A Letter from Victoria Hamilton
I was enlisted at nine years old to cook for a dad who was
home for dinner, while my mom worked shift work as a nurse.
And you know what? I’m grateful that even though I was
the youngest, I was put to work! Cooking is a skill
every kid should learn young. I still remember the
very first meal I cooked for my dad on that momentous
evening; it was leftover meat loaf sliced and fried, and
boiled potatoes. Oh, and canned peas, which I burned because
I was lying on the living room floor reading the funnies in
the daily paper.
My love affair with vintage kitchen bowls and utensils was
born years before, though. Mom had a set of Primary Colors
Pyrex bowls that she used all the time, and some Pyrex
refrigerator dishes that I still have to this day. I
love them, the feel, the look, everything! So when I
was searching around for a hook on which to hang a
‘cozy’ or ‘traditional’ mystery series, I
created a collector of vintage kitchen cookware, linens,
cookbooks and utensils, some of which just happen to
end up as murder weapons!
Jaymie Leighton co-owns (with her sister, Becca) an old
house in Queensville, Michigan, a small town right along the
St. Clair River, which is the US/Canada border. In A
Deadly Grind, first of my new ’Vintage Kitchen
Mysteries’ series, Jaymie goes to an auction with
her sister and finds the prize she has long sought, a
genuine Hoosier cabinet. Because of a tussle in the crowd,
she gets it for a price she can afford. But the very night
she brings it home (against her neatnik sister’s
protests) the house is broken into, and a man is murdered.
Who is he? And why was he trifling with her Hoosier cabinet?
She and her three-legged Yorkie-Poo, Hoppy, will have to
Hope you stop by and follow Jaymie as she navigates the
murky waters of love, murder, and the mania for collecting!
Join me online at www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com
for more about the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series!