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 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.

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A Deadly Engagement (Margot Durand Mysteries #9)

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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)

The Marzipan Murders (Sky High Pies Mysteries #11)

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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 a 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)

Deadly Desserts (Sky High Pies Mysteries #6)

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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)

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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)

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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)

Craft Circle Mysteries

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When the annual crafts fair arrives, George is still getting used to life in the small town. When one of the Crafters is found dead, George is suddenly a suspect. Between finding out who killed her, and finding Casper, George’s hands are filled. She doesn’t have any time on her hands.

This was an interesting little book to add to the series. the little town is interesting and has it’s own defining characteristics. We also get to see a little bit more of the town with the craft fair, and meet a few more people in the town. We also got to know Brenda a bit more, and her families which is very interesting. I like how calm her husband in comparison to Brenda.

We get to see how serious this town takes crafting. The fair’s contest is intense, and it makes me wish we saw more of it than we did. Sadly, Georgina was a little busy