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A Deadly Grind (Vintage Kitchen Mystery #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  1,546 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie’s “junk,” she successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes h ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published May 2012 by The Berkley Publishing Group
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I hadn't been reading in a while and needed a new series. I was enjoying other cooking type cozy series and decided to give this one a chance. Decent first start, I'll check out the rest. I love kitchen / cooking stories... and antiques... so this kinda fit in. Characters weren't as memorable as I would like them to be tho. Fun part was hearing about all of the vintage tools and devices the main characters uses or sees on her antique trips. The actual murder was interesting, as far as how the vi ...more
May 03, 2016 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I feel dumber for having read this. I'm ashamed of myself.

Full review to follow.

Original review preserved by popular demand. Onward.

Have you ever read a book that was written almost entirely in question form? Did it make you wish you could grind something of great importance of the author’s in a meat grinder? If you could, what would that be? Did this book also make you hate certain words that you only felt ‘meh’ about before?

I now despise the words ‘button’ and ‘hoosier’, these are added to the
Jun 07, 2012 Camille rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
Cozies are really hit or miss. I thought this would be a fun read because of the vintage kitchen/cookbook theme and whatnot but it turned out to be mostly annoying and full of all the stereotypical cozy things that when too obvious make your eyes roll, such as middle aged woman with pets, an ex-boyfriend who broke up with her for no reason, etc.

There were too many descriptions and getting off topic on random things, and the main character seemed like a real idiot. She had evidence that might he
Jun 22, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know that cozy mysteries are designed to revolve around the people and the community with the dead body being a secondary image. In my person opinion, I think that Victoria Hamilton has gone too far with the description of the town and their festivities, has too many characters to keep straight and a heroine, if you can call her that, which is neither memorable nor unique.

My first turn off on the book is the cover, the dog’s head is completely out of proportion to the body and when you read th
Jun 13, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I ever read the words "summer porch" or "Hoosier" again, I will stab myself in the eye. After the first explanation of what a "summer porch" is, the author could have just used the word "porch". Calling it a summer porch several times per page makes it sound much fancier than it is. The "Hoosier" can be referred to as a cupboard, as well. Additionally, explaining what a Hoosier is every time a new character is introduced is boring and repetitive. We get it. It's a cool, old cupboard and you k ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Vicky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am more than half-way through the book and I get so irritated by the procrastination. if one wants the murder on their backporch solved, you just don't procrastinate when you find evidence. this draws me out of the story and causes me to nearly put the book aside and begin a new read. I am going to muddle through this though. Procrastination does not make for a good heroine. The cause and effect of "it" might move the story along but it is the sign of a "grasping" author. If the author is able ...more
May 10, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Jaymie Leighton lives in her parents nineteenth century yellow brick home. They have retired to a warmer climate and just visit during the summer. Her sister Rebecca visits on the weekends from London, Ontario, and together they hit the auctions and estate sales. They are both collectors. Jaymie collects vintage cookware and cookbooks. Rebecca china, tea cups and saucers. Rebecca is fifteen years older than Jaymie and sometimes seems like a second mother. She still thinks she knows what is best ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library, cozy
This is my first encounter with this author in this form. Apparently, it's her nom de plume for this new series. The vintage cooking theme interested me since I love cooking, baking and all the gadgets--old and new.

Sadly, this disappoints. It includes the usual dog, almost always a rescue dog of some kind and the overbearing sibling. We are treated to the usual recovering from a broken heart heroine, Jaymie (note that we get another cute name spelling, an overused device) who suddenly finds two
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
As a debut book in a new mystery series I was pleasantly entertained. The new series is known as "A Vintage Kitchen Mystery," and I was happy to have this fact presented throughout the book. It ties in so nicely.

Our newest sleuth, Jaymie Leighton is a vintage cookware and cookbook enthusiast. Jaymie has amassed a large collection of usable Pyrex bowls etc. from times past. She is also a new writer of a compilation and modernization recipe book. To my delight Jaymie shared one of her main recipes
Una Tiers
While there are sentences that are melodic, there are too many repetitions. The star of the story procrastinates when she finds a clue and combined with the repetitions, bogs the story down. I did finish, probably waiting for more lovely sentences.
Apr 26, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"A Deadly Grind" is a cozy mystery. It's the first novel in a series. I found the characters engaging and realistic, and they reacted in realistic ways. There was a nice level of detail about the settling and Jaymie's activities. There was some suspense caused by relationship tensions and not knowing how things would turn out.

One main plot was Jaymie coming to terms with how her last boyfriend had hurt her so badly and her starting to realize what she did and didn't want in a man based on that r
May 05, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
What a terrific new series!!! The setting is charming-makes me want to visit. The main character is strong, independent and realistic in her thought process. I love all the vintage kitchen knick-knacks and recipe talk. I can't wait for the next book.
Mar 31, 2012 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
Fantastic first book in a new series. Will write a short review in a day or so.
May 02, 2012 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FTC Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

A Deadly Grind by Victoria Hamilton


When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie’s “junk,” she successfully outbids the other buyers
Apr 06, 2012 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Deadly Grind is the first book in the A Vintage Kitchen Mystery. I've lived about 50 years in the Hoosier state and never have never heard of a Hoosier cabinet. Buts thanks to Victoria Hamilton, I am in the know now.

