No Grater Danger

No Grater Danger

by Victoria Hamilton

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Overview

In the brand-new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of Leave It to Cleaver, someone out to spice up their life means to crush a helpless victim . . .

"Delightfully entertaining, well-written, and an interesting and exciting plot. Literally keeps you guessing right to the end." --Goodreads on Leave It to Cleaver

Vintage cookware enthusiast Jaymie Leighton is thrilled at the prospect of meeting an elderly descendant of her town's founding father, not least because she's known to possess an enviably large collection of antique spice graters. But the curmudgeonly woman also has substantial real estate holdings, and at the moment she's engaged in a fierce battle with a property developer who wants her to sell off her old buildings in the name of progress. When Jaymie goes to visit the woman and discovers that there's been an attempt on her life, she polishes up her sleuthing skills to find out who was behind the foul deed.

Her first instinct is to suspect the developer, but as she digs deeper into the case she learns that her older new friend has purportedly been the victim of numerous criminal acts--all of which point to different suspects. Unsure if the stories are true or simply the confused ramblings of a senior citizen, Jaymie sifts through the clues hoping to expose the culprit, but she knows that if she keeps stirring up trouble, she'll be next on the would-be killer's list . . .


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

BN ID: 2940162102564
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 58,464
File size: 2 MB

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 victoriahamiltonmysteries.com.

