Roasted Love Cozy Mystery

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When the owner of the rival coffee shop is killed, the police turn their sights on the owner of Roasted Love due to their ongoing feud. Laila is determined to prove that her boss is innocent. She works closely with a paramedic, named Daniel, to get to the bottom of it.

I’m a little sad that this is the first book of a three book series. I really liked this book. the writing style is nice and easy and really easy to follow throughout the book. The characters are very interesting and we got to get a feel for their relationship. The dynamic within the team at Roasted Love is interesting and almost like a family.

I do like how Laila and Daniel meet in this book. He is a really sweet guy, not sure that a paramedic would really have that much time to do the running around that Laila asks him to do. However, him being friends with people in the police department does help. It is fun seeing a cozy mystery that the main character seems to be falling for someone who isn’t a police officer. I get it that it is the easiest way to make sure that the main character is always in the know with the investigation, but this was a nice little addition.

The characters were really interesting and fun. The murder mystery in this book was different than what I’ve seen before. They took the standard poisoning and gave it a new twist. Larson managed to fit a lot of interesting twists in this book. I did find that it was a little easy to figure out, but it was enjoyable none the less.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the following books in the series.

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When a date night between Laila and Daniel is interrupted by a body found in the restaurant’s freezer. Daniel asks Laila to look into it as he is friends with the owner. While working on the case, Laila finds out a lot more about Daniel’s friend, maybe a little too much. But she must finish everything up before heading home for the holidays.

This was a really fun book. What I enjoy the most is that Laila isn’t a business owner like so many cozy mystery protagonists are. Though she doesn’t slack at her job, she has plenty of free time to investigate what happened and the timing makes sense. She’s written to have a very keen eye and learns quite quickly. She is also very mindful of the evidence, which is lacking in many cozy mystery books.

The new characters that were introduced where interesting. Steve allowed the reader to obtain more information about Daniel and his past before the books. We also get to meet Laila’s parents, though briefly.

The murder was interesting and complex which was fun. It was more of a real mystery that wasn’t clear cut as most. Laila had to connect the dots which was fun to watch.

Overall, it was a good book that was very interesting. It also was a perfect book to read for this season, as the holiday season is upon us. 

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After a sweet homeless man who frequents Roasted love is found dead, Laila is the only one who seems to think that there is something wrong. She looks into the murder as the police’s hands are tied as there were no signs of any the death not being an accidental overdose. Laila is determined to figure it out, however, she may be over her head with this one.

We get to see a bit more of west rock, New York and it’s surroundings in this book. Laila does travel around into a more dangerous part of town and I feel like she took too many risks in this book than previously, and I’m pretty sure that it gave Daniel a heart attack. Though I get not wanting a murderer to get away with murdering your friend, however, I think talking with a drug dealer is a bit much.

Daniel and Laila have on of their first real fights in this book. She should really listen to Daniel more frequently as he does work in the emergency field. He brings the level-headed view in this book. They do make a very nice couple and balance each other out nicely.

The mystery was interesting and though misleading, I found it quite easy to figure it out.  Don’t go into this book expecting a good riddle.  It may be the fact that the reader is on the outside and makes things a whole lot easier to figure out.

I still really liked the book, and I’m sad that this is the last book in the series. If Larson wants to write another book, I would gladly read it.

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Iced Pumpkin Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #26) + Double Chocolate Pistachio Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #27)

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When Hillside’s local poacher is found dead in his apartment thanks to a poisonous snake bite. Heather is thrown into another interesting case. Though a poacher isn’t exactly someone that anyone will miss, Heather feels the need to find out who placed the snake in his house which led to his death. Sometimes having a moral compass is hard.

Well, this one was a little more interesting than the past books. I enjoyed the take on the new ways of murdering someone that isn’t with a knife or gun. I feel like some of the characters have been lost due to the refocus on the investigation, and I miss that time that Heather spends in the doughnut shop. Though in the series, Geoff has been replaced with Karen and she is a right bitch. There seems to be a bit more meat in that story, even though, she isn’t in the books very much nor is she ever mentioned.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book and the development between Heather and Lilly. I find this series is starting to have a really good flow.

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With the annual Hillside bake-off just around the corner, Heather can’t be more excited because she’s sure her new doughnut will wow the judges. However, when one of the reporters that was supposed to be covering the bake-off is found dead the festivities are postponed. Heather is on the case to find the killer and get the bake off back on again.

I get why Karen has been added, but at the same time I want her to be used more. With the new cupcake shop in town, I don’t know how that is supposed to be competing with the doughnut shop. Introducing the Bake off angle in this book was a fun way to actually make Karen and Heather go head to head, I just which there was more written about it.

The murder in this book was interesting, and I enjoyed how the clues didn’t add up until later on in the book. For the first time in a while I only figured out who killed the victim slightly before the end of the book.

Also, the victim was well fleshed out in this book, much better than previous books which adds to the story. This was probably on of the better books so far in this series.


Coffee Treacle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #24) + Choc Churro Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #25)
Peppermint Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #28) + Hot Chocolate Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #29)