Blurb: Trying to escape her overbearing mother, vintage kitchenware enthusiast and soon-to-be columnist Jaymie Leighton retreats to her family’s cottage on Heartbreak Island. While there she hopes to write an article about the Ice House restaurant, owned by good friends and neighbors, siblings Ruby and Garnet Redmond. Once an actual icehouse, the restaurant is charmingly decorated with antique tools of the trade, including a collection of ice picks.
One night, while working on her article, Jaymie overhears an argument and, ever the sleuth, sets out to explore. But when she stumbles upon a dead body her blood runs cold. It’s Urban Dobrinskie, whose feud with the Redmonds is no secret, and he’s got an ice pick through his heart. Now Jaymie’s got to sharpen her sleuthing skills to chip away at the mystery and prove her neighbors’ innocence—before someone else gets picked off .
My Review: The Vintage Kitchen Mystery series has been a favorite of mine from the beginning particularly for the fact that I see so much of myself in Jaymie Leighton. She's an old-fashioned girl living in a modern world, content to live her own life in spite of judgments from others, and dotes on her beloved rescue pets. In this third book in the series she's entering a new phase of her life as she works on writing her cookbook. In order to break into the publishing world she's writing a food column for the local newspaper and has started a foodie blog, the same approach I'm taking with regards to my cat writing aspirations.
Jaymie gets the opportunity to take a break from her meddlesome mother by staying at the family cottage on Heartbreak Island to supervise the installation of a new sewage system for the cottage. Unfortunately this leaves her without the use of a bathroom, so she depends on her neighbors Garnet and Ruby Redmond (owners of the Ice House restaurant) for the use of their facilities. Late one night while working on her first column for the local paper about antique ice picks, she's debating going over to the Redmond's bathroom when she hears shouting outside, and finds the body of Urban Dobrinskie dead in the yard. Earlier that evening while having dinner at the Ice House Jaymie had witnessed an altercation between Urban and the Redmonds, and she recognizes the ice pick stuck in his body as the same one she had seen in the restaurant that gave her the article idea in the first place.
Jaymie soon discovers there is no shortage of suspects, and many people she thought she knew well are harboring some pretty big secrets. By the end she finds herself and her three legged Yorkie-Poo Hoppy in grave danger at the hands of a killer.
This series has a stellar cast of secondary characters, and I'm particularly intrigued by the blossoming love triangle between Jaymie, boyfriend Daniel, and Detective Zach Christian. I have strong feelings as to who she has a greater chemistry with, and I'm anxious to see how this aspect of Jaymie's life plays out. The next book in the series can't come fast enough for this reader!
About The Author
Victoria Hamilton, nationally bestselling author of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, is the pseudonym of Donna Lea Simpson, bestselling author of romance and historical mystery novels.
Victoria starting reading mystery novels at the age of 12 and devoured Agatha Christie mysteries, as well as those of Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh. She still adores mysteries, especially the cozy mysteries of Janet Bolin, Krista Davis, and others.
She loves to cook, and collects teapots and teacups, as well as vintage kitchen utensils and bowls. She also enjoys crafts, especially cross-stitching and crocheting, and spends summer days in the garden, drinking tea or wine. Besides the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series Victoria also writes the Merry Muffin Mystery series (Bran New Death – September 3rd) and the Teapot Collector Mystery series which debuts with Tempest in a Teapot, out June 3rd, 2014.
Victoria Hamilton Mysteries website: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com
Facebook – Victoria: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorVictoriaHamilton
Facebook – Vintage Kitchen Mysteries: https://www.facebook.com/VintageKitchenMysteries
Amazon Book World B&N Book Depository