Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse (Charlotte Denver #1)

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Charlotte runs a little restaurant in the beautiful port city of Ste Eves, in England. Nothing exciting ever happens in the town. It is a quiet town, and the crime is almost unheard of, so when a murder occurs in town, everyone is shocked. Charlotte’s friend, Chief Inspector Nathan Costello, is quickly on the case. However, since she owns the local watering hole, Nathan turns to her to keep her ears open, in case she happens to hear anything. Everyone in town is on edge and wants the murderer to be found so everything can go back to normal.

This was a great little introduction to the series, as well as the main character. Charlotte is an interesting character. Though she always seems to be busy, she is still willing to help her friends. Nather and Charlotte have an excellent relationship that you can tell spans years. I know that the trope of the restaurant owner/amateur sleuth gets with the police officer. However, these two are sweet together.

The mystery was interesting. We see the background of the people involved, and we get the back story. I am still not sure why the murderer murdered in the first place. However, the followup made a lot more sense. I always enjoyed getting to know and understanding the couple whose boat the murder occurred on. Through the mystery, we also got to know a few of the town’s occupants, and it expanded the city and made it feel real.

This was an interesting book, and I’m thinking of reading the rest of the series.

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Girl Desecrated: Vampires, Asylums and Highlanders 1984

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There has always been something a little off about Rachel, and she’s known it since she was a little kid. However, with her mother in the psych ward, she thought that she had merely inherited a mental disorder. However, on her 18 birthday, she meets a man that will change her life. She doesn’t realize how deeply her life will be impacted until it’s too late.

This book was not what I expected by reading the synopsis. It sounded like an epic adventure. However, it ended up being more of a coming of age book. There was a little more action in the last 1/4 of the book. Though I say, it’s a coming of age story… but like in a superhero origin store kind of way. This book is a really long build-up to her coming into her destiny.

The character of Rachel has a lot of potential, however, I didn’t really feel connected to the characters. Though she was placed into the situation through birth, she never really paid any attention to it. I find that a little hard to believe. The characters throughout this book were a bit hard to like, and I felt like there needed to be a little more character development for the rest of the characters.

I will say there was one huge pet peeve in this book. The author spells out the phonetics of the Scottish accent. That makes it really hard for the reader to read. I like reading my books quickly understand the dialogue the first time that I read it. This spelling does not lend well to understanding the text quickly.

It is a really slow book, so don’t go in expecting a lot of action.


I received a review copy from Hidden Gem.

Wedding Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #6)

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Sonja and Frank’s wedding is finally on, and everyone in the town is super excited. However, the morning of a wedding, a younger couple has been missing for the entire weekend. The couple agrees to postpone the wedding until the couple is found. When Sonja meets with a young ghost, she is worried about the wellbeing of the couple, and so is Frank.

This was a cute little book. I always enjoy books that include a marriage. Though Frank and Sonja still have a lot of issues that they have to resolve, they are an adorable couple. I really do enjoy reading about their love story. I will say that in this book they really do work well together. Their teamwork has been getting better throughout the series. However, I feel like Frank needs to get used to Sonja’s powers a little more especially if he is going to continue to rely on them.

The mystery was actually fascinating. Though I will admit, I didn’t really see the plot twist coming until really late into the story. I actually really enjoyed that part of the book. The way that Sonja’s powers were used in this book. I feel like there is a lot more than we need to explore with her powers. However, I enjoy that she is still not overpowered.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is an excellent book that’s added in the series.

Death In Vermilion

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When Leila is in full paint mode nothing can distract her. When she hears her upstairs neighbour getting noisy she just turns up the volume on her radio. However, when she later goes to check up on Iris, she finds that she is in fact dead. Shocked she calls the police, however, she can’t let it go. She is determined to find out what happened to the unlikable artist.

This was my first time reading anything from this author, and I will say that this is an excellent first book. This book is a fascinating murder mystery that allowed us to get to know all the characters around the lead. With the main character finding the murder victim within the first chapter of the book, it allowed the story to get on the way quickly.

I always enjoy books that allow the readers to get to know the murder victim and this book gave us that. Though Iris is painted with an unlikable brush through most of the book, her past started to develop throughout the book. Her motivations, as well as her history, were brought to light, and even though the people around her didn’t find her agreeable, she became a fleshed out characters.

