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TO THE MANOR DEAD 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 ofTO THE MANOR DEAD 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!...

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No Mallets Intended Reviews

  • Sandie Laughner
    2019-02-18 09:42

    Reading this 4th book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series was like going back home to visit with family and friends. I loved it!! Jaymie Leighton is doing her part to help the Queensville Heritage Society restore the Dumpe Manor to it's former glory. She is naturally doing the kitchen in Depression Era fashion. Jaymie finds some old and interesting mallets that she intends to use in her decorating. Unfortunately, a few of those mallets get used for something else.Follow Jaymie unravel clues and twists to solve this latest "who done it" Murder, mystery, love interests, antiques~~ this book has it all !!

  • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
    2019-03-19 16:26

    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviewsby KimThis 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.**Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**

  • Fred
    2019-03-20 12:25

    No Mallets Intended is the fourth book in the A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series.Another enjoyable addition to this series.Jaymie Leighton is helping the historical society restore the Dumpe Manor to its previous beauty. Jaymie has found a collection of various mallets that were used in cooking, losing track of time and as she is leaving late one evening, she is knocked unconscious by one and culprit gets away. Then, when Prentiss Dumpe begins to make statements that there is another will and that there is no way the family would have been written out of their inheritance. Jaymie begins to wonder if her attack was just a random occurrence. When Theo Carson, the historian that has been hired to write the history of Dumpe Manor, with another mallet from the kitchen collection, it is time to get serious about finding the murderer and assailant.Most all of the enjoyable characters from the previous books are back to help Jaymie sort through the various clues. Jaymie is able to work closely with Bernie, lady cop and fellow collector, and the police chief to get this mystery solved.A recipe is also included.Looking forward the next book in this delightful series.

  • Shelley Giusti
    2019-02-19 11:46

    No Mallets Intended by Victoria Hamilton This is the fourth book in the Vintage Kitchen series and it is a great read! The heritage society is getting the manor ready for tours and it is Jaymie’s job to restore the kitchen. When she finds a set of vintage wooden mallets in the house she wants to add them to her kitchen. They would be perfect. When the mallets are taken by an intruder and used to knock Jaymie out things go from bad to worse. People of the town believe that the manor is haunted and when a murder takes place on the back porch and the mallet is the murder weapon everyone starts looking at Jaymie as the suspect. Now she has to show the town that she isn’t the killer before their is another victim. This is such a great book with strong characters who keep you going. The storyline is fantastic and you will never for a minute see the plot twist unfold. This book keeps you reading until the end.

  • Jeanie
    2019-02-28 15:23

    No Mallets Intended is an awesome 4th in a series known as A Vintage Kitchen Mystery. Victoria Hamilton shows her passion for cooking – rather, preparing foods in time-honored traditions with vintage tools that often surpass our electronic gadgets – in this series! I only wish that I had a talent to take a little of this and a pinch of that and come up with something that would wow those eating it! One doesn’t have to be a cooking specialist, however, to appreciate the newest Vintage Kitchen Mystery. I enjoy eating, at least! And I love hearing about various implements used in the past, as well as the collectible dishes, cooking tools and vessels and related serving pieces. If you haven’t already read any of the first three books in the series, this can stand alone due to how well each character or relationship is introduced without the feeling that the author is starting from scratch or humoring the new reader. Jaymie Leighton, our intelligent and personable protagonist, is working to restore the kitchen of the new Queensville Historic Manor, formerly known as the extraordinary Dumpe Manor. This once elegant Manor was owned by the Dumpe family in the little hometown Queensville, Michigan on the St. Clair River. Working alone one evening, Jaymie and her sweet 3-legged Yorkie-Poo, Hoppy (Hopalong) hear someone enter the mansion. If only Hoppy could talk – as he alone is witness to her being hit on the head and knocked out. To add insult to headache, Jaymie learns later that the weapon used was one of the antique mallets in a collection that she was going to display in the kitchen. Only days later, Jaymie finds the dead body of the historian hired by the Society to prepare a pamphlet with the history of the Dumpe family and the mansion – killed by another mallet from the collection.Cozy mysteries based in hometown towns of Michigan have a warm place in my heart, as I grew up in a somewhat larger hometown city there. To be reminded of a place where most of the homes are older than me is a delight! And to have characters who appreciate the treasure of an antique of any kind adds to the texture of the tapestry of the tale. The characters are delightfully well-developed, folks that one would anticipate being involved in small town gatherings. Jaymie has ups and downs like all of us. Her friends and family complement her personality. Jaymie’s understanding of others is shown in her relationships. Her love of animals is also seen with her pets, the precious pup, Hoppy, and the formerly grouchy puss, Denver. And here’s to Becca, who shows me that there IS a place in modern literary circles for someone who will seek success in yet another marriage… this time will be the charm!The plot is tightly-woven, a tale as well-planned as any renovation project would be. It holds many surprises, especially those related to the “who” and the “why” of the murder and attacks as well as the reasoning, and the convoluted resolution. Victoria Hamilton has my complete admiration for the well-crafted penning of this cozy mystery, the setting, and the characters! I highly recommend No Mallets Intended to adults of all ages who appreciate a well-written cozy mystery and find the setting, cooking, and antiques appealing, and to fans of Victoria Hamilton’s other series – it is a sure thing that it will delight the readers, keep them on their toes and their hair standing on end until the conclusion! And if you are a great cook, you will appreciate the classic recipe included.With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are my own.

