A Deadly Grind by Victoria Hamilton

58%

11 Critic Reviews

This book was not for me due to the overly descriptive surroundings and the long drawn out conclusion to a very simple mystery.
-Books n' Whatnot

Synopsis

 A Hoosier to die for?

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.

 

About Victoria Hamilton

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Victoria Hamilton is a pseudonym for national bestselling author Donna Lee Simpson, who is also a collector of vintage cookware and recipes.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Berkley. 303 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Deadly Grind
All: 11 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 4

Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on May 09 2012

It's an engrossing mystery. I'll be awaiting the return of Jaymie Leighton in the next Vintage Kitchen mystery.

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The Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Monahan Winberry

A Deadly Grind is a pleasant first mystery with a good setting spanning two countries...and plenty of lore about the domestic arts in the first part of the twentieth century.

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Crimespace

Below average
Reviewed by Kittling Books on Jun 30 2012

many clues seemed to be outlined in flashing red neon...Any reader worth his or her salt knows that guy's up to no good.

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Genre Reviews

Below average
Apr 27 2012

The ending also reminded me of Clue (the movie)--it might have happened this way...or this way...but it really happened this way. Though we're given a long explanation of exactly what everyone did and why, I honestly don't remember it since the previous explanation fit the clues better and made more sense to me. I wasn't really satisfied with the whodunit explanation

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Novel Reflections

Good
Reviewed by Diana on Jul 06 2012

I thought that the mystery in this book was well-constructed and not easy to solve. There were several plot twists to keep me on my toes.

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Books n' Whatnot

Below average
Reviewed by Stepfordmomto2 on Jun 29 2012

This book was not for me due to the overly descriptive surroundings and the long drawn out conclusion to a very simple mystery.

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The Season

Below average
Reviewed by Christine K.

The book isn’t perfect. The ending is a bit drawn out and Jaymie makes some poor choices in how she handles the investigation.

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Cozy Crimes

Good
Reviewed by Alison on Jul 06 2012

The mystery itself was hard to solve – there were a lot of suspects, and just when I thought I had it figured out, a new clue would surface and I would be stumped again.

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Booklady's Notes

Good
Reviewed by bevarcher on May 07 2012

It is a very well written quick read. I didn’t want to put the book down...I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves mysteries and vintage things

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Storeybook Reviews

Good
Jun 18 2012

A Deadly Grind, captures the small town charm without being hokey.;..I truly enjoyed the book

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Meritorious Mysteries

Good
Reviewed by Diane Esterly on Aug 10 2012

This is lightweight reading, but the many nuggets of information, gleaned from descriptions of estate auction items and Jaymie's love of history, make this an interesting mystery. The vintage recipe for Queen Elizabeth Cake might be a bonus.

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