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No Mallets Intended
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A Vintage Kitchen Mystery #4

November 2014
On Sale: November 4, 2014
304 pages
ISBN: 0425271390
EAN: 9780425271391
Kindle: B00JJXUZK4
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Also by Victoria Hamilton:
Sieve and Let Die, October 2023
Some Touch of Madness, November 2022
A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder, October 2022
A Calculated Whisk, October 2021


Writers are asked one question more than any other, and you probably know what it is: Where do you get your ideas? The answer is almost always the same; ideas come from everywhere and anywhere. A whole series can come from one thing, one simple idea or, in my case, a piece of furniture.

I have a Hoosier cabinet in my kitchen. Or, well, not exactly a Hoosier cabinet, because that is one brand name for a whole family of kitchen cabinets that became popular in the Depression era, from slightly before to slightly after. I’m not sure what brand mine is, but it is probably a Knechtel. What was their function? Back then few homes had built-in kitchen cabinets, so an all-in-one piece of furniture was sold by a number of manufacturers. The so called ‘Hoosier’ cabinet, also made by companies like Sellers in the States and Knechtel in Canada, combined storage cupboards, drawers, spice racks, a flour dispenser and porcelain coated worktop in one efficient, handsome piece of furniture. When kitchen cupboards became standard in homes, the cabinets were discarded, many to rot in garages. Until, that is, those among us who love vintage rediscovered the beauties and put them to use as storage, worktops and display pieces!

Mine lived for many useful years in its awful painted form before it was lovingly stripped of the old paint to expose the gorgeous oak underneath. When I decided to write cozy mysteries, I realized that I needed to mine my many interests to create a hook for a series. Thus the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series was born! The first book features my protagonist, Jaymie Leighton, on the hunt to find a Hoosier-type cabinet for her own kitchen.

And now in a sense I have come full circle! NO MALLETS INTENDED, Book 4 of the series, features Jaymie again on the hunt for a Hoosier-type cabinet for the historic home that the Queensville Heritage society is fixing up as a living museum! I just can’t stay away from those cabinets. Writing about your obsessions allows you to drool over photos of gorgeous old Hoosier cabinets and other kitchenalia (to coin a word) and call it research!

How lucky am I?


Jaymie Leighton is excited and a little nervous about her current 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 that is 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-style 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 her best friend Valetta Nibley by her side and the police chief’s approval, she must figure out whodunit before they do it again!

About Victoria Hamilton

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, 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!




2 comments posted.

Re: Victoria Hamilton | Hoosier Too: Hoosier Cabinets, and Vintage Kitchen Mysteries

I am so glad that you came here today to talk about your
latest book!! I really enjoyed reading about the cabinets,
and even though I'm in an apartment, I would really like one
for myself!! You're a woman after my own heart as far as
interests go, and I'm surprised that you don't knit as well
as crochet!! It's so much fun to do, and comes in handy.
Knitting also takes up less yarn, which leaves you with more
stash!! lol Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading your
book, and think that the cover is really great and
colorful!! Congratulations!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:32am November 4, 2014)

Love this series , especially the connection between USA and Canada, plus
all the vintage gadgets and foods😊
(Ronna Lord 2:03pm November 4, 2014)

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