No Mallets Intended: 04/14/20
No Mallets Intended by Victoria Hamilton is the fourth of the Vintage Kitchen mysteries. With money from the Button letter found in A Deadly Grind (2012), the Queensville Heritage Society has purchased Dumpe Manor. The home will be transformed into a museum, with each of the rooms being furnished by one of the members. Jaymie, of course, has the kitchen. A collection of vintage mallets found in the house provide the perfect weapon to knock Jaymie unconscious.
The attack on Jaymie is the first in a string of strange events at Dumpe Manor. They culminate in the murder of the resident historian. Was it to keep him from writing unkind things about the family history or is there really treasure locked away in the house?
No Mallets Intended has a good mixture of clues and red herrings. There are enough people with motive to make solving this mystery interesting. It also ends with a thrilling chase that changes the direction of the series.
The fifth book is White Colander Crime (2015).