  • Lisa Morin
    2019-03-10 16:29

    Jaymie Leighton is my favorite fictional character. Her personality and loyalty to friends, family and all things vintage make her a very special young woman.In this book, the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching and the Queensville Heritage Society is busy restoring the charming Dumpe Manor.Jaymie is thrilled to be decorating the kitchen in the manor and her ideas for her vintage themed kitchen are exciting. During one of her visits to the Dumpe Manor, Jaymie finds a box of vintage wooden mallets. What a score, they will be a great accessory to her kitchen, she may even be able to write a column for The Howler about the mallets.Unfortunately for Jaymie, something odd is going on at the manor, and when she receives a harsh clunk on the head, she knows her instincts are right. Even though the injury has left her a bit scared, she is determined to keep on working at the manor.As busy as Jaymie is, she is still trying to sort out her feelings for her boyfriend Daniel. With their agreement to re-evaluate their relationship at Christmas, Jaymie begins to question her feelings for him.When tempers flare at a Heritage society meeting regarding the ownership of Dumpe Manor, it comes as no surprise when Jaymie finds the body of Theo Carlson, the historian for the manor. Jaymie has no choice but to begin asking questions and when her questions make someone nervous, her life is in danger as she finds herself face to face with the murderer.As she runs for her life, her only hope is to knock on a stranger's door and fight for her life.Will this be the end to Jaymie's snooping days?Ms. Hamilton has turned me into a dedicated fan of this series. I love reading about all the vintage items in her book, they remind me of my childhood.Picking up a Vintage Kitchen Mystery is like opening a letter from an old friend, it always leaves me with a smile on my face.

  • Wendy
    2019-02-21 10:26

    There are so many delicious reasons to read Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen mysteries. Each one, including this fourth in the series, is the perfect mix of ingredients for a great cozy read. I love the small Michigan town setting with all the similarities to the small Ohio town I grew up in. The main character, Jaymie, is someone I would love to count as a friend. She is real and clever and complex as are the supporting characters. The mysteries keep you guessing until the very end as well. And for us animal lovers (aren't all cozy fans animal lovers?) Jaymie's furry friends Hoppy and Denver add a warm touch.My favorite part of this series is Jaymie's passion for the kitchens of yesterday. The author describes in loving detail the dishes and tools, the cabinets and the curtains and all the charm I remember from my childhood. Jaymie's appreciation for her home and the life she has created remind me of what's important to me.This is a series to grab hold of and put on your "keep" shelf for sure.Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, I purchased the first three books in the series myself.

  • Tess
    2019-02-18 09:25

    How could anyone not love a series with titles like A Deadly Grind, Bowled Over, Freezer I'll Shoot and the latest one No Mallets Intended? These are the titles in Victoria Hamilton's series Vintage Kitchen Mysteries.The Heritage Society is renovating the old and once beautiful Dumpe Manor and they plan to sell tickets for a tour of the lovely old painted lady. Jaymie, our heroine has chosen to restore the kitchen will all period appliances and kitchen ware.As Jaymie is working in the house alone, she is hit in the head with a mallet and knocked unconscious, by an unknown assailant. When there is a murder on the back porch everyone starts to believe that the house may be cursed and it takes Jaymie and her boyfriend Zack, who happens to be a detective, to help the police force put a stop to and discover who is behind the problems in Queensville.I love Victoria's books and wait impatiently for the next one.A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

