Sieve and Let Die Book Review

Sieve and Let Die Book Review

Title: Sieve and Let Die
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Published: October 17, 2023, Boyond the Page Publishing
No. of Pages: 232
Cover Price: $14.99 Paperback, $6.99 Kindle

Fans of the cute Vintage Kitchen Series cozies by Victoria Hamilton will welcome the eleventh installment of the series, Sieve and Let Die, where the newlywed protagonist, Jaymie Leighton Müller, along with her best friend Val discover the body of an old classmate, Mandy de Boer, on the back steps of Val’s pharmacy. Although the cause of death is unknown, Val is the most viable suspect, since Mandy had been acting very strange and combative recently and had had a run-in with Val accusing her of making a mistake on her recent prescription and trying to poison her. Val had actually taken the day off and wasn’t the one who filled the prescription. Mandy’s erratic behavior of late included Lately, getting in fender benders and leaving the scene, ridiculous confrontations with several people, and accusing them of trying to harm her. Mandy was the co-partner in a huge construction company that had recent lawsuits for shoddy work, and her partner, Randall Kallis had been suspected by Mandy to be behind the problems since he was a dishonest creep who had forced his way into the company when Mandy’s husband died and she had had no knowledge of how to run a construction company. Jaymie, with her pushy personality, investigates so she can find the true murderer and vindicate her best-friend, Val.

Fans of this series are very familiar with Jaymie, the protagonist, as well as the supporting characters since they have been well-developed throughout. Of course, the new characters are well-developed as well and help move the story along. Hamilton does a good job of telling the story and incorporating Jaymie’s interest in vintage cooking utensils into the plot. Jaymie’s family and friends play significant parts in this novel, especially her new husband, Jakob and his adorable daughter, Jocie, takes her new motherhood role seriously. Some of the scenarios are a bit cutesy and don’t ring true.

While this is a cozy and is a light and fun novel to read, Hamilton includes suspense building scenarios to move the story along. There are many suspects and unsavory characters, and readers definitely won’t be sure who the murderer is until the dénouement which turns out to be a surprise.

This series is for every age, and as a bonus, includes recipes at the end. Some of the scenarios are a bit juvenile cozy lovers will enjoy it.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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