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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...!
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!
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.
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.