Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen #15)

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After just missing being in a multi-car accident, Hannah and Michelle find a tour bus that was overturned in the ditch. After making sure that the members of the Cinnamon Roll Six Jazz band were all ok, they are brought to the hospital for a check up. A short while after Buddy Neiman was found murdered in his hospital room. Hannah must mow track down the murderer while also trying to break off Norman’s and Dr. Beverly’s wedding.

I must say I’m glade that we just finished this arch with Beverly… I really hated that character. But I digress. I loved how all of the people in Lake Eden worked together to break up Norman’s wedding prep. They worked really had to figure out if he was really Beverly’s baby daddy. The part that I found funnier is that Hannah and Andrea go undercover to get DNA from Beverly’s daughter and they worked harder on that than figuring out who killed Buddy. It still works out in the end, and the killer incriminates himself.

I really enjoy that Michelle is starting to have a more prominent role in the books, I love her as a character. Also, since she is so similar to Hannah it gives her someone to help her out with the investigation as well as other places in her life. I loved this book, and it’s a good continuation to the series.

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Passion Fruit Punch Murder + Pecan Nut Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #34 + 35)

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Heather finds herself with another mystery on her hands when Col is arrested for a murder that he didn’t commit. She doesn’t believe that he had anything to do with his neighbor’s untimely demise. She’s determined to clear his name as the evidence is just not adding up at all for her. Col also leans heavily on Heather as he is determined to not be blamed for a murder he didn’t commit.

I’m starting to really like this series again. Heather is starting to really get into the groove of being a real PI. She is starting to investigate better and smarter. She works a lot more with Ryan in this book then previous. They worked together to figure out 2 mysteries in this book. We also get a little more background with the Owens. We get to see how the donut delight is working with the other businesses in town.

Overall I am still liking this series.

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When Eva is late for her daily stop at Donut Delight. She is shocked when Ryan tells her that she was at a scene of a murder and though she was rattled she is fine. When they find out that the newest librarian was just killed by aid of a book shelf full of books, there are many questions that arise. The many problem is how can some topple a sturdy bookself that is full. Heather on the case but she seems to have stumbled onto something that may have lead to the victims demise.

Oh… hello Kate… I had almost forgotten that you were in this story, so sad that you’ve return. Given that the books are focusing on the shop again, I guess that it’s only natural that Kate would make an appearance in this book. I, however, do not have to like it. I was enjoying the joint venture between Col and Heather. They have a nice chemistry together, but since Kate has decided to throw a wrench in it, I can’t wait to see how Heather puts her in her place.

This murder definitely puts a damper on love, which is not new in murder mysteries. Also it plays with the traditional love triangle that we have all become accustomed to in romantic comedies. I had a hunch of who did it before Heather did, but then again I’ve read far too many mysteries.

I  did enjoy the focus on the donut shop this book, it was quite refreshing. I hope Gillard continues to incorporate the shop in to the stories because I love the characters that work at the store.

Craft Circle Mysteries

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When the annual crafts fair arrives, George is still getting used to life in the small town. When one of the Crafters is found dead, George is suddenly a suspect. Between finding out who killed her, and finding Casper, George’s hands are filled. She doesn’t have any time on her hands.

This was an interesting little book to add to the series. the little town is interesting and has it’s own defining characteristics. We also get to see a little bit more of the town with the craft fair, and meet a few more people in the town. We also got to know Brenda a bit more, and her families which is very interesting. I like how calm her husband in comparison to Brenda.

We get to see how serious this town takes crafting. The fair’s contest is intense, and it makes me wish we saw more of it than we did. Sadly, Georgina was a little busy during the fair and couldn’t attend.

I liked how the roles were reversed with Ryan and Georgina in this book, it continued one of the arches from last book and puts them on even footing. Their relationship was a little rocky in this book but it was an interesting story line to follow. It’s a fun to watch a budding relationship. Also, we never found out how old Ryan is, and I’m curious.

Overall it was a fun little book.

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George is finally settling into her new live in Pottsville when her ex-husband, Adam, comes knocking. The memories of the start to resurface after the rival craft story’s owner was found dead in her own store. Suddenly Adam is in the hot seat, and George is not trying to exonerate her ex-husband… again… talk about deja-vu.

Ok… I’m really liking this series. The fact that we get to meet George’s ex-husband is really fun. We get to find out more about her past and what she was like up to the time that she moved to Pottsville. Her relationship with Ryan is pretty much at a standstill at this moment but I think this is partly because Adam is on time.