  • Barb
    2019-02-24 09:49

    I loved this book. It took me back to my grandmother's Depression-Era, green and cream kitchen. Jaymie Leighton, an expert on antique kitchen accessories, is helping her local Heritage Society restore a lovely Queen Anne manor house fallen into disrepair. Who could imagine that this venture would lead to murder and mayhem? This is the fourth volume in Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series. (Victoria Hamilton is a nom de plume for Donna Lea Simpson, herself a collector of vintage kitchen cookware.) The setting is a small village in Michigan, across the river from Canada. The characters are extremely well drawn and seem like familiar folks, both friendly and not so much. The plot is what sets this cozy apart. Deliciously convoluted, with fiendish red herrings; I certainly never figured it out early. For readers of the previous offerings in this series, Jaymie's personal life takes some unforeseen and very interesting turns. Highly recommended!

  • Robin
    2019-03-05 10:21

    This was the first book I have read of Victoria Hamilton's and it was amazing. The mystery starts at the very beginning of the book and you are kept guessing who did what and why throughout the whole book. I found myself guessing and then guessing again trying to figure it out. The story made me feel like I was a part of the town, the descriptions of the homes, food and smells were so real! I can't wait to read more from this series and others by Victoria!!

  • Dawn
    2019-03-10 10:43

    I enjoy these books, even though I find it just a bit much that she always dares a bit too much, survives, but doesn't really learn.

  • Sarah Adamson
    2019-03-08 13:41

    The fourth book in the Vintage Kitchen series.I loved the first, felt ok about 2 and 3 and wanted it to get better. This book did get a little better for me. The main character, Jaymie, can be a fun person with a very adventurous sounding life - running people’s businesses when they’re away, volunteering at the local historical society, finding odd Vintage kitchen supplies. However sometimes she is a pain - her comments and actions sometimes feel painful in how they’re written. Overall the stories are good - this one focuses on the House bought by the historical society and being renovated to show to the public. It’s an idea I’ve read before and better written but.. it still has a lot of merit. I liked her finding the mallets and identifying why so many were needed for specific jobs in older times. I liked the interesting people on the committee and their different interpretations of time, history, family scandals. I really enjoyed her explaining the different approaches to writing a history or memoir. I’m so glad she finds a new beau - the old ones got boring.

  • Mary
    2019-03-07 10:32

    Victoria Hamilton has done it again. I absolutely enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the previous books in this series.Again trouble seems to find Jaymie Leighton. While Jaymie is renovating the kitchen at Dumpe Manor she discovers a dead body. There were so many twists and turns in this book that I had no idea who the murderer was until the end.Not only was there twists and turns in the murder investigation there were surprises in Jaymie's love life. I won't tell you what the surprises were though.I would highly recommend that you read No Mallets Intended. I'm sure that you will enjoy it as much as I did. I'm looking forward to the next book.

  • Gail Dougherty
    2019-03-15 11:47

    This book definitely gets all the men sorted out in Jaymie's life. Not one of my favourite books for a good read. It seemed to have everyone with some serious issues that needed to be fixed by Jaymie but not much in the way of a plot. Too many boyfriends and too many villains at the end of it to get rid of. Definitely different style to the other books in this series.

  • February Four
    2019-03-04 09:42

    Kind of pat, tying up loose ends like that, but also lovely. I'm looking forward to the next one!

  • Lorena
    2019-02-21 13:32

    better then the last one, I did not like the part about Daniel and Zach, but oh well and now Jacob, out of nowhere.

