A Killer Cover Up (Margot Durand #10)

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Margot just wants to plan her wedding to Adam in peace, however, one day she gets an e-mail about Julian’s death. With Adam out of town, she goes to the meeting alone only to find the body of the man she was going you meet. Together, Adam and Margot work together to try and figure out who wants to kill the reporter, and how it’s connected to Julian. Maybe Margot can finally lay this mystery to rest.

Yes!!!! I have been waiting for this story for the last 10 books. I always felt like there was more to Julian’s story than we were given, and now we know what happened. Until this book, Julian’s death seemed out of place and an arch that needed to be cleared up before Margot and Adam’s wedding. The mystery was a little obvious once the character was introduced, however, it was an interesting story that really pulled you in.

Margot and Adam’s relationship really expanded this book and they felt like the perfect pair. Julian’s past was blown wide open and the reader finally understands what happened in Margot’s past and how similar Adam and Julian truly are. Though Dexter was in the book he played a secondary role, it was nice to see bake Dexter completely on display.

This book was so fun and interesting like all the books in this series.


A Deadly Engagement (Margot Durand Mysteries #9)

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The Pie Crust Killer (Sky High Pies Mystery #12)

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Everything is calm around Sky High until the local police come to see her. When a vintage pie pan from Sky High Pies is found at the scene of two murders, it starts to look like it might have something to do with a part occurrence that happened at Sky High Pies while her grandmother was still alive. Now, Katie starts looking into the murders to figure out what could have possibly lead to the murders. 

This story pulled a lot on the past of Crescent Creek, which was nice. We got to hear more about her grandmother. The murders were very precise and used very specific details from sky high’s past that expanded to the history of the town. I did enjoy the significance of the murders and the almost ritualistic aspects to them. It really allowed us to find out more about the characters involved.

Since Blanche plays a large role in the book we get to find out more about her and her past. I’m pretty sure we knew that she was a teacher at one point, but that must have slipped my mind while reading this book. We also get more information about Kate’s high school career and what it was like for the students in the school. The map gets expanded as well, as we find out a little about the neighbouring town and the outskirts of Cresent Creek. 

I felt like this book was very focused on the character development aspect of the story, which I loved, but didn’t really leave much to the mystery. Also, a good part of the book was just Kate fuming about the out of town police officer. I still enjoyed the book, however.


The Marzipan Murders (Sky High Pies Mysteries #11)
Sweet, Sweet Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #13)

Bekki The Beautician Mystery 9 – 11

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Bekki and Nick have just returned from their honeymoon and are looking forward to settling into their life together. However, when Bekki receives a little bit more than shampoo in her order at the Salon, they get thrown into another mystery. With one of her friends on the hot seat, Bekki is determined to figure out what happened to the owner of the local shampoo company.

This was an interesting book, though the murder mystery was pretty easy to figure out, it was fun to watch Bekki try and prove what she thought at the start. I didn’t look into the science of the essential oils, however, if what was said in this book it’s true, there is some interesting science behind the story.

We did get a little more expansion to the city and surrounding. The factory of the shampoo company is a few towns over, and we get to know a little about the company. We also get to know more about Bekki’s clients as well. I must say though that Minnie is a very interesting character that we got to learn about this book.

I enjoyed finding out more about Bekki in this book and her background. We get to also see how she feels about marriage. As she did have commitment issues before the marriage, so it isn’t a surprise that they continue into the marriage. I would love to see her actually tell Nick how she feels but it will take a while for her character to feel comfortable with that.

I really enjoyed this book.

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When Bekki gets an offer to take a cruise, for free, and cover for a friend from New York’s salon on that cruise ship, she can’t help but say yes. With Sammy at her side, the take off to enjoy themselves, with Nick’s firm warning of not investigate anything while away. However, when a crew member was killed, Bekki can’t help but start putting pieces together, leading to a very dangerous situation.

At this point in the series I should be used to seeing Bekki do some crazy and dangerous things, however, this takes the cake. After how many crimes she solved and dangerous situations she’s been, you would think that she would be more cautious. Thankfully, Sammy was to the rescue and got the investigator on board to help out. The investigating part and the happening of information is pretty normal, but like how she shares with Nick, she should have done that with Todd.

The mystery was fun and interesting, we got to see more about what was going on with the murderer. It turned out to be a lot more complicated than what it appears on the surface. Though this book was essentially a culmination of what was going on on the cruise ship, we got to understand how it all began.

I enjoyed seeing Bekki and Sammy let loose a little bit. We also get to learn more about Sammy and her relationship with Morris. We get to see more about the dynamic between the two women and how Bekki seems to be the most level-headed one, most of the time. It was nice to see their friendship grow throughout this book.

I really enjoyed the book.

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Bekki is looking forward to her father and Nick getting closer to a day out of gold at the country club, however, when they find a body their plans get derailed. Now Bekki’s father’s friend is in the hot seat and he’s angry at Nick. Bekki is not only in the middle of the one-sided feud between her father and husband but also in the middle of Nick’s case even though she promised not to work on any of Nick’s cases.

With such an emphasis on Bekki not investigating and not working on the case, it felt a little off. There was a lot of tension on Bekki’s side about the fact that she was investigating. Nick does confront her, but I feel like there will be a lot more of these conversations in future books. I do feel like Nick and Bekki grew over this book and are settling into their married life nicely. Robert and Nick start to be a little warmer to each other throughout this book.

I enjoyed the mystery, and it was really interesting. This is the first time I’ve seen the conscious attempt at a framing job that nearly worked in this book series, in the previous book they were sloppy attempts. We get to see the background of the victim and the murderer suspect. It also expands on Bekki’s parent’s history and life. As you all know in love my character development and learning more about all the characters in the book. As Bekki’s parents have felt a little like placeholders throughout the series, it’s nice to see them actually being used in this book.

I am still loving this series.


Bekki the Beautician Cozy Mysteries 5 – 8