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Death of a Mad Hatter: A fun and gripping cozy mystery (Hat Shop Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
One in a milliner.
Scarlett Parker and her British cousin, Vivian Tremont, are hard at work at Mim's Whims – their ladies' hat shop on London's chic Portobello Road – to create hats for an Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon tea, a fund-raiser for a local children's hospital. It seems like a delightfully whimsical way to pass the hat, and Scarlett and Viv are thrilled to outfit the Grisby family, the hosts who are hoping to raise enough money to name a new hospital wing after their patriarch.
Unfortunately, the Grisby heir will not live to see it – he's been poisoned. When traces of the poison are found on the hat that Scarlett and Viv made for him, the police become curiouser and curiouser about their involvement. Now the ladies need to don their thinking caps and find the tea party crasher who's mad enough to kill at the drop of a hat.
About the Author
Jenn McKinlay is the author of the Cupcake Bakery and Library Lovers Mystery series. She has also written the Good Buy Girls and the Decoupage Mystery series under the names Josie Belle and Lucy Lawrence, respectively. She studied English literature and library science at Southern Connecticut State University and has worked previously as a librarian.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07TLHRZNV
- Publisher : Canelo (15 August 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 769 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0425258904
- Best Sellers Rank: 373,472 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A good summary of the plot can be found above, so I’ll just tell you what I liked (and didn’t like) about the book:
What I liked:
Most of the characters are likable and relatable. They have their quirks and idiosyncrasies, but spending time with them is fun. Their competition about who could come up with the worst pun for a given situation had me smiling. You can really tell that the main characters care about each other, even when they’re fighting.
I also enjoyed the setting - London is such a great city. The book certainly made me yearn for a visit.
As usual with this author, the book is well written and entertaining. Time flies while you immerse yourself in the story.
What I didn’t like:
I don’t enjoy Scarlett’s character. She comes across as very immature for someone who’s almost thirty. Banging doors, sulking in your room, refusing to even listen to your friends’ well-meant advice – she often acts more like a teenager than an adult. She’s disgruntled when her cousin wears high heels because they make her seem taller than Scarlett. True, there are people like this in real life, but she’s not exactly a person I’d enjoy hanging out with.
There are a few issues with research. Just stopping by the Savoy for afternoon tea is rather optimistic, for example. If I remember correctly, they advise you to book at least several weeks in advance. Also, the instance of ‘male primogeniture’ in the book seems to bear very little resemblance to reality.
The ending seemed a little rushed. I loved the whole setup of the mystery – a nice number of suspects (not too many, not too few) with interesting character traits and relationships. There were some characters you hated and some you loved. It was great fun, but suddenly the murderer basically confesses, and it’s over.
I liked the first book in the series a lot better than this one. Overall, this book is a solid but not a great mystery (at least in my opinion). I’ll probably buy the next book in the series, but that’s due more to the first book than this one.