Breaking the Mould

Breaking the Mould

by Victoria Hamilton


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In the new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of No Grater Danger, when the town's resident Scrooge is found dead, Jaymie says Bah humbug! to murder . . .

"I have loved this series from the first book . . . it's like returning to a favorite nook for a cup of tea. It will delight, entice, and drive a reader to want to solve the murder." --Goodreads on No Grater Danger

Now that Thanksgiving's behind her, vintage cookware enthusiast Jaymie Leighton Müller is excitedly making plans for the upcoming Dickens Days festival--the town's month-long celebration leading up to Christmas. With a hot cider booth on the village green to warm the hearts and bodies of the townsfolk and a diorama featuring a scene from A Christmas Carol, things are shaping up for a festive season--until the town's local Scrooge is found murdered, a vintage pudding mould covering his cracked skull.

Nearly everyone had a reason to dislike Evan Nezer--either for his bullying ways or his obnoxious arrogance--but with his body being found in Jaymie's diorama, she'll have to figure out who hated him enough to see him dead. With many suspects and even more secrets coming to the surface as she investigates, Jaymie feels buried by a blizzard of clues. But with Dickens Days on hold until the police can nab the killer, she's determined to catch the culprit so the ghost of Evan Nezer doesn't cast a pall over the whole Christmas season.

Includes a vintage recipe!

Praise for the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries:

"All the right ingredients . . . Small-town setting, kitchen antiques . . . and a bowlful of mystery. A perfect recipe." --New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert

"[A] charming new series." --New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly

"A chilling whodunit." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Well-plotted with several unexpected twists and more developed characters." --The Mystery Reader

"Jaymie is a great character . . . She is inquisitive and full of surprises!" --Debbie's Book Bag

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946069894
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series , #8
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 95,711
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. In addition to the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, she also writes the Merry Muffin Mystery series and blogs at Killer Characters. Visit her website at

