Mim’s Whims hat shop is
making hats for the Alice in Wonderland charity tea given
by the Grisby family to honor the family’s late patriarch.
The money raised will go to building a new hospital wing in
his name. Of course the shop’s owners, Scarlett Parker
and Vivian Tremont, have also been invited to attend the tea.
The Grisby sisters are annoyed that brother Geoffrey has
inherited the entire estate and it looks like he is not going
to share. He is a bully and tells his sweet wife Tina she
must be defective since she is still not pregnant. Mother
Dotty is well… rather dotty. It is amazing that they
are able to pull this tea off……or do they?
Everyone is seated at the table and waiting for tea - everyone
except for Geoffrey and Tina. Scarlett goes looking and comes
across Geoffrey face down on the ground. Inspector Finchley
comes by Mim’s Whims with a search warrant. It seems
Geoffrey was poisoned and traces of the poison were found
on the hat made by Viv. Scarlett will not let the police investigate
the murder without her help. She had better be careful investigating
or all that remains ….will be her smile.
Things to ponder: Who did Scarlett hear giggling in the Grisby
Hall garden? Is Tina having an affair? Just where was Tina
when her husband was murdered? Is Viv seeing anyone special?
This light frothy mystery is filled with humor. I found myself
laughing out loud in places. The author has provided us with
plenty of suspects. This is the type of mystery that once
I start – I can’t put down. I enjoyed this well-plotted
whodunit. I thoroughly adored the charming cast of characters.
The backdrop of London helps make this mystery a delightful
read. I can’t wait to see what hats Viv dreams up in
the next Hat Shop Mystery. So if you like a mystery that is
thinly veiled, then you should be reading Death of a Mad