Donut Hole Cozy Mystery 58 – 60

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Doughnut Delights crew decides that it would be good to go to and perform some team building activities. Little did they know that a terrible accident would leave a member of one of the other teams dead. However, something doesn’t look right to Heather. So the team od Doughnut delights decide to work together to figure out who murdered the poor victim.

 

Well, that is one way to work on the group’s teamwork, solve a murder. I have never been a fan of one-day mysteries because they always feel unrealistic. This sadly wasn’t any different. I get that this story wouldn’t have worked if it was spread over multiple days, however, it still seemed a bit rushed.

We got to see a lot of the kitchen staff in this book as they all work together to find out who was the killer. Though, Heather was the one who did most of the work. Hell, even Ryan was a little useless this book.

It was a fine book to read but now my favourite of the season.

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After all that they’ve been through, or not been through really, Heather and Ryan finally meet Hoskin’s wife. However, when she is implicated in a murder, Heather and Ryan have to struggle to keep their emotions in check and figure out if she really is the murderer. Something doesn’t quite feel right as they trust her. However, the one good thing that came from this is that Hoskin’s finally that understands the importance of the investigative aspect of the job.

We finally get to see more about Hoskins’ family life. We have known for a while now that he is the son-in-law of the chief. That being said, he has always been lazy. This time Millie, his wife, is the one in the hot seat this time. This forces Hoskins to work hard to figure out who actually killed the old lady as he believes that it was not his wife. We finally get to see him grow as a cop and that is nice. I feel like it was forced as he is going to be the detective left in charge of Hillside while Heather and Ryan are away.

I enjoyed the storyline of the book and how the mystery worked out in the end. It was an interesting plot, that though I have seen something like that before, it was still really interesting.

I really enjoyed this book, it was one of the more enjoyable books in this series.

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Heather and Ryan are about ready to move to Key West just a couple of final things to do before they leave. However, when 2 strange murders happened in town, Heather is pulled into another mystery. While the two murders don’t look like they would be related, the victims actually were business partners. Now they must look into the potential of it being business related.

I’m so glad that I never have to hear about Lyle Clark again after this book. Heather wraps up her last case in Hillside before leaving to Key West. I will now have to start a new series after a bit of a break.

There were 2 murders in this book which was interesting. There were parallels between the two investigations as the victims were partners. Lyle Clark was heavily featured in this book. However, that was to be expected as it is the last book in Hillside. One of the murders was interesting as it was a poisoning, and I found it to be more interesting than the gunshot.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. The next series is also being written right now.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Murder + Vanilla Glazed Murder


 

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Frosted Loved Cozy Mysteries 16 – 20

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After coming back home after their honeymoon, Chase and Missy start debating the whether or not to buy the little inn in Florida. When Missy decides to take the plunge into the hotel ownership and management. That, however, means that they have to move and leave what they know behind. However, when a young boy goes missing Chas and Missy are thrown right into a new mystery.

This is a really fun little pick up from the last book. Though I didn’t really like that the last book ended with a cliffhanger, but it worked well for this book. I enjoyed the beginning of the book where Chas and Missy were just living their lives without any murders. Missy takes a back seat in this book, however, we do get to follow Chas at work, which I really liked. It’s a nice meld of cozy mystery and cop book. The new writing style is really fun and interesting.

The mystery didn’t start until partway through the book, and it wasn’t too hard to figure out, however, Prescott did throw a couple of curveballs with the story. What is common with this book, as it is mainly focused on Missy and not Chas, is that the reader doesn’t always get enough information to completely figure out the mystery completely. I think that’s on purpose, however, it is a little annoying.

There is a lot more character development than other books as they have just moved to a new place so Prescott had to introduce all of the new characters.

There was a slight lack of consistency throughout the book. I noticed mistakes in the name of a character in the book, mainly the wrong last name. Also, the length of time between everything happening in the book. It just felt like it was on fast forward.

Overall it was still a really enjoyable book.

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Chas’ new boss invites everyone over to his home for a Halloween party. However, when a murder happens at the party, all fingers are pointed at Clara, Missy’s new friend in town. With no real evidence, Missy tries to figure out a way to clear Clara’s name with help from a few other friends from around the town.

I really enjoyed the way the Prescott mixed new friends with old. With Echo making an appearance, and Kel being a heavy part of this book, it’s really fun. Kel is an interesting character, and he melds perfectly with Echo, they are both quirky and got at their own speed. Though they get along really well, they also have differences that make them but heads.

