Oceanside Cozy Mystery 6 – 10



The Shepard clan decides to take a bike tour, on Detective Peter’s suggestion. However, when things go wrong and Heather’s notices a body right off the trail. When Detective Smith mentions that there may be a link between this murder and a murder from 2 years previous. Now, Heather and Ryan and pulled into another murder mystery.

Ok, I know that I read a lot of books, however, after the first time we meet the murderer I knew exactly who it was and why they did it. It was a very straightforward mystery and utilized very common tropes that are found in the mystery genre. It really felt laking for me, however, that might be because I figured it out right away.

We get to learn more about Peter in this book, or rather more about the potential relationship between him and Jeana. He is a very cute character, and he seems still really young. He does fit with Jaena, who also seems really new to the world. We learnt more about Detective Smith, even though he should be out of the book series relatively soon.

This was an ok book, however, it could have been much better.


After a horrible review that was left online about their doughnuts leads Heather and Amy to Salem. The day after arriving, their customer is found dead and they find themselves on the top of the suspect list. They must now look into the mystery to clear their names before they get put in jail for something they didn’t do.

I always love when the team are travelling and not in their hometown and are wrapped in the middle of another murder mystery. As it is situated in Salem, we get to see the team work with Psychics, I kinda wanted there to be witches but there isn’t any in this book. I will say that the story wasn’t that straightforward so it was interesting, however, I did have the guess really early on, and it was correct. However, if you don’t pay attention, then until Heather’s explanation it would be difficult to figure out.

I really enjoyed seeing Maricela again in this book, it has been too long. It was also fun to see Maricela as the logical mind next to Amy who believes in psychics and all that jazz. Similarly to in previous books, Heather and Maricela work really well together, almost better than with Amy. It was also interesting to see Heather giving Maricela adv about her relationship with Jung. It made them more relatable as characters, as this book series seems to have the monopoly on happy couples.

All in all this was a fun little book to read.


This is Ryan’s first case on the force and he’s out to prove himself. So Heather tries to step back, however, when he gets too stuck he brings Heather in for her ‘baking’ knowledge. Heather puts her sleuthing to work to try and figure out who would want to kill a cupcake baker. The only other creepy thing is how similar the kitchen of the two bakeries are.

The murder itself was really obvious about who the murder was, however, the reasoning behind it took a little longer to find out why. It was interesting getting into the motive for the murder. Though the reasoning is very convoluted reason for the murder, however, it was interesting. I enjoyed seeing Ryan and Heather working together on this case again.

Ryan is a much more interesting character while his working in comparison to when he’s moping around about not being all to work. I expected Peters’ character to become a little more active in this book, however, he is still in the back and this saddens me. He seems to be a very nice character that Gillard could play with but he’s still in the background of the story. So we finally get to meet Edna’s admirer and he’s really cute. I hope we see more of him in the future books as he seems to be an interesting character to add. Chief Chet is a little awkward when it comes to trying to tell Ryan what he wants him to do, I’m sure he will even out in the future.

This was a fun book and a good continuation of the series.


Heather and Lilly are getting ready for Nick’s first visit to Key West, however, this Thanksgiving isn’t going to be as calm as they want it to be. After a horrible accident happened, killing a man, everyone thought it was just that. However, It takes a lot to make a deep-fried chicken explode. Heather and Ryan work together to find out if it was just an accident or if someone what trying to go after the poor man.

This story was a little confusing, I don’t know if it was supposed to be or if it was accidental. Regardless, it wasn’t very well structured if it was intentional, there wasn’t enough information that was given to the reader to make an educated guess about how the murderer was. It even felt like Heather was grasping at straws in the book. If you think about it enough out could guess the murderer but it’s all based on circumstantial evidence rather than concrete evidence, which I didn’t enjoy.

I was enjoyable to see Nick again, even though he wasn’t really in the book very much. What little he was in the book, it was nice to see his relationship with Lilly again after the last few books. We did get a little bit of the background to the victim’s family, however, since they were under investigation it wasn’t much of a surprise.Peters was still in the background and acted very much like a lost puppy where Jaena is concerned. I really want to know more about Peters, so hopefully, he won’t be another Jamie but we have yet to see.

Overall, it was an ok book.


