Bekki the Beautician Cozy Mysteries 5 – 8

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When Bekki gets an unexpected from her friend in New York, it should be a joyous occasion to catch up with each other. However, when she is found dead in her hotel room, the mood turns dark. Though Nick suggests not looking into this case, however, Bekki can’t let it go. She delves into Jasmine’s life and her death.

I temporarily forgot how much I love this series. Bekki and Nick are really cute together, with Bekki’s tendency of getting into trouble, Nick is needed to keep her alive. Though Bekki did investigate the case a little, however, she actually plays it safe throughout the book. That doesn’t stop Bekki from getting in trouble because of the case.

The mystery was interesting. It’s a little sad that it had to incorporate one of Bekki’s friends from New York being murder. The murder does actually shine a light on Bekki’s past and her shenanigans as a teenager.

The relationship between Nick and Bekki grew in this book. With Bekki more aware of her relationship issues thanks to her previous relationship. They have gotten better at communicating. Also, Bekki isn’t trying to run off and do her own thing without talking with Nick.

Overall, I really like this book.

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Christmas is right around the corner, and Bekki is getting ready for the holidays. However, when a local man was killed by the dry cleaner in “self-defence”, everyone town gets a little on edge. However, the police and Bekki all know something else is going on but can’t prove it. Bekki is determined to clear John’s name and find out what really happened.

Ok, Bekki was a little overzealous about clearing John’s name after the murder that claimed his life. After reading multiple of these books, it’s easy to understand the passion that she has to solve the cases, however, she should maybe not go poking a murderer. She works really hard to solve the case and find some type of evidence for Nick to be able to go after the murderer, but she should take a little bit more care.

Nick and Bekki also finally talk about their relationship in this book. Though Bekki’s slight fear of rejection is evident throughout the series, she finally voices it to Nick. They were really cute during the book.

I really enjoyed the book.

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Bekki is so excited when she gets to, not only watch their show but work with a famous magician during their show in town. When something goes wrong with the trick, Bekki and Nick have to work fast. While the potential of it just being an accident is high, there is something that doesn’t really feel right. They delve into the pair’s past for any clues why anyone would want to kill him.

This book was a little too predictable. I know that a lot of cozy mysteries are supposed to be predictable but I felt like the story was more of a backdrop for what was going on than anything else. I know that the ending of this book was the actual focus of the book, however, that doesn’t mean that the main story should have been disregarded. I feel like it’s a given that Bekki is in danger and Nick saves her, as it has been in all the books up until now.

That being said, the ending was really cute. It was totally obvious really, but I was still excited. It didn’t help that I already knew the title of the next book in the series.

I really liked this book series.

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While running around and finishing the last few things for the wedding, Bekki happens upon a murder. However, when the cops are looking at Bekki as the murder, she fights back by trying to figure out who was that one who actually killed the jeweller. But there is one other thing on her mind, will she ever get the wedding rings in time for her wedding.

While planning the wedding, Bekki stumbles onto a body. Well, the body of the jeweller who was engraving her wedding rings. She gets pulled into another murder mystery just days before her wedding. This makes everything a little more complicated. She rushes around trying to solve the murder while prepping for the wedding.

The mystery was a little fun as it dealt with a larger scheme than just the murder. We get to see some criminals again, different from the last book and the drug ring.

We don’t really get to see much of Nick in this book in comparison to the previous books. He still makes an appearance and is loving and supportive as always. He might want to be a little more firm about the “No getting in dangerous situations” rule.

I really enjoyed this series.

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Priceless (Rylee Adamson #1)

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Rylee is a tracker, and it isn’t a profession that makes her popular with the FBI. She tracks down children with aid of her Witch best friend. However, when a salvage goes out of control she must turn to the most unlikely place to get some help, and boy she doesn’t want to. She perseveres as this girl’s disappearance resembles that of her sister’s.

This book is right up my alley when it comes to urban fantasy books. We follow Rylee during a salvage. She tracks down missing children with her powers that awoke after her own sister went missing. Sadly her powers also come with a lot of baggage, one by the name of Liam O’Shea The FBI agent who is absolutely sure that Rylee had killed her own sister and now works with someone to abduct the children that she finds.

The characters are really well fleshed out, as is the world. It’s a little weird that the supernatural community is so present in the world, yet humans don’t seem to notice that. However, I’m going to put this down to the human ability of denial.

Over all, this was a really good book and would suggest it to anyone who likes Urban Fantasy.

Cats, Cakes and Clues

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Being the only witch family in Crystal Cove, Grace’s family keeps it pretty low key while they run a bakery. However, when a local man was found in their oven, the rumours start up again. Now, Grace is pulled back into the world of the police force by the current detectives. Grace must now figure out who killed the pub owner, while trying to stay out of the crosshairs herself.

I enjoyed the characters and the world that was constructed during the story. I enjoyed learning about Grace’s family’s background and the rich history of Hemlock Cove. Hope is still an enigma and I don’t know if that was on purpose, but it doesn’t really fit with the story that was told during this book.

There was some inconsistency in the book that was a little weird, like Graces age and some personality quirks. I feel like it needed maybe another pair of eyes were needed for this book. Since I’m a stickler for consistency it really bothered me when it came up.

I did enjoy the mystery and how well they intertwined the magical aspect of Hemlock Cove into it. It was an interesting story that I will probably continue.

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Harley Hill is in need for a different identy and quick, with a crime boss on her tail she needs to turn to her friend for help. With a passport on they way, Cole pairs her up with Cordi to make some money fast. Her background comes in handy to figure out one more mystery before disappearing for good.

