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.

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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)

A Deadly Engagement (Margot Durand Mysteries #9)

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Margot and Adam come back from their interesting vacation from Oregon. However, as per Adam’s request, they are keeping their engagement a secret. After Bently reaches out to Margot to figure out some information about his past. Now tensions are high, not only due to the secret she is keeping from her friends, but also digging into her friend’s past.

This wasn’t my favourite book, I felt like most of the book was Margot trying to convince Adam of her theory. Margot, in the end, is correct, but Adam simply gets mad because she goes off on her own to investigate the murder and mystery. Since he didn’t believe her, I don’t know what else he wanted her to do.

Though I didn’t really like the mystery of the book, the storyline is actually quite interesting. Bentley becomes deeper as a character and is fleshed out even more in this book. The interesting concept that he is the father of a criminal is quite interesting. We also get to see Margot finally snap a little at Adam and tell him how she feels about keeping the secret from her friends. Being in a relationship is not as perfect as this genre of books makes it out to be, so it was nice to add in that realism.  Talking about perfect romance, Dex and Julia are becoming just a cute couple and they work really well together. 

It was an ok book, however, I hope the next book in this series is even better.


Bakeries and Bodies (Margot Durand #8)
A Killer Cover Up (Margot Durand #10)

Bakeries and Bodies (Margot Durand #8)

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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

Margot Durand Series 5 – 7

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When Margot is invited to spend the weekend with her friend at the Blue Ridge Mountain Resort. When she arrives she finds out that her friend is being stalked and she’s worried that it’s her ex-husband. With that, Margot is going to figure out that what is going on and protect her friend. Thankfully, it helps that she’s dating a detective.

This is one of my favourite series currently. Margot is a very well-rounded character who, though she is strong, is not shy about asking for help. She has a supportive relationship between herself and Adam. However, unlike most other cozy mystery books, their relationship is actually well fleshed out. My biggest issue with this book is Adam just always manages to get time off when Margot needs him, but I also find that a little sweet.

This story is interesting for not only the character development but the mystery as well. We get even more background to Margot, and with that CeCe is also well fleshed out. As CeCe is the centre of this story, we get to find out a lot about her. Margot is looking into her stalking and it is an interesting case.

I really enjoy the writing style of Collins and the storyline was interesting. Overall, I really enjoyed the story.

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Now that Margot is back, she is more than willing to relax and spend some time with her boyfriend. When they find a dead body during their romantic getaway things take a turn. Now with only Margot believing that there was foul play involved, she has to work behind Adam’s back to get to the bottom of it.

So we’re back in North Bank. After travelling for the last book it’s nice being in the bakery again. Dex is still MIA in this book, however, we do get to hear from him in this book. I do miss seeing him as he was an interesting character. I would love to see more of him in future books, or at least have Margot find out what he’s up to.

I enjoyed the way that Margot and Adam worked together in this book. With Adam’s hands being tied in this book created an interesting dynamic in this book. Margot took the lead in the investigation this time which was fun. It wasn’t a straight-forward mystery which I really liked.

I love the relationship between Adam and Margot and how it’s developing. Something that happened near the end came a little too fast for me, but I still really liked the book.

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When Margot gets a call from Dex needing her help, she agrees right away. With his sister missing and things not going right in Maine, she was the first person he thought of to help. Though Adam isn’t thrilled, Margot goes to Maine to try and find Dex’s missing sister and maybe bring him home at the same time.

Yeah, we got to see Dexter again, I missed that character. I enjoy it every time that Margot spoke with him on the phone or by email, but he’s actually back for the entire book this time. We have Margot travelling to Maine this time so we continue the trend of Margot not being in her hometown when things go wrong. I may have mentioned it before, but many cozy mysteries will fall into everything happening around the same town, thereby making that town really dangerous. However, I enjoy how Collins jumps to different cities dispersing the mystery around America.

I enjoyed the characters interaction within the story, including all of the new characters that were introduced in this book. Though I’m sure that not many of the characters in this book will reappear in the future, however, I did enjoy it throughout this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book like the previous book in this series.


Margot Durand Series 2 – 4
Bakeries and Bodies (Margot Durand #8)

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When Margot returns from picking up her friend at the airport, they are both surprised to find a man dead in the draft store. After a quick call to Adam, an investigation is started and a witness can place someone at the scene of the crime. Margot works with Adam to find out who really committed the crime.

This was a little harder to read than the first book. I still really enjoyed it, as well as the characters in the book. We found out a little more about Adam, and Julian. Adam is actually a really nice character and mirrors Margot really well in many ways.

Adam and Margot work really well together on the case, and though Margot is a little head strong, she is well aware that Adam has her best interest at heart. I will mention, that the chief character in this book, similar to most murder mystery books, was very blase about Adam sharing details with Margot.

