Monday, November 7, 2016

The Way Back Machine 
has taken me way WAY back today.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013!

The day of my very first blog post and review!

It's fun to go back and see what I didn't know how to do yet, like posting photos, or changing the size and the color of the font. 

My first review.....

A DEADLY GRIND by Victoria Hamilton #1 in A Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. 

Jaymie Leighton lives in Queensville, Michigan in a nineteenth-century yellow brick house she shares with her sister Rebecca. Jaymie collects vintage cookware and cookbooks. At a local estate auction, ignoring the protests of her sister, Jaymie bids on and wins a 1920s Hoosier-brand kitchen cabinet.

Leaving the Hoosier on her summer porch until she can make room for it in her already over crowded kitchen, the last thing Jaymie expects is to be awaken in the middle of the night only to find a strange man lying dead on the porch floor apparently struck on the head with the steel meat grinder that was a part of the cabinet.

As the police try to find out the identity of the corpse Jaymie can't resist doing a little sleuthing of her own. Who was the dead man? Why was he on her back porch? Who killed him and why? The search for answers turns deadly as Jaymie uncovers hidden secrets of the Hoosier.

In this debut book in the series, Victoria Hamilton weaves mystery and history that will entertain readers from begging to end. Jaymie is a delightful heroine, keeping the reader in her corner. You get a real feel for her life in her little Michigan town in the house she shares with her sister Rebecca, Hoopalong her three-legged Yorkie-Poo and her green eyed tabby, Denver.

There are also great characters in the local towns people. Jaymie's sister Rebecca who buys and sells expensive china. Anna and Clive, owners of the b&b next door, Daniel Collins, the owner of Stowe House, Joel, Jaymie's ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend Heidi, DeeDee Stubbs, who sells 50s - 70s kitsch and TV tie-in merchandise online and many more.

Though there were times in this book that I felt the story was moving a bit slow, overall I enjoyed it. I was surprised by the killer, which is fun. And I learned much about a variety of subjects. I will read second book in this series. 
 So, that was my first review. I hope it was helpful.

The Vintage Kitchen Mysteries quickly became one of my favorite series. So sad that it has ended. 

Also, here is my first comment on my first post and review!

  1. I really enjoyed this book. Found it to be very interesting regarding the history of the cabinet and some other kitchen items. A really good story and it kept you in the dark until the end, which is how I like a book to be-a mystery, right to the end.
    Anxious to read the next book in the series.
ceblain aka Cynthia, still reads my blog, and comments, but more than that, we have become friends.

Thank you, Cynthia for sticking with me. You and other friends like you are what keep me going!

I hope you all enjoyed my trip back to 2013.

Maybe I'll post it again in 2018 for my 
5 year blog-i-versary! 


  1. Thanks, Lisa! Keep posting those reviews...2018 will be here before we know it. Happy Monday, to you.

  2. My dear friend Lisa: That was so sweet of you to comment on my posting. I have loved your blog posts so much and check in as often as time allows enjoying each and every one of them. You are a wonderful person with a very generous heart and spirit and I admire that. I am still trying to get out of doctor's offices and having tests so that I can fulfill my promise that I made to you a couple of weeks ago. Have not forgot, but having medical things always going on sure is time consuming and I know you understand that. I have been praying for your sister and for you just know that. Your blog and you too are very much appreciated, just know that, Please!!! You do a great job and I for one, hope that you know how much you do to help all readers to become familiar with these books that we all enjoy so much due to reviews that make us want to read them even more. I am in awe about how much you read; I just cannot seem to find enough time to do that and I am inspired by the way you do read so much. Keep up the wonderful work my friend, and know your talents are very much appreciated.

  3. Happy five year blog a versary! You have done a wonderful job!