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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 outfi 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…


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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 outfi 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…

30 review for Death of a Mad Hatter

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    4 out of 5 stars to Death of a Mad Hatter, the 2nd book in the "Hat Shop" cozy mystery series, written in 2014 by Jenn McKinlay. I enjoyed this book and it was a good, traditional cozy read full of fun characters and some great family drama. And it made me think of the wonderful adaption of the Alice in Wonderland books... (been told this might border on the spoiler side, so read at your own risk. I don't think it gives too much away). Why This Book I'm a fan of Jenn McKinlay's writing 4 out of 5 stars to Death of a Mad Hatter, the 2nd book in the "Hat Shop" cozy mystery series, written in 2014 by Jenn McKinlay. I enjoyed this book and it was a good, traditional cozy read full of fun characters and some great family drama. And it made me think of the wonderful adaption of the Alice in Wonderland books... (been told this might border on the spoiler side, so read at your own risk. I don't think it gives too much away). Why This Book I'm a fan of Jenn McKinlay's writing style and several of her other book series. I'm almost current on her "Library Lovers" mystery series and had picked up the first book in the "Hat Shop" series last year. I liked it so much, I ordered books 2 and 3 on Amazon. I was recently in a reading slump and hadn't read for 7 day. That's very unheard of for me, so I went with an old favorite to push me out... and it's helping. I am even going to read book 3 next, so that I'm back on my game. Plot, Characters & Setting Scarlett Parker, an American, moved to London in the last book to help run the hat shop her grandmother willed to her and her British cousin, Vivian Tremont. Their grandmother has been gone for a few years, but Scarlett needed to escape a relationship disaster and thought London would provide a fresh lease on life... and it has, especially when she's finding herself attracted to Harrison, their hat shop's business manager. In this book, she and Harrison continue their flirting dance while trying to ensure their hat shop isn't dragged down by a murder. An old friend of their grandmothers, Dotty Grisby, asks the girls to make all the hats for her upcoming tea party in the hopes she can have the new hospital wing named after her late husband. As Viv and Scarlett meet and work with all the members of the Grisby family, they find themselves embroiled in a sea of vipers who are all annoyed that their late father left all his money to the eldest son, as was traditional in England up until the law changed a few years ago. And the widow has a bit of dementia, believing Viv is actually her grandmother, not realizing how many years have passed since she died. When the eldest son turns up dead at the tea party, the cops find evidence potentially connecting the hat shop to the murder. Scarlett investigates while Harrison tries to keep her out of it. She becomes close to some members of the family and an annoyance to others. At one point, someone even tries to hurt both her and Harrison. But Scarlett won't give up and keeps pushing deeper and deeper until she learns more family secrets. And when she visits one of the family members to try to warn her, Scarlett finds herself right in the line of fire again. She survives this one, but the outcome leaves a few more issues among the family and Scarlett's newest friendships. Approach & Style The story is told in a first-person perspective from Scarlett's point of view. It's consistent throughout the story, and every so often, she pushes the envelope just a little by making comments aimed at the reader. I read the paperback version, which is 28 chapters, each about 10 pages long, totaling just under 300 pages in the book. The writing and language are light, but consistent. There is humor and a little bit of suspense, but it's a cozy mystery, so never anything too scary, vulgar or off-putting. Strengths Scarlett is a strong character. She's charming and funny without pushing the boundaries. She laughs at herself, is a bit opinionated, and is often a little too direct in the British world, but this makes the drama feel real. I like her relationship with Nick and Andre, a gay couple who she's befriended in the previous book. And her tiptoeing around Harrison is flushing out nicely. She and Vivian haven't quite clicked for me, but then again, they are cousins who have been a bit separated over the years, so I wouldn't expect it to be all chummy right away. The humor is what makes Ms. McKinlay's books good. It's got a balance of character, plot, setting and fun. The family drama here is strong. There are a lot of characters who could be good or bad. It keeps you guessing and you want to know who is out to kill the eldest brother. Makes you wonder how many people would really kill their brother, son or uncle in order to collect an inheritance, but still... Concerns The books take place in London, and although you do feel transported there, it's mostly by the description of the setting being laced throughout the story. I'd like the language and the structure of the relationships to be more closely aligned. It happens a few times in the story, e.g. when they talk about Scarlett being too direct for the British, but I think it needs to be more obvious in the words, phrases and attitudes we see covered for each character. For this specific plot, I had a hard-time buying the ultimate killer's true motivation. I won't give away any spoilers, but you know there are a few layers or relationships going on between the grandfather who recently died, his widow, his mistress he lived with in France (maybe Italy, as someone pointed out--don't have my copy anymore to confirm), the machinations between the 4 children and then the grandchildren. I'm not sure it was cleanly explored enough for readers to figure this one out... not that it's the point of the novel, but I would have liked more time to get to know the family before the revelation of who killed whom and why. At 280 pages, it felt too short for the complexity behind this story. Still good, but could have been better. Final Thoughts If you like cozy mysteries, British characters, American humor and a play on Alice in Wonderland, you will find this one amusing. I really think the author is a strong writer in the humor and cozy market, and I plan to read book #3 very soon, perhaps tonight, as I want to see if the series is growing or just maintaining its place. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. 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  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    A cute cozy mystery. I really like Scarlett and her cousin. The mystery kept me guessing until the end of the novel. Really enjoying Jenn McKinlay and will be continuing on with this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    wonderwomand

