Frosted Love Cozy Mysteries 21 – 26

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Echo is having a hard time settling into her life in Florida, she just feels like everyone around her is moving on, while she’s being left behind. When she meets up with a young man who is down on his luck and left homeless. Echo, the bleeding heart, takes him in and gets Missy to help out. After a neighbour was murdered, everyone at the inn gets pulled into another mystery, and with Echo’s new lease on life, she’s ready to take on the world.

Ok, I’m really starting to like Spencer and all of his quirks. We get to see him in action again in this book, and I love reading about it. We are really starting to get to understand Spencer as he grows as a character throughout the series.  All of the characters are growing into their roles into the book, and I’m glad that Echo is getting her sea-legs again. We only see Clara at the end of the book, and I’m kind of wondering how Prescott is going to be using her in the future. I enjoyed her at the beginning but she doesn’t seem to fit anymore. Unless something changes, she might turn into a throwaway character. 

This mystery was interesting, but a little too obvious. I didn’t really enjoy the fact that I could figure it out so quickly and so close to the beginning of the book. I still enjoyed the characters looking into the murder and trying to figure out who did it. I figure that Chas had an idea of who it was relatively quickly, as near the end he did leave town to check something out.

I enjoyed the book, however, I feel like they’re getting shorter but I really like settling into this book series.

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A triple homicide rocks the small town of Calgon, and Chas is on the case. With a young girl suddenly becoming an orphan, and someone who seems determined to harass Missy and her friends. With everything going on, Missy also has to plan a party for 100 guests, life is getting very interesting.

We get to see Clara more in this book, and I’m not sure whether or not she’s going to stay but we did see her trying to move on past her husband’s and son’s deaths. The fact that she became an alcoholic wasn’t surprising, but she does show the will to get past it. I wonder if Echo and Clara will ever be civil towards each other because I don’t see why it’s still going on after so long. Also, I feel like Echo and Kel’s relationship should be developing more than it currently has. Maybe it’s the issue of being on the outside looking in, but I feel like they need to get together soon. 

The murder was a little intense, especially with the little girl who we meet at the beginning of the book. Clara’s reaction was perfect to that little girl, she also seemed to be very motherly towards her. I enjoyed the way that Spencer was used in this book in this murder investigation. I know that it wasn’t in the vain of the police investigation, but his marine training paid off. I also enjoyed how Chas and Spencer kept Missy in the dark about what had potentially happened in Spencer’s apartment.

This was a fun little read.

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A newlywed couple book into the inn and Missy rolls out the red carpet for them. Everyone around the inn starts noticing some worrisome signs. Echo confides in Missy that she may have had a slightly less savoury relationship in that past that reminded her a lot of the newlywed. When the wife goes missing, the occupants all turn their attention towards the husband, but is there more going on than meets the eye?

This isn’t my favourite book in this series. I have all of the things that I normally love, a bait and switch, new characters and a lot of character development. However, the plot just falls flat for me which was really sad. I could see the plot twist coming from a mile away and it wasn’t really handled that well. It had so much potential to be more enjoyable for me.

I enjoyed getting to know more about Echo’s neighbour and a little more about Spencer in this book. Spencer is a lot like a nice mix between Chas and Missy. He is definitely written to be their adoptive son that they take care of. The relationship between Kel and Echo, though they work day in and day out together, is still very static. Even if it doesn’t develop into a romantic relationship, there should be some development in the friendship department.

It was still a relatively enjoyable book, I just wish it was better.

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Christmas is coming up and Missy couldn’t be more excited planning a Christmas get together with her friends. However, when some weird occurrences start happening to Clara and Echo, everyone’s a little on edge. With a stalker following them and a murder just a town over, things turn dangerous for the unlikely duo.

After the last book, I’m super happy with this book. I was a little worried, but Prescott used a new element in her book with the introduction of a serial killer. Having a serial killer in a book is always hit or miss, as they can feel a little too much like a crutch. However, this killer was used excellently.

Prescott managed to make Clara relevant again and made Echo and Clara realize how much they actually have in common. Clara’s character has finally expanded a little more and grown. She is still a little awkward in the book, however, I can see it getting better. We get to find a little more about Kel’s feeling for Echo and I really want something to happen between those two at one point in the series. We also get to see Spencer open up more to Missy, which was trigger by seeing a fellow marine living the way that he could have ended up.

