Chocolate Chip Custard Murder + Mint Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #46 + #47)

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When the only other private investigator in Hillside is murdered. The last person who was known to have a fight with him was Amy. Now with her in the hot seat, Ryan and Heather are working as hard as possible to clear her name. Which is a little hard as Amy can’t help out this time around.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book a lot more than the previous books. Though I don’t like Kelly, his character was well used in this book. This book gave him more of a background than previous books. He turned out to be more than Kate’s lap dog.

Though Clarke made an appearance in this book, it wasn’t overwhelming… well until the end. I am starting to not mind him as much, but I feel like that is just due to repeated exposure.

It was kinda nice seeing one of the main characters in the hot seat again. I normally don’t like it, but it’s been a while so it’s a nice throwback to the beginning of the series.

I still want more with the bakery staff but I’ve almost given up on that.

Overall it was a fun book.

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After the arson at Eva’s house, Heather hires a designer to figure out how much it would cost to repair their house. However, when the interior designer is found dead, everything is on hold again. Now that they have to figure out who wanted this designer down. They have to work through her iffy business practices and have to find out who would want to kill the interior designer.

This was a mildly interesting book. We got to see the bakery staff a little but not as much as I would like, but it was nice to have them in the story. We did get to meet another character that I feel will probably fit in well with the other characters and will be making an appearance in the future books.

The mystery was a little odd, and you couldn’t figure it out until later in the book when they had more information. I enjoyed the role reversals of who called who to the crime scene.

Overall it was a fine book to read.


Cotton Candy Fluff Murder + Cherry Dream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #42 + #43)
Banana Fudge Murder + Blueberry Stars & Stripes Murder

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Frosted Love Cozy Mystery 11 – 15

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Yeah, I don’t know why this image has Book 8 on it, but I swear this is book 11.

When a movie company comes to town to film a movie, Missy is hired to provide cupcakes for the cast and crew. Though her main customer is taxing, she manages to still have fun with the rest of the crew. When her friend is found dead, Missy is pointed at to be the murderer due to a cupcake that was found at the scene of the crime.

It’s been a little while since I read this series and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. This book the mystery was a little overshadowed by the drama between Chas and Missy. It was a fun story with a character you love to hate. The way that Missy is involved is interesting, to say the least.

Missy didn’t really investigate much this book but we say many of our favourite reoccurring characters.

My only real issue with this book was the ending felt a little rushed and I felt like it could have been given a book on its own even if it was a non-mystery book.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.

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After the incident with the movie, Missy is called on again because her late friend mentioned to a producer just how good her cupcakes were. So she gets invited to try out for a cooking show. However, not everything is as it seems when one of the judges for the bake-off was found dead. Now Missy is the prime suspect.

I enjoyed this book, even though there wasn’t much Chas in it. I really enjoy how he treats her in this book, it’s so sweet. She gets pulled into another murder mystery while away in New York. She doesn’t really investigate anything as she is the murder suspect and Chas is back home, but she does have her friend to look into what he could while she waited.

Missy is thrown for a loop in this book, and wants to make the situation work. Her strength as a character comes out in this book, which is lovely. Though she gets really close to losing it in this book, she does well to power through.

I enjoyed the end of the book when there was some character development and we got to see the side characters that weren’t present through the rest of the book. It was a nice to see them when there isn’t a mystery to solve.

I am still really enjoying this series.

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Well, this was an interesting book. I must say, Missy gets herself is the oddest predicaments. Her Hollywood adventure it’s quite over at the moment. She is so swamped that we see her hiring new staff. The new staff don’t really get introduced in this book, but there was a lot more going on at the time, so it’s forgiven.

I am enjoying the new things that are happening with the book. Though she does talk about the crime, she doesn’t actively put herself in any danger during the length of the book, however, that doesn’t stop danger from finding her.

I really enjoyed this book, but I swear they are like tic-tacs, they don’t last very long.

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After burning the candles at both ends for so long, Missy finally takes a step back from her stores. She starts letting her employees do more. She finally has time to participate in the book club that comes to the shop on a regular basis. When the leader is found dead, and another member is suspected of being the killer, Missy wonders if she ever really knew the people in the book club.

I really want to talk about the end of the book but I don’t want to ruin it. I will say that Chas was really cute. It was the perfect ending for the book.

Missy was more active in the investigation this time around. We got to meet the book club members and learn a lot about them in this book. I enjoyed their character development throughout the book. Their background gets incorporated so well into the mystery that it was out of place.

This was a fun book and it was a good add-on to the series.

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While working an event, the 2nd candidate is found dead in the back of the van. Now Missy’s employee is being looked at for murder even though there was no proof. Meanwhile, Missy has to come to terms with some major changes that are coming down the pipes.

This was sadly not my favourite book in this series. It focused greatly on character development, however, I felt like it came too quickly. At the end, I could see what was happening but it seemed to come out of nowhere.

The mystery interesting but I am getting tired of the plot being someone actively trying to frame someone else. At least in the last book, it made sense, but trying to frame someone because of tattoos and piercings is a bit of a stretch.

I also don’t like books that end with a cliffhanger like how this one did. I enjoyed the book, but I wish it was better.

Raspberry Coulis Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #38) + Creme Brulee Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #39)

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When the chef is killed in the kitchen at the Bella Vita Restaurant while Heather and Amy are there, everything gets a little wild. Ryan is quickly called to the scene and they notice that everyone is pointing their fingers at everyone else. Not only does Heather need to keep her good name, thanks to Kate, but she also has a murder to solve.

Welcome to the dysfunctional family Kelly Lemon, I now dislike 2 people in this book. Kate has now a tabloid writer working with her. I feel like the ill intent of Kate is seeping further into the book and I dislike that. Though Kelly seems like an ok person, I don’t like his introduction to us in this book.

The mystery was interesting and understandable when you look at it from all angles. It was a simple mystery but it still had its challenges thanks to Kate.

I sadly don’t really have much more to say. It was an ok book but nothing fantastic.

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When Grayson Stark is found dead, shortly after visiting Heather’s store, everything is looking a little odd. Between Kate’s argument with him, and fans who are a little too close for comfort. Amy, Heather and Ryan have to work together to figure out who killed him and what the motive could have possibly been.

This was a fun book to read. We get to expand the universe a little by looking into a beloved author’s death. We also find out that Amy likes to read, as she knew who the victim was and loved his books. Kate places a very small role in this book, so it was nice to not have her in the book for any length of time or even mentioned.

Though the murder was interesting, I wish we had gotten a few more hints on who could have done the crime. Also, I would have loved a little more information about the killer and why they did what they did. I felt like the ending was a little weak.

I really want to like this book more than I did, but it’s a fine addition to the series.


A Donut hole Cozy Mystery 36 – 37
Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #40) + Peaches and Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #41)

Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)

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Eva comes to Heather and asks her to look into her best friend’s murder. After all, she’s cleared her own name twice. Heather feeling confident that she can leverage her boyfriend’s, Ryan, knowledge, she agrees to look into it. Now she just needs to find out who would want to kill the sweetest and most loved woman in Hillside, Texas.

My issues with the first 2 books have in been cleared up a little in this book. The progression in the relationship between Ryan and Heather, though fast, works. Heather starts to get a little more into the sleuthing as she isn’t the prime suspect. The characters are starting to get fleshed out even more in this novel, in comparison to the earlier novels. This story had a better flow and I feel like Susan Gillard is starting to hit her stride with the characters. I’m starting to look forward to the next book.


Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)
Tricky Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #4)