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Victoria Hamilton Books In Order

Publication Order of Vintage Kitchen Mysteries Books

A Deadly Grind (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bowled Over (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freezer I'll Shoot (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Mallets Intended (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White Colander Crime (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Merry Muffin Mysteries Books

Bran New Death (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Muffin But Murder (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of an English Muffin (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Much Ado About Muffin (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Teapot Collector Mysteries Books

Tempest in a Teapot (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow of a Spout (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Grim Steeper (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Cozy Cookbook (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Victoria Hamilton is the pen name used by the national bestselling author of mystery and romance novels, Donna Lea Simpson. She has written over 30 books in her writing career spanning almost 10 years. Victoria developed the love for the mystery novels after getting influenced by the successful works of the famous authors Agatha Christie and Jane Austen. She considers it very important for her writing career. She even believes that a little of mystery adds piquancy in the romance stories, and a little bit of romance adds humanity to the romantic stories. Besides writing mystery and romance novels also reading the same, Victoria has a liking for a lot of other things in her life like, cooking, painting, tea, vintage cookware, cats, cross-stitching and a few others as well as others. She also has a passion for Karaoke which allows her a chance to have constant inspiration from nature and several Dionne Warwick tones. Whenever she is not busy with her writing works, author Victoria likes to take long walks. Whenever she cannot get her hands on tea, she loves to enjoy a fruity Merlot as her favorite drink. As of today, she lives happily in Canada. She believes that the best advice for writing novels comes from the letters that she received from the author Jane Austen. In one of the open letters written to her sister Cassandra, Victoria has said that she is not at all into writing humor novels and also said that she will keep on writing as long as she is live. Before becoming a full time author, Victoria Hamilton says that there was a time when she never wanted to be a writer. But, even when she was not writing, Vitoria was busy with reading a lot f interesting novels all the time.

Victoria says that it all started when her mother handed her a book written by Agatha Christie when she was 12 years old. Since then, she has been a devoted fan of mystery novels and has since then, lived on with the passion. Victoria started her career as an author in an odd fashion as a Regency romance author. Gradually, she shifted her focus to paranormal romance novels and after that, towards historical mystery novels. When she was writing romance novels, she enjoyed every bit of it. Victoria believes that it was the perfect training to focus on her successful writing career. But, she was still urged to write and become a published author of mystery novels. Victoria was finally able to achieve the dream of her life by being able to write and publish the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. A list of her other hobbies and passions includes collecting old artifacts, kitchen utensils and old bowls, etc. Her passion for collecting teacups has helped her to form a huge collection. Besides these, author Victoria Hamilton also likes to spend time with her family and friends, enjoys eating sweet dishes and brownies, crafting, beading, and stitching. But, all these activities are preceded by writer romance and mystery novels, which is the most important thing in the life of Victoria. She often likes to indulge with her friends, fans, and readers and hear from them about her novels. Her original name being Donna Simpson, she has written around 7 novellas other than her 30 plus novels. Apart from using the pseudonym Victoria Hamilton, she also writes her traditional mystery novels under another pseudonym, Amanda Cooper. Because of the novels that she has written and published under this pseudonym, Victoria considers herself thrilled to have returned back to writing historical mysteries and Regencies, which is loved by her fans and readers all over the world.

One of the successful novel series written by author Victoria Hamilton is the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, which consists of a total of 5 novels published between the years 2012 and 2015. The series deals with the primary character named Jaymie Leighton, who is described by the author as a cookbook and cookware collector. She lives with her sister in the old family house situated in Queensville, Michigan and across the Clair river from Ontario in Canada. One of the initial novels of the series was published under the title ‘Freezer I’ll Shoot’. It was released by the Berkley publishing house in the year 2013. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, Jaymie Leighton is depicted as trying to escape from her overbearing mother. She is a vintage kitchenware collector and an enthusiastic columnist. After leaving the house of her mother, Jaymie takes a retreat in her family cottage located on Heartbreak Island. While staying in the cottage, she hopes to pen down an article based on the restaurant, Ice House, which is owned by her neighbors and good friends, Garnet and Ruby Redmond. They are siblings and own the restaurant which used to be an actual ice-house once. Now, it has been very beautifully decorated with the help of all the tools of trade, with a special addition of the ice picks collection. During one night when Jaymie Leighton was working on her article, she overhears an argument at the restaurant and sets out to find and explore the truth as a sleuth. On her way, she discovers a dead body which turns her cold. It is later revealed that the dead body was of Urban Dobrinskie, who used to have a feud with the Redmond siblings. Also, the killer has used an ice pick to stab Dobrinskie at his heart. These things point the finger at the Redmonds to be the prime suspect in the murder. Now, Jaymie is required to sharpen her sleuthing skills and find enough clues to prove the innocence of her neighbors, before the murderer takes the life of another victim.

One of the other initial novels of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series was titled ‘No Mallets Intended’. It was published by the Berkley publishing house in the year 2014. The plot of this novel deals with the mystery surrounding the grand and old Dump Mano, which gets restored by the Queensville Heritage Society. On this happening occasion, the society members and the Dumpe relatives forget their old grudges. Jaymie Leighton tries to furnish the kitchen with the Depression Era authentic collection. Her display also gets added by a vintage wooden mallet recovered from the house. But, an intruder uses the mallet to knock Jaymie off and escapes during one night. Although attack seems very surprising to everyone, there is nothing missing the vintage collection. It is thought that the intruder might be a vagrant who thought that the house was still abandoned. But soon, the resident historian of the Dumpe Manor gets murdered with the help of the mallet from Jaymie’s collection. Hence, Jaymie decides to turn to go on the trail of the killer and investigate the case before someone else gets murdered.

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