A Donut hole Cozy Mystery 36 – 37

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So I realized while I was doing some back-end work on the blog and I noticed that I missed books 36 – 39 for this series.

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This book saw even more added stress to Heather due to a double homicide as well as the fair. Sadly Kate made multiple appearances in this book, and I still can’t see what she adds to the store. Geoff, though I found him useless, had some comedic relief. Kate just makes me annoyed the entire time she’s mentioned in the book.

The mystery itself was interesting and something new. However, it was also a little convoluted. Though the apparent dual was a nice touch, it was a little circular with everything. What I did really enjoy about the book is that we got a good back story to the victims as well as their families. This gave a little more depth to the characters in this book.

Overall an enjoyable read.

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It’s weird that I’m happy that Heather got a talking to because of her manner of investigating, but that is the reality of life. This was a nice mystery and the murder made sense. It was a little more difficult to follow the logic with what was given as clues, but it was fairly logical. I enjoyed the characters that were brought into this story. I kind of want to know more information about the older woman who lives in the building.

I feel like the relationship between the main characters are not being developed as they should, though that might be because of the focus has shifted to the victims. I really want the character relationships to be expanded on even more. Now that Lilly is officially their child. I want to know more about her, and see her relationship with her parents grow.

Overall I did actually enjoy the book.


Passion Fruit Punch Murder + Pecan Nut Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #34 + 35)
Raspberry Coulis Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #38) + Creme Brulee Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #39)

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Blueberry Spangled Murder + Strawberry Sprinkled Swirl Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #48 + #49)

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After a horrible accident at a 4th of July celebration, Heather, Amy and Ryan get pulled away to look at the scene of the crime. They have to figure out if the death was a result of an accident or if someone had tried to murder the seemingly lovable man. But things only get a little more complicated when they find out that he had wanted to change his will. This isn’t going to be an easy

I enjoyed the book, however, as without a confession this case wouldn’t have been solved. Everything is circumstantial and there is no proof to point the finger at anyone. I really don’t like books like this because without the confession it would have never gone to court. I know there are cases like that in the real world, but it bothers me.

We got to see the other characters more in this book which was nice. Though there wasn’t much character development in this book, I still love seeing the ever-expanding characters in this book.

Overall, it was a fine book. Just could have been a bit better.

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When the speaker at a function at the newly opened hotel is murdered in his room in the middle of the night trouble start brewing. With only 2 keys to the room and both accounted for, they have to figure out how the murderer got in and out without the use of the key. Heather and Ryan have to figure out their own locked room mystery.

I have read many locked door mysteries and this one took an interesting look at the common mystery. I felt like it may have been a little obvious from the get-go, but then again… I read too many mystery books. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story. I have read some very elaborate ways for the mystery to work.

The world in this books has expanded a little more with the addition of the hotel. Though this was very focused on the mystery and we didn’t really get to see anyone except Amy, Heather and Ryan in this story.

This story had a really good base and I really want Gillard to expand her books. It’s ok if she doesn’t put out a book a week and give the books a little more meat.


Vanilla Cream Murder + Chocolate Peanut Brittle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #44 + #45)
Banana Fudge Murder + Blueberry Stars & Stripes Murder

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

Cotton Candy Fluff Murder + Cherry Dream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #42 + #43)

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When Heather is called to a crime scene, she is surprised to find out that it’s the young equestrian star, Fred Nolan, who had been in an accident the week earlier. Now the gang is trying to find out who cut the young man’s life short. The only problem is that the Nolan family might be one of the most dysfunctional families to grace Heather’s door to date.

Now that Amy is a full-fledged investigator, the witty comments in the background have been cut down to a minimum, I believe she’s supposed to have been written to finally understand how inappropriate it is. Amy has advanced and aged a little in this book, which I find is nice, as she is in her 40s, similar to Heather.

This murder was fairly easy to figure out, but like always, I enjoyed that we got to see the background of the victim and his family life. That is always my favourite part of any good mystery book.

This was a good continuation of the book series. Also, now I want cotton candy.

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When Catherine Willard is found dead only hours after Heather and Amy talked with the woman. Between really odd son and the potential link to a new contractor that just got into town, somethings are just not adding up in this case.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I don’t like the way that one of the characters was used in this book. I get that they wanted to add a criminal with a shady past who is living above the law, but the way they used them it was not the best. I don’t mind the character archetype, I just want them used better.