Jamie’s mobile pet grooming business is up and running. However, after his first day, he is left with a dog whose owner has gone missing. Ryan and Heather go looking for the owner and quickly find her dead. They now have to figure out who would want to kill the victim, and Jamie and Amy have to figure out what to do with the dog that is now in their possession.

Though I do like that Jamie is a larger part of this mystery than before, it was a little bit of an awkward start. The fact that Jamie was the one who initiated the search and no one taking it seriously made it a slow start. However, once it did start it fell right into the tropes that come with someone changing their identity. It was ok, however, a little predictable sadly. I did, however, like the use of DNA in this book. For once they use actual science and not just conjecture. It made it wrap up nicely in the end.

Like I said before, I enjoyed seeing Jamie in the book again. It was an integral part at the beginning. He is normally in the background, so it was nice to see him brought forward and used in a book for once. Amy seems to have calmed down in the book, however, it’s obvious that she still doesn’t like them. It’s just nice that her reactions are not as annoying as in the first few books where she was around bodies.

It was an ok book, however, it’s still not one of my favourites.

Oceanside Cozy Mysteries #1 – 5


Donut Hole Cozy Mystery 58 – 60



Doughnut Delights crew decides that it would be good to go to and perform some team building activities. Little did they know that a terrible accident would leave a member of one of the other teams dead. However, something doesn’t look right to Heather. So the team od Doughnut delights decide to work together to figure out who murdered the poor victim.


Well, that is one way to work on the group’s teamwork, solve a murder. I have never been a fan of one-day mysteries because they always feel unrealistic. This sadly wasn’t any different. I get that this story wouldn’t have worked if it was spread over multiple days, however, it still seemed a bit rushed.

We got to see a lot of the kitchen staff in this book as they all work together to find out who was the killer. Though, Heather was the one who did most of the work. Hell, even Ryan was a little useless this book.

It was a fine book to read but now my favourite of the season.


After all that they’ve been through, or not been through really, Heather and Ryan finally meet Hoskin’s wife. However, when she is implicated in a murder, Heather and Ryan have to struggle to keep their emotions in check and figure out if she really is the murderer. Something doesn’t quite feel right as they trust her. However, the one good thing that came from this is that Hoskin’s finally that understands the importance of the investigative aspect of the job.

We finally get to see more about Hoskins’ family life. We have known for a while now that he is the son-in-law of the chief. That being said, he has always been lazy. This time Millie, his wife, is the one in the hot seat this time. This forces Hoskins to work hard to figure out who actually killed the old lady as he believes that it was not his wife. We finally get to see him grow as a cop and that is nice. I feel like it was forced as he is going to be the detective left in charge of Hillside while Heather and Ryan are away.

I enjoyed the storyline of the book and how the mystery worked out in the end. It was an interesting plot, that though I have seen something like that before, it was still really interesting.

I really enjoyed this book, it was one of the more enjoyable books in this series.


Heather and Ryan are about ready to move to Key West just a couple of final things to do before they leave. However, when 2 strange murders happened in town, Heather is pulled into another mystery. While the two murders don’t look like they would be related, the victims actually were business partners. Now they must look into the potential of it being business related.

I’m so glad that I never have to hear about Lyle Clark again after this book. Heather wraps up her last case in Hillside before leaving to Key West. I will now have to start a new series after a bit of a break.

There were 2 murders in this book which was interesting. There were parallels between the two investigations as the victims were partners. Lyle Clark was heavily featured in this book. However, that was to be expected as it is the last book in Hillside. One of the murders was interesting as it was a poisoning, and I found it to be more interesting than the gunshot.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. The next series is also being written right now.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Murder + Vanilla Glazed Murder


Peanut Butter and Jelly Murder + Vanilla Glazed Murder



Leila and Eva’s house is finally complete and to fill the last corner of the house they go shopping at an antique shop. However, when the owner is found dead the next day under suspicious circumstances. Though the police are writing it off as a suicide, Heather knows better and persuades Ryan to take another look at the body.

Hello, Lyle my old Foe, I really didn’t miss that character, but he’s back in his book again. I am not a fan of him, and there aren’t any redeeming qualities like there had bee with Geoff. I guess I can be happy that Kate is still quiet. I don’t know why those characters are in the series, to be honest, but I can deal.

The mystery was a little interesting. I felt like it was a little easy to figure out in the end but that’s ok. Heather and Ryan work well together in this book like always. There really wasn’t much character development in this book but I’m coming to expect it from this series.

