by Sandra Murphy
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Viv is teaching a hat making class in Paris. Since she’s not a people-person, Scarlett is along to keep things going smoothly and to help find Viv’s husband—the one no one knew she had until recently. Viv’s decided she wants an annulment, and it’s up to Scarlett to find Will and break the news to him.
As it turns out, Will isn’t that hard to find. The problem is, Scarlett likes him, and he’s charming enough to cause Viv to have second thoughts about the annulment. Will’s an art appraiser and finder of stolen art. He’s able to show off a painting he’s authenticating to Viv and Scarlett, but when they leave the insurance office, Will is grabbed and thrown into a car.
The police do take the kidnapping seriously, but with so little to go on, they’re not able to do much about it. Scarlett calls on Harry, their business manager for the hat shop, and he’s able to come and help. Tracing Will is as convoluted as tracing the Renoir he was investigating. When a dead body turns up, the stakes are raised, and Will’s chances of survival are lowered.
Calling in reinforcements, Nick and Andre as well as Alistair, all arrive from London to join the hunt, adding their own special talents as they follow leads, large and small.
Paris is a nice change from the London hat shop. Suzanne, their hostess and her friend Lucas from the art school are a delightful pair. Readers will hope to see more of them in future books. This is the fifth book in the Hat Shop Mystery series. Scarlett has vowed to take a year off from dating but there’s Harry, thoughtful and kind, and leading her into temptation. Viv seems to settle down a bit and not be as “on a whim” as when first introduced.
The mystery is well-plotted as no one and nothing is as it first appears. It takes all of Scarlett’s wits to find out the who-done-it, why, and how as well as make sure they all survive finding Will. With Scarlett’s self-imposed no-dating deadline looming, Viv’s need to make a decision and their gift for getting themselves into trouble, readers will anxiously await what comes next.
McKinlay also writes the Library Lovers mysteries (8 books) and the Cupcake Bakery series (9 books). Readers who enjoy Viv and Scarlett will want to read them all.
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