Savory Spring Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #11)

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Spring is in the air and a garden party is the best start of the season. Sonja and Alison were hired to make some foods. However, when someone is looking for the host, Sonja finds her convulsing on the ground. After calling the ambulance and Frank. Sonja starts to worry that the poisoning wasn’t accidental. While looking for who could have done this, Sonja finds out a lot about Bertha that she didn’t know before her passing.

The character development in this book was interesting. We got to see a little more about Alison’s and Sonja’s relationship. Alison gets a little annoyed that everytime that they are supposed to go out together, something happens. I feel like Alison is a little childish and she’s the one that has been busy the most for the last little while. I really hope that Alison grows up soon in the book series. We did get to find out a lot about Bertha at the beginning of the book, and that was nice and interesting.

I found that this mystery was very easy to figure out, and I found it really odd that no one figure it out sooner. The clues were kinda obvious really early on. I know that this might just come from me reading far too many mystery books, which I admit is true. However, I still thought that their line of investigation was a little lacking.

This was an Ok, book but not my favourite from the series.

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The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

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I will say that this book was supposed to be geared towards the layman, and I feel like they failed a little. This book is a very scientific book that is geared towards deepening your understanding about dieting and losing weight. Fung really focuses on studies and science to back up his points. He does go into a lot more details than most books like this I’ve read. Given the fact that his specialty is diabetes, he does go back to it regularly, however, given the increase of insulin insensitivity in North America it makes sense.

Given my biochemistry background, this book really interested me. He does break down the popular diets and how your body reacts to them. He starts the book by giving you the criteria for the studies that he looks at. These studies and the criteria made sure that he was only looking at scientifically sound studies. One of the criteria was that the study had to have been published in a peer-reviewed journal, this helps because the results are re-tested and checked.

The suggesting of how to fix your diet comes only at the end of the book, and I won’t ruin it, but it’s not something that would be easy or lacked by most people. I did actually buy the book because I was more interested in the science behind intermitted fasting and wants to find out more about it. A lot of blog and youtube videos only give you an uneducated look into it, which is not a source that I would turn to. This book did summarize a lot of studies that would have taken me forever to find and read.

I really enjoyed this book and the way it was written. If you are looking for some more information and science behind why dieting doesn’t work this book is for you.

Eerie Irish Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #10)

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St-Patrick’s Day has come in full force and Sonja has just released her new waffle. However, when she finds the milkman murdered in his truck, things get a little wired. With a little man in town looking for the new milkman, as well as all of the rumours claiming that he was actually running from the law. Along with something off about a decoration that Sonja borrowed, her life is really hectic again.

I did really enjoy meeting new people as well as exploring who else in the town is attached to the occult side of town. We get to meet Panelope and her niece, Panelope played quite a large role in this books, and we really get a feel for the character. We don’t really find out much about the victim until the end of the book. For some reason, this book series just doesn’t give us much information about the victim, however, I find that would give the reader a lot more information to go on when it comes to figuring out who the murderer is.

This mystery was mainly focused on the leprechaun and less on the murder. Though Sonja believes that they are linked in some way, I find it very annoying. I know that this book series is more of an urban fantasy, however, I would love to focus a little more on the mystery. I find it more interesting if there was a mystery with some supernatural element while Sonja investigates.

Overall it was an ok book.

Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3

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I haven’t read a cozy mystery trilogy for a little while, but here’s one.

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Jamie Quinn is a family lawyer that had to take some time off after her mother’s death. However, when her cousin is suspected of murder, she comes out of her vacation, and her field of expertise to help him. She is certain that her autistic cousin is not capable of murder and she determined to find who framed him.

This is a really interesting book and an excellent start to the series. This series deviates from the typical cozy mystery as instead of following a baker, writer, etc, we’re following a lawyer. This makes a lot more sense from a context stands point. It was also nice that in the first book the main character wasn’t the one being suspected of murder which was nice. I also like that though there is the asshole character in this book, there is absolutely no chemistry between them… Another trope broken, I love it.

In a lot of cozy mysteries, the main character is the one to do the investigating, however, in this book she actually pulls in a PI to do that. This is the intelligent thing to do to mitigate risk. Though Duke is a little rough, the character really grew on me. He gets the information Jamie needs which helps further the plot.

Overall this is a really fun book. I looked forward to the rest of the series.

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Jamie is handling a messy divorce, not something she ever likes doing. However, when the joy yet ex-husband is found dead from mixing sleeping pills and drinking, her client is suspected of murder. As if Jamie didn’t have enough on her plate, she figures out who her father is now just to track him down.

This was an interesting book, there are a few things that don’t make sense to me. The main one is why is Jamie still getting updates about a client that is no longer hers? Seems like a breach of privacy. I get that Duke is her friend and would likely talk with her about things, but that doesn’t make it professional.

I did enjoy finding out a little more about Jamie’s past by meeting Kip. It also proves my theory of the last book that even though the trope is that the main character gets with the asshole male seen in the first book, that is not the case in this case. Nick is good as a plot point and helps build the universe as well as the law field, doesn’t mean I like his character.

I found that the book divides a lot more on Jamie’s search for her father than the murder investigation differs from the standard book in this genre. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Compared to the previous book, this book felt much slower, and I think it’s because of the lack of movement in this book, a lot of the information comes to Jamie without her looking for it.

