Oceanside Cozy Mystery 6 – 10

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The Shepard clan decides to take a bike tour, on Detective Peter’s suggestion. However, when things go wrong and Heather’s notices a body right off the trail. When Detective Smith mentions that there may be a link between this murder and a murder from 2 years previous. Now, Heather and Ryan and pulled into another murder mystery.

Ok, I know that I read a lot of books, however, after the first time we meet the murderer I knew exactly who it was and why they did it. It was a very straightforward mystery and utilized very common tropes that are found in the mystery genre. It really felt laking for me, however, that might be because I figured it out right away.

We get to learn more about Peter in this book, or rather more about the potential relationship between him and Jeana. He is a very cute character, and he seems still really young. He does fit with Jaena, who also seems really new to the world. We learnt more about Detective Smith, even though he should be out of the book series relatively soon.

This was an ok book, however, it could have been much better.

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After a horrible review that was left online about their doughnuts leads Heather and Amy to Salem. The day after arriving, their customer is found dead and they find themselves on the top of the suspect list. They must now look into the mystery to clear their names before they get put in jail for something they didn’t do.

I always love when the team are travelling and not in their hometown and are wrapped in the middle of another murder mystery. As it is situated in Salem, we get to see the team work with Psychics, I kinda wanted there to be witches but there isn’t any in this book. I will say that the story wasn’t that straightforward so it was interesting, however, I did have the guess really early on, and it was correct. However, if you don’t pay attention, then until Heather’s explanation it would be difficult to figure out.

I really enjoyed seeing Maricela again in this book, it has been too long. It was also fun to see Maricela as the logical mind next to Amy who believes in psychics and all that jazz. Similarly to in previous books, Heather and Maricela work really well together, almost better than with Amy. It was also interesting to see Heather giving Maricela adv about her relationship with Jung. It made them more relatable as characters, as this book series seems to have the monopoly on happy couples.

All in all this was a fun little book to read.

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This is Ryan’s first case on the force and he’s out to prove himself. So Heather tries to step back, however, when he gets too stuck he brings Heather in for her ‘baking’ knowledge. Heather puts her sleuthing to work to try and figure out who would want to kill a cupcake baker. The only other creepy thing is how similar the kitchen of the two bakeries are.

The murder itself was really obvious about who the murder was, however, the reasoning behind it took a little longer to find out why. It was interesting getting into the motive for the murder. Though the reasoning is very convoluted reason for the murder, however, it was interesting. I enjoyed seeing Ryan and Heather working together on this case again.

Ryan is a much more interesting character while his working in comparison to when he’s moping around about not being all to work. I expected Peters’ character to become a little more active in this book, however, he is still in the back and this saddens me. He seems to be a very nice character that Gillard could play with but he’s still in the background of the story. So we finally get to meet Edna’s admirer and he’s really cute. I hope we see more of him in the future books as he seems to be an interesting character to add. Chief Chet is a little awkward when it comes to trying to tell Ryan what he wants him to do, I’m sure he will even out in the future.

This was a fun book and a good continuation of the series.

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Heather and Lilly are getting ready for Nick’s first visit to Key West, however, this Thanksgiving isn’t going to be as calm as they want it to be. After a horrible accident happened, killing a man, everyone thought it was just that. However, It takes a lot to make a deep-fried chicken explode. Heather and Ryan work together to find out if it was just an accident or if someone what trying to go after the poor man.

This story was a little confusing, I don’t know if it was supposed to be or if it was accidental. Regardless, it wasn’t very well structured if it was intentional, there wasn’t enough information that was given to the reader to make an educated guess about how the murderer was. It even felt like Heather was grasping at straws in the book. If you think about it enough out could guess the murderer but it’s all based on circumstantial evidence rather than concrete evidence, which I didn’t enjoy.

I was enjoyable to see Nick again, even though he wasn’t really in the book very much. What little he was in the book, it was nice to see his relationship with Lilly again after the last few books. We did get a little bit of the background to the victim’s family, however, since they were under investigation it wasn’t much of a surprise.Peters was still in the background and acted very much like a lost puppy where Jaena is concerned. I really want to know more about Peters, so hopefully, he won’t be another Jamie but we have yet to see.

Overall, it was an ok book.

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Jamie’s mobile pet grooming business is up and running. However, after his first day, he is left with a dog whose owner has gone missing. Ryan and Heather go looking for the owner and quickly find her dead. They now have to figure out who would want to kill the victim, and Jamie and Amy have to figure out what to do with the dog that is now in their possession.

Though I do like that Jamie is a larger part of this mystery than before, it was a little bit of an awkward start. The fact that Jamie was the one who initiated the search and no one taking it seriously made it a slow start. However, once it did start it fell right into the tropes that come with someone changing their identity. It was ok, however, a little predictable sadly. I did, however, like the use of DNA in this book. For once they use actual science and not just conjecture. It made it wrap up nicely in the end.

Like I said before, I enjoyed seeing Jamie in the book again. It was an integral part at the beginning. He is normally in the background, so it was nice to see him brought forward and used in a book for once. Amy seems to have calmed down in the book, however, it’s obvious that she still doesn’t like them. It’s just nice that her reactions are not as annoying as in the first few books where she was around bodies.

It was an ok book, however, it’s still not one of my favourites.


Oceanside Cozy Mysteries #1 – 5

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Roasted Love Cozy Mystery

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When the owner of the rival coffee shop is killed, the police turn their sights on the owner of Roasted Love due to their ongoing feud. Laila is determined to prove that her boss is innocent. She works closely with a paramedic, named Daniel, to get to the bottom of it.