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Breaking the Mould 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a lot to keep all of the characters straight when you start with this book. I'm going back to start at the beginning of the series. I'm sure it will be better reading from the beginning.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 The second that I’ve read in this series – it’s set in a small town in Northern Michigan, in one of the islands overlooking the Canadian border. Jaymie has built a successful café that specializes in vintage recipes with a twist, and her décor and much of the items for sale are also vintage kitchenware. Fitting nicely into the town, Jaymie is now gearing up for the Dickens Days celebrations, during the run-up to Christmas. With plenty of clever characters, the puns run amok in this when the town scrooge, Evan Nezer is found dead, his head bashed with a vintage pudding mould covering his head. Of course, Jaymie is a suspect as he was found in her diorama by her cider stand, with a vintage kitchen gadget making it seem as if only she could have done it. But, with her reputation for solving rather than perpetrating the crimes in Queensville and the Dickens Days celebration put on hold until the perpetrator is found, she puts aside her plans for a cookbook, juggles her marriage and stepdaughter and steps into the fray. Loaded with red herrings, plenty of puns and lots of characters that live in town, many of whom have connections to Jaymie and Evan, with few having reason to actually feel badly for Evan’s death, the potential for culprits is vast, or is it? Cleverly plotted, with plenty of input from Jaymie and her relationships with friends and family as he the story unfolds is lovely, and while those unfamiliar with this series may find this a bit difficult to pick up at first due to all the characters, it’s still a very solid story with a wonderful surprise culprit bringing the story to a climax and allowing the Dickens Days to commence with plenty of Christmas-style revelry and fun to be had. The frequent references to Dickens-like characters, puns and clever depictions allow the place and scene to come alive and while there aren’t quite as many scenes set in Jaymie’s shop, there are enough references and moments to keep that ‘vintage’ feel. Narration for this story is provided by new to me narrator Emily Woo Zeller, and her ability to voice Jaymie and the multitude of characters we encounter was splendid. Moments where the story and the puzzle of the murder become primary are allowed to take their place, while the offhanded moments of ‘comment’ to a character’s personality or the description of a scene all had their place. It was easy to follow along as the plot unfolded, and while the culprit was ultimately revealed, her tone and presentation didn’t give the story away. A lovely introduction to a narrator I will be eager to listen to again. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Breaking the Mould is the 8th installment in the 'Vintage Kitchen Mystery' series written by Victoria Hamilton. I have only read two previous books, but had no problems following the story. I will go back and read the ones I missed, as there is character development that I have missed out on. In this outing, the small town in Upper Michigan is preparing for Dicken's Days. Jaymie is working with the town handyman to set up when they have a run-in with Evan Nezer, the town Scrooge. He wants them off his property and to actually disband Dicken's Days. He has issues with several people in town and is not a well-loved resident. When he ends up dead, in Jaymie's diorama killed by a pudding mould, there are several suspects. The characters are well-developed. They have some great relationships, strong character traits and are very likeable and relatable. The victim was one who was easy to dislike. He was arrogant, rude, pompous and self-righteous. It was easy to see motive involving many characters. The story was well-paced and both the mystery and the stories of the characters held my interest. I loved the setting of Christmas and Dicken's Days and the humour of the victim's name. There were times in this story that I thought I had it all figured out, then realized that I was completely off track. I enjoy that when I read a mystery. It is always great when I figure out the mystery just before the final reveal, but it usually takes tying up all the loose ends to figure out motive. This story did not disappoint in that respect. My one niggle was Jaymie's situations. When being questioned by the police, she became quite hostile which was something that I was not expecting at all. I also have come to enjoy the presence of her stepdaughter in the books and she was almost invisible in this one. Other than those small issues, I enjoyed this story and will continue to read A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
AmyWeidenaar More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series that I've read and it remains delightful! I don't think I learned as much about vintage kitchen accessories as I did in the previous book but I did still learn about them and was educated in a very fun and subtle way. The characters remain well-written and I enjoyed the dialogue a great deal. In addition to this, I absolutely LOVED the idea of Dickens Days and all the ways that Charles Dickens was woven throughout the story. The family continues to grow as well and I love watching this blended family come into their own. The "whodunnit" was handled very sneakily. I loved the layers and didn't come close to guessing the who or the why. All in all, it was a fantastic story that I recommend. Thank you to Victoria Hamilton, Beyond the Page Publishing, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this story and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
For me, this series holds a special place in my heart. The first book in this series (A Deadly Grind) was my first every cozy mystery, which started my obsession with the cozy genre. Now to the present book (book 8) in the series, this book is just as good if not better than that first book. This book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery or as part of the series. I love how the characters have developed and changed with each relationship and new interaction. The characters are still wonderful and have their little quirks but are now much more complex characters. The mystery is well-written and plotted with several red herrings though out the story to keep you engaged and guess whodunit. The setting of the Christmas season was a wonderful touch to the storyline to include Jaymie’s husband’s Christmas Tree Farm. This is still one of my favorite series and I recommend this book to any mystery fan and fans of vintage cookery and recipes. A bonus for readers at the end of the book, there is a recipe included. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