It’s not a bad book, I just wish there was a little more meat to these books.


Amy and Jamie have finally found their new home. They are settling in well together. However, when one of their new neighbours was found murdered, Amy has to meet her neighbours is the most awkward way possible. Can Amy question her neighbours while not getting on any of their bad sides while also trying to find out who killed the man?

This was an interesting little book that foreshadows what is going to happen in the last book in this series. With Amy and Jamie finally moved in together, Jamie is going to have to get used to Amy being pulled away from the house to investigate murders.

This murder was a little random when it comes to motive, and to be honest I don’t fully understand what the reason was in the end. It was just a little weird, to begin with, but then again so was the victim.

We get to see Rodney again in this book, which is nice since he kinda just fell out of the picture after his girlfriend was murdered in an earlier book. We also got to find out more about him and his family in this book. The character development was utilized well for the furthering of the storyline.

Overall, this was a good little book.

Funfetti Murder + Wild Raspberry Murder
Donut Hole Cozy Mystery 58 – 60

Peppermint Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #28) + Hot Chocolate Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #29)



After Amy tries to get Heather to go Skydiving for her birthday, she reluctantly agrees to go look at the airfield but makes no promise of jumping. As she arrives, she spots her husband looking over what seems to be a crime scene. The seeming accident, has all the signs of tempering and murder. With the entire family to look into, as well as the owner and the instructor, this case is a murky as they come. Even after the arrest is made, Heather just can’t seem to shake the feeling that something is wrong.

This book felt a little like a rinse and repeat plot for me, but that might be because it uses a very common plot that is found in a lot of mystery books. The death my Parachute was interesting though. Though I will say that the coincidence that Heather and Amy happened to be going to the air field right after the accident is a bit much.

The victim and her family really wasn’t expanded on much and I felt like had the book been a little longer we could have gotten to know about the family and victim more. After the last book, I was a little disappointed about that aspect. The book was also heavily focused on Heather’s impending birthday which I felt took away from the story.


After watching her car get stolen, just a few hours later Ryan calls Heather and tells her that it has be used in the murder of Sharon Janis. Sharon isn’t the most well liked in the town, and that’s putting it lightly. However, because it was her car used, she is taking it personal and pours herself into the case more than ever.

This was a fun little book. It took a very interesting spin that couldn’t be figured out in this book. The story didn’t quite follow, and how Heather figured it out, I have no idea. We do get a throw back to the first book in this book however since it was 28 books ago my memory was a little foggy on who the person was until it was explained. This may only happen if you have a horrible memory for names like I did.

The family life of Heather, Ryan and Lilly was definitely looked into and the truth of having a police detective and a PI as parents were brought to the forefront in this book. It added a bit more reality to the book that I felt was lacking in their lives.

It is a good continuation of the book series.

Iced Pumpkin Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #26) + Double Chocolate Pistachio Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #27)
Peanut Butter Fudge Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #30) + Christmas Donut Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #31)

Oreo Sprinkled Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #22) + Spooky Choc Orange Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #23)



After the museum opened in Hillside, the curator is found dead in his office. With the golden egg missing and the curator dead, it seems that the murder was the result of the theft. With one greedy murder, Heather has even more on her plate when her new assistant happens to be in the middle.

This is a slightly more depressing book then the others. We get to meet Emily who will be now working at Donut delight and though she has a tough background, I feel like the character will fit in well with the rest of the staff. We almost got through the full book without Lawless, I really dislike that guy. I wish that he would either get used more and better or just disappear. He is a useless that should just be forgotten.

I enjoyed the 2 simulations that happened in parallel, however, the ending is a little sad. This book shows that there isn’t always happy endings when you find out who is the murderer. Like in life, this book wasn’t black and white, but I enjoyed it.


When dropping off doughnuts at the Kenny estate. They didn’t expect that at her departure Amy and she would stumble upon Mrs Kenny dead on the bad patio. Heather is determined to find out who killed her, though she finds out that she wasn’t exactly the most loved person in Hillside.

Ok… this book was a little far reaching, but the plot made sense. This series would have made more sense though if it was different cities because with the increase in the murder rate everyone is going to run away from Hillside. A socialite as the victim should have had more suspects in the case than it did, but with such a short book it would have been difficult to add more. I found that the murderer was a little easy to figure out, however, it was an interesting little twist.

I still enjoyed this book, however, Hannah better hire more people for the store to keep it running.