We get to find out more about the town and its surroundings in this book. We also get to meet more of the townsfolk. This book felt like it really expanded the town for future books, as I believe there are 30 books at the inn.

The mystery was fun, but with so many people pointing their fingers at Clara, it was a little hard for Missy to prove her points. Also, Clara’s personality was a little all over the place in this book and it was a little inconsistent which was annoying. However, I really did enjoy the way that Missy was used much more in this book to investigate the murder. It does make sense as Carla is her friend after all. I do enjoy the new way that we see Chas at work, however, I enjoyed the throwback to Missy. 

I still really enjoyed the book and enjoyed learning about Missy and Chase’s new town.

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When the inn is booked out completely for a wedding party, Missy is super excited. Missy has only ever had positive experiences with marriage and wedding bells, however, when the clients arrive she is starting to be unsure about this time. With a very temperamental mother-of-the-bride and a feud between the father-of-the-bride and the father-of-the-groom. When the father-of-the-bride is found dead in the corn maze, now Chas must figure out what really happened.

I must say, the mother-of-the-bride is one witch of a woman and the sad thing is that I have met people like her. She was really well written and written to be so easy to hate. I did enjoy learning more about Spencer in this book, and he was really interesting. I would love to learn more about him, however, I feel like with the friendship blooming between Chas and Spencer. We also have confirmation that Echo will be staying a while in Florida which is going to be interesting to see how she gets used. 

We got to see what Missy is like when she gets really angry which added some dimension to her. Chas and Missy have to deal with a lot throughout this book and work really well together. The change in the writing style has allowed us to see them more as a couple in the past few books which allows them to feel more real.

The mystery this book was interesting, and though she tried to throw some curveballs this book, however, they weren’t very effective. Trying to paint Spenser in a slightly bad light isn’t really effective as he’s such a lovable character. I really did enjoy the little digging that Kel and Echo did during the book. I feel like Kel is going to be a very useful in the future books.

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While on one of his much deserved days off, Spencer spots a young woman walking straight into the ocean. The marine runs after her and brings her to the inn. Missy and Spencer get pulled into the mystery around this poor girl, while Echo is dealing with everything around Kel

I am really enjoying the focus on the characters and their development in this book. I feel like we get to really know the characters in this book, and though there is still a murder and mystery, it isn’t the only thing that is focused on in the book. I have always been a big fan of character development, not only throughout the book but also the series. We got to see Echo’s feelings for Kel develop and she becomes aware of what Missy has always seen. We got to see another side to Spencer that we haven’t seen before which was interesting and fun. I really enjoy seeing him grow as a character.

My murder didn’t take place until about ½ through the book, which seems to be normal now, Chas was still working on a case earlier on in the book. I enjoyed how seamlessly the two mysteries flowed into each other. I also enjoyed how Prescott managed to introduce a character that seems just as broken as Spencer in this book to match with him.

This wasn’t a who done it book really. It was all taken care of by Chas. We did get all the hints of the conversation between Chas and the murderer but none of the additional information the Chas gets off of the page until he tells Missy. If you’re looking for a who done it I feel like this book series is turning into much more of the cozy side of cozy mysteries, not that I’m complaining as I still am really enjoying the series.

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Missy is getting ready for Thanksgiving and a surprise birthday party for one of her guests. However, when one of the guests turns up dead suddenly everyone is on high alert. Chas must track down the killer while Missy tries to appease her guests and calm the staff.

Ok, I love Kel I always have, however, I feel like he took a few too many liberties in this book in compared to the previous books. I draw the line to breaking and entering into anyone’s house, including a dead man’s. I did enjoy Missy finally standing up to Clara in this book, at first I liked that character, but now she’s just wearing on my nerves. Having a little follow up with the old characters was really fun and interesting to see them.

The mystery was interesting and different. I didn’t suspect the murder until the end, which was nice and rare. I did enjoy seeing Missy being interrogated by the police in this book as it proves that Missy isn’t immune to police procedures. I still really enjoyed the work between Missy and Chas during this book, and the help that Kel provided was excellent, even if it was very illegal.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of this book series.


Frosted Love Cozy Mystery 11 – 15

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)

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After finally breaking from the pack Curran and Kate are trying to live a quiet life. However, when their friend goes missing and the pack isn’t doing anything about it. Kate takes it upon themselves to track Edwardo while also trying to figure out why there are so many ghouls coming to the city.