  • Aurian Booklover
    2019-02-27 10:33

    Jaymie Leighton is a very busy young lady, always working one job or the other. She helps out at the Bed and Breakfast next door when needed, she helps at the Emporium, the local store, at a local antiques shop when the owner is on a buying trip, she manages her family’s vacation home at a small island off the coast, and she has a successful business providing vintage picnic baskets. Her biggest hobby is vintage kitchen tools and appliances, and collecting vintage cookbooks. She wants to publish her own cookbook one day, using vintage recipes, but updated for modern appliances and measurements. So in the evenings she is often busy making a recipe and trying to make it more modern and perhaps better. Jaymie is also busy for the Queensville Heritage Society, as she really does love vintage things. Her current job is to restore the Dumpe Manor kitchen to its former glory. Use the original color scheme and find appliances and kitchen ware to fill the kitchen. She has to be ready for the grand opening soon, and Jaymie even wants to bake Christmas cookies during the tours. She is very happy with the box of old tools she found at auction recently, even though she doesn’t even know all of them. One evening she is busy researching her box of mallets, when she hears some noise inside the house. She is supposed to be alone, so who is there? Her little three-legged dog Hoppie is with her but even he can’t protect her when the intruder hits her over the head. Luckily she is found by another Society member, before she freezes near the open front door. She doesn’t know who did it, and her police friend Bernie is taking it very seriously. Jaymie’s boyfriend Daniel, who is a software millionaire, is determined to pay for a good alarm system on the property, and won’t take no for an answer. He will have her protected. The society is all too happy to accept his donation. They are very busy getting the house renovated in time. But not everyone is happy with their hard work. Psychiatrist Prentiss Dumpe claims to be the true heir to the Manor, and he will do what he can to sow discord between the members. Then there is the author, Theo Carson, the Society hired to write a pamphlet about the Manor and its history. He seems to want to find only the negative stuff, like involvement in the slave trade or Nazi sympathisers. And Carson sure likes playing the field, Jaymie didn’t know her friend Cynthia was involved with him until after he dumped her for Imogen, who is a lot younger. Then there are some who are convinced there is a treasure hidden somewhere in the house, and they are determined to find it. So when Jaymie find the body of Theo Carson near the newly opened back door into the kitchen, clearly murdered with another one of her mallets, she is determined to find out the truth. Yes, she does like to snoop and she is good at it, and she will be careful. After all, the chief of police himself would like to kept informed about what she finds out. I really enjoyed this new book in the series. The mystery is a good one, and the bad guy truly bad. Scary bad. But Jaymie does find out the truth. Her personal life is not going well though, her boyfriend Daniel wants to marry her, and she is supposed to give him her answer by Christmas, and that is in a few weeks. She is not ready yet, she doesn’t really know if she loves him or not. Daniel is also a restless man, who buys a house somewhere, and after a few months, goes somewhere else again. And Jaymie’s roots are deep. She loves her house and town dearly. He really doesn’t understand that at all. And then there is the handsome police detective. Just when she thought they were becoming friends, he moved out of town to become a detective in a big city. Jaymie is still not really ready for a new relationship, after the betrayal of her previous boyfriend, Joel. And now he seems to be back to his old tricks, as his new girlfriend Heidi confides in Jaymie. I really like reading about vintage kitchen things, and I would love to see the glassware Jaymie has found sometimes for real. The description in the book makes it look really lovely. I am not a kitchen princess myself though. I can cook well, but I just don’t like the time it takes. I prefer to read about it. Jaymie and her friends and pets are great characters, and I will certainly buy the next book. There is a new love interest on the horizon for Jaymie, and I do like this one a lot more than the other two. 8 stars.