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No Grater Danger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
No Grater Danger by Victoria Hamilton is the seventh story in A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. UI have only read the last two, so am confident in saying you can read these as standalone stories, but you might miss some character building. Jaymie Leighton Muller is enjoying her new life married to Jakob and taking care of her stepdaughter, Jocie. In this story she was thrilled, the first time Jocie called her mommy. Jaymie is volunteering at Jocie's school and is asked to assist in a new program that involves teaching through objects. Mrs. Stubbs, the school principal, suggests Jaymie talk with her cousin, Lois Perry who owns a large collection of spice graters along with other historical objects to do with the spice trade. Lois is a recluse who is being harrassed by Fergus Baird, a local developer to sell him her waterfront property. When Jaymie arrives for a meeting with Lois, she finds her at the bottom of the back stairs. Jaymie finds a wire across the stairs as well as the information that this is not the first time someone has tried to kill her. Jaymie sets out to find the person behind this because the next attempt on Lois’ life could be successful. No Grater Danger is well written with a great pace and interesting storyline. Jaymie is a great main character and I love her family unit. She and Jakob are on the same wavelength and as busy as they are, they make time for family and each other. There are many wonderful moments in the story with family time as well as time with friends, cooking, eating, and shopping, Lois is a feisty, intelligent and stubborn woman who comes from a different time and has different values and beliefs. Queensville, Michigan is a lovely town with quaint shops and I appreciate how they want to preserve their history. I love the fact that they live on a Christmas tree farm. The writing is very descriptive describing items and events. The mystery is well-crafted with a twist that surprised me. There are red herrings and multiple suspects as well the murder of another character. Jaymie actively questions suspects and seeks clues to aid her investigation, with some of those questioned not being very forthcoming or happy about Jaymie's interference. Some reviewers figured out the culprit early in the story, I didn't, but I did figure it out before the reveal. I wanted to keep reading to discover the why as well as to see if Jaymie figures it out and/or puts herself in danger. I definitely recommend this to any cozy mystery lover, especially those who enjoy Victoria Hamilton books. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions stated are my own.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Nicely done mystery. Good characters and plenty of possible "bad guys." Quite enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please write more books and more series. I love reading these wonderful books. Especially vintage kitchen mysteries.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to see the return of this series and the likable Jaymie Leighton. I am always reminded of something in my grandmother's kitchen when various type of antique kitchen ware are described. I liked how Jaymie delved into the problems of a local elderly woman who seemed to be the victim of many scams. Preying on the elderly is a very timely issue and worked well for Jaymie's mystery. The book is well done and there are great secondary characters to round out the book. Fans of both mysteries and vintage cookware will be intrigued.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous mystery! No Grater Danger is #7 in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series and surpasses the rest! I love the setting, mostly in Michigan, across the St. Clair River from Canada. I like the continuity of characters; Jaymie and her new family are a delight. The mystery includes local history through various kitchen instruments specifically related to the spice trade to Queensville. When they married, Jaymie and her husband Jakob chose to spend part of the year in Queensville in her family home, and part of the time out of town on a corner of his Christmas tree lot. They first met in his home in the log cabin Jakob had made by hand from a kit when she was escaping from a killer. He, Jaymie, and his daughter, Jocie, are a tight-knit family. Sybil is the principal of Jocie’s school and Jaymie’s friend. A dedicated educator, Sybil talks with Jaymie about Learning through Objects, a concept not yet tried in history classes. Martha (Perry) Stubbs will work with the head of the Heritage committee for permission for Jocie’s class to go through Queensville Historic Manor, learning through artifacts in the House. Jaymie will visit Lois Perry, the elderly cousin of Martha and keeper of all historical items and papers related to the Perry family and their lead in the spice trade. Lois also owns much of the land at the docks, refusing to sell to a developer, who says the best thing that could happen would be for her to die so her niece would inherit everything…and sell it to get the town on its feet again. Lois will loan various items to the Manor, including antique kitchen implements and spice graters. Her great niece, Morgan, is in her 30’s and helps Lois with anything she needs. Lois lives alone, even after a break-in resulting in the loss of an extensive silver set that was purchased (with provenance) at the antique store Jaymie’s sister and brother-in-law own. She is injured in her home by someone putting a trip wire on her stairs, and the body of the man who wanted to buy the Perry land is found dead on her property. Jaymie tries to find a way to help Lois. Jocie is adorable, a scene stealer. Lois is fascinating, knowing the background of the family antiques, documents, and other memorabilia. I love how the characters who feel like old friends have grown and changed over time, particularly Jaymie, who is a happy wife and mother. All characters, including Lois and Morgan, are defined well for their roles. This novel was hard to put down! An authentic touch of Michigan was one of my favorite places to visit near my hometown. Seeing mention of Bronner’s in Frankenmuth brings fond memories of a family member and I spending many hours going through Christmas decorations and crafts from around the world. Jaymie’s primary focus is Jakob and Jocie, and she still makes time for friends, whether old, such as Valetta and Martha, or new, such as Lois Perry. I would enjoy seeing Lois again; she is the source of much of the history. The mystery builds with tantalizing details, suspects, and red herrings. This reader was hard-pressed to figure out who really dunit. The end brings many delights and surprises, and I was very satisfied with the resolution and teasers of what we can look forward to with Jakob and Jaymie’s new ventures. I highly recommend No Grater Danger and this series! From a grateful heart: I won a copy of this cozy mystery from the author through the Killer Characters blog and was not obligated to provide a review.
Marshathereader More than 1 year ago
No Grater Danger by Victoria Hamilton is the 7th in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries series but the first one I have read. The first few chapters I was lost due to having so many characters brought in at once. I would have to stop and remember who they all were but once the story got into the base mystery, I truly enjoyed the book. One of my favorite things about the book was the unconventional protagonist. She is not only a newly wed but a step parent to a special needs daughter who makes time for herself by having girls nights with her friends. I also enjoyed the vintage kitchen items and the antiques. The story has enjoyable and relatable characters and a setting that will have you wanting to go to Queensville for a visit. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I was given a copy of the book for an honest review by Netgalley.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
No Grater Danger by Victoria Hamilton is the seventh story in A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. Jaymie Leighton Muller is enjoying her new life married to Jakob and taking care of her stepdaughter, Jocie. Sybil Thorndike, Jocie’s school principal, asks Jaymie to assist in a new program that involves teaching through objects. They want to use objects from the heritage house for an upcoming spice trade lesson. Mrs. Stubbs suggests Jaymie talk with her cousin, Lois Perry who owns a large collection of nutmeg graters along with other historical objects. Lois Perry is a reclusive woman who lives in the Nutmeg Palace and owns the waterfront property in town. Fergus Baird, a developer, has been badgering Lois to sell off the property. When Jaymie arrives for a meeting with Lois, she finds her at the bottom of the back stairs. Someone set it up for Lois to fall and this was not the first time an attempt has been made on her life. Jaymie sets out to find the person behind these dastardly deeds because the next attempt on Lois’ life could be successful. No Grater Danger contains good writing, a steady pace and smooth transitions. There is a great cast of established characters and I like the addition of Lois Perry (feisty and intelligent woman). I have liked watching Jaymie grow over the course of the series, and I am glad that she has found the right partner for her in Jakob Muller. Queensville, Michigan is a lovely town with quaint shops and I appreciate how they want to preserve their history. There are beautiful descriptions of vintage items in the book including the Savoy by Buccellati Sterling Silver set, various nutmeg graters, and Pyrex. The mystery is well-crafted with a twist that will surprise you. There are red herrings and multiple suspects. Jaymie actively questions suspects and seeks clues to aid her investigation. Armchair sleuths will be able to discern the guilty parties’ identity early in the story. However, it did not hinder my enjoyment of the book. I wanted to keep reading to discover the why and spend more time in Queensville. There are many appealing cozy moments in the story with Jaymie and her new family (hubby and stepdaughter), time with friends, cooking and eating, shopping, and wonderful descriptions of vintage items. I am giving No Grater Danger 4 out of 5 stars. I could have done with less repetition of facts and speculation. I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series.