Senoia Cozy Mystery # 7 – 8



Felicity lands the biggest party to hit town, the party for the actors who play in the locally shoot zombie show. It’s all fun and games until a dead body turns up at the party, all made up in zombie makeup. When the producer finds out the Felicity has worked on cases before he hires her to work this one. Suddenly she is fighting back her memories while trying to move forward.

The story was interesting and not as straightforward as I would have expected. The story kept me guessing until the very end, which is rare for me. I enjoyed how everything fell into place in the end and it all made sense. The ending didn’t feel forced at all and came together very well.  It was also very interesting how they incorporated the local TV show into the mystery. There was a lot more to the store than simply just throwing together a bunch of misunderstood actors.

Sadly Jack wasn’t really in this book, though that might be a good thing, as he always seems to get into trouble when he looks into a case with Felicity. We also get to know more about Felicity’s parents in this book, as she does spend some time with her mother in this book. Her mother is really fun to get to know, and I can not see why Felicity is so skeptical of what people say to her. Jefferson was really supportive and though he could have been written to use the situation to his advantage he never does. It’s really nice to see someone who is romantically interested in someone not take advantage of the situation. Felicity is a little over the place however, it was understandable after what happened to her fiance in the last book.

I really enjoyed this book, I’m going to blame it on Brian not being in this book.


When Monte loses his job right before the wedding, he thought that it couldn’t get any worst. However, when he finds his boss murdered and is blamed them for the murder, things go from bad to worst. Felicity and Jefferson work hand in hand with same Dawn’s and Monte’s wedding. The only problem is to find a person that wanted to kill the victim and why.

I enjoyed seeing them trying to save Monte before the wedding. The group of friends work together to figure out who did it. Thought most of the time Jefferson and Felicity work together, we did get to be reminded how well Jack and Felicity work together. It wasn’t straightforward as I thought it would be at the beginning, however, it was very interesting.

We get two new characters in this book who are very cute. They are a couple, and we find out very quickly why they would have decided to work together at the party planning shop. I think due to the new additions, the book could be much more focused on the investigation rather than the parties. Though they were close before, we do get to see Jefferson and Felicity grow closer in this book which leads to an interesting turn of events at the end, after Dawn’s and Monte’s wedding of course.

I enjoyed this book, and can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out.


Death Before Diamonds (Sky High Pies Mystery #10)




When a distraught man comes in looking for his older brother, Katie is thrown for a loop. His last social media update was a picture he had taken on Sky High’s porch. Katie is thrown into looking for the brother as well as digging up the family’s past. She might have bitten a little more than she could chew.

It was actually a fairly interesting story. The mystery is actually based on something that started 6 years before the actual story. Due to the interesting introduction, we get to see Katie actually dig into complete strangers pasts due to the implication of her shop. I noticed that Kate is working a lot quicker than the police until the end, it almost feels like playing catch up. I’ve noticed that this is starting to be a theme in these books.

Kate seems to be getting more comfortable in her relationships, not only while dealing with Trent and Dina but also with Zac. Trent seems to finally be accepting what happened in the past and moving on because Katie has obviously not let that stop her. Trent has also become more of a character and less of the caricature of a police. We also get to see the backgrounds of all the parties that were involved in the initial crime as well as the current missing persons. It was interesting how it was fully explored in this book without appearing dry.

I really enjoyed this book, it is a great continuation.

Skeletons & Scones (Sky High Pies Mysteries #8)



When a new resident of Crescent Creek, and local psychic, comes to Kate after receiving a threat on her life. Though Kate encourages her to go to the police, she refuses. Only hours later, she is found at the scene of a murder. While the police are looking into the murder, Kate delves into the psychic’s past and tries to figure out what really happened before she came to Crescent Creek.

I’ll be completely honest I don’t know what to say about this book. I enjoyed it and it’s storyline, however, it simply wasn’t one of my favourites. We got to meet new characters in this book that add to town’s landscape. We explored the town a bit more and it’s surrounding, which just adds more to it actually being a place on the map. Also, we got to see Adam again, and he’s always fun.