    Loved loved the characters! London is one of my favorite cities in the world and it was wonderful to read about a slice of London life on Portobello road in London. This was the first time I read anything by Jenn McKinlay. Now I want to read all of the Hat Shop books!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    I really do enjoy this series. The characters are great, quirky and original, and they make me want to join them for tea. The mystery this time was so full of red herrings that I was still twisting around until the final reveal. I'll definitely be returning to the Hat Shop very soon. I really do enjoy this series. The characters are great, quirky and original, and they make me want to join them for tea. The mystery this time was so full of red herrings that I was still twisting around until the final reveal. I'll definitely be returning to the Hat Shop very soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Scarlett and her cousin are working on hats for an Alice in Wonderland tea to raise money for a new hospital wing. They are making hats for the Grisby family, but the heir is poisoned. the poison is found on one of the hats they made for him. So they try to find out who did, going to great lengths to find out who could have got ahold of the poison and why.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nell

    Enjoyed this second entry in the series. There are just enough references to London locations and British colloquialisms. Like how Scarlett's effort to understand British sayings explains it to US readers as well. McKinlay is an excellent writer - there is just enough in this book: just enough description to place you there, just enough suspects, just enough motives. She doesn't over explain motivations or actions but let's the story flow. Love all of the recurring characters and their interacti Enjoyed this second entry in the series. There are just enough references to London locations and British colloquialisms. Like how Scarlett's effort to understand British sayings explains it to US readers as well. McKinlay is an excellent writer - there is just enough in this book: just enough description to place you there, just enough suspects, just enough motives. She doesn't over explain motivations or actions but let's the story flow. Love all of the recurring characters and their interactions with one another. And it was a very good mystery. I was never sure who had done it until the big reveal. My only quibble was with Scarlett's recklessness at the end though I must admit that it was in character. Highly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    I really enjoyed "Death of a Mad Hatter", probably a little more than the first book in the series. Scarlet sounds a bit whiny and immature at times but that didn't spoil the fun for me. I also found the plot to be well thought of and I was surprised at the murderer's identity. Jenn McKinlay's hat shop mystery series has the added bonus of taking me back to London's exquisite atmosphere. Her writing talent really shines in this series! I really enjoyed "Death of a Mad Hatter", probably a little more than the first book in the series. Scarlet sounds a bit whiny and immature at times but that didn't spoil the fun for me. I also found the plot to be well thought of and I was surprised at the murderer's identity. Jenn McKinlay's hat shop mystery series has the added bonus of taking me back to London's exquisite atmosphere. Her writing talent really shines in this series!

  8. 4 out of 5

    benebean

    funny but a bit too twisted....

