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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When a local businesswoman is found dead at her apartment building, Crescent Creek is abuzz with suspicions and theories. With the way the victim had been acting before her death, Katie suspects there might be more than meets the eye to the murder. When Dina calls her in to help, she knows this one will be a doozy of a case.
This mystery was interesting in the sense that we got to see the character and interact with them. Though there is a lot that we will never know about the victim, we got to see the changes in her personality before the murder. We also get to see the investigation into another crescent creek resident in this book.
I enjoyed the freedom Katie had in this book. Dina came to her as a consult which was interesting. It was fun to see her have free reign looking into the mystery. We got to explore crescent creek a little more which was fun. W also got to learn a little more about Zack’s work at the newspaper. Sadly it only comes up now and then in this series. I would really like more information about Zack in a future book.
Overall, it was an enjoyable book. Better than other books in this series.
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.