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The Queensville Heritage Society is restoring the once-grand Dumpe Manor. While Dumpe relatives and society members use the occasion to dust off old grudges, Jaymie Leighton prefers to adorn the kitchen with authentic Depression Era furnishings. A collection of vintage wooden mallets found in the house is a perfect addition to her display, but one also offers a late-night intruder the perfect weapon to knock Jaymie unconscious before escaping.
Though the attack has everyone on edge, nothing is missing from the house. Perhaps it was merely a vagrant who thought the place was still abandoned. But when Dumpe Manor’s resident historian is murdered with a mallet from the same collection, it’s time for Jaymie to turn up the heat on the investigation before someone else becomes history.

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    Victoria Hamilton Scores Again!

    Eagerly, I awaited the publication of this book, the fourth in the Vintage Kitchen series by Victoria Hamilton. Any book by her is bound to be a good read because her plots are logically constructed, her characters have depth, and her descriptive passages pull the reader into the book with well-drawn, sensory images. This series particularly appeals to me because it's set in my home state of Michigan, along Lake St. Clair, a ferry-ride from Canada. Hamilton's word portrait of the area captures all its beauty and her references to life in Michigan are flawless. Hamilton's protagonist for this series is Jaymie Leighton, a hardworking, intelligent young woman who is an expert on vintage kitchens. In his book, we find Jaymie applying her knowledge --- as well as her elbow grease --- to the restoration of the kitchen in the manor newly acquires by the town's historical society. Jaymie never goes searching for trouble, but it seems determined to find her. Her previous brushes with danger have made her more careful now and more apt to trust her instincts. A logical thinker, she's smart enough to evade danger and to thwart villainous attempts to do evil. More decisive now, Jaymie untangles the knots in her romantic situation, too. She knows now what she wants --- and doesn't want --- in a relationship. She values her home and her life in her small town and wants someone with a similar attitude. A nice bonus was a recipe for turkey roulettes --- just in time for Thanksgiving leftovers. Like Jaymie, I cook from scratch, so I especially appreciated this aspect of the book. All in all, it was another good read, just as compelling as the first three in the series. I hope it won't be long before I can spend more time with Jaymie.


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