Friday, November 22, 2013

Cozy on the Weekend with Victoria Hamilton ~ Freezer I'll Shoot

Today we are stopping in Queensville, Michigan but will also take a ferry over to Heartbreak Island in Johnsonville, Ontario, Canada so Jaymie can get the plumbing taken care of at the Rose Tree Cottage owned by her family. Hoppy, her little dog, is joining us on the adventures as we stop at the Icehouse for dinner and maybe the Emporium for a little shopping. Jaymie is in a hurry to get things done as her mother’s summer annual dinner is scheduled to be at the cottage in the next week.

Jaymie is working with the contractors on the septic system and trying to speed things along, but a dead body is found in the leaching bed and things are put on hold. She also finds herself in the middle of a dispute between her mother, Joy, and her boyfriend’s mother as to where this summer family dinner should take place and now she has a crime to solve.

Title: Freezer I’ll Shoot
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mystery #3
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Source: eARC via Netgalley from Publisher

The author did an amazing job with character development and how they each played a part in the story and revolved around the crime. Jaymie as an amateur sleuth was amazing! Especially when she hooked up with her friend, Valetta. I liked how she softly got involved and didn’t force any of the information from anyone. I liked the role her dog, Hoppy, played from beginning to end, but didn’t see it until it was explained.

Location and Setting:
Set on an island bordering both Canada and America, makes for a very interesting interaction between neighboring countries. I liked how this closeness and borders played a role in the story. The marina and small local town in Canada sound like a great place to visit.

Very well put together, even though I pretty much had it figured out. However, there were many times I wasn’t sure of the suspect. I liked all the possibilities and the how the solving came together.

This was my first time meeting Daniel, as I have not read any other books in the series, and it wasn’t really until well into the book, but first impression, I did not like the guy. After finishing, eh, he wasn’t really a main character. The romance was not really there with Daniel and Jaymie. Other sparks flew elsewhere, I thought.

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Author Page:
Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

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Did you know?
Victoria Hamilton
is a pseudonym for
nationally bestselling author
Donna Lea Simpson.
Check out Donna’s historical mystery series,
the Lady Anne Mysteries