Cinnamon Nut Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #14) + Chocolate Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #15)

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When Heather hears about Detective Davidson’s daughter’s death, only hours after meeting her. Little did she realise that Davidson was going on a witch hunt, and he’s after Heather’s head on a platter. Once again she has to figure out who committed the murder as well as clearing her name. All while keeping Davidson in his place with her guns for her.

Heather gets a frantic phone call from Honey, the dancer she became friends with on a previous case. Once she’s found dead on Heather’s doorstep, she is filled with the need to find out who killed her. With Amy’s boyfriend, Kent, as a suspect due to his history with Honey. The worst thing is that Detective Davidson is not making the investigation easy, going after all the wrong leads.

Though Geoff was a little odd in the previous book, in this book, he ramps it up. With his doughnut shop open, he tries to get people to ditch Donut Delight. Though he doesn’t currently have anything to do with the story, I have a feeling he might. With Honey being the murder victim we do get to learn more about Kent’s background. Amy’s and Kent’s relationship is more in the forefront of this book rather than Heather’s. I enjoyed that because we got to see what makes Amy and Kent tick.

One thing I found odd is that Detective Davidson is still there. I don’t particularly like that character but I felt that his character was simply added to make Ryan frustrated because he can’t pursue the leads he wants to. I don’t know if this is going to lead into a larger overarching plot or he’s just a character added to be annoying.

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When the owner of Heather’s favorite burger bar is found dead, and her right hand man is now the primary suspect. As the entire staff knows, Jung wouldn’t hurt a fly so murder is unthinkable. Heather must figure out who actually killed Jung’s friend, and how to clear his name. Meanwhile, multiple investors have shown interest in investing in Donut Delight to help it flourish.

I swear that Heather’s store is the center of all crimes in this neighborhood and either her or her staff are implied in multiple murders. We get to hear more about Jung in this book and it’s very interesting. However, the very public fight that he had does seem out of character but I assume that it was just written to be in the moment. This murder was more realistic in my opinion and I could see it actually happening in the real world. Though I don’t want to spoil the ending at all. Heather’s procedure is getting better but that is to be expected.

I enjoyed this book, but it is a fluffy mystery and a very light read.

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Rhubarb Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #10) + Chocolate Revolution Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #11)

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I am never going to catch up with one book a week so let’s double it up!

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After an attempt on Kent’s life leaves Amy shocked and with one of Heather’s rhubarb frosted doughnuts laced with cyanide beside him, a serious case of deja-vu occurs. Tension is high between Heather and Ryan and she just won’t drop the case until it’s solved. This case is personal, as someone is using her doughnuts to scare Amy.

Though I enjoyed this book, there were a few things that she didn’t understand, or get. First off, what did the copy catting of the cyanide in the doughnut’s frosting have to do with anything. It was an unnecessary flourish in the story that was never brought back to. Secondly, the use of doughnuts as a way to used to cause tension between Heather and Amy was a little weak. The type of relationship that they have wouldn’t have wavered that much. And lastly, Ryan getting so made at the fact that Heather is investigating is a little weird. I mean he did marry her…. He should know that by now. It’s a fine book, not the best but not the worst. Hopefully it gets back up to good very quickly.

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After a childhood friend came back into town, she is quickly found dead at the bottom of a bonfire pile. Now armed with what little she learned in her classes, Heather begins to snoop to get to the bottom of Cherry’s murder. All while trying to get run the store so close to the 4th of July.

Ok, so Heather is back to the snooping, but she’s part way through her PI course. Ryan seems a little more at ease with her in this book in comparison to the other book. I still don’t know why the character was given her such a hard time, because once they met she was looking into the murder of her assistant. The chemistry between the characters are back to normal, so it’s back to the quick read. I’d say that if you have read too many mystery novels like me, you’ll spot the murder quite quickly. It almost feels like a where’s waldo at this point. After the little bump in the last book, the series is enjoyable again.


Chocolate Tiramisu Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #9)
Pistachio Lemon Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #12) + Candied Maple Bacon Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #13)

Chocolate Tiramisu Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #9)

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What would Heather’s honey moon be like without a murder to solve. After a minor altercation with renown actor Gino Ginelli, he’s found dead and the Shepherds are on the suspect list. Heather must again clear their name in another murder investigation.

I like this series, but I have a grip with how foreign people are depicted in the books. It makes sense for the plot however, I don’t particularly like it. Also… there is an inconsistency in what Ryan’s plans were for their honeymoon and where they actually went… which bugs me. Other then that, this is another book where Heather is up to her elbows in a mystery but hopefully she learns a every important lesson from this book, but probably not. The murder was easy to spot fairly quickly, however, it may be because I have read many a mystery book. There wasn’t anymore building in this book, character wise. I would have loved to see a little more depth to this story. Over all it was an ok book and it continue the story nicely.


Lemon Chiffon Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #8)
Rhubarb Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #10) + Chocolate Revolution Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #11)

Chocolate Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #5)

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After being invited to Tia Teresa’s 75th birthday, Heather is enjoying herself. However, one phone call from Ryan changes that. They find out that Gustavo, the grandson, was killed at the local park. Though the shooter was found and tells the police what happened, something seems off about the story. Maricela and Angelica beg Heather to take a look at his death because she’s previously managed to solve crimes before.

I feel like this book took a step back from the sleuthing and focused solely on the character building. It’s less of a let’s go find the murder and more of a sit back and see what happens novel. Since it does delve so much into the character building, we get to see Maricela’s and Angelica’s home life, as well as the connection they have with Heather. I would have preferred her sleuthing a little more but it was a nice light read regardless.


Tricky Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #4)
Mint Chip Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #6)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #1)

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Oh NO!!!! Another book series. Good news… Or bad news depending on how you look at it. I don’t have access to the full series at the moment as my library doesn’t hold them all. I will be looking for this book in either Ebook form or in second-hand bookstores (Which ever is cheaper, though the E-books only cost 5.50 CAD a book). I love the hallmark movie series that this is based on, but the characters are very very different so if you have watched the movies and the storey lines are very different. You will know the ending but the story progresses a very different way.

We follow Hannah Swensen, the local baker who owns the cookie jar. After finding her high school friend shot dead behind her shop, she starts working with her brother-in-law to find the murderer. Meanwhile, her mother, Delores, is still trying to hook her up with every available man in town, including new inhabitant Norman Rhoades, the local dentist.

This is a fun novel that mixes of Murder she wrote and a baking book. This book has 4 recipes in it and if I wasn’t trying to lose weight I would make them as to try them. The characters are well developed and more believable than the movies. Hannah’s family is wacky and loveable even though they are a family that I wouldn’t want to have. I am looking forward to finding these books, though there are currently 22… So it may be a 2nd book post for 5 months. if I decide to read through them quickly.