Saturday, January 21, 2017
Book Review/Giveaway: Assault and Beret by Jenn McKinlay
Title: Assault and Beret
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series: Book 5 A Hat Shop Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: Tina
I'm not a big fan of hat making aka the millinery profession, this is a series I love for the characters and setting alone, it why I started reading it. Vivian Tremont is a hat maker, a milliner who has a hat shop in London she runs the shop along with her American cousin, Scarlet Parker.
They are heading to Paris, the city of light and romance so Vivian can teach a hat class at the Paris School of Art and Scarlet is on a mission to find Vivian's misplaced, yes I said misplaced husband so Vivian can get an annulment after a hasty quick marriage.
When Scarlet successfully finds Vivian's husband William Graham, an insurance investigator of priceless art, Vivian does not expect to fall back in love with him. Scarlet is also missing childhood friend and investor of Vivian's hat shop, Harrison who is back in London and is seriously considering breaking her vow of being single for a year despite her mother's dismay. William is abducted and a priceless Renoir painting goes missing.
Scarlet makes it her mission with the help of friends from London to find William and the missing painting, with a murder of a secondhand shop owner along the way, Scarlet also needs to figure out a killer.
Assault and Beret is the best of London and Paris in one cozy mystery. I love British Characters. Romance, Drama and delicious French food made this an excited and delectable read with a shocking, surprising twist that I didn't see coming.It made me look at Vivian's character in a whole new way, she went from a stuffy Brit to a someone who can fall in love and be vulnerable which made me like her more.
The murder didn't happen right away leaving me wondering when it would happen, happening late in the book leaving me disappointed, it almost felt like an after thought to me but a very Entertaining and suspenseful edition to the hat shop mysteries. I can't wait to review the next in the series.
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