The Diner of the Dead #1 – 4

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When Sonja gets a call from her mother, she drops her life in New York City and returns to the small town of Haunted Falls. She returns to find out that a lot has changed in only 9 months. When she thought that she saw something in her friend’s dinner, things go from weird to weirder. They find a body in the freezer of a woman that was not well liked in the community. Now that Sonja is stuck in the middle of it,  she is determined to get to the bottom of this.

This was an interesting mystery. The mystery was very character focused and I felt like a little bit more time could have been spent and expanding the characters, and the city. It wasn’t that solidified as a story arch, however, it is only the first book of the series. I’m hoping that the mysteries are a little more fleshed out the in the future.

 Similar to what I have mentioned before, this store was very character driven, however, the character development was weak. It seems to be a common downfall for this genre of books. The main character was interesting, and the town was fun, but there was so much more potential. I enjoyed the town’s name and feel, I just hope it gets better in the future.

 It’s not a horrible book, however, it’s not one of my favourites.

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Sonja’s dinner’s finally up and running again, however, on opening day the cast and crew do the hitTV show the Spooks come crashing in. Given the body found in the freezer, it is a prime site to film the latest episode of the show. After unsuccessfully trying to film at a local farm as well, The crew, Sonja, the sheriff and the farmer are stuck due to a rainstorm. When Sanja finds Spook dead the next morning suddenly the search is on for the murderer.

This book was a variation of the contained murder mysteries, but instead of all of the book is limited to one scene, we only have the murder being segregated. The reason behind the murder was interesting but a classic story of greed. I found that the murderer was a little obvious early on, but I feel like I say that all the time.

The characters were a little better this time, however, they were still really flat. Ally was developed upon, she has a fun quirky attitude. Sadly, the main character, Sonja, is still fairly flat even though the book series follows her. I am really hoping that she is flesh out soon because I feel like there is so much potential in her character.

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Sonja is settling into running the diner alongside her best friend, Ally, and her husband, Alex. However, when she gets ready to do some landscaping things start getting a little weird. After she and the head landscaper gets threatening messages for them to break the contract, Sonja gets the sheriff involved to see who could be behind it. Who knew that getting some landscaping done could be so dangerous.

I should just make a note at the top of my blog stating “No I wasn’t surprised when the murder was revealed and yes I saw it coming from a mile away.” This wasn’t a complicated murder mystery, however, I did like how they tied together the past and the present together. With Sonja digging into the past it allowed us a brief glimpse into the past of Haunted Falls. I also liked how, though Sonja’s sleuthing did put her in danger, she didn’t let herself do anything too dangerous.

Sonja grew a little bit in this book, which was a nice change. I also enjoyed how we got to know murderer and goes motives a little bit. Even though the story was obvious it was still interesting. Ally and Alex were definitely acting like the matchmakers in this book, but Sonja was having none of it which I found funny. Also liked the added paranormal aspects that are starting to be peppered through the book. I wouldn’t call it urban fantasy but it has a hint of it.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, I just wish it wasn’t so obvious.

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The Father’s picnic is an excellent place for The Waffle to promote their menu, even though they are already starting to get their regulars. When a ghost leads Sonja to find the body of the winner of the award. However, things get a little complicated when Benjamin comes back into town and Sonja’s love life gets thrown into the mix with the murder case.

Though the mystery wasn’t terribly interesting,  I did enjoy how they incorporated the slight supernatural influences in the book. There wasn’t must information about the mystery, or the victim, and I felt like most of the store was focused on Sonja’s love life. It would have been interesting to see more information about the murderer.

Sonja came off as annoying in this book which was really annoying. I really just wanted to point out that she has some excellent suitor and though she’s stressed she should realize that. Though I enjoyed the advances of Sherriff and Benjamin, they were both a little all over the place in this book, I felt like I was listening to the Hot and Cold song by Katy Perry.

It was an ok book, but it had much more potential

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How to Save an Undead Life (Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy #1)

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After being in prison for 5 years, Grier was finally released for a crime she didn’t commit. However, when vampires start coming after her she is really confused as she is a lowly apprentice. When her aunt, the Grande Dame, requests her presence at the inauguration, she goes looking for answers at the source.

This is a fairly new series, this book only came out in August 2017, and I’m so happy that I found it. I enjoyed the new world that we were dropped in. We are introduced to the world of the necromancers and Vampires. Vampires are actually a little different in this book, in comparison to the standard lore around them. The liberties that were taken by Edwards with the lore actually made a lot of sense. It also gave the world a special feel which I liked.

