Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse (Charlotte Denver #1)

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Charlotte runs a little restaurant in the beautiful port city of Ste Eves, in England. Nothing exciting ever happens in the town. It is a quiet town, and the crime is almost unheard of, so when a murder occurs in town, everyone is shocked. Charlotte’s friend, Chief Inspector Nathan Costello, is quickly on the case. However, since she owns the local watering hole, Nathan turns to her to keep her ears open, in case she happens to hear anything. Everyone in town is on edge and wants the murderer to be found so everything can go back to normal.

This was a great little introduction to the series, as well as the main character. Charlotte is an interesting character. Though she always seems to be busy, she is still willing to help her friends. Nather and Charlotte have an excellent relationship that you can tell spans years. I know that the trope of the restaurant owner/amateur sleuth gets with the police officer. However, these two are sweet together.

The mystery was interesting. We see the background of the people involved, and we get the back story. I am still not sure why the murderer murdered in the first place. However, the followup made a lot more sense. I always enjoyed getting to know and understanding the couple whose boat the murder occurred on. Through the mystery, we also got to know a few of the town’s occupants, and it expanded the city and made it feel real.

This was an interesting book, and I’m thinking of reading the rest of the series.

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Wedding Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #6)

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Sonja and Frank’s wedding is finally on, and everyone in the town is super excited. However, the morning of a wedding, a younger couple has been missing for the entire weekend. The couple agrees to postpone the wedding until the couple is found. When Sonja meets with a young ghost, she is worried about the wellbeing of the couple, and so is Frank.

This was a cute little book. I always enjoy books that include a marriage. Though Frank and Sonja still have a lot of issues that they have to resolve, they are an adorable couple. I really do enjoy reading about their love story. I will say that in this book they really do work well together. Their teamwork has been getting better throughout the series. However, I feel like Frank needs to get used to Sonja’s powers a little more especially if he is going to continue to rely on them.

The mystery was actually fascinating. Though I will admit, I didn’t really see the plot twist coming until really late into the story. I actually really enjoyed that part of the book. The way that Sonja’s powers were used in this book. I feel like there is a lot more than we need to explore with her powers. However, I enjoy that she is still not overpowered.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is an excellent book that’s added in the series.

Buckaroo Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #5)

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Sonja’s birthday is coming up soon, and she isn’t expecting to do anything special for her birthday. However, when Frank admits that he got his hands on a new attraction that is only just opening, Sonja agrees to go with him. They thought that they were only in for an old fashion western train ride. However, when a murder takes place on board, they are thrown into another mystery. This time, they are outside of Frank’s jurisdiction, and they have to play by the local’s rules, and he does not like it.

This was an interesting little storyline. We get to meet someone from Frank’s past, and Sonja is a bit confused as to why she had never heard of this person before they met up on the train. Mind you, even as an engaged couple, there will be something about the other person’s past that you will not know about each other. It’s only reasonable, especially since they have been together for a short amount of time.

I enjoyed that in this mystery, Frank was out of his jurisdiction. He ends up working with Sonja, trying to find out who the murderer could be. The way that Frank and Sonja work together is interesting, and they work well together. Sonja still takes some foolish risks throughout this book, but I have somehow gotten used to them. I still don’t think anyone should follow anyone, much less a ghost, on to the roof of a train in the winter.

I did enjoy this book.

Engaged in Danger (Jamie Quinn Mystery #4)

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Jamie Quinn is dragged into another headache again. When the wife of one of the biggest lawyers comes into her office, she is stunned.  Jamie is certain who this woman needs is a larger firm. Meanwhile, her next-door neighbour asks her to look into the legal entity of the owner for the plane that crashed and killed her sister.  Jamie has a whole lot on her plate, and the fun is only starting.

I enjoyed this book. I’ve mentioned this in a previous review, however, it still holds true, I really enjoy that the main character is a lawyer.  The concept of a cozy mystery makes a lot more sense since the main character has a firm understanding of the legal system. I still don’t think that the privacy laws are being upheld, and I really wish they were.

I enjoy how Jamie’s personal life was flipped on its side this book.  We got to see her deal with boyfriend and befriend issues. Even Duke was wearing on her last nerve through this book. The dynamic of the relationships were definitely tested this book and this tension actually made the characters a little more real. Duke finally did something that I was expecting for the longest time, which made it comical as well as add to the plot.

The storyline was really interesting and I enjoyed how the seemingly 2 plots mingled together. The chance to get to see how it all unfolds was really interesting. I had a little hint early on, but it was still nice to see how the author knitted it together.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

Christmas Waffle Caper (Wicked Waffle Mystery #4)

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The Christmas season has arrived! As Sonja and Frank are the newest couple in town, they are inundated with invites. Their holiday calendar is fuller than either of them have seen it before. However, before they can enjoy the first party of the season, Sonja has a delivery to make. This delivery steeped in mystery and problems. When their truck is stuck, and the ferry is forced to stop for the night, they are forced to stay with the family who asked for the delivery. When Sonja starts seeing the ghost of the family’s youngest daughter, she knows things are going to be going from bad to worst.

