counter Leave It to Cleaver (Vintage Kitchen Mystery #6) - Free Download Books
Hot Best Seller

Leave It to Cleaver (Vintage Kitchen Mystery #6)

Availability: Ready to download

In the brand-new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of White Colander Crime, someone with an old grudge decides it’s time to bury the hatchet . . . “Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series . . . exudes authenticity.” —Library Journal on A Deadly Grind Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has agreed to help her s In the brand-new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of White Colander Crime, someone with an old grudge decides it’s time to bury the hatchet . . . “Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series . . . exudes authenticity.” —Library Journal on A Deadly Grind Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has agreed to help her sister clear out the house of a deceased older neighbor, and she’s thrilled at the prospect of discovering antique kitchenware and other treasures—until she opens a vintage trunk in the cellar and finds the remains of a teenage girl with a cleaver buried in her skull. When the body of a second girl is found just days later in a nearby river, the clues all indicate that the crimes are connected—and that the culprit’s motives are hidden in the past. Jaymie just wants to cut and run, but the victims were both high school classmates of her sister when they disappeared, and that makes Jaymie the perfect person to help the local police investigate the killings. As she dredges up old memories and even older rivalries and jealousies, her list of suspects grows. But Jaymie knows she’ll have to whittle it down to just one, and fast, because someone has decided to cut their ties to Jaymie—in the most fatal of ways . . . Includes a vintage recipe!


Compare

In the brand-new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of White Colander Crime, someone with an old grudge decides it’s time to bury the hatchet . . . “Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series . . . exudes authenticity.” —Library Journal on A Deadly Grind Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has agreed to help her s In the brand-new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of White Colander Crime, someone with an old grudge decides it’s time to bury the hatchet . . . “Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series . . . exudes authenticity.” —Library Journal on A Deadly Grind Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has agreed to help her sister clear out the house of a deceased older neighbor, and she’s thrilled at the prospect of discovering antique kitchenware and other treasures—until she opens a vintage trunk in the cellar and finds the remains of a teenage girl with a cleaver buried in her skull. When the body of a second girl is found just days later in a nearby river, the clues all indicate that the crimes are connected—and that the culprit’s motives are hidden in the past. Jaymie just wants to cut and run, but the victims were both high school classmates of her sister when they disappeared, and that makes Jaymie the perfect person to help the local police investigate the killings. As she dredges up old memories and even older rivalries and jealousies, her list of suspects grows. But Jaymie knows she’ll have to whittle it down to just one, and fast, because someone has decided to cut their ties to Jaymie—in the most fatal of ways . . . Includes a vintage recipe!

30 review for Leave It to Cleaver (Vintage Kitchen Mystery #6)

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Leave It to Cleaver is the 6th book in the 'Vintage Kitchen Mystery' series written by Victoria Hamilton. All I can say is... this series keeps on getting better. Jaymie and her sister are cleaning out a friend's home when they discover a body trapped in a trunk for over 30 years. Who killed the missing teenager? It seems to be one of their friends who fought back in high school with the girl, except a second body turns up days later. That girl disappeared from high school around the same time. Leave It to Cleaver is the 6th book in the 'Vintage Kitchen Mystery' series written by Victoria Hamilton. All I can say is... this series keeps on getting better. Jaymie and her sister are cleaning out a friend's home when they discover a body trapped in a trunk for over 30 years. Who killed the missing teenager? It seems to be one of their friends who fought back in high school with the girl, except a second body turns up days later. That girl disappeared from high school around the same time. Someone was up to no good... what kinda shady characters was Becca hanging out with!?!? Hamilton's mystery itself is complex and full of believable suspects. I liked the way Jaymie went back and forth with her suspicion cast upon several people she knew and was close with. As she learns the truth about adoption, abuse, cheating, and hidden tempers, everything comes to a blow. What excelled in this story was the structure and approach. In alternating chapters, we see exactly what happened to different characters thirty years ago, all in third person perspective. We also see Jaymie's current investigation, and decide for ourselves how the details will play out. On the personal side, Jaymie is engaged, which we knew from the last book... but her wedding is finally here and it's a double one with Becca, her sister. We meet more members of Jakob's family - he's such a good influence and match for Jaymie. And Grandma Leighton comes for a visit. Another wonderful edition in this series. I've already got the next one in my queue to order.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stacie Amelotte

