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 A Hoosier to die for?When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie’s “junk,” she successfully outbids the other buyers an A Hoosier to die for?When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie’s “junk,” she successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes home her Hoosier.But that night on the summer porch where they’ve left the Hoosier to be cleaned up, a man is murdered, struck on the head with  the steel meat grinder that is part of the cabinet. Who is this stranger—and what was he doing on their porch? Does his death have anything to do with the Hoosier?As the police struggle to determine the man’s identity, Jaymie can’t help doing a little digging on her own, accompanied by her three-legged Yorkie Poo, Hopalong. But in her bid to uncover the truth about the hidden secrets of the Hoosier, Jaymie may be the one who ends up going, going…gone....

Title : A Deadly Grind
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A Deadly Grind Reviews

  • James
    2019-03-04 13:23

    I hadn't been reading in a while and needed a new series. I was enjoying other cooking type cozy series and decided to give this one a chance. Decent first start, I'll check out the rest. I love kitchen / cooking stories... and antiques... so this kinda fit in. Characters weren't as memorable as I would like them to be tho. Fun part was hearing about all of the vintage tools and devices the main characters uses or sees on her antique trips. The actual murder was interesting, as far as how the victim was killed. About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    2019-02-22 13:27

    I feel dumber for having read this. I'm ashamed of myself.Full review to follow.Original review preserved by popular demand. Onward.Have you ever read a book that was written almost entirely in question form? Did it make you wish you could grind something of great importance of the author’s in a meat grinder? If you could, what would that be? Did this book also make you hate certain words that you only felt ‘meh’ about before?I now despise the words ‘button’ and ‘hoosier’, these are added to the ever dreaded ‘tidy’.Jaymie (that spelling should have been a red flag, right there), has a house in Michigan near Detroit on the shore of a river, the other shore being Canada. She has a summer porch, she likes to buy a bunch of Junk/antiques at auctions, she doesn’t work full time because she likes to have time to ponder the good old days when women didn’t have all those pesky rights and married a man to take care of her so that she could prepare old-timey food on old-fashioned appliances, clean and probably pop out a child or seven.What Jaymie loves to do more than anything else is to ask herself questions. For example; why did Josh just leave me without a hint of warning? Why is there a dead guy on my summer porch? Who is this dead guy on my porch? Why did Josh leave me? Was the meat grinder, that is original to my hoosier, used as the murder weapon? Why is the sky blue? Why did josh just up and leave me like that? What was the dead guy looking for? Was the dead guy looking for a button? Why, Josh, why?I can tell you why Josh left. You asked one too many questions.I picked this book up because I had nothing else to read and it took place in an area that was not very far from me. (Confession: I’ve lived a good chunk of my life within a couple hours drive of Michigan and I went into Michigan for the first time about two years ago.), so I thought it might be interesting.Was the book interesting? Nope. The author used the word ‘spinster’ twice and old maid once and I wanted to slap her hard every time she did. Jaymie had a three legged yorkie-poo named Hoppy, who at one point jumped off the lap of (The) Josh, at which point he brushed hair off his lap. Yorkies don’t shed + Poodles don’t shed = Yorkiepoos doubly don’t shed! Could you do a little research?I hated this book so, so very much.

  • Camille
    2019-03-14 16:34

    Cozies are really hit or miss. I thought this would be a fun read because of the vintage kitchen/cookbook theme and whatnot but it turned out to be mostly annoying and full of all the stereotypical cozy things that when too obvious make your eyes roll, such as middle aged woman with pets, an ex-boyfriend who broke up with her for no reason, etc. There were too many descriptions and getting off topic on random things, and the main character seemed like a real idiot. She had evidence that might help find the killer (of a man who was killed on her porch) but kept it in her house for two days despite the fact that someone had also broken in looking for the evidence. And then she's all, hey I should take this to the police, but you know, I really need to do some gardening first. She also spend way too much time thinking and hypothesizing about who was the killer and how they might have done it, when it's like, hello, just give the evidence or information to the police and let the professionals handle it!By the time I got to the end of the book I didn't even care who the killer was. Also, I hope I never have to read the words "summer porch" and "Hoosier cabinet" again.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-25 17:21

