Trying to escape her overbearing mother, vintage kitchenware enthusiast and soon-to-be columnist Jaymie Leighton retreats to her family's cottage on Heartbreak Island. While there she hopes to write an article about the Ice House restaurant, owned by good friends and neighbors, siblings Ruby and Garnet Redmond. Once an actual icehouse, the restaurant is charmingly decorated with antique tools of the trade, including a collection of ice picks.
One night, while working on her article, Jaymie overhears an argument and, ever the sleuth, sets out to explore. But when she stumbles upon a dead body her blood runs cold. It's Urban Dobrinskie, whose feud with the Redmonds is no secret, and he's got an ice pick through his heart. Now Jaymie's got to sharpen her sleuthing skills to chip away at the mystery and prove her neighbors' innocence - before someone else gets picked off ...
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On Michigan's boarder with Canada, Jaymie Leighton is enjoying her vintage cottage on Heartbreak Island. She definitely needed a break from her mom, whom she loves but drives her batty at times. She's trying to write her first article to start her blog on vintage tools, and old updated food recipes. She's chosen to write about her friends old Ice House that's been turned into a restaurant. But when a vintage ice pick turns up in the body of a local man, found in Jaymie's yard, some arguments and abuses seem to point to a number of Jaymie's friends, and she starts sleuthing again.
Confusing all her efforts are the squabbles between Jaymie's mom and her new rich boyfriend's mom over the annual family dinner that Jaymie's parents have always celebrated at their cottage. Redoing a drainage system has left a mess in their yard so why not have it at the lovely cottage of the boyfriend's parents. Trying to compromise between the mom's is becoming as difficult as finding who left a body in her yard. Then add in the cute detective on the case, and Jaymie has lots more to handle than her growing vintage kitchen tools collection.
This third book in the vintage kitchen series, is definitely the best one yet, or maybe it's just that the characters in these books are growing close to my heart. I enjoy the discussion of the connection between this part of Michigan and Canada, and the shared holidays. Personalities and problems seem very realistic, and I find myself rooting more and more for Jaymie and one particular man. The mysteries are always solid and developed with good clues. I listened to this on Audible and really liked the narration.
Jaymie Leighton is staying at her family’s cottage on Heartbreak Island while some repairs are being made and she is writing an article. One night, while working on her article, Jaymie overhears an argument and, ever the sleuth, sets out to explore. Of course, she stumbles upon a dead body and is compelled to investigate. The romantic storyline is more defined and Jaymie will have to make a decision soon. I enjoyed this book just as I enjoyed the previous ones in the series. I'm looking forward to the next book.
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