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

Standard

25615849

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 prim 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 adult, 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 completely 180 when it comes to Missy which I adore. He’s random thoughts popping into the story is a little distracting but fun.

Over all I like this book.

25684746

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 yes 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 negates me disliking the fact that I figured out the murderer quickly.

All the characters were front and center 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

25733570

While helping out with the children’s fundraiser, Ben went missing and a dead man was found in his clown suit. With Ben no where 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 side lines when one of he staff is a murder suspect.

For once Missy isn’t the suspect, however, it is someone in 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 through out 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 shoe horned Ben and Cheryl into the story line. I also enjoy how they worked in more history to the victims in the story which makes you relate to them more.

Over all this was a very good book.

25773836

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 skeptical that the 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 was 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 even. 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.

25825238

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 bit she’s the first person to jump ship.

I enjoyed the story line 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.


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

Advertisements

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

Standard

24851259

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.

25349179

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.

31370881

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.

25519037

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.

25555882

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)

Standard

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

30751453

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.

30844219

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 Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #5)

Standard

29933429

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.


Tricky Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #4)
Mint Chip Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #6)

Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)

Standard

29548707

This is not the this isn’t the first time that Heather is the prime suspect in a murder case. But when the owner of a corporate doughnut shop is found dead the day after they had a public dispute, Heather is back in the hot seat. Though Ryan, a local cop, doesn’t actually believe that she did it, he still has to do his do diligence. Heather is back, figuring out who killed the man and clear her name… again.

This book feels very similar to the previous one. There is a little more depth given to the characters. I feel like Ryan’s personality might have flipped a little too quickly in regards to the books but if you remember that there are several months between the 1st book and the 2nd book it can be understood, we just don’t get to see it. Because the books are so short, and maybe because of Heather’s character, there isn’t much in the way of clues to follow to deduce the killers. Unlike other amateur sleuth novels, she’s not really looking into the case rather; everything is just falling into her lap. It’s still short and fun enough to read but don’t go in expecting anything highbrow.


Strawberry Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #1)
Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)