This murder investigation is interesting, simply because we get to see the strain between Brenda and George, as well as seeing more of Pottsville. Though we do get to know the victim and her family well through out the book. The background story is even more interesting than the murder investigation.

I would really like to know more about the Hills than we already learned in this book. There seems to be a lot more that we can learn and can be expanded on in future books.

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After George witnessed a local amateur musician stealing cats in the middle of the night from the local shelter, she’s on a quest to find them. However, when she finds him, he’s not exactly available to answer he question. After calling Ryan, she’s starting to looking into why he was stealing the cats in the first place.

Well this was really fun. I could see myself working in a shelter as a volunteer, however, I would probably end up adopting far too many animals that can’t find homes. George is very relatable in this book while she is trying to hide away from her problematic ex-husband. I would be able to relate if I was trying to not be anywhere near one of my exes.

This book entailed 2 different mysteries that are also connected together. We do get to find out more about the shelter that George got her dogs from, and learn a bit more about Brenda. George definitely takes a more aggressive approach to this investigation. Even though this character was never really a passive investigator really.

Over all this was a really fun book, and I enjoyed it.

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When a loyal customer is getting married with a DIY style wedding, George offers to help. However, when her new car is delivered with a body in the trunk, her hopes of having a new car is dashed. Now she has to find out who killed the man in her trunk, and finish getting this wedding ready with out access to a car.

Well this is an interesting little turn of events. This also shows the issue with not knowing when to say no. Little did George know that agreeing to help prepare a DIY wedding was in her future. I will say though, I don’t know why anyone would agree to that in the beginning.

Similar to so many of these series, murder just seems to follow George around like a bad omen. So much so that she can’t even get a car without something bad happening. I personally wouldn’t wanted to be in the same town that she lives in.

I do enjoy that the relationship that is developing between Adam and George. I was a little against it at the beginning because I don’t believe that you should get back with your exe no matter what. (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt) but at the same time they are really cute together. I’m interested in seeing what is in the future for these two.

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After starting a blog, George becomes close with people in the community. However, when one of her online friends stops posting, she gets worried. She takes an impromptu road trip to check on her and falls into the middle of a murder investigation. With her friend as a main suspect things are looking dire, so she sticks around and does what she does best, finds the true murderer.

So I caught up with this series and I a little sad about it. This is a really fun book series that has some quirky characters that seem to fit together perfectly. We meta new character that I happy will no longer be in the series, one book was long enough.

This time George is in a different town which added variety to the story and the world that it happens in. I really loved the little town that she visites in this book. She meets a lovely woman and starts blogging in this book, which is a nice addition to this book series.

I will say that I don’t understand why everyone lies to George when she first asks a question. I mean no one cares if you know a murder victim. Other then that I enjoyed the book and it was a good book.

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1)

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Anita receives a summons from the master vampire of the city to take a look into the recent vampire murders. As she’s already looking into it for the police she refuses. Anita soon finds out that even though most vampires are scared of her, the master vampire doesn’t take no for an answer. So Anita not only has to looking into the case but also balance her work has an animator.

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I was looking for a fun urban fantasy and though I wouldn’t call this book fun, it was interesting. Anita is a very strong character, and though she gets beat up, she just bounces right back. I enjoyed how she was written as the character who is respected, not just by default, but because she has earned it.

The only thing that I don’t like about Anita is how stuck to her prejudges that she is. Jean Claude has does almost nothing wrong but she treats him like the run of the mill killer. I hope that this series will get better in the future.

Lavender Grape Dust Murder + Neapolitan Delight Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #32 + #33)

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Living with a movie star, even aging would be a dream for most people. However, after Thaddeus Turlington is found murderer in his nursing home, everyone is shocked. Determined to get in bottom of the beloved actors death, as well as getting to the bottom of what he was truly like while he was alive.

This was a good little book, however, I really wanted it to go further into the family dynamic of the victim’s family. The length of the books seem to be a reoccurring issue I have with this series. All the books have a similar problem for me.

The characters are growing nicely. Heather’s contributions to the police force is finally being recognized and a permanent position may open up for her. I’m not sure how Heather would be able to balance the new role along with running the store. I feel like me staff would have to be added.

I also feel like the shop was just forgotten because Heather had only added one employee sobe the expansion and with how busy the shop was she needs more.

