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    BREAKING THE MOULD by Victoria Hamilton

    BREAKING THE MOULD by Victoria Hamilton is the eight book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. The story revolves around the upcoming Dickens Days celebration held in Queensville, Michigan. Jaymie Leighton Muller, along with her husband, Jakob, and her nine year old stepdaughter, Jocie, all have a hand in the events. The town has its own version of Scrooge in the form of Professor Evan Hollis Nezer who wants no part of Dickens Days. He seems determined to be detrimental to preparations too. Evan is despised by many as well as feared by some due to his harsh tongue and his continual legal bouts of suing everyone. When Evan is found murdered in Jaymie’s labor of love, the diorama of a scene from Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” with evidence leading to her and that he was positioned to mock the scene, she knows she has to find out who did this and why. Jaymie wears many hats from working at the Wolver Hampton Weekly Howler to working on her own vintage cookbook, but she has become a very good amateur sleuth helping to solve other murders in town. She’s even earned the respect of the local police. Between the police and her, they have to find out who the murderer is and solve this mystery before the Christmas holiday season is ruined for the whole town. Tourism is big bucks for the businesses in town and the Dickens Days bring in lots of tourist. However, no one wants to visit a town that is tangled up in an unsolved murder. It seems that the more answers she gets that the more questions she’s got. Can she figure out who the guilty party is? Is her life in danger since whoever is doing these things is making it appear that it’s pointed towards taunting Jaymie. Along the way, we meet some of the colorful residents of Queensville. Some are helpful others not so. Seems there are quite a few secrets in this small town. Are they secrets worth killing for? I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a great, well-written cozy mystery that has you trying desperately to the very end to figure out who the culprit is. Love it when an author keep you hanging and a guessing that way. It can definitely be read as a standalone. I have not read all the other books in this series and had no problem figuring out who was who or keeping up with the events. As good as this one was, after reading BREAKING THE MOULD, you will be like me and looking for the other books in this series.
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    Fun read

    This is the second book in the series that I've read and it remains delightful! I don't think I learned as much about vintage kitchen accessories as I did in the previous book but I did still learn about them and was educated in a very fun and subtle way. The characters remain well-written and I enjoyed the dialogue a great deal. In addition to this, I absolutely LOVED the idea of Dickens Days and all the ways that Charles Dickens was woven throughout the story. The family continues to grow as well and I love watching this blended family come into their own. The "whodunnit" was handled very sneakily. I loved the layers and didn't come close to guessing the who or the why. All in all, it was a fantastic story that I recommend. Thank you to Victoria Hamilton, Beyond the Page Publishing, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this story and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.
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    Great Christmas Cozy

    For me, this series holds a special place in my heart. The first book in this series (A Deadly Grind) was my first every cozy mystery, which started my obsession with the cozy genre. Now to the present book (book 8) in the series, this book is just as good if not better than that first book. This book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery or as part of the series. I love how the characters have developed and changed with each relationship and new interaction. The characters are still wonderful and have their little quirks but are now much more complex characters. The mystery is well-written and plotted with several red herrings though out the story to keep you engaged and guess whodunit. The setting of the Christmas season was a wonderful touch to the storyline to include Jaymie’s husband’s Christmas Tree Farm. This is still one of my favorite series and I recommend this book to any mystery fan and fans of vintage cookery and recipes. A bonus for readers at the end of the book, there is a recipe included. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
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    Very vintage

    Victoria sure does know how to write a story about murder. Truly had me wondering who the murderer was. Very good story and a play on word for Nezer.
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    Bah Humbug Good

    Every town has their version of Scrooge, Bah Humbug and all that. But Evan Nezer takes the cake when he threatens to shut down the Dickens Day festivities that are taking place right outside his front door. Not long after several confrontations with locals, Evan is found dead in the midst of a Dickens Day diorama and who didn’t want him dead? He just rubbed everyone the wrong way and made more enemies than friends. But since it’s Jaymie’s Diorama, she’s taking it personally and is determined to find the murderer and get the Dickens Day festivities back on track! This was my first introduction to this series, how have I missed this? I was hooked from page one! Lots of red herrings and suspects to keep your mind sharp and guessing for a good while. A great read for the holiday season and beyond!
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