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Scarlett is an American running her grandmother's hat shop on Portobello Road along with her British cousin Viv. Viv is the creative artist while Scarlett is the people person in the front of the house. Fee, Nick, Andre, and Harrison make up the rest of the crew. Harrison is an old childhood friend from her time spent in London with her grandmother and Scarlett has had a crush on him for years. Unfortunately trouble always seems to find Scarlett and this time it includes Harrison as well. Not one to let her friend and love interest be suspected of murder, Scarlett sets out to find who the real killer is and lift the cloud of suspicion hovering over Harrison before he loses everything. I started this book this afternoon and couldn't put it down. I am a fan of the Hat Shop Mysteries, and this was the best yet. It's only been out a few days and I am already waiting for the next installment in the adventures of Scarlett, Viv, and Harrison. They are some of my favorite characters, and Scarlett is probably my favorite cozy heroine. I love her attitude.
When my pre-ordered copy of Assault and Beret arrived in my mailbox, I realized by looking at the cover that I had skipped a book in the series, so Kindle to the rescue! There is something about Scarlett Parker, the heroine of the Hat Shop Mysteries, that keeps me wanting more of her adventures. The life of a shopkeeper on the Portobello Road (I always find myself humming the song from Bedknobs and Broomsticks when reading one of these books), Scarlett's not-quite-romance with Harrison, and the other characters would probably make the books enjoyable for me even without the mystery. In Copy Cap Murder, Scarlett and friends are invited along to a Bonfire Night party at the home of Harrison's boss. When the evening ends in murder, and Harrison is a suspect, Scarlett can't keep from trying to investigate. I only realized "whodunit" when Scarlett herself did, so that was a plus. Definitely recommended if you like mysteries that are cozy but not too cozy.
I love this series. The characters are so wonderful. Jenn McKinlay does it again, this series just keeps getting better and better. I was happy that the victim was murdered, sorry not a nice thing to say but he had it coming. As for the who did it was not who I expected. Scarlett and Harrison grow as a couple and Viv finally starts to open up. I hope the character of Alistair comes back into the stories, be nice for Viv. Copy Cap Murder was the perfect blend of mystery and romance. I would suggest you read the series from the beginning so you can see the growth of the characters and get to know them. Loved this book. Love Harry and Ginger. Can't wait for the next one.
I very much enjoy the Hat Shop series by Jenn McKinlay and "Copy Cap Murder" was certainly not disappointing. I enjoy the atmosphere of the shop activities and the quaint street and shops. The ongoing growth and development in the lives of the main characters is interesting and enjoyable. They are a great group of friends with unique personalities and offer humor as well as caring for one another. Surprises with what's happening in their lives add a great deal to the story. To find Harrison (Harry) the center of attention was different and kept me eager to see what was happening next. I never suspected the real culprit so it made for a "must keep reading" mode.
Ms. McKinlay has done it again, I loved this book, as I have every one that she has written. The hat shop is set in England on Portobello Road and every time I read this series I feel as if I am there. Harrison takes the gang to a Guy Fawkes party thrown by his boss. From there begins a mystery with twists and turns that kept me guessing up until Scarlett figured it out, and what an ending, I was on the edge of my seat. All the old friends are back in this story, but if you've never read the series I don't think that you will have a problem reading it as a stand alone. My only regret is that I have to wait until the next in the series comes out.
I was a little nervous about reading a cozy set outside the US, but after all Europe is the place where cozies really began, so I plunged right in! What a cool story! Characters were well developed and had great interactions. The story line was completely believable and quite fun. I enjoyed the English colloquial phrases and "Ginger's" attempt to fit in despite her extreme homesickness for the USA. Talk about a cliff hanger, and twists and turns, this author has them all! Without any spoilers, let's just say I was on the edge and changing my mind until the very last page. Try this one, you'll like it!
Jenn McKinlay's books are such fun! Her characters are alive & full of quick witted charm. I love the close relationship American Scarlet has with her British cousin Viv & with good friends Andre & Nick. It's interesting to watch the romance between "Ginger" & her Harry grow & blossom. Great murder mystery with a definitely surprising killer & a very heartwarming ending! Can't wait for the next book in the series! Oh, also if you've never seen the Gherkin building in London, google it, it's amazing!
This is one of my favorite authors. I have all of her books so far. Hope she keeps writing. It can't be fast enough!! Her books keep me so interested, I can't put the book down, so I read them in 3 or 4 days. I really love each series she writes.
Keeps my interest. I am always looking for the next book in a series. Love them all