I found that the mystery was a little obvious, but I’m going to blame it on how many mystery books I’ve read. *hides my GoodReads account* It was a little obvious that there was something off about the character of the killer, however, I still liked how it was expanded on.

I enjoyed this book, and it was a nice after the last book.

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The Christmas season has started and on the coattails of a large crime wave. While Chas is working around the clock, Spencer is helping around the inn. When Spencer finds something out about the recent crimes, it’s now a race against time to catch the people who are committing the crimes. Meanwhile, Spencer wants nothing more than to keep Missy in the dark of everything.

We really get to know a lot more about Spencer in this book. Though we still don’t know a lot about his past, we do get to know more about his psyche throughout this book. Missy has definitely become like family to him, as she does with many people. I also enjoy the slowly blooming relationship between Clara and Echo. We don’t see much in this book, but enough to see some development.

The mystery in this book was really short and I felt like it was sped up. I know that this book was really focused on character development and to given Spencer more depth, however, it still felt too rushed. The mystery took about ½ this book, but there was a little more she could have expanded on. What I did like was that we got to know more about the bad guys in this book than previous. A few chapters and sections of chapters were dedicated specifically to the bad guys.

The town was expanded and was given a little more history in this book. We got to meet a family in town that tries to live off the land who have been around for awhile. We learn a little more about Kel this book and his network of people throughout the town.

I really enjoyed this book.

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New Years is here, and all is quiet around the inn. With everyone back home and Spencer on vacation, it leaves Missy all alone to set up the New Year’s Eve Gala at the inn. When things start happening, the inn doesn’t seem like a safe place anymore. On High alert, Missy tries to continue getting everything on, despite the number of dead animals appearing near the inn.

Missy getting a little more forward in this book, to the point that she visits someone in prison. Though it’s not very dangerous, it’s definitely something that she should have talked with Chas about. I do enjoy her being a little more brazen, however, I think that Kel is rubbing off on her. Echo and Kel have a little moment in this book, but I’m not certain if anything will come of it. Though Spencer was not really in the book this time around, what till he was in the book allowed us to see how much he cares for Missy and Chas.

I really enjoyed this mystery, we get to learn more about Kel’s vast knowledge on murderers (of all things), as well as his gym workout. It also gave depth to the world outside of Florida. They go to Illinois in this book which allows us to see a bit more of the world. I do love how Missy figures out the mystery a little before Chas.

I really enjoyed this book.


 

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Frosted Loved Cozy Mysteries 16 – 20

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After coming back home after their honeymoon, Chase and Missy start debating the whether or not to buy the little inn in Florida. When Missy decides to take the plunge into the hotel ownership and management. That, however, means that they have to move and leave what they know behind. However, when a young boy goes missing Chas and Missy are thrown right into a new mystery.

This is a really fun little pick up from the last book. Though I didn’t really like that the last book ended with a cliffhanger, but it worked well for this book. I enjoyed the beginning of the book where Chas and Missy were just living their lives without any murders. Missy takes a back seat in this book, however, we do get to follow Chas at work, which I really liked. It’s a nice meld of cozy mystery and cop book. The new writing style is really fun and interesting.

The mystery didn’t start until partway through the book, and it wasn’t too hard to figure out, however, Prescott did throw a couple of curveballs with the story. What is common with this book, as it is mainly focused on Missy and not Chas, is that the reader doesn’t always get enough information to completely figure out the mystery completely. I think that’s on purpose, however, it is a little annoying.

There is a lot more character development than other books as they have just moved to a new place so Prescott had to introduce all of the new characters.

There was a slight lack of consistency throughout the book. I noticed mistakes in the name of a character in the book, mainly the wrong last name. Also, the length of time between everything happening in the book. It just felt like it was on fast forward.

Overall it was still a really enjoyable book.

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Chas’ new boss invites everyone over to his home for a Halloween party. However, when a murder happens at the party, all fingers are pointed at Clara, Missy’s new friend in town. With no real evidence, Missy tries to figure out a way to clear Clara’s name with help from a few other friends from around the town.

I really enjoyed the way the Prescott mixed new friends with old. With Echo making an appearance, and Kel being a heavy part of this book, it’s really fun. Kel is an interesting character, and he melds perfectly with Echo, they are both quirky and got at their own speed. Though they get along really well, they also have differences that make them but heads.

