Wedding Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #6)

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Sonja and Frank’s wedding is finally on, and everyone in the town is super excited. However, the morning of a wedding, a younger couple has been missing for the entire weekend. The couple agrees to postpone the wedding until the couple is found. When Sonja meets with a young ghost, she is worried about the wellbeing of the couple, and so is Frank.

This was a cute little book. I always enjoy books that include a marriage. Though Frank and Sonja still have a lot of issues that they have to resolve, they are an adorable couple. I really do enjoy reading about their love story. I will say that in this book they really do work well together. Their teamwork has been getting better throughout the series. However, I feel like Frank needs to get used to Sonja’s powers a little more especially if he is going to continue to rely on them.

The mystery was actually fascinating. Though I will admit, I didn’t really see the plot twist coming until really late into the story. I actually really enjoyed that part of the book. The way that Sonja’s powers were used in this book. I feel like there is a lot more than we need to explore with her powers. However, I enjoy that she is still not overpowered.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is an excellent book that’s added in the series.

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Buckaroo Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #5)

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Sonja’s birthday is coming up soon, and she isn’t expecting to do anything special for her birthday. However, when Frank admits that he got his hands on a new attraction that is only just opening, Sonja agrees to go with him. They thought that they were only in for an old fashion western train ride. However, when a murder takes place on board, they are thrown into another mystery. This time, they are outside of Frank’s jurisdiction, and they have to play by the local’s rules, and he does not like it.

This was an interesting little storyline. We get to meet someone from Frank’s past, and Sonja is a bit confused as to why she had never heard of this person before they met up on the train. Mind you, even as an engaged couple, there will be something about the other person’s past that you will not know about each other. It’s only reasonable, especially since they have been together for a short amount of time.

I enjoyed that in this mystery, Frank was out of his jurisdiction. He ends up working with Sonja, trying to find out who the murderer could be. The way that Frank and Sonja work together is interesting, and they work well together. Sonja still takes some foolish risks throughout this book, but I have somehow gotten used to them. I still don’t think anyone should follow anyone, much less a ghost, on to the roof of a train in the winter.

I did enjoy this book.

Thanksgiving Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #3)

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Thanksgiving is a time to be together with friends and family, and this season, everyone is coming to Sonja’s house to celebrate. Festivities are somewhat halted when a dead body is found in the manor. Sonja is determined to find out who killed the last minute guest she invited, all the while trying not to step on Frank’s toes during the investigation.

This was a simple book, and the character building was minimal. Though the murderer was obvious, we saw how loyal Sonja was and never suspected them. I will say that Sonja’s loyalty also bleeds into the reader’s bias and affects the way that the reader experiences the novel. The use of a premonition was really interesting, even though she realizes what it meant a little too late. I did really like how the mystery paralleled with the premonitions from early in the book. 

The relationship between Frank and Sonja this book was tense. Frank does point out a serious issue with their relationship that the readers could see from a mile away. In most cozy mysteries, the issue of the main character poking their nose into police business, while dating a cop always causes issues.  I’m just surprised how long it took, seeing how Frank is written to be a stickler for the rules. I know that in the idealistic world of cozy mysteries, nothing will happen, but I can dream. 

Overall, it was an interesting book and a good addition to the series.

Bacon Caramel Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #2)

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Halloween is a sacred time for Haunted Falls, and when a newcomer to town tries to remove three middle school’s Halloween party people are not happy. The principle is certain that someone is trying to scare him into re-implementing the party, but he will have none of it. However, when he’s found dead the next day, there may have been something behind the threat.

I will say that there are a few really annoying characters in this book, however, given the storyline it made sense. With the two new people in the comity moving the Halloween party and calling it a harvested part, tensions ran high in this book. The unlikable victim seems to be a comes trope in this series, however, this guy takes the cake. Though I understood the reason behind the murder, I found that it was really mundane. I expected something a little more interesting.

Frank actually asks Sonja to check for any paranormal activity surrounding this case. This book, similar to the last book is really focused on the normal mystery rather than the supernatural reasons. It was really fun to see the interaction between Sonja and the middle school kids that come to the eatery to play games. She is definitely the responsible adult, however, they also treat her like an older sister. We also get to see how frank acts around and it’s cute. Sonja even mentions that he will be the lenient dead when he has kids.

