Blackmail & Blueberries (Sky High Pies Cozy Mystery #18)

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Every small town has that one story of a kid who goes to Hollywood and makes it big, and Cynthia was that star for Crescent Creek. However, a surprise visit home comes to a tragic end when her body is found in her hotel room. With a blueberry found on the scene and her roots in Crescent Creek, the investigation come home. Katie starting taking a look at the case as a favour to town and their local hero. However, the more she looks into it the more the past comes sneaking back up.

The mystery of this book really helped to expand the town as well as Katie’s past. It’s an interesting story that has a tragic ending which led to the people in the high school at the time be a little different. I really wanted the mystery to be a little more difficult to figure out, however, there was one piece of information that Dina gives us that none of the characters seem to pay much mind to it. Though the history of the past was interesting, the murders weren’t very interesting which was a pity, however, not all of them can be.

I enjoyed this book more than the last few. The characters grew a little bit and I felt like they had been stale for a while. There is no person that doesn’t grow over time, so a character remaining the same is not only boring but also unrealistic.

I enjoyed this book overall, however, I am getting to the end of the series.

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Death Master (DI Yvonne Giles #1)

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When murdered women are starting to be found around Oxford, the police start to worry. They quickly discover that there is maybe a serial killer in their midst. However, when all the women have seemingly nothing in common, it becomes increasingly hard to figure out how they all might have met their killer. DI Yvonne Giles is on the case, just after getting back from leave, though even the best DI needs help. The police force decides to call in a criminal psychologist before any more women show up dead.

I really enjoyed this book, however, I did have some difficulty getting into it. It’s a little bit of a slow start and doesn’t draw you in right away.  I enjoyed the dichotomy between Yvonne and Tasha as well as how they both grow as characters together. They work well together as a team in this book, and they even develop the beginning of a friendship. This book did have a lot of character development so we have a good base for the characters. For it is the first book in the series I was surprised how connected I started to feel to the characters.

The storyline in this book was interesting, along with the character developments, the murder mystery intriguing and in depth. We get to see the story from the point of views of the police, victims and murder which makes the story more interesting and adds depth to it that some stories lack. The story was detailed and it really allowed us to get into the mind of the killer and his motives behind everything. It was also interesting to see how the victims fell into his grasps as well. There was one person that didn’t really make much sense until the very end.

Overall, it was a great read.

For the Love of Murder (Sky High Pies Mystery #17)

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Kate has wrapped into another mystery again. After a friendly face in the neighbourhood comes asking for some help from a friends, then later that same friend is found beaten, and his girlfriend murdered, this just looks a little weird. Soon things aren’t adding up, and it all seems to backtrack to a dating website. Kate looks deeper and deeper into the case and only manages to get more questions.

I will say, I don’t know it’s because I read it on my flight to Japan, or because I just couldn’t follow the story well. I knew who the murderer was, however, I was confused like nothing else when it actually came to the point of the murderer is arrested. I still didn’t quite get why he did was he did. I know that Trent explains it, but I don’t know, it didn’t add up to me. The characters were really developed well in this book, and it kind of just felt like they were going through the motions. I know that I love this series, but this book was a bust. I really wanted to get into it, but I just couldn’t.

That being said, I was heading to Japan when I read it so I might need to give it another shot when I’m not so distracted.

The Silver Eyes (Five Nights at Freddy’s #1)

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I will preface this review that I am an extremely big fan of the Five Nights At Freddy’s (FNAF) franchise. I have play all the games, watched multiple let’s players play the games, and even watched the Game Theorist’s series on the games. I really like the lore that is behind this series a lot. However, that doesn’t change what I think about this book.

This book follows Charlie and her old childhood friends that have reconnected again after being apart for many years. After a mutual friend was kidnapped and never heard from again, they all went their separate ways. Charlie is coming back to town for the reunion for the first time since her father passed away, and she insists on visiting her old house, as well as the old pizzeria that he father once owned. However, after she and her friends visit the pizzeria, they find out more about what really happened to their old friend on the day he was taken.

