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Assault and Beret: 5 Mass Market Paperback – 3 January 2017
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London milliner Vivian Tremont and her American cousin and partner, Scarlett Parker, tip their caps to their beloved shop on Portobello Road in Notting Hill and set off for Paris, where Viv can't wait to teach a hat-making class. But she has another reason to travel to the City of Light: to find the man she impulsively eloped with years ago and have their marriage annulled.
William Graham is not only handsome and charming, but he also has a glamorous job as an insurance investigator who works with priceless pieces of art, most recently a small Renoir that has been discovered in a junk shop. But when both Will and the masterpiece suddenly disappear, it's up to the ladies from London to follow the trail of clues. They'll need to hold on to their chapeaux, however, because someone is a master in the art of deception...
"Fancy hats and British aristocrats make this my sort of delicious cozy read."--Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness Mysteries
"A delicious romp through my favorite part of London with a delightful new heroine."--Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author
"The sharp writing and smart plotting are outstanding, and the surprising reveal and even more suspenseful chase will have readers at the edge of their seats. This stellar mystery sets a high bar for mysteries."--Kings River Life Magazine
"Brimming with McKinlay's trademark wit and snappy one-liners, Anglophiles will love this thoroughly entertaining new murder mystery series. A hat trick of love, laughter, and suspense, and another feather in [Jenn McKinlay's] cap."--Hannah Dennison, author of the Vicky Hill Exclusive! Mysteries
About the Author
In addition to being the author of the Hat Shop Mysteries, including Copy Cap Murder and At the Drop of a Hat. Jenn also writes the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and the Library Lover's Mysteries.
- Publisher : Berkley Books (3 January 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425279596
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425279595
- Dimensions : 10.67 x 2.03 x 17.02 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 615,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Assault and Beret” is the fifth and unfortunately last book in Jenn McKinlay's Hat Shop cozy mystery series. It is a shame the series is ending because I feel like the characters were just hitting their stride and this book develops the characters even more. I did miss the hat shop setting in this book as this book takes place in Paris, but all the favorite characters in the series managed to end up in Paris - which I loved because it is indeed the characters that made the series work so well. Viv especially has grown as a character - she can be a bit of a feather brain at times but her struggle to deal with her relationship with both her husband and Alistair is very realistically done. Compared to the Viv/Will/Alistair storyline, the Scarlet/Harrison storyline with her decision not to date for a year is a bit lightweight but it does wrap up very nicely - I just loved something that happens towards the end of the book! As for the mystery itself - it is well done. A few things did seem obvious at first but McKinlay threw in a few nice twists so things weren't as obvious as at first they seemed to be. There are a few nice tense moments towards the end of the book that kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it. All in all, I loved the ending of this book and the way the series was wrapped up.
I am not quite ready to let these characters go and I wish the series was not ending, but unfortunately it is and “Assault and Beret” is a good way of wrapping up a cozy mystery series that will be missed.