The mystery was a little too obvious, and the method made no sense. I wanted to find out more about the victim and for the above character to be used. I guess I wanted a little more action in this book then I got in the end.

It’s a fine book, but not my favourite in the series.


Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #40) + Peaches and Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #41)
Vanilla Cream Murder + Chocolate Peanut Brittle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #44 + #45)

Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #40) + Peaches and Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #41)

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Heather and the gang escape to Key West Florida, and everything is perfect until she’s woken up in the middle of the night by someone being murdered. Even though they are away from their little town, Heather is still pulled into yet another investigation, just this time Ryan isn’t there to help.

I enjoyed this book until the very end, and then it got ruined by the overarching storyline that I don’t like. I will say though, I don’t ever want to be anywhere around Heather as people keep turning up dead.

I do like the twist that she took her assistants to Florida to relax and though they got to relax she was caught up in yet another murder investigation. I personally don’t think that it was helping the story that she was actively investigating given that she knows that a PI needs to be brought in to the investigation by the local police. I would have preferred it to be rather by accident.

It was an interesting book though, and I did enjoy the linking of a past murder to the present, however, I feel like it could have been executed a little better.

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With the booming economy in Hillside, that means more Tourists. But when the owner of the tourist depot is found dead, not all is well in the town. With no evidence anywhere, Ryan and Heather have to try and track down who wanted to kill him and unravel his dark past.

Alright, one more plot point was completed, and boy am I happy about it. It’s nice having Ryan back in the book. Also, having Amy getting her PI license was a smart move for the story. It’s an enjoyable little read, and I do enjoy that we got to find out the backstory of the victim. It is the aspect that I enjoyed the most about this book.

Also, we get to see a little bit more character development with Eva, and Amy in this book. The characters are starting to have more substance again, which is good, however, I which it was closer to the beginning of the series and not so far in. But, it’s better late than never.

Overall it is a fun little read.


Raspberry Coulis Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #38) + Creme Brulee Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #39)
Cotton Candy Fluff Murder + Cherry Dream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #42 + #43)

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)

Passion Fruit Punch Murder + Pecan Nut Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #34 + 35)

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Heather finds herself with another mystery on her hands when Col is arrested for a murder that he didn’t commit. She doesn’t believe that he had anything to do with his neighbour’s untimely demise. She’s determined to clear his name as the evidence is just not adding up at all for her. Col also leans heavily on Heather as he is determined to not be blamed for a murder he didn’t commit.

I’m starting to really like this series again. Heather is starting to really get into the groove of being a real PI. She is starting to investigate better and smarter. She works a lot more with Ryan in this book than previous. They worked together to figure out 2 mysteries in this book. We also get a little more background with the Owens. We get to see how the donut delight is working with the other businesses in town.

Overall I am still liking this series.

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When Eva is late for her daily stop at Donut Delight. She is shocked when Ryan tells her that she was at a scene of a murder and though she was rattled she is fine. When they find out that the newest librarian was just killed by the aid of a bookshelf full of books, there are many questions that arise. The main problem is how can some topple a sturdy bookshelf that is full. Heather on the case but she seems to have stumbled onto something that may have lead to the victims’ demise.

Oh… hello Kate… I had almost forgotten that you were in this story, so sad that you’ve returned. Given that the books are focusing on the shop again, I guess that it’s only natural that Kate would make an appearance in this book. I, however, do not have to like it. I was enjoying the joint venture between Col and Heather. They have a nice chemistry together, but since Kate has decided to throw a wrench in it, I can’t wait to see how Heather puts her in her place.

This murder definitely puts a damper on love, which is not new in murder mysteries. Also, it plays with the traditional love triangle that we have all become accustomed to in romantic comedies. I had a hunch of who did it before Heather did, but then again I’ve read far too many mysteries.

I  did enjoy the focus on the donut shop this book, it was quite refreshing. I hope Gillard continues to incorporate the shop into the stories because I love the characters that work at the store.


Lavender Grape Dust Murder + Neapolitan Delight Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #32 + #33)
A Donut hole Cozy Mystery 36 – 37