    This visit to Queensville, Michigan will leave you smiling. I am beyond thrilled to see this series return and the story line is perfect. Two bodies, two weddings, a vintage recipe, high school memories and the eighties equal a perfect cozy mystery combination. Jaymie Leighton is a favorite character of mine. She is completely relatable and realistic. It’s refreshing to see both her strengths and weaknesses. I enjoy the growth we have seen throughout the series and look forward to seeing what th This visit to Queensville, Michigan will leave you smiling. I am beyond thrilled to see this series return and the story line is perfect. Two bodies, two weddings, a vintage recipe, high school memories and the eighties equal a perfect cozy mystery combination. Jaymie Leighton is a favorite character of mine. She is completely relatable and realistic. It’s refreshing to see both her strengths and weaknesses. I enjoy the growth we have seen throughout the series and look forward to seeing what the future holds. One thing that is special about this book is we see the relationship continue to strengthen between the sisters even though there is a 15 year age gap between them. I personally can relate as my sister is 10 years younger and I wish we shared the same bond as Jaymie and Becca. This story is fast paced and will keep you guessing until the end. I enjoy how the story alternates between time periods since the murder occurred in 1984. Ms. Hamilton seamlessly entwines the past and the present. Her use of strong descriptive language captures the setting and the feel of the 1980’s and had me longing for the good old days. You will find yourself getting lost in this book and will want to continue reading it nonstop. I am so excited this series is continuing and I can’t wait for the next installment. Be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster! A huge thank you to the author, Beyond the Page and Netgalley for the opportunity to voluntarily read and review an advance readers copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Leave It to Cleaver is the sixth book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, but the first that I have read. This can definitely be read as a standalone. While Jaymie is helping Becca clean out the old Paget house for liquidation after the death of the elderly woman living there, they discover the body of Delores Paget stuffed in a trunk in the basement. Delores was a one time friend of Becca’s who is believed to have left town at the age of 16 in 1984. Things get even more interesting when the b Leave It to Cleaver is the sixth book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, but the first that I have read. This can definitely be read as a standalone. While Jaymie is helping Becca clean out the old Paget house for liquidation after the death of the elderly woman living there, they discover the body of Delores Paget stuffed in a trunk in the basement. Delores was a one time friend of Becca’s who is believed to have left town at the age of 16 in 1984. Things get even more interesting when the body of a second missing teen who disappeared on the same day as Delores, is found in her car in the lake. Police are worried about trying to solve a two decades old murder. Even more interesting, the girls are found wearing the same handmade sweater. In an unusual twist, Chief Ledbetter actually asks Jaymie to help him investigate since she knows so many people in town who would have been friends with one or both of the missing girls. The story goes back and forth between 1984 and the present. While in the past, you learn about various characters and what they were doing at the time. While all this is going on, there are also shower and wedding plans taking place. I really liked Jaymie. She is smart, caring, friendly and subtle. The other characters, Becca, her fiancee Jacob, girlfriends Heidi and Valetta all play an important role in the story as well as clues to solving the crime. They are a great group of friends and family living in the small town in Michigan. Victoria Hamilton has written an excellent mystery that will have you guessing until the big reveal. The misdirects were great. The reasons behind the murders were surprising and the perpetrator was not what I was expecting. Overall this is a very well written, well plotted and interesting cozy mystery that I would recommend.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Victoria Hamilton makes a smooth transition to her new Publishing home at Beyond The Page with the release of Book 6 in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. Featuring a superb plot with many suspicious characters, Ms. Hamilton expertly handles the intricate details from beginning to end making it nearly impossible to figure out who the murderer is. Sisters, Jaymie and Becca are planning a double wedding ceremony and are busy with the usual pre-wedding events such as choosing dresses, attending the brida Victoria Hamilton makes a smooth transition to her new Publishing home at Beyond The Page with the release of Book 6 in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. Featuring a superb plot with many suspicious characters, Ms. Hamilton expertly handles the intricate details from beginning to end making it nearly impossible to figure out who the murderer is. Sisters, Jaymie and Becca are planning a double wedding ceremony and are busy with the usual pre-wedding events such as choosing dresses, attending the bridal shower, and having a few jitters. Investigation of a cold case from the 1980's is renewed when Becca and Jaymie make a horrifying discovery in a house they are cleaning for an estate sale. Jaymie agrees to assist the aging police Chief Ledbetter in connecting with people who interacted with the victim in the days before her disappearance. They need a timeline to lead them to a cold hearted killer. I found this cozy fast paced and compelling. It's hard to put down once you begin reading. The emotions involved tug at your heart strings. I enjoy all the vintage dishes, antique kitchen tools...anything vintage the author shared in her writing. Tasty recipes are included! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy from NetGalley and the publisher.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    I was thrilled to hear that the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries had new life breathed into them, and would live on! So many of my (and yours no doubt) favorite cozy mystery series have meant with an untimely end this year. Thank goodness this series will be staying with us. Another stupendous installment in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, book six, LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER is my favorite so far! I know a smidgen of that is because I thought we’d lost this series, but the main reason is that this story was so I was thrilled to hear that the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries had new life breathed into them, and would live on! So many of my (and yours no doubt) favorite cozy mystery series have meant with an untimely end this year. Thank goodness this series will be staying with us. Another stupendous installment in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, book six, LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER is my favorite so far! I know a smidgen of that is because I thought we’d lost this series, but the main reason is that this story was so very well written. Author Victoria Hamilton takes readers on a journey of a mystery from the past. One that becomes very much part of present for Jaymie Leighton and her sister, Rebecca. Ms. Hamilton did a superb job switching from the present to the past, and then back again. I never felt lost, and the story never felt disjointed. Quite the contrary. I looked forward to each shift in the timeline as it just made the mystery more intense. So very well done. As well as being a whodunit, LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER was a sweet story of love and family, and fresh beginnings. Beginnings to me that will most certainly enhance what is already a great series. And don’t close the book before you check out the vintage recipe from Jaymie’s kitchen, and read the excerpt of MUFFIN TO FEAR from Victoria Hamilton’s Merry Muffin Mystery series!

