

I'd be hard pressed to name a favorite, but banana walnut, pecan maple and carrot are certainly up there.
What about you... sweet or savory muffins, which are your favorite? I do love cheddar muffins, with a big bowl of homemade soup.  
Oh! And my other passion is collecting teapots and teacups. I just love how they look and their utility. I have dozens in boxes in storage in Manhattan, as well as boxes and boxes of teacups. There is just something that seems right about tea and muffins, but that probably goes back to my grandmother. I miss her so much.

Now... I really have to go. I have to get back to exploring the castle with my best friend, Shilo, and figuring out the mysteries left behind by my odd uncle, Melvyn Wynter. AND dealing with the strange folk of Autumn Vale, New York! Wish me luck.

In the meantime, have a look at these other American Castles!
Landoll's Mohican Castle: http://www.landollsmohicancastle.com/


Bran New Death is Book 1 of the Merry Muffin Mystery series, and will be available September 3rd of this year. 

Book 2, Muffin But Murder, will be published in August 2014. 

Each book will have muffin and other recipes! Join Merry Wynter on her adventures as she explores her American castle and gets to know the weird and wonderful (some of them) folks of Autumn Vale, a strange little town in the middle of nowhere, upstate New York. Mysteries abound, and a dead body is just the beginning.

Bran New Death, Book 1 of the Merry Muffin Mysteries, is available for pre-order now on Amazon and other sites! 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bran-Death-Merry-Muffin-Mystery/dp/0425258831/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369056970&sr=1-3
Check me out online for more info and coming soon, links to buy online:
Twitter: @MysteryVictoria
Sign up for the new Victoria Hamilton newsletter and hear about new releases, recipes, promotional appearances, and Victoria's other two cozy series!! Using the subject line 'Subscribe', email to: victoria @ victoriahamiltonmysteries.com (Remove the spaces)


  1. Can't wait to hear more about your castle!

  2. I just got your newsletter, I really like the cover. No idea the book is about a castle! when I pre-ordered it a while ago. Looking forward to reading it.
    My favourite muffin: chocolate with chocolate chips.

  3. I'm looking forward to reading your new series and have added both titles to my advance release book list.

    This one is going to rock the reviews.

  4. How cool! Putting this on my advance list too. Looking forward to it!

  5. Wow. Living in a castle! Fabulous. I have to admit that I'm fond of sweet muffins, preferably with fruit in them, but I hope you'll share some of your favorite savory muffin recipes.


  6. This sounds cool, and who or what is Shilo?

    -- a very curious Shiloh

  7. Putting this book on my to be read list, sounds great! Shared on Facebook. =)

  8. Hey, all, thanks for the comments! I'm so looking forward to sharing this book with readers come September. Merry and her best friend Shilo have quite the adventure in store for them ahead.

    Next up... I also have book 3 of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, Freezer I'll Shoot, coming out this fall!