    I know that cozy mysteries are designed to revolve around the people and the community with the dead body being a secondary image. In my person opinion, I think that Victoria Hamilton has gone too far with the description of the town and their festivities, has too many characters to keep straight and a heroine, if you can call her that, which is neither memorable nor unique.My first turn off on the book is the cover, the dog’s head is completely out of proportion to the body and when you read the story, you find out that the dog has a missing front leg due to an accident when still a puppy. Yet, the cover shows both front paws. Was this an error by a newbie writer? I do not think so since Victoria Hamilton is a pseudonym for Donna Lea Simpson, a romance writer that is now branching into the cozy market.Ok, maybe I am being overly fussy, so let us move onto the plot. Jaymie Leighton loves vintage kitchenware and when an original Hoosier comes up for auction, she is there. Midway through the bidding, a fist-a-cuffs breaks out between to competing bidders and Jaymie walks away with her dream purchase.As the cabinet sets out on her summer porch overnight, a crash-bang-kapowee is heard and Jaymie stumbles onto the dead body of an intruder. Come to find out, the Hoosier is holding a very important secret and now Jaymie must protect life and home to return this treasure to its rightful owner.There are so many characters in this book that from time to time it is difficult to keep them straight. Jaymie is a dimwit that does not put “clues” together that leaves the reader scratching their head. Two characters even have the same last name, though not related and Ms Hamilton waited until the book was two-thirds of the way through the book to unravel that coincidence. This book was not for me due to the overly descriptive surroundings and the long drawn out conclusion to a very simple mystery.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-21 16:24

    If I ever read the words "summer porch" or "Hoosier" again, I will stab myself in the eye. After the first explanation of what a "summer porch" is, the author could have just used the word "porch". Calling it a summer porch several times per page makes it sound much fancier than it is. The "Hoosier" can be referred to as a cupboard, as well. Additionally, explaining what a Hoosier is every time a new character is introduced is boring and repetitive. We get it. It's a cool, old cupboard and you know a lot about vintage kitchen stuff. WE GET IT.Speaking of repetitive, I got so tired of hearing about that stupid Queen Victoria tea, as it was mentioned just about every other page. Was this a mystery or a town history?The author also falls victim to a TMI blunder that most authors do when proud of their home state. The author goes on and on about the Michigan/Canada border, with ferry schedules and details Nobody Cares About. Seriously. Nobody cares that taking the Blue Water bridge (and, really, you don't need to explain what the Blue Water is - people can figure it out) versus the ferry is faster this time of day, and why, and how, etc. Just stop. I live in Michigan, and this author made me sick and tired of my own state. We get that Michigan and Canada border each other. Please stop and focus on the plot.Too many characters. Waaaaaay too many characters.The run-on sentences, coupled with too many characters, made me want to sell my kingdom for an editor.I just barely finished this. It took me three days, whereas normally I can finish a book this size in just a few hours. The only reason I finished it was because I wanted to know who the killer was, and by the time I got to the end, I really didn't care.Also, can we talk about how stupid Jaymie is? You find something in your yard after your dog won't leave it alone, and you don't tell the cops. Then you find Really Huge Evidence and Motive and you don't tell the cops; instead you KEEP IT IN YOUR HOUSE. Oh my god, woman. Seriously. Someone was killed for this, and you keep it in your house and then act surprised when someone breaks in?!? At that point, I almost threw the book across the room. Cozy mysteries are all about the main character being a real sleuth and solving the mystery, not being a blithering idiot. I'm so disappointed in this book. I was hoping to read the entire series, but I can't take another one of these.

  • Berit☀️✨
    2019-03-19 17:44

    This book was just OK for me...For me the draw to a cozy mystery is usually the fantastic characters... The characters in this book weren't bad, they were just unmemorable.. there just needed to be some more quirk in this quirky town.... The most interesting character for me in this book was the Hoosier; gave me a new appreciation for the cabinets in my kitchen... not sure about another book in the series, maybe?

  • Vicky
    2019-03-15 10:29

    I am more than half-way through the book and I get so irritated by the procrastination. if one wants the murder on their backporch solved, you just don't procrastinate when you find evidence. this draws me out of the story and causes me to nearly put the book aside and begin a new read. I am going to muddle through this though. Procrastination does not make for a good heroine. The cause and effect of "it" might move the story along but it is the sign of a "grasping" author. If the author is able to write, get published, procrastination is not an acceptable issue.Despite the idiocy of Jayime the book was fairly good even though the ending was absurb and confusing. But I am not sure about reading the book in the series.

