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Bowled Over

(Vintage Kitchen Mystery #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,140 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Stirring up trouble…

Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has been estranged from her high school best friend Kathy Cooper since they were teenagers, but she never knew what turned Kathy against her. After fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, Jaymie discovers the body of her former friend in the park. On the ground nearby is Jaymie’s own Depression-er
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Berkley
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Good follow up to the first book... not my favorite series but a fair read. I think the author needs time to figure out who the main character wants to be, especially with a theme that may not apply to all readers. Vintage Kitchen items are cool, but unless there is a deep connection between the victim or killer, and to the main character, it's a little too disconnected. The setting is good, the characters are fun. Nothing completely stands out yet in this series and I'm not thirsty to read each ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2013
I really liked the first one of these....this one, not so much. Jaymie is a bit dull and boring in this one and seldom shows much backbone. It comes out every now & again, but not enough to keep her from disappearing into the woodwork, along with most of the other characters in this book, even though she's supposed to be the heroine. The previous book had a great deal more vintage kitchenware talk than this one, which is what drew me to the series in the first place. Not much of that this ti ...more
Sue Ross
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Can you say more twists than a mountain road? That's what Bowled Over had. Everytime I thought I had it figured out, I decided someone else was the killer! It wasn't until almost the end of the book that I finally figured out the murderer, but I never saw what else came out in the story. This time one of Jaymie's exfriend is murdered and just when Jaymie wanted to find out why they were no longer friends. It's up to Jaymie not only to figure out what she had done, but also to keep her head off t ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
Good second book in the series. This one takes place at the 4th of July. I like Jaymie and the cast of characters around her. I think I'd love to look at all her vintage kitchenware up close. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Stirring up trouble…

Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton and her high school friend Kathy Cooper have been at odds for years but Jaymie has no idea why. She decides it is time to find out what she did that makes Kathy hate her so much. She needs to confront her so they can put whatever happened behind them.

But when she finds Kathy dead after the 4th of July fireworks along with her Depression era glass bowl she realizes there will not be any reconciliation. With her fingerp
Elizabeth Butcher
Feb 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
***Revised my rating from 2 to 1 stars for reason at bottom.

I appreciated how this story line gave more depth to Jaymie's character by showing the mean side to her behavior in high school. However, when it comes to the murder mystery itself...I felt that the murderer's motivation was telegraphed way too early in the story, the murder weapon still doesn't make sense to me, and the "disguise" featured in the story felt unnecessary and impractical.

And stop mentioning that she buys her Tetley tea in
Jun 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I guess this is the second book in this series, but you don't need to read the first one to easily understand this book. I don't find Jaymie or the other characters very engaging and I'm getting bored with Jaymie's back and forth between angst for her former friend Kathy and her quest to find the killer. I actually can understand not knowing for 15-16 years why your best friend turns her back on you, but to finally follow up on it after all that time and to mourn and weep for the former friend a ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: culinary
I enjoyed the first book in this series a little more than this one, but this one was okay. I’m not entirely sure whether or not I like Jaymie. She’s kind of a busy-body and not entirely likable, although she tries really hard to be everybody’s friend (which may be my issue with her). Too many times, she comes across as some raised with money who feels it is their job to save the less fortunate of the world with their benevolence. I do like her friends, and the town seems totally charming. The m ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Everyone in this series is thoroughly unlikeable in at least 2 ways. I don't know why these get good reviews.
Meh. The protagonist came across as an annoying busybody rather than a concerned neighbor and unofficial detective. The plot line is what kept me going.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bowled Over is the second book in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series by Victoria Hamilton.

A great second book to this informative series. Not as much information on vintage kitchen items as the first book, but some to appeal to collectors of these items.

Jaymie Leighton is at the Emporium doing some shopping when she see her nemesis from high school, Kathy, giving Ella a hard time about Ella's running over Kathy's nephew with her wheelchair. Jaymie step in and Kathy then turns her anger on Jaymie
Shelley Giusti
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jaymie Leighton, vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector lives in Queensville Michgan. She is writing a cookbook using her grandmother's recipes. While shopping at the Queensville Emporium she has a run in with her ex-friend Kathy Cooper when Ella Douglas accidently runs over Kathy's grandson Connor with her wheelchair. Ella swears it was a mistake but Kathy isn't buying it and makes a scene right in the shopping center.

Kathy has been mad at Jaymie since high school but Jaymie never really kn
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We have vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector, Jaymie Leighton admiring her latest acquisition, a beautiful piece of square-bottomed depression glass in the form of a bowl. Jaymie has no inkling that this treasured collectable will become an instrument in the death of her once best friend.

