A Deadly Grind

A Deadly Grind

Book - 2012
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When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier-brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it's love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie's junk, she successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes home her Hoosier. But that night on the summer porch where they've left the Hoosier to be cleaned up, a man is murdered, struck on the head with the steel meat grinder that is part of the cabinet. Who is this stranger and what was he doing on their porch? Does his death have anything to do with the Hoosier?
Publisher: New York, :, Berkley Prime Crime,, 2012.
Edition: Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition.
ISBN: 9780425248010
0425248011
Branch Call Number: M HAMI
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 17 cm.

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RebelBelle13
Mar 03, 2020

I had a lot of fun with this cozy mystery. You have to remember while reading these to not take the story or the characters too seriously. They aren't supposed to be the next great American classic. They are meant to be fast, fun, entertaining reads. There are a few minor sticking points, as there always seem to be with these- Jaymie isn't the smartest main character, she second guesses herself, asks way too many questions and hides important information from police. That being said, she's also quite brave, independent, stands up for what she wants and believes in, and is always quick to help out her neighbors and friends. She's also strong and resilient in getting over her boyfriend, Joel, walking out on her.
The other reason I hesitate to rate this cozy a 5 star is it seems to lack editing. There's way too many mentions of the names 'summer porch' and 'Hoosier' and the fact that Canada is a ferry ride away. We get it, Hamilton. You only need to say those things a few times, not every other page. That aside, I loved all of the mention of vintage kitchen implements and recipes. My mother had a huge collection of these things while I was growing up, so I was familiar with everything Jaymie talked about in the book. It was like a warm hug from the past.
The mystery was engaging and interesting, and I didn't have it figured out until the reveal. I don't like the fact that it seems that Jaymie is headed for a love triangle- so perhaps I won't be reading the next one in this series.
All in all, it was satisfying and fun.

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drvining
Dec 30, 2015

Read one book by this author in a different series and hoped this one was better. It seemed so till she had her main character make a boneheaded move that made me put the book down, unfinished. Will not be sampling this author again. Smart characters should not do such dumb things.

PimaLib_MaryG Dec 07, 2015

This is a fun, new-to-me series about a vintage cookware collector, a protagonist after my heart.

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hiking1957
Jan 09, 2014

I am listening to this as an audio book but unfortunately it appears that whom ever put this on MP3 mixed up the chapters and I am having a hard time going back an forth. Most annoying.

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