    2019-03-16 15:31

    Jaymie Leighton lives in her parents nineteenth century yellow brick home. They have retired to a warmer climate and just visit during the summer. Her sister Rebecca visits on the weekends from London, Ontario, and together they hit the auctions and estate sales. They are both collectors. Jaymie collects vintage cookware and cookbooks. Rebecca china, tea cups and saucers. Rebecca is fifteen years older than Jaymie and sometimes seems like a second mother. She still thinks she knows what is best for Jaymie, but at 32 years of age Jaymie can make her own decisions.Jayme decides to bid on Hoosier cabinet that made be a little worse for wear but she knows with a little elbow grease she will have a treasure. She outbids the other buyers and is thrilled to get her purchase home. Her sister, not so much. She thinks the house is full enough of Jaymie's clutter. They get it home and leave it on the summer porch. They are exhausted from the day and enjoying their purchases can wait until morning.But someone else had other ideas. Becca and Jaymie are woken up in the middle of night by noise downstairs. They are beside themselves when the find a dead body on the summer porch. They don't recognize the man and even the police have a hard time identifying him. Why their house? Who is this guy? Jaymie needs to know. She starts to do just a little investigating. She had better be careful or she may be the one "who ends up going, going,...gone".Dollycas's ThoughtsI can identify this sibling relationship clearly. My sister is 12 years older than me and she too was like a second mom. We are close today but there have been times when she has made me so mad, thinking she knows best.Before my accident I loved to attend auctions and estate sales. I was just like Jaymie. I would have killed, not literally, for a Hoosier like the one in this story. Our home has been cluttered over the years with my "finds". This story hit home for me, really struck my heart.Jaymie and I could be friends, we would be hitting the sales. Becca would probably be friends with my sister :)The setting of these mysteries is really brilliant. Fictional Heartbreak Island between Michigan and Ontario where both American and Canadian tourists arrive for a variety of celebrations is the perfect backdrop. In this installment, a "Tea With The Queen" fundraiser gives the tourists, residents, and suspects a place to gather.The author has laid the great foundation for more books in this series, setting us up for many return visits to Heartbreak Island. I hope not too many hearts are broken but with cozy mysteries you never know who the next victim or suspect may be. I just know this author is going to give us a wonderful who-dun-it that will find us Bowled Over!!

  • Judy
    2019-03-14 15:43

    Don't think that when you read lighter fare such as “cozy mysteries,” that you will abandon all information. In addition to enjoying a good mystery with this book, I learned something about antique kitchen ware. I often go to the Internet to search terms or things that are new to me. So I learned about Hoosier brand kitchen cabinets. But I also came to know and like Jaymie who is an old-cookbook collector (as is my niece). When someone is murdered by the meat grinder part of the Hoosier, Jaymie is afraid someone is after her or something in the old house where she lives. I thought this a cleverly conceived mystery. There is a promising romance, too which rounds out a fun read. I want to follow this series by Victoria Hamilton

  • Linda
    2019-03-14 17:30

    This is my first encounter with this author in this form. Apparently, it's her nom de plume for this new series. The vintage cooking theme interested me since I love cooking, baking and all the gadgets--old and new.Sadly, this disappoints. It includes the usual dog, almost always a rescue dog of some kind and the overbearing sibling. We are treated to the usual recovering from a broken heart heroine, Jaymie (note that we get another cute name spelling, an overused device) who suddenly finds two men showing interest in her which brings the ex-boyfriend slightly back in her orbit.The heroine seems a little dim and it's hard to believe she could solve a case. Since this is a first book it requires a great deal of exposition to set the stage of books to come. Unfortunately, Hamilton doesn't have the gift for exposition that some authors have like Mary Balogh (who is referenced several times which is one of the few things that saves this from a 1 star rating). Her endless setting up of life on the U.S.-Canadian border just goes on and on. It's dry and dreary.It's more deadly dull than a deadly grind.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-02-27 14:21

    As a debut book in a new mystery series I was pleasantly entertained. The new series is known as "A Vintage Kitchen Mystery," and I was happy to have this fact presented throughout the book. It ties in so nicely.Our newest sleuth, Jaymie Leighton is a vintage cookware and cookbook enthusiast. Jaymie has amassed a large collection of usable Pyrex bowls etc. from times past. She is also a new writer of a compilation and modernization recipe book. To my delight Jaymie shared one of her main recipes involved in the story with us readers at the end, plus adding the history of the food. Outstanding idea.The mystery was quite a mystery. Very physical (Jaymie and her new Vintage Hoosier gets attacked,) and also very cerebral as we join her in trying to figure out what the crooks are after and then share in the awe of finding the object. As to the culprits...oh I'm not even going to give you the slightest hint. It is a romp through a tourist mecca that you will remember.I look forward to many more adventures with Jaymie and family and friends of Queensville, Michigan.

