Cloche and Dagger

Cloche and Dagger

Cloche and Dagger (Hat Shop Mystery #1) By: Jenn McKinlay


Not only is Scarlett Parker’s love life in the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say—it’s also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business. But a few surprises await Scarlett in London. First, she is met at the airport not by Viv, but by her handsome business manager, Harrison Wentworth. Second, Viv—who has some whims of her own—seems to be missing. No one is too concerned about the unpredictable Viv until one of her posh clients is found dead wearing the cloche hat Viv made for her—and nothing else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in trouble? Or is she in hiding?


This is the last book by Jenn McKinlay that my library system has and I was a little disappointed by it. It wasn’t bad by any means I just didn’t feel it was her best.

Scarlett comes off at times as a little ditzy. The mystery of her cousins absence seems contrived. Everyone keeps telling her that Viv just disappears sometimes, she even remembers times when she’s done that, but this time is different for some reason. She has no reasoning, she just thinks it is. SPOILERS It’s not, it’s just like every other time Viv has disappeared.

When the murder finally happened the mystery did pick up and I thought the chemistry between Scarlett and Harrison was great. Made me kind of sad that she’s decided to take a year off from me, because I really think she needs the year but I also thought that they made a great couple.

I’m interested to see what happens next but not as invested as I am with the Library Lovers Mysteries.


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