I did not like that Grier’s past, and reason that she went to prison was kept from the reader for so long. I get that the story is being told in a first-person voice, however, I really don’t know what it wasn’t mentioned before the halfway mark in the book. That was really annoying to me.

I am hoping that we get more information about the lore behind the necromancers. I’m certain that we’re going to learn more about Grier and her family in the future books, however, I have a feeling there is something going on between her and the vampires from this book.

I actually really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

The Pie Crust Killer (Sky High Pies Mystery #12)

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Everything is calm around Sky High until the local police come to see her. When a vintage pie pan from Sky High Pies is found at the scene of two murders, it starts to look like it might have something to do with a part occurrence that happened at Sky High Pies while her grandmother was still alive. Now, Katie starts looking into the murders to figure out what could have possibly lead to the murders. 

This story pulled a lot on the past of Crescent Creek, which was nice. We got to hear more about her grandmother. The murders were very precise and used very specific details from sky high’s past that expanded to the history of the town. I did enjoy the significance of the murders and the almost ritualistic aspects to them. It really allowed us to find out more about the characters involved.

Since Blanche plays a large role in the book we get to find out more about her and her past. I’m pretty sure we knew that she was a teacher at one point, but that must have slipped my mind while reading this book. We also get more information about Kate’s high school career and what it was like for the students in the school. The map gets expanded as well, as we find out a little about the neighbouring town and the outskirts of Cresent Creek. 

I felt like this book was very focused on the character development aspect of the story, which I loved, but didn’t really leave much to the mystery. Also, a good part of the book was just Kate fuming about the out of town police officer. I still enjoyed the book, however.


The Marzipan Murders (Sky High Pies Mysteries #11)
Sweet, Sweet Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #13)

The Darling Deli Series 1 – 3

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When the owner of the competing store is found murdered, and all signs point towards Moira, she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Calling on the help of a private investigator, Moira fights to clear her name for a crime she didn’t commit, however, she is fighting mounting evidence.

I have found the cozy mystery book series where the restaurant owner isn’t acting like a private investigator, instead, she hires one. Though it’s the typical beginning, where the main character is suspected of murder, the nice twist is refreshing. We’ve to see poison in the food sold by the store in the past, but the reason for it being used was a little interesting.

We sadly didn’t learn very much about Moira or any of the characters, which leaves them feeling a little flat. We do get to know that Moira and David are both physically attractive as they are both described as handsome/beautiful for each other. The book is written in 3rd person omniscient so you would think we would get at least a little more information about the characters. As this is a really short book I will forgive it, however, I hope that they will be expanded upon in future books.

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A blizzard hits the small town of Maple Creek leaving the residence stuck indoors. However, after receiving a concerning phone call from a friend, leaves Moira worried. Upon arrival, she finds her friend dead. While the police are quick to rule it an accident Moira isn’t so sure. She calls in the help of David again and try and figure out who would want to hurt the poor woman.

This was a fun little book, the mystery was interesting as Moira had to figure out how to get the police to reopen the case. Like the last book, Moira called in David who did most of the work. I enjoyed the fact that though Moira is investigating, she is still relying on the professional to do most of the work. Moira however, just happens in the situations and doesn’t actively go head first into the situation.

We get to find out a little more about Moira and her support structure in town. Though we know that she is divorced, we get more information into Candice’s childhood. Sadly, David is still a rather flat character, though he really wasn’t in the book very much, even though he is being built up into being Moira’s romantic partner.

It was an interesting book, however, I just hope that the characters get expanded in the future novels.

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and it shares its week with the winter festival in Maple Creek. However, this Valentine’s Moira starts getting a lot of invites to the local dance. Moira isn’t getting into the love season with all the hectic occurrences happening around time. When the food critic, who comes to the festival each year, is found dead in the Deli, Moira finds it very disturbing.

The mystery was very obvious, however, really fun. I found it interesting that Moira wasn’t even investigating anything this book yet she still found herself in the middle of everything. She does think through the murder, without doing any legwork. I don’t know if David did any investigating as it wasn’t in the main storyline, however, I do believe that he must have.

We get to see more about Moira’s love life since her marriage, however, we also see how Candice is trying to get her mother out there again. I enjoyed the interactions between David and Moira, however, I feel like it’s very one-sided. We don’t really get to know much about what Moira is thinking throughout the book when it comes to David, which is odd because the narrator is omniscient.

I still enjoyed this book, they feel like a really nice short novel.