The mystery was very simple. I enjoyed how Kate looking into Maureen’s past when she figures out something isn’t adding up. Kate doesn’t really help must with the murder investigation but puts in her 2 cents like always.

It was an ok book, just nothing really stood out in this one.

Murder for Millions (Sky High Pies Mysteries #7)
An Imitation of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #9)

Oceanside Cozy Mystery 6 – 10



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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Chocolate with a Side of Murder (Daley Buzz Mysteries #1)



There is something weird happening in town, and it only just got worse when the owner of the local chocolate shop is found dead. Sabrina discovers the body, and due to her past trauma, she is determined to find out who did it. With her boyfriend, David, on the case, she has her finger on the pulse of the investigation.  

Sabrina is a little too bold and far too aggressive when questioning the murder suspects. She would never get any of the information needed if she spoke to anyone that way. It is a natural human reaction to clam up. Much over, David should not be sharing so much information with Sabrina while the case is still open. That goes so far against protocol that he could have gotten into a lot of trouble if any of the suspects had reported Sabrina’s visit to the police. Even when David finds out, he doesn’t have the appropriate reaction to her snooping.

The mystery is pretty cut and dry, and there wasn’t much to the mystery. I wish it would have had a little more dimension to it. Once a certain clue was given, relatively early on in the book, it was easy to figure out. 

I did however like David, his protocol-breaking and all. He is very caring and supportive… just maybe in the wrong way. Sabrina does have an interesting back story, so that was interesting. It made it understandable why she couldn’t walk away from the murder. 

It was an ok book but I’m not sure that I’m going to continue the series.

Deadly Desserts (Sky High Pies Mysteries #6)



Crescent Creek is gearing up for the annual food and wine fair. Kate was roped into being on a panel to judge snacks and desserts. At a pre-judging for the contest, one of the judges has a medical emergency. A few hours later she sadly passes away in the hospital. The police now have a murder on their hands and once they delve into the case they find out there is more than what meets the eye.

Well, this was a fun book. The mystery was more involved than previous books, or even other books in this genre that I’ve read. It wasn’t terribly hard to figure out with all of the hints that were given to the reader.

I enjoyed the dynamics between Dina and Kate while they were solving the crime. I was a little sad that Trent wasn’t in the book more than he was, however, I love the role that he played at the end of the book. Jack wasn’t in the book much either, but he definitely provided the voice of reason when it was needed.

The boom expanded on the already existing world. We got to find out about different festivals that are happening in and around the town. Crescent Creek is becoming more vivid as the books progress.

A Zest for Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #5)
Murder for Millions (Sky High Pies Mysteries #7)

Bakeries and Bodies (Margot Durand #8)



Margot Durand decides to spend the Christmas holidays with Adam’s family in Oregon. When Adam’s mother’s friend needs some help in the kitchen, Margot steps in. However, the local bake-off turns deadly when one of the competitors are found dead in the kitchen of the other. Margot gets dragged into another murder mystery, on her time off no less, and without the help of Adam.

It feels like it been a little while since I read a Margot Durand book, but it’s only been like 2 months. I really love this series and the writing style. It flows nicely, and though Margot is doing all of the investigating in this book, there was still some suggestions from Adam in this book. We can feel Adam’s frustrations during this book, due to him not being able to help. However, we get to see Margot in full swing with the investigating. 

We got to learn a lot more about Adam and where he grew up in Oregon. We meet his family and their significant others. I enjoyed the relationship that Adam has with his family, it’s almost nice to see the main character who isn’t at odds with their family. We don’t get to really see much of Adam’s parents in this book, and I kind of wish we had. The way that they described Oregon reminds me a lot of Canada in some ways. 

The mystery was fun and not terribly difficult. I almost felt like the only hard part was the local investigator being so focused on certain people due to knowing their pasts. One good thing about Margot is that she doesn’t know what the history is so she can look at it with an impartial opinion. This allowed Margot to think outside of the presumptions that people have about them.

I really enjoyed this book, and I am very happy that these books seem to be coming out every 2 months or so.

Margot Durand Series 5 – 7