Cloche and Dagger (A Hat Shop Mystery)

By Jenn McKinlay

An all-new sequence from New York occasions bestselling writer Jenn McKinlay

Not in simple terms is Scarlett Parker’s love lifestyles within the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont might say—it’s additionally long past viral with an embarrassing video. So while Viv indicates Scarlett go away Florida to put low in London, she hops at the subsequent aircraft around the pond. Viv is the owner of Mims’s Whims, a women’ hat store on Portobello street bequeathed to either cousins by means of their cherished grandmother, and he or she desires Scarlett to eventually subscribe to her within the millinery business.

But a number of surprises look ahead to Scarlett in London. First, she is met on the airport no longer via Viv, yet via her good-looking company supervisor, Harrison Wentworth. moment, Viv—who has a few whims of her own—seems to be lacking. not anyone is just too involved in the unpredictable Viv till one in every of her posh consumers is located useless donning the cloche hat Viv made for her—and not anything else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in difficulty? Or is she in hiding?

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She’s relatively very candy, yet I did agree that Viv could make her a hat for her son’s marriage ceremony, lilac with a crimson trim. is that this possible? ” Fee’s eyes went vast and she or he goggled at me as though I without notice steered we provide away all of our hats at no cost. “Oh, no, I overcommitted, didn’t I? ” I requested. “Viv goes to kill me. ” “No, no,” price stated. She stored gazing me as though in surprise. “It’s simply, good, in the entire years Mrs. Looksee has been getting into the store, she’s by no means truly acquired something. That’s why we name her Mrs. Looksee. ” “Never? ” “According to Viv, by no means, now not once,” cost acknowledged. “What type of magic did you're employed on her? ” “No magic,” I stated. “Just, you recognize. ” “No, I don’t,” expense stated. “But now I see what Viv intended. ” “What do you suggest? ” “When Viv informed me you have been coming, I requested for those who have been a milliner, too, and he or she acknowledged no, yet that you just had different gifts,” price acknowledged. She picked up the hatband and resumed sewing. “Now I see what she intended. ” I didn’t, yet I didn’t say as a lot. I heard the bells at the door chime and the sound transported me again two decades, and that i remembered being a bit lady, enjoying within the store whilst a patron got here in. Mim had a similar temperament as Viv. They have been artists first and businesswomen moment. I’d recognized Mim to get captivated with a specific hat variety or a color—there were an notorious chartreuse stage—or if she’d discovered a classic hat that she desired to make over, it certainly took over her mind. We’d had chilly tea and burnt dinner often while she used to be swept up by way of an obsession of the instant, yet neither Viv nor I had minded. there has been whatever striking and otherworldly approximately Mim whilst she’d been fed on by means of her inventive hearth. I’d regularly famous her devotion to her paintings. I had attempted to keep on with in her footsteps like Viv, yet I didn’t have any expertise for millinery. in contrast to Mim and Viv, i used to be a humans individual. I loved speaking to humans. every person had a backstory and so they have been in most cases fascinating, that's what drew me to the hospitality undefined. options of my ex flitted into my head and that i felt my spirits tank. whereas I’d been assisting Mrs. Abbingdon, I’d thoroughly forgotten the rat bastard. i used to be tempted to work out who those different girls have been, those the lady on the pub had informed me approximately, yet I didn’t really need to understand. It wouldn’t do me any strong, and very, my vanity used to be already at an rock bottom because it used to be. as a substitute, I straightened my again and headed out into the store to work out who had arrived. i used to be unexpectedly very thankful that Viv had despatched for me. It used to be a reduction to have whatever to consider along with my own existence. “I’ll pass see who that is,” I acknowledged to price and strode towards the door. I had simply stepped into the entrance while I collided with an excellent male shirtfront. “Oh, are you okay? ” Harrison requested. He grabbed me by way of the elbows and steadied me on my toes. “Sorry,” I acknowledged. i peeked up at his involved eco-friendly gaze and smiled. “That used to be clumsy of me. ” “Not at all,” he stated. “It used to be my fault. I must have known as out a hi so that you knew i used to be coming.

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