The Body in the Bakery (Sky High Pies Mysteries#15)

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The week seemed normal until Katie receives news about a childhood friend being accused of murder. After being reached out to by the family, Katie decides to take a deeper look into her friend’s life since leaving Crescent Creek. She quickly finds out that things aren’t as Rosie for her friend and their cafe. However, things get even more bizarre as it takes forever to find out who the mystery dead man was, and none of the clues are adding up.

This was an interesting mystery that was focused on circumstantial evidence that Katie focuses on explaining all the things that are happening. She does face a little more resistance in this book than in previous books.  I do get to see her deal with police officers and even the lawyer that her friend’s family was working with. We are so used to seeing Katie get her way with the local police that it was a little more interesting seeing the pushback.

We also got to learn a little more about Katie’s high school years. Since she gets to talk with Holly about the past for a little bit at the end of the book. Katie and Harper also talk slightly about their relationship back in high school and how it wasn’t as close as a reader would imagine.

It was a very interesting read and I’m still enjoying the series.

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A Final Act of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #14)

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Zack and Katie plan to have a nice relaxing day at the theatre, however, when they hear a call for help, those plans are dashed. Katie runs to the aid of the lead actor who had just been stabbed. After a person of interest is found dead the next day, things get a little weirder.

The mystery was actually quite interesting. They had to figure out if the two crimes were related, or just coincidental. I did feel like the reader never got enough information to go on to really figure out who the prime suspects here. I know that the author does that on purpose, but it really irritates me. I enjoy following along with the main character’s thought process which is hard when vital information is kept from us. The motive of the killer was a little all over the pace, and it’s actually quite hard to follow.

I do like finally meeting Julia’s kids thought it was really short. The background that is finally building around some of the main characters is quite nice. Trent and Dina were no where in this book other then one quick phone call to Trent. Taylor is growing into a a strong character, I just kinda want a little more information about him.

Overall, it’s a really interesting story line in this book.

Sweet, Sweet Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #13)

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Sky High Pies is pretty regular, so when one morning Katie receives a billfold, hotel key card and a mysterious phone call things get a little weird. Kate starts looking into the information that was handed to her she finds herself going down the rabbit hole. She finds out about the mysterious disappearance that occurred while she was away. While trying to track down the owner of the billfold, she gets dragged deeper into the mystery.

There was a novel written inside of the book that had had the same storyline as the one that we were reading. The story that was explained in the book, leads the reader to know exactly what is going to happen in the current story. I did the premise interesting, and we did get to find out more about Cresent Creek in this book.

We sadly don’t see Zack much in this book, however, we do get to see Katie talking to people around town. Due to this, we do get to meet more secondary characters. I am starting to really like the dynamic relationship between the three women at the bakery, they are really close and they work together the entire time. I really wanted to see Kate’s relationship with Zack to grow more, however, this will only happen if he appears more in the book.

Overall, I do enjoy this book.

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.

Death Before Diamonds (Sky High Pies Mystery #10)

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When a distraught man comes in looking for his older brother, Katie is thrown for a loop. His last social media update was a picture he had taken on Sky High’s porch. Katie is thrown into looking for the brother as well as digging up the family’s past. She might have bitten a little more than she could chew.

It was actually a fairly interesting story. The mystery is actually based on something that started 6 years before the actual story. Due to the interesting introduction, we get to see Katie actually dig into complete strangers pasts due to the implication of her shop. I noticed that Kate is working a lot quicker than the police until the end, it almost feels like playing catch up. I’ve noticed that this is starting to be a theme in these books.

Kate seems to be getting more comfortable in her relationships, not only while dealing with Trent and Dina but also with Zac. Trent seems to finally be accepting what happened in the past and moving on because Katie has obviously not let that stop her. Trent has also become more of a character and less of the caricature of a police. We also get to see the backgrounds of all the parties that were involved in the initial crime as well as the current missing persons. It was interesting how it was fully explored in this book without appearing dry.

I really enjoyed this book, it is a great continuation.

An Imitation of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #9)

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Kate just finds out that her client and friend Pia is going to marry the local artist who just moved into town. However, when she receives a few odd phone calls and Pia, along with her fiance go missing, Katie is on the trail. However, this time Trent and Dina encourage her as the race time to find them alive.

the mystery was interesting but got confusing the closer we got to the end of the book. There were a lot of different potential theories floating around crescent creek which are incorporated into the story that makes things very mucky. Normally, Kate and the police work at about the same speed, but this time Kate was finding a lot more information probably because everyone knows that Kate is Pia’s friend. I do find the imbalance off-putting, especially in this kind of case.

We got to learn more about the relationship between certain people in town. As Kate is looking into Pia’s jobs, we get to meet more people from around town than we normally do. We also find more out about Pia in this book, her background, her family and even why she would want to marry someone that she only just met recently. Trent becomes a little more fleshed out in this book. We find out how he feels about his past with Katie, and how it’s affecting his current life.

This was not my favourite book in this series, but it was an interesting journey.


Skeletons & Scones (Sky High Pies Mysteries #8)

Skeletons & Scones (Sky High Pies Mysteries #8)

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When a new resident of Crescent Creek, and local psychic, comes to Kate after receiving a threat on her life. Though Kate encourages her to go to the police, she refuses. Only hours later, she is found at the scene of a murder. While the police are looking into the murder, Kate delves into the psychic’s past and tries to figure out what really happened before she came to Crescent Creek.

I’ll be completely honest I don’t know what to say about this book. I enjoyed it and it’s storyline, however, it simply wasn’t one of my favourites. We got to meet new characters in this book that add to town’s landscape. We explored the town a bit more and it’s surrounding, which just adds more to it actually being a place on the map. Also, we got to see Adam again, and he’s always fun.

The mystery was very simple. I enjoyed how Kate looking into Maureen’s past when she figures out something isn’t adding up. Kate doesn’t really help must with the murder investigation but puts in her 2 cents like always.

It was an ok book, just nothing really stood out in this one.


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