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I love these characters so much.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Death And the Mad Hatter is the second book in the A Hat Shop Mystery series. As always, another great book from Jenn McKinlay. Scarlett and Viv have been engaged by Dottie Grisby to provide hats for her and her family for a tea she is planning in honor of her late husband. The tea will have a Alice In Wonderland theme and the hat will carry out that theme. I think that this family could easily be referred to as, dysfunctional. Dottie, ever since her husband moved to Italy to live with his mistres Death And the Mad Hatter is the second book in the A Hat Shop Mystery series. As always, another great book from Jenn McKinlay. Scarlett and Viv have been engaged by Dottie Grisby to provide hats for her and her family for a tea she is planning in honor of her late husband. The tea will have a Alice In Wonderland theme and the hat will carry out that theme. I think that this family could easily be referred to as, dysfunctional. Dottie, ever since her husband moved to Italy to live with his mistress, she has been telling people that he away on business. What with his father's passing, Geoffrey inherited all the entire estate. His sisters, Daphne, Lily and Rose, received nothing and were contemplating some kind of recourse. While at a fitting in the shop, Scarlett overhears a heated argument between Geoffrey and his wife, Tina, about her not being able to provide him with an heir yet. At the tea, the family is decked out in there theme related hats, and the Cara, the mistress, shows up demanding that she is entitled to the estate. When the time comes for the silent auction to begin, it is noticed that Geoffrey and Tina are missing. Scarlett soon find him, dead, lying next to his "Mad Hatter's" hat. It is soon learned that he has died from formaldehyde. Scarlett and Viv set out to find out who wanted Geoffrey dead the most and quite naturally to clear their names, too. When Scarlett and Harrison are brutally attacked, she know they are getting close and hopefully they find the killer before they become victims themselves. All of the wonderful characters from the first book are back again. Fee is around to help make hats and to mind the shop when Scarlett and Viv are out doing their sleuthing. And giving Harrison to much attention, in Scarlett opinion. Andre and Nate are back to help find the murderer and to provide some light humor. It's fun to read about there bickering with each other and with Scarlett. And speaking of bickering, Scarlett and Harrison provide a good deal of that, but what fun it is to read. Scarlett shows a good bit of jealousy, while Harrison seems to go out of his way to be overprotective. Neither one wanting to express their true feelings to them selves or each other. In my opinion. Maybe the next book, but it gives the reader something to chuckle at. Definitely looking forward to book #3.

  11. 5 out of 5

    William

    I generally like British mysteries a lot, which is why I read this one. Clearly it's my mistake; almost all readers have liked it, and I found it a chore to get through. I should have picked better, I guess. I can't think of anything I liked about this book. The characters are cartoons, the prose is smarmy and cloying, the dialogues are silly, and the characters are vapid (more concerned with what they are wearing than what they are saying). There are a great many lines clearly intended to be wit I generally like British mysteries a lot, which is why I read this one. Clearly it's my mistake; almost all readers have liked it, and I found it a chore to get through. I should have picked better, I guess. I can't think of anything I liked about this book. The characters are cartoons, the prose is smarmy and cloying, the dialogues are silly, and the characters are vapid (more concerned with what they are wearing than what they are saying). There are a great many lines clearly intended to be witty which just did not work for me, and came to put me off a bit. McKinlay knows London well, but seems to be showing off about that. There is in general too much information, detail which has no real purpose. And finally, much of the plot is predictable, and the part which is not seemed pretty ridiculous to me. I also did not realize I was reading the second book in a series, and because there are numerous references to the first one, it might have been better to start there.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Really liked this second book in the series! Love the London setting and the characters. The mystery kept me guessing and there was some good personal drama going on as well. Can't wait to read the next! Really liked this second book in the series! Love the London setting and the characters. The mystery kept me guessing and there was some good personal drama going on as well. Can't wait to read the next!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim Galla