We get to find out more about the town and its surroundings in this book. We also get to meet more of the townsfolk. This book felt like it really expanded the town for future books, as I believe there are 30 books at the inn.

The mystery was fun, but with so many people pointing their fingers at Clara, it was a little hard for Missy to prove her points. Also, Clara’s personality was a little all over the place in this book and it was a little inconsistent which was annoying. However, I really did enjoy the way that Missy was used much more in this book to investigate the murder. It does make sense as Carla is her friend after all. I do enjoy the new way that we see Chas at work, however, I enjoyed the throwback to Missy. 

I still really enjoyed the book and enjoyed learning about Missy and Chase’s new town.

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When the inn is booked out completely for a wedding party, Missy is super excited. Missy has only ever had positive experiences with marriage and wedding bells, however, when the clients arrive she is starting to be unsure about this time. With a very temperamental mother-of-the-bride and a feud between the father-of-the-bride and the father-of-the-groom. When the father-of-the-bride is found dead in the corn maze, now Chas must figure out what really happened.

I must say, the mother-of-the-bride is one witch of a woman and the sad thing is that I have met people like her. She was really well written and written to be so easy to hate. I did enjoy learning more about Spencer in this book, and he was really interesting. I would love to learn more about him, however, I feel like with the friendship blooming between Chas and Spencer. We also have confirmation that Echo will be staying a while in Florida which is going to be interesting to see how she gets used. 

We got to see what Missy is like when she gets really angry which added some dimension to her. Chas and Missy have to deal with a lot throughout this book and work really well together. The change in the writing style has allowed us to see them more as a couple in the past few books which allows them to feel more real.

The mystery this book was interesting, and though she tried to throw some curveballs this book, however, they weren’t very effective. Trying to paint Spenser in a slightly bad light isn’t really effective as he’s such a lovable character. I really did enjoy the little digging that Kel and Echo did during the book. I feel like Kel is going to be a very useful in the future books.

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While on one of his much deserved days off, Spencer spots a young woman walking straight into the ocean. The marine runs after her and brings her to the inn. Missy and Spencer get pulled into the mystery around this poor girl, while Echo is dealing with everything around Kel

I am really enjoying the focus on the characters and their development in this book. I feel like we get to really know the characters in this book, and though there is still a murder and mystery, it isn’t the only thing that is focused on in the book. I have always been a big fan of character development, not only throughout the book but also the series. We got to see Echo’s feelings for Kel develop and she becomes aware of what Missy has always seen. We got to see another side to Spencer that we haven’t seen before which was interesting and fun. I really enjoy seeing him grow as a character.

My murder didn’t take place until about ½ through the book, which seems to be normal now, Chas was still working on a case earlier on in the book. I enjoyed how seamlessly the two mysteries flowed into each other. I also enjoyed how Prescott managed to introduce a character that seems just as broken as Spencer in this book to match with him.

This wasn’t a who done it book really. It was all taken care of by Chas. We did get all the hints of the conversation between Chas and the murderer but none of the additional information the Chas gets off of the page until he tells Missy. If you’re looking for a who done it I feel like this book series is turning into much more of the cozy side of cozy mysteries, not that I’m complaining as I still am really enjoying the series.

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Missy is getting ready for Thanksgiving and a surprise birthday party for one of her guests. However, when one of the guests turns up dead suddenly everyone is on high alert. Chas must track down the killer while Missy tries to appease her guests and calm the staff.

Ok, I love Kel I always have, however, I feel like he took a few too many liberties in this book in compared to the previous books. I draw the line to breaking and entering into anyone’s house, including a dead man’s. I did enjoy Missy finally standing up to Clara in this book, at first I liked that character, but now she’s just wearing on my nerves. Having a little follow up with the old characters was really fun and interesting to see them.

The mystery was interesting and different. I didn’t suspect the murder until the end, which was nice and rare. I did enjoy seeing Missy being interrogated by the police in this book as it proves that Missy isn’t immune to police procedures. I still really enjoyed the work between Missy and Chas during this book, and the help that Kel provided was excellent, even if it was very illegal.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of this book series.


Frosted Love Cozy Mystery 11 – 15

Frosted Love Cozy Mystery 11 – 15

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Yeah, I don’t know why this image has Book 8 on it, but I swear this is book 11.

When a movie company comes to town to film a movie, Missy is hired to provide cupcakes for the cast and crew. Though her main customer is taxing, she manages to still have fun with the rest of the crew. When her friend is found dead, Missy is pointed at to be the murderer due to a cupcake that was found at the scene of the crime.

