Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)

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This is not the this isn’t the first time that Heather is the prime suspect in a murder case. But when the owner of a corporate doughnut shop is found dead the day after they had a public dispute, Heather is back in the hot seat. Though Ryan, a local cop, doesn’t actually believe that she did it, he still has to do his do diligence. Heather is back, figuring out who killed the man and clear her name… again.

This book feels very similar to the previous one. There is a little more depth given to the characters. I feel like Ryan’s personality might have flipped a little too quickly in regards to the books but if you remember that there are several months between the 1st book and the 2nd book it can be understood, we just don’t get to see it. Because the books are so short, and maybe because of Heather’s character, there isn’t much in the way of clues to follow to deduce the killers. Unlike other amateur sleuth novels, she’s not really looking into the case rather; everything is just falling into her lap. It’s still short and fun enough to read but don’t go in expecting anything highbrow.


Strawberry Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #1)
Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)

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Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #5)

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It’s election year and Bill is running against the current Sherriff. After he turns up dead, Bill is the first person that they accuse of for the murder. Hannah gets roped into the investigation to clear her brother-in-law’s name. Not only that but after Hannah was given a book deal at the end of Blueberry Muffin Murder, she brings together all of Eden Lake to create the cookbook. So she has the mystery of missing ingredients on her hands as well.

This is one of the books that was made into a movie, however, the ending is completely different. I did figure out who the murderer was until Moishe scratches Hannah. If you have watched the movie, the thought of the movie killer is soon removed from your mind as the circumstances of the death is very different. I love the growth in the relationship between Norman and Hannah, at the same time, it looks like Mike is digging himself a hole and hasn’t realised it yet in this book. With being the acting Sherriff and being a little too close to the secretary has Hannah seeing red. I want to point out that she still hasn’t decided who she wants to commit to. This is a fun book, but it seriously make me want to bake again.


Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #4)
Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)

Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10)

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Briggs is back and I was waiting for this book with baited breath since I finished the last book of her series. I listened to this as an audio book because I love Lorelei King as you all know. As the book is written in both Mercy’s and Adam’s voice, Lorelei King is joined by George Newbern. He does an excellent job mimicking the voices that Lorelei has already given to the characters. However, it is slightly different so the first chapter listening to Newbern is a little odd but once you’re used to it you’re good.

After being attacked and abducted, not a few miles away from her home. Mercy finds herself in the presence of the most powerful vampire master in the world and Marsilia’s ex-lover. Since he doesn’t know her secret, Mercy manages to escape in her coyote form only to find herself in the heart of Europe.  Her ability to think on her feet keeps her alive long enough to come in contact with the an ancient spirit of the Jewish quarter of Prague. Things are only going to get harder for our little coyote.

This series keeps getting better and better. My biggest fear in any series is when the main character gets married to their love interest. This series took that milestone and continued in stride. This book proves that even supernatural beings’past come back to haunt them. This book is an amalgam of Marsilia’s past, as well as Coyote’s. It also stems from the declaration of the safe zone of the tri-cities. I loved this book and the continuous world building that is going on.

 

Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3)

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After the werewolves were thrust into the spotlight, after their coming out, it forced the Marrok to tighten his rule on them. This means more executions and Charles is being sent out more and more. Anna tries to show the Marrok that it’s taking a toll on him. When he finally gives in, the Marrok sends Anna and Charles to help the FBI solve a serial killer case. While helping the FBI, Anna tries to get Charles to open up to about what is bothering him so much. This might be their biggest obstacle yet.

This is an excellent continuation of the book series. This book has expanded Charles as a character and makes him feel more rounded. I’m not saying that he wasn’t a good character before, but he seems more human. Anna has grown since the last book and that is probably because 1 year has passed since then. I love the introduction of the new Boston-based werewolves and the expansion of the world. It’s a strong book and interesting plot to continue the world’s narrative.

4/5



Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega #2)
Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4)

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4)

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So after Charley had a heart-to-heart with Reye’s human father, which led to her being tortured, Charley has never been the same. While dealing with PTSD and feeling hurt after her father’s betrayal, Charley needed a few months to stew. After a client pulls her out of the house to solve the case of who is trying to kill her. Charley is forced to face her feelings and her overwhelming anxiety with life.

Though I have talk with people who complained about how Charley reacted to the end of the last book. I think it was worked with perfectly. Charley was given a layer of humanity which makes her feel a bit more real. Her reaction to PTSD was perfect for the type of person that she’s been written as. We get to see more of the relationships that Charley has formed. She begins to explore her powers more, which opens a lot of possibilities for the future. Though Reyes isn’t a huge part of this book at first, I really want him to become Charley’s partner rather than her protector.

It’s a good book to continue the series. There are some things that rubbed me the wrong way, like Pari’s past, but nothing to stop reading over.

4/5


Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5)

Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1)

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Would you like some blood guts and revenge? If the answer is yes then this book is probably for you. Enter inside and you will meet Stark, also known as Sandman Slim by the supernatural. After surviving 11 years in hell, Stark is back with a vengeance and as the goal or killing the group of people who sent him down there.

Now, having the main character as an anti-hero is the toughest thing to master, but Kadrey did it right. Even though Stark is going around doing horrible things, he’s so well fleshed out as a character that you can’t help but feel for him. You end up rooting for him, because though he’s the bad guy he’s taking out bigger nasties. I liked this book and I think I will be continuing to read the series. in the future.

The Second Grave to the Left (Charley Davidson #2)

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Cookie brings Charley what looks to be a standard missing person case, but it gets turned on its head. The only clue that was left was a woman’s name, that links to another missing person’s case. On top of helping her best friend, Charley also starts looking for Reyes’ corporal body which he’s hidden. In an attempt to keep her safe from the demons, Reyes is planning on letting his body die. Given that Charley is a portal to heaven, the demons can’t touch her. Can she balance her plate as well convince Reyes that he should really tell him where his body is?

This book is fantastic. They expanded on Charley as well as Reyes. Though Reyes does step in every once and a while to help Charley, she grows and starts to understand her powers. She discovers that she isn’t as helpless as she thought she was. The chemistry between the 2 characters is still fantastic. Jones has a fantastically simple writing style and I love it. I so happy there are more books to come in this series.


First Grave On the Right (Charley Davidson #1)
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3)