Published June 19th 2018 by Beyond the Page
No Grater Danger by Victoria Hamilton is the seventh story in A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. I have only read the last two, so am confident in saying you can read these as standalone stories, but you will miss some character building and some of the background regarding Jaymie’s and Jakob’s relationship building. Jaymie Leighton Muller is enjoying her new life married to Jakob and taking care of her stepdaughter, Jocie. In this story she was thrilled, the first time Jocie called her mommy. Jaymie is volunteering at Jocie’s school and is asked to assist in a new program that involves teaching through objects. Mrs. Stubbs, the school principal, suggests Jaymie talk with her cousin, Lois Perry who owns a large collection of spice graters along with other historical objects to do with the spice trade. Lois is a recluse who is being harrassed by Fergus Baird, a local developer to sell him her waterfront property. When Jaymie arrives for a meeting with Lois, she finds her at the bottom of the back stairs. Jaymie finds a wire across the stairs as well as the information that this is not the first time someone has tried to kill her. Jaymie sets out to find the person behind this because the next attempt on Lois’ life could be successful.
No Grater Danger is well written with a great pace and interesting storyline. Jaymie is a great main character and I love her family unit. She and Jakob are on the same wavelength and as busy as they are, they make time for family and each other. There are many wonderful moments in the story with family time as well as time with friends, cooking, eating, and shopping, Lois is a feisty, intelligent and stubborn woman who comes from a different time and has different values and beliefs. Queensville, Michigan is a lovely town with quaint shops and I appreciate how they want to preserve their history. I love the fact that they live on a Christmas tree farm. The writing is very descriptive describing items and events. The mystery is well-crafted with a twist that surprised me. There are red herrings and multiple suspects as well the murder of another character. Jaymie actively questions suspects and seeks clues to aid her investigation, with some of those questioned not being very forthcoming or happy about Jaymie’s interference. Some reviewers figured out the culprit early in the story, I didn’t, but I did figure it out before the reveal. I wanted to keep reading to discover the why as well as to see if Jaymie figures it out and/or puts herself in danger. I definitely recommend this to any cozy mystery lover, especially those who enjoy Victoria Hamilton books. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions stated are my own.
About the Book: Vintage cookware enthusiast Jaymie Leighton is thrilled at the prospect of meeting an elderly descendant of her town’s founding father, not least because she’s known to possess an enviably large collection of antique spice graters. But the curmudgeonly woman also has substantial real estate holdings, and at the moment she’s engaged in a fierce battle with a property developer who wants her to sell off her old buildings in the name of progress. When Jaymie goes to visit the woman and discovers that there’s been an attempt on her life, she polishes up her sleuthing skills to find out who was behind the foul deed.
Her first instinct is to suspect the developer, but as she digs deeper into the case she learns that her older new friend has purportedly been the victim of numerous criminal acts—all of which point to different suspects. Unsure if the stories are true or simply the confused ramblings of a senior citizen, Jaymie sifts through the clues hoping to expose the culprit, but she knows that if she keeps stirring up trouble, she’ll be next on the would-be killer’s list . . .
Includes a vintage recipe!
About the Author: Victoria Hamilton is the bestselling author of several mystery series including the national bestselling Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. She does, indeed, collect vintage kitchenware and bake muffins. She drinks tea and coffee on writing days, and wine other times. It doesn’t do to confuse days. A solitary being, she can be coaxed out of her writing cave for brownies and cat videos.
She started her writing life as Donna Lea Simpson, bestselling author of Regency Romances, paranormal historicals and historical mysteries, and still has a soft spot for the Regency period.
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