Cozy Wednesday with Victoria Hamilton – Author of Muffin to Fear – #GuestPost / #Giveaway – @BerkleyMystery

I am so happy to have Victoria stop by for a visit today!
Muffin to Fear was released July 25, 2017!

Do You Believe in Ghosts?
By: Victoria Hamilton
(Guest Post provided by publicist.)

There has been, lately, a proliferation of ghost, paranormal and haunting shows on TV, shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Brothers, Paranormal Survivor and many more. It’s a sub-genre of reality programming that can be summed up by saying the crews go looking for proof of haunting at a home, inn or public building and generally find ‘unexplained’ noises, voices and shadows.

I’m fascinated by the TV shows. I’m open minded to the supernatural; my feeling is that we know so little of what is actually possible with energy, the human spirit and the natural world. Who knows if the energy in our bodies is released by death and allowed to inhabit the world? On these shows they often sort the paranormal guests into categories like ‘residual haunting’, where the activity is just like a psychic imprint of things that happened in the past, ‘intelligent haunting’, which is spirits that are still among the living, and ‘poltergeist activity’, that is, commotion that occurs because of energy built up by human activity. It’s all very interesting.

But Muffin to Fear is not really about ghost hunting. As always, what interests me is human interaction among the living. So that was the premise of my novel and what started me on this plot line; these ghost hunting reality TV crews, like any work group, must have their share of tensions and infighting, cliques and quarrels.

Merry’s best male friend, Pish Lincoln, invites the Haunt Hunt crew to check out Merry’s Wynter Castle, much to Merry’s chagrin. She comes back from her honeymoon to find the castle infested with TV folk. But there is more infighting and intrigue going on than hunting for haunts, and, inevitably, there is murder.

Full disclosure; I think that most ‘hauntings’ likely have logical explanations, but in truth, I don’t know for sure. So… I had a lot of fun writing about fake mediums and hunting ghosts with EMF readers and DVR cameras, but I still wonder, how many people believe in ghosts? And if you believe in them, what do you think they are?


Muffin to Fear
(A Merry Muffin Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (July 25, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282595

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.


About Victoria Hamilton:

Victoria Hamilton is the national bestselling author of two bestselling series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.

Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!

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27 thoughts on “Cozy Wednesday with Victoria Hamilton – Author of Muffin to Fear – #GuestPost / #Giveaway – @BerkleyMystery

  1. I don’t believe in ghosts, but books about fake or real ghosts are fine! If Paige Shelton likes this, so do I!

  2. Sounds good. Lived in a haunted hotel for 15 months I believe there spirits that never leave.

  3. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book. The cat on the cover looks like my cat, Baby Cakes. Some muffins could be considered Baby Cakes.

  4. I used to live right down the road from one of the most famous haunted mansions, the Winchester Mystery house. One time a team from a ghost hunting show even filmed there! I don’t believe in ghosts, but I do believe in a supernatural world of good and evil. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I’m so glad I came across your page! Thank you for introducing me to a new series to read. I love finding new authors! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!!

  6. I love your Vintage Kitchen series but have not read any of the Merry Muffin books – YET!!

  7. I will definitely be looking into these books. A really good review Dollycas!! Sharon catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

  8. I love your explanation of ghosts and how they relate to Muffin of Fear. I would lov to read the book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  9. Love this series & can’t wait to read this newest one. The author really takes us on some wonderful adventures.

  10. I’m not sure that I believe in ghosts and hauntings, but there is so much that we don’t know, anything is possible. This looks like a good book to start reading this author. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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