Cotton Candy Fluff Murder + Cherry Dream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #42 + #43)

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When Heather is called to a crime scene, she is surprised to find out that it’s the young equestrian star, Fred Nolan, who had been in an accident the week earlier. Now the gang is trying to find out who cut the young man’s life short. The only problem is that the Nolan family might be one of the most dysfunctional families to grace Heather’s door to date.

Now that Amy is a full-fledged investigator, the witty comments in the background have been cut down to a minimum, I believe she’s supposed to have been written to finally understand how inappropriate it is. Amy has advanced and aged a little in this book, which I find is nice, as she is in her 40s, similar to Heather.

This murder was fairly easy to figure out, but like always, I enjoyed that we got to see the background of the victim and his family life. That is always my favourite part of any good mystery book.

This was a good continuation of the book series. Also, now I want cotton candy.

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When Catherine Willard is found dead only hours after Heather and Amy talked with the woman. Between really odd son and the potential link to a new contractor that just got into town, somethings are just not adding up in this case.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I don’t like the way that one of the characters was used in this book. I get that they wanted to add a criminal with a shady past who is living above the law, but the way they used them it was not the best. I don’t mind the character archetype, I just want them used better.

The mystery was a little too obvious, and the method made no sense. I wanted to find out more about the victim and for the above character to be used. I guess I wanted a little more action in this book then I got in the end.

It’s a fine book, but not my favourite in the series.


Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #40) + Peaches and Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #41)
Vanilla Cream Murder + Chocolate Peanut Brittle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #44 + #45)

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Candy Cane Murder (Hannah Swensen #9.5)

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After agreeing to be an elf for the annual Christmas gala, she regrets it slightly. She works with Wayne Bergstrom, the owner of the Bergstrom’s Department store. However, when Hannah finds him dead behind a snowbank. Hannah has to find out who would have killed him, however, there is a very long suspect list.

Hannah seems to work well with Mike in this book. I feel like Fluke doesn’t have any consistency with how well Mike and Hannah work together. The chemistry between Hannah and Norman really increase in this book, and they work really well together, but then again they always did. I wished the book was a little longer because Wayne has such a complicated past that I wanted to delve deeper into it. This was a cute little short to add to the story line.

I haven’t read the other 1/2 of this book because I haven’t read the Jaine Austen series yet but once I do, I’ll let you know how the other short it.


Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #9)
Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #10)