I actually liked this book. It was an interesting take on someone turning their life around. Harley has an interesting background, and though she works hard to turn her life around. The other characters that surround her are eclectic and interesting. That adds a lot of depth to the story and made me want to find out about everyone even more. Of course, there are the mandatory hot men that surround the main character throughout the book.

There was only one thing that bothered me throughout the book and that was the ancient Japanese doll. Chase used doru (ドール) as the term for the doll. Now I’m sure that most people didn’t mind this word, however, it really annoyed me as someone who can understand Japanese. Doru is the English word for Doll pronounced in Japanese and would have only started being used after WWII. I pretended it was a daruma (達磨) the entire time to save my sanity.

The storyline was interesting and slightly different from what I normally read. However, the different perspective of a thief for hire was an interesting way of looking at the takedown of the criminal crime bosses.

Overall I enjoyed the book. However, the one thing that I mentioned above ruined the immersion of the book for me.

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The newest finder angency has just began their operations. The first job is to find an ancient diary. However, when one of their employers was found dead, they now not only have to find the book, but track down the killer as well. Cordi and Harley have to put their heads together to figure out who would want the old book collector dead.

After reading the first book, I was a little weary about this one, to be honest. It was an interesting book, with them looking for an old ancient text for a collector. Harley works with Alex throughout the book to solve the murder of the collector while everyone else wants to just sweep it under the rug. We don’t really get to see Cole must throughout the book, however, a lot of the story near the end actually revolves around him, in a way.

The store line, actually contained about 3 running at the same time. Chase worked the storylines together nicely and tied it up nicely. It may have been a little too neat, however, it still worked for the book.

Overall, it was a fun book and I will probably read the rest of the series.

Getting Wilde (Immortal Vegas, #1)

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It’s been a while since I read a nice action filled urban fantasy

Sarah Wilde is a psychic, specifically a tarot card reader. She’s also the best at finding and tracking down items for a price, and she isn’t cheap. When the Council hires her to get back a box from inside the Vatican, she is a little apprehensive. The last time that she was with the Magician, she can’t remember what happened, it’s just completely blank. However, when the girls that she’s been locking for are in peril, and this job offers her a way to save them, she has to accept. Little did she know that the Magician wasn’t completely honest with what she was stilling, and with what she was going to have to deal with.

This was a fun book that was suggested to be by a reading buddy. It’s a great urban fantasy that focuses on a strong, yet broken, female lead. I seem to have noticed a theme in my reading choices. This book is has humans living with magicians and psychics. The main character, though a seer, was very realistic and down to earth. However, the men in her life are apparently all the men in her life are model material, or that might just be how she sees them.

Her past comes back to haunt her in the worst way. We get to see her life before the life that she currently lives near the end of the book, and you start to feel bad for the character as well as in awe by how she’s over come her situation.

Blueberry Spangled Murder + Strawberry Sprinkled Swirl Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #48 + #49)

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After a horrible accident at a 4th of July celebration, Heather, Amy and Ryan get pulled away to look at the scene of the crime. They have to figure out if the death was a result of an accident or if someone had tried to murder the seemingly lovable man. But things only get a little more complicated when they find out that he had wanted to change his will. This isn’t going to be an easy

I enjoyed the book, however, as without a confession this case wouldn’t have been solved. Everything is circumstantial and there is no proof to point the finger at anyone. I really don’t like books like this because without the confession it would have never gone to court. I know there are cases like that in the real world, but it bothers me.

We got to see the other characters more in this book which was nice. Though there wasn’t much character development in this book, I still love seeing the ever-expanding characters in this book.

Overall, it was a fine book. Just could have been a bit better.

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When the speaker at a function at the newly opened hotel is murdered in his room in the middle of the night trouble start brewing. With only 2 keys to the room and both accounted for, they have to figure out how the murderer got in and out without the use of the key. Heather and Ryan have to figure out their own locked room mystery.

I have read many locked door mysteries and this one took an interesting look at the common mystery. I felt like it may have been a little obvious from the get-go, but then again… I read too many mystery books. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story. I have read some very elaborate ways for the mystery to work.

The world in this books has expanded a little more with the addition of the hotel. Though this was very focused on the mystery and we didn’t really get to see anyone except Amy, Heather and Ryan in this story.

This story had a really good base and I really want Gillard to expand her books. It’s ok if she doesn’t put out a book a week and give the books a little more meat.

Margot Durand Series #5 – 7

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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.

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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.

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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

I’m the Vampire, That’s Why (Broken Heart #1)

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One second she’s taking out the garbage and the next she’s taking blood from Patrick’s femoral artery. From a single mother to a vampire in one night. Now Jessica is handed even more issues when it comes to her life… or after-life in her case. Welcome to the face life that Broken heart wasn’t ready for.

This was a fun little book and it took a slightly different spin on Vampires and their politics. It is also a romance book, as Jessica quickly realizes that Patrick is her soulmate thanks to her family ring. I swear I feel like a broken record, but no one jumps into bed that quickly, however, ancient faerie rings help.

The fact that Jessica is a mother is addressed in this book and isn’t glossed over like it would have been in other books.  They make a plan for the children as she is asleep all day and would have problems being a mother that way. Jessica is also depicted as a strong woman and even though her situation is not ideal, she is ready to face life. Even after reading so many books about vampires and the supernatural communities, it’s nice to find a book that looks at them in a slightly different way.

I enjoyed this books, and if you’re looking for a urban-fantasy romance book, this might be for you.