    I love the comical banter of this quirky extended hatter family. The characters are developing nicely, the storyline is consistent. Looking forward to listening to the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Scarlett Parker and Vivian have kept their hat shop going for two months since the first book, Cloche and Dagger when the wealthy Grisby family walks in to get hats made for their Alice in Wonderland party in Death of a Mad Hatter. The family has recently lost the patriarch, Jeffery, who left his family 30 years earlier to live with his mistress in Italy, leaving a son and three daughters and a wife who has never been right in her mind since being abandoned by her husband. In fact, Dottie thinks Scarlett Parker and Vivian have kept their hat shop going for two months since the first book, Cloche and Dagger when the wealthy Grisby family walks in to get hats made for their Alice in Wonderland party in Death of a Mad Hatter. The family has recently lost the patriarch, Jeffery, who left his family 30 years earlier to live with his mistress in Italy, leaving a son and three daughters and a wife who has never been right in her mind since being abandoned by her husband. In fact, Dottie thinks that Vivian is really Vivian’s grandmother, Dottie’s friend. Most of the family is unhappy because Jeffery left his entire estate to his only son, Jeffery Jr. But then at the party, Kara Whittles, the mistress of Jeffery Sr., shows up yelling that the family is trying to steal her property, since everything that she had owned with the elder Jeffery has been left to the younger Jeffrey. Shortly after the police deal with Kara, Scarlett finds the body of the younger Jeffery. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Fun and quirky with an eclectic cast of interesting characters -- just the way I like my cozies. Love the London setting and the hat shop (makes a nice break from bookstores and libraries and bakeshops though I love all those in a cozy mystery too. Sometimes I just like to mix it up a bit.) A solid mystery and the hint of romance made me a tad shy of giddy. On to #3!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    I wasn't too impressed with the first book in this series, Cloche & Dagger but this one was pretty darn good. I still like her contemporary / chik lit romance better, but this series seems to be moving along nicely. Looking forward to book 3. I wasn't too impressed with the first book in this series, Cloche & Dagger but this one was pretty darn good. I still like her contemporary / chik lit romance better, but this series seems to be moving along nicely. Looking forward to book 3.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Book two was still engaging. I enjoy the setting, the plots the author comes up with and especially the supporting characters, who I find delightful! Scarlett is your typical cozy heroine. She is sometimes intelligent, spunky and sensible in dealing with the murders that inevitably happen around her; other times she's stubborn, foolish and insistent on doing things that put her at risk. I mostly like her. Her sense of humour is similarly sarcastic to mine, and she really cares deeply about the pe Book two was still engaging. I enjoy the setting, the plots the author comes up with and especially the supporting characters, who I find delightful! Scarlett is your typical cozy heroine. She is sometimes intelligent, spunky and sensible in dealing with the murders that inevitably happen around her; other times she's stubborn, foolish and insistent on doing things that put her at risk. I mostly like her. Her sense of humour is similarly sarcastic to mine, and she really cares deeply about the people in her life. I really love the supporting characters: Vivian, Scarlett's cousin and co-owner of the hat shop, Fiona their hilarious and no-nonsense employee, the same sex-couple of guys who own businesses down the street from the hat shop and are hugely amusing about the shenanigans Scarlett gets into. And of course, the requisite love interest, Harrison, who is very much the strong silent type - just what Scarlett needs! There isn't anything earth-shaking about this series, but it is a good, solid, entertaining cozy series delivering all the things you are looking for if you are a cozy reader. I will read on in this series. So far I am quite enjoying it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I know I have said probably once or twice that Ms. McKinlay is one helluva cozy writer. With this one she proves that point yet again. And best of all?? There's no sign of a "triangle" in this one! YAAAAYYY!! Usually I'm not terribly crazy about British mysteries. Don't know why, they just usually don't hold my interest that well. I haven't had that problem with these books. All the wonderfully drawn main characters are back for this one. Love them all, even if Scarlett can be awfully childish a I know I have said probably once or twice that Ms. McKinlay is one helluva cozy writer. With this one she proves that point yet again. And best of all?? There's no sign of a "triangle" in this one! YAAAAYYY!! Usually I'm not terribly crazy about British mysteries. Don't know why, they just usually don't hold my interest that well. I haven't had that problem with these books. All the wonderfully drawn main characters are back for this one. Love them all, even if Scarlett can be awfully childish at times. This was a good mystery and one where I was unsure about the killer almost all the way up to the big reveal. My one quibble with this one was that Ms. McKinlay seemed determined to use all the "Britishisms" she possibly could. Not a problem really, but what the hell does the phrase "I'm at sixes and sevens" mean??? I know I've read it before, but it makes ABSOLUTELY no sense to me!! Anyone?? RECOMMEND!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    3 1/2 stars The plot was quite good, but it was overshadowed by the schmaltzy, almost forced, romantic tension between the MC and the token hunky guy. I thought the investigation was a little far-fetched, (let's visit a funeral home to find clues!) but overall, I enjoyed it. The only big gripe I have is the dialogue and vernacular between characters. I'm sorry, but you can't insert things like "codswallop" into a person's dialogue and expect that will make them sound British. And, in this book, it 3 1/2 stars The plot was quite good, but it was overshadowed by the schmaltzy, almost forced, romantic tension between the MC and the token hunky guy. I thought the investigation was a little far-fetched, (let's visit a funeral home to find clues!) but overall, I enjoyed it. The only big gripe I have is the dialogue and vernacular between characters. I'm sorry, but you can't insert things like "codswallop" into a person's dialogue and expect that will make them sound British. And, in this book, it doesn't. The British people sound like they're more American than the American is. It just puts me off, more so than the MC's immaturity, the love-triangle-that-isn't and the cheesy will-they-or-won't-they romance.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kara ✨

