Double or Muffin Book Review

Double or Muffin Book Review

Title: Double or Muffin
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Published: February 23, 2021, Beyond the Page Publishing
No. of Pages: 233
Cover Price: $14.99 Paperback, $4.99 Kindle

Victoria Hamilton writes several cozy series, and this book, Double or Muffin is the seventh installment of the Merry Muffin series. Having read some of the previous novels, in this series, I am familiar with the characters, and especially Merry Wynter who has grown and changed throughout. Merry inherited a castle and as the series has evolved, done major renovations and has made it a great place to host film crews for documentaries. When Merry’s partner, Pish, accepts a last minute filming of a reality show featuring opera stars, things become chaotic. A reporter who is part of the opera group goes missing at the same time Merry’s cat, Becket, stays out all night in the woods. Merry then lets her cat lead her to the missing reporter who has been left for dead in the woods. The reporter is rushed to the hospital and remains in a coma. It is upsetting to Merry and because there have been several suspicious murders in the past at the castle, she investigates to find the would-be murderer. Merry is uncomfortable knowing that several of her guests have a motive for murder, and she must find who it is before she is also a victim.

While there is fun information about operas, and the story is good, there is a lot of information in the book that really doesn’t have much to do with the story. In fact, the story drags in a few places and gets a little bit boring. The references to food will make readers hungry, but the recipes aren’t found at the end of the book as expected like in the previous books. While Hamilton’s main characters are well developed and quite likeable, the supporting characters, especially those connected to the opera reality show, are unlikeable and readers will probably not care who the murderer is or who wins the contest.

While this isn’t the best in the series, it is a good cozy novel and those who follow the Merry Muffin series will want to read it.

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

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