Murder Mystery Party (Senoia Cozy Mystery #9)

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With two business to balance, Felicity is working hard to keep everyone happy. However, when someone passes away at one of their parties, the group take on the case pro-bono. Looking into the incident due to the victim being Brittany’s friend, the trio gets sucked into another complicated mystery. Now, they must figure out if the victim was the intended victim and who would want to killed such a well liked girl.

As you are all well aware of, I dislike lack of continuity in books. Now due to me reading the previous book recently, I recall that Jack was fired from the police squad. Now in this book it’s mentioned that he left the force… um being fired is not the same as voluntarily leaving the force to start a PI agency… I did like when books don’t stay on on track.

I did liked the the character development between Jack, Jefferson and Felicity. Jefferson and Felicity are getting their sea legs with their new relationship, while also getting used to Jack being in the same building as them. Jack does some reflection in this book and grows a little which allows us to get to know him a little bit more. I feel like Jack’s insecurity in his relationship with Brittany is in full display in this book, which makes him act irrationally and not as professional as he should.

One more this to point out about this book. This. Book. Ended. In. A. Cliffhanger… Avid readers would know how much I hate cliffhangers. It probably affected my positive thoughts of the book with that one action.


Senoia Cozy Mystery # 7 – 8

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The Body in the Bakery (Sky High Pies Mysteries#15)

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The week seemed normal until Katie receives news about a childhood friend being accused of murder. After being reached out to by the family, Katie decides to take a deeper look into her friend’s life since leaving Crescent Creek. She quickly finds out that things aren’t as Rosie for her friend and their cafe. However, things get even more bizarre as it takes forever to find out who the mystery dead man was, and none of the clues are adding up.

This was an interesting mystery that was focused on circumstantial evidence that Katie focuses on explaining all the things that are happening. She does face a little more resistance in this book than in previous books.  I do get to see her deal with police officers and even the lawyer that her friend’s family was working with. We are so used to seeing Katie get her way with the local police that it was a little more interesting seeing the pushback.

We also got to learn a little more about Katie’s high school years. Since she gets to talk with Holly about the past for a little bit at the end of the book. Katie and Harper also talk slightly about their relationship back in high school and how it wasn’t as close as a reader would imagine.

It was a very interesting read and I’m still enjoying the series.

A Deadly Engagement (Margot Durand Mysteries #9)

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Margot and Adam come back from their interesting vacation from Oregon. However, as per Adam’s request, they are keeping their engagement a secret. After Bently reaches out to Margot to figure out some information about his past. Now tensions are high, not only due to the secret she is keeping from her friends, but also digging into her friend’s past.

This wasn’t my favourite book, I felt like most of the book was Margot trying to convince Adam of her theory. Margot, in the end, is correct, but Adam simply gets mad because she goes off on her own to investigate the murder and mystery. Since he didn’t believe her, I don’t know what else he wanted her to do.

Though I didn’t really like the mystery of the book, the storyline is actually quite interesting. Bentley becomes deeper as a character and is fleshed out even more in this book. The interesting concept that he is the father of a criminal is quite interesting. We also get to see Margot finally snap a little at Adam and tell him how she feels about keeping the secret from her friends. Being in a relationship is not as perfect as this genre of books makes it out to be, so it was nice to add in that realism.  Talking about perfect romance, Dex and Julia are becoming just a cute couple and they work really well together. 

It was an ok book, however, I hope the next book in this series is even better.


Bakeries and Bodies (Margot Durand #8)

A Final Act of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #14)

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Zack and Katie plan to have a nice relaxing day at the theatre, however, when they hear a call for help, those plans are dashed. Katie runs to the aid of the lead actor who had just been stabbed. After a person of interest is found dead the next day, things get a little weirder.

The mystery was actually quite interesting. They had to figure out if the two crimes were related, or just coincidental. I did feel like the reader never got enough information to go on to really figure out who the prime suspects here. I know that the author does that on purpose, but it really irritates me. I enjoy following along with the main character’s thought process which is hard when vital information is kept from us. The motive of the killer was a little all over the pace, and it’s actually quite hard to follow.

I do like finally meeting Julia’s kids thought it was really short. The background that is finally building around some of the main characters is quite nice. Trent and Dina were no where in this book other then one quick phone call to Trent. Taylor is growing into a a strong character, I just kinda want a little more information about him.

Overall, it’s a really interesting story line in this book.

Maple Syrup Mysteries #4 – 6

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Everything is on the up and up with Sugar wood, so Nikki decides to hire a photographer to get the website updated to increase business. However, during a tour, the photographer turns up dead and his girlfriend is missing. Nikki gets pulled into a new investigation. After meeting with the new Cheif of police, however, things get a little complicated as he doesn’t trust anyone in the town. She takes it as a challenge to find out who was the one who killed the budding artist.

