Thursday, July 30, 2015

Review: Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton

Cozy Mystery


Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

Release Date:
July 2015

Muffin baker extraordinaire, Merry Wynter, is back and still trying to sell Wynter Castle - a castle she inherited from an uncle she barely knew. In the meantime, she has to earn a living and baking muffins isn’t cutting it. So, she rents out rooms in her castle and takes in a group of seniors she calls “The Legion of Horrible Ladies”.

As you can guess, these are not the nicest people. One in particular, Cleta Sanson, is cruel to everyone including Merry. She can’t understand why the group lets Cleta in their circle in the first place, but she’s stuck with them for several weeks and must make the best of it. Then, Cleta is found murdered at the castle. The list of suspects is limited to the residents of the castle. There’s no way Merry is going to sit back quietly while a murderer runs loose in her home.

Merry also finds herself more and more attracted to the local sheriff. Although still not over the death of her husband eight years ago, she’s willing to give a new relationship a try. However, will her interference in the investigation put a damper on their romance before it even starts?

This is the third book in the series and Merry Wynter has become a stronger character with each book. Her potential romance is building slowly, but realistically. She’s someone readers can truly care about. She’s surrounded by some eccentric characters – some zany, some just really strange and some downright mean.

Mix the crazy cast of characters with humor, mystery, and romance and you have a delightful story that will keep you captivated for hours. It’s a page turner! I’m anxiously counting the minutes until book #4 is released.

For reading challenges:
2015 My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge

FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Hmmm, I like the sound of this and I do like castles. I might give this series a try. It sounds as if Merry is not a young character, or at least out of her 20s, which is also appealing. I find myself gravitating more to the older heroines.

  2. Sounds like a fun book. I will have to check out this mystery series. Thank you for the review.

  3. That's a cute title and this sounds like a fun series. Happy weekend.

  4. I am finding myself more and more interested in the cozy end of the scale for mysteries. Not quite there yet, but I'm feeling a cozy binge coming on. LOL

  5. Happy Friday, Yvonne! You find the best little cozies, and this one is no exception.

  6. I think I've heard of this one and now I want to read it more than ever!

  7. I love the name Merry Wynter! This sounds like a fun book.

  8. I enjoyed your summation of this book and the series. I like to see characters progress. Think I will have to check this series out.

  9. Between the muffins and the mystery I can't wait to get started on this series. I have the first one waiting for me. Now I just have to get time to read it!


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