Dex was also a nice addition to the series. He fits in perfectly with Margot and Rosie at the bakery. He also provides Adam with more of a back story so we get to see where he came from, and what made him the man he is today.

Overall this was a really fun little book.

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A little vacation is just what Margot needs. However, when a murder happens on board, and it appears to be a simple overdose, Margot goes into investigation mode. She starts looking into it, even though no one else will.

Oh, I really liked this one. This series, though still early on, is really fun. Margot has never been a suspect of a murder investigation, unlike so many female leads in mystery books. Also, this series has also left the small town and Margot was able to look into a mystery away from home. Adam has become even cuter in the book series, and though he is hiding something, probably about Julian’s death, he still fits together with Margot.

The mystery was very well thought out, and made complete sense. It was obviously planned out and none of the clues seemed like it was spur of the moment. Though the connection between Gab and Adam doesn’t seem clear, and the reason that Adam managed to get to follow Margot is a little ify, it was still a really good book.

As you can tell, I really enjoyed this book.

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While Bentley is out with a sore back, his old friends start passing away. It doesn’t make any sense until another old friend shows up. Margot finds it do until she finds out about the treasure hunt that they had a young adults. Adam and Margot work together to find out who is after the pair of old men.

Ok so I really love this book series. It’s hard to find a book series that grips me with the characters and not as a passing fancy. This series is on the small side of cozy mysteries but it is fantastic.

Margot and Adam’s relationship is very nice. They are open and honest, and though its not easy they are willing to work together to make their relationship work in the long run. It is nice seeing adults being just that,adults. Also, all of the characters are very well developed, making them very relatable.

This mystery was a little more complex in comparison to the previous books. I enjoyed that it also gave Bently more of a back story, as I really like the character. Though I had an idea who was behind it, it was still interesting watching the characters unravel the mystery. I hope that the new characters stick around in the next book because there is so much to explore in with them.

I really enjoyed this book and think that this series is worth the time

Mystery Party: A Cozy Mystery Boxed Set

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Margot’s niece is down visiting her for the summer as a way to get her back on track. However, when a boy who accosted her the day before was murdered, she’ss now the prime suspect. Margot is suddenly thrown back into the realm of police work as she working to clear her niece’s name even though the police are certain that she commited the crime.

Oh, I really liked this book. There were a couple of inconsistencies that made this book a little wonky. Most have to do with Adam and Julien. For once, the cops aren’t macho idiots in the first book. We get to see Adam as a person. My only question is how does he know so much about Margot, no matter how close you are to someone, you don’t mention their coffee habits. Also, why didn’t we get more information about Julian? There is a huge wealth of information and story right there. I really want to know more about him.

The mystery was really well thought out, and interesting. I liked how all the pieces fell into place, near the end without ruining it too early. The murder was intricate and interesting, but it never took away from the character’s development. The relationships between the characters were well described and brought you into the story.

All in all this book makes me excited for the rest of the series.

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After moving to a new town, George setups her roots. She starts her craft store, but no more than a week later a fellow crafter is found dead in her home. Though the police are considering the death to be accidental. However, this explanation doesn’t feel right for Goerge, so she takes it upon herself to look into her friend’s death.

As a crafter myself I enjoyed this book immensely. Though it would be a bit of a leap to say I would want to own my own craft store, it does seem fun. We get to meet an unconventional character who has just moved back to the US from France. I would have liked her to have used a little French, but that could be the Montrealer in me.

I find it funny that the main character is interested in a man who is younger than her, at typically read books that the couple are roughly the same age. Though nothing has happened in this book, you can tell that the author’s setting it up that they are going to end up together.

I was a little sad that I could figure out who the murderer was so early into the book. I found that it was a little too obvious early on in the book. Also, one of the people she suspects doesn’t make any sense at all. I can understand why he gets mad at her about it.

I still enjoyed the book however, it was a nice fluffy read.

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Felicity is finally setting up her storefront for her event planning business. While working on a city event, a man is murdered. Due to Felicities background in investigative journalism, she works hard to figure out who killed him. The only thing is that she is now working the case and trying to stay as far away from her ex who is also working the case for the police. Felicity is determined to find the murderer and not let this death tarnish her company’s names.

I really wanted to love this book. The concept was so good, the characters were fun and interesting. I enjoyed the back and forth between Felicity and Jefferson. It obvious that she’s oblivious to Jefferson being completely enamoured with her. They are really cute together, even though she’s a little flaky.

My biggest issue with this series is the lack of time markers or continuity between the scenes. We don’t know what happened or how long certain time periods were. I wanted to know more about the characters and the town, but I felt like the story was flitting around.

It has a really good base, I really hope the rest of the series gets better.