Thanksgiving Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #3)

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Thanksgiving is a time to be together with friends and family, and this season, everyone is coming to Sonja’s house to celebrate. Festivities are somewhat halted when a dead body is found in the manor. Sonja is determined to find out who killed the last minute guest she invited, all the while trying not to step on Frank’s toes during the investigation.

This was a simple book, and the character building was minimal. Though the murderer was obvious, we saw how loyal Sonja was and never suspected them. I will say that Sonja’s loyalty also bleeds into the reader’s bias and affects the way that the reader experiences the novel. The use of a premonition was really interesting, even though she realizes what it meant a little too late. I did really like how the mystery paralleled with the premonitions from early in the book. 

The relationship between Frank and Sonja this book was tense. Frank does point out a serious issue with their relationship that the readers could see from a mile away. In most cozy mysteries, the issue of the main character poking their nose into police business, while dating a cop always causes issues.  I’m just surprised how long it took, seeing how Frank is written to be a stickler for the rules. I know that in the idealistic world of cozy mysteries, nothing will happen, but I can dream. 

Overall, it was an interesting book and a good addition to the series.

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Bacon Caramel Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #2)

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Halloween is a sacred time for Haunted Falls, and when a newcomer to town tries to remove three middle school’s Halloween party people are not happy. The principle is certain that someone is trying to scare him into re-implementing the party, but he will have none of it. However, when he’s found dead the next day, there may have been something behind the threat.

I will say that there are a few really annoying characters in this book, however, given the storyline it made sense. With the two new people in the comity moving the Halloween party and calling it a harvested part, tensions ran high in this book. The unlikable victim seems to be a comes trope in this series, however, this guy takes the cake. Though I understood the reason behind the murder, I found that it was really mundane. I expected something a little more interesting.

Frank actually asks Sonja to check for any paranormal activity surrounding this case. This book, similar to the last book is really focused on the normal mystery rather than the supernatural reasons. It was really fun to see the interaction between Sonja and the middle school kids that come to the eatery to play games. She is definitely the responsible adult, however, they also treat her like an older sister. We also get to see how frank acts around and it’s cute. Sonja even mentions that he will be the lenient dead when he has kids.

Overall, this was a really interesting book and I had fun reading it. I’m still interested in the rest of the series.

Hot Buttered Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #1)

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Belinda has decided to leave Haunted Falls and has requested that Sonja moves into the manor to take care of it until she comes back. Though Frank has some qualms about it, Sonja assures him that this is only because Sonja was Belinda’s only friend in haunted falls. After a year of calm, another murder has been dropped on Sonja’s doorstep. When a woman is killed in front of the eatery, Sonja’s gears start turning, there is something going on again.

This is an excellent start of the series. As nothing in Sonja’s life is allowed to be easy, she has to go through some trials and tribulations just to fulfill a friend’s request. Sonja doesn’t find out until the end, however, Belinda ends up sending this poor woman to her death. As the person who was trying to kill Sonja accidentally killed this woman. I wonder how Belinda will feel about that when she finds out. I did enjoy the little breadcrumbs leading the readers to the murderer.

I really liked the relationship between frank and Sonja in this book. Though they are not working together, Sonja happens to fall into it like she normally does. It was also interesting to see their fight about her moving into Belinda’s manor, as it doesn’t seem right to him. All in all, he does come around to the idea off it comes to an understanding behind Belinda’s reasoning. The relationship is back to being a little flat, I was really hoping for the development that we saw that the end of the last series to carry over.

I really enjoyed this book and like forward to the new series.

Waffling in Murder (The Diner of the Dead #20)

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Sonja gets an odd message from Belinda, instructing her to come and meet her in the woods. She’s about to run out to find her friend when Frank comes in with a completely legitimate reason for her to go. An old friend from the rangers needs a caterer for the annual event. Sonja agrees right away, however, now she has to try and focus on finding Belinda while Frank’s female ranger buddy seems just a little too interested in Frank.