It’s been a little while since I read this series and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. This book the mystery was a little overshadowed by the drama between Chas and Missy. It was a fun story with a character you love to hate. The way that Missy is involved is interesting, to say the least.

Missy didn’t really investigate much this book but we say many of our favourite reoccurring characters.

My only real issue with this book was the ending felt a little rushed and I felt like it could have been given a book on its own even if it was a non-mystery book.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.

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After the incident with the movie, Missy is called on again because her late friend mentioned to a producer just how good her cupcakes were. So she gets invited to try out for a cooking show. However, not everything is as it seems when one of the judges for the bake-off was found dead. Now Missy is the prime suspect.

I enjoyed this book, even though there wasn’t much Chas in it. I really enjoy how he treats her in this book, it’s so sweet. She gets pulled into another murder mystery while away in New York. She doesn’t really investigate anything as she is the murder suspect and Chas is back home, but she does have her friend to look into what he could while she waited.

Missy is thrown for a loop in this book, and wants to make the situation work. Her strength as a character comes out in this book, which is lovely. Though she gets really close to losing it in this book, she does well to power through.

I enjoyed the end of the book when there was some character development and we got to see the side characters that weren’t present through the rest of the book. It was a nice to see them when there isn’t a mystery to solve.

I am still really enjoying this series.

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Well, this was an interesting book. I must say, Missy gets herself is the oddest predicaments. Her Hollywood adventure it’s quite over at the moment. She is so swamped that we see her hiring new staff. The new staff don’t really get introduced in this book, but there was a lot more going on at the time, so it’s forgiven.

I am enjoying the new things that are happening with the book. Though she does talk about the crime, she doesn’t actively put herself in any danger during the length of the book, however, that doesn’t stop danger from finding her.

I really enjoyed this book, but I swear they are like tic-tacs, they don’t last very long.

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After burning the candles at both ends for so long, Missy finally takes a step back from her stores. She starts letting her employees do more. She finally has time to participate in the book club that comes to the shop on a regular basis. When the leader is found dead, and another member is suspected of being the killer, Missy wonders if she ever really knew the people in the book club.

I really want to talk about the end of the book but I don’t want to ruin it. I will say that Chas was really cute. It was the perfect ending for the book.

Missy was more active in the investigation this time around. We got to meet the book club members and learn a lot about them in this book. I enjoyed their character development throughout the book. Their background gets incorporated so well into the mystery that it was out of place.

This was a fun book and it was a good add-on to the series.

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While working an event, the 2nd candidate is found dead in the back of the van. Now Missy’s employee is being looked at for murder even though there was no proof. Meanwhile, Missy has to come to terms with some major changes that are coming down the pipes.

This was sadly not my favourite book in this series. It focused greatly on character development, however, I felt like it came too quickly. At the end, I could see what was happening but it seemed to come out of nowhere.

The mystery interesting but I am getting tired of the plot being someone actively trying to frame someone else. At least in the last book, it made sense, but trying to frame someone because of tattoos and piercings is a bit of a stretch.

I also don’t like books that end with a cliffhanger like how this one did. I enjoyed the book, but I wish it was better.

Culinary Cozy Mystery Box Set 2: Books 6-10 of the Frosted Love Series

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When a customer of Echo’s drops dead in her story, there isn’t much anyone could do but be surprised at this. Echo is such a quiet girl, but now she’s a prime suspect in the murder investigation. Missy can’t stand by as he best friend is being framed for murder. She also has to deal with someone defacing her property, and she tries to find the culprit.

This is the first book in the series that I could see the culprit from a mile away. The murder and the reasons for the murder seemed obvious from the start which made it a little sad. The relationship between Missy and Chas in this book was a little strained but they talked it out like adults, which I liked. Though not completely realistic, being able to talk to each other about their feelings is a refreshing concept.

I did like how Safflower gave more background to Echo that we were given a few books before. I really did like the interaction and the first fight between Echo and Missy. Though they made up like old friends would.

Though Chas wasn’t in the book much when he was, it was fun and quirky. He has become a lovable character that definitely had to grow on me. He has done a complete 180 when it comes to Missy which I adore. He’s random thoughts popping into the story is a little distracting but fun.

Overall I like this book.

