Leighton is a collector of vintage kitchenware and cookbooks.
Apparently, she also collects dead bodies. At least
that’s the way it looks after she finds a second
murder victim in a short span of months. She doesn’t
set out to find dead people, but bodies and the trouble
that comes with them find her.
victim, Kathy Cooper, was a childhood friend of Jaymie’s
but they had become estranged sixteen years before,
during high school. Kathy never told Jaymie why she
turned on her and implied Jaymie knew what she had done.
Jaymie wanted to get to the heart of the matter, which
resulted in a couple of very public confrontations.
Therefore, naturally, when it is one of Jaymie’s
collectible bowls found by Kathy’s body, she’s
a suspect. It doesn’t help that she is the one
who found Kathy’s body, either.
had some success in solving a previous crime, Jaymie
realizes she has to work on this case too, in order
to save her own skin. Even if it means risking said
skin to do so.
found this to be a fast read, well plotted and a believable
murder mystery. I love the setting of a charming small
town where everyone knows your name. The characters
have lives and real problems not involving the murder,
making the killing stand out that much more as an anomaly
begging to be resolved. There is a certain depth to
the story that will make readers long to know even more
about Jaymie, her sister Becca, and their friends and
family. I predict the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series
will be around for many years (and books) to come.
of other titles in this series
Deadly Grind #1
Mallet Intended #4