Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Book Review: Death of a Mad Hatter by Jenn McKinlay

Title: Death of a Mad Hatter
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series: Book 2 A Hat Shop Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Source: Library
Format: Paperback
Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by: Tina 

While on my book break from my blog I took a break from mysteries and found I missed reading them more and more and while on my search after much thought and debate with myself I wanted a mystery that was set in England because I always wanted to go there and I looked no further that Jenn McKinlay's Hat Shop mysteries. I had read the first one, "Cloche and Dagger" and enjoyed it so off to the library I went to get "Death of a Mad Hatter."

The Grisby's are quite the family, a typical and highly disfunctional one but unlike most of us one of them could possibly have murder in their hearts. Scarlet Parker reigning from the States and her British Cousin, Viv Tremont work in their grandmothers hat shop called "Mim's Whims" picturesque, England to make hats for a "Alice in Wonderland" themed afternoon tea for a fundraiser for a local children's hospital. 

The Grisbys want to raise enough money being a high society family to name a wing in the hospital after the family patriarch who has since passed away. The families "heir" and the Mad Hatter of the party is found dead by Scarlet when poison was found on the hat that he was wearing. 

That's when the Grisby's really start to show their true colors and amongst all the family problems with its share of drama Scarlet wants to try to help find out wanted this "Heir" to the Grisby fortune dead. With Harrison, the shops business manager trying to put a stop to Scarlet's "investigating" out of so called concern for her, tension between them mounts. Not listening to Harrison, Scarlet  sets out to find a killer before she find herself in a proverbial rabbit hole for good. 

Author Jenn Mckinlay is so good at character development and bringing her characters to life. For example, Harrison and Scarlet, some how I'm rooting for them to come together and find each other and it was brilliant how Ms McKinlay wove in the tension between them. That's what brings me back to reading Jenn Mckinlay's mysteries again and again is the way she writes, her themes and who her characters are.

 When you find yourself sitting there and wondering whats going to happen to a certain character you know that series you will want to read more of and it doesn't hurt to have a sexy British man like Harrison to dream about either. 

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