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Echo and Missy join forces to expand both of their businesses. However, when a mutual client of their two stores is found dead, they are once again under investigation for yet another murder. However, nothing is adding up with this case, and it all seems like Echo’s past might be catching up with her again.

I swear Echo’s past won’t stay where it needs to, in the past. She once again goes through a beating when she’s in the middle of a murder investigation as a suspect. However, Missy is right there with her in the hot seat. Though Missy tries to let the police do their work, she does voice her opinion on the case.

The murderer was an easy guess about 1/2 through but most mysteries are. The characters in this book negate me disliking the fact that I figured out the murderer quickly.

All the characters were front and centre in this book which is nice. I kinda wished that we learnt more about them, or even got to see them interact with each other more. However, this was a good book to add to the series

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While helping out with the children’s fundraiser, Ben went missing and a dead man was found in his clown suit. With Ben nowhere in sight, he becomes the first suspect in the crime. When the man is tied to Cheryl, there are a lot more complications that sneak into the case. Missy can’t sit on the sidelines when one of the staff is a murder suspect.

For once Missy isn’t the suspect, however, it is someone on her staff. Finally, Cheryl has finally gotten some backstory which I felt was lacking. This is a very interesting finding out what happened before she came to Missy’s Muffins. However, everything felt a little forceful throughout the story. I felt like the story was put together just to give her a backstory and wasn’t really planned.

The murder mystery itself was well thought out and interesting, even though they kinda shoehorned Ben and Cheryl into the storyline. I also enjoy how they worked in more history to the victims in the story which makes you relate to them more.

Overall this was a very good book.

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After the high school baking contest, a judge is murdered and a losing student is suspected of being the murder. As Missy knows the student she is highly sceptical that she committed the crimes. She goes after the truth even though the police seems certain they know who the killer is.

Well, that’s one way of getting out of planning a wedding. We get to meet the Mayor’s daughter and might I say that she was written to be a piece of work. She gets along with Missy as well as oil and water combine. I must say though that the murderer wasn’t terribly difficult to figure out. However, they were well thought out and explained. There were a few things that were left hanging at the end that I hope are explained more in the next book.

I did enjoy the way that they used the high school’s bake-off to jump off into the mystery. Given that Missy is a known baker it makes complete sense that she would be present at that event. This book again does not have Missy in the hot seat, and for once her staff aren’t being checked into.

I did enjoy how the relationship between Chas and Missy has grown over this book, and how cute they are together. This was a really fun little book to read.

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After a little prying, Chas finally opens up to Missy about his past. Given that it’s his father’s birthday, they agree to go to his estate in New York. However, when someone is murdered at the party, Missy is once again a suspect even though she never met the man. Chas is determined to make sure the actual murderer is caught so that they can go home together.

Chas’ background was quite a shocker I feel. I suspected that he probably had a secret or two, but that is big. Missy finally meeting his family was interesting, as they come from a very different upbringing. I will say though, given what they’ve been through you would think that Missy would have more confidence in their relationship but she’s the first person to jump ship.

I enjoyed the storyline and mystery, it was interesting to see the Beckett family dynamic and how Missy fit into it. Though I found that murderer was a little obvious I still liked how it played out in the story.

This book went into Chas’ past up until parts of his high school. I am hoping that the trend to develop characters continues into future books.


Frosted Love Cozy Mystery 1 – 5
Frosted Love Cozy Mystery 11 – 15

Culinary Cozy Mystery Box Set (Frosted Love Cozy Mystery #1-5)

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Melissa Gladstone, also known as Missy, is roped into a murder as her assistant is the prime suspect after her business-rival was found dead. While the police department is barking up the wrong tree in her opinion, Missy decides to take justice in her own hands and figure out who really killed him and clear her devoted assistance name.

This is an interesting book and it nearly got a 4 star if it wasn’t for Chas’ character. He had a really nice beginning, however, I really started to dislike him 1/2 through. He reminds be a lot of Mike in the Hannah Swensen book series.

The story was interesting and it even incorporated a mystery that wasn’t in this book. The characters were interesting and relatable to a point. Missy is a strong independent woman who was self-made. Her assistant Ben is following closely in her shoes. Chas, though annoying has his own back story and does show his sweet since to Missy.

the plot was well thought out and was interesting until the very end. This wasn’t the standard mystery that you could follow the culprit from early on in the story, but the twist in the end was a little nice.

Over all it was a very nice story.