  6. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    This newest book opens with a very tender scene featuring Jaymie Leighton, her beau Jakob Mueller, and his young daughter, Jocie. It sets the stage for the rest of the book… a well crafted mystery interspersed with sweet, heart-warming interludes. The mystery itself dates back to 1984 and Victoria effectively uses flashbacks, from different points of view, to piece together the story. She expertly weaves the current story with the long ago story so I never felt lost, and in fact, found it to be This newest book opens with a very tender scene featuring Jaymie Leighton, her beau Jakob Mueller, and his young daughter, Jocie. It sets the stage for the rest of the book… a well crafted mystery interspersed with sweet, heart-warming interludes. The mystery itself dates back to 1984 and Victoria effectively uses flashbacks, from different points of view, to piece together the story. She expertly weaves the current story with the long ago story so I never felt lost, and in fact, found it to be an exciting variation that grabbed my attention. The author uses strong descriptive language that captured the setting and feel of the 1980’s and had me reliving that time period. It was a blast from the past for me! Jaymie is a likable protagonist and she is often at odds with her much older sister, Becca. It was enjoyable seeing them work out their differences and the way the murder of Becca’s classmates brought them together. The author provides quite a few viable suspects and the fact that the murders occurred so far in the past, made the puzzle more difficult. Just when I was sure I had figured it out, a twist and turn pulled me in another direction. I am glad that there will be future books coming in this delightful series! I received an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Leave it to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton is my favorite book in the series. The story was intense and so well written that I found myself loving every minute of it. Jaymie Leighton is my favorite character. She is a true vintage girl and knowing that she found love and a family of her own makes me so happy. When I got to the end of the story, I had a huge smile on my face, so happy to participate in the wedding. The story itself is very interesting when the mystery of a missing teen resurfaces, afte Leave it to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton is my favorite book in the series. The story was intense and so well written that I found myself loving every minute of it. Jaymie Leighton is my favorite character. She is a true vintage girl and knowing that she found love and a family of her own makes me so happy. When I got to the end of the story, I had a huge smile on my face, so happy to participate in the wedding. The story itself is very interesting when the mystery of a missing teen resurfaces, after Jaymie finds the body, stuffed in a trunk. Shortly thereafter, another body is found and the speculation is they are connected and the one common factor is Brock Nibley, Valetta's brother. Jaymie doesn't have time to investigate, she's getting married and life is busy. When the chief admits he needs her help, Jaymie finds the time to uncover the truth. I've been a huge fan of this series and each one keeps getting better and better. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    was very pleased to be asked to read and review Victoria Hamilton's Leave it To Cleaver, a Vintage Kitchen Mystery that is out later this month by Beyond The Page Publishing. This is the first book in the series I have read. Even though Victoria Hamilton is one of my most favorite cozy mystery authors this series I had not read. This one has so much emotion in it. I did not realize what a great sister cozy this would be. The drama and the reflection of the past tied with the present day made fo was very pleased to be asked to read and review Victoria Hamilton's Leave it To Cleaver, a Vintage Kitchen Mystery that is out later this month by Beyond The Page Publishing. This is the first book in the series I have read. Even though Victoria Hamilton is one of my most favorite cozy mystery authors this series I had not read. This one has so much emotion in it. I did not realize what a great sister cozy this would be. The drama and the reflection of the past tied with the present day made for a very full and all encompassing read. I love the cover and the cozy feeling you get at the end of this book. Spoiler Alert! It is a bitter sweet but happy ending as cozies go!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 6 Publication Date: June 23, 2017 Delightfully entertaining, well-written, and an interesting and exciting plot. What more could you ask for in a mystery? It literally keeps you guessing right to the end. For me, this is Jaymie’s ‘coming of age’ story. As I was reading through the book, I kept feeling as if the author was saying goodbye and was tying up loose ends. I even wondered if this might be the last book in the series. However, I think that feeling of g Series: A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 6 Publication Date: June 23, 2017 Delightfully entertaining, well-written, and an interesting and exciting plot. What more could you ask for in a mystery? It literally keeps you guessing right to the end. For me, this is Jaymie’s ‘coming of age’ story. As I was reading through the book, I kept feeling as if the author was saying goodbye and was tying up loose ends. I even wondered if this might be the last book in the series. However, I think that feeling of goodbye is more a goodbye to the youth and immaturity present in the previous books. I can’t wait to see where our more mature and settled Jaymie takes us. (Yes, there will be more books – I asked.) Jaymie Layton doesn’t have a regular nine-to-five job. She has many jobs and businesses and even manages to fit volunteer work into her busy schedule. She also seems to manage to fit murder investigations into her schedule as well. That is a good thing because it seems she just keeps finding dead bodies. Living in the same town (and house) where she was born and grew up is perfect for Jaymie who is an introvert and has trouble being the center of attention. She has no desire to live anywhere else. She also has a diverse set of very good friends and a much wider set of close acquaintances, which makes investigating murders much easier. Those same good friends are also handling the planning for her upcoming marriage to Jakob. Jamie is so in love with him and his little daughter and can hardly believe her good fortune. She’s had a number of love interests in the past, but none of them were right for her – some were actual jerks. Jakob is a definite keeper. There are so many things going on in Jaymie’s life that she hardly knows whether she’s coming or going. So, when she and her sister, Becca, discover human remains in a trunk in the basement of an old house they are cleaning out, she is absolutely determined she will not become involved. However, as she learns the identity of the deceased and that it was a high school friend of her sister Becca, she becomes more and more curious. Then, the police chief asks her to see what she can find out about it because she is good friends with many of the people who went to high school with the girl. Then, there is a second body discovered in the river and the remains are identified as a girl who also disappeared on the same day as the first girl. Undoubtedly their disappearances and deaths are related – but – they weren’t friends and didn’t know each other -- or did they? The investigation takes Jaymie back in time to the 1980’s to learn more about her sister’s high school days. The investigation, reading the diaries of many of those involved, and talking to the friends about those times brings Jaymie and Becca even closer. The investigation takes many twists and turns and you’ll be guessing right up to the end. One of my favorite parts was the wedding. You could just feel the love in the room and I also felt as if I were in attendance. I loved that the little dog was the ring bearer! I did wish there was more of Jakob in the book and that he was involved in the investigation – at least a little. While the love between he and Jaymie was plain to see, it almost seemed like they were each doing their separate things and never the twain shall meet. Maybe in future books, he’ll be more involved because then they will be living in the same house. Another thing I thought was odd and unworkable, especially with a young child, was their intention to live part of the year in Jaymie’s house and part of the year in Jakob’s house. I know they both love their homes and neither wants to give theirs up, but the switching all the time would seem to be unworkable to me. "I requested and received this book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daniele

