Image of Cloche and Dagger (A Hat Shop Mystery)


Image of Cloche and Dagger (A Hat Shop Mystery)

This is a quick and easy read. The main character is an intriguing heroine, but the plot seems to stall often, which makes it harder to enjoy. The best parts of the novel are the descriptions of some of the fancy hats made in the millinery business more than the mystery unfolding.

After Scarlett Parker’s love life disintegrates — and is also spectacularly broadcast on YouTube — she flees across the pond to join her cousin Vivian Tremont in the millinery business at Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop that was bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother. But once Scarlett arrives, nothing is what it seems. Viv never picks her up from the airport, instead sending her business partner. Then, Viv goes missing, which becomes a big problem after one of her richest clients turns up dead, wearing only the cloche that Viv made for her. Now Scarlett has to figure out whether her cousin is MIA because she’s a criminal — or another murder victim. (PRIME CRIME, Sep., 281 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Lauren DuBois