By: Jaymie Leighton Müller
Titles: Breaking the Mould (2018) & Cast Iron Alibi (2019)
From: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #8 & #9
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Publisher: Beyond the Page
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
It's that time of year again! As Queensville, MI, gets ready for another Dickens Days festival, I remember last year's event, and the tragedy that almost cancelled it. (Breaking the Mould - 2018)
I'm hoping that doesn't happen this year. And that got me to wondering... as I negotiate with Jocie as to what events she'll go to this season - whose parties, what family events, how many shopping trips with her aunts and cousins - as opposed to the schoolwork that still needs to get done and the real life that needs to be lived, I realize that every Thanksgiving to Christmas rocket blast of time is both the same and so very different.
In our town every November and December is Dickens Days, the lighting of the tree, and the decorating of the town. But Jocie is a year older this year. She is less child already, more into bubblegum tinted nail polish and less into tea parties.
I'd best make the most of this fleeting time of childhood. I already missed so much, meeting her when she was eight. I'd best get moving and enjoy some holiday time, hopefully with no Dickens Days murder to investigate.
How is each holiday season the same for you, or how is it different? Let me know what you think!
Cast Iron Alibi (Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #9)
Wish summer was back? Read Cast Iron Alibi to recall those last fleeting days of summer fun!
In the new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of Breaking the Mould, when an over-amorous handyman is found murdered, Jaymie will have to use every tool at her disposal to nab the culprit . . .
Looking forward to her girls-only college reunion vacation, Jaymie’s on cloud nine at the idea of lazy trips to the beach, dinner cruises on the nearby river, and snug sleeping in the vintage trailer she’s renovated. But no sooner does the group reconnect than her hopes turn to tension as petty squabbles and old acrimonies surface, along with tagalong friends, unexpected guests, and stalkerish ex-husbands. And when a local toolbelt Romeo with an eye for one of the women is found murdered, his home ablaze, the simmering hostility in the group suddenly shifts to secrecy.
Local law enforcement is zeroing in on the victim’s best friend and girlfriend as the most likely suspects, but Jaymie’s inquisitive instincts are telling her one of her former classmates may have been involved in the foul deed. Forced to navigate her fraught relationship with a local police detective and determined to uncover the myriad secrets her college friends are hiding, Jaymie knows she’ll have to dig deep to figure out whose alibi is cast iron, and whose is flimsy as tin . . .
Happy Season's Readings, Everyone!
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