    I am so happy that the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series has found a new publishing home, and LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER is the best installment in the series to date. Full of heartwarming new beginnings, a growing sisterly bond, good friends, and not one, but two cold case murders, this story is definitely going on my “best reads of the year” list. This time around things are a little different since the murders happened some thirty years ago. Jaymie is always busy with her multiple business endeavors, ne I am so happy that the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series has found a new publishing home, and LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER is the best installment in the series to date. Full of heartwarming new beginnings, a growing sisterly bond, good friends, and not one, but two cold case murders, this story is definitely going on my “best reads of the year” list. This time around things are a little different since the murders happened some thirty years ago. Jaymie is always busy with her multiple business endeavors, newspaper column, and writing her vintage recipe cookbook, but her wedding is rapidly approaching, adding to the everyday stresses. When she and her sister Becca discover a body stuffed in a trunk, and then another body is pulled from the river, the last thing she needs is to be drawn into a murder investigation. However, both of these girls, who were presumed to have run away from home in 1984, were Becca’s high school classmates, and Jaymie cannot help but agree to help when the sheriff asks her to look into things since she is friends with most of the people affected by the murders. As she talks to people and reads some long forgotten diaries, she learns so much about her sister and her friends’ adolescent years and long held secrets, uncovering a murderer along the way. Jaymie and Becca are as different as two sisters can possibly be. Their contrasting personalities and the fifteen year age difference has, at times, caused some friction between the Leighton girls, but I really appreciate this look at a younger Becca. By the end, she and Jaymie seem closer than ever. I think Jaymie has grown a great deal over the course of the series, and LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER feels like her moment to finally blossom. I look forward to seeing how this new stage in her life brings more maturity...and more trouble, too. Speaking of this new phase of Jaymie’s life, the passage about the wedding conveys so much love and is one of the sweetest scenes I have ever read. Though the idea of letting someone plan your wedding, friends or no, and sharing your big day with your thrice married sister makes my heart beat too fast, it all comes together very nicely. The mystery moves along at a quick pace, and the alternating time periods do not detract from smooth narrative. I found myself anxiously waiting for the flashback bits so that I could put more pieces of the puzzle together. Trying to figure out how two dissimilar girls, who did not run in the same social circles, could meet such an untimely end kept me guessing for a good portion of the book. Even when I did think I had figured it out, I did realize the motive until right before Jaymie figured it out. Hamilton provides plenty of misdirection, and, of course, I did not want any of Jaymie and Becca’s friends to be guilty. LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER is delightful cozy reading, and I relished every word. I highly recommend it to any mystery reader. Fingers crossed that there are many more forthcoming murderous puzzles for Jaymie to solve. I received an ARC of this title and voluntarily shared my opinions here

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Leave It to Cleaver is the sixth book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. It is a standalone read. While I’ve only read four out of the six books, Leave It to Cleaver is my favorite. The story, which is told in third person, finds Jaymie Leighton’s relationship with single father Jakob Muller proceeding quite nicely. The romance girl in me is very, very happy. Jaymie’s life is finally settling down, though she is very busy with her newspaper column, volunteer work, and various business endeav Leave It to Cleaver is the sixth book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. It is a standalone read. While I’ve only read four out of the six books, Leave It to Cleaver is my favorite. The story, which is told in third person, finds Jaymie Leighton’s relationship with single father Jakob Muller proceeding quite nicely. The romance girl in me is very, very happy. Jaymie’s life is finally settling down, though she is very busy with her newspaper column, volunteer work, and various business endeavours. But things are about to get even busier on both the personal and murder investigation fronts. While helping her older sister, Becca, clean out the old Paget house for liquidation, they come across the body of Delores Paget stuffed in a trunk in the basement. Delores was a one time friend of Becca’s who suspectedly left town at the age of 16 in 1984. The whole town of Queensville, Michigan is wondering what happened to Delores and why. But things get even more interesting when the body of a second missing teen thought to have also ran away is found. Police are at a loss as to how to proceed with two decades old murder investigations. The girls don’t seem to have anything in common except having dated the same guy. Both are from different social and economic circles. The girls seem to have disappeared around the same time, but no one is really for sure. Even more interesting, the girls are found wearing the same handmade sweater. Jaymie gets a request from Chief Ledbetter to help him investigate since she’s friends with so many people who knew the teens. She reluctantly agrees and in the course of investigating, makes some new discoveries about her sister as well as her friends. The story goes back and forth between 1984 and the present. While in the past, you are able to read about various characters and get a feel for their state of mind all those years ago. But of course, the killer is closer than Jaymie or anyone knows. Jaymie’s life gets puts in jeopardy through no fault of her own and a surprise hero arrives to save the day. Victoria Hamilton has written an incredible mystery that will have you guessing until the big reveal. The misdirects were great. The reason behind the murders were surprising. In the end, I was left with a box of tissue sitting next to me and my heartbreaking. I am so excited this series is continuing and I can’t wait for the next installment. **Received a copy from the publisher and reviewed the book voluntarily.