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With plans for expansions in mind, Missy is more than a little excited that she was invited to the cupcake competition. She also decides that it would be a good time to unwind and have a little vacation. She quickly finds out, however, that a childhood rival had something to do with her invitation. Knowing her like she did, she wasn’t surprised that there were strings attached to her invitation. But once she’s found dead, Missy is the prime suspect as their past isn’t exactly a secret.

This may seem weird but… Yay a series that takes the heroine out of their town. One of the issues that I have with a lot if mystery book was addresses in this book but I’m sure we’ll go back to normal in the next book. I do like seeing the characters traveling, which I know would be hard when you own a store.

Chas was redeemed in this book. I didn’t like him in the last book, but as he did come to Las Vegas to help her, he’s been redeemed a bit. He was awfully sweet to Missy in this book.

How Missy has accidentally gotten herself mixed up in a murder again is quite comical. She has done nothing wrong past being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Though I had a suspicion of who the murderer was, it was subtle.

This was a good book.

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Back in Louisiana, Missy is ready to forget the fiasco in Las Vegas. However, while expanding her shop, she notices something fishy going on in town. When some people try to strong arm her into using their dry goods business, and another shop owner turns something just doesn’t feel right. She and Chas work together to figure out what happening and who is trying to get her to stop the expansion of the shop.

This nearly got 5 stars… but when you’ve nearly been killed twice, I fell like you would probably be a little more cautious when you are investigating. Missy must be a real glutton for punishment because she doesn’t learn.

We do get a new shop assistant, but sadly we really don’t get any background to her yes. I really hope the we get more information about her in future books.

The mystery and story in this book is very interesting and not completely linear. Though the murder mystery wasn’t exactly the hardest thing to figure out. I still really enjoyed the build up. There was a little twist in the end that made the story even more interesting. This was a good addition to the series.

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After a new woman takes over the ice cream joint across the road from her Delville location, Missy gets an odd sense that she’s hiding something. When odd things starts happening, Missy is worried that her new friend might be in the middle of it. However, being a southern lady, Missy isn’t about to push, no matter what Chas might tell her.

How Missy keeps getting in the middle of murder investigations as a prime suspect is beyond me. She works very hard with her muffin shop that she doesn’t have time to commit murders but never less she keeps getting into the middle of it.

Though this is not the standard mystery book as she is not actively searching or helping much in the investigation, we still get to follow along. Chas keeps her so well informed that it is helpful. I will say though, the change in voice messes up the flow for me. Even though it is all written in 3rd person, when the focus is removed from Missy for only a few sentences without a break it’s a little weird.

I do like that we get to know more information about Echo in this book. It gives the character more depth and a richer feel to the story. It is a good continuation.

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When Chas takes Missy away for a well deserved vacation, they happen to get wrapped up into a murder investigation with in a few days of being in Cozumel. While Chas tries to run a little interference, as well as a shadow investigation. Missy, meanwhile, just wants to hide from the world and make cupcakes. She trusts Chas to clear their names.

I know that no one reads these books for realism, but 5 books a 5 murder investigations that Missy is in the middle of is a bit much. Chas also manages to also perform an investigation in Mexico, far outside of his jurisdictions.

Though there was no real way to follow the mystery and figure it out in this book, it was a fun read. I kinda wish that there was more description when it came to the scenery in Mexico, but overall it was fun.

The cupcakes described in this book sounded absolutely scrumptious, and put me in the mood for baking. Missy’s relationship with Chas in this book started to blossom a bit more, now that they have been dating for a few months. He is still as overprotective as always, but I think thats understandable at this point.

Still little to no development with any of the new shop workers, but I’m hoping to see more in future books.

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.


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Chocolate Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #5)

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After being invited to Tia Teresa’s 75th birthday, Heather is enjoying herself. However, one phone call from Ryan changes that. They find out that Gustavo, the grandson, was killed at the local park. Though the shooter was found and tells the police what happened, something seems off about the story. Maricela and Angelica beg Heather to take a look at his death because she’s previously managed to solve crimes before.

I feel like this book took a step back from the sleuthing and focused solely on the character building. It’s less of a let’s go find the murder and more of a sit back and see what happens novel. Since it does delve so much into the character building, we get to see Maricela’s and Angelica’s home life, as well as the connection they have with Heather. I would have preferred her sleuthing a little more but it was a nice light read regardless.


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