Synopses & Reviews
Expert muffin baker Merry Wynter is finally ready to turn her passion into a career. But when a dead body is found on her property, shes more worried about cooking up an alibi
Merry is making a fresh start in small-town Autumn Vale, New York, in the mansion shes inherited from her late uncle, Melvin. The house is run-down and someone has been digging giant holes on the grounds, but with its restaurant-quality kitchen, the place has potential for her new baking business. She even has her first clientthe local retirement home.
Unfortunately, Merry soon finds that quite a few townsfolk didnt like Uncle Mel, and she has inherited their enmity as well as his home. Local baker Binny Turner and her crazy brother, Tom, blame Melvin for their fathers death, and Tom may be the one vandalizing her land. But when Tom turns up dead in one of the holes in her yard, Merry needs to prove she had nothing to do with his deathor her new muffin-making career may crumble before it starts...
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!
Includes delicious recipes!
“All the right ingredients: small town setting, kitchen antiques, vintage cookery, and a bowlful of mystery. A perfect recipe for a cozy.”
"Victoria Hamilton's charming new series is a delightful find. Jaymie is as dependable as the vintage Pyrex cookware she collects and the plot is as full of surprises as the old Hoosier cabinet she wins at an auction."
Praise for A Deadly Grind
“Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series…exudes authenticity.” —Library Journal
“Small-town setting, kitchen antiques…and a bowlful of mystery. A perfect recipe.” —Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author
"[A] charming new series." —Sheila Connolly, national bestselling author
Praise for Victoria Hamiltons Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
“[A] delightful find.”—Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author
“Smartly written and successfully plotted.”—Library Journal
Praise for Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates
"Kathy Aarons has penned a delectably devious mystery in Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates. Best friends and amateur sleuths, Michelle and Erica make a formidable duo as they unwrap their first chocolate covered mystery. Any lover of chocolate and books will find this story the perfect combination of savory, sweet, and deadly.”--Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of Sugar and Iced
"Kathy Aarons' deft blend of delicious chocolate and tasty mystery will delight the readers palate." --Victoria Hamilton, National Bestselling Author of Muffin But Murder
Praise for the Merry Muffin Mysteries
“Start with a spunky protagonist named Merry, mix in some delicious muffins, add a mysterious castle in upstate New York, and youve got the ingredients for a wonderful cozy mystery series.”—Paige Shelton, national bestselling author of If Catfish Had Nine Lives
“Merry is an interesting, strong character… [An] intriguing mystery that keeps you guessing until the end.”—Socrates Book Reviews
“A great cozy with varied and interesting characters, a nice plot with a few twists, and a good main character who has some baggage to work through…Excellent—Loved it! Buy it now and put this author on your watch list.”—Mysteries and My Musings
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.
Stirring up trouble…
Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has been estranged from her high school best friend Kathy Cooper since they were teenagers, but she never knew what turned Kathy against her. After fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, Jaymie discovers the body of her former friend in the park. On the ground nearby is Jaymie’s own Depression-era glass bowl, broken in two.
With her fingerprints all over the bowl and a troubled history with the victim, Jaymie suddenly finds herself at the top of the list of suspects. Did the killer intend to frame her for the murder? If so, she is ready to mix it up, because solving crimes is vintage Jaymie Leighton…
Two best friends sell books and bonbonsand solve crimesin this mystery from the author of Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates
Hoping to sweeten sales for their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, Michelle and Erica host a reception highlighting a new museum display of ancient Mayan pottery curated by Ericas former mentor, Professor Addison Moody. The evening has a few hiccups, but the ladies soon smooth things over with ample servings of wine and chocolate.
Yet with the sweet comes the bitter. The very next day, the antiquities from the reception are discovered missing. The professor accuses Erica of having sticky fingers, claiming she wants revenge on him. And shes only in more trouble after hes found stabbed to death with one of the artifacts. Now Michelle must help Erica track down the real killer before someone else finds themselves in less than mint condition
From the national bestselling author of Muffin but Murder, baker Merry Wynter returns with a fresh tray of muffins and a case that has authorities stumped
They say ones home is ones castle, but when it comes to Wynter Castle, Merry would like it to belong to someone else. But until a buyer bites, she could use some extra dough, so she decides to take in renters. The idea pans out, and Merrys able to find a handful of tenants eager to live in a real castle. The only problem is most of them are crumby, tea-swilling old biddies.
The Legion of Horrible Ladies, as Merry calls them, is led by the terribly nastyand fabulously wealthyCleta Sanson. The abrasive Englishwoman keeps everyone whipped into a frenzyuntil she meets an embarrassing end behind a locked door. Evidence reveals that Cleta was murdered, yet no one is privy to how the deed was done. Merry knows she must quickly find the killer before another of her guests gets greased
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About the Author
As Victoria Hamilton, Donna Lea Simpson is the national bestselling author of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, including No Mallets Intended and Freezer Ill Shoot, as well the Merry Muffin Mysteries, including Muffin but Murder and Bran New Death.