  • Joanne
    2019-02-25 10:35

    One doesn’t have to be a Chef to appreciate the newest Vintage Kitchen Mystery. Victoria Hamilton is an awesome cozy mystery writer and I’d looked forward to reading this book, the fourth of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. I appreciate cozy mysteries that actually feature a mystery rather than a romance posing as a cozy mystery. Jaymie Leighton is an energetic, busy young lady, between helping out at the Bed and Breakfast next door, helping at the Emporium, the local store, at a local antiques shop when the owner is on a buying trip, managing her family’s vacation home at a small island off the coast, and running a successful business providing vintage picnic baskets. In her spare time, Jaymie and the Queensville Heritage Society members are restoring the extraordinary Dumpe Manor to serve as a museum and office space for the group. While working on her area of interest-turning the kitchen into a Depression era version of itself, while working alone one evening, Jaymie and her sweet 3-legged Yorkie-Poo, Hoppy (Hopalong) hear someone/something. If only Hoppy could talk – as he alone is witness to her being hit on the head and knocked out. To add insult to headache, Jaymie learns later that the weapon used was one of the antique mallets in a collection that she was going to display in the kitchen. Unfortunately, soon after, Jaymie finds the dead body of the historian, Theo Carson, hired by the Society to prepare a pamphlet with the history of the Dumpe family and the mansion – killed by another mallet from the collection. Between Theo Carson, a woman scorned, and angry Dumpe descendants there are valid reasons to fear that the Manor will be taken from the Heritage Society. The characters are well-developed and anticipate being involved in small town gatherings and gossip. Jaymie’s friends and family complement her personality and she compliments theirs. Her current boyfriend, Daniel, is pressuring her to commit more fully to their relationship. Psychiatrist Prentiss Dumpe believing he is the true heir to the Manor causes major issues for the Historical Society. Author, Theo Carson, seems to want to find only the negative history, like involvement in the slave trade or Nazi sympathizers. And Carson sure likes playing the field with Jaymie’s friend Cynthia. Additionally, there are individuals convinced there is a treasure hidden somewhere in the house, and they are determined to find it despite the current renovation. As someone who appreciates animals in cozy mysteries, I’m glad Jaymie loves animals which is obvious with her precious pup, Hoppy, and the formerly grouchy puss, Denver.I found it refreshing to become reacquainted with Jaymie, learn more about vintage kitchenware, recipe development for her desired cookbook (classic recipes included) and her latest adventure. Victoria Hamilton eloquently writes of her love of cooking using vintage tools that often surpass our electronic gadgets – a number of which I inherited and personally use in my kitchen! A great mystery that had me guessing all the way to the end. Jamie's love life has its own twists and turns. Very enjoyable book and I look forward to Jaymie’s adventures in the fifth one in this cozy series.

  • Smitten
    2019-03-19 13:47

    Originally posted on Smitten by Books Blog3.5 StarsJaymie Leighton is excited to be a part of the Queensville Heritage Society’s latest project. They are restoring one of the town’s historic homes and Jaymie is looking forward to decorating the kitchen using vintage furnishings and utensils from the Depression Era. She begins searching at auctions and her own extensive collection of antique kitchen gadgets, but the fun ends when Jaymie is attacked one evening while is alone at the house. She tries to dismiss the attack until there is a murder in the town and the killing seems to be tied to her own assault. Many people would be scared off, but Jaymie is determined to continue with her decorating as well as solving the murder before the killer strikes again.I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning, and No Mallets Intended has many positive things going for it. Although the main storyline of this installment drags on a bit too long, the main characters are once again pleasant. Jaymie is intelligent and kind and her relationship with her older sister, as well as with her best friend Valletta, are warm and realistic. The vintage kitchen theme of this series is unique and I always pick up some new tidbit of culinary history.In spite of all the good things, I have to say this is the least favorite installment of the series. The plot is somewhat convoluted and my attention began to wander early on in the book. In addition, I’ve always found Jaymie’s friendship with her ex’s airheaded younger girlfriend Heidi to be strange, but it’s really awkward this time. Jaymie is giving relationship advice to both parties and Heidi, who is supposed to be Jaymie’s friend, regularly makes thoughtless comments about Jaymie’s age. Jaymie and her new boyfriend, Daniel, are at odds through much of the book and someone she meets in a surprising way suddenly becomes a potential love interest, which seems contrived. I’m not against Jaymie moving on from Daniel if that’s what she chooses, especially since he seems especially bossy in this book, ordering Jaymie not to investigate, not to go to the historic mansion alone, but then leaving town. However, the introduction of the new character just seems a bit too pat to be believable.I really like the character of Jaymie and this series, so I’m hoping that whatever is in store for her in the next installment, that’s as enjoyable to read about as the earlier books in this charming series. Although it’s not the best in the series, this book is still a good read that fans of Joanne Fluke or Virginia Lowell will appreciate. If you’ve followed the series, you will want to read this book to keep up with how things are progressing in Jaymie’s personal life, even if the sleuthing portion is a letdown.Reviewed by Christine

