Well, another book in my NetGalley Novemeber challenge: the choice for this title was completely an “ooh moment”, when I saw vintage and the title, I knew that I wanted to read it. These “ooh moments” are the main reason I’m not let loose in bookstores, I have few restraints when it comes to wanting to read everything I see! This, however, was a really fun choice and the perfect afternoon’s read.
Every now and then I need a cozier mystery, without the tension and overwhelming anxiousness that often comes with a stronger thriller. And how could I resist a heroine who loves vintage kitchenware when I have my own collection of bits and bobs from back in the day? And even though this is the third in the series, Victoria Hamilton did a wonderful job of developing the characters to give new readers enough information to not be lost or overwhelmed.
Jaymie is one of those seemingly scattered, yet ultimately steady and solid women; her family is a bit high maintenance, her sister is not a fan of vintage, nor is her often overbearing mother. With a boyfriend who was ultimately pretty bland and not very interested in her needs, she is trying to oversee the septic system overhaul at the family cottage on the island, in the few days it is not occupied, with hopes to have it functional to entertain.
Unfortunately, her 3 legged dog (a primary player in the story, if only for comic relief) is barking, when Jaymie investigates, she finds a body. Not her first. From this point forward, she is working with the information and knowledge of the residents, the holiday people and even her own prejudices as she tries to keep her neighbors and friends from an incorrect accusation.
This was one of those stories that makes you want to go to Michigan and visit the island that straddles the US/Canada border. Between the construction delays, her mother’s interference, her boyfriend’s lack of sense or backbone and the other lovely characters, the options to get lost in the story and the scene is omnipresent. While Jaymie is always at the forefront of characters to know: Ruby and Garnet, the detective Zach and even the murdered man’s family, as well as the town gossips, workmen and eccentric characters all manage to develop a sense of a town that you want to visit, but instantly understand Jaymie’s frustrations with the life. The murder, for me, was an interesting twist that presented several options for solution that felt natural, not directed or overly guided.
I enjoyed Hamilton’s style of writing, her ability to give her character’s unique qualities while managing to develop a sense of camaraderie with the reader. These are people that you can easily relate to while you subtly form opinions about their reasons and approaches.
Title: Freezer I'll Shoot
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Published by: Berkley
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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 .
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.