At the Drop of A Hat

At the Drop of A Hat

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Cousins Scarlett Parker and Vivian Tremont's fashionable London hat shop, Mim's Whims, is visited by a new customer bearing an old hat box. Ariana Jackson is getting married and wants to restore her mother's bridal hat and veil for the occasion. The elegant item was made by Scarlett and Vivian's grandmother over thirty years ago, so Viv is delighted to take the job. When Scarlett goes to Ariana's office to consult about the restoration cost, she finds her outside, standing over her boss's dead body. Though Ariana claims to know nothing about his demise, the investigation unveils a motive for murder. Now, with the bride-to-be in custody and the wedding on hold, Scarlett and Viv must find the real killer before Ariana's future is boxed up for good.
Publisher: New York, New York : Berkley Prime Crime, ©2015
ISBN: 9780425258910
Branch Call Number: MCKINLA
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 18 cm


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LaughingOne Apr 30, 2015

This series is a bit weaker than McKinlay's others but I did enjoy it. A bit more research should be done about living in London. Even though Scarlett is from the US, she spent most of her summers with her aunt and cousin in London. So, she shouldn't be making some American mistakes. For example, many of the buildings are three stories with a store filling the bottom level and living areas the top two levels. In London the bottom level is the ground floor and the next level up is the first floor, the top level here is the second floor. So why is Scarlett referring to the top floor as the third floor? Poor research by the author. And she consistently referred to little baked goods as cookies when in England they are called biscuits. Annoying little things make it clear the author doesn't know enough about British ways. The story itself was okay and I will keep reading the series but, please, Jenn McKinlay, do some research on London.

Mar 15, 2015

Not for me. The central character is obsessing about whether the meal she just shared is a "date" after leaving the scene of a murder. Such a ditz. That's when I shut the book and sent it back to the library. I have enjoyed some of the author's other books but this one is not for me.

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