Overall, this was a really interesting book and I had fun reading it. I’m still interested in the rest of the series.

Hot Buttered Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #1)

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Belinda has decided to leave Haunted Falls and has requested that Sonja moves into the manor to take care of it until she comes back. Though Frank has some qualms about it, Sonja assures him that this is only because Sonja was Belinda’s only friend in haunted falls. After a year of calm, another murder has been dropped on Sonja’s doorstep. When a woman is killed in front of the eatery, Sonja’s gears start turning, there is something going on again.

This is an excellent start of the series. As nothing in Sonja’s life is allowed to be easy, she has to go through some trials and tribulations just to fulfill a friend’s request. Sonja doesn’t find out until the end, however, Belinda ends up sending this poor woman to her death. As the person who was trying to kill Sonja accidentally killed this woman. I wonder how Belinda will feel about that when she finds out. I did enjoy the little breadcrumbs leading the readers to the murderer.

I really liked the relationship between frank and Sonja in this book. Though they are not working together, Sonja happens to fall into it like she normally does. It was also interesting to see their fight about her moving into Belinda’s manor, as it doesn’t seem right to him. All in all, he does come around to the idea off it comes to an understanding behind Belinda’s reasoning. The relationship is back to being a little flat, I was really hoping for the development that we saw that the end of the last series to carry over.

I really enjoyed this book and like forward to the new series.

Murder and Matrimony (Margot Durand #12)

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Margot and Adam are counting down the days ’till they get married. However, when Adam is accused of murdering a man, Margot is determined to right the wrong. She has to start digging into Adam’s work life as well as his past. With help from the local police department, Adam’s brother, and Dexter, she works to discover the truth.

Though Margot normally works hard on the cases throughout the books in this series, it’s nice to see her getting the full support of the police force. I enjoyed seeing Ben Jr. helping her throughout the book, however, you feel like he is always holding something back. He has become a very interesting and well-balanced character in the series. I think that due to the fact Margot is a little more interested in justice, she is willing to look the other way when either Ben or Dex are doing something that is not exactly legal. We get to know Adam’s brother really well in this book. Margot gets a lot of interesting information out of him in order to help Adam.

We get to see how much Adam trusts Margot in this book. Though we don’t get to see him very much, for obvious reasons, he still manages to get messages to Margot to encourage her throughout the case. I enjoyed how everyone just lets Margot do her thing without interfering. I also really enjoyed the ending of the book, I found it was very cute.

Thigh I feel like the overall plot is very common. In most cozy mysteries, right when the main characters are going to get wed, one of them is suspected of a murder. I can name many different books, but I would just waste some time.

I still really enjoyed this book, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Waffling in Murder (The Diner of the Dead #20)

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Sonja gets an odd message from Belinda, instructing her to come and meet her in the woods. She’s about to run out to find her friend when Frank comes in with a completely legitimate reason for her to go. An old friend from the rangers needs a caterer for the annual event. Sonja agrees right away, however, now she has to try and focus on finding Belinda while Frank’s female ranger buddy seems just a little too interested in Frank.

So this is the climax book in the series. I now know why the series stops at 20 books and a new series worth the same characters starts back up again. A few series that I’ve read have done this, however, it’s normally due to the main characters changing location. I much prefer How this series handles the change. It makes it feel purposeful and adds to the story.

This book finally answers my question, where has Belinda been the past few books. Similarly to the books, she was in, sheer played a background role that we never got to see. She finally worked out who the witch is, and needs Sonja’s help to stop them once and for all. There was some redirect to try and stop you from figuring out who the witch was, Mind you, there wasn’t enough information given to really figure out who the witch was.

I really enjoyed seeing Sonja jealous in this book. I have found that Sonja’s character has always been a little 2d when it came to her relationship with Frank, however, in this book we really get to see her possessive nature. I found it quite fun to see how Frank’s ranger buddy pushes Sonja to figure out what type of person she is. This really ours Sonja’s faults on full display.

I actually really enjoyed this book, it was a great wrap up for the series.