  • Una Tiers
    2019-03-02 10:36

    While there are sentences that are melodic, there are too many repetitions. The star of the story procrastinates when she finds a clue and combined with the repetitions, bogs the story down. I did finish, probably waiting for more lovely sentences.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-20 12:30

    "A Deadly Grind" is a cozy mystery. It's the first novel in a series. I found the characters engaging and realistic, and they reacted in realistic ways. There was a nice level of detail about the settling and Jaymie's activities. There was some suspense caused by relationship tensions and not knowing how things would turn out.One main plot was Jaymie coming to terms with how her last boyfriend had hurt her so badly and her starting to realize what she did and didn't want in a man based on that relationship. By the end, she was ready to risk hurt by starting to date again, and she had a better idea of what's worth-while in a man (as in, not just looks). I liked watching this process, and I found her reactions realistic and believable. I also liked how Jaymie realistically reacted to a man being murderer on her porch, though she wasn't going to let her fear and upset run her out of her house.The mystery started out well as everyone tried to identify who the dead man was and why he was murdered on Jaymie's porch. There were enough clues to know who was involved but not whodunit. Near the end, though, suddenly Jaymie did something stupid. One moment she's, "Gee, I know everyone is after this and someone is willing to kill for it, and the cops will want to know about it, but it's too late to call them (which it wasn't) and I'll reject a sensible offer to get it out of the house and somewhere safe." The next morning, she's "Oh, I kept this so long the police will think I'm withholding evidence, so I'll go plant a garden and keep risking getting it stolen until sometime late this afternoon!" I felt like it was done just so some more exciting events would happen, though the author might have made it believable for me if she'd made Jayme's motives for acting this way more clear at the time she was making these decisions.The ending also reminded me of Clue (the movie)--it might have happened this way...or this way...but it really happened this way. Though we're given a long explanation of exactly what everyone did and way, I honestly don't remember it clearly since the previous explanation fit the clues better and made more sense to me. I wasn't really satisfied with the whodunit explanation, though it still neatly tied everything up.There was no explicit sex. There was some explicit bad language and some fake bad language. Overall, I'd recommend the novel for the characters and the fact that the mystery was intriguing.

  • JulieDurnell
    2019-03-19 16:26

    A fairly good cozy mystery with added vintage kitchen info, heroine is a bit of a "blonde" for 32 years old. Some phrasing very repetitive; the old boyfriend dumping her and her beloved house...Will probably pick up the next one in the series though.

  • Wendy
    2019-02-24 10:49

    What a terrific new series!!! The setting is charming-makes me want to visit. The main character is strong, independent and realistic in her thought process. I love all the vintage kitchen knick-knacks and recipe talk. I can't wait for the next book.

  • Donna
    2019-03-02 15:46

    I would give this one 3.5. Good character development, good plot line, lots of twists. Will definitely read the next one in the series

  • Nora-adrienne
    2019-03-02 12:31

    Fantastic first book in a new series. Will write a short review in a day or so.

  • Chaitra
    2019-02-22 12:26

    It's been a while since I've encountered an unbelievably stupid cozy heroine. Well, Jaymie Leighton is it. I don't think any other cozy mystery heroine comes across an object worth millions, the same object being responsible for a death, and then decides to take it to the police, but decides midway that she finds the detective too sexy and it's better to garden instead. (With detailed description of her trip to the garden center, the kind of flowers she buys and the tools she'd need to plant them). I mean really. This happens. She really should have died ten times over, but she doesn't. Go figure. It's also a very very boring mystery, which consists of Jaymie thinking the same questions over and over again with no solution. Or if a clue actually presents itself, Jaymie dismissing it with a shake of her head. There's also a really boring event Jaymie works as a server for, and the hoosier cabinet/summer porch - I'd be dead if I'd made a drinking game out of that. Everything is explained, no detail is left untouched, which is fine if I really wanted to read a book about vintage kitchens or about Michigan or about Canada or about the royal family. I didn't. I just wanted her to get on with the solving of it. It took about 2 hours worth of explaining every aspect of the plot, long before which I stopped caring for who the killer was. I'm removing the rest of this series from my TBR.