**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Leave It to Cleaver written by Victoria Hamilton is book six in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. This is a fun and entertaining read which highlights the very collectible world of vintage kitchen ware. I love to read cozy mysteries and this author is one of my favorites. I believe that this book is the best one in the series! This book takes place in a small town called Queensville, which is in Michigan. The heroine, Jaymie Leighton, a vintage cookware and cookbook collector returns to help he Leave It to Cleaver written by Victoria Hamilton is book six in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. This is a fun and entertaining read which highlights the very collectible world of vintage kitchen ware. I love to read cozy mysteries and this author is one of my favorites. I believe that this book is the best one in the series! This book takes place in a small town called Queensville, which is in Michigan. The heroine, Jaymie Leighton, a vintage cookware and cookbook collector returns to help her sister clean out a deceased older neighbor's house. She is thrilled with the idea of finding antique kitchen ware items, that is until she opens an old trunk located in the cellar. Jaymie and her sister, Becca, are shocked to find the remains of a teenage girl with a cleaver buried in her skull. Several days later, the body of a second girl is found in a nearby river, the clues seem to indicate that the crimes could be connected and the murderer’s motives appear hidden in the past. The victims are also from the same high school and both disappeared on the same day which leads Jaymie to suspect that the crimes are connected. The girls are later identified as Delores Paget and Ronda Welch who attended high school with Jaymie’s sister Rebecca years ago. She is asked by the local police chef to help investigate the killings. Her hands are full, with the preparations of her upcoming wedding, running her business, writing her newspaper column and other activities, making her feel overwhelmed. Taking on this added task brings up memories, rivalries and jealousies that people are hesitating to talk about. Her list of suspects is growing and she is struggling to find the murderer. Jaymie and her fiancé’ Jakob, are planning a double wedding with her sister, Becca, and the preparations are getting to them. They are having a hard time finding time to be together and plan their future together with his daughter, Jocie, whom Jaymie adores. The suspense and urgency builds with each page for Jaymie to sort out all the information she has gathered to find the killer before it is too late….. While this book can be read as a standalone one, the previous books give more depth to the recurring characters. This is a wonderful series and the author has done a great job with this story line which I found unique. The addition of the twist which the author added only adds to the book. I was given a copy of Leave It to Cleaver by the editor via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER by Victoria Hamilton The Sixth Vintage Kitchen Mystery Wedding bells are in the air, but it is alarm bells that ring out amidst all the preparations. First Jaymie Leighton and her sister, Becca, find a body in a house they're cleaning and then another is found submerged in a car in the river. The bodies are those of two girls, classmates of Becca, who disappeared on the same day in 1984. At the time it was thought that the girls had each run away, but now it looks like murder. LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER by Victoria Hamilton The Sixth Vintage Kitchen Mystery Wedding bells are in the air, but it is alarm bells that ring out amidst all the preparations. First Jaymie Leighton and her sister, Becca, find a body in a house they're cleaning and then another is found submerged in a car in the river. The bodies are those of two girls, classmates of Becca, who disappeared on the same day in 1984. At the time it was thought that the girls had each run away, but now it looks like murder. Prompted by the chief of police, as well as her own curiosity, Jaymie starts investigating these cold cases. Although she was a baby at the time, her sister and friends were contemporaries of the girls. Will any of them be able to share some insight into what happened? Is the killer long dead? Or is the killer still in their midst? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. This saying fits LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER perfectly. An old missing persons case (two actually) leads to a new investigation. There are borrowed diaries and the blue of the water! To top it all off, Jaymie's investigating all works around her and her sister's dual wedding! While LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER is the "wedding book", it isn't overly sentimental. The relationships, both between Jaymie and Jakob and Becca and Kevin, aren't gushingly romantic and sugary sweet. These are adult relationships and are more real and honest, therefore more meaningful. Victoria Hamilton delves into Becca's past in this latest installment of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. The story switches from the present to the days before the girls went missing in 1984. We get a better idea of Becca's teen years and see why she mothers Jaymie so much. We also get to see the deepening relationship between Jaymie and Jakob as well as with his daughter, Jocie. Indeed the whole story revolves around the differing relationships between parents and children as well as those between siblings. LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER is a great addition to the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. A well plotted mystery through two time periods provides great backstory and develops the characters even more. Recipes Included. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    **I voluntarily read this ARC** This is the first book I've read in this series, and I found it interesting. Even though I had no idea who the characters were, I has no problem following the story. The jumping back and forth through time with different viewpoints was a bit jarring at first, but in the end it really added to the story and helped to show the past events rather than just tell them. I did find the mystery to be a little too easy to solve. **I voluntarily read this ARC** This is the first book I've read in this series, and I found it interesting. Even though I had no idea who the characters were, I has no problem following the story. The jumping back and forth through time with different viewpoints was a bit jarring at first, but in the end it really added to the story and helped to show the past events rather than just tell them. I did find the mystery to be a little too easy to solve.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cherry London