I’m a little sad that this is the first book of a three book series. I really liked this book. the writing style is nice and easy and really easy to follow throughout the book. The characters are very interesting and we got to get a feel for their relationship. The dynamic within the team at Roasted Love is interesting and almost like a family.

I do like how Laila and Daniel meet in this book. He is a really sweet guy, not sure that a paramedic would really have that much time to do the running around that Laila asks him to do. However, him being friends with people in the police department does help. It is fun seeing a cozy mystery that the main character seems to be falling for someone who isn’t a police officer. I get it that it is the easiest way to make sure that the main character is always in the know with the investigation, but this was a nice little addition.

The characters were really interesting and fun. The murder mystery in this book was different than what I’ve seen before. They took the standard poisoning and gave it a new twist. Larson managed to fit a lot of interesting twists in this book. I did find that it was a little easy to figure out, but it was enjoyable none the less.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the following books in the series.

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When a date night between Laila and Daniel is interrupted by a body found in the restaurant’s freezer. Daniel asks Laila to look into it as he is friends with the owner. While working on the case, Laila finds out a lot more about Daniel’s friend, maybe a little too much. But she must finish everything up before heading home for the holidays.

This was a really fun book. What I enjoy the most is that Laila isn’t a business owner like so many cozy mystery protagonists are. Though she doesn’t slack at her job, she has plenty of free time to investigate what happened and the timing makes sense. She’s written to have a very keen eye and learns quite quickly. She is also very mindful of the evidence, which is lacking in many cozy mystery books.

The new characters that were introduced where interesting. Steve allowed the reader to obtain more information about Daniel and his past before the books. We also get to meet Laila’s parents, though briefly.

The murder was interesting and complex which was fun. It was more of a real mystery that wasn’t clear cut as most. Laila had to connect the dots which was fun to watch.

Overall, it was a good book that was very interesting. It also was a perfect book to read for this season, as the holiday season is upon us. 

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After a sweet homeless man who frequents Roasted love is found dead, Laila is the only one who seems to think that there is something wrong. She looks into the murder as the police’s hands are tied as there were no signs of any the death not being an accidental overdose. Laila is determined to figure it out, however, she may be over her head with this one.

We get to see a bit more of west rock, New York and it’s surroundings in this book. Laila does travel around into a more dangerous part of town and I feel like she took too many risks in this book than previously, and I’m pretty sure that it gave Daniel a heart attack. Though I get not wanting a murderer to get away with murdering your friend, however, I think talking with a drug dealer is a bit much.

Daniel and Laila have on of their first real fights in this book. She should really listen to Daniel more frequently as he does work in the emergency field. He brings the level-headed view in this book. They do make a very nice couple and balance each other out nicely.

The mystery was interesting and though misleading, I found it quite easy to figure it out.  Don’t go into this book expecting a good riddle.  It may be the fact that the reader is on the outside and makes things a whole lot easier to figure out.

I still really liked the book, and I’m sad that this is the last book in the series. If Larson wants to write another book, I would gladly read it.

Coffee Treacle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #24) + Choc Churro Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #25)

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After Geoff’s PI teacher was found dead. Murdered by blunt force trauma caused by on of Geoff’s fudge balls. He is now the prime suspect in the murder investigation, however, he is missing and no one can find him. Heather is brought into the investigation to find out who could have murdered the victim and where the hell is Geoff?

Geoff didn’t make an appearance, however, he was the centre of this story. Finally, He’s being used for a productive reason. I enjoyed them looking into a mystery involving him without him present. I’m certain that he will be in the centre of the next book as well. I feel like Gillard is playing with the idea of having overarching story lines through the novels, and given how quickly they come out, it would be a good idea.

I am having an issue keeping up with the timeline, but each book seems to be a week and so some of the events seem to happen a little too quickly. Like the little talk, they have about Lilly.

I enjoyed this book though, and it was a good continuation of the story.

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When Heather gets called to another crime scene at the Kenny’s household. After the death of his wife, and the imprisonment of his daughter, Mr Kenny is found dead inside his residence. Heather pushes past the sadness to track down the killer and find closure for the town.

Geoff finally got used, and I finally like him. Now that I get to see what overarching story that he is part of I can finally enjoy his character in this book. I kind of feel bad for Geoff in this book, which makes me feel bad about hating him.

Heather’s past gets to be fleshed out a little bit in this book with the aid of Kate. Knowing Heather in the series it seems hard to believe that she would hang around with someone like her, but then again it was mentioned that she was a different person.

I enjoyed but also disliked that the Kenny was the victim in this book when his wife was a victim only 2 books prior. I have no love loss for the Kelly family, but it was a little odd.

Overall I enjoyed the book.


Oreo Sprinkled Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #22) + Spooky Choc Orange Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #23)
Iced Pumpkin Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #26) + Double Chocolate Pistachio Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #27)

Coffee Prince

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It has taken me a long time to actually sit down and review this drama. Not for any other reason then I forgot. Coffee Prince is a standard cenger bending romantic comedy, so it’s pretty cookie cutter, but also lovable. This series has 17 full episodes.

So we have Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye), who due to her boyish appearance and attitude, is always mistaken for a boy. She meets Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo), who hires her as a barista at an all male cafe that he’s opening, thinking that she is a man. Love starts to blossom and Han Kyul has to come to grips with the face that he’s gay, well not really but he doesn’t know that. How will Eun Chan break it too him that she’s a female, and how will he take it?

Overall I like this show, however there is no ways Yoon Eun Hye could ever be mistake for a boy, no matter her style. However it’s a cute romantic comedy filled with awkward situations and  tropes. I would say it’s worth the watch.

4/5