    Hat Shop Mystery #2/6 🎩 I enjoyed this more than book one by far! McKinlay’s writing is fast-paced and keeps me hooked. I honestly didn’t want to stop reading. If all her novels are this delightful, I’ll be a fan for life! The story was more fleshed out, including the character dynamics, the actual murder aspect, and the setting. McKinlay allowed the reader to explore more of London, consider a more complex murder, and fall more in love with the unique (if not maddening and lovable) characters. S Hat Shop Mystery #2/6 🎩 I enjoyed this more than book one by far! McKinlay’s writing is fast-paced and keeps me hooked. I honestly didn’t want to stop reading. If all her novels are this delightful, I’ll be a fan for life! The story was more fleshed out, including the character dynamics, the actual murder aspect, and the setting. McKinlay allowed the reader to explore more of London, consider a more complex murder, and fall more in love with the unique (if not maddening and lovable) characters. Scarlet and Harrison will be the death of me. Bad pun, anyone?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anissa

    I liked this one. I began this series because I've enjoyed the Library Lovers series by the same author. I do think that's the better of the two (perhaps not quite fair an assessment though, as this one hasn't got as far yet), still, I think this one is worth the read. I felt there was a bit more to the mystery in this one in comparison with the last and I will definitely read the next entry in the series. Definitely recommended if you're looking for a cozy mystery to add to your weekend. I liked this one. I began this series because I've enjoyed the Library Lovers series by the same author. I do think that's the better of the two (perhaps not quite fair an assessment though, as this one hasn't got as far yet), still, I think this one is worth the read. I felt there was a bit more to the mystery in this one in comparison with the last and I will definitely read the next entry in the series. Definitely recommended if you're looking for a cozy mystery to add to your weekend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Enjoyed the second installment in the series! Scarlet and the gang are dragged into a clients family drama ending in murder. Once again she feels compelled to investigate and her lack of impulse control gets scarlet into trouble. A fun story that has me looking forward to the next in the series! Recommend for cozy mystery fans!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ellen

    a hat maker and her cousin create hats for a specfic tea party. A death occurs and suddeningly questions arise. It was a very good read. Enjoyed it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    I am in love with this series. It hasn't even been a week and I'm halfway through the audiobook for book three in this series. The audiobooks are fantastic, in part because of the multiple accents the narrator does so well and fantastic voice acting. But it wouldn't be so good if it weren't for McKinlay's stellar story, and the second one in the series doesn't disappoint! I might even like it better than the first. It's a classic cozy mystery, and the underlying thread of romance is definitely k I am in love with this series. It hasn't even been a week and I'm halfway through the audiobook for book three in this series. The audiobooks are fantastic, in part because of the multiple accents the narrator does so well and fantastic voice acting. But it wouldn't be so good if it weren't for McKinlay's stellar story, and the second one in the series doesn't disappoint! I might even like it better than the first. It's a classic cozy mystery, and the underlying thread of romance is definitely keeping me hooked. I'm so happy there's no love triangle (an overused tactic in cozy mysteries), but I'm still so invested in the ongoing love story. And the mystery! I did not see the killer coming AT ALL, which I feel a little stupid for. Well, I saw part of it, but not all of it. I just can't wait to finish book three and keep going! I hope this series never ends. Perhaps my favorite cozy mystery? Definitely up there. 5 stars - 9/10

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Not as good as the first one in series but still a fun cozy. Scarlett is a tad whiney in this story which got on my nerves at times. Her relationship with Harrison is moving along nicely which makes for a good subplot. The murder of a horrid husband wasn’t that much of a waste and I had an idea who poisoned him so it was a tad predictable. I like how it wove the Alice in wonderland theme for hat shop connection. Solid writing for this genre.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Franco

    Despite the hat game being on point, this is my new metric for what a 2/5 star cozy is. The characters are very well fleshed out and likeable (for the most part), but everything else is just...meh. I want more cozy in my cozy and this one was definitely not cozy enough on the cozy spectrum. I came to steep myself in some London coziness, and for hats, and I only got the hats. Shame, really.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alison (Lady Coffin) S