    Hats off for your cover choice, love it, Jaymie along with Chief Ledbetter was able to follow the cold trail of clues and get in the faces of those who wished to forget what happened thirty years ago. With what little help her sister gave along with her investigative talents, Jaymie was able to find leading clues which also pushed the killer out into the open. A most enjoyable book, the storyline is excellent and the characters are good, a rather mild clean and enjoyable tale, love it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elliemae

    I really like the series and the author but this book was very disappointing. The main character made me cringe every time she started a 'conversation' with herself. Dull book, did not like going from past to present, no spark in her relationship with Jacob, etc, etc. I really like the series and the author but this book was very disappointing. The main character made me cringe every time she started a 'conversation' with herself. Dull book, did not like going from past to present, no spark in her relationship with Jacob, etc, etc.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    A Fun Cold Case Cozy Mystery! Jaymie Leighton volunteers to clean the house of a deceased neighbor with the hope that she will discover new vintage kitchen finds to add to her collection. However, she is horrified when she discovers the remains of a teenager in the basement. Who murdered the deceased girl? Why was she hidden in a basement for 20 years? Jaymie sets out to discover the truth. I really enjoyed reading this book. I feel as though Jaymie finally blossomed into an adult in this install A Fun Cold Case Cozy Mystery! Jaymie Leighton volunteers to clean the house of a deceased neighbor with the hope that she will discover new vintage kitchen finds to add to her collection. However, she is horrified when she discovers the remains of a teenager in the basement. Who murdered the deceased girl? Why was she hidden in a basement for 20 years? Jaymie sets out to discover the truth. I really enjoyed reading this book. I feel as though Jaymie finally blossomed into an adult in this installment of the series. I love when characters develop over time. I enjoyed the fact that the mystery was a cold case. It was a refreshing change from the previous books. I am looking forward to the next installment in the series. I hope that it is released soon!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Really more like 3.5 stars. Not my favorite book in the series, but still an enjoyable series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    Leave It to Cleaver is the sixth book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, but the first that I have read. It is a truly a gripping and page-turning book that holds your interest right from the beginning to the surprising ending. Jaymie Leighton and her sister, Becca, are cleaning and clearing out a house to get it ready to sell when they come upon a body in a trunk in the basement with a cleaver imbedded in its skull. Becca knew a girl who used to live in that house and recognized the sweater Leave It to Cleaver is the sixth book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, but the first that I have read. It is a truly a gripping and page-turning book that holds your interest right from the beginning to the surprising ending. Jaymie Leighton and her sister, Becca, are cleaning and clearing out a house to get it ready to sell when they come upon a body in a trunk in the basement with a cleaver imbedded in its skull. Becca knew a girl who used to live in that house and recognized the sweater on the body, and knew it had to be her friend Delores Paget, whom everyone thought was missing because she had run away. When another body is found just days later submerged in a car in a nearby river, and that body turns out to be Rhonda Welch, another girl who was thought to have run away, Jaymie realizes that these two deaths cannot be a coincidence. The book transitions between 1984 when Becca, who is 15 years older than Jaymie, was in school with Delores and Rhonda, to the present, where Jaymie, who has solved several murders, begins to investigate the crime, and Victoria Hamilton ties it all together beautifully. As she investigates, Jaymie finds there is no shortage of suspects, as she receives many evasive answers and downright lies. All the while, she and Becca are trying to keep their businesses running as well as plan a double wedding with their fiancés Jakob and Kevin. Victoria Hamilton has written a wonderful mystery with many twists and turns, and kept me guessing until the very end. Although Leave It to Cleaver is the sixth book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, it can definitely stand on its own, and I never felt like I was missing anything from the earlier books. The characters are well-developed, and for the most part, likable, and I especially enjoyed Jaymie and Becca's many friends. I cannot wait to start reading this series at book one, A Deadly Grind. I highly recommend this book and am so glad that I have found this series! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This has been a favorite series of mine from the very beginning, and I was heartbroken to learn it was one of the victims of it's publishing company's recent purge of cozy mysteries. I couldn't have been more delighted when the author announced that she'd be continuing the series on her own. It's been an agonizing wait for Leave It to Cleaver, but a wait that was well worth it because this is my favorite in the series so far! I always love with a mystery delves into the past, and the fact that t This has been a favorite series of mine from the very beginning, and I was heartbroken to learn it was one of the victims of it's publishing company's recent purge of cozy mysteries. I couldn't have been more delighted when the author announced that she'd be continuing the series on her own. It's been an agonizing wait for Leave It to Cleaver, but a wait that was well worth it because this is my favorite in the series so far! I always love with a mystery delves into the past, and the fact that this one took me back to my childhood years of the 1980's made it even more special. The back and forth from modern-day to decades ago is seamless and the story flows at a fast pace. I found myself completely engrossed in the characters' lives, both those I've come to know and love over the course of the series and the new ones we're introduced to, especially the tragic teenage victims. I had my suspicions about the killer before Jaymie did and enjoyed watching the clues stack up that proved I was right. The other central theme of Leave It to Cleaver is sisters Jaymie and Becca's double wedding which leaves the series wide open to new adventures. I'm not usually a fan of weddings taking place in cozy mysteries but this was different because it was the central characters getting married. It brought happiness and hope to a story of lives taken too soon and so much lost promise. In short, one of the best cozies of 2017.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton is the sixth book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. Jaymie Leighton has been coerced into helping her sister clean out the house of a deceased neighbor. In the basement they find the mummified remains of a girl who had been a friend of Becca's when Jaymie was an infant. She and another girl went missing on the same day and now days apart both their bodies are found. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2020/comm... Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton is the sixth book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. Jaymie Leighton has been coerced into helping her sister clean out the house of a deceased neighbor. In the basement they find the mummified remains of a girl who had been a friend of Becca's when Jaymie was an infant. She and another girl went missing on the same day and now days apart both their bodies are found. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2020/comm...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Leave It To Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton is the sixth book in A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. Jaymie Leighton is thrilled when Jakob Muller proposes to her on Valentine’s Day. Jaymie loves Jakob and adores his little girl, Jocie. Jaymie and her sister, Becca have agreed to clear out the Paget house for Lesley Mackenzie. The perk is getting first pick of the items. They go to the basement where they come across an old truck. Upon opening it, they discover a body clad in a red sweater with a cle Leave It To Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton is the sixth book in A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. Jaymie Leighton is thrilled when Jakob Muller proposes to her on Valentine’s Day. Jaymie loves Jakob and adores his little girl, Jocie. Jaymie and her sister, Becca have agreed to clear out the Paget house for Lesley Mackenzie. The perk is getting first pick of the items. They go to the basement where they come across an old truck. Upon opening it, they discover a body clad in a red sweater with a cleaver in the skull (can you imagine what the yarn must be made of to not disintegrate). Back in 1984, Becca knew Delores Paget who owned an identical sweater. Delores supposedly left town that year and was never heard from again (now we know why). A few days later, Jaymie watches while divers pull up old Ford Falcon with a body inside wearing a red sweater identical to the other victim (that is some yarn). The victims are identified as Delores Paget and Rhonda Welch. Becca knew both victims in high school and they disappeared from town at the same time. The common link between the two girls is Brock Nibley. Chief Ledbetter asks Jaymie to listen for any details that will help him with this case. Jaymie considers this the green light to start nosing around and asking questions. The killer is less than thrilled with Jaymie’s inquiries and will not hesitate to strike again. Will Jaymie make it to her own wedding? Leave It To Cleaver contains good writing and the story has a nice flow/pace. Jaymie Leighton is a great character with her big heart and love of vintage items. The mystery was complicated (thank you Victoria Hamilton) and fun to solve. The best part of a cozy mystery is following the clues and see if I correctly guessed the killer’s identity. I liked finding out more about Becca and what happened after Jaymie was born. The story goes from present day back to 1984 (and then back again). I am not a fan of this technique, but the author pulled it off (it was not confusing or overdone). I give Leave It To Cleaver 4.5 out of 5 stars. The only part of the story I did not like was Heidi. She is planning the wedding, and I found her maddening. Leave It To Cleaver is the sixth book in the series, but it can be read alone. The ending will leave readers with smiles on their faces.

