Monday, January 16, 2023

Fatal Fascinator - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:   Fatal Fascinator (Hat Shop Mystery #7) by Jenn McKinlay

Rating:  Liked It! (3.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  It’s wedding season and Viv’s longtime frenemy Piper May is getting married. She convinces Viv and Scarlett to take on the job of designing the headpieces for her “wedding of the year.” The well-to-do bride and her entourage are delighted to have Viv and Scarlett as their famous hat designer guests, but the hat-making pair are really just looking forward to a getaway at a castle in Sussex. It is to be a weekend full of events, culminating in the big ceremony.

Unfortunately, on the first night of the festivities, the groom is found murdered, and the joyous holiday becomes the stuff of nightmares as no one is allowed to leave the castle until the investigation is complete. Although Scarlett assures Harrison Wentworth, her fiancĂ©, that she and Viv will stay out of harm’s way, circumstances force them to step in when a secret affair between the deceased groom and a bridesmaid comes to light, and the murderer takes another life. Scarlett and Viv vow to unveil the killer’s identity before the wedding adds another to its death toll.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  McKinlay is one of my favorite cozy author and I've really enjoyed the other books from this author and the other books in this series. 

My Impression: It's been awhile since the last book in this series came out so I was super excited to see this new book and it didn't let me down.  Despite the challenging personalities involved in the "wedding of the year" Scarlett just can't resist a castle wedding.  I loved her enthusiasm for the grandeur of the historic building though it does sour as time goes on.

Just who had wanted to the rather dreadful groom dead and why?  Scarlett, Viv, and Andre do a bit of sleuthing which mostly consists of paying close attention to all the drama around them as well as an occasional useful bit of eavesdropping.  I really didn't know the whos and the whys until the very end when Scarlett figured it out and it was a thoroughly entertaining time getting there.

This is a light fun cozy mystery with a great setting.  If you're looking for a quick read with likable characters this is a fun series.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I've enjoyed all the books I've read by Jenn McKinlay and am looking forward to reading the early books in this series.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you like light cozy mysteries this is a fun one. 

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I'm all for a wedding at a castle! Does sound like a fun mystery for sure.

  2. I love the setting! And nice light cozy mysteries are fun.

  3. I like this setting -- and a wedding-of the-year is the perfect setting for trouble!

  4. This sounds like such a good series.

  5. I have liked all of the books that I have read that were written by this author so this is a series that I really want to get to.