Thursday, November 24, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on A Deadly Grind (Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #1)

A Deadly Grind A Deadly Grind by Victoria Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5 - read as part of #Book1CoziesClub

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.

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This was an enjoyable read but a bit slower in pace for me. I did enjoy the mystery aspect and the perpetrator's numerous attempts, however the end reveal was unfolded really slow for my tastes. I remember listening to the audio and thinking, ok here it is....but there was over an hour left in the audiobook! Needless to say, the reveal did drag on a bit too long for me.

I did figure out a few things pretty early on and some of the attempts to deflect suspicion to another character was just ridiculous to me. It just wasn't realistic to think that character was a person of interest in my opinion. I did appreciate that there was no sign of a love triangle for the majority of the book, but there is a definite possibility for one in the series, I think.

This one comes with 2 different versions of a recipe and I will be continuing on to the next volume in the series.

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