Raspberry Mojito Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #20) + Banana Coconut Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #21)
Coffee Treacle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #24) + Choc Churro Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #25)

Chocolate Pomegranate Glaze Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #18) + Caramel Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #19)



3 days before Heather has her PI license and she finds Cheeky dead in her nail salon. After calling her husband, they work together to try and untangle the lies that  surround the James family. With a ex-boyfriend who loves to pull pranks, and an overbearing mother it’s anyone’s guess who has the better motive. Also, with the bakery still closed and her course coming to an end the stress of studying is also getting to Heather as well.

I know I keep complaining… but I really don’t like Goeff and he feels useless to the plot for me. I want for the character to be used or dropped completely.

This book was a fun little read, but hopefully Heather will no longer be focusing only on crimes that she stumbles on. This series has real started becoming an interesting amateur detective book. The investigations are more in the fore front and Heather’s thought processes is starting to make more sense. Also, I’m starting to enjoy the openness with Ryan and the investigations. This book was a clear cut investigation so I enjoyed that a lot more. I suspected that I knew who was the murderer but there was no concrete evidence till the end.

I’m starting to have high hopes for this series again.


Heather’s first case as a PI and Ryan pulls her into the murder case of one of Donut Delight’s regular customers. Amy finds herself on the suspect list as she is the last person to see Junior alive. With an estranged, an ex-girlfriend, and a pending trip to a high profile gaming convention, there are too many suspects for Heather and the Police to look into .

Ugh I though Davidson was gone for good…but he’s back in this book and I hate it. This was a little irritated that he’s back with his pompous attitude. I really just want him out of my series, unless he’s going to add anything to it.

Heather works very hard solving this case to prove to the force that Ryan didn’t just bring her in because she’s his wife and that she actually can solve the murder. The character has developed a lot since the beginning of the series, and she is now given more leeway to investigate which helps the story greatly. I find myself wishing that these books were closer to the length of the Hannah Swensen mystery novels so that Gillard can expand the story more.

The story structure has started to get a lot better in the progression of the series. I enjoy this book.

Green Velvet Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #16) + M&M Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #17)
Raspberry Mojito Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #20) + Banana Coconut Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #21)

Pistachio Lemon Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #12) + Candied Maple Bacon Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #13)



When Heather finds out that her grandmother’s cook book has been stolen, she has her sights on one man, Geoff. But when she goes to confront her competitor about the stolen cook book she finds Jelly Polinski dead in his kitchen. After her Cook book is found in her possession, Heather finds out that she is the prime suspect… again. While trying to clear her name, Heather tries to figure out who would have wanted to strangle Jelly to death.

Heather is back to the snooping. Though she still studying in this book for her PI’s license, Ryan gives her the go ahead to investigates as he’s been forced to take a back set. Detective Davidson is a character that I just don’t like. He comes out of nowhere and is built to have a very abrasiveness. I understand the need to have another detective to investigate Heather, but he’s weird. With out much of a back story he doesn’t fit into the story very well. Other then that, I enjoy the little sleuthing that Amy and Heather do in this books. I feel like it’s a little weird that Ryan was so ok with it, but I’ve come to terms with the yo-yo in the character’s personalities. It’s a nice light read and a good continuation of the series.


Heather gets a frantic phone call from Honey, the dancer she became friends with on a previous case. Once she’s found dead on Heather’s doorstep, she is filled with the need to find out who killed her. With Amy’s boyfriend, Kent, as a suspect due to his history with Honey. The worst thing is that Detective Davidson is not making the investigation easy, going after all the wrong leads.

Though Geoff was a little odd in the previous book, in this book, he ramps it up. With his doughnut shop open, he tries to get people to ditch Donut Delight. Though he doesn’t currently have anything to do with the story, I have a feeling he might. With Honey being the murder victim we do get to learn more about Kent’s background. Amy’s and Kent’s relationship is more in the forefront of this book rather than Heather’s. I enjoyed that because we got to see what makes Amy and Kent tick.

One thing I found odd is that Detective Davidson is still there. I don’t particularly like that character but I felt that his character was simply added to make Ryan frustrated because he can’t pursue the leads he wants to. I don’t know if this is going to lead into a larger overarching plot or he’s just a character added to be annoying.

Rhubarb Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #10) + Chocolate Revolution Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #11)
Cinnamon Nut Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #14) + Chocolate Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #15)