    Cute Cozy Mystery, set in London England, Cousins, Hat shop

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lesa Divine

    My 6th cozy mystery book completed today during my 24 hour cozy mystery readathon. I think I put myself into a cozy mystery slump or I just didn't like this one much. Interesting using Alice and Wonderland as a theme with the mad hatter but if course someone dies and Scarlett looking to find out who murdered the cheating husband with a unsettling background. Just okay but I won't be finishing this series. My 6th cozy mystery book completed today during my 24 hour cozy mystery readathon. I think I put myself into a cozy mystery slump or I just didn't like this one much. Interesting using Alice and Wonderland as a theme with the mad hatter but if course someone dies and Scarlett looking to find out who murdered the cheating husband with a unsettling background. Just okay but I won't be finishing this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    his is the second book in the hat shop series. Scarlett works with her cousin at their hat shop in London. They are creating hats for an Alice in Wonderland themed tea. Everything is going great at the tea until someone ends up dead. It appears the victim has been poisoned and traces of the poison have been found on the hat Scarlett and her cousin had made. The police think they were somehow involved in his death. Scarlett starts looking into the death despite being warned not to by Harrison, and his is the second book in the hat shop series. Scarlett works with her cousin at their hat shop in London. They are creating hats for an Alice in Wonderland themed tea. Everything is going great at the tea until someone ends up dead. It appears the victim has been poisoned and traces of the poison have been found on the hat Scarlett and her cousin had made. The police think they were somehow involved in his death. Scarlett starts looking into the death despite being warned not to by Harrison, and of course gets herself into trouble. I love Jenn McKinley's writing style. I haven't found a series by her that I didn't like. She develops her characters so well. I feel like these are real people not just characters in a book. I love the chemistry between Scarlett and Harrison and really need them to get together in the next book. I also found myself a new book boyfriend in reading this. I will defiantly read more in this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Scarlett has settled into life in London at her family's hat shop. She handles customer relations while Viv and apprentice Fee create the hats. Scarlett needs to summon all her customer service skills to work with the eccentric Grisby family. Matriarch Dotty is as dotty as her name - she thinks Viv is her old friend Ginny, Scarlett and Viv's Mim. The Grisbys are throwing an Alice in Wonderland tea party to raise money for a new hospital wing in the name of Dotty's recently deceased husband Geoff Scarlett has settled into life in London at her family's hat shop. She handles customer relations while Viv and apprentice Fee create the hats. Scarlett needs to summon all her customer service skills to work with the eccentric Grisby family. Matriarch Dotty is as dotty as her name - she thinks Viv is her old friend Ginny, Scarlett and Viv's Mim. The Grisbys are throwing an Alice in Wonderland tea party to raise money for a new hospital wing in the name of Dotty's recently deceased husband Geoffrey (even though the lying, cheating bastard doesn't deserve it; the family pretend for Dotty's sake that he's away on business). Geoffrey, Jr. has inherited everything lock, stock and barrel due to the law of male primogeniture - at least until he turns up dead in the rose garden at the Grimsby estate. His sisters are seething with resentment but are they angry enough to kill? What about his wife Tina? She seems kind enough but Geoffrey was pretty awful to her. Scarlett is determined to help Tina no matter what but her investigation may cost her her life and her friendship with Harrison. This mystery is cute like the last one. It's fluffy and fun. It does take too long to get to the murder though. I never guessed who the murderer was and never even suspected something like that. There are several plot twists that surprised me. I liked catching up with Scarlett and Viv and I especially liked how Scarlett's romance starts to heat up. (It's still sweet and clean with one passionate kiss). Scarlett kind of annoyed me a bit in this one. She does some pretty stupid stuff in her investigation and is pretty stubborn. I would have reacted the same way to Harrison's interference though. She also leaps to conclusions about romance and denies what's obvious. The Grimsby family are a pretty awful bunch. Dotty is the only one I liked and felt affection for. She's so sweet and confused. I find it hard to believe that Mim and Dotty were young together. (Mim can not possibly have been in her 20s in the late 1960s and early 20s. That would make her my mom's age and I don't think my mom is old enough to be Scarlett and Viv's grandmother! Scarlett and Viv do make me feel old but I'm only 10 years older). If you're looking for a fun, fluffy mystery without any gore try this series.

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