I really liked this book. I will have to admit though… I have a special connection with this book because I would struggle to explain this book to my Japanese Teacher… In Japanese… yeah it was hard.

I’m really sad that this is the first book in the series. The book makes you want to explore the world even more and has books about what happened before the story starts. You want to know more about Kate and Julie’s bond, I want to find out how Curran and Kate fall in love. I also want to know how the pack works. I love the chemistry between Curran, Kate and Julie. They have a very strong family bond that makes them relatable.

I love the way that they incorporate the mythos from out time, and explains the background of the myths and where they come from. The mythical creatures that are in the book all have their origins and are linked together.

Kate is a very self-aware character who is also a little headstrong so she gets into trouble. However, Curran isn’t much better. This is definitely a series that I’m going to be continuing.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Murder + Vanilla Glazed Murder

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Leila and Eva’s house is finally complete and to fill the last corner of the house they go shopping at an antique shop. However, when the owner is found dead the next day under suspicious circumstances. Though the police are writing it off as a suicide, Heather knows better and persuades Ryan to take another look at the body.

Hello, Lyle my old Foe, I really didn’t miss that character, but he’s back in his book again. I am not a fan of him, and there aren’t any redeeming qualities like there had bee with Geoff. I guess I can be happy that Kate is still quiet. I don’t know why those characters are in the series, to be honest, but I can deal.

The mystery was a little interesting. I felt like it was a little easy to figure out in the end but that’s ok. Heather and Ryan work well together in this book like always. There really wasn’t much character development in this book but I’m coming to expect it from this series.

It’s not a bad book, I just wish there was a little more meat to these books.

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Amy and Jamie have finally found their new home. They are settling in well together. However, when one of their new neighbours was found murdered, Amy has to meet her neighbours is the most awkward way possible. Can Amy question her neighbours while not getting on any of their bad sides while also trying to find out who killed the man?

This was an interesting little book that foreshadows what is going to happen in the last book in this series. With Amy and Jamie finally moved in together, Jamie is going to have to get used to Amy being pulled away from the house to investigate murders.

This murder was a little random when it comes to motive, and to be honest I don’t fully understand what the reason was in the end. It was just a little weird, to begin with, but then again so was the victim.

We get to see Rodney again in this book, which is nice since he kinda just fell out of the picture after his girlfriend was murdered in an earlier book. We also got to find out more about him and his family in this book. The character development was utilized well for the furthering of the storyline.

Overall, this was a good little book.


Funfetti Murder + Wild Raspberry Murder
Donut Hole Cozy Mystery 58 – 60

Roasted Love Cozy Mystery

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When the owner of the rival coffee shop is killed, the police turn their sights on the owner of Roasted Love due to their ongoing feud. Laila is determined to prove that her boss is innocent. She works closely with a paramedic, named Daniel, to get to the bottom of it.

I’m a little sad that this is the first book of a three book series. I really liked this book. the writing style is nice and easy and really easy to follow throughout the book. The characters are very interesting and we got to get a feel for their relationship. The dynamic within the team at Roasted Love is interesting and almost like a family.

I do like how Laila and Daniel meet in this book. He is a really sweet guy, not sure that a paramedic would really have that much time to do the running around that Laila asks him to do. However, him being friends with people in the police department does help. It is fun seeing a cozy mystery that the main character seems to be falling for someone who isn’t a police officer. I get it that it is the easiest way to make sure that the main character is always in the know with the investigation, but this was a nice little addition.

The characters were really interesting and fun. The murder mystery in this book was different than what I’ve seen before. They took the standard poisoning and gave it a new twist. Larson managed to fit a lot of interesting twists in this book. I did find that it was a little easy to figure out, but it was enjoyable none the less.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the following books in the series.

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When a date night between Laila and Daniel is interrupted by a body found in the restaurant’s freezer. Daniel asks Laila to look into it as he is friends with the owner. While working on the case, Laila finds out a lot more about Daniel’s friend, maybe a little too much. But she must finish everything up before heading home for the holidays.

This was a really fun book. What I enjoy the most is that Laila isn’t a business owner like so many cozy mystery protagonists are. Though she doesn’t slack at her job, she has plenty of free time to investigate what happened and the timing makes sense. She’s written to have a very keen eye and learns quite quickly. She is also very mindful of the evidence, which is lacking in many cozy mystery books.