  • Judy
    2019-03-05 15:36

    I liked this book. The last few chapters were the most exciting. The main character Jamie is rather a quirky young person. It appears she lives in the family home with her three legged dog named Hoppy. She also has a cat who tolerates the dog, but does favor Jamie. She loves old things and collects antique kitchen items. In the story she has the task of looking through items to see if they are authentic antiques.Since this is the fourth book in the series ( for some reason I thought it was number one) I didn't see how she solved her other murder cases. However, Jamie seems like your typical amateur sleuth. She just has to be involved in finding out what is going on. If anyone has read the other books it sounds like, in detecting, Jamie seems to put herself in very dangerous situations. A lot of the mysteries that I read seems to have the amateur sleuth deciding to go off on there own to solve a case. They work with the police but don't share everything. Then they go somewhere looking for clues and find not only clues but the killer. Sometimes, I get really tired of the situations amateur sleuths put themselves. But I continue reading the books. Jamie is working with the Historical Society in a small town in Michigan. The Society just purchased an old home which they wish to restore. Jamie is given the task to refurbish the kitchen in time for a Christmas opening. She does a food column for the paper. She hopes to put together a cookbook in the future. She helps friends at their shops. Her best friend is a pharmacist and she works with her at times. These jobs are how she pays her bills. The Historical Society has some interesting members. Some are the older citizens of the town, one is a gentleman hired to write a history of the old home that was purchased. Some others are descendants of the last owner of the home. They claim that the home rightfully belongs to them. So there are several plots going on throughout the story. The setting is in a town in Michigan in the fall. The weather is mentioned quite a bit about the cold and warm days. Jamie mentions in a later chapter that if you are concerned about the weather wait ten minutes and it will change. She mentioned several surrounding states where people say this about their weather. She never mentions Ohio which in my opinion falls into the same weather pattern.Jamie finds herself alone in the purchased home as she looks through the items left in the home. As she is ready to leave, she hears noises that lead her to believe someone is in the house. She calls out no one answers. Hoppy begins to growl. She is decides she needs to leave. She heads to the front door. A dark figure appears and bops her on the head. The story proceeds from there.

  • Caryn
    2019-02-24 17:21

    In this the fourth book in her Vintage Kitchen Series, author Victoria Hamilton has her protagonist, Jaymie Leighton designing the kitchen of the Queensville Historical Society’s home with a depression era motif. While working alone in the Dumpe Mansion one evening Jaymie is clunked on the head with one of the vintage meat mallets she had purchased to accessorize the kitchen. When she comes to, she looks around and realizes nothing has been taken and so she figures it was just a bum looking for a warm dry place to spend the night. However, as the numbers of odd happenings around the house continue to mount and the next historical society meeting ends with threats and allegations, people begin to realize there may be more than a bum or two involved in the break-ins. And then the historian contracted to write the booklet about the house is murdered on the house’s steps. Jaymie, can’t help herself and begins to nose around trying to find out who has a motive and to find answers for some of the odd happenings.I have not read any of the previous books in this series. That will soon change. Jaymie Leighton is a delightful protagonist who has a fascinating job of designing vintage kitchens. Woven into the story without intruding on the plot are all sorts of historical tidbits about kitchens during the Depression. While it took a little effort on my part to sort out the supporting characters, it was easily done. I found the other members of the community likable and very realistic for small town America. Having a three legged dog serve as her side kick is fun too. Jaymie has a bit of a complicated love life which was resolved by the end of the book and hopefully things will go better for her in that department in the next book in the series.If you love old things, cooking, protagonists with pets and solid mysteries without sex or violence “on stage,” then the Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series should be a good fit. Haven’t read the first three books? No worries, I haven’t either but had no problem picking up on the characters and I enjoyed No Mallets Intended just fine as an introduction to the series.

  • Katreader
    2019-03-10 17:41

    No Mallets Intended by Victoria HamiltonThe Fourth Vintage Kitchen MysteryJaymie Leighton and the Queensville Heritage Society are restoring Dumpe Manor to serve as a museum and office space for the group. While working on her contribution-turning the kitchen into a Depression era version of itself-Jaymie hears something. She tries to ignore it-but it turns out to be a person, a person who hits Jaymie with a vintage kitchen mallet and knocks her out cold! That's just the start of the problems surrounding Dumpe Manor. An egotistical writer (who appears to be out to smear the Dumpe family in the pamphlet he's writing for the society), a woman scorned, and angry Dumpe descendants combine with the threat that the Manor will be taken from the society lead to murder. The body... a victim of yet another vintage kitchen mallet.If you've ever looked at vintage kitchen utensils you know they can do some serious damage. Take the kitchen mallet, generally used for pounding meat, but you could certainly pound other things, including people. Someone does just that in No Mallets Intended, the latest Vintage Kitchen Mystery by Victoria Hamilton. First Jaymie is coshed on the head by a kitchen mallet, then an obnoxious author is murdered; the weapon-a meat mallet!While Jaymie is restoring a Depression era kitchen in Dumpe Manor she also has to deal with the pressure being asserted by her boyfriend, Daniel, to commit more fully to their relationship. But can she deal with his highhanded manner, no matter how well intentioned? Should she have to? After being the victim of an assault she finds yet another dead body. Can she look into the murder without putting herself in danger?Victoria Hamilton brings us a few puzzles in her fourth Vintage Kitchen mystery. Murder may not be the only criminal activity plaguing Queensville, Michigan. In addition, there are romantic puzzles faced by several characters. A complicated mystery, secrets revealed, and plenty of vintage kitchenalia serve up a great story. No Mallets Intended is a welcome addition to the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series that leaves me anticipating the next adventure.Recipe included.