Overall it was an ok book, just not my favourite.

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Jamie has nothing big on the docket, and tyre only pressing thing is spending tone with Her new boyfriend Kip. When she gets an odd e-mail threatening Kip she didn’t take it lightly. She reaches out to her friend Duke to do a little snooping for the person threatening her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Kip works hard from his side to save the wetlands that are behind the threats.

This book is much more action-packed than the previous book, and I really enjoyed it. Though Jamie doesn’t actively go out looking for the culprit, she works worth Duke and Kip to find. I found that the renaissance fair was actually my favourite part of the book. It gave some reality and believability to the book. It was also nice to see Kip and Jamie’s relationship in this book. Though they are really different, they work well together and make a fairly balanced couple.

Given that Duke is looking for the blackmailer as well the murder in this book. As the reader, it is really obvious who it was as soon as we’re introduced to the character. However, that may have just been me.

The second story arch in this book was figuring out why the visa of her father was declined. Grace does a lot of digging up find out why. Continuing from the previous books grips… privacy means nothing in this world apparently. Also to my knowledge they should always put the reason for the denial of the notice. However, that would be too simple as s mundane for a cozy mystery.

This book was much better than the previous book, however, I would like to see more privacy laws upheld.


I was given a copy of the trilogy for free from the author herself, however, you can read it for free on Kindle Unlimited.

A Death Downtown (Senoia Cozy Mystery #11)

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Overton is still working towards finding out who broke into their office, however, they can’t stand still. With some many events on the go, including the car show, Overton Events are running. They work to make the event bigger and better than ever. However, when yet another death occurs during the event, Felicity is starting to feel cursed.

Alrighty then… where do I begin? Maybe I should start with, this was simultaneously the most interesting and most boring book in this series. It’s amazing when I feel like that because that mean 1/2 of the story was interesting and the other 1/2 was really boring. Let’s start with the interesting points. I loved how Felicity grows in this book in her personal life. She works towards strengthening her relationship with Jefferson, as well as balancing her work life with Jack. She also self-reflects more in this book than last. We also get to see a little more of Felicity’s family. Though we only get to meet Her grandmother in the end, she feels like a good fit.

Now for the bad. The mystery aspect was all over the place in this book. We didn’t really get to grasp what’s going on and we had the gang deducing things, seemingly at random. Sometimes it’s nice to have a throwback, however, when it’s pushed in like it “makes sense” when it really doesn’t, that’s when it starts to annoy me. They were also really sloppy in this book. In theory, all of them who are working in the investigation aspect of the company have their PI licence, however, they are all still acting like amateurs… and Jack used to be a cop. In most books, I can let that slide, however, when the set up for this book is that they are supposed to have that background, I can’t just let sloppy investigation slide.

This was an ok book, however, it’s not going to top any lists any time soon.

Spooky Sweetheart Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #9)

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Valentine’s day has arrived and a big party is happening at Belinda’s manor and Sonja can’t wait. However, the day gets a little wobbly when Sonja finds the local garbage man dead in the diner’s dumpster. She moves her operation to the manor to finish the desserts for the party. But when Belinda if arrested for 2 murders, Sonja is determined to find out who really is behind the murders, good thing her father is back in town.

This murder was super speedy. I believe it happened all in one night, or at least that’s how it felt. I feel like, given the story arch, it’s only natural that Belinda would be arrested for the murder. Frank was a little MIA in this book, however, if I had just arrested my girlfriend’s friend I would also be MIA. This book leaned do heavily on the occult that it was used as the reason for the murders. I’m not sure how I feel about that, however, when someone is mentally unstable they will do weird things.

We got to see how Allison feels about Sonja spending more time with Belinda and Frank. I understand that feeling when your friend starts a new relationship and seems to be spending more time with their significant other than you. That’s normal on the honey phase of a relationship. I enjoyed the character development in this book and finally meeting Sonja’s father. I feel like we’re going to need a lot more time to really understand that man.

Overall it was a fun little book.

New Detroit

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Chris is in Detroit to attend a function, however, when Kevin’s old friend comes stumbling in asking for help. His son had been killed and he believed the local mosque is to blame. Chris starts looking into the case, and quickly discover that the mosque is actually a cover for a home grown terrorist group. Chris works with his team to figure out who their targets are.

I had to sit on this review for a little bit..personally, I strongly dislike this book. I believe it’s because of the theme rather than the writing. This book was very action packed and fast pace. It’s pacing was excellent and there wasn’t a point where I felt that the story, was dragging on and the story wasn’t progressing. Though this book is the 6th book in the series it stands alone very well. The author gives just enough background to the characters to give new readers a sense of them while also allowing them to grow.

So for the reason, I disliked it. This is the first terrorist centred book that I’ve read, and maybe I thought this book would be more of a police procedural or a mystery book. However, it was like reading an action movie in novel form. Now I don’t know if because I work with a large number of Muslims that this book made me uncomfortable or the fact that extremists and terrorists come from all religions and ethnicities.

Given that I haven’t read any other book in this series, and maybe this book was just the wrong one to try, I’m not going back to read the previous books in this series. The writing style was excellent however this book just wasn’t for me.


I received an e-book of New Detroit through Voracious Readers Only in return for an honest review.