The new characters that were introduced where interesting. Steve allowed the reader to obtain more information about Daniel and his past before the books. We also get to meet Laila’s parents, though briefly.

The murder was interesting and complex which was fun. It was more of a real mystery that wasn’t clear cut as most. Laila had to connect the dots which was fun to watch.

Overall, it was a good book that was very interesting. It also was a perfect book to read for this season, as the holiday season is upon us. 

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After a sweet homeless man who frequents Roasted love is found dead, Laila is the only one who seems to think that there is something wrong. She looks into the murder as the police’s hands are tied as there were no signs of any the death not being an accidental overdose. Laila is determined to figure it out, however, she may be over her head with this one.

We get to see a bit more of west rock, New York and it’s surroundings in this book. Laila does travel around into a more dangerous part of town and I feel like she took too many risks in this book than previously, and I’m pretty sure that it gave Daniel a heart attack. Though I get not wanting a murderer to get away with murdering your friend, however, I think talking with a drug dealer is a bit much.

Daniel and Laila have on of their first real fights in this book. She should really listen to Daniel more frequently as he does work in the emergency field. He brings the level-headed view in this book. They do make a very nice couple and balance each other out nicely.

The mystery was interesting and though misleading, I found it quite easy to figure it out.  Don’t go into this book expecting a good riddle.  It may be the fact that the reader is on the outside and makes things a whole lot easier to figure out.

I still really liked the book, and I’m sad that this is the last book in the series. If Larson wants to write another book, I would gladly read it.

Unfinished Business (Angela Panther #1)

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When Angela gets woken up in the middle of the night by her dead mother, she starts questioning her own sanity. When other ghosts start seeking Angela out to help them with their unfinished business, Angela starts freaking up. Trying to come to terms with her new abilities with the support of her husband.

If my mother died and suddenly I could see ghosts everywhere, I would probably act exactly like Angela. Denial is the name of the game and Angela is excellent at it. All the characters react to this change is very realistic ways. Though slightly unrealistic, the story is offset by how well the characters are depicted.

The sequence of events that happened in this book is a little unrealistic, but it was handled well. Emily’s character took a drastic change near the end of the book is normal for a teenager, but it was still really weird. The overarching story involving Emily was never really resolved so I hope that it’s brought up again in the next book, but only time will tell.

Funfetti Murder + Wild Raspberry Murder

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While helping out at a PTA event on Lilly’s request, Heather has a strained encounter with the president of said PTA. When she is found dead in her home, Heather must step back as she is aware she may be a suspect. Now Ryan must figure out whether or not Heather is a suspect and who actually wanted to kill the PTA president, not like it’s a short list.

Well, this was a fun book. Unlike in previous books when Heather is potentially one of the suspects in this book. She actually does volunteer the information to Ryan when she finds out who the victim is. We get to see the relationship between Lilly and Heather grow deeper in this book. We also get to see Heather work through her feelings after being confronted with not being Lilly’s biological mother. For parents who are busy, the worry that they are not taking care of their children the way they should is always a worry.

The murder was fairly simple to solve however, I wonder if the means of murder wasn’t thought through. I work with insulin needles daily and they wouldn’t fit through the cork. Gillard never specifies if she removed the cork or put the poison through the cork but the description of a “big” needle is wrong. My cat’s insulin needles are much bigger than my mother’s and it isn’t long enough to go through a cork.

Other than that inconsistency, it was a fun story.

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Just so that they can relax, heather and the crew when to enjoy a murder mystery show at a local restaurant. However, little did they know that they would find the valet of the night dead. Now Ryan and Heather must look into the past of the valet, as well as look into the past of everyone in the theatre group.

I enjoyed this book more than the last few books. This mystery had an interesting backdrop of a murder mystery play being performed the same night. The characters were a little more eccentric than normal, but we can typically brush it off to them being actors and actresses, so they have the flair for the dramatics. We got to see Heather and Amy untangle the intricate relationship web between the victim and the cast of the play.

I enjoyed the character of the Tracey Trigger, she attempts to work as an amateur sleuth but does more harm than good in the end. This almost plays on the idea that due to her not having any idea of police procedures she can contaminate the scene. This is also a little nod to the genre of cozy mysteries as the main characters typically don’t follow the law.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it’s one of the better books in the series.


Banana Fudge Murder + Blueberry Stars & Stripes Murder
Peanut Butter and Jelly Murder + Vanilla Glazed Murder