The way that Leila handles the murder was a little brazen, as are most leads in murder mysteries. She does manage to get a lot of information out of the police by just being able to read people. I’m not sure how effective her husband’s character was throughout the book, as he just seemed to blend into the background.

I was a little uncomfortable with the relationship between Leila and her husband as well as the cop. I am not sure that her relationship with her husband will be maintained if this series continues. They are on the edge of divorce as it is. Also, I know that the trope in cozy mysteries is that the main female protagonist falls in love with the cop… however, she is a married woman.

Overall, I enjoyed this book.


I got a free reviewer’s copy from the website Hidden Gem.

Buckaroo Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #5)

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Sonja’s birthday is coming up soon, and she isn’t expecting to do anything special for her birthday. However, when Frank admits that he got his hands on a new attraction that is only just opening, Sonja agrees to go with him. They thought that they were only in for an old fashion western train ride. However, when a murder takes place on board, they are thrown into another mystery. This time, they are outside of Frank’s jurisdiction, and they have to play by the local’s rules, and he does not like it.

This was an interesting little storyline. We get to meet someone from Frank’s past, and Sonja is a bit confused as to why she had never heard of this person before they met up on the train. Mind you, even as an engaged couple, there will be something about the other person’s past that you will not know about each other. It’s only reasonable, especially since they have been together for a short amount of time.

I enjoyed that in this mystery, Frank was out of his jurisdiction. He ends up working with Sonja, trying to find out who the murderer could be. The way that Frank and Sonja work together is interesting, and they work well together. Sonja still takes some foolish risks throughout this book, but I have somehow gotten used to them. I still don’t think anyone should follow anyone, much less a ghost, on to the roof of a train in the winter.

I did enjoy this book.

Engaged in Danger (Jamie Quinn Mystery #4)

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Jamie Quinn is dragged into another headache again. When the wife of one of the biggest lawyers comes into her office, she is stunned.  Jamie is certain who this woman needs is a larger firm. Meanwhile, her next-door neighbour asks her to look into the legal entity of the owner for the plane that crashed and killed her sister.  Jamie has a whole lot on her plate, and the fun is only starting.

I enjoyed this book. I’ve mentioned this in a previous review, however, it still holds true, I really enjoy that the main character is a lawyer.  The concept of a cozy mystery makes a lot more sense since the main character has a firm understanding of the legal system. I still don’t think that the privacy laws are being upheld, and I really wish they were.

I enjoy how Jamie’s personal life was flipped on its side this book.  We got to see her deal with boyfriend and befriend issues. Even Duke was wearing on her last nerve through this book. The dynamic of the relationships were definitely tested this book and this tension actually made the characters a little more real. Duke finally did something that I was expecting for the longest time, which made it comical as well as add to the plot.

The storyline was really interesting and I enjoyed how the seemingly 2 plots mingled together. The chance to get to see how it all unfolds was really interesting. I had a little hint early on, but it was still nice to see how the author knitted it together.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

Christmas Waffle Caper (Wicked Waffle Mystery #4)

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The Christmas season has arrived! As Sonja and Frank are the newest couple in town, they are inundated with invites. Their holiday calendar is fuller than either of them have seen it before. However, before they can enjoy the first party of the season, Sonja has a delivery to make. This delivery steeped in mystery and problems. When their truck is stuck, and the ferry is forced to stop for the night, they are forced to stay with the family who asked for the delivery. When Sonja starts seeing the ghost of the family’s youngest daughter, she knows things are going to be going from bad to worst.

This was an enjoyable little book. I enjoy how Franck and Sonja work with each other throughout the book to figure out the mystery. Frank is still really against Sonja helping him solve any murders, and he keeps quoting the law. When Sonja speaks with someone in the police station to tell them what has happened, they also agree that Frank should deputize her to be able to help him. I still enjoyed the reality in their relationship. Though it is a lot better than the tensions in the last books, however, now they are an engaged couple.

The mystery was intriguing. The reader got to delve into the family’s past. We get to learn a lot about the daughter as well as the history of the family. I enjoyed how the storyline was able to expand on Sonja’s powers and add another layer to them for future books. The addition is something that we frequently see in books that deal with ghosts, however, it adds to what the characters can do without making them overpowered.

All in all, I enjoyed this book.