Waffling in Murder (The Diner of the Dead #20)

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Sonja gets an odd message from Belinda, instructing her to come and meet her in the woods. She’s about to run out to find her friend when Frank comes in with a completely legitimate reason for her to go. An old friend from the rangers needs a caterer for the annual event. Sonja agrees right away, however, now she has to try and focus on finding Belinda while Frank’s female ranger buddy seems just a little too interested in Frank.

So this is the climax book in the series. I now know why the series stops at 20 books and a new series worth the same characters starts back up again. A few series that I’ve read have done this, however, it’s normally due to the main characters changing location. I much prefer How this series handles the change. It makes it feel purposeful and adds to the story.

This book finally answers my question, where has Belinda been the past few books. Similarly to the books, she was in, sheer played a background role that we never got to see. She finally worked out who the witch is, and needs Sonja’s help to stop them once and for all. There was some redirect to try and stop you from figuring out who the witch was, Mind you, there wasn’t enough information given to really figure out who the witch was.

I really enjoyed seeing Sonja jealous in this book. I have found that Sonja’s character has always been a little 2d when it came to her relationship with Frank, however, in this book we really get to see her possessive nature. I found it quite fun to see how Frank’s ranger buddy pushes Sonja to figure out what type of person she is. This really ours Sonja’s faults on full display.

I actually really enjoyed this book, it was a great wrap up for the series.

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Games, Ghouls, and Waffles (The Diner of the Dead #19)

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Summer is almost over and Sonja decides to throw a fun party for the kids who come to Friday night game night. She is going to host an introduction to witches and wizards role play game. However, when a ghost comes and steals Cassie’s die, Sonja is certain that there is more than meets the eye to a recent murder.

This was a really fun book, I think it might have been my geeky side showing. I really really like board games and role-playing games, so seeing them incorporated into the book was really fun. It was also really nice to see Cassie again after the last little while. What I enjoyed about this book so much is the deeper understanding that we get about Cassie in this book.

I also really enjoyed the phantom in this book was really interesting and fun. Having seemingly walked out of the witches and wizards game, she matched perfectly with the feel is the book. Given three characteristics of the phantom, she really came in handy in this book.

For once, I would say that a sudden storm works very well with the progression in this book. most of the time, stories insert a storm to add suspense when introducing the spirits, however, this storm really added to the story and the plot.

Overall, i enjoyed this book, and it feels like it’s building up to something.

Fireworks and Waffles (The Diner of the Dead #18)

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The fourth of July is a time of celebration, parades and fireworks. Sonja is looking forward to relaxing and spending time with her family and friends. However, when a firework accident kills a man on the float, Frank and Sonja get wrapped up in a new mystery.  Was this really an accident or was it murder.

This mystery was a very interesting one. I can’t think of a book that I’ve read that used fireworks as the weapon before. It was interesting and very turn m timely for the time setting of the story. Though Sonja doesn’t really get permission from Frank before looking into the mystery, he does give her some lea way this time around.  He would still prefer that she does not get into dangerous situations, nor that that stops her.

The murder victim was expanded a little in this book, but past being a ruthless businessman not much is really known. We get to go a little into depth about his past which helped in understanding the motive of the murderer, however, I would have loved a little more. Sonja and Frank work really well as a team in this book, which was really nice.  There were a couple of things in this book that makes me suspect that the series is building up to something. Also, where is Belinda?

Overall this was a fun book

Hole-In-One Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #17)

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The golf course is having a little charity fundraiser and invited Sonja to cater to them. Though she is hesitant at first, though when he attends the deal to let her father play for free, she can’t help but say yes. Everything seems to be going well until the chairman is found dead in a lake. Sonja and her father work together to figure out who would want to kill the chairman, and who are the ghosts haunting the putting green.

This book was really fun, mainly because we got to see Sam again. Though he was missing for so long, he has integrated back into the family.  You can still feel the tension between Sonja and Sam, however, they seem to be working out their differences. It was nice to see them working together in this book. It really developed Sam more as a character and allowed us to get to know him.

Though the mystery was a little interesting, I enjoyed the background to the murder more. It not only gave us more background to the family of three murderers. I found that the added history was really nice.  I’d say about 1/2 through I knew who the murderer was however, it was interesting how Hunter used the character for the rest of the book.

Overall, it was a really fun book.

I enjoyed this book, but mainly for the world and character building.

High Steaks Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #16)

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Sonja and Maddy are enjoying their time together while Maddy is in town. However, when news falls that a rival restaurant is coming with a waffle menu, it has her seeing red. Sonja doesn’t have to worry about it for long, as the owner murdered. Now Sonja is dragged into finding the killer of a man she does not particularly like.

This book is an ok book. It was a quick read and the murder was a little easy to figure out. I did like how Maddy and Sonja used a seance to find out who the murderer was. I don’t know if it was to really figure it out or to confirm. Having Maggy there was fun, as she helped in the same way that Belinda does in previous books.

It was nice to see Sonja talk openly with Frank about her powers. This allowed them to grow as a couple. what was really fun was Frank’s first encounter with the supernatural. Though he could not see the ghost, he definitely felt the after effect. This book also introduced us to a new type of ghost, knew that was spilt in 2. Personally, I have never even heard of a ghost story like this IRL, however, it did add a very nice element to the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, it had some interesting elements.

Red Velvet Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #15)

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Things have quieted down until Benjamin come to see Sonja about a haunting at the farm. Though Sonja is willing to jump in to help her friend, Frank is adamant that ghosts don’t exist and Benjamin is just seeing things. Tensions run high when Sonja mentions her belief to Frank. However, Sonja refuses to turn her back on a friend and is determined to help him out before things get any worse.

This book is finally taking care of the issues that I have wanted addressing for the last few books. If Frank is going to be part of Sonja’s life, he needs to accept all aspects of her. I also enjoyed how they incorporated Benjamin into the story. I feel like it has been a little while since we’ve seen Ben and it was really nice to see him being used t furthur the story. I feel like thanks to Ben, Frank’s and Sonja’s relationship grew in this book. Frank also expanded a little bit more in this book, which was nice. After them being in a holding pattern for several books, this was a breath of fresh air.

I also really enjoyed the story. Though the mystery was less about murder and more about who woke the ghosts, it was still really fun. We got to see the different ghosts that are part of the history of the farm. I am actually a little sad that we didn’t get to see the old owner’s son as he was also killed on the premises a few books ago. However, this was still really interesting. It also delves into the occult side of Haunted Falls that has been coming to the forefront of the stories in that last few books

I actually really enjoyed this book.

Scary Sausage Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #13)

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After a slightly stressful girls vacations, Alison and Sonja are on their way back on to Haunted Falls. However, when a flash storm happened, they get stranded at a rest stop. Everything seems fine until a girl’s dead body just outside the door, this gets dangerous. Between not being able to contact the Sheriff’s office, and the legend of the wolf pack, Sonja is between a rock and a hard place.

I enjoyed this book, it was more of Sonja doing her thing without having to worry about stepping on Frank’s toes.  We also got to learn more about the legends that surround the woods of Haunted Falls. Though this was a one-room mystery, it really did help to build Haunted Fall’s surrounding area. The owners of the pit stop were really interesting acute, they were the standard all American couple. We also got to see how Alison would react to yet another dead body. This book was really good for the character development and expanding the world.

I really found that the mystery was a little simple and odd. Though the reasoning behind it made a lot of sense, the story was told a little oddly. I also found that it was a little obvious right off the bat. I wish there had been more nuance to the murder and mystery. I did like how everything in the book was related which is nice. I also enjoyed the way that the wolf pack also ended up being a part of it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.