Last Minute (The Janet Black Mystery Series Book 2)

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I don’t usually just into the second book of a series. However, I was given a copy of this book through Hidden Gems, and I just had to read it. I will probably be picking up the first book in this series.

Janet is a bar owner, and she loves her job. However, ever since finding a body in her freezer, life hasn’t been the same. Now no matter how hard she tries to stay away from investigations, she has them drop into her lap. When a regular client’s daughter is found dead in her house, her client is certain that it wasn’t an accident. While Janet is trying to get out of legal issues due to the last investigation, she gets pulled into a new one.

This book is an entertaining read. It takes the trope of a restaurant owner looking into murders and makes it make sense, or at least more sense. She starts getting her PI license to get her out of trouble with the law. Though the plot point is to expand the world and the characters in the book, it is fascinating. They also don’t introduce the idea of being a PI lightly either. She thinks it over and contemplates the positives and negatives before going headlong into the project. With how she treated the little investigating aspects of this book, I think this character is well written to be a PI later in the series. I also enjoyed the character of the PI that has come into the storyline thank to the PI in training aspect.

I feel like certain character’s development was interesting. The relationship between Janet and Jason fell flat. They were always at odds with each other throughout the book, and I know that when you were in a relationship, there will be hard times. However, I felt like this entire book was a hard time. The book was playing up Janet and O’Dell together, but the love triangle felt very one-sided due to the lack of a relationship between Janet and Jason. I wanted to love the characters. However, their relationship was just placed merely in almost just to be there. They are already an established relationship, but that didn’t help the plot at all. The chemistry between Janet and O’Dell was palpable, and even though it’s a forbidden romance, it was still an interesting topic. I don’t typically like there being a guy on the side. However, I related more to O’Dell than Jason throughout this entire book.

Overall, it was a fun book.


I got a free ARC from the Hidden Gem.

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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.

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 Flurry of Lies (Bison Creek #4)

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Essie is enjoying the summer, however, her boyfriend Patrick is going a little insane without access to snow. All is peaceful for the pair until a tragedy happens on the main street when an actor in the shootout is killed. At first, everyone believes that it’s a horrible accident, however, when Essie’s brother-in-law’s gun is found missing and at the scene, things go from bad to worst. She’s no pulled in to try to figure out who would want the victim dead, and why would they want to frame Wayne for it.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s been quite some time since I read this book series. However, to be fair that last book was written in 2016 so it’s been 2 years. I really do love the characters in the book, however, I felt like Patrick was a little 2 dimensional in this book. I get it that he’s a retired snowboarder, however, he has to have more interests then snowboarding. I did feel like the camping trip really solidified Essie’s and Patrick’s relationship in this book. I find that they are a very cute couple and that they are still in their honeymoon phase because of it. I also enjoyed the readers to continue learning about Essie’s past and father, even though she, herself, doesn’t know about him.

The mystery in this book was actually quite interesting. Though she tries really hard to not get involves, Wayne’s possible conviction didn’t allow her the option. Though she didn’t really have to force anyone into giving her the answers, the information was given to her. She did, however, have to piece it together. I felt like it was a simple mystery, but given the fact that I felt like this book was very much focused on character development, that was ok.

All in all, I enjoyed this book.