Thursday, July 30, 2015

Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton

When I was a little girl I always wanted to live in a castle. Honestly, as an adult, I still would live in a castle if given the chance. It must be so awesome for Merry, who has her own castle, to live the dream in the Merry Muffin Mystery series by Victoria Hamilton. I just finished reading the third part, Death of an English Muffin.

From the back of the book:

From the national bestselling author of Muffin but Murder, baker Merry Wynter returns with a fresh tray of muffins and a case that has authorities stumped…

They say one’s home is one’s castle, but when it comes to Wynter Castle, Merry would like it to belong to someone else. But until a buyer bites, she could use some extra dough, so she decides to take in renters. The idea pans out, and Merry’s able to find a handful of tenants eager to live in a real castle. The only problem is most of them are crumby, tea-swilling old biddies.

The Legion of Horrible Ladies, as Merry calls them, is led by the terribly nasty—and fabulously wealthy—Cleta Sanson. The abrasive Englishwoman keeps everyone whipped into a frenzy—until she meets an embarrassing end behind a locked door. Evidence reveals that Cleta was murdered, yet no one is privy to how the deed was done. Merry knows she must quickly find the killer before another of her guests gets greased…

My thoughts:

First, I just love Merry and the sheriff Virgil, together they have some real chemistry and complications, just like real life. Second, the Legion of Horrible Ladies is awesome, those ladies really made this hilarious and they are exactly what I would expect me and my old lady gang to be like.. I would not be the mean one, and, as such, not be the dead one! 

The mystery was well paced, and fun to ponder over as I read into the night. I liked the build of tension toward the end and the resolution as well. In the back you will find tasty recipes and one has.. bacon!

I really loved this story and the characters and I am truly looking forward to the next part.   

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