Overall it was a fun book but it needs a little something more.

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After a long time running around, Heather and Ryan get to have a lovely night at the motion pictures. However, their peaceful evening is shattered when a man is murderer in front of everyone. Now Heather has to push through the first time that she sees someone die in front of her. Heather is determined to figure out this murder as to not feel any more useless that she already does.

I actually really enjoyed this book. I must say that it addresses some of the concerns that I mentioned in my last review. We get a little bit on insight into Donut Delight and how the little doughnut shop was doing. There is also the chemistry between Ryan and Heather that I fell in love with in the first few books. They still make a cute couple.

Though the murder wasn’t terribly hard to figure out, the background to the murder victim and murderer was very interesting in this case. I enjoyed that Gillard went a little further than she normally goes, but I still would really love it if she were to developed all her characters a little more.

Margot Durand Series

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When Margot returns from picking up her friend at the airport, they are both surprised to find a man dead in the draft store. After a quick call to Adam, an investigation is started and a witness can place someone at the scene of the crime. Margot works with Adam to find out who really committed the crime.

This was a little harder to read than the first book. I still really enjoyed it, as well as the characters in the book. We found out a little more about Adam, and Julian. Adam is actually a really nice character and mirrors Margot really well in many ways.

Adam and Margot work really well together on the case, and though Margot is a little head strong, she is well aware that Adam has her best interest at heart. I will mention, that the chief character in this book, similar to most murder mystery books, was very blase about Adam sharing details with Margot.

Dex was also a nice addition to the series. He fits in perfectly with Margot and Rosie at the bakery. He also provides Adam with more of a back story so we get to see where he came from, and what made him the man he is today.

Overall this was a really fun little book.

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A little vacation is just what Margot needs. However, when a murder happens on board, and it appears to be a simple overdose, Margot goes into investigation mode. She starts looking into it, even though no one else will.

Oh, I really liked this one. This series, though still early on, is really fun. Margot has never been a suspect of a murder investigation, unlike so many female leads in mystery books. Also, this series has also left the small town and Margot was able to look into a mystery away from home. Adam has become even cuter in the book series, and though he is hiding something, probably about Julian’s death, he still fits together with Margot.

The mystery was very well thought out, and made complete sense. It was obviously planned out and none of the clues seemed like it was spur of the moment. Though the connection between Gab and Adam doesn’t seem clear, and the reason that Adam managed to get to follow Margot is a little ify, it was still a really good book.

As you can tell, I really enjoyed this book.

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While Bentley is out with a sore back, his old friends start passing away. It doesn’t make any sense until another old friend shows up. Margot finds it do until she finds out about the treasure hunt that they had a young adults. Adam and Margot work together to find out who is after the pair of old men.

Ok so I really love this book series. It’s hard to find a book series that grips me with the characters and not as a passing fancy. This series is on the small side of cozy mysteries but it is fantastic.

Margot and Adam’s relationship is very nice. They are open and honest, and though its not easy they are willing to work together to make their relationship work in the long run. It is nice seeing adults being just that,adults. Also, all of the characters are very well developed, making them very relatable.

This mystery was a little more complex in comparison to the previous books. I enjoyed that it also gave Bently more of a back story, as I really like the character. Though I had an idea who was behind it, it was still interesting watching the characters unravel the mystery. I hope that the new characters stick around in the next book because there is so much to explore in with them.

I really enjoyed this book and think that this series is worth the time

Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #14)

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The Reverend and Claire leave on their much-deserved honeymoon leaving a visiting reverend in charge. Reverend Matthew had grown up in Lake Eden, so he accepted the role without a second thought. However, when he’s found dead in the office, Hannah is on the case trying to figure out why anyone would want to murder a reverend.

Ok without spoiling the end of this book…. umm WTF is going on with Norman. This is the second book that ends with a cliffhanger that has to do with him. This is an interesting twist, however, I don’t approve. Hannah is snooping like always in this book and we can see that she’s getting really good at it. We get to meet more characters from around the parish and town of Lake Eden is becoming richer with the more characters.

Mike is starting to treat Hannah with more respect during this book. Though we don’t see him much in this book, he does seems to respect her abilities as an investigator. This book was primarily focused on her relationship with Norman, and I must say that I don’t like where this is going. Still, I need to keep an open mind going into the next book.


Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #13.5)