"Scarlett and Viv find themselves in a somewhat mad world."
Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted June 22, 2014
When a friend of their Aunt's visits Mim's Whims to order a
variety of hats with an Alice in Wonderland theme, they are
both a little confused. Dotty has chosen to live in her own
world for a long time. Her family is planning a fund raiser
to build a wing on a local hospital. Mr. Grisby left his
family years ago and spent his remaining years with his
mistress. Dotty couldn't deal with the shame so she has
pretended that he is on a business trip.
With his death, Grisby family is in a real state due to the
will. Planning the party on top of it has really stretched
their patience and civility.
The party starts off well but soon becomes chaotic with an
unexpected and unwelcome visitor and then the discovery of a
dead man. The victim is Geoffrey Grisby and the heir to
family business and fortune.
Scarlett will be drawn into the investigation as she was the
one who discovered the body. What she discovers will put
her in danger as she gets close to exposing the killer.
The Hat Shop Mysteries are my favorites of the series
Ms. McKinlay has written. Scarlett is fish out of water in
England. Her sense of humor is American and her British
friends don't appreciate it at all. This is the second in
the series and DEATH OF A MAD HATTER was just as good as the
first. I can't wait for the next book.
Scarlett Parker and her British cousin, Vivian Tremont, are
hard at work at Mimâ€™s Whimsâ€”their ladiesâ€™ hat shop on
Londonâ€™s chic Portobello Roadâ€”to create hats for an Alice in
Wonderland themed afternoon tea, a fund-raiser for a local
childrenâ€™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
Unfortunately, the Grisby heir will not live to see itâ€”heâ€™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 whoâ€™s mad enough to kill at the drop of a hat
What do you think about this review?
2 comments posted.
Re: Scarlett and Viv find themselves in a somewhat mad world.
After reading the review - I know the book would be a good read for me.
(Annette Naish 11:51am July 1, 2014)
I think I would enjoy this too!
(Clare O'Beara 4:48am July 2, 2014)
Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!