Murder on Sunset Trail (Sky High Pies Mysteries #21)

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Oliva calls Katie is a panic, one of her friends found a diary that not only implicated her friend Roxanne in a murder, but also Trent. The diary was obviously burned and gives information about a missing person from 5 years prior. Katie quickly brushes off the idea that Trent has anything to do with the murder, so she starts digging into the mystery to figure out what exactly happened. Soon, Katie is digging up the past that even the victim of the crime, at one point, wanted to keep hidden.

This was an interesting story, I have always been a fan of the stories that investigate cold cases and things that happened years before. This book taps into a cold case from 5 years prior and they get to delve into the people connected at that time. Not only do you see how each of the characters has grown, but also how they are interconnected. I really wanted to get more information about the family and friends of the victim, however, it was a little on the light side.

I feel like, at this point in the series, the character development has become stunted. I know that at some point in a series the characters can fall into a holding pattern, and this book has gotten there… books ago. If there isn’t going to be more character development on the main characters, maybe they should work on the secondary characters or even the victims.

It’s was a fun book, not my fav but not the worst either.


Cupcakes & Cobwebs (Sky High Pies Mystery #20)

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Cupcakes & Cobwebs (Sky High Pies Mystery #20)

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Cresent Creek’s own celebrate cupcake shop owner is on the up an up. With culinary camp around the corner and a book deal, Jane’s hard work is paying off. However, when Katie finds her dead in her own kitchen things start coming to light that maybe not everything is a rosy as it appeared on the outside. With multiple threats and the breaking of her storefront window the day before her death, it looks like someone had reason to kill her. Katie works hard to figure out who wanted her dead and for what reason, as she seemed to be loved by everyone.

We got to find out about people around Crescent Creek in this book. Due to the mystery being centred around an influencer in the cooking community in town. We got the full story behind the murder and what lead up to it. The history between the murderer and the murder victim was very interesting and was explained throughout the book.

I enjoyed seeing Katie working full force in this book. She felt more like a pi in this book than a baker. Though she was still at the bakery very often so it didn’t feel so disjointed. She does manage to figure out a lot about the murder victim even though they were friends before the incident.

I enjoyed the book.


Murder at Marigold Inn (Sky High Pies Mysteries #19)
Murder on Sunset Trail (Sky High Pies Mysteries #21)

Murder at Marigold Inn (Sky High Pies Mysteries #19)

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A lovely evening at home with Jack is shattered by a phone call. A local resident called Kate to ask for her advice about a potential break-in. Though Kate suggests that she stays away from the door, and to let the police take care of it. However, a gunshot a piercing scream tell Katie she didn’t listen to her instructions. After driving to town she finds out that not only is Meg missing, but the cause of death of the victim was blunt force trauma. Now Katie must figure out if she was played off if Meg is actually in danger.

The mystery was a little more interesting than the last one. Having Kate as a witness, over the phone, is an interesting add-on to the story. I wished we had learnt more about the victim in this book, it seemed to just be brushed over but we didn’t really learn anything. I felt like this story was not really focused on leaving the mystery to feel flat.

We got to see a new town and learn a little more about Katie’s high school years. I would really love a little more expansion on her time as a PI other than the death of her boss. I felt as though we learnt a lot about some people, there wasn’t a cohesive story and it felt a little weird. Though we did learn about a town next to Crescent Creek and a little about some secondary character, I felt like it was a little dry.

It was a fine book but nothing really stood out in this book.


Blackmail & Blueberries (Sky High Pies Cozy Mystery #18)
Cupcakes & Cobwebs (Sky High Pies Mystery #20)

Blackmail & Blueberries (Sky High Pies Cozy Mystery #18)

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Every small town has that one story of a kid who goes to Hollywood and makes it big, and Cynthia was that star for Crescent Creek. However, a surprise visit home comes to a tragic end when her body is found in her hotel room. With a blueberry found on the scene and her roots in Crescent Creek, the investigation come home. Katie starting taking a look at the case as a favour to town and their local hero. However, the more she looks into it the more the past comes sneaking back up.

The mystery of this book really helped to expand the town as well as Katie’s past. It’s an interesting story that has a tragic ending which led to the people in the high school at the time be a little different. I really wanted the mystery to be a little more difficult to figure out, however, there was one piece of information that Dina gives us that none of the characters seem to pay much mind to it. Though the history of the past was interesting, the murders weren’t very interesting which was a pity, however, not all of them can be.

I enjoyed this book more than the last few. The characters grew a little bit and I felt like they had been stale for a while. There is no person that doesn’t grow over time, so a character remaining the same is not only boring but also unrealistic.

I enjoyed this book overall, however, I am getting to the end of the series.


For the Love of Murder (Sky High Pies Mystery #17)
Murder at Marigold Inn (Sky High Pies Mysteries #19)

For the Love of Murder (Sky High Pies Mystery #17)

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Kate has wrapped into another mystery again. After a friendly face in the neighbourhood comes asking for some help from a friend, then later that same friend is found beaten, and his girlfriend murdered, this just looks a little weird. Soon things aren’t adding up, and it all seems to backtrack to a dating website. Kate looks deeper and deeper into the case and only manages to get more questions.

I will say, I don’t know it’s because I read it on my flight to Japan, or because I just couldn’t follow the story well. I knew who the murderer was, however, I was confused like nothing else when it actually came to the point of the murderer is arrested. I still didn’t quite get why he did was he did. I know that Trent explains it, but I don’t know, it didn’t add up to me. The characters were really developed well in this book, and it kind of just felt like they were going through the motions. I know that I love this series, but this book was a bust. I really wanted to get into it, but I just couldn’t.

That being said, I was heading to Japan when I read it so I might need to give it another shot when I’m not so distracted.


French Silk & Cyanide (Sky High Pies Cozy Mysteries #16)
Blackmail & Blueberries (Sky High Pies Cozy Mystery #18)

French Silk & Cyanide (Sky High Pies Mysteries #16)

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Crescent Creek is all in the buzz when there is talk about an old indie rock band getting back together after a decade old falling out. However, when the lead singer is found dead in his own attic, things get a little weird. Katie get’s visited by the currentĀ girlfriend’s sister of the lead singer who was adamant that the supposed suicide wasn’t actually a suicide. Now the Katie gets dragged into yet another mystery.

This was an interesting premise that I’ve seen before in other book series. It is a classic murder option in mystery novels. The murder that was made to look like a suicide has many different ways that it could take place, however, in this book we got the classic hanging. I didn’t like how obsessed the sister of the victim’s girlfriend was about the murder and breaking laws to get access to information about the case. Despite that,Ā  Katie worked hard to figure out that murder.

Sadly there wasn’t much Character development in this book. Most of the characters have hit the status quo, which I don’t like. We did learn about Sonny’s past which also gave a little insight into Katie’s high school years. This still didn’t develop or even add on to the character. I really hope the next book expands on the characters some more. There is always more to learn about the characters in a book series.


The Body in the Bakery (Sky High Pies Mysteries#15)
For the Love of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #17)

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.Ā  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.


A Final Act of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #14)
French Silk & Cyanide (Sky High Pies Mysteries #16)