arkieclown More than 1 year ago
BREAKING THE MOULD by Victoria Hamilton is the eight book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. The story revolves around the upcoming Dickens Days celebration held in Queensville, Michigan. Jaymie Leighton Muller, along with her husband, Jakob, and her nine year old stepdaughter, Jocie, all have a hand in the events. The town has its own version of Scrooge in the form of Professor Evan Hollis Nezer who wants no part of Dickens Days. He seems determined to be detrimental to preparations too. Evan is despised by many as well as feared by some due to his harsh tongue and his continual legal bouts of suing everyone. When Evan is found murdered in Jaymie’s labor of love, the diorama of a scene from Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” with evidence leading to her and that he was positioned to mock the scene, she knows she has to find out who did this and why. Jaymie wears many hats from working at the Wolver Hampton Weekly Howler to working on her own vintage cookbook, but she has become a very good amateur sleuth helping to solve other murders in town. She’s even earned the respect of the local police. Between the police and her, they have to find out who the murderer is and solve this mystery before the Christmas holiday season is ruined for the whole town. Tourism is big bucks for the businesses in town and the Dickens Days bring in lots of tourist. However, no one wants to visit a town that is tangled up in an unsolved murder. It seems that the more answers she gets that the more questions she’s got. Can she figure out who the guilty party is? Is her life in danger since whoever is doing these things is making it appear that it’s pointed towards taunting Jaymie. Along the way, we meet some of the colorful residents of Queensville. Some are helpful others not so. Seems there are quite a few secrets in this small town. Are they secrets worth killing for? I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a great, well-written cozy mystery that has you trying desperately to the very end to figure out who the culprit is. Love it when an author keep you hanging and a guessing that way. It can definitely be read as a standalone. I have not read all the other books in this series and had no problem figuring out who was who or keeping up with the events. As good as this one was, after reading BREAKING THE MOULD, you will be like me and looking for the other books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
Breaking the Mould ( book eight in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series) by Victoria Hamilton began with a Scrooge-type character named Evan Neezer who is trying to cause trouble for the Queensville annual Dicken's Days celebration which is just days away. While Jaimie and her friends are dealing with that issue, a woman new to town, Jaclyn Marley, approaches her about joining the historical society, Sounds like it is going to be an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, doesn't it? Well, it's not. Instead it is a tale of a murder and determining whom the murderer might be with lots of ins and outs and red herrings. Jamie Leighton Muller is the lead (amateur) detective who is a character different than in most cozies with a husband and life that is both charming and run-of-the-mill. Hamilton has developed interesting characters and lots of them with a well-thought-out plot and a fun holiday vibe. It was a totally enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, especially a cozy. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. #netgalley #breakingthemould
djbrr5 More than 1 year ago
There’s a new scrooge in town – Professor Evan Nezer! This is a continuation of the cozy Vintage Kitchen series. I thought it was nice that the author had a cast of characters at the beginning. That way you can enjoy the book even if you haven’t read the previous books in this series. The main character, Jaymie, is adjusting to being married and having a new step-daughter. She is also busy getting her diorama ready for Dicken’s Days, the town’s month-long Christmas celebration. Things take a turn for the worse though when a body is found in her diorama. It looks like the celebration will have to be paused or even canceled if Jaymie can’t figure out who did it. It’s a struggle, though, since almost everyone in the town had reasons to hate him. The more she investigates, the more people have to go on to her list of suspects. She’ll have to figure out who the murderer is though before there are more victims. This is a classic cozy. It did get a little slow in spots but the ending is quite a surprise. Thank you to New Galley and Turn the Page Publishing for the ARC
Tangen More than 1 year ago
amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, cozy-mystery, christmas The man was a self absorbed cheat who thought he was always right. He pontificated, ruined the lives of others, and plagiarised at every chance. That he got murdered was hardly a surprise, but having his body displayed in a diorama of the Cratchit kitchen when the town was on a deadline for the kickoff of A Dickens Christmas certainly was interesting. There were always plenty of potential suspects, but the number seemed to expand until the perpetrator was exposed by the town sleuth. This is my first foray into the series. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Beyond the Page via NetGalley.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Bah Humbug Good Every town has their version of Scrooge, Bah Humbug and all that. But Evan Nezer takes the cake when he threatens to shut down the Dickens Day festivities that are taking place right outside his front door. Not long after several confrontations with locals, Evan is found dead in the midst of a Dickens Day diorama and who didn’t want him dead? He just rubbed everyone the wrong way and made more enemies than friends. But since it’s Jaymie’s Diorama, she’s taking it personally and is determined to find the murderer and get the Dickens Day festivities back on track! This was my first introduction to this series, how have I missed this? I was hooked from page one! Lots of red herrings and suspects to keep your mind sharp and guessing for a good while. A great read for the holiday season and beyond!