Banana Fudge Murder + Blueberry Stars & Stripes Murder

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Amy, Jamie, Ryan and Heather all go for a double date together. However, they are called away after their waiter was murdered. Jamie now has to come to terms with knowing the victim and Amy being pulled away at any time due to her job. While they are working the case, Amy has to not only has to help Heather find the murderer but also has to work out the issues that she is having with her relationship.

This book has a little more character building, specifically with Amy and Jamie. We get to see them work through their issues throughout this book. Ok well not throughout, just quickly at the end. I would really like to see much more character development and see more realistic conversations between 2 characters who aren’t Heather, Amy and Ryan.

I enjoyed the story and also liked how we got to meet the victim before they were murdered. It’s an interesting little story, it still has Lyle Clark as a suspect near the end. I feel like the Character is running its course and hopefully will be gone soon. I do like how Kate isn’t anywhere in this book or the past few one.

Overall, it’s a fine book, but I really want to get longer stories.

 

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While out with the family for the 4th of July, Heather notices something’s odd about a house nearby. When she discovers the occupant of the house was murdered, Ryan and Heather start work quickly on the new crime scene. With a messy divorce to sift through Ryan and Heather have to figure out who in the victim’s family would have wanted to kill her.

This was an interesting little book. I was a little surprised that mystery was a lot easier to solve than previous books. However, we did get to see Jamie more in this book which was a little nice. We get to see some development between Jamie and Amy which is lovely, as to this book, we’ve only really seen hear-say.

Like I said, is an easy murder to figure out so when you read it don’t be surprised. I did like the mystery and how seamlessly it went together even if it was a little easy. This might be the one time that the doughnut doesn’t sound too appealing, and that is for someone who likes jalapenos.

Regardless, this was a fun little book to read.


Chocolate Chip Custard Murder + Mint Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #46 + #47)

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Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen #12)

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Business is booming at the Cookie Jar, and when Larry Jaeger is killed 12 days before Christmas Hannah is on the case. With cookie orders to bake and a murder to solve, Hannah doesn’t have much time for herself if she wants to have a nice quiet Christmas.

Ok, so this book was turned into a made for TV movie by Hallmark. So, if you’ve watch that you can ignore this book in the series. Nothing is changed in the movie really and the Killer is the same. This is another solid light mystery book however, I couldn’t get into it because I already knew the end. If you haven’t watch the movie I’m sure you will like it.

Also, I’m getting a little tire of the Mike and Norman angle. I really can’t wait till I get to book 18 so this is over.


Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen #11)

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.


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Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)

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.


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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



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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


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