    2019-03-11 09:21 to you by OBS reviewer KaytNo Mallets Intended is the 4th installment in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. Victoria Hamilton’s writing style is easy and comfortable. The main character Jaymie Leighton is enjoyable and someone you want to know. The characters are very well developed and just get better and better in each installment. Her three legged yorkie-poo Hoppy is always a treat. The settings are so well described and vivid, the reader will want to move to Queensville.The Dumpe Manor is being restored to its earlier glory to benefit the Queensville Heritage Society and of course Jaymie is doing the kitchen. After Jaymie herself becomes victim to a mallet in the head, things start to unravel. To make matters worse she was attacked with antique mallets she was using in the Dumpe Manor kitchen. Then a heated town meeting, strange over heard conversations and a body killed with another mallet is found on the back steps, all this leads to a mystery and intrigue in search of the person or persons behind the murder.I love this series and the characters and setting. This installment actually ties up some of the love issues Jaymie is facing. I think that makes this book one of my favorites in the series. As always with the Vintage Kitchen Mystery books, No Mallets Intended, draws the reader in and does not let go. The characters are fun and entertaining. The storylines are interesting and at times fast paced. I would recommend this wonderful book to anyone that enjoys a well written, fun mystery. I can not wait for the next installment.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  • Pat
    2019-02-25 15:50

    First off I want to say that I really like this series. I like the lead character and her friends and their quaint little town in Michigan.But, there is always a but, I absolutely hated the family name of the mansion used in the story. Dumpe! For a while I was pronouncing it Dum-pay until in the book itself they refer to it as the Dump Mansion. Then, of course, one of the Dumpe family members is named Iago. O-M-G who would name a book character after a Disney parrot?And even later in the book the grieving mother of the character that they bumped off (and that took forever - why again?) Mrs Carson is treated like she is almost a cripple. She is only 70 years old and yet everyone is concerned about her ability to walk a short distance. How old is the writer of these books? Not everyone falls apart once they hit 70! I was grossly insulted at the treatment of this fictional woman and I'm only in my 50's myself. Guess I should be glad I can still walk!The book as a whole was a slog. It took me forever to get through it but I was determined to finish it. Poor Theo Carson didn't even die until almost halfway thru. There was so much romance/non-romance going on it made the whole thing drag. Daniel was a putz. I rooted for Zack in the last book but he was gone in this one. And I just knew when she met Jakob that we would be heading down the romance lane with him next. I'm okay with that since he seems like an interesting character and more in line with who Jaymie should be hooking up with anyway. I really did enjoy reading more about Valetta. Now she sounds like a really interesting person! Would love for a book with her in the limelight more, but please DO NOT kill her off. She is a wonderful foil for Jaymie's misadventures.

  • Linda
    2019-02-28 14:40

    In the fourth book of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery, Jaimie Leighton is working with the Heritage Society to restore Dumpe Manor in time for the holiday festivities. Jaimie works on renovating the kitchen with Depression Era furnishings and she plans to include a set of vintage wooden mallets in her final display. However, when she finds herself alone in the Manor one evening and hears creaking noise, she is unexpectedly struck on the head by one of these mallets and knocked unconscious. When she awakens in the hospital, she initially thinks she fell and hit her head, but a short time later, she realizes that she was assaulted. However, the crime scene has been compromised by other people working in the crime scene, so there is no remaining evidence to indicate who the culprit was. Before this mystery is solved, another victim is found on the back steps of the mansion, only he has been bludgeoned to death with the mallet. Jaimie has a reputation for sticking her nose in these situations, but will her snooping into this death finally be too dangerous for her? I really enjoy this series and the developments of the main characters. I like the fallability of Jaimie with her intuitions and mistakes, as well as her variety of boyfriends. This makes her more of a three dimensional character. There were definitely enough twists and turns in this story to keep the reader's interest. I am looking forward to Jaimie's next adventure. Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lisa Shafer
    2019-03-12 15:24