This was an enjoyable little book. I enjoy how Franck and Sonja work with each other throughout the book to figure out the mystery. Frank is still really against Sonja helping him solve any murders, and he keeps quoting the law. When Sonja speaks with someone in the police station to tell them what has happened, they also agree that Frank should deputize her to be able to help him. I still enjoyed the reality in their relationship. Though it is a lot better than the tensions in the last books, however, now they are an engaged couple.

The mystery was intriguing. The reader got to delve into the family’s past. We get to learn a lot about the daughter as well as the history of the family. I enjoyed how the storyline was able to expand on Sonja’s powers and add another layer to them for future books. The addition is something that we frequently see in books that deal with ghosts, however, it adds to what the characters can do without making them overpowered.

All in all, I enjoyed this book.

A Killer Cover Up (Margot Durand #10)

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Margot just wants to plan her wedding to Adam in peace, however, one day she gets an e-mail about Julian’s death. With Adam out of town, she goes to the meeting alone only to find the body of the man she was going you meet. Together, Adam and Margot work together to try and figure out who wants to kill the reporter, and how it’s connected to Julian. Maybe Margot can finally lay this mystery to rest.

Yes!!!! I have been waiting for this story for the last 10 books. I always felt like there was more to Julian’s story than we were given, and now we know what happened. Until this book, Julian’s death seemed out of place and an arch that needed to be cleared up before Margot and Adam’s wedding. The mystery was a little obvious once the character was introduced, however, it was an interesting story that really pulled you in.

Margot and Adam’s relationship really expanded this book and they felt like the perfect pair. Julian’s past was blown wide open and the reader finally understands what happened in Margot’s past and how similar Adam and Julian truly are. Though Dexter was in the book he played a secondary role, it was nice to see bake Dexter completely on display.

This book was so fun and interesting like all the books in this series.


A Deadly Engagement (Margot Durand Mysteries #9)

The Darling Deli Series 1 – 3

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When the owner of the competing store is found murdered, and all signs point towards Moira, she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Calling on the help of a private investigator, Moira fights to clear her name for a crime she didn’t commit, however, she is fighting mounting evidence.

I have found the cozy mystery book series where the restaurant owner isn’t acting like a private investigator, instead, she hires one. Though it’s the typical beginning, where the main character is suspected of murder, the nice twist is refreshing. We’ve to see poison in the food sold by the store in the past, but the reason for it being used was a little interesting.

We sadly didn’t learn very much about Moira or any of the characters, which leaves them feeling a little flat. We do get to know that Moira and David are both physically attractive as they are both described as handsome/beautiful for each other. The book is written in 3rd person omniscient so you would think we would get at least a little more information about the characters. As this is a really short book I will forgive it, however, I hope that they will be expanded upon in future books.

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A blizzard hits the small town of Maple Creek leaving the residence stuck indoors. However, after receiving a concerning phone call from a friend, leaves Moira worried. Upon arrival, she finds her friend dead. While the police are quick to rule it an accident Moira isn’t so sure. She calls in the help of David again and try and figure out who would want to hurt the poor woman.

This was a fun little book, the mystery was interesting as Moira had to figure out how to get the police to reopen the case. Like the last book, Moira called in David who did most of the work. I enjoyed the fact that though Moira is investigating, she is still relying on the professional to do most of the work. Moira however, just happens in the situations and doesn’t actively go head first into the situation.

We get to find out a little more about Moira and her support structure in town. Though we know that she is divorced, we get more information into Candice’s childhood. Sadly, David is still a rather flat character, though he really wasn’t in the book very much, even though he is being built up into being Moira’s romantic partner.

It was an interesting book, however, I just hope that the characters get expanded in the future novels.

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and it shares its week with the winter festival in Maple Creek. However, this Valentine’s Moira starts getting a lot of invites to the local dance. Moira isn’t getting into the love season with all the hectic occurrences happening around time. When the food critic, who comes to the festival each year, is found dead in the Deli, Moira finds it very disturbing.

The mystery was very obvious, however, really fun. I found it interesting that Moira wasn’t even investigating anything this book yet she still found herself in the middle of everything. She does think through the murder, without doing any legwork. I don’t know if David did any investigating as it wasn’t in the main storyline, however, I do believe that he must have.

We get to see more about Moira’s love life since her marriage, however, we also see how Candice is trying to get her mother out there again. I enjoyed the interactions between David and Moira, however, I feel like it’s very one-sided. We don’t really get to know much about what Moira is thinking throughout the book when it comes to David, which is odd because the narrator is omniscient.

I still enjoyed this book, they feel like a really nice short novel.