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.
©2012 Donna Lea Simpson (P)2013 Tantor
"Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series . . . exudes authenticity." (Library Journal)
A vintage Hoosier kitchen cabinet proves to be more than an interesting antique for Jamie Leighton. Against her sister's better judgment, Jamie really wanted that 1920's Hoosier to go along with all her old kitchen gadgets that she has collected in their old 19th century yellow brick house in Michigan, that she and her sister have inherited. She won the auction but she ended up getting a dead body on her back porch as well. Now she wants to find out what she has that others want before they kill her first.
The background story of the ownership connection between Canada and Michigan makes this story especially interesting. The Queen's Tea Celebration is fascinating, along with the description and history of the Hoosier Cabinet itself. The mystery starts out as purely a murder investigation and develops into a much more complicated quest for more parts of American history. A great start to this Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series.
Entertaining, enthralling, memorable
The first scene with Brett Delgado definitely had me anticipating his role in the story.
The last scene with the perpetrator was my favorite. Jaymie used her brains to get herself out of the predicament instead of relying on dumb luck or someone else to save her.
So glad the main character is one who finally uses her brain and doesn't get herself into stupid situations by acting on her feelings.
The narration was a little annoying at first, but I got used to it. The dialogue between characters sounded forced.
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the characters and how the story progressed. I will read the next book.
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