    This is a pretty typical cozy mystery with a less-predictable ending. The hook on this one is antique/vintage kitchenware. If you like or remember 1930s kitchen items, this cozy will appeal to you.The characters are fairly well drawn out, and the plot moves along well. I did like that many of the cops in this one are women.Still, Hamilton goes off on a couple of rants against writers with a college education, who are clearly not as good as "writers who know how to appeal to the public" in her opinion. She implies that all college-educated writers use too many polysyllabic words.I can only assume that Hamilton does NOT have a college education after these rants. However, she really ought to find an editor who has one, as Hamilton has a tendency to forget which verb tense she's using in sentences with multiple verb phrases. She slips from past participle to past tense on irregular verbs fairly often, which I found annoying.Still, it's a decent cozy -- with side rants and not-too-great copy editing.

  • Argum
    2019-02-18 16:43

    The historical society did in fact buy Dumpe Manor and they are revamping it for Dickens Days. It is now early November. Jaymie is in charge of the kitchen and gets clobbered with a mallet one night for no apparent reason. Initially it is thought to be a vagrant as the property had gone a bit to seed in the last few years. Daniel is out of town and being shady and overprotective at the same time. Detective Zack has left town taking a job in Detroit. The Dumpe ancestors are challenging the will saying it is really their house, but plans are proceeding a pace. Then the historian gets beaten to death with a mallet and of course Jaymie is the one to find his body. Officer Bernie is a fun new friend rather than random cop. Chief Ledbetter is hilarious. Criminal masterminds make sense but the actual details had escaped me. The personal stuff at the end was ridiculous - it was obvious what was going on with Daniel and can't say I am sad, but really didn't like the way it was done. Will miss detective Zack and that whole interlude is strange.

  • Missi Stockwell
    2019-03-15 15:26

    I wish there were more stars for rating books. I would rate ALL of Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen Mystery books a 9 ! Nine rating only because they have to end. If you like or love cozy mysteries like I do you will find yourself lost while reading this series. You will love the main character, Jaymie, her cat, her 2-legged Yorkie Poo, her circle of friends and the town. Every time you read one of these books you get to know the town a little bit more and fall in love with everything new you learn. If you are like me and really get into the books you read, you will love these. You will find yourself feeling the change of the weather, smell the food Jaymie is cooking in her vintage style kitchen, hear Hoppy bark to go outside. Your heart will beat faster as Jaymie gets closer and closer to finding out the truth. And you will be upset when you get to the last page and read the last few words.....leaving you longing for more. They are that good !!!

  • Kim Wright
    2019-02-28 16:35

    This book was given to me by the author for an honest review. This was my introduction to Jaymie Leighton, her little dog Hoppy and the rest of the characters, and I have to say that I fell in love with them. I was willing, in fact happy, to read and review the book because I love the cozy genre. That said the book did not disappoint. A lovely little mystery and I really was not sure that I had solved it as the end drew near. The book kept me guessing and I was pulling for the quirky cast of characters. I can't wait for the next one. In fact, I now need to go back and read the others.My thanks to Victoria Hamilton for writing these delightful mysteries and for giving me the chance to read this one. If you are looking for a book to hold your interest with enough intrigue with a little history and intrigue thrown in, this one is for you.

  • Sue Ross
    2019-03-18 14:40

    Wow!!! What a great book. The Vintage Kitchen Mysteries just keep getting better. This time Jaymie is redoing the kitchen in the Dumpe house. The historical society bought it and want to redo it back to normal. That is until someone comes forward and claims it rightfully belongs to them. But where is the will? Jaymie is also having trouble in the romance department. She and her beau have settled on Christmas time to decide if they should get married or not and she has doubts. When the man who is going to write a brochure for the Dumpe house is killed, Jaymie is right in the middle of the trouble again. There is a good side to the trouble, in a round about way and a new character involved who I fell in love with at first sight. What will the future hold for Jaymie and Daniel? Will this new man make a mark in her life? I can’t wait to find out hopefully in the next book.