  • Beverly
    2019-02-26 13:20

    FTC Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.A Deadly Grind by Victoria HamiltonSummary: When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie’s “junk,” she successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes home her Hoosier.But that night on the summer porch where they’ve left the Hoosier to be cleaned up, a man is murdered, struck on the head with the steel meat grinder that is part of the cabinet. Who is this stranger—and what was he doing on their porch? Does his death have anything to do with the Hoosier?As the police struggle to determine the man’s identity, Jaymie can’t help doing a little digging on her own, accompanied by her three-legged Yorkie Poo, Hopalong. But in her bid to uncover the truth about the hidden secrets of the Hoosier, Jaymie may be the one who ends up going, going…gone.Anyone who knows me knows I love mysteries and I love antique/vintage items. My own kitchen has several treasures that are from my Granny's kitchen. I don't use them because I'm afraid my teen age boys will shatter them. :) When I first read the description of this new series, I was sure this would be a good reading match for me. I was right!What I liked about the book: It is a very well written quick read. I didn't want to put the book down. I also connected with the story because of the auction. (I worked for an auction company for extra spending money when I was in college. Of course, I often spent all my earnings at the auctions I was working.) The story starts with Jaymie and her sister attending an estate auction. The mystery begins right away when Jaymie overhears a furtive conversation about a valuable button. The author does a great job with character development. She sets a strong foundation at the beginning of the book and continues to build on it throughout the story. Jaymie is a strong female character. And though, like most cozy sleuths she does poke her nose into the police investigation she's really not a ditzy character that takes unbelievable chances. She's very well grounded. I enjoyed that there were no "annoying characters" in this story. You know what I mean. Many mysteries have a character that whose only job in the story is to be obnoxious and try to make things difficult for the heroine. I guess I find those characters so annoying because I know too many of them in real life. The author does briefly introduce us to one character that I'm sure will be "that annoying character" in future books. But I'm sure Jaymie will be able to handle her just fine. And finally I loved that recipe makeover included at the end of the book. It was nice to the original recipe alongside the modernized version.What I didn't like about the book: I LOVED it all!I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves mysteries and vintage things, especially vintage kitchen items. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.Victoria Hamilton is a pseudonym for national bestselling author Donna Lee Simpson, who is also a collector of vintage cookware and recipes.

  • Fred
    2019-03-13 09:41

    A Deadly Grind is the first book in the A Vintage Kitchen Mystery. I've lived about 50 years in the Hoosier state and never have never heard of a Hoosier cabinet. Buts thanks to Victoria Hamilton, I am in the know now.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.

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    2019-02-23 11:33

    This was a typical cozy mystery set in small town Queensville, a town on the Canadian-American border. I enjoyed all of the accurate references to Canada, specifically south-western Ontario - my neck of the woods.There is a vast cast of characters that were sometimes hard to keep track of at times. Some were interesting but quite a few were bland causing them to blend into each other in my mind and most I'd consider forgettable. Jaymie, the main character was likable and her reasons for getting involved were believable as were the reasons she continued to be caught in the fray. My only beef was that she comes off as a little overly naïve at times.The mystery itself was solid but a little long winded. I wish there were some bigger twists and while I had my guesses as to the identity of the culprit it was fairly enjoyable seeing the mystery play out.Overall, this was a decent cozy mystery. I found it enjoyable to listen about Jaymie's interest in old-fashioned family recipes and kitchen gadgets, specifically the hoosier. Nothing too complicated in the mystery, a slew of culprits and it was a nice to listen to this e-audiobook while I gardened.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-28 14:21

    This verges on three stars, but for me, there's just a bit too much thought processing by the main character (or description? I feel it could have used some editing), and that made it drag on for me. I suppose I just don't do well with characters' names that begin with the same letter and are of same gender, because I personally had to keep reminding myself who was whom when it came to Ted and Trevor. Potential spoiler alert:Also, and this is just a little thing, but on page 273, it says that the murderer died despite all efforts to revive said murderer, yet had made a deathbed confession? How? If the person could not be revived....? Whaaat....?! It just doesn't make sense to me (unless I'm totally missing something?). (And there wasn't any description that I could remember of the murderer being responsive/able to talk/talking in a particular scene. (I'm trying to word this so it's not too much a spoiler, so apologies for any confusion.) So, this garners an "It's Okay" two-star rating for me. If a second book comes out, I'll might give it another try.

