Bekki the Beautician Mysteries 12 – 14

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Bekki and Nick have finally scheduled time off and Bekki plans on lounging around and simply enjoying being with Nick. However, Nick has other plans. He goes behind her back and planned a camping trip. While it’s not Bekki’s favourite activity, she is determined to enjoy it. When Bekki finds a fellow camper murdered in the woods, suddenly they are alone in the woods, with a murderer on the loose.

This was an interesting little book. I enjoyed how the main characters were dropped into an environment completely different from the norm. It’s a thought process I think that a lot of people who have gone camping have thought about, at least I know I have. What would you do if there was a murder in the middle of the woods and you were stuck there? Now mind you, most of us are not cops like Nick and Morris, but it was interesting to see them go through the scenario.

I enjoyed seeing Sammy grow in this book. She is always in the back, however, in this book we get to see her be an integral part of the story. She pushes through her insecurities and works with everyone to find the murderer. Seeing Bekki and Nick work close together is nice, since in most of the book Bekki is trying to hide the fact that she’s investigating from Nick.

It was a nice read and an interesting thought experiment for anyone who camps.

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Everything looks like it’s going to be a normal day at the salon for Bekki, however, when one of her clients dies in her chair, the day just went south. Though the death was quickly classified as a heart attack, something just doesn’t feel right for Bekki. So while trying to move on, she also starts looking into Stella’s passing.

There was a little more expansion in the town this book. Mainly, we got to learn a little more about Angela from the bakery. We also get to meet Stella Black in this book. I feel like we might have briefly met her in another book, as she does seem a little familiar. Always love books where we get to learn more about the murder victim as well as the murder. Sadly, we only really find out the interesting things about the murder near the end.

The mystery was relatively straightforward and I had my suspicions early on. However, there was a little twist near the end that was really interesting. I feel like for most people, the book would lead them to draw a certain conclusion, however, I found it quite noticeable.

We also ot to meet Nick’s new partner, however, I don’t find them quite as irritating as Bekki and Sammy did. I found that it was a little over exaggerated their reaction to them.  He makes a silly joke, as suddenly they don’t like him. I did enjoy his character though.

Overall, it’s a really strong book in the series.

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While Nick and Bekki are away at a conference in London, something odd happens. At a demonstration for fillers, the volunteer dies. At first, everyone assumes that there was a possibility that there was an allergic reaction, however, looking further into the case there appears to be some foul play. Quickly, Bekki is stuck into another murder investigation.

The mystery itself was very straightforward, and once we get a little information it is very easy to figure out who the killer is. They tried to insert a little plot twist part way through the book, however, it didn’t really work. It was such a different avenue to investigate that it didn’t really work. I did enjoy how Bekki was out of her element and in a different country, it added to the mystery.

I enjoyed how Nick relaxed a little near the beginning and end of the book, we got to see them not in the middle of an investigation which was nice. I still think that Bekki should listen to Nick more when it comes to investigations, as he is the seasoned investigator. We do get to see her spend all her time investigating as she doesn’t have her salon to run, and I enjoyed that she didn’t have to hide the investigation from Nick. It was nice to see that we got some character development with the murderer and the victim. As you all know, I love me some background to understand the motivations.

This was a good book to continue or end the series with. At this time, this is the last book in the series.


Bekki The Beautician Mystery 9 – 11

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Bekki the Beautician: Books 1-4

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After deciding to pack up her life in New York and return to her hometown and take over her mother’s salon. When the owner of the other salon is found dead, after a not so favourable conversation with Bekki, suspicion falls on her. Her old flame, Nick, has her back and is determined to get her off the hook.

This was a cute little story. Bekki, other than having a name I will never remember how to spell, was an interesting character. She has spunk, and she is willing to stand up for herself. Though she should have taken a step back in this book, she managed to show Nick that he wasn’t infallible.

The tension between Nick and Bekki throughout this book was interesting. I hope that we find out more about their past relationship. I feel like there is so much there that is still untapped.

I enjoyed the first book and I’m looking forward to the following books in this series.

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After finally settling into her new life, or old one, Bekki is feeling comfortable. With the salon becoming very successful, and even rekindling some friendships that were lost when she moved to New York. Her world is once again shaken when the baker is found dead of an apparent suicide. Something doesn’t seem right about it, so Bekki looks into it, against Nick’s warnings.

I don’t agree with all the methods used by Bekki in this book. A lot of amateur sleuths toe the line between legal and illegal, but Bekki completely disregards the law in this book. I don’t like how Nick just sweeps everything under the rug. I get that he is supposed to love her babe is a cop and needs to act like one.

I did like the mystery in this book. It made a personal for Bekkibut also separate enough that she could step back and think about it.

Overall, it was an enjoyable book.

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Sammy is working an event when a murder takes place. She is found over the body and is assumed the killer. Bekki is determined to clear her friend’s name. Though Nick is doing is best, Bekki decides to take matters into her own hands and investigates the murder herself. She finds out a lot about the most influential family in town.

Sammy is in the hot seat this time and Bekki isn’t going to let this one go. Bekki is still a little too reckless for my liking. Nick acts more like a cop in this book compared to the last time, but he still sticks his neck out quite a bit. I want Bekki to follow the law and listen to the police a little more. I understand that she has to learn but she nearly ruined the case in this book.

The mystery was a little easy to figure out, I found that you could tell early on. Nick is wb the picture at the beginning of the book, and Trevor makes another appearance in this book. Thanks to his appearance Bekki and Nick’s relationship is worked on in this book. Nothing like the ex-boyfriend showing up to start talking about your feelings.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book

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Bekki gets a call from her old boss. He is scheduled to be the stylist for the pageant in New York but a large number of his staff are sick and needs Bekki’s help. She leaves Nick behind to help out him out. Quickly, 2 judges are found dead and Bekki is found in the middle of yet another murder investigations.

Another really good book in this series. We get to see Bekki back in New York thanks to the beauty pageant and we get to see a glimpse into her old life. Her old friend was interesting but no one is really all that nice towards Bekki, between her old friends, and old flame it seems almost better that she has moved back home.

She gets stuck in the middle of yet another murder mystery while she’s away and Nick can’t help her this time. She doesn’t really work the case, but it’s become the habit for her to think about cases while she’s near one. She doesn’t go out of her way to solve it, but she does help.

the relationship between Nick and Bekki is a little strained at the beginning, but they work on it throughout the book. It’s nice to see a couple that actually talks about their issues.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.