Jackson arrives at Mim's Whim London hat shop on a very rainy
day. She produces an old hatbox that holds a 30-year-old hat
and veil that was made by Mim herself. It has seen better
days. Vivian Tremont, the current day creator of delectable
headwear, agrees to restore it to its former glory. Arianna
wants to wear it when she gets married. It is the only thing
she has that belonged to her mother. Scarlet will text Arianna
an estimate that should be within her budget. Then Arianna
is off to get back to her job with solicitor Anthony Russo.
days later, Scarlet has not had an answer from Arianna. With
the wedding deadline fast approaching Scarlet decides to walk
to her office and discuss the issues. It is the first beautiful
day in weeks and Scarlet is glad to be outside. Too bad she
can't spend more time in Hyde Park. On the way, she gets a
text from Harrison (handsome, hunky and part-owner of Mim's
Whims). It seems Arianna lost her phone. That is why Scarlet
hasn't been able to reach her.
at Anthony Russo's office, Scarlet knocks on the door. The
door is not locked so Scarlet enters. She hears a deafening
scream. Naturally she heads toward the sound and ends up in
the back yard. There she finds Arianna leaning over a body.
She is covered in blood. It is her boss, Anthony Russo. He
seems to have fallen off the roof. Once again, Scarlet has
to report a dead body to the police. Scarlet had better be
careful solving this death; she could very well end up crowned.
Things to ponder: Why did Arianna want her boss dead? Was
Anthony Russo pushed, accidentally fall or commit suicide?
Did Scarlet go on an unexpected date with Harrison?
The author has the gift to bring the city of London to life.
Having been there several times, it is like being back on
another adventure. The story is well plotted and cozy mystery
fans will enjoy solving this crime. I found it to be a page-turner
of a read - since I had to find out whodunit. I really enjoy
the protagonist (with her many quirks) and the delightfully
charming cast of characters that come along for the ride.
I can't wait to read the next Hat Shop Mystery. I doff my
hat to the author of At the Drop Of A Hat.
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