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.

The Hack

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This isn’t a book for everyone, it deals with a lot of uncomfortable topics. So much so that I wouldn’t suggest this book to my mother, another avid reader, she to some aspects of this book. If you’re ok with being uncomfortable and reading about topics that the larger media would like to brush under the rug, then this is the book for you.

Kate O’Sullivan, a freelance reporter, is working on a piece about George Simms. However, when a serial killer in Thailand kills him she has a bigger story on her hands. With the groundwork that was already started on the story, she works together with a big newspaper to get more information. However, though this story was going to be the first step in her career, she didn’t really know that she was getting herself into.

There are a lot of things I liked about the book. The book was fast paced and the story was well built. We got to see the story from the point of view of multiple characters, and though that can be a little confusing, it was really interesting. Not only did you see the murders and the police point of view, we also see other character’s storylines. The story wouldn’t have been affected if they weren’t there, but it was a nice stylistic touch.

This book does deal heavily with child molestation as well as the common occurrence of sex tourism in Thailand. Some of the scenes are a little more graphic than others, however, they thankfully kept most of the scenes about the children very vague. We still got the idea of what was going on without the details.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, but it’s not for everyone.

Thanksgiving Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #3)

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Thanksgiving is a time to be together with friends and family, and this season, everyone is coming to Sonja’s house to celebrate. Festivities are somewhat halted when a dead body is found in the manor. Sonja is determined to find out who killed the last minute guest she invited, all the while trying not to step on Frank’s toes during the investigation.

This was a simple book, and the character building was minimal. Though the murderer was obvious, we saw how loyal Sonja was and never suspected them. I will say that Sonja’s loyalty also bleeds into the reader’s bias and affects the way that the reader experiences the novel. The use of a premonition was really interesting, even though she realizes what it meant a little too late. I did really like how the mystery paralleled with the premonitions from early in the book. 

The relationship between Frank and Sonja this book was tense. Frank does point out a serious issue with their relationship that the readers could see from a mile away. In most cozy mysteries, the issue of the main character poking their nose into police business, while dating a cop always causes issues.  I’m just surprised how long it took, seeing how Frank is written to be a stickler for the rules. I know that in the idealistic world of cozy mysteries, nothing will happen, but I can dream. 

Overall, it was an interesting book and a good addition to the series.

Ana Rocha: Shadows of Justice

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Ana was 7 when her world was flipped on her head. Her older sister and protector was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on the soup kitchen where she volunteered. Now Ana became a cop, specifically one in the narcotics unit. Together, with her partner, they work to clean the streets up. All the while Ana is hoping to find even a tidbit of information about who called the hit which leads to her sister’s death.

This is an interesting look into the work of a police department that doesn’t really get represented in books very often. The characters are really what make the story. Since the entire book revolves around Ana, I’ll start with her. She is very much shaped by the loss of her sister. Her entire reason for becoming a cop was to try and stop anyone from having to go through what she did. This book allows us to watch as she’s her innocent worldview and idea of justice for reality. Though character, herself, believes that she lost that innocence at age 7, until you really work with the underbelly of the city, you never truly understand what’s going on.

Her partner, Bryan, is a veteran cop. He’s worked in the department for a long time and he thinks he’s seen it all. He’s dealt with a lot of lost, which I think affects his relationship with Ana at the beginning. He does begin to open up later in the book, and we can start to understand why he acted the way he did say the beginning. I enjoyed the chemistry between Ana and Bryan, they worked well together and quickly became friends. He does have a very jaded way of looking at life and the job, but only because it has been proved right so many times.

The storyline was interesting. Though slow to start, mainly due to character building, once it started rolling it was good. I really enjoyed the tie-in linked to her sister’s death, this link really made it feel like an origin story at the beginning of a series. There was a switch up of fast-paced scenes with calmer ones, which was very nicely used. It allowed the reader to really follow Ana’s journey.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and if there is another book in this series I would definitely pick it up.


I received a copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only.

Bacon Caramel Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #2)

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Halloween is a sacred time for Haunted Falls, and when a newcomer to town tries to remove three middle school’s Halloween party people are not happy. The principle is certain that someone is trying to scare him into re-implementing the party, but he will have none of it. However, when he’s found dead the next day, there may have been something behind the threat.

I will say that there are a few really annoying characters in this book, however, given the storyline it made sense. With the two new people in the comity moving the Halloween party and calling it a harvested part, tensions ran high in this book. The unlikable victim seems to be a comes trope in this series, however, this guy takes the cake. Though I understood the reason behind the murder, I found that it was really mundane. I expected something a little more interesting.

Frank actually asks Sonja to check for any paranormal activity surrounding this case. This book, similar to the last book is really focused on the normal mystery rather than the supernatural reasons. It was really fun to see the interaction between Sonja and the middle school kids that come to the eatery to play games. She is definitely the responsible adult, however, they also treat her like an older sister. We also get to see how frank acts around and it’s cute. Sonja even mentions that he will be the lenient dead when he has kids.

Overall, this was a really interesting book and I had fun reading it. I’m still interested in the rest of the series.