Bakeries and Bodies (Margot Durand #8)



Margot Durand decides to spend the Christmas holidays with Adam’s family in Oregon. When Adam’s mother’s friend needs some help in the kitchen, Margot steps in. However, the local bake-off turns deadly when one of the competitors are found dead in the kitchen of the other. Margot gets dragged into another murder mystery, on her time off no less, and without the help of Adam.

It feels like it been a little while since I read a Margot Durand book, but it’s only been like 2 months. I really love this series and the writing style. It flows nicely, and though Margot is doing all of the investigating in this book, there was still some suggestions from Adam in this book. We can feel Adam’s frustrations during this book, due to him not being able to help. However, we get to see Margot in full swing with the investigating. 

We got to learn a lot more about Adam and where he grew up in Oregon. We meet his family and their significant others. I enjoyed the relationship that Adam has with his family, it’s almost nice to see the main character who isn’t at odds with their family. We don’t get to really see much of Adam’s parents in this book, and I kind of wish we had. The way that they described Oregon reminds me a lot of Canada in some ways. 

The mystery was fun and not terribly difficult. I almost felt like the only hard part was the local investigator being so focused on certain people due to knowing their pasts. One good thing about Margot is that she doesn’t know what the history is so she can look at it with an impartial opinion. This allowed Margot to think outside of the presumptions that people have about them.

I really enjoyed this book, and I am very happy that these books seem to be coming out every 2 months or so.

Margot Durand Series 5 – 7


Margot Durand Series 5 – 7



When Margot is invited to spend the weekend with her friend at the Blue Ridge Mountain Resort. When she arrives she finds out that her friend is being stalked and she’s worried that it’s her ex-husband. With that, Margot is going to figure out that what is going on and protect her friend. Thankfully, it helps that she’s dating a detective.

This is one of my favourite series currently. Margot is a very well-rounded character who, though she is strong, is not shy about asking for help. She has a supportive relationship between herself and Adam. However, unlike most other cozy mystery books, their relationship is actually well fleshed out. My biggest issue with this book is Adam just always manages to get time off when Margot needs him, but I also find that a little sweet.

This story is interesting for not only the character development but the mystery as well. We get even more background to Margot, and with that CeCe is also well fleshed out. As CeCe is the centre of this story, we get to find out a lot about her. Margot is looking into her stalking and it is an interesting case.

I really enjoy the writing style of Collins and the storyline was interesting. Overall, I really enjoyed the story.


Now that Margot is back, she is more than willing to relax and spend some time with her boyfriend. When they find a dead body during their romantic getaway things take a turn. Now with only Margot believing that there was foul play involved, she has to work behind Adam’s back to get to the bottom of it.

So we’re back in North Bank. After travelling for the last book it’s nice being in the bakery again. Dex is still MIA in this book, however, we do get to hear from him in this book. I do miss seeing him as he was an interesting character. I would love to see more of him in future books, or at least have Margot find out what he’s up to.

I enjoyed the way that Margot and Adam worked together in this book. With Adam’s hands being tied in this book created an interesting dynamic in this book. Margot took the lead in the investigation this time which was fun. It wasn’t a straight-forward mystery which I really liked.

I love the relationship between Adam and Margot and how it’s developing. Something that happened near the end came a little too fast for me, but I still really liked the book.


When Margot gets a call from Dex needing her help, she agrees right away. With his sister missing and things not going right in Maine, she was the first person he thought of to help. Though Adam isn’t thrilled, Margot goes to Maine to try and find Dex’s missing sister and maybe bring him home at the same time.

Yeah, we got to see Dexter again, I missed that character. I enjoy it every time that Margot spoke with him on the phone or by email, but he’s actually back for the entire book this time. We have Margot travelling to Maine this time so we continue the trend of Margot not being in her hometown when things go wrong. I may have mentioned it before, but many cozy mysteries will fall into everything happening around the same town, thereby making that town really dangerous. However, I enjoy how Collins jumps to different cities dispersing the mystery around America.

I enjoyed the characters interaction within the story, including all of the new characters that were introduced in this book. Though I’m sure that not many of the characters in this book will reappear in the future, however, I did enjoy it throughout this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book like the previous book in this series.

Margot Durand Series 2 – 4
Bakeries and Bodies (Margot Durand #8)