Red, White and Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #7)

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Heather gets the news that Eva, a regular customer at Donut Delight was hit across the head, shocks her to the core. One look at her dear friend and she’s determined to find out who did that to her. Though Ryan begs her, Heather doesn’t let up on her own investigation. She is determined to get to the bottom of things.

Sleuthing Heather is back in this novel. I was so happy about that. Finally, Gillard got into the stride again of the amateur detective. Heather going around and asking questions and poking her nose into other people’s business is worth the read. Though the story was very easy to figure out, in my opinion, I still really enjoy the book. The interaction with Heather and Ryan, with the pending wedding, is excellent and the readers get to see how the couple is growing. I have high hopes for the rest of the series if Gillard continues the sleuthing in the future novels.


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Lemon Chiffon Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #8)

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Tricky Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #4)

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Heather finds out about the murder of a nursing home employee while visiting her grandmother’s friend at Hillside Manor. Betty had been found killed just out of the back door, right before her shift starts. With very few suspects on the list, Heather helps Ryan figure out who wanted Betty dead.

Ok so Gillard has seemed to get the sleuthing right in this book. Though the killer was easy to figure out, Heather did the appropriate sleuthing that an amateur detective should. We do get to meet Heather’s grandmother’s friend, Leila, who is a sweet lady. Through Leila, we find out more about Heather’s past and her family. we also find out more about Eva which is nice.

This is a really easy read that out can easily read in a short spurt. The simple writing is lovely as well. I would recommend this series to a new or young reader.


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Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #3)

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When a big TV cooking star comes to Eden Lake for the Winter Festival, everything was on the road to being perfect. But when that same personality is found dead in Hannah’s pantry, everything starts to go off the rails. With the Cookie Jar being the primary crime scene. Hannah is thrown head first into yet another murder investigation, but this time the suspect list is as long as her arm and no one seems to have any hard feeling with the victim’s death. Hannah wouldn’t have even looked into it if it wasn’t directly affecting her bottom line.

This wasn’t my favourite book of the series so far. The victim wasn’t someone that I felt any empathy for. Also, there was no development in Hannah’s relationship with Mike and Norman, other than them all admitting that they are jealous of anyone else being with Hannah. Once you notice 1 detail in the book, you realise who the murderer is pretty quickly. I feel like Fluke is getting into her stride in this book but the later books get better and not every book has to be amazing right away. Overall, I still like it but it’s not my favourite of the series.


Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #2)
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #4)