  23. 5 out of 5

    DelAnne Frazee

    Title: Leave It to Cleaver - Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 6 Author: Victoria Hamilton Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing Published: 6-23-2017 Pages: 352 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Culinary Mystery; Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ASIN: B07212HWRC ISBN: 9781946069290 Reviewed For: NetGalley and Beyond the Page Publishing Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars With their double wedding to plan Becca and Jaymie are hard pressed to keep their business going. They agree to cl Title: Leave It to Cleaver - Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 6 Author: Victoria Hamilton Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing Published: 6-23-2017 Pages: 352 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Culinary Mystery; Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ASIN: B07212HWRC ISBN: 9781946069290 Reviewed For: NetGalley and Beyond the Page Publishing Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars With their double wedding to plan Becca and Jaymie are hard pressed to keep their business going. They agree to clean out a house for Leslie Mackenzie in preparation for placing it on the market. While working in the basement they find an old trunk. When they open it they find skeletal remains with a cleaver in its skull wearing a red sweater. A sweater Becca recognizes as belong to a school mate who over 30 years before. Just days later another body is found submerged in the river and a second body is discovered wearing an identical sweater. The only connection between the long missing girl are the identical homemade sweater and the man they both dated, Brock Nibly. Jaymie and Becca begin asking Becca's old classmates about the girls and their lives and receive lies and evasion. Will they find the killer and still make it to the church on time? Victoria Hamilton provides characters that show strengths and weaknesses. Making them appear more real. The writing is well done. What is special about this book is we see the love and caring between the sisters even though their is nearly a generation between them. Jaymie begins to show herself to be a mature and capable. As always Hamilton's creative writing skill brings the story to life. I look forward to reading more of the Vintage Kitchen mysteries in the future. My rating of "Leave It to Cleaver" is 4.75 out of 5 stars. Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07212HWRC/... B&N Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/review... GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... The Reading Room Link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph... Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/DelAnne531/status...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “Leave it to Cleaver” earns 5/5 Vintage Pastel Pyrex Bowls! From Jaymie’s “Vintage Eats” column in the paper to helping her sister set up a new antique’s shop, from wedding plans to making arrangement for her, Jakob, and Jocie to set up housekeeping, Jaymie struggles with a very full ‘to do’ list. And now that she and her sister have inadvertently found a dead body of a high school friend thought to have runaway things are now more difficult for family and friends. It’s not like this kind of thin “Leave it to Cleaver” earns 5/5 Vintage Pastel Pyrex Bowls! From Jaymie’s “Vintage Eats” column in the paper to helping her sister set up a new antique’s shop, from wedding plans to making arrangement for her, Jakob, and Jocie to set up housekeeping, Jaymie struggles with a very full ‘to do’ list. And now that she and her sister have inadvertently found a dead body of a high school friend thought to have runaway things are now more difficult for family and friends. It’s not like this kind of thing is new to her, and the detective in charge knows Jaymie has the skill set that might close this 30-year old murder. Then when another body is discovered, this all becomes too close to friends and family. The long hidden secrets, lies then and now, and suspicious behaviors of those who are reluctant to dredge up old high school memories seem to muddy the water. I am new to Victoria Hamilton’s Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, so making this sixth book my introduction was perfect: High-school memories heralding murder? Who knew a quiet day helping out could throw everyone into a cold, cold case? Although there are references to relationships and previous mysteries, there were no spoilers. I didn’t feel left out of the back story and character connections having not read the other five books, although this book has left me eager to do so. Weaving a series of flashbacks along with the contemporary events, the story kept me engaged as it illustrated teenage angst, uncovered secrets, and provided a new look into motives, opportunity and means. I found Victoria’s characters well developed and relationships entertaining to follow. My favorite is Jaymie, of course, along with exploring the connection with her sister that many can identify with the older/younger sibling dynamic. The entertaining details surrounding Jaymie’s “Vintage Eats” column in the Wolverhampton Howler, vintage kitchenware, the wedding plans with wonderful descriptions of vintage wedding dresses and cakes play out in the background along with an easy to follow recipe mentioned in the book from Jaymie’s grandmother’s 1950s recipe book: Salmon Loaf with Mushroom Cream Sauce. I highly recommend this book! "Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All of the above opinions are my own.”

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: When Jaymie and her sister become engaged, they decide to hold a double wedding. In some ways, it means twice the stress but they have good friends upon whom they can depend. Many of these friends were schoolmates of her sister who subsequently became Jaymie's friends as well. All is innocent until the two sisters are cleaning out the house of a dead neighbour and Jaymie discovers a body in a trunk in the basement with a meat cleaver in the head. It turns out to be someo Princess Fuzzypants here: When Jaymie and her sister become engaged, they decide to hold a double wedding. In some ways, it means twice the stress but they have good friends upon whom they can depend. Many of these friends were schoolmates of her sister who subsequently became Jaymie's friends as well. All is innocent until the two sisters are cleaning out the house of a dead neighbour and Jaymie discovers a body in a trunk in the basement with a meat cleaver in the head. It turns out to be someone the town had thought runaway in the '80's. Then another body is dredged from the river holding another schoolmate who disappeared at the same time. She was also thought to be a runaway. Since neither died of natural causes and were classmates, the two deaths seem to be linked. The plot goes back and forth from the time of the deaths to present day as the tragic story unwinds. One girl is the odd girl out and the other is miss popularity. How could their fates be entwined? When Jaymie learns more from her sister and her friends, she is determined to figure out what happened and who killed the girls. Her help is solicited by the local police chief so her snooping seems organic to the story. Clearly with wedding planning, running several businesses and solving two murders, Jaymie is stretched thin and almost misses the key evidence that points towards the murderer. It is pretty tense when she is confronted by the villain. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing almost to the end It was kind of neat reading a book set in parts of the world my family know well. Some of Jaymie's family live in London Ontario which is my home town. There is a tripod doggie who is rather sweet and a haughty cat who rules the roost, lots of interesting supporting characters who are not the usual run of the mill, and a good plot. It was a quick yet enjoyable read. I always like to find books that would be great holiday reading and this is one. I give it five purrs and two paws up.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leith Devine

    Thanks to Beyond the Page Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed Leave It to Cleaver, and I was so happy to see the return of Jaymie Leighton and the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. They have been some of my favorite cozy mysteries, and in this book Victoria Hamilton takes Jaymie's maturity to a new level without sacrificing her personality that we all fell in love with in the previous books. She is still an avid collector of vintage kitche Thanks to Beyond the Page Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed Leave It to Cleaver, and I was so happy to see the return of Jaymie Leighton and the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. They have been some of my favorite cozy mysteries, and in this book Victoria Hamilton takes Jaymie's maturity to a new level without sacrificing her personality that we all fell in love with in the previous books. She is still an avid collector of vintage kitchen wares, and she' as charming as ever. Jaymie is getting ready to marry the love of her life, Jakob (and his daughter), in a double wedding with her sister Becca. They are clearing out an old house that belonged to one of Becca's high school friends when they find a dead body that has been there for a long time. Sadly, it belongs to Becca's friend Delores. The next day, another missing girl from the same high school and the same group of friends who disappeared on the same day as Delores turns up dead in the river. The book goes in flashbacks between the present and the 1980's when the girls were in high school, and Jaymie was still a baby. The police chief asks Jaymie's help with the investigation because he's worked with her before and she knows all the people involved in this case. Jaymie is overwhelmed with wedding planning and her other responsibilities, but solving these murders is important to her, her sister Becca, and the people in their small town who knew both victims. Solving the mystery involves some twists and turns, and there are surprises in store for Jaymie, but she gets there in the end. I loved the characters in the book. They are true to life and and fun to read about. I highly recommend this book and hope there's another one coming in the series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Wiese

