Scary Sausage Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #13)



After a slightly stressful girls vacations, Alison and Sonja are on their way back on to Haunted Falls. However, when a flash storm happened, they get stranded at a rest stop. Everything seems fine until a girl’s dead body just outside the door, this gets dangerous. Between not being able to contact the Sheriff’s office, and the legend of the wolf pack, Sonja is between a rock and a hard place.

I enjoyed this book, it was more of Sonja doing her thing without having to worry about stepping on Frank’s toes.¬† We also got to learn more about the legends that surround the woods of Haunted Falls. Though this was a one-room mystery, it really did help to build Haunted Fall’s surrounding area. The owners of the pit stop were really interesting acute, they were the standard all American couple. We also got to see how Alison would react to yet another dead body. This book was really good for the character development and expanding the world.

I really found that the mystery was a little simple and odd. Though the reasoning behind it made a lot of sense, the story was told a little oddly. I also found that it was a little obvious right off the bat. I wish there had been more nuance to the murder and mystery. I did like how everything in the book was related which is nice. I also enjoyed the way that the wolf pack also ended up being a part of it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.


The Ghost



When a decaying corpse is found in the woods, the police are pulled in. However, things get worse when they start finding multiple women’s corpses with the same injuries. The police quickly figure out that there is a serial killer on the loose. Now they are one a time crunch to figure out who is killing the women so the public doesn’t become even more paralyzed with fear for their young women.

I really wanted to love this book. Just reading the synopsis had me intrigued by the story. The concept was so interesting, however, the writing was lacking. I felt like the book slacked on dialogue and insight on police procedures to fit in more death. I loved how we got to see from the murders point of view as that gave some depth to the murders. I always enjoy when books incorporate this point of view.

I feel like the character development fell flat for me in this book. I felt like Murphy was going to be a more dynamic character in this book, however, past linking her to Carlucci there wasn’t more information about her. I actually feel like Carlucci was the most fleshed out character but that is only because people mention his book and ask about his relationship with Murphy.

I feel like this book was just too short for the character that they were trying to tell. The story was interesting and the concept was solid, however, if it had of been expanded to incorporate more of the police procedural and less of the cops just running around it would have been more interesting. The author proves his proficiency by in his writing style, at times it’s perfectly balanced and the description is exactly what a police procedural needs. This book has a solids foundation, just a subpar execution.

I received a copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only, however, it’s also on Kindle Unlimited.

Benedict Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #12)



After failing to have a proper Girls day, Alison and Sonja finally get away to a local haunted hotel. Much to Sonja’s chagrin, she agrees to go along with the slight fear that she might be thrown into an actual ghost hot spot. However, when a murder is committed during the haunted tour, things get even more dangerous. Now, Sonja gets caught up with another murder mystery and this was supposed to be a weekend away to relax.

We got to see Alison in a different light in this book. She isn’t as childish and she actually grows quite a bit on me in this book. She is very understanding about the circumstance and actually starts to understand why Sonja gets caught up in the murder investigations. Mind you both Alison and Frank don’t know about her ability to see ghosts yet, but I believe that if Alison grows a little more in this series than she would be able to understand and believe Sonja in the future. We got to see a little more about what Frank is thinking in this book in comparison to the other books. He does admit even though it’s too himself, that Sonja has helped in many murder investigations. I feel like he really believes in her, however, there are always protocols to follow.

I really enjoyed this mystery. They got to explore the history in a place that isn’t Haunted Falls. The history of the Hotel is very similar to a lot of real-life hotels in the world. It doesn’t seem completely out there that there were ghost stories hovering around the place. You have hotels in the world that have equally as many ghost stories, I can think of a few in this book. I enjoyed seeing Sonja work out the mystery and work more with Frank that opposing him. It was a nice change.

Overall, I actually really liked this book more than the past few books.

Midnight Burning (The Norse Chronicles #1)



A little disclaimer at the beginning and this will be at the beginning of the 3 posts attached to this book series, I did get this book for free from the author as a review copy… Well, really I got the omnibus that contains the first 3 book. I will say that this book already is right up my alley which is why I agreed to review it. It’s an urban fantasy. Now given what my review is and how much I like this novel, it might not seem like I am giving this a glowing review because I was given the book… However, that is not the case, I will try and write my reviews as objectively as possible… But I will tell you off the bat that I absolutely love the book.