Victim, Kathy Cooper came to high school one day and began a hatred of Jaymie that has lasted almost two decades. While Jaymie is perplexed as to what caused this rabid hatred and wants to heal the situati
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Queensville, Michigan, Jaymie Leighton, enjoys collecting her vintage kitchenware and cookbooks. She has lots of friends, including her ex's fiancé, the family at the local B&B, and a couple of men who are interested in her. But Kathy, her best friend from twenty years ago, still refuses to speak to her and Jaymie has decided it's time to finally clear the air. This can't happen though, because Kathy's body is discovered by Jaymie at the Fourth of July celebration, murdered with Jaymie's ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this mystery and some of the characters (the MC and her friends), but there were some really snippy unlikable characters. I mostly like the vintage kitchen angle and many times during reading this book I found myself looking up many of the items she mentioned. I also appreciated the fact that her neighbors were wary of her constant questioning and nosiness (in some books the MC can be as nosy as she wants and no one seems to think its strange or annoying). I'm sad that she seems to hav ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is the Kardashian of books. God I love this series because of how awful it is! I was actually rooting for the guy to kill her. It’s so bad that it is good!! She’s literally so into the era when women were raped/abused. She has no job but is shocked that people think she’s lazy. She has no cellphone because... I mean she’s the worst person, why would she have a phone? It’s hilarious. Oh! She’s a hoarder too! I laugh so hard when bad things happen to her. I can’t wait to laugh at her awful si ...more
May 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
My god, this was awful! I have not read the first book in this series. This one I picked up at the library...I like vintage kitchenware and the rivalry between old friends sounded interesting, but this book flopped in a big way! The characters are completely unrealistic.. none of them speak or behave like any reasonable, normal people. The book also contains too many extraneous characters that serve no point to the actual storyline, a bunch of leftwing politics and finger wagging, and annoying n ...more
Shelley M.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, fiction, mystery
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great mystery that amateur sleuth, Jaymie, helps solve. I love the small town community and characters. I also really like how sensible Jaymie is. There are a lot of books that incorporate a bit of slapstick to the situations that their characters get into, but Jaymie really could be the girl next door.
Sarah Adamson
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Second in the series. A fun cozy mystery with delightful references to vintage kitchenware. I enjoyed the story and the plot twists but the main character was a little bit overplayed. Her curiosity and continuous being a bit dipsy wore on me.
Diane ~Firefly~
A good mystery with a bland protagonist

What I enjoyed:
* A good mystery that kept me guessing
* People actually got annoyed at Jaymie for asking questions, that is so rare in cozies where they are just happy to spill there biggest secrets.
* Quite a lot of secrets Jaymie managed to unravel (a lot by being in the wrong place at the right time). I'm surprised they managed to keep them so long being such a small town that thrives on gossip.

What could have been better:
* Jaymie is boring and doesn't see
Welcome to Queensville, Michigan. We are spending the
July 4 th holiday going to a picnic with Jaymie Leighton
and her family. What a delicious day until after the fireworks
are over and Jaymie finds a former classmate dead and her
young nephew wandering around alone. Worse yet the
murder weapon just happened to be Jaymie’s Depression-era
glass bow broken in half over her classmate’s head.
Jaymie is a vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector. She
had an estranged relationship with the classmate who
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I loved this book!

Jaymie Leighton is shocked when she discovers the body of a former friend after the annual July 4th picnic. What happened to her former friend who shunned her years ago? When Jaymie finds out that her vintage bowl was used as the murder weapon, she is horrified. Is someone trying to frame her for murder? Is it all a coincidence? Jaymie is determined to discover the truth.

I really enjoyed this book! The plot was very well written. I couldn't wait to finish the book in order to d
Nellie Kampmann
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This had a surprising amount of depth to it for a cozy mystery. Jaymie's ponderings about her ex-best friend in high school's personality got into the psychology of the victim far more than the light reading that cozy mysteries typically are. I appreciated the sense of compassion for someone who on the surface seemed to be quite a mean spirited shrew. The book almost got 5 stars for that. Unfortunately, Jaymie also did something that is a real pet peeve of mine in cozy mysteries. (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good cozy mystery. Jamie is writing an old fashioned cookbook and she collects vintage kitchen items. At the town's 4th of July festivities, Jamie finds an estranged friend of hers dead. Honestly, the first book in this series was really good. This one gets mired down with "what ifs" and "remember when". It is enjoyable though and has several suspects which keeps it interesting.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Childhood friendships and teenage misdeeds are explored in this second book in the series. Jaymie Leighton's former friend turned enemy, Kathy Cooper, continues to wage war right up to the moment of murder. Deadly nightshade, vintage recipes, picnic baskets, affairs, and romance mix together to create another fun cozy mystery.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the second novel in Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, when someone tries to frame Jaymie for the murder of her estranged friend, Kathy Cooper, the expert crime-solver must get to the bottom of the mystery-before it's too late.
A great read. Keeps you in suspense and you can't wait to help catch the bad guy. 5 stars.
Alexandra Pauley
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I'm going to be honest- I'm having a hard time getting into this one. This is the first of this series which I've read. Hmmmm. More when I'm finished.


I just couldn't do it. I actually said to myself, aloud, "I'm an adult and if I want to stop reading it, I will". LOL. Moving on. Hope you like it better than me.
Elizabeth Meadows
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-audio-books
Fun series. Love the theme! Lots of different relationships to keep up with in this installment, but a good mystery.
There is a tiny bit of cursing and a little bit of sex talk that I thought was unnecessary, but not enough to make me dislike the book.
Ruth Ellen
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jamie is helping a friend when an old classmate enters the shop. She tried to be polite and make amends though she is not sure for what. When the classmate turns up dead she asks around to find out what happened. Read and see how it ends.
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Victoria Hamilton is the bestselling author of several mystery series including the national bestselling Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. She does, indeed, collect vintage kitchenware and bake muffins. She drinks tea and coffee on writing days, and wine other times. It doesn’t do to confuse days. A solitary being, she can be coaxed out of her writing cave for brownies and cat ...more

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