Merry Muffin Mysteries


About The Series:  

  Merry Wynter didn’t know a lot about her family until she finally made her way to take possession of her inherited castle near the town of Autumn Vale, in upstate New York.

  Though she intended to do a quick fix and put it back on the market, she realizes if she is ever going to find out her family history on the Wynter side, this is the place to do it.

  Baking muffins, investigating murders, making friends... and enemies... among the quirky residents of Autumn Vale, keeps Merry busy, and local Sheriff Virgil Grace keeps her heart rate high.

  Though the widowed Merry still carries a torch in her heart for her late husband, photographer Miguel Paradiso, maybe there is enough room there for a new flame?

  With her wonderful friends Pish Lincoln and Shilo Dinnegan, who have joined her at the castle, Merry is starting to find it hard to imagine leaving the ancestral home of her Wynter ancesters. If folks wouldn't keep getting murdered, it would be pretty much perfect!


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Merry Wynter's character is extremely well-developed, and I quickly felt as though we were life-long friends.
This is a great start to a promising new series for Cozy Mystery fans... Five Stars!

                                                                                                       – Kimberly at Goodreads.

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Double or Muffin
Merry Muffin Mystery #7

  In the new Merry Muffin Mystery, baker Merry Wynter must solve a disturbing crime among opera singers before the culprit decides it's curtains for her...

  When a reality TV show for aspiring opera singers descends on Wynter Castle, Merry's got her hands full catering to the endless demands of the distinguished judges and ambitious contestants. The mysterious rumors about the cast and crew begin to surface, suggesting that some of their performances may be filled with false notes. When a dogged reporter with an eye for scandal who's been covering the competition is attacked and left for dead, Merry's determined to discover who orchestrated the heinous deed.

  Her long list of suspects is filled with eccentric personalities, including a promiscuous tenor known for making unwanted overtures, a pampered young prodigy and her meddlesome mother, and a quiet up-and-comer whose shadowy uncle may have ties to the underworld. As the musical contest and Merry's investigation near their finale, she'll have to act fast to keep a conniving contestant from plotting out her final act . . .

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February 2021

Muffin But Trouble
Merry Muffin Mystery #6
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  In the latest from the national bestselling author of Muffin to Fear, baker Merry Wynter must confront a spiritual guru who may be up to something far from heavenly . . .

  With plans for a new performing arts center at Wynter Castle taking up all her time, Merry Wynter has been all but unaware of the fringe group compound near her small town -- until a street preacher accosts her with taunts of doom and damnation.

  Worried that some of her close friends may have been lured in by the group and its charismatic leader, Merry begins digging into the ministry-- and soon suspects they may have ties to the recent death of a young woman and the disappearance of many others.

  With her rebellious teen friend Lizzie at her side, Merry steps in to confront the eerily submissive community and its misguided members, skeptical of their supposed spiritual leanings. When another young woman vanishes and Merry realizes the lives of people close to her are at stake, she will stop at nothing to uncover the group's sinister secrets before the murderous ministry can strike again . . .

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July 2019

Muffin To Fear
Merry Muffin Mystery #5
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  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.

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Berkley Prime Crime
July 2017

Much Ado About Muffin
Merry Muffin Mystery #4
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  When muffin baker Merry Wynter sees an innocent woman accused of murder, it’s dough or die...
  Opera singer Roma Toscano may have a crippling case of stage fright, but she certainly is stirring up drama in Autumn Vale, New York, as she prepares for an upcoming performance at Merry’s Wynter Castle. With her flamboyant style and flirtatious personality, Roma attracts fans as well as critics, including the town’s postmistress—and Merry’s bitter foe—Minnie Urquhart.
  But Roma and Minnie’s heated rivalry goes cold after Merry discovers Minnie dead at the post office. While every clue seems to be another ingredient in the investigation of Roma, Merry thinks the case is half-baked, and she’s eager to get her mitts on the real killer...

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Berkley Prime Crime
August 2016

Death of an English Muffin
Merry Muffin Mystery #3
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  From the National Bestselling author of MUFFIN BUT MURDER, baker, Merry Wynter returns with a fresh tray of muffins and a case that has authorities stumped...

  They say one's home is one's castle, but when it comes to Wynter Castle, Merry would like it to belong to someone else. But until a buyer bites, she could use some extra dough, so she decides to take in renters. The idea pans out, and Merry's able to find a handful of tenants eager to live in a real castle. The only problem is most of them are crumby, tea-swilling old biddies.

  The Legion of Horrible Ladies, as Merry calls them, is led by the terribly nasty-- and fabulously wealthy-- Cleta Sanson. The abrasive Englishwoman keeps everyone whipped into a frenzy-- until she meets an embarrassing end behind a locked door. Evidence reveals that Cleta was murdered, yet no one is privy to how the deed was done. Merry knows she must quickly find the killer before another of her guests gets greased...

You've got the ingredients for a wonderul cozy mystery series
                    —Paige Shelton - New York Times bestselling author.

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Berkley Prime Crime
July 2015

Muffin But Murder
Merry Muffin Mystery #2
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  Muffin maker Merry Wynter hopes to find a buyer for the castle she’s recently inherited. But when she throws a party to draw interest, she finds someone who’s bought the farm instead…

  Merry’s career as a New York City stylist has crumbled, but her passion for muffins has helped her rise upstate in Autumn Vale. Everyone in town loves the tasty treats. Still, she would like to return to her glamorous life. Besides, the upkeep of Wynter Castle is expensive, and Merry’s cup isn’t exactly overflowing.

  So in order to bring some prospective buyers into the mix, Merry whisks together a spooky soiree and decorates the castle with dashes of fabric and a sprinkling of spider webs. Friends new and old are invited, and everyone has a blast. But as the revelers empty out, Merry notices one partygoer who isn’t leaving— or breathing. Now Merry must hurry to unmask a killer before her perfect plans turn into a recipe for disaster…

This second book in this new series is a great cozy with varied and interesting characters, nice plot with a few twists, and a good main character who has some baggage to work through. Rating: Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now and put this author on your watch list.
                                                                           —Mysteries and My Musings review site.

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Berkley Prime Crime
July 2014

Bran New Death
Merry Muffin Mystery #1
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  Expert muffin baker Merry Wynter is finally ready to turn her passion into a career. But when a dead body is found on her property, she’s more worried about cooking up an alibi…

  Merry is making a fresh start in small-town Autumn Vale, New York, in the mansion she’s inherited from her late uncle, Melvyn. The house is run-down and someone has been digging giant holes on the grounds, but with its restaurant- quality kitchen, the place has potential for her new baking business. She even has her first client— the local retirement home.

  Unfortunately, Merry soon finds that quite a few townsfolk didn’t like Uncle Mel, and she has inherited their enmity as well as his home. Local baker Binny Turner and her crazy brother, Tom, blame Melvyn for their father’s death, and Tom may be the one vandalizing her land. But when Tom turns up dead in one of the holes in her yard, Merry needs to prove she had nothing to do with his death— or her new muffin-making career may crumble before it starts...

   Author Victoria Hamilton manages to create many layers to this book. It starts as a simple escape, then mystery and evolves into many mysteries with an excellent promise of more to come at the end. The characters, have many layers as well, and not just our protagonist.

  “And don't forget the muffins!!! Sweet and savory, Merry makes them and I want to eat them. I'd love to spend an afternoon in that wonderful castle kitchen, sitting by the fireplace, and munching on muffins with these characters, my new friends.  Katreader - Goodreads Reviewer  

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Berkley Prime Crime
  September 2013

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