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I usually hate it when American authors set their stories in the UK as they are full of factual errors as well as bad grammar. However, this author is much better than most! There is the occasional blooper and Americanism ("snuck" instead of the correct "sneaked" for example) but she had done her research. The series is interesting as are the characters......I am eagerly waiting for the next, having finishef the whole series so far!
In this novel again the hat shop gang solve a murder that in no way can you guess who, what, when and why - Scarlett and Harrison are still interested in each other but not dating - Viv and Fee are designing hats you want to buy but of course they're not real - the plot keeps you guessing on what will happen next - love this series and this novel and I love the casual way the author presents the story with humor and warmth, with love and caring between seven very close friends
A very witty and plain fun book to read. I just wish that I could come up with the quick comebacks that Scarlett and her cousin Viv do. No matter how insulting the person might be, they are able to come back with something that is not rude or vulgur and are really amusing! Oh, jealousy...!
This is the 4th book in the series. Scarlett and Vivian are headed to a Guy Fawkes bonfire party hosted by Harrison’s office. At the party, one of Harrison’s colleagues harasses Scarlett and he and Harrison get into a fight. As the dummy is being hauled out to be placed on the fire, they make the gruesome discovery that it is a real dead body and is that of the groping co-worker. As Harrison becomes the primary suspect, Scarlett is determined to find the real killer and begins to unravel some hidden secrets at Harrison’s firm. She is aided by some unlikely characters, including Harrison’s ex, who is intent on getting him back.
Although she gets homesick from time to time, Scarlett Parker has settled in quite nicely in London at Mim’s Whims, the hat shop she and her cousin Vivian Tremont inherited from their grandmother. Scarlett is excited to celebrate her first bonfire in England but less than thrilled when a dead body turns up and her close friend Harrison Wentworth is the chief suspect in the murder. Scarlett and Vivian set out to clear Harrison's name but they need to be careful or one or both of them may be the next murder victim.
“Copy Cap Murder” is the fourth book In Jenn McKinlay's Hat Shop cozy mystery series - a series that has gone from being somewhat lightweight to a nice satisfying complexly plotted series. The series has gotten stronger with each book and this is the best in the series so far. I love the characters – Scarlett, Harrison, (I love the relationship between Scarlett and Harrison), Vivian, Fee, Nick, and Andre. I also love the London setting and hat shop itself. The mystery is extremely well plotted with more than a few twists and turns and red herrings - I had my mouth open in shock more than once towards the end of the book. This is my favorite type of mystery where, after you have finished reading it, you go back through the book to find all the cleverly placed clues that you missed the first time you read it!
Remember, remember, the 5th of November The Gunpowder Treason and plot; I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot. - Traditional English rhyme
As autumn descends upon London, American expat Scarlet Parker prepares to celebrate Guy Fawkes instead of Thanksgiving. She relocated to the Notting Hill neighborhood to join her British cousin Vivian Tremont in the family business, Mim's Whim - a hat shop they both inherited from their grandmother. Vivian is the creative force behind the hat designs; Scarlet focuses on customer service, updates social media, and finds dead bodies along the way - this time, at the Guy Fawkes party.
The gang is back to help Scarlet track down the killer - Fiona (hat shop assistant), Nick (neighbor, dentist, and partner of Andre), Andre (neighbor, photographer, and partner of Nick), and, of course, Harrison, the shop's financial advisor who is now the murder suspect. COPY CAP MURDER follows the predictable path of cozy mysteries - red herrings, family secrets, and a dramatic unveiling of the real killer. What sets this book (and series) apart is the location - the cozy neighborhood of Notting Hill. What's not to love about the cobblestone streets, eclectic shops, and international food in the middle of London's hubbub? Likewise, McKinlay offers quirky characters (akin to Hugh Grant's Notting Hill) who deliver humorous quips throughout the story. Indeed, COPY CAT MURDER is a comfort read for those who enjoy British culture.
I purchased COPY CAP MURDER since I enjoyed the first three books in the series.