I should have picked better, I guess. She also leaps to conclusions about romance and denies what's obvious. This is the second book of this series. I crossed the floor of our hat shop to the nearest free standing mirror. I like cozy mysteries very much and this second entry into Jenn McKinlay's new Hat Shop series shows great promise of things to come.
She sets out to uncover the killer to protect the other family members with whom she has befriended. Still good, but could have been better. Scarlet is not afraid to speak her mind and be who she is - really admire that! More than once while reading Death of a Mad Hatter, I wanted to tell Harrison to run away as fast and as far as he could. Added to the mix this time around is the whimsical theme of Alice in Wonderland tea party thrown by the wealthy Grisby family for a new local hospital wing. As Fee stepped back, Harrison looked at me expectantly.
Scarlett shows a good bit of jealousy, while Harrison seems to go out of his way to be overprotective. I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 21. It seems like a wonderfully whimsical way to pass the hat, and Scarlett and Viv are delighted to outfit the Grisby family, the hosts who are hoping to raise enough money to name a new hospital wing after their patriarch. Jenn McKinlay is by far one of my favorite authors. I will read on in this series.
The tea will be an Alice in Wonderland theme, hence the Mad Hatter of the title. When traces of the poison are found on the hat Scarlett and Viv made for him, the police become curiouser and curiouser about their involvement. She doesn't over explain motivations or actions but let's the story flow. I shook my head and forced myself to give Harrison my most bland expression. McKinlay is one helluva cozy writer. It's a point in McKinlay's favor that I didn't have to go back to the book to remember the characters' names! I'd go for something that makes me look like the Cheshire Cat! When the Grisby family shows up at Mim's Whims, the hat shop that cousins Scarlett Parker and Vivian Tremont inherited from their grandmother, it's obvious it won't be easy to accommodate them. We learn a bit more about Viv's assistant Fee, and Scarlett pays so much attention to dishy business manager Harrison's personal affairs that she starts acting like a fifteen-year-old instead of a woman in her late twenties.
Makes you wonder how many people would really kill their brother, son or uncle in order to collect an inheritance, but still. One of the running gags was the main character, an American named Scarlet, doing bad puns and the others not laughing and doing their own and then laughing uproariously. When the time comes for the silent auction to begin, it is noticed that Geoffrey and Tina are missing. And finally, much of the plot is predictable, and the part which is not seemed pretty ridiculous to me. I'm addicted to books especially crime fiction , laughter and traveling off the beaten path. She does some pretty stupid stuff in her investigation and is pretty stubborn. I guessed one part of it fairly early, but the other part was a surprise by book's end, and I like that.
What about his wife Tina? Now the ladies need to don their thinking caps and find the tea party crasher who's mad enough to kill at the drop of a hat. The girls are very excited about the whimsical project, until they meet the family members of the Grisby Family. She handles customer relations while Viv and apprentice Fee create the hats. I really, really enjoyed this one. Now the ladies need to don their thinking caps and find the tea party crasher who's mad enough to kill at the drop of a hat. When she turned around she gave us a wicked smile. She doesn't over explain motivations or actions but let's the story flow.
I sure wouldn't want to be a customer since Scarlett's only been there two months, and this is their second murder. Scarlet and the gang are dragged into a clients family drama ending in murder. Her latest, Death of a Mad Hatter, has a wonderfully odd cast of characters, lots of humor, as much sexual tension as Moonlighting, and an Alice in Wonderland tea party. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. I exchanged an alarmed glance with Harrison.
I also did not realize I was reading the second book in a series, and because there are numerous references to the first one, it might have been better to start there. Once again, a client is murdered couldn't happen to a nicer guy and the Hat Shop is under suspicion. Scarlett is your typical cozy heroine. Scarlett does come perilously close to becoming A Too Stupid to Live Character - this does lend some tense moments to the book but is not my favorite plot device. Unfortunately, the Grisby heir will not live to see it--he's been poisoned. From British inheritance laws to British slang to those wildly improbable fascinators, it's obvious that the author is having fun flexing her muscles on the other side of the pond.