Jaymie and Rebbecca Leighton share a nineteenth century house that is close to being overrun with antiques. Jaymie's niche is vintage cookware and cookbooks. At an upcoming auction there is a Hoosier cabinet that is to be for sale. There may not be room for it, but it is something
Laurie - The Baking Bookworm
This was a typical cozy mystery set in small town Queensville, a town on the Canadian-American border. I enjoyed all of the accurate references to Canada, specifically south-western Ontario - my neck of the woods.

There is a vast cast of characters that were sometimes hard to keep track of at times. Some were interesting but quite a few were bland causing them to blend into each other in my mind and most I'd consider forgettable. Jaymie, the main character was likable and her reasons for getting
Aug 29, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Katherine Hunter
A man is found dead on Jaymie Leighton's summer porch after she buys a Hoosier cabinet at an auction. What follows has to depict one of the most idiotic sleuths ever. There is a long list of problems with our hero and the worst has to be (view spoiler) ...more
Elaine Shipley-pope
Sep 14, 2015 Elaine Shipley-pope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I decided to read this book on a whim as I walked by a shelf of books of a similar style. This types of books are often silly and I needed a good change. I actually loved it. It was silly and cheesy and mostly clever and I am honestly surprised how much I enjoyed it.
Its about a pair of sisters in a small town who go to an auction. On of them falls in love with an old Hoosier cabinet and insists on bidding on it. To her surprise there is a small bidding war that she wins when the other bidder ha
Jun 26, 2012 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A vintage Hoosier kitchen cabinet proves to be more than an interesting antique for Jamie Leighton. Against her sister's better judgment, Jamie really wanted that 1920's Hoosier to go along with all her old kitchen gadgets that she has collected in their old 19th century yellow brick house in Michigan, that she and her sister have inherited. She won the auction but she ended up getting a dead body on her back porch as well. Now she wants to find out what she has that others want before they kill ...more
May 31, 2012 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book received so many 5 star reviews, I decided to keep trudging on despite nearly giving up after 40 pages. I am not sure where to begin. Editing was a big problem for me. There were so many overly long sentences I found myself needing to reread them to make sure I kept track of all the information they contained. None of the characters appealed to me. The plot centers around a Hoosier cabinet purchased at an auction and the secret it holds. Jaymie's house is broken into and someone is mur ...more
I was excited to get this book when I saw it at the library but unfortunately, my excitement didn't last too long. I managed to get halfway through it and just couldn't see myself reading any further. The author puts a lot of detail into the book but where I might have expected the detail to concern the kitchen or cooking it didn't. It was historical detail for a celebration that was taking place over a couple of days time span. May give the next book in the series a shot to see how it goes.
This new series has potential. Often the first books in new series are slower at the start as the author has to build the ground work. I liked the antiques piece of this theme. What prevented me from giving this more than 3 stars were a few things. For me there were too many characters which made it harder to follow. There was also too much time spent on the charity Queen tea party and not enough on her antiques including the cookbooks. I stopped counting at 3 the times the word oblique was used ...more
Mystereity Reviews
Not bad for a first in a series. The location was charming and I liked the colorful characters and the vintage kitchen is a cute idea. The plot was a little Jessica Fletcher-y. I more or less figured it out early on in the book. There was a little too much internal dialogue going on (the endless mooning over her ex left me flipping through pages an pages) and the foreshadowing could've been more subtle to the same effect.

There was one thing that irritated me: Baking SODA does NOT fizz in water.
Feb 28, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable, one of the better cozy mysteries I've read. I found all the information thrown at you in the beginning (both about the people and the town, as well as all of the historical facts) overwhelming, but I grew to appreciate it the further I read. As it takes place on the U.S./Canada border, I appreciated the mentions of Canada sprinkled about. Already ordered the sequel from the library =)
Apr 07, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Looks like a great start to a new series! I really like Jaymie and love the town of Queensville. I thought it was pretty cool that Canadian and American holidays are celebrated in this town since it is right across the border from Canada (in Michigan). The vintage kitchen stuff was really interesting. My grandmother had a Hoosier cabinet, so it was fun learning more about it. I'll definitely check out the next installment of this series!
Julia Wilson
May 04, 2012 Julia Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book. I loved all the talk of antiques and kitchenware. I do wish she had talked a bit more about the food and utensils of Jaymie's kitchen. I can't wait to see what happens in the romance department. :)
Sep 22, 2016 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad about a 2 star rating but I just wasn't impressed. I enjoyed it when I first started reading it and then it slowed way down by continuing to talk about the "tea with the queen." For me the end dragged on way to long. I will probably pass on the rest of the series.
Nora Adamek
This is a good read. It has all the charming qualities of cozy mystery genre. The characters are great, and have quick wit and brains.
Susan Parks
Jan 16, 2015 Susan Parks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
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