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

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Banana Fudge Murder + Blueberry Stars & Stripes Murder

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Amy, Jamie, Ryan and Heather all go for a double date together. However, they are called away after their waiter was murdered. Jamie now has to come to terms with knowing the victim and Amy being pulled away at any time due to her job. While they are working the case, Amy has to not only has to help Heather find the murderer but also has to work out the issues that she is having with her relationship.

This book has a little more character building, specifically with Amy and Jamie. We get to see them work through their issues throughout this book. Ok well not throughout, just quickly at the end. I would really like to see much more character development and see more realistic conversations between 2 characters who aren’t Heather, Amy and Ryan.

I enjoyed the story and also liked how we got to meet the victim before they were murdered. It’s an interesting little story, it still has Lyle Clark as a suspect near the end. I feel like the Character is running its course and hopefully will be gone soon. I do like how Kate isn’t anywhere in this book or the past few one.

Overall, it’s a fine book, but I really want to get longer stories.

 

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While out with the family for the 4th of July, Heather notices something’s odd about a house nearby. When she discovers the occupant of the house was murdered, Ryan and Heather start work quickly on the new crime scene. With a messy divorce to sift through Ryan and Heather have to figure out who in the victim’s family would have wanted to kill her.

This was an interesting little book. I was a little surprised that mystery was a lot easier to solve than previous books. However, we did get to see Jamie more in this book which was a little nice. We get to see some development between Jamie and Amy which is lovely, as to this book, we’ve only really seen hear-say.

Like I said, is an easy murder to figure out so when you read it don’t be surprised. I did like the mystery and how seamlessly it went together even if it was a little easy. This might be the one time that the doughnut doesn’t sound too appealing, and that is for someone who likes jalapenos.

Regardless, this was a fun little book to read.


Chocolate Chip Custard Murder + Mint Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #46 + #47)

Peanut Butter Fudge Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #30) + Christmas Donut Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #31)

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While at a gingerbread workshop with Lilly and Amy, Heather is witness to a murder… Ok by witness I mean she heard someone through a door and when they finally got in it was too late. The victim was a well-loved baker in the community and will be missed. Her guilty conscience of not being able to get there to help her spurs Heather on to discover who killed her, and why did they use the weapon that they did.

This book was a little weird, I have to admit. It was interesting and the story had a nice flow to it… but there were some oddities in it. I would love to discuss it but I don’t want to give anything away because I really like that part of the book.

The mystery was simple but interesting. The murderer wasn’t in the book very much so it was a little difficult to figure out. You really have to think outside of the box with this book. I will say one thing… Heather really needs a gun license if she’s going to continue working these cases.

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Christmas is supposed to be a festive time of the year, however, when Victor Hardbody is found dead in is own basement there are only 3 suspects. With the FBI called in due to someone browsing the Dark Web, Heather has to not only deal with the lack of co-operation of the Hardbody family but also an FBI agent with an ego the size of Texas. Oh well, at least Christmas is just around the corner.

Ok… So I have never been a fan of a who-done-it where the members of the victim’s family are the suspects. I know that realistically you are more likely to be killed by someone that you know that a complete stranger, but it’s still not a story I enjoy. I had an incline part way through the book that I knew who the murderer was but I didn’t know for sure until the end of the book.

This book introduces another cocky law enforcement agent, this time, however, Agent Orchard is an FBI agent. Though he was not in much of this book, I have a sneaking suspicion that, similar to other annoying characters I’m not a fan of, he’s going to be showing up again in future books.

Overall, this was a fun little book.


Peppermint Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #28) + Hot Chocolate Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #29)
Lavender Grape Dust Murder + Neapolitan Delight Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #32 + #33)