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Cast Iron Alibi: 08/25/20
Cast Iron Alibi by Victoria Hamilton is the ninth in the Vintage Kitchen mystery series. After many busy summers, Jaymie is finally spending summer with her college friends. Except instead of camping, they will be staying at the island cabin while her husband and step-daughter are in Poland.
Nothing goes right. Extra guests show up. There are stalker husbands. And there's a fire and a murder in a nearby cabin. Although Jaymie has no desire to investigate, she's forced to when one of her vintage pie irons turns out to be the murder weapon.
In the previous mysteries set during summer, I looked forward to seeing Jaymie go camping. Now though, I have to wonder how she was ever friends with them. Sure there's a lot of emotional baggage involved. Nonetheless, Jaymie spends the majority of her holiday being taken advantage of and pushed to near breaking by her guests. In the audio version, it means a lot of angry voices and bickering, meaning the book wasn't as soothing as the previous ones.
One interesting side note, Jaymie and co do head into Canada for a day of fun. Canada is always part of the series but usually in the background. It's somewhere Jaymie has been, somewhere she has family, somewhere her sister and brother in law go to regularly. I would like to see more of Jaymie in Canada in future books.