I really enjoyed this book. The mystery was interesting and though it was a little hard to figure out who the killer until the very end, it was interesting. You have to wait until the very end to have enough evidence that actually points to anyone. The mystery was not a standard one for cozy mysteries, however, having the 2 stories hypothesis running parallel was interesting.

The character development was interesting in this book. The victim was really well developed in this book. We got to understand his motivations, and even get to understand his feelings towards his girlfriend. The funny thing is that the girlfriend isn’t nearly as well developed has the victim. Nikki and Mark work really well together in this book, and we even get to meet Mark’s mother in this book. Sadly it was a really quick scene as Nikki seems to always be getting herself in trouble.

I really love this book series, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourites.

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Nikki’s mother decided to make a surprise visit to town, and things are off to a rough start. When some blood is found in the bathroom of the room adjacent to her mothers, Nikki gets pulled into another case. The chief of police reaches out to Nikki, and due to half of the department being out sick, he pulls her in on the case. She gets her mother cleared to help her with this case. Nikki can finally show her mother that she’s been doing just fine since her move to Fair Haven.

This mystery was interesting and nuanced. I really enjoyed the background to the murder victims as well as the murderer. You can actually feel for the murderer and their motivations. This is the first book in this series that actually makes you feel for the murderer and relate to them. The method of working the case was interesting, and I loved how the most important piece of evidence was provided by the murderer themselves.

We finally get to meet Nikki’s mother in this book, and we get to see Mark’s mother more in this book. The dynamic between the two mothers is really interesting. Though they both seem to want the best for the couple, they have very different ideas of what would be best. Nikki also gets to have a very important conversation with her mother in regards to her future and the issues that come with being a defence lawyer. I felt like Nikki really grew in this book, and we got to explore more of what makes her tick as a character and what she wants in the future. Mark and Nikki’s relationship also grew in this book, and they became closer as a couple.

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Nikki and Mark get to Washington to not only to check out the potential new job but also catching up with her friends. However, when something is obviously up with her best friend, Ahanti, Nikki get’s worried. Mark doesn’t even bat an eyelash when she decides to help. However, things get a little more confusing when Ahanti’s old boss is found dead. Now, Nikki must also walk back into her role as a lawyer to help out her friend.

This mystery was interesting but actually really easy to figure out. At more than one point I wanted to shake the characters and ask them why they were putting the victim in dangerous situations several times. I did enjoy them diving into Ahanti’s story and background. Though the mystery was straightforward, it was still really interesting.

We actually got to learn a lot about Nikki’s life before Fair Haven. We find out about her friends and family life. I do enjoy getting more background information to Bekki. We also get to see the dynamic in her family. She get’s a very interesting relationship with her father. The last book really helped Nikki and her mother’s relationship grow and heal. Nikki has also grown during her time in Fair Haven. She can finally see her parents trying to help her and not meddle with her life.

The version I read did have a fair number of typos in it, so just been warned.

Their Lost Daughters (DI Jackman & DS Evans #2)

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When the body of a young girl is washed up on shore, DI Jackman and DS Evan’s are put on the case. With the daughter of one of their own missing and a cold case with similarities, suddenly their small team is overworked. When another girl goes missing from the same area, they have to work together to figure out if something is going on, or it’s just a string of tragic accidents.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a true police procedural novel, and I must say that it’s really fun. The murder mystery and storyline were interesting. We knew who the murder was early on, but that was how it was designed. The way the story was written, it allows you to follow along with the bad guy and the police. This genre focuses a lot on the evidence aspect of the mystery, which does mean that they pull out chemical names for drugs, which I enjoy but I can see being annoying for some.

After the last book, DS Evan and DI Jackman seem to have an even closer relationship than the last book. However, when you’re almost killed, it tends to make you put things into perspective. We also get to meet more police throughout this book. Not only do we meet the SI but also cops from other teams and precincts. I do find it funny that Evan is referred to as Marie throughout the book, and Jackman is just Jackman.

I really enjoyed this book. Though I don’t read many of these books, I really should get back into them. I used to read them all the time.


The Murderer’s Son (DI Jackman & DS Evans #1)

Sweet, Sweet Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #13)

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Sky High Pies is pretty regular, so when one morning Katie receives a billfold, hotel key card and a mysterious phone call things get a little weird. Kate starts looking into the information that was handed to her she finds herself going down the rabbit hole. She finds out about the mysterious disappearance that occurred while she was away. While trying to track down the owner of the billfold, she gets dragged deeper into the mystery.

There was a novel written inside of the book that had had the same storyline as the one that we were reading. The story that was explained in the book, leads the reader to know exactly what is going to happen in the current story. I did the premise interesting, and we did get to find out more about Cresent Creek in this book.

We sadly don’t see Zack much in this book, however, we do get to see Katie talking to people around town. Due to this, we do get to meet more secondary characters. I am starting to really like the dynamic relationship between the three women at the bakery, they are really close and they work together the entire time. I really wanted to see Kate’s relationship with Zack to grow more, however, this will only happen if he appears more in the book.

Overall, I do enjoy this book.