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.

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A Death Downtown (Senoia Cozy Mystery #11)

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Overton is still working towards finding out who broke into their office, however, they can’t stand still. With some many events on the go, including the car show, Overton Events are running. They work to make the event bigger and better than ever. However, when yet another death occurs during the event, Felicity is starting to feel cursed.

Alrighty then… where do I begin? Maybe I should start with, this was simultaneously the most interesting and most boring book in this series. It’s amazing when I feel like that because that mean 1/2 of the story was interesting and the other 1/2 was really boring. Let’s start with the interesting points. I loved how Felicity grows in this book in her personal life. She works towards strengthening her relationship with Jefferson, as well as balancing her work life with Jack. She also self-reflects more in this book than last. We also get to see a little more of Felicity’s family. Though we only get to meet Her grandmother in the end, she feels like a good fit.

Now for the bad. The mystery aspect was all over the place in this book. We didn’t really get to grasp what’s going on and we had the gang deducing things, seemingly at random. Sometimes it’s nice to have a throwback, however, when it’s pushed in like it “makes sense” when it really doesn’t, that’s when it starts to annoy me. They were also really sloppy in this book. In theory, all of them who are working in the investigation aspect of the company have their PI licence, however, they are all still acting like amateurs… and Jack used to be a cop. In most books, I can let that slide, however, when the set up for this book is that they are supposed to have that background, I can’t just let sloppy investigation slide.

This was an ok book, however, it’s not going to top any lists any time soon.

Catering and Crime (Margot Durand #11)

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Margot and Adam are slowly preparing for their wedding. While doing so they cross paths with a caterer with some suspicions of her own. Margot agrees to look into it, after that week festival, however, things go off the rails quickly. The caterer is now a suspect in a murder investigation, though it doesn’t add up to Margot. She pulls out all the stop and favours to find out what really is going on at the little bistro.

I really enjoyed how active Margot was in this book. Normally, she has an active role in most of the investigations that are going on in the book series, however, in this one, in particular, she works with friends from around town to have wiggle room to help out. We also got to see how connected Margot is in town, though being the owner of a local bakery would always help.

I enjoyed the way that Collins worked in Ben Anderson in this book. The last time we saw him, it was a little more cloak and dagger. However, with his skill set, he does work in perfectly with this book’s story. We get to see how much Adam and Margot trust each other which is really nice.

As always with this book series, I really enjoyed the book.

Vacations and Victims (Senoia Cozy Mystery #10)

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Felicity has finally gotten a vacation for the first time in the two years that she has opened the store. So she heads out, a few hours away to the small town of Helen with her sister for a girls trip. While there they get caught up in a murder investigation and Iris finally gets to see what Felicity does for a live, well other than party plan. Meanwhile, back at the event shop, someone has broken in an stole a case file. Jack and Jefferson try really hard to resolve everything before she gets home.

I’m enjoying the fact that we are getting to find out more about Felicity’s family over the last few books. Though she has spoken with Iris on the phone, however, we never really got to know her. All of the main characters grew in this book, and though Jefferson and Jack have been slowly becoming friends in the last few books, they really worked well as a team in this book. I feel like Felicity is also finally moving on from Brian which is allowing her to be a full character again.

Thanks to the murder mystery being in a different town, we actually got to explore a different town. I found it was really easy to figure out, however, there were a lot of nuances in this book that was fun. We also got to meet another police force in a small town which was fun.

I will say, I don’t like that this book ended with a cliffhanger. Though I’m pretty sure you guys already know my dislike for them. However, thankfully, the last book is out so I can actually finish up the story.

Sixty Minutes for Murder (Sky High Pies mysteries #23)

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When a local businesswoman is found dead at her apartment building, Crescent Creek is abuzz with suspicions and theories. With the way the victim had been acting before her death, Katie suspects there might be more than meets the eye to the murder. When Dina calls her in to help, she knows this one will be a doozy of a case.

This mystery was interesting in the sense that we got to see the character and interact with them. Though there is a lot that we will never know about the victim, we got to see the changes in her personality before the murder. We also get to see the investigation into another crescent creek resident in this book.

I enjoyed the freedom Katie had in this book. Dina came to her as a consult which was interesting. It was fun to see her have free reign looking into the mystery. We got to explore crescent creek a little more which was fun. W also got to learn a little more about Zack’s work at the newspaper. Sadly it only comes up now and then in this series. I would really like more information about Zack in a future book.

Overall, it was an enjoyable book. Better than other books in this series.


Malice on the Menu (Sky High Pies Mysteries #22)

Murder on Sunset Trail (Sky High Pies Mysteries #21)

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Oliva calls Katie is a panic, one of her friends found a diary that not only implicated her friend Roxanne in a murder, but also Trent. The diary was obviously burned and gives information about a missing person from 5 years prior. Katie quickly brushes off the idea that Trent has anything to do with the murder, so she starts digging into the mystery to figure out what exactly happened. Soon, Katie is digging up the past that even the victim of the crime, at one point, wanted to keep hidden.

This was an interesting story, I have always been a fan of the stories that investigate cold cases and things that happened years before. This book taps into a cold case from 5 years prior and they get to delve into the people connected at that time. Not only do you see how each of the characters has grown, but also how they are interconnected. I really wanted to get more information about the family and friends of the victim, however, it was a little on the light side.

I feel like, at this point in the series, the character development has become stunted. I know that at some point in a series the characters can fall into a holding pattern, and this book has gotten there… books ago. If there isn’t going to be more character development on the main characters, maybe they should work on the secondary characters or even the victims.

It’s was a fun book, not my fav but not the worst either.


Cupcakes & Cobwebs (Sky High Pies Mystery #20)
Malice on the Menu (Sky High Pies Mysteries #22)

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)