So this is the climax book in the series. I now know why the series stops at 20 books and a new series worth the same characters starts back up again. A few series that I’ve read have done this, however, it’s normally due to the main characters changing location. I much prefer How this series handles the change. It makes it feel purposeful and adds to the story.

This book finally answers my question, where has Belinda been the past few books. Similarly to the books, she was in, sheer played a background role that we never got to see. She finally worked out who the witch is, and needs Sonja’s help to stop them once and for all. There was some redirect to try and stop you from figuring out who the witch was, Mind you, there wasn’t enough information given to really figure out who the witch was.

I really enjoyed seeing Sonja jealous in this book. I have found that Sonja’s character has always been a little 2d when it came to her relationship with Frank, however, in this book we really get to see her possessive nature. I found it quite fun to see how Frank’s ranger buddy pushes Sonja to figure out what type of person she is. This really ours Sonja’s faults on full display.

I actually really enjoyed this book, it was a great wrap up for the series.

Games, Ghouls, and Waffles (The Diner of the Dead #19)

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Summer is almost over and Sonja decides to throw a fun party for the kids who come to Friday night game night. She is going to host an introduction to witches and wizards role play game. However, when a ghost comes and steals Cassie’s die, Sonja is certain that there is more than meets the eye to a recent murder.

This was a really fun book, I think it might have been my geeky side showing. I really really like board games and role-playing games, so seeing them incorporated into the book was really fun. It was also really nice to see Cassie again after the last little while. What I enjoyed about this book so much is the deeper understanding that we get about Cassie in this book.

I also really enjoyed the phantom in this book was really interesting and fun. Having seemingly walked out of the witches and wizards game, she matched perfectly with the feel is the book. Given three characteristics of the phantom, she really came in handy in this book.

For once, I would say that a sudden storm works very well with the progression in this book. most of the time, stories insert a storm to add suspense when introducing the spirits, however, this storm really added to the story and the plot.

Overall, i enjoyed this book, and it feels like it’s building up to something.

Fireworks and Waffles (The Diner of the Dead #18)

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The fourth of July is a time of celebration, parades and fireworks. Sonja is looking forward to relaxing and spending time with her family and friends. However, when a firework accident kills a man on the float, Frank and Sonja get wrapped up in a new mystery.  Was this really an accident or was it murder.

This mystery was a very interesting one. I can’t think of a book that I’ve read that used fireworks as the weapon before. It was interesting and very turn m timely for the time setting of the story. Though Sonja doesn’t really get permission from Frank before looking into the mystery, he does give her some lea way this time around.  He would still prefer that she does not get into dangerous situations, nor that that stops her.

The murder victim was expanded a little in this book, but past being a ruthless businessman not much is really known. We get to go a little into depth about his past which helped in understanding the motive of the murderer, however, I would have loved a little more. Sonja and Frank work really well as a team in this book, which was really nice.  There were a couple of things in this book that makes me suspect that the series is building up to something. Also, where is Belinda?

Overall this was a fun book

Hole-In-One Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #17)

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The golf course is having a little charity fundraiser and invited Sonja to cater to them. Though she is hesitant at first, though when he attends the deal to let her father play for free, she can’t help but say yes. Everything seems to be going well until the chairman is found dead in a lake. Sonja and her father work together to figure out who would want to kill the chairman, and who are the ghosts haunting the putting green.

This book was really fun, mainly because we got to see Sam again. Though he was missing for so long, he has integrated back into the family.  You can still feel the tension between Sonja and Sam, however, they seem to be working out their differences. It was nice to see them working together in this book. It really developed Sam more as a character and allowed us to get to know him.

Though the mystery was a little interesting, I enjoyed the background to the murder more. It not only gave us more background to the family of three murderers. I found that the added history was really nice.  I’d say about 1/2 through I knew who the murderer was however, it was interesting how Hunter used the character for the rest of the book.

Overall, it was a really fun book.

I enjoyed this book, but mainly for the world and character building.