Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Muffin To Fear by Victoria Hamilton

Why a Castle?

In the world of cozy or traditional mysteries the home of the protagonist is generally a cute cottage, or an antique Queen Anne. I realize that I’ve never really explained where the idea for placing the Merry Muffin Mystery series in an honest-to-goodness American castle came from.

A little background: it was a few years ago. I had successfully launched the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries (Book #6, Leave It To Cleaver has just been released, June 23rd – see my website for details!) and I thought I could handle a second series. (Within a year I would have a second and third series!) I love reading mystery series, myself; I like revisiting characters I enjoy spending time with. It’s like meeting old friends every time I go to Santa Theresa and visit with the indomitable Kinsey Millhone, her feisty landlord, Henry, and hilarious friend-slash-bully-in-chief Rosie. So, I wanted to create another series, another ‘place’ in space and time.

I had recently had an idea that just popped into my mind; what would I do if I inherited a castle? Seems obvious; move to the castle, right? But I realized there was much more to it than just moving there. A building like that would require a whole lot of money thrown at it routinely! And for a city girl (the idea was starting to take shape, and the protagonist, Merry Wynter, was born!) who had been involved in the fashion industry, living in a huge castle near a small town in western New York State was not a natural fit.

But I needed more of a reason she couldn’t just sell Wynter Castle and take the cash. There were problems at the castle that required her presence and her commitment to fixing it up, then. And thus was born Wynter Castle, the quirky, isolated town of Autumn Vale, and the cast of kooky characters, as well as the family mystery of why Merry didn’t know her great uncle. Added to that was the mystery of how and why great uncle Melvyn Wynter died and why someone kept digging huge holes on her property, making the castle unsellable! It was like all these little pieces of the puzzle – what makes up the Merry Muffin Mystery series  – were just floating in the ether, waiting for the series to cling to.

But I know much better than that. I think once the castle idea came to me, the rest began to take root and grow in the rich soil it gave me because it was the right idea at the right time. Trust me, I’ve had lots of ideas that came to nothing, and I think that was because they weren’t right for me, or they would have taken root.

And that’s how a series was born!

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: A Merry Muffin Mystery (Book 5)
Publisher: Berkley (July 25, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425282597
ISBN-13: 978-0425282595
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


In the latest from the national bestselling author of Much Ado About Muffin, newlywed baker Merry Wynter has some unwanted guests looking for ghosts at Wynter Castle…

While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry's home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it's a miracle they get a show produced at all. 

It all goes from bad to worse when the show's psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry's property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who’s picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.


Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Muffin to Fear (A Merry Muffin Mystery) to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on September 10th

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Winner will have 48 hours from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

victoriah-150x150Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of a nationally bestselling romance author.

She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting and dead bodies for Berkley Prime Crime in the Vintage KitchenMysteries and (soon-to-be-announced) another cozy series. Besides writing about murder and mayhem and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria loves collecting vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups. 

Victoria also enjoys crafting, especially cross stitch and crocheting.


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  1. Penney Wilfort says:

    Great review I'm looking forward to this, thanks


  2. I just this year started reading cozy mysteries so I'm on the hunt for new authors/series to love.  Thanks for sharing about this one.  Sounds good.

  3. I'd like to win it

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