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

Standard

36159561

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)

Advertisements

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

Standard

35559228

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 current¬†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,¬† 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)

A Deadly Engagement (Margot Durand Mysteries #9)

Standard

38459067

Margot and Adam come back from their interesting vacation from Oregon. However, as per Adam’s request, they are keeping their engagement a secret. After Bently reaches out to Margot to figure out some information about his past. Now tensions are high, not only due to the secret she is keeping from her friends, but also digging into her friend’s past.

This wasn’t my favourite book, I felt like most of the book was Margot trying to convince Adam of her theory. Margot, in the end, is correct, but Adam simply gets mad because she goes off on her own to investigate the murder and mystery. Since he didn’t believe her, I don’t know what else he wanted her to do.

Though I didn’t really like the mystery of the book, the storyline is actually quite interesting. Bentley becomes deeper as a character and is fleshed out even more in this book. The interesting concept that he is the father of a criminal is quite interesting.¬†We also get to see Margot finally snap a little at Adam and tell him how she feels about keeping the secret from her friends. Being in a relationship is not as perfect as this genre of books makes it out to be, so it was nice to add in that realism.¬† Talking about perfect romance,¬†Dex and Julia are becoming just a cute couple and they work really well together.¬†

It was an ok book, however, I hope the next book in this series is even better.


Bakeries and Bodies (Margot Durand #8)
A Killer Cover Up (Margot Durand #10)

The Marzipan Murders (Sky High Pies Mysteries #11)

Standard

32813591

It was an ordinary day at the bakery¬†when Katies hears of the untimely death of her friend. Without anything seemingly wrong in her friend’s life, it doesn’t make sense why anyone would want to kill the sweet woman. However, the more that Katie digs into the people around her, the more she can figure out who was really to be blamed for the murder.

it was an interesting mystery and not as¬†straightforward as you would think it would be. It contained interesting twists and turns¬†along the way that allowed the story to be more intricate than most. The¬†Case of mistaken identity that was interesting, and though there wasn’t really anyone living a double life, the fact that she was accidentally¬†killed was interesting.

This book was really well crafted when it came to character building. We got to learn a lot about Katie in this book, and though we already know a lot, it just builds her character even more. Crescent creek expanded in this book and we learnt a lot about the infrastructure. I know that’s not something that would be very interesting to most, but I do like a look into the world of other businesses and how the town’s inner workings… well¬†work. Sadly,¬†Zac wasn’t really in this book and neither was Trent, however, we did get to see Tyler as the main player in this book rather than just a secondary character. I will be really interested to see how he will be used in future books.¬†

I really enjoyed this book and found it a good continuation of the series.


Death Before Diamonds (Sky High Pies Mystery #10)
The Pie Crust Killer (Sky High Pies Mystery #12)

Deadly Desserts (Sky High Pies Mysteries #6)

Standard

29957879

Crescent Creek is gearing up for the annual food and wine fair. Kate was roped into being on a panel to judge snacks and desserts. At a pre-judging for the contest, one of the judges has a medical emergency. A few hours later she sadly passes away in the hospital. The police now have a murder on their hands and once they delve into the case they find out there is more than what meets the eye.

Well, this was a fun book. The mystery was more involved than previous books, or even other books in this genre that I’ve read. It wasn’t terribly hard to figure out with all of the hints that were given to the reader.

I enjoyed the dynamics between Dina and Kate while they were solving the crime. I was a little sad that Trent wasn’t in the book more than he was, however, I love the role that he played at the end of the book. Jack wasn’t in the book much either, but he definitely provided the voice of reason when it was needed.

The boom expanded on the already existing world. We got to find out about different festivals that are happening in and around the town. Crescent Creek is becoming more vivid as the books progress.


A Zest for Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #5)
Murder for Millions (Sky High Pies Mysteries #7)

When Magic is Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #4)

Standard

28538180

While delivering some desserts to the Crescent Creek Lodge, Kate is the first respondent to a suspicious death. While working with Diane, Kate tries to figure out why the apparently accidental death seems soo off. What makes matters worse, is that the victim is completely anonymous and no one seems to know him in town. Things just got a little bit harder.

I really enjoyed this book. We got to see Kate work more as an investigator and less like a chief in this book. We see Kate and Dina working together and sharing information without any contention. I could see how they would have been friends in school now, the characters have grown so much over the last few books.

I enjoy how much of the shop I get to see in the book. My constant complaint in cozy mystery baker books is that we never get to see the staff in their store. This book definitely includes the staff, and since they are lovable characters it is quite nice.

The mystery is interesting a hits a little close to home when it comes to how the person was murdered. I must say that it is a very easy way to kill someone like myself. It is really interesting to see what the plan was and how the characters interacted.

I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next book.


Red Velvet, Dead Velvet (Sky High Pies Mysteries #3)
A Zest for Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #5)

Chocolate Most Deadly (Sky High Pies Mysteries #2)

Standard

 

26569534

When Kate’s next door neighbour’s brother goes missing, she has no one else to turn to but Kate. Her past as a PI comes in handy as she drives to Denver and tries to find out what happened. However, suddenly he¬†is also a person of interest in a murder that happened in the apartment. Not only does Kate have to find the brother but also the person who is trying to kill them.

Man, I’m so happy that I picked up with series. This book was so good. We get to see Kate working as a PI this time. There isn’t much reacting in this book like the last time, but rather it’s a chase and her actively looking through the case.

The characters were fleshed out a bit more, the town was expanded, and we even got more backstory to Kate. This time she deals with a detective from Denver and he gives Trent a little more backstory. Though Trent didn’t play a big role in this book when he did appear he was depicted being sensitive towards Kate and looking out for her back. Though it is obvious that author wants to get Trent and Kate together, she through another character in.

I am no happy that a second romantic lead has been introduced into the book series. I am over this specific trope in mysteries. That isn’t how people are in real life, so I don’t like how it’s incorporated into the story.

Overall I enjoyed it.


Murder by the Slice (Sky High Pies Mysteries #1)
Red Velvet, Dead Velvet (Sky High Pies Mysteries #3)