Vanilla Cream Murder + Chocolate Peanut Brittle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #44 + #45)

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When Heather finds out that Roadkill Rodney has found love, and also found his way to Hillside. However, after only a few hours together, Rodney comes in search for Heather as he has just found his girlfriend dead in her store. Ryan and Heather must no sift through Norma’s past and figure out who would have wanted to kill her.

This was better than the last book. I was not terribly sure how this story was going to play out, however, I did feel like it was a little obvious. Clarke was used a little more in this book compared to the last book, however, not to the point that I would like. We do get to see the friendship between Eva and Leila developing even more throughout the book. They seem to be two peas in a pod in this book.

We got to see Rodney Roadkill in this book. It was a little surprised to see him in this book, though he was an interesting, I’m not sure how else they are going to use the character further in this series.

This book was enjoyable and a good continuation to the series.

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Leila gets Donut Delight one morning, pale and shaking. When she reveals that she’s found a dead body in the entrance of her and Edna’s house. She doesn’t know who it is or how he got there. Heather acts quickly to get Ryan on the case. Now with 2 more adults in the house, Heather and Ryan work together to figure out who committed the crime and get her friends back into their home.

Ok, so this book wasn’t my favourite. It actually took longer than normal to read. Heather’s obsession with Clarke is a little out to left field I find. Though Heather is written as an obsessive character, this is even much even for her level. I get that this businessman is bad news, but the focus on him is a bit much.

The story was interesting, as was the murder mystery. The added aspect that Eva and Leila are caught up in it due to the scene of the crime is interesting. I’m not sure how they are going to continue and finish off that storyline as it might be a little difficult to tie up one week to the the next.

I have my standard complaint of not giving enough time for the story on the victim’s background or the store staff. But these seem par for the course now.

Overall it’s an ok read, just not great.

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Cotton Candy Fluff Murder + Cherry Dream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #42 + #43)

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When Heather is called to a crime scene, she is surprised to find out that it’s the young equestrian star, Fred Nolan, who had been in an accident the week earlier. Now the gang is trying to find out who cut the young man’s life short. The only problem is that the Nolan family might be one of the most dysfunctional families to grace Heather’s door to date.

Now that Amy is a full-fledged investigator, the witty comments in the background have been cut down to a minimum, I believe she’s supposed to have been written to finally understand how inappropriate it is. Amy has advanced and aged a little in this book, which I find is nice, as she is in her 40s, similar to Heather.

This murder was fairly easy to figure out, but like always, I enjoyed that we got to see the background of the victim and his family life. That is always my favourite part of any good mystery book.

This was a good continuation of the book series. Also, now I want cotton candy.

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When Catherine Willard is found dead only hours after Heather and Amy talked with the woman. Between really odd son and the potential link to a new contractor that just got into town, somethings are just not adding up in this case.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I don’t like the way that one of the characters was used in this book. I get that they wanted to add a criminal with a shady past who is living above the law, but the way they used them it was not the best. I don’t mind the character archetype, I just want them used better.

The mystery was a little too obvious, and the method made no sense. I wanted to find out more about the victim and for the above character to be used. I guess I wanted a little more action in this book then I got in the end.

It’s a fine book, but not my favourite in the series.


Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #40) + Peaches and Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #41)
Vanilla Cream Murder + Chocolate Peanut Brittle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #44 + #45)

Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #40) + Peaches and Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #41)

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Heather and the gang escape to Key West Florida, and everything is perfect until she’s woken up in the middle of the night by someone being murdered. Even though they are away from their little town, Heather is still pulled into yet another investigation, just this time Ryan isn’t there to help.

I enjoyed this book until the very end, and then it got ruined by the overarching storyline that I don’t like. I will say though, I don’t ever want to be anywhere around Heather as people keep turning up dead.

I do like the twist that she took her assistants to Florida to relax and though they got to relax she was caught up in yet another murder investigation. I personally don’t think that it was helping the story that she was actively investigating given that she knows that a PI needs to be brought in to the investigation by the local police. I would have preferred it to be rather by accident.

It was an interesting book though, and I did enjoy the linking of a past murder to the present, however, I feel like it could have been executed a little better.

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With the booming economy in Hillside, that means more Tourists. But when the owner of the tourist depot is found dead, not all is well in the town. With no evidence anywhere, Ryan and Heather have to try and track down who wanted to kill him and unravel his dark past.

Alright, one more plot point was completed, and boy am I happy about it. It’s nice having Ryan back in the book. Also, having Amy getting her PI license was a smart move for the story. It’s an enjoyable little read, and I do enjoy that we got to find out the backstory of the victim. It is the aspect that I enjoyed the most about this book.

Also, we get to see a little bit more character development with Eva, and Amy in this book. The characters are starting to have more substance again, which is good, however, I which it was closer to the beginning of the series and not so far in. But, it’s better late than never.

Overall it is a fun little read.


Raspberry Coulis Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #38) + Creme Brulee Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #39)
Cotton Candy Fluff Murder + Cherry Dream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #42 + #43)

Raspberry Coulis Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #38) + Creme Brulee Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #39)

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When the chef is killed in the kitchen at the Bella Vita Restaurant while Heather and Amy are there, everything gets a little wild. Ryan is quickly called to the scene and they notice that everyone is pointing their fingers at everyone else. Not only does Heather need to keep her good name, thanks to Kate, but she also has a murder to solve.