    I am going to start by saying that I cheered out loud when I found out that Beyond the Page picked up this series after it got cancelled from Berkley. Victoria Hamilton is one of my favorite authors and I love both her Vintage Kitchen series as well as her Merry Muffin Series! I am happy to see the seamless transition from Berkley to Beyond the Page and to see that Victoria has outdone herself on the latest Vintage Kitchen book, Leave It to Cleaver, book 6 in the series. This book truly has it a I am going to start by saying that I cheered out loud when I found out that Beyond the Page picked up this series after it got cancelled from Berkley. Victoria Hamilton is one of my favorite authors and I love both her Vintage Kitchen series as well as her Merry Muffin Series! I am happy to see the seamless transition from Berkley to Beyond the Page and to see that Victoria has outdone herself on the latest Vintage Kitchen book, Leave It to Cleaver, book 6 in the series. This book truly has it all, two bodies, two weddings, a jump to the past, adorable canine and feline companions, romance, suspense and bittersweet tears. I must say this book pulled at my heart strings and made my tear up quite a few times. The story is so well written and developed. I was sucked along right from the start and read it quicker than most books I pick up. I very much enjoyed the time jumps between the past and the present and the glimpses we got of various characters that were key pins of the story. Once again the characters are the star of this series, they are all so well developed and real. This is by far the best book in the series to-date, which is saying something because I have been hooked on this series from the start...how can you not love Jaymie, her vintage kitchen addiction and band of merry family and friends? I know I do! I can't wait for the next!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Grace Koshida

    Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton helps her sister Becca clear out the house of a deceased older neighbour (Olga Paget). They are shocked when they open a vintage trunk in the basement and find the remains of a teenage girl with a cleaver buried in her skull. Delores Paget had vanished in November 1984, a supposed runaway. When the body of a second girl (Rhonda) is found in her car submerged in the river, many people believe both deaths are connected. Police are at a loss as Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton helps her sister Becca clear out the house of a deceased older neighbour (Olga Paget). They are shocked when they open a vintage trunk in the basement and find the remains of a teenage girl with a cleaver buried in her skull. Delores Paget had vanished in November 1984, a supposed runaway. When the body of a second girl (Rhonda) is found in her car submerged in the river, many people believe both deaths are connected. Police are at a loss as to how to proceed with the cold case murder investigations. Delores and Rhonda from different social and economic circles and do not seem to have much in common except having dated the same guy. The story is told in alternating scenes with flashbacks from different characters in 1984 and the present. Hints of teenaged rivalries and jealousies are well presented and there is a good list of possible motives and suspects. Meanwhile, Jaymie and her fiancé Jakob are planning a double wedding with Becca, and the preparations are getting to her. Jaymie works at making the best of it with Becca and her sleuthing brings them closer together. This is another enjoyable book in the Vintage Kitchen mystery series. I received this book for free from Netgalley and Beyond the Page Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Millett

    Delightful mystery I was lucky enough to win this book on Facebook in a contest. I have read several other books in this series and love the characters. Jamie and her big sister Becca are both planning their weddings. They have been hired to clean out an old farm house and in the process they find an old trunk in the basement. When they open it they discover a Skelton in a distinctive red sweater that Becca identifies as an old teenage friend who supposedly ran away 30 years ago. It leads Jamie t Delightful mystery I was lucky enough to win this book on Facebook in a contest. I have read several other books in this series and love the characters. Jamie and her big sister Becca are both planning their weddings. They have been hired to clean out an old farm house and in the process they find an old trunk in the basement. When they open it they discover a Skelton in a distinctive red sweater that Becca identifies as an old teenage friend who supposedly ran away 30 years ago. It leads Jamie to begin investigating with Chief Ledbetter actually asking for her help. Jamie begins to uncover different relationships from 30 years ago and then another young woman's body is discovered from the same time. This throws a lot of craziness into the investigation. Jamie and the Chief are on the case and it leads to lots of old grievances from many people who do not want their dirty laundry brought out into the open. Will they solve the old murders and will the weddings take place without a hitch? This is an awesome mystery with an intriguing plot, great well developed characters and an outstanding conclusion. I highly recommend this book to those readers who love cozy mysteries.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Watson

    Victoria Hamilton writes in a smooth, cozy style. It's almost like coming home to a neighborhood and a group of people you know well. Even though this was my first read out of a series of six books, it will stand alone. I am also drawn to her covers and titles. I admit it I am a sucker for a clever pun. I have been known to buy a book just for the cover as have many of my friends. Although the story starts in the present, the mystery part began many years earlier. Two bodies are found murdered in Victoria Hamilton writes in a smooth, cozy style. It's almost like coming home to a neighborhood and a group of people you know well. Even though this was my first read out of a series of six books, it will stand alone. I am also drawn to her covers and titles. I admit it I am a sucker for a clever pun. I have been known to buy a book just for the cover as have many of my friends. Although the story starts in the present, the mystery part began many years earlier. Two bodies are found murdered in bizarre ways and the town is shocked. The hunt to track a killer is on..Jaymie can help as these victims were classmates of her Sister. But will this stir up more deaths? How safe is Jaymie? The Book is written, with chapters fluctuating between the past and present. In some Authors this is confusing but not Victoria Hamilton. She is a clever enough Writer to blend the two well. There are pending marriages between Jaymie and her Sister, which add a nice touch to the mystery. The added charm of vintage cookware and recipes made it that more palatable.This mystery is perfect for anytime reading.The pages turn by themselves. My thanks to Beyond the Page and Netgalley

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.