Chocolate Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #5)

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After being invited to Tia Teresa’s 75th birthday, Heather is enjoying herself. However, one phone call from Ryan changes that. They find out that Gustavo, the grandson, was killed at the local park. Though the shooter was found and tells the police what happened, something seems off about the story. Maricela and Angelica beg Heather to take a look into his death because she’s previously managed to solve crimes before.

I feel like this book took a step back from the sleuthing and focused solely on the character building. It’s less of a let’s go find the murder and more of a sit back and see what happens novel. Since it does delve so much into the character building, we get to see Maricela’s and Angelica’s home life, as well as the connection they have with Heather. I would have preferred her sleuthing a little more but it was a nice light read regardless.

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Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen #8)

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Hannah is at it again. When her little sister comes home with a movie crew in tow, Hannah is thrown into the thick of things. As she was hired by the movie’s producer to make the Director, Dean, a cheesecake every morning, she gets to be on set a lot. During one rehearsal, when Dean was demonstrating the suicide scene the prop gun was switched out for a real gun while no one notices. Now Hannah has to sift through clues and discover who the killer is before the movie crew leaves town and their chance of finding the killer leaves with them.

I liked this book, it’s not the best in the series but we get to meet Ross Barton for the first time in this book. We also get to find out more about Hannah’s past than we did before. After dealing with Mike’s and Norman’s marriage proposals, Hannah gets handed a 3rd man. I love the chemistry the Fluke gives to Hannah and Ross, as well as the history. Out of the 3 of them, he seems to be the best fit. This book plays on a lot of aspects of Hannah’s life, not only her solving murders like in the other books. I feel like Fluke finally sunk her teeth into a man that Hannah can actually have a relationship with as they are so in tuned with each other. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Tricky Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #4)

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Heather finds out about the murder of a nursing home employee while visiting her grandmother’s friend at Hillside Manor. Betty had been found killed just out of the back door, right before her shift starts. With very few suspects on the list, Heather helps Ryan figure out who wanted Betty dead.

Ok so Gillard has seemed to get the sleuthing right in this book. Though the killer was easy to figure out, Heather did the appropriate sleuthing that an amateur detective should. We do get to meet Heather’s grandmother’s friend, Leila, who is a sweet lady. Through Leila, we find out more about Heather’s past and her family. we also find out more about Eva which is nice.

This is a really easy read that out can easily read in a short spurt. The simple writing is lovely as well. I would recommend this series to a new or young reader.


Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)

Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)

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Eva comes to Heather and asks her to look into her best friend’s murder. After all, she’s cleared her own name twice. Heather feeling confident that she can leverage her boyfriend’s, Ryan, knowledge, she agrees to look into it. Now she just needs to find out who would want to kill the sweetest and most loved woman in Hillside, Texas.

My issues with the first 2 books have in been cleared up a little in this book. The progression in the relationship between Ryan and Heather, though fast, works. Heather starts to get a little more into the sleuthing as she isn’t the prime suspect. The characters are starting to get fleshed out even more in this novel, in comparison to the earlier novels. This story had a better flow and I feel like Susan Gillard is starting to hit her stride with the characters. I’m starting to look forward to the next book.


Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)
Tricky Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #4)

Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)

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After Shawna Lee and her sister Vanessa come back to Eden lake, the open a bakery right across from the cookie jar. It starts cutting into her bottom line, that is until Shawna Lee’s murder in her bakery. Hannah happens to find her after she returned from Lisa and Herb’s wedding. She ends up being a suspect in her murder. Hannah must put back on her detective’s hat to clear herself and find Shawna Lee’s real killer.

I have to admit that the ending kinda floored me, but enough on that. This book was very interesting. As a few other ones, as there was a movie made of this I had to wipe it from my minds. Shawna Lee being the victim gives more of connection to the character than in the movie. I loved the fact that Lisa comes back to help her at the cookie jar while she finds out who killed Shawna Lee.

The relationships between the 2 men are a little flat and dry, which is probably why the ending came out of no where. I would love if the character development with the men was expanded a little more.

Over all this is an awesome book.


Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)

Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)

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This is not the this isn’t the first time that Heather is the prime suspect in a murder case. But when the owner of a corporate doughnut shop is found dead the day after they had a public dispute, Heather is back in the hot seat. Though Ryan, a local cop, doesn’t actually believe that she did it, he still has to do his do diligence. Heather is back, figuring out who killed the man and clear her name… again.

This book feels very similar to the previous one. There is a little more depth given to the characters. I feel like Ryan’s personality might have flipped a little too quickly in regards to the books but if you remember that there are several months between the 1st book and the 2nd book it can be understood, we just don’t get to see it. Because the books are so short, and maybe because of Heather’s character, there isn’t much in the way of clues to follow to deduce the killers. Unlike other amateur sleuth novels, she’s not really looking into the case rather; everything is just falling into her lap. It’s still short and fun enough to read but don’t go in expecting anything highbrow.


Strawberry Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #1)
Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)

Strawberry Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #1)

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After Heather’s former assistant is found dead in her own doughnut shop, she finds herself as the prime suspect in the suspected murder. With no one believing her that something is off with the investigation she embarks on finding out who actually killed Christa.

If you like The Hannah Swensen Series then you’ll like this. The doughnuts that are described in the book just sound amazing. The character development is a little shallow in this book, but it’s a nice quick read so it’s forgivable. I still wish that there was more depth to the characters, but with 45 books I’m sure there will be more development.

Since it’s free on Amazon Unlimited I’ll probably be reading the entire series.


Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)