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Blog Tour & Giveaway: No Mallets Intended by Victoria Hamilton

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Love and Mystery
By: Victoria Hamilton

I started out my writing career as a romance author. Did pretty good, too! I wrote Regency romances, paranormal historicals, and historical mysteries that were actually labeled as romances. But my true love has always been mystery novels. That’s what I read, and now what I write.

Having read hundred of mysteries and yet as a writer of both romance and mysteries, I’m hyper aware of romance elements in mystery fiction. Particularly in so called ‘cozy’ or ‘traditional’ mystery, it almost seems that there has to be some romantic element. Most cozy protagonists are women, and they are usually single, widowed, or divorced.

Even the ones where the main character is happily married, the marriage is often the result of romance in the first few books of the series. The protagonist may start out single, widowed or divorced, but she met, fell in love with and married her significant other in the course of the series. A couple of my favorites are Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Schulz mysteries, and the Mary Daheim bed-and-breakfast series, and both started that way.

But then there are those who carry on the romance phase for quite a time. The ones I’m thinking of are Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swenson mysteries, where the triangle has been carrying on for many many books. She’s making it work, though I know Fluke has experienced a lot of criticism for the extended romantic triangle.

In my Vintage Kitchen Mysteries I was wary of that. Jaymie has a steady boyfriend, Daniel. She has a crush on Detective Zack, who makes her pulse race. She has recovered from the broken heart that Joel’s desertion left her with, and she is growing in so many ways, finally figuring out what she wants in her life. But… as a reader of romance, Jaymie is aware that she is often criticized as being unrealistic to want both the steadiness of a good fellow and the heart racing appeal of the sexy stud.

So with two good men in her life, what’s a girl to do? You may just be surprised.

I can confidently say, with books 4 (No Mallets Intended; November 4th, 2014) and Book 5, (White Colander Crime, November 2015) I will be breaking free of any worry about a love triangle, which I feel is unsustainable over the long run. How many men would put up with it? None that I know of, or at least none who are self respecting. A woman has got to choose at some point.

And Jaymie will. In writing No Mallets Intended I was as surprised as anyone at some of what happens, but it all fits now. I get Jaymie; she’s really not wishy washy in the slightest, she was just looking for that perfect match of reliable and sexy. I just hope – and I am nervous about this – that readers are going to be happy with the direction I go in. I trust that readers will let me know one way or the other!

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About No Mallets Intended

Jaymie Leighton is excited and a little nervous about her current big venture, completely redoing the kitchen at Dumpe House—now the Queensville Historic Manor—in time for the December opening. But the house is mired in controversy, a challenge to the heritage society’s right to own it, and questions about the author hired to write a pamphlet detailing the Dumpe family history and that of the house.

None of Jaymie’s business, so she keeps her head down and her focus on the exact color right for the kitchen, and assembling all the accouterments, including a Hoosier cabinet! She’s also got lots to think about in her personal life with Daniel acting a little odd, and her friend Heidi dragging her in to the trouble between her and her fiancé, Jaymie’s former boyfriend Joel.

But a late night whack on the head with one of the antique mallets Jaymie has been cataloging for the society and a dreadful murder right on the house’s doorstep draws her once again into murder and mayhem. Jaymie faces her most cunning and dangerous opponent yet, but with Valetta by her side and the police chief’s approval, she must figure out whodunit before they do it again!

About the Author:

victoria hamilton author pic(1)Victoria Hamilton is the author of three nationally bestselling series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries as Victoria, and the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.

Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!

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TO THE MANOR DEAD

The Queensville Heritage Society is restoring the once-grand Dumpe Manor. While Dumpe relatives and society members use the occasion to dust off old grudges, Jaymie Leighton prefers to adorn the kitchen with authentic Depression Era furnishings. A collection of vintage wooden mallets found in the house is a perfect addition to her display, but one also offers a late-night intruder the perfect weapon to knock Jaymie unconscious before escaping.

Though the attack has everyone on edge, nothing is missing from the house. Perhaps it was merely a vagrant who thought the place was still abandoned. But when Dumpe Manor’s resident historian is murdered with a mallet from the same collection, it’s time for Jaymie to turn up the heat on the investigation before someone else becomes history.

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Jennifer’s Review of No Mallets Intended

Review (3.5 Stars): In No Mallets Intended, Jaymie is helping to restore the Dumpe Manor with the help of the Queensville Heritage Society but with every project there has been its share of problems. Everyone is fighting over the rights to the property, how they are going to decorate it and Jaymie finds herself hit over the head with an antique mallet while working late one night.  Before Jaymie has a chance to find any answers, she discovers the body of the visiting historian on the property with the murder weapon being another antique mallet from the collection that Jaymie found.  There is something more to the Dumpe Manor and it looks as though someone is willing to kill to prevent those secrets from coming to light.

I have always been a big fan of the Vintage Kitchen mysteries and in this book, Jaymie evolves more as a character which was very nice to see.  Her romantic relationship is on the rocks and Jaymie is finally deciding what she wants in her life and in a future partner. I enjoyed the updates of the people in Jaymie’s life and a new character that I hope we see more of in the future.  No Mallets Intended was an engaging and thought-provoking mystery that will have you thoroughly entertained.  Looking forward to the next wonderful mystery that Victoria Hamilton releases.

Giveaway

I’m excited to give away a copy of No Mallets Intended. This giveaway is for US Residents only.  To be entered in the drawing by November 21st, please leave me or Victoria a comment below:

17 Responses to Blog Tour & Giveaway: No Mallets Intended by Victoria Hamilton

  1. Lisa Brown November 10, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    Love the title; thank you for the chance to win it :)
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

  2. Rebecca Prazak November 10, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Love this author and her series and look forward to reading this book

  3. Daniele Krug November 10, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    I really enjoy this series. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Ellen Irwin November 10, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Win or lose…this book will be part of my TBR list!

  5. Carol Wong November 10, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I am glad that there will be no more love triangle. Also love vintage kitchen things. I wish that I had my grandmother’s pie safe. At least in your books, I can read about that plus have a cozy mystery!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  6. Alicia Farage November 10, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    I love this series…. Thank you so much for the contest!

  7. Elizabeth Gray November 10, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    I haven’t read many cozy mysteries, but this one sounds good. I also love books that add the recipes mentioned in the book for the reader to try.

  8. Nora-Adrienne November 10, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    I’m a huge Vintage Mystery fan and love the recipes that come in each book. I’d love to add this one to my collection.

    The cover of Mallets reminds me of the trouble my pup got into back when I was living at home with my parents.

  9. Elaine Ellen November 10, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    This sounds great and I love that it takes place in December, my favorite month!

  10. Kimberly W. November 10, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    I love the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries.

  11. holdenj November 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Victoria, I enjoy the series very much and happy to learn even the next title in the series. Glad too, to hear we won’t have a Lake Eden love triangle situation for too much longer. I believe that eventually, it’s hard to swallow if it goes on too long. Thanks for stopping by and for the chance to win!

  12. Sandy Porter November 11, 2014 at 1:31 am #

    This sounds just like my cup of tea, so to speak. I love the amount of authors I am finding. Can’t wait to read some new books that I enjoy. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  13. Kiki W November 11, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Looks like a great cozy mystery. Can’t wait to read it

  14. Sheila K. November 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    I have not as yet read anything by this author but I would love to—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

  15. Meg November 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    The first three in this series were great books and I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile now. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Amy Medeiros November 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Loved the first in the series can’t wait to read the rest :)

  17. Anita Yancey November 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    It sounds like a really good mystery. I love the idea of a vintage kitchen. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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