donderdag 13 maart 2014

Victoria Hamilton – Freezer I’ll Shoot

The third book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, published November 5, 2013.
Genre: cozy mystery
Cover: sweet

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ICE COLD
Trying to escape her overbearing mother, vintage kitchenware enthusiast and soon-to-be columnist Jaymie Leighton retreats to her family's cottage on Heartbreak Island. While there she hopes to write an article about the Ice House restaurant, owned by good friends and neighbors, siblings Ruby and Garnet Redmond. Once an actual icehouse, the restaurant is charmingly decorated with antique tools of the trade, including a collection of ice picks.
One night, while working on her article, Jaymie overhears an argument and, ever the sleuth, sets out to explore. But when she stumbles upon a dead body her blood runs cold. It's Urban Dobrinskie, whose feud with the Redmonds is no secret, and he's got an ice pick through his heart. Now Jaymie's got to sharpen her sleuthing skills to chip away at the mystery and prove her neighbors' innocence—before someone else gets picked off…


Jaymie’s parents are in town and Jaymie is very happy that she and her little three-legged dog Hoppy can escape her own home to the family cottage on Heartbreak Island. She is the usual caretaker, but this time the whole septic system needs to be redone. She really loves her mother, but she also drives her crazy. Her mother totally does not understand her love for vintage cook ware and thinks it all junk that needs to be thrown out. She also does not think that Jaymie is really working hard in four different jobs, but thinks she is still just goofing around a bit. But Jaymie is serious about becoming a vintage cookbook author, and for that, she needs some more writing experience first. The local paper is interested in her becoming a columnist, for free at first, but finding a suitable topic proves to be more difficult than Jaymie thought.
And that is not all, her almost boyfriend Daniel, who wants much more than what Jaymie is ready for, wants to have dinner with his and her parents, and for all of them to get to know each other. And the two moms really dislike each other, putting Jaymie square in the middle. So hiding out on the island is a welcome relief for Jaymie.

Redoing the septic system also means no running water in the cottage, and Jaymie is very happy that her neighbours have freely offered her the use of their bathroom, both in the house and in their restaurant. Jaymie really likes Ruby and Garnet Redmond, who have moved to the island some seven years ago, and operate a really successful restaurant. So when she discovers a dead body on their property border, she cannot believe that one of them is guilty. Her secret crush, police officer Zack Christian is also living on the island, and he is heading the investigation. Having shared a table at the restaurant the other night, due to the crush, makes it mandatory to have his boss step in to interrogate her though. Zack has had some bad history with a former witness/possible suspect, which is why he is now in Queensville instead of the big city.

Jaymie can’t help but investigate some things as well, there are certainly more suspects than just her neighbours.


I really enjoyed this third book in the series. Jaymie is an interesting character, she seems easygoing and willing to help wherever she can, but she is also careful and a bit hesitant to rush into a relationship with Daniel. Everyone keeps telling her what a catch he is, being a self made multimillionaire, but she does not really know much about him. She really likes Daniel, but she is also attracted to Zack, who seems to be much more a ladies man. Certainly not for her, as she doesn’t think he will stay in Queensville for long either. She also does not believe that Zack is romantically interested in her at all.
So no, there is not a love triangle here, just a careful woman who takes her own time to find out what she wants, or who she wants.

I like how Jaymie has taken in her two damaged pets and cares for them. She is also very good at finding things out, even when it gets a bit dangerous.

They mystery part was very well done; I really did not see it coming at all. And still thinking back there were clues enough. I look forward to more books by Victoria Hamilton, she has a few more series out there as well.

8 stars.



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© 2014 Reviews by Aurian

20 opmerkingen:

  1. Sounds good Aurian. I think I'd like her with her love for her pets alone :)

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  2. The title made me laugh, and the cover's super cute too, so I just HAD to check-out your review. Sounds like it's a worthwhile read! I might give it a try when I'm craving something a little lighter.

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    1. It is fun and relaxing to read a cozy after a few heavier paranormals Carmel.

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  3. I never heard of this series before, the cover looks cute! I like it when the mystery is done so well, you can't predict what will happen. I am not a big fan of love triangles and usually avoid them, so good to hear it isn't a real love triangle.

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    1. Hi Lola, welcome to my blog. I am not a fan of blog triangles either.

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  4. You're going to turn me on to cozy mysteries, Aurian! This one sounds so cute. I like stories where the pets play a role.
    ~Michelle

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    1. O yes, Hoppy sure saves the day in this one Michelle.

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  5. Yay for not seeing it coming, some make it too easy on us

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    1. I love being surprised by the murderer Blodeuedd.

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  6. Sounds like a cute read plus I love Jaymie already!

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    1. It is a nice series Melissa, and you will love this little three legged doggy.

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    1. Hi Diana, yes she writes fast and multiple series too.

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  8. I have had this one on my Kindle for a while. Actually an ARC. However I didn't know when I requested it that it was the third installment :(

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    1. Hmm I do recommend reading in order Amber, to get the relationship and especially that with her sister and parents.

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  9. it's nice to have a heroine who is careful for her relationship, it's so rare!

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    1. Yes, I also like her taking her time to make sure it is what she wants Melliane.

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  10. This sounds good and I like the sound of the MC and Happy.

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    1. Hoppy is a sweet little doggie Kimba, she also has adopted a stray cat named Denver.

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