  • Katherine Hunter
    2019-03-05 16:41

    A man is found dead on Jaymie Leighton's summer porch after she buys a Hoosier cabinet at an auction. What follows has to depict one of the most idiotic sleuths ever. There is a long list of problems with our hero and the worst has to be (view spoiler)[ that when she finds the reason for the murder, she feels that keeping it for another 24 hours is reasonable behavior and, hey, let's stick something worth a million dollars in the glove compartment of your vehicle and then spend the day running errands and gardening instead of putting something so valuable into the care of someone who might be able to solve the mystery. Jaymie reads mysteries but they must be pretty crappy ones if that's how the detectives operate in them. (hide spoiler)] I didn't think the writing was that great. I lost count of the number of times she explained what a Hoosier cabinet was. There were quite of number of details that were just boring - ferry vs bridge, do we care? The plot was okay. The main character was just too stupid to be an amateur detective so no more of her for me.

  • Elaine Shipley-pope
    2019-03-12 14:21

    I decided to read this book on a whim as I walked by a shelf of books of a similar style. This types of books are often silly and I needed a good change. I actually loved it. It was silly and cheesy and mostly clever and I am honestly surprised how much I enjoyed it. Its about a pair of sisters in a small town who go to an auction. On of them falls in love with an old Hoosier cabinet and insists on bidding on it. To her surprise there is a small bidding war that she wins when the other bidder has a scuffle with the person beside him. The sisters take it home, put it safely on the porch for the night and call it a day. They are then awoken in the middle of the night to find a dead man on the porch with a bloody piece of the cabinet beside him. And so the hunt to find out how this man is and who killed him is on.As most murder mysteries are this one had several misleading characters and directions and I am very pleased with how the book turned out. This book was pretty good and because of it I will mostly likely read more like these in the future.

  • Ronna
    2019-02-23 15:48

    A vintage Hoosier kitchen cabinet proves to be more than an interesting antique for Jamie Leighton. Against her sister's better judgment, Jamie really wanted that 1920's Hoosier to go along with all her old kitchen gadgets that she has collected in their old 19th century yellow brick house in Michigan, that she and her sister have inherited. She won the auction but she ended up getting a dead body on her back porch as well. Now she wants to find out what she has that others want before they kill her first.The background story of the ownership connection between Canada and Michigan makes this story especially interesting. The Queen's Tea Celebration is fascinating, along with the description and history of the Hoosier Cabinet itself. The mystery starts out as purely a murder investigation and develops into a much more complicated quest for more parts of American history. A great start to this Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-10 11:46

    This book received so many 5 star reviews, I decided to keep trudging on despite nearly giving up after 40 pages. I am not sure where to begin. Editing was a big problem for me. There were so many overly long sentences I found myself needing to reread them to make sure I kept track of all the information they contained. None of the characters appealed to me. The plot centers around a Hoosier cabinet purchased at an auction and the secret it holds. Jaymie's house is broken into and someone is murdered by the Hoosier. The book then dilly dallied along with way too much extraneous information. By the time it got to the denouement there were so many characters in a muddled mess that I am still not sure what exactly happened to whom. And to be honest, I didn't really care. I won't be continuing with the series. This one just wasn't for me.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-26 14:23

    I was excited to get this book when I saw it at the library but unfortunately, my excitement didn't last too long. I managed to get halfway through it and just couldn't see myself reading any further. The author puts a lot of detail into the book but where I might have expected the detail to concern the kitchen or cooking it didn't. It was historical detail for a celebration that was taking place over a couple of days time span. May give the next book in the series a shot to see how it goes.

  • MomIsReading
    2019-03-11 15:40

    This new series has potential. Often the first books in new series are slower at the start as the author has to build the ground work. I liked the antiques piece of this theme. What prevented me from giving this more than 3 stars were a few things. For me there were too many characters which made it harder to follow. There was also too much time spent on the charity Queen tea party and not enough on her antiques including the cookbooks. I stopped counting at 3 the times the word oblique was used...strange adjective that just really jumped out. Petty, I know, but stood out like a sore thumb.

  • Mystereity Reviews
    2019-03-14 09:30

    Not bad for a first in a series. The location was charming and I liked the colorful characters and the vintage kitchen is a cute idea. The plot was a little Jessica Fletcher-y. I more or less figured it out early on in the book. There was a little too much internal dialogue going on (the endless mooning over her ex left me flipping through pages an pages) and the foreshadowing could've been more subtle to the same effect. There was one thing that irritated me: Baking SODA does NOT fizz in water. Ever. Baking POWDER does. If you mix up the two, you will have major baking problems.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-05 11:43

    Very enjoyable, one of the better cozy mysteries I've read. I found all the information thrown at you in the beginning (both about the people and the town, as well as all of the historical facts) overwhelming, but I grew to appreciate it the further I read. As it takes place on the U.S./Canada border, I appreciated the mentions of Canada sprinkled about. Already ordered the sequel from the library =)