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Title:
Death of a mad hatter
Author:
McKinlay, Jenn.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
Physical Description:
290 pages ; 18 cm.
Summary:
Scarlett Parker and her British cousin, Vivian Tremont, are hard at work at Mim's Whims, their ladies hat shop on London's chic Portobello Road, to create hats for an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea, a fund raiser for a local children's hospital. It seems like a wonderfully whimsical way to pass the hat, and Scarlett and Viv are delighted to outfit the Grisby family, the hosts who are hoping to raise enough money to name a new hospital wing after their patriarch. Unfortunately, the Grisby heir will not live to see it, he's been poisoned. When traces of the poison are found on the hat Scarlett and Viv made for him, the police become curiouser and curiouser about their involvement. Now the ladies need to don their thinking caps and find the tea party crasher who's mad enough to kill at the drop of a hat.
General Note:
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780425258903
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ONE IN A MILLINER

Scarlett Parker and her British cousin, Vivian Tremont, are hard at work at Mim's Whims--their ladies' hat shop on London's chic Portobello Road--to create hats for an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea, a fund-raiser for a local children's hospital. It seems like a wonderfully whimsical way to pass the hat, and Scarlett and Viv are delighted to outfit the Grisby family, the hosts who are hoping to raise enough money to name a new hospital wing after their patriarch.

Unfortunately, the Grisby heir will not live to see it--he's been poisoned. When traces of the poison are found on the hat Scarlett and Viv made for him, the police become curiouser and curiouser about their involvement. Now the ladies need to don their thinking caps and find the tea party crasher who's mad enough to kill at the drop of a hat...


Author Notes

A true Anglophile, New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay loves all things British. In her idea of a perfect world, every day would include high tea or wearing a fabulous hat or both. This adoration of all things U.K. inspired her to write the Hat Shop Mysteries, set in London, one of her most favorite cities in the world, which she now gets to visit regularly--for research purposes, of course. Jenn is also the author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and the Library Lover's Mysteries.


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Booklist Review

In the second entry in McKinlay's series starring Scarlett Parker and her cousin Vivian, owners of the Mim's Whims hat shop on London's Portobello Road, a murder occurs at a fundraiser for a new children's wing at a local hospital. One of the organizers, George Grisby, is poisoned, and traces of the poison are found on the hat Scarlett and Vivian made for him. Naturally, the police like Scarlett for the crime. In an effort to clear herself, Scarlett attempts to befriend George's widow and look into the tangled relations among the Grisbys. Meanwhile, Scarlett meets with her childhood friend Harrison, who has a few too many opinions about the hat business. McKinlay defly handles the London setting and nicely incorporates details of the hat-making business into the story. Numerous red herrings are strategically placed in the plot and help to make the ending genuinely surprising while still plausible. Scarlett's developing feelings for Harrison add humor and pacing. Recommend this one to fans of Laura Childs.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In McKinlay's delightful second Hat Shop mystery (after 2013's Cloche and Dagger), a wealthy widow places a large, quirky order at Mim's Whims, the London hat shop that Scarlett Parker and her cousin, Vivian Tremont, inherited from their grandmother. Scarlett and Viv's satisfaction in completing the hats, however, is marred with the demise of the widow's son, Geoffrey Grisby, who was poisoned while wearing one of their creations on his head. Scarlett discovers that any number of relatives might have wanted the mean, prissy Geoffrey dead. Meanwhile, other mysteries hover about the cousins' shop. Is their grandmother haunting Mim's Whims? Why does Viv refuse to tell Scarlett anything about her love life? And will Scarlett find romance with her dashing childhood friend and the store's business manager, Harrison Wentworth, or will she stubbornly maintain her pledge to avoid dating for a year? Cozy fans will eagerly await Hat Shop #3. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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