Don’t Talk Back To Your Vampire (Broken Heart #2)

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Ever since the mass change in Broken Heart, turning 11 people into vampires, Eva has been trying to settle into her new life as the Vampire Librarian. When Lorcan, the vampire who killed her, shows up to deliver some bad news, she has to try to accept it. However, Eva quickly finds out that there was a reason for wanting them to move closer to the compound, and life isn’t so easy anymore.

This series is a cute, light urban fantasy where we get to live in the characters life for a few hours. Given the series, it doesn’t directly relate to the other books because the main characters change each book, it can be read out of series or alone.

The town of Broken Heart gets expanded a little bit in this book. We got to see how the town is changing into something that the vampires can use. We can see how the town will evolve over the next few books to accommodate the new occupants. Though we don’t really get to see much of Jessica and Patrick in this book, they were part of the book, and added to the scene they were in.

Also, even though Lorcan was the main focus of the last book, however, we never really got to know him. This book, Lorcan was the main character and we learned a lot about him. I enjoyed how Bardsley used snippets of Lorcan’s own writing to give him history and information about his past.

I really liked this book.


I’m the Vampire, That’s Why (Broken Heart #1)

The Marzipan Murders (Sky High Pies Mysteries #11)

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It was an ordinary day at the bakery when Katies hears of the untimely death of her friend. Without anything seemingly wrong in her friend’s life, it doesn’t make sense why anyone would want to kill the sweet woman. However, the more that Katie digs into the people around her, the more she can figure out who was really to be blamed for the murder.

it was an interesting mystery and not as straightforward as you would think it would be. It contained interesting twists and turns along the way that allowed the story to be more intricate than most. The Case of mistaken identity that was interesting, and though there wasn’t really anyone living a double life, the fact that she was accidentally killed was interesting.

This book was really well crafted when it came to character building. We got to learn a lot about Katie in this book, and though we already know a lot, it just builds her character even more. Crescent creek expanded in this book and we learnt a lot about the infrastructure. I know that’s not something that would be very interesting to most, but I do like a look into the world of other businesses and how the town’s inner workings… well work. Sadly, Zac wasn’t really in this book and neither was Trent, however, we did get to see Tyler as the main player in this book rather than just a secondary character. I will be really interested to see how he will be used in future books. 

I really enjoyed this book and found it a good continuation of the series.


Death Before Diamonds (Sky High Pies Mystery #10)
The Pie Crust Killer (Sky High Pies Mystery #12)

Senoia Cozy Mystery # 7 – 8

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Felicity lands the biggest party to hit town, the party for the actors who play in the locally shoot zombie show. It’s all fun and games until a dead body turns up at the party, all made up in zombie makeup. When the producer finds out the Felicity has worked on cases before he hires her to work this one. Suddenly she is fighting back her memories while trying to move forward.

The story was interesting and not as straightforward as I would have expected. The story kept me guessing until the very end, which is rare for me. I enjoyed how everything fell into place in the end and it all made sense. The ending didn’t feel forced at all and came together very well.  It was also very interesting how they incorporated the local TV show into the mystery. There was a lot more to the store than simply just throwing together a bunch of misunderstood actors.

Sadly Jack wasn’t really in this book, though that might be a good thing, as he always seems to get into trouble when he looks into a case with Felicity. We also get to know more about Felicity’s parents in this book, as she does spend some time with her mother in this book. Her mother is really fun to get to know, and I can not see why Felicity is so skeptical of what people say to her. Jefferson was really supportive and though he could have been written to use the situation to his advantage he never does. It’s really nice to see someone who is romantically interested in someone not take advantage of the situation. Felicity is a little over the place however, it was understandable after what happened to her fiance in the last book.

I really enjoyed this book, I’m going to blame it on Brian not being in this book.

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When Monte loses his job right before the wedding, he thought that it couldn’t get any worst. However, when he finds his boss murdered and is blamed them for the murder, things go from bad to worst. Felicity and Jefferson work hand in hand with same Dawn’s and Monte’s wedding. The only problem is to find a person that wanted to kill the victim and why.

I enjoyed seeing them trying to save Monte before the wedding. The group of friends work together to figure out who did it. Thought most of the time Jefferson and Felicity work together, we did get to be reminded how well Jack and Felicity work together. It wasn’t straightforward as I thought it would be at the beginning, however, it was very interesting.

We get two new characters in this book who are very cute. They are a couple, and we find out very quickly why they would have decided to work together at the party planning shop. I think due to the new additions, the book could be much more focused on the investigation rather than the parties. Though they were close before, we do get to see Jefferson and Felicity grow closer in this book which leads to an interesting turn of events at the end, after Dawn’s and Monte’s wedding of course.

I enjoyed this book, and can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out.