Welcome to the dysfunctional family Kelly Lemon, I now dislike 2 people in this book. Kate has now a tabloid writer working with her. I feel like the ill intent of Kate is seeping further into the book and I dislike that. Though Kelly seems like an ok person, I don’t like his introduction to us in this book.

The mystery was interesting and understandable when you look at it from all angles. It was a simple mystery but it still had its challenges thanks to Kate.

I sadly don’t really have much more to say. It was an ok book but nothing fantastic.

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When Grayson Stark is found dead, shortly after visiting Heather’s store, everything is looking a little odd. Between Kate’s argument with him, and fans who are a little too close for comfort. Amy, Heather and Ryan have to work together to figure out who killed him and what the motive could have possibly been.

This was a fun book to read. We get to expand the universe a little by looking into a beloved author’s death. We also find out that Amy likes to read, as she knew who the victim was and loved his books. Kate places a very small role in this book, so it was nice to not have her in the book for any length of time or even mentioned.

Though the murder was interesting, I wish we had gotten a few more hints on who could have done the crime. Also, I would have loved a little more information about the killer and why they did what they did. I felt like the ending was a little weak.

I really want to like this book more than I did, but it’s a fine addition to the series.


A Donut hole Cozy Mystery 36 – 37
Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #40) + Peaches and Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #41)

Passion Fruit Punch Murder + Pecan Nut Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #34 + 35)

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Heather finds herself with another mystery on her hands when Col is arrested for a murder that he didn’t commit. She doesn’t believe that he had anything to do with his neighbour’s untimely demise. She’s determined to clear his name as the evidence is just not adding up at all for her. Col also leans heavily on Heather as he is determined to not be blamed for a murder he didn’t commit.

I’m starting to really like this series again. Heather is starting to really get into the groove of being a real PI. She is starting to investigate better and smarter. She works a lot more with Ryan in this book than previous. They worked together to figure out 2 mysteries in this book. We also get a little more background with the Owens. We get to see how the donut delight is working with the other businesses in town.

Overall I am still liking this series.

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When Eva is late for her daily stop at Donut Delight. She is shocked when Ryan tells her that she was at a scene of a murder and though she was rattled she is fine. When they find out that the newest librarian was just killed by the aid of a bookshelf full of books, there are many questions that arise. The main problem is how can some topple a sturdy bookshelf that is full. Heather on the case but she seems to have stumbled onto something that may have lead to the victims’ demise.

Oh… hello Kate… I had almost forgotten that you were in this story, so sad that you’ve returned. Given that the books are focusing on the shop again, I guess that it’s only natural that Kate would make an appearance in this book. I, however, do not have to like it. I was enjoying the joint venture between Col and Heather. They have a nice chemistry together, but since Kate has decided to throw a wrench in it, I can’t wait to see how Heather puts her in her place.

This murder definitely puts a damper on love, which is not new in murder mysteries. Also, it plays with the traditional love triangle that we have all become accustomed to in romantic comedies. I had a hunch of who did it before Heather did, but then again I’ve read far too many mysteries.

I  did enjoy the focus on the donut shop this book, it was quite refreshing. I hope Gillard continues to incorporate the shop into the stories because I love the characters that work at the store.


Lavender Grape Dust Murder + Neapolitan Delight Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #32 + #33)
A Donut hole Cozy Mystery 36 – 37

Lavender Grape Dust Murder + Neapolitan Delight Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #32 + #33)

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Living with a movie star, even ageing would be a dream for most people. However, after Thaddeus Turlington is found murdered in his nursing home, everyone is shocked. Determined to get to the bottom of the beloved actors’ death, as well as getting to the bottom of what he was truly like while he was alive.

This was a good little book, however, I really wanted it to go further into the family dynamic of the victim’s family. The length of the books seems to be a reoccurring issue I have with this series. All the books have a similar problem for me.

The characters are growing nicely. Heather’s contributions to the police force are finally being recognized and a permanent position may open up for her. I’m not sure how Heather would be able to balance the new role along with running the store. I feel like my staff would have to be added.

I also feel like the shop was just forgotten because Heather had only added one employee since the expansion and with how busy the shop was she needs more.

Overall it was a fun book but it needs a little something more.

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After a long time running around, Heather and Ryan get to have a lovely night at the motion pictures. However, their peaceful evening is shattered when a man is murdered in front of everyone. Now Heather has to push through the first time that she sees someone die in front of her. Heather is determined to figure out this murder as to not feel any more useless than she already does.

I actually really enjoyed this book. I must say that it addresses some of the concerns that I mentioned in my last review. We get a little bit of insight into Donut Delight and how the little doughnut shop was doing. There is also the chemistry between Ryan and Heather that I fell in love with the first few books. They still make a cute couple.

Though the murder wasn’t terribly hard to figure out, the background to the murder victim and murderer was very interesting in this case. I enjoyed that Gillard went a little further than she normally goes, but I still would really love it if she were to develop all her characters a little more.


Peanut Butter Fudge Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #30) + Christmas Donut Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #31)
Passion Fruit Punch Murder + Pecan Nut Crunch Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #34 + 35)

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)