I will say, that though I like the story, the writing has much to be desired. Though you get a good feeling to the surroundings, and interesting back story the characters still feel flat some how. I did enjoy them attempting to give a least some personality to Charlie, it just didn’t quite make it. Coming from a literary stand point, that really makes the store drag in some parts because we don’t really get to connect to the characters. Knowing that one of the writers comes from a gaming background, I can see how this mistake was made but it didn’t help the story. The awkward attempt at a mild love interest was just that, awkward. I didn’t really enjoy that aspect an felt like the book could have done without. I will say though, is that you can walk into the book with out knowing a thing about the FNAF series and still mildly enjoy it, if you are the type of reader who really likes that novels to have a lot of back story and descriptions of the environments. There was a few aspects of the book that might go over a new comer to the series head, as a lot of information is given to Micheal Afton in the game series.

All in all, it was an ok book, not something that I would write home about, but if there is nothing else to read this isn’t a terrible option.

French Silk & Cyanide (Sky High Pies Mysteries #16)

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Crescent Creek is all in the buzz when there is talk about an old indie rock band getting back together after a decade old falling out. However, when the lead singer is found dead in his own attic, things get a little weird. Katie get’s visited by the current girlfriend’s sister of the lead singer who was adamant that the supposed suicide wasn’t actually a suicide. Now the Katie gets dragged into yet another mystery.

This was an interesting premise that I’ve seen before in other book series. It is a classic murder option in mystery novels. The murder that was made to look like a suicide has many different ways that it could take place, however, in this book we got the classic hanging. I didn’t like how obsessed the sister of the victim’s girlfriend was about the murder and breaking laws to get access to information about the case. Despite that,  Katie worked hard to figure out that murder.

Sadly there wasn’t much Character development in this book. Most of the characters have hit the status quo, which I don’t like. We did learn about Sonny’s past which also gave a little insight into Katie’s high school years. This still didn’t develop or even add on to the character. I really hope the next book expands on the characters some more. There is always more to learn about the characters in a book series.

Murder Mystery Party (Senoia Cozy Mystery #9)

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With two business to balance, Felicity is working hard to keep everyone happy. However, when someone passes away at one of their parties, the group take on the case pro-bono. Looking into the incident due to the victim being Brittany’s friend, the trio gets sucked into another complicated mystery. Now, they must figure out if the victim was the intended victim and who would want to killed such a well liked girl.

As you are all well aware of, I dislike lack of continuity in books. Now due to me reading the previous book recently, I recall that Jack was fired from the police squad. Now in this book it’s mentioned that he left the force… um being fired is not the same as voluntarily leaving the force to start a PI agency… I did like when books don’t stay on on track.

I did liked the the character development between Jack, Jefferson and Felicity. Jefferson and Felicity are getting their sea legs with their new relationship, while also getting used to Jack being in the same building as them. Jack does some reflection in this book and grows a little which allows us to get to know him a little bit more. I feel like Jack’s insecurity in his relationship with Brittany is in full display in this book, which makes him act irrationally and not as professional as he should.

One more this to point out about this book. This. Book. Ended. In. A. Cliffhanger… Avid readers would know how much I hate cliffhangers. It probably affected my positive thoughts of the book with that one action.


Senoia Cozy Mystery # 7 – 8

The Body in the Bakery (Sky High Pies Mysteries#15)

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The week seemed normal until Katie receives news about a childhood friend being accused of murder. After being reached out to by the family, Katie decides to take a deeper look into her friend’s life since leaving Crescent Creek. She quickly finds out that things aren’t as Rosie for her friend and their cafe. However, things get even more bizarre as it takes forever to find out who the mystery dead man was, and none of the clues are adding up.

This was an interesting mystery that was focused on circumstantial evidence that Katie focuses on explaining all the things that are happening. She does face a little more resistance in this book than in previous books.  I do get to see her deal with police officers and even the lawyer that her friend’s family was working with. We are so used to seeing Katie get her way with the local police that it was a little more interesting seeing the pushback.

We also got to learn a little more about Katie’s high school years. Since she gets to talk with Holly about the past for a little bit at the end of the book. Katie and Harper also talk slightly about their relationship back in high school and how it wasn’t as close as a reader would imagine.

It was a very interesting read and I’m still enjoying the series.