A Deadly Grind

Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series, # 1
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mystery, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (1,029 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series . . . exudes authenticity." ( Library Journal)

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History can be deadly in this cozy mystery!

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.

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A woman after my own heart!

If you could sum up A Deadly Grind in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, enthralling, memorable

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Deadly Grind?

The first scene with Brett Delgado definitely had me anticipating his role in the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Glad this one was cheep

Unfortunately the story was to cliche. I kept wanting to stop but hoped it would get better if I stuck it out. Didn't happen.

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Cabinets, Cups, Cookbooks and Crooks

I'm a sucker for old things . . . and a vintage kitchen cabinet, just like my own grandma had, is at the top of my list . . . with the flour sifter inside the cupboard door . . . and shame on all the reviewers that poo pooed all the "useless details" . . . that's what makes the story . . . boxes of antique cups that Jaymie's sister will go through and sell to her clients who only want to replace the pieces that have been broken to their heirloom sets left to them by their families . . . Jaymie's new venture of rewriting time tested recipes from their grandmother's old cookbook . . . if people are looking for a fast paced, modern murder mystery, well, this isn't it . . . and if they read the intro, they would know not to expect it to be . . . it's much more . . . its the tale of an over thirty, still single younger sister, who lives in the 19th century house that she and her sister inherited . . . she loves the house, her sister, who only visits occasionally, doesn't . . . having lived her life under the shadow of her older sister, Jaymie is reluctant to voice her opinions or stand her ground with Becca, but she's learning . . . and buying the Hoosier cabinet, against her sister's wishes is a start . . . but when a man is murdered on their summer porch after buying the cabinet, while they were obviously trying to break in to it, Jaymie questions her decision . . . still, little by little, she continues her new journey toward finding her new self . . . including setting the townspeople straight on her breakup with Joel, the previous year . . . no more pity party . . . I genuinely LIKE Jaymie, the way she helps her friends, thinks things through, and especially her love of all things vintage . . . this is a good, cozy listen . . . enjoy . . .

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The main character is a...deadly grind

This book would have been more palatable if the main character wasn't so sicky-sweet *nice.* I like antiques, and the backstory to the vintage kitchen items is interesting. But the main character...gah! Grow a backbone already! One of my biggest pet peeves about protagonists - especially female protagonists - are those who are "perfect." News flash: Perfect People are booooring. I don't want a one-dimensional nicey-nicerton who is always understanding and forgiving and who "does the right thing." No thanks - I'll take an Agatha Raisin or Ruth Zardo any day. Add to this the narrator's sicky-sweet and always-kind voice, and I felt in need of an insulin shot. Yuck. If you like women who are always sweet and act like the nice little doormats everyone wants them to be, you'll be happy with this audiobook. If you like women who have a little more chutzpah, you might want to skip this title. As for the actual storyline, I couldn't tell you much about it - I was waiting for the main character to develop some personality. Nope.

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Great start

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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Boring

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I found this book to be boring. It was very hard to listen to the entire book. I was not impressed with the performance.

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Fun and forgettable

Nice little mystery. Fun to listen to, kept my attention throughout. Won't remember it in a few weeks but worth the listen.

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An Aptly Named Book

Probably only Because I was taught to finish what I started, I was able to get through this Deadly grind of a story. I read and/or listen to and enjoy lots of mysteries, be they as grim as Jonathan Kellerman's grittiest tales or Lillian Jackson Braun's fluffiest "Cat Who..." adventures, but this book is so far past cozy it ought to come packaged with a "Snuggy" and a hot chocolate.

The protagonist is a stereotypical lovelorn single woman who sometimes whines and sometimes pines for the stereotypical jerk that jilted her. Fortunately, as things get tough for her, a wealthy and handsome man appears on the scene and he seems to like her! (You know he LIKE likes her, not just likes her. Think 5th grade parlance.) Wow... just like one of the Harlequin Romances she spends her time reading when not collecting kitchen kitsch!

The character has a little bit of emerging backbone, but blushes at nearly everything and the least bit of stress makes her quiver. Had she started shaking over something one more time,I would have been forced to reach through my iPod and smack her!

The story line is pretty thin, but has a few good elements. I think the author researched her subject well. However, the editor needs to go to Summer School as there are numerous grammatical errors.

The overall performance of the book was fine. Ms. Zeller differentiated her voice for the numerous characters and was consistent and energetic in her performance.

This book probably has far more appeal to spinsters who keep cats and collect "Precious Moments" figurines than to any other audience.

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Hours of my life I'll never get back

I gave it a 3 because that's probably the protagonist ' s IQ. The plot stretched the limits of credulity and a few hours could have been shaved off this story. If this is a series I won't be listening to it.....ugh.

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