Waffling in Murder (The Diner of the Dead #20)

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Sonja gets an odd message from Belinda, instructing her to come and meet her in the woods. She’s about to run out to find her friend when Frank comes in with a completely legitimate reason for her to go. An old friend from the rangers needs a caterer for the annual event. Sonja agrees right away, however, now she has to try and focus on finding Belinda while Frank’s female ranger buddy seems just a little too interested in Frank.

So this is the climax book in the series. I now know why the series stops at 20 books and a new series worth the same characters starts back up again. A few series that I’ve read have done this, however, it’s normally due to the main characters changing location. I much prefer How this series handles the change. It makes it feel purposeful and adds to the story.

This book finally answers my question, where has Belinda been the past few books. Similarly to the books, she was in, sheer played a background role that we never got to see. She finally worked out who the witch is, and needs Sonja’s help to stop them once and for all. There was some redirect to try and stop you from figuring out who the witch was, Mind you, there wasn’t enough information given to really figure out who the witch was.

I really enjoyed seeing Sonja jealous in this book. I have found that Sonja’s character has always been a little 2d when it came to her relationship with Frank, however, in this book we really get to see her possessive nature. I found it quite fun to see how Frank’s ranger buddy pushes Sonja to figure out what type of person she is. This really ours Sonja’s faults on full display.

I actually really enjoyed this book, it was a great wrap up for the series.

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Forever Breathless

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Every five years a woman goes missing, the police suspect that they are murdered. However, without any bodies, it is anyone’s guess. The serial killer, nicknamed the anniversary killer, is on the prowl again for his latest victim. Given the victim can be any woman within an age bracket with auburn hair, there isn’t much to go on. The police are close on his trail and are determined to track him down before he claims a new victim.

This is a book that I stayed up late with near the end because I really wanted to know what was going to happen. The writing style was fantastic, and there was just enough information to keep us guessing until the end. I did have a suspicion who the killer was early on, however, until right before the abduction I want 100% certain. There were a lot of similarities between the main men in this book that allowed me to flip-flop a little between them.

The only of this book is that we only got to see the cops perspective a few times. Though I loved seeing the victims point of view as well as the murderer’s throughout the book. We don’t really get to see what the police are doing until the end. We have a little debriefing in the beginning, but I just wanted more.

I loved how the characters developed throughout the book. We really got to know then very well. I enjoyed how everything was built through the different point of views as well as time. The chapters all start with a date stamp which was very interesting and useful to know how much time has passed, it off something was happening at the same time.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and will probably read their books again.


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

Games, Ghouls, and Waffles (The Diner of the Dead #19)

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Summer is almost over and Sonja decides to throw a fun party for the kids who come to Friday night game night. She is going to host an introduction to witches and wizards role play game. However, when a ghost comes and steals Cassie’s die, Sonja is certain that there is more than meets the eye to a recent murder.

This was a really fun book, I think it might have been my geeky side showing. I really really like board games and role-playing games, so seeing them incorporated into the book was really fun. It was also really nice to see Cassie again after the last little while. What I enjoyed about this book so much is the deeper understanding that we get about Cassie in this book.

I also really enjoyed the phantom in this book was really interesting and fun. Having seemingly walked out of the witches and wizards game, she matched perfectly with the feel is the book. Given three characteristics of the phantom, she really came in handy in this book.

For once, I would say that a sudden storm works very well with the progression in this book. most of the time, stories insert a storm to add suspense when introducing the spirits, however, this storm really added to the story and the plot.

Overall, i enjoyed this book, and it feels like it’s building up to something.

Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie

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This isn’t normally a book I reviewed, so much so that the only description for the book I can think of is this is a compilation of fantasy short stories. Some of the stories are written more like fairy tales and others were just thought experiments. There were some good stories where you wanted more elaboration, and other stories were kind of boring.

My two favourite short stories were: Troll, a troll in life with sunrises and sunsets, and Teenage Driver, a story about a teenager taking their driving test with a werewolf. The other ones were ok but kind of bland. I would have loved for more if the stories to have a bit more depth to them.

BabaYaga.com felt like the beginning of an urban fantasy novel and doesn’t really read well alone. Dragon Hoard feels like disjointed stories that don’t really flow together. Finally, Beware was just an odd story.

Since is free on Kindle, only having a few stories you like isn’t horrible. I would be more interested in the author’s full-length work.


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

Fireworks and Waffles (The Diner of the Dead #18)

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The fourth of July is a time of celebration, parades and fireworks. Sonja is looking forward to relaxing and spending time with her family and friends. However, when a firework accident kills a man on the float, Frank and Sonja get wrapped up in a new mystery.  Was this really an accident or was it murder.

This mystery was a very interesting one. I can’t think of a book that I’ve read that used fireworks as the weapon before. It was interesting and very turn m timely for the time setting of the story. Though Sonja doesn’t really get permission from Frank before looking into the mystery, he does give her some lea way this time around.  He would still prefer that she does not get into dangerous situations, nor that that stops her.

The murder victim was expanded a little in this book, but past being a ruthless businessman not much is really known. We get to go a little into depth about his past which helped in understanding the motive of the murderer, however, I would have loved a little more. Sonja and Frank work really well as a team in this book, which was really nice.  There were a couple of things in this book that makes me suspect that the series is building up to something. Also, where is Belinda?

Overall this was a fun book

Domestic

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In Austin Texas, there are rumours of a group of women who have made it their mission to make abusers pay for their crimes. With each one having something in her past to beings her to the shelter, they work together to get the abused women to safety. When an influential sports personality’s wife seeks out the shelter, they are in for the biggest fight yet.

This book was ok. Not one of my favourites but not the worst. The concept is interesting, a group of women who all have some type of trauma in their past banding together to help abuse victims. All the victims are women in this book, and though there are defiantly more female victims of domestic violence, it would have been interesting to have at least one case of a male victim.

I did enjoy all of the main characters. They were all flawed and affected by their past in different ways, however, they all rise above it to help others. They are all really strong women and though they have their differences, they work together very well.

I felt like the overarching story showed both sides of the story. The interactions between the two sides of the conflict were very calculated, which I found a little odd. It almost felt like I was reading about a game of chess rather than the main conflict in the novel.

It’s a fine book, it does deal with very sensitive topics stop this book will not be for everyone.


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

Hole-In-One Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #17)

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The golf course is having a little charity fundraiser and invited Sonja to cater to them. Though she is hesitant at first, though when he attends the deal to let her father play for free, she can’t help but say yes. Everything seems to be going well until the chairman is found dead in a lake. Sonja and her father work together to figure out who would want to kill the chairman, and who are the ghosts haunting the putting green.

This book was really fun, mainly because we got to see Sam again. Though he was missing for so long, he has integrated back into the family.  You can still feel the tension between Sonja and Sam, however, they seem to be working out their differences. It was nice to see them working together in this book. It really developed Sam more as a character and allowed us to get to know him.

Though the mystery was a little interesting, I enjoyed the background to the murder more. It not only gave us more background to the family of three murderers. I found that the added history was really nice.  I’d say about 1/2 through I knew who the murderer was however, it was interesting how Hunter used the character for the rest of the book.

Overall, it was a really fun book.

I enjoyed this book, but mainly for the world and character building.