Solina is just a baker working in her family’s bakery. However, when her brother dies and someone needs to go an clean out his apartment in Alaska, she jumps at the chance. She is determined to find out what really happened to her twin brother and the only way to do that is to go to where he died. When she arrived, everyone at her brother’s old job is really welcoming. She quickly finds out that not everything around her brother’s death is what it seems, and how do his old co-workers play into everything.

The storyline in this book is very interesting. I remind me a lot of the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. We have the aspects of Gods that were reborn into mortal vessels. I enjoyed the integration of the Norse mythos into the series and really gave you a background to the story while you’re trying to figure out the mystery throughout the book. For someone like me who is not well versed in many mythologies, this allowed me to have just enough knowledge on the subject to understand the background of the characters.

I enjoyed the character development throughout the book. Solina is pretty normal and soft at the beginning f the book, but while the book progress she starts to grow a backbone and learn a lot about herself. Val remains pretty constant throughout the book. However, Thorin in the book was very interesting. He was always more aloof in the beginning but we really got to know more about him further into the book. I feel like he’s going to be playing an even bigger role later in the series. He just seems to have a background that will be useful in the future.

This storyline definitely goes more towards the fantasy in, however, it works so well that it’s really interesting.¬†Overall I really loved this book and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Savory Spring Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #11)



Spring is in the air and a garden party is the best start of the season. Sonja and Alison were hired to make some foods. However, when someone is looking for the host, Sonja finds her convulsing on the ground. After calling the ambulance and Frank. Sonja starts to worry that the poisoning wasn’t accidental. While looking for who could have done this, Sonja finds out a lot about Bertha that she didn’t know before her passing.

The character development in this book was interesting. We got to see a little more about Alison’s and Sonja’s relationship. Alison gets a little annoyed that everytime that they are supposed to go out together, something happens. I feel like Alison is a little childish and she’s the one that has been busy the most for the last little while. I really hope that Alison grows up soon in the book series. We did get to find out a lot about Bertha at the beginning of the book, and that was nice and interesting.

I found that this mystery was very easy to figure out, and I found it really odd that no one figure it out sooner. The clues were kinda obvious really early on. I know that this might just come from me reading far too many mystery books, which I admit is true. However, I still thought that their line of investigation was a little lacking.

This was an Ok, book but not my favourite from the series.

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss



I will say that this book was supposed to be geared towards the layman, and I feel like they failed a little. This book is a very scientific book that is geared towards deepening your understanding about dieting and losing weight. Fung really focuses on studies and science to back up his points. He does go into a lot more details than most books like this I’ve read. Given the fact that his specialty is diabetes, he does go back to it regularly, however, given the increase of insulin insensitivity in North America it makes sense.

Given my biochemistry background, this book really interested me. He does break down the popular diets and how your body reacts to them. He starts the book by giving you the criteria for the studies that he looks at. These studies and the criteria made sure that he was only looking at scientifically sound studies. One of the criteria was that the study had to have been published in a peer-reviewed journal, this helps because the results are re-tested and checked.

The suggesting of how to fix your diet comes only at the end of the book, and I won’t ruin it, but it’s not something that would be easy or lacked by most people. I did actually buy the book because I was more interested in the science behind intermitted fasting and wants to find out more about it. A lot of blog and youtube videos only give you an uneducated look into it, which is not a source that I would turn to. This book did summarize a lot of studies that would have taken me forever to find and read.

I really enjoyed this book and the way it was written. If you are looking for some more information and science behind why dieting doesn’t work this book is for you.

Eerie Irish Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #10)



St-Patrick’s Day has come in full force and Sonja has just released her new waffle. However, when she finds the milkman murdered in his truck, things get a little wired. With a little man in town looking for the new milkman, as well as all of the rumours claiming that he was actually running from the law. Along with something off about a decoration that Sonja borrowed, her life is really hectic again.

I did really enjoy meeting new people as well as exploring who else in the town is attached to the occult side of town. We get to meet Panelope and her niece, Panelope played quite a large role in this books, and we really get a feel for the character. We don’t really find out much about the victim until the end of the book. For some reason, this book series just doesn’t give us much information about the victim, however, I find that would give the reader a lot more information to go on when it comes to figuring out who the murderer is.

This mystery was mainly focused on the leprechaun and less on the murder. Though Sonja believes that they are linked in some way, I find it very annoying. I know that this book series is more of an urban fantasy, however, I would love to focus a little more on the mystery. I find it more interesting if there was a mystery with some supernatural element while Sonja investigates.

Overall it was an ok book.