Green Velvet Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #16) + M&M Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #17)

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After Kent’s family comes to town, Aunt Bernie is found dead in her hotel room. Choked on her Geoff’s fudge balls. She has to dig into the Belushi’s family and find out who would have had the desire to kill Bernie. Let’s just say that there is a rotten apple on the family tree that isn’t too far hidden, right there in Hillside.

Kent who showed up out of no where, finally has a family. I know that he’s always had a back story but this gives him a family, and like everyone in these books, his family be crazy. I enjoyed the story however, Kent’s aunt is actually the meanest person is around. Amy, who mind you is a little weird, doesn’t deserve the attitude given to her. Also, why is Geoff still around, even though he was nearly framed for murder… again… he’s a really annoying character that I could use without. I am very happy with how the relationship between Amy and Heather is deepening and the lovely relationship she has with Ryan.

This was a good continuation to the series.

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When one of the judges for the Lake Eden archery competition is found dead, Ryan is on the case once again. While the store is closed for renovations, Heather is free to help Ryan with the investigation. Also with only a little while left before she completes her license, Heather uses all of her studying and tries to figure out who would want to kill a judge of the archery competition with a bow and arrow.

This is the most detective-y book to date. We get to see Heather not have to worry about the store and looking into the murder. If the books turn more into a detective who happens to own a doughnut store then I would really like it. This book is my favourite in this series, currently. The murder weapon in this story was very interesting, though it makes sense that there is an archery competition going on, using a bow and arrow is an interesting choice.

Heather’s workers are not really in the forefront of this book, well accept for Jung. I enjoyed seeing Heather outside of the shop, which also lets the world grow bigger. I am starting to have high hopes for the continuation of this series.

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Cinnamon Nut Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #14) + Chocolate Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #15)

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When Heather hears about Detective Davidson’s daughter’s death, only hours after meeting her. Little did she realise that Davidson was going on a witch hunt, and he’s after Heather’s head on a platter. Once again she has to figure out who committed the murder as well as clearing her name. All while keeping Davidson in his place with her guns for her.

Heather gets a frantic phone call from Honey, the dancer she became friends with on a previous case. Once she’s found dead on Heather’s doorstep, she is filled with the need to find out who killed her. With Amy’s boyfriend, Kent, as a suspect due to his history with Honey. The worst thing is that Detective Davidson is not making the investigation easy, going after all the wrong leads.

Though Geoff was a little odd in the previous book, in this book, he ramps it up. With his doughnut shop open, he tries to get people to ditch Donut Delight. Though he doesn’t currently have anything to do with the story, I have a feeling he might. With Honey being the murder victim we do get to learn more about Kent’s background. Amy’s and Kent’s relationship is more in the forefront of this book rather than Heather’s. I enjoyed that because we got to see what makes Amy and Kent tick.

One thing I found odd is that Detective Davidson is still there. I don’t particularly like that character but I felt that his character was simply added to make Ryan frustrated because he can’t pursue the leads he wants to. I don’t know if this is going to lead into a larger overarching plot or he’s just a character added to be annoying.

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When the owner of Heather’s favorite burger bar is found dead, and her right hand man is now the primary suspect. As the entire staff knows, Jung wouldn’t hurt a fly so murder is unthinkable. Heather must figure out who actually killed Jung’s friend, and how to clear his name. Meanwhile, multiple investors have shown interest in investing in Donut Delight to help it flourish.

I swear that Heather’s store is the center of all crimes in this neighborhood and either her or her staff are implied in multiple murders. We get to hear more about Jung in this book and it’s very interesting. However, the very public fight that he had does seem out of character but I assume that it was just written to be in the moment. This murder was more realistic in my opinion and I could see it actually happening in the real world. Though I don’t want to spoil the ending at all. Heather’s procedure is getting better but that is to be expected.

I enjoyed this book, but it is a fluffy mystery and a very light read.

Pistachio Lemon Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #12) + Candied Maple Bacon Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #13)

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When Heather finds out that her grandmother’s cook book has been stolen, she has her sights on one man, Geoff. But when she goes to confront her competitor about the stolen cook book she finds Jelly Polinski dead in his kitchen. After her Cook book is found in her possession, Heather finds out that she is the prime suspect… again. While trying to clear her name, Heather tries to figure out who would have wanted to strangle Jelly to death.

Heather is back to the snooping. Though she still studying in this book for her PI’s license, Ryan gives her the go ahead to investigates as he’s been forced to take a back set. Detective Davidson is a character that I just don’t like. He comes out of nowhere and is built to have a very abrasiveness. I understand the need to have another detective to investigate Heather, but he’s weird. With out much of a back story he doesn’t fit into the story very well. Other then that, I enjoy the little sleuthing that Amy and Heather do in this books. I feel like it’s a little weird that Ryan was so ok with it, but I’ve come to terms with the yo-yo in the character’s personalities. It’s a nice light read and a good continuation of the series.

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Heather gets a frantic phone call from Honey, the dancer she became friends with on a previous case. Once she’s found dead on Heather’s doorstep, she is filled with the need to find out who killed her. With Amy’s boyfriend, Kent, as a suspect due to his history with Honey. The worst thing is that Detective Davidson is not making the investigation easy, going after all the wrong leads.

Though Geoff was a little odd in the previous book, in this book, he ramps it up. With his doughnut shop open, he tries to get people to ditch Donut Delight. Though he doesn’t currently have anything to do with the story, I have a feeling he might. With Honey being the murder victim we do get to learn more about Kent’s background. Amy’s and Kent’s relationship is more in the forefront of this book rather than Heather’s. I enjoyed that because we got to see what makes Amy and Kent tick.

One thing I found odd is that Detective Davidson is still there. I don’t particularly like that character but I felt that his character was simply added to make Ryan frustrated because he can’t pursue the leads he wants to. I don’t know if this is going to lead into a larger overarching plot or he’s just a character added to be annoying.


Rhubarb Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #10) + Chocolate Revolution Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #11)

Rhubarb Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #10) + Chocolate Revolution Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #11)

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I am never going to catch up with one book a week so let’s double it up!

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After an attempt on Kent’s life leaves Amy shocked and with one of Heather’s rhubarb frosted doughnuts laced with cyanide beside him, a serious case of deja-vu occurs. Tension is high between Heather and Ryan and she just won’t drop the case until it’s solved. This case is personal, as someone is using her doughnuts to scare Amy.

Though I enjoyed this book, there were a few things that she didn’t understand, or get. First off, what did the copy catting of the cyanide in the doughnut’s frosting have to do with anything. It was an unnecessary flourish in the story that was never brought back to. Secondly, the use of doughnuts as a way to used to cause tension between Heather and Amy was a little weak. The type of relationship that they have wouldn’t have wavered that much. And lastly, Ryan getting so made at the fact that Heather is investigating is a little weird. I mean he did marry her…. He should know that by now. It’s a fine book, not the best but not the worst. Hopefully it gets back up to good very quickly.

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After a childhood friend came back into town, she is quickly found dead at the bottom of a bonfire pile. Now armed with what little she learned in her classes, Heather begins to snoop to get to the bottom of Cherry’s murder. All while trying to get run the store so close to the 4th of July.

Ok, so Heather is back to the snooping, but she’s part way through her PI course. Ryan seems a little more at ease with her in this book in comparison to the other book. I still don’t know why the character was given her such a hard time, because once they met she was looking into the murder of her assistant. The chemistry between the characters are back to normal, so it’s back to the quick read. I’d say that if you have read too many mystery novels like me, you’ll spot the murder quite quickly. It almost feels like a where’s waldo at this point. After the little bump in the last book, the series is enjoyable again.


Chocolate Tiramisu Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #9)
Pistachio Lemon Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #12) + Candied Maple Bacon Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #13)

Chocolate Tiramisu Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #9)

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What would Heather’s honey moon be like without a murder to solve. After a minor altercation with renown actor Gino Ginelli, he’s found dead and the Shepherds are on the suspect list. Heather must again clear their name in another murder investigation.

I like this series, but I have a grip with how foreign people are depicted in the books. It makes sense for the plot however, I don’t particularly like it. Also… there is an inconsistency in what Ryan’s plans were for their honeymoon and where they actually went… which bugs me. Other then that, this is another book where Heather is up to her elbows in a mystery but hopefully she learns a every important lesson from this book, but probably not. The murder was easy to spot fairly quickly, however, it may be because I have read many a mystery book. There wasn’t anymore building in this book, character wise. I would have loved to see a little more depth to this story. Over all it was an ok book and it continue the story nicely.


Lemon Chiffon Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #8)
Rhubarb Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #10) + Chocolate Revolution Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #11)

Lemon Chiffon Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #8)

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While away for their marriage, Ryan and Heather get caught up in a murder investigation. Someone had poisons Heather’s Lemon frosting and used it to kill a reporter. With Angelica’s life in the balance, Ryan and Heather work together to find out who really killed the reporter.

We get to see Ryan and Heather working together to solve the mystery of the death of a report that had come to her wedding in France. The chemistry between the two is so cute, especially when they are on the same side. Heather goes all out with her sleuthing in order to save Angelica from wrongful prosecution. Though I feel like it’s a little soon for the marriage between Ryan and Heather, I’ll wait and see how Gillard plays out their relationship in the books.

Also, on a side note, as a french speaker, I find that the idioms that Gillard uses in French were a little bizarre. The only reason I can think of that she chose those idioms is because they had to do with food.


Red, White and Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #7)
Chocolate Tiramisu Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #9)

Red, White and Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #7)

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Heather gets the news that Eva, a regular customer at Donut Delight was hit across the head, shocks her to the core. One look at her dear friend and she’s determined to find out who did that to her. Though Ryan begs her, Heather doesn’t let up on her own investigation. She is determined to get to the bottom of things.

Sleuthing Heather is back in this novel. I was so happy about that. Finally, Gillard got into the stride again of the amateur detective. Heather going around and asking questions and poking her nose into other people’s business is worth the read. Though the story was very easy to figure out, in my opinion, I still really enjoy the book. The interaction with Heather and Ryan, with the pending wedding, is excellent and the readers get to see how the couple is growing. I have high hopes for the rest of the series if Gillard continues the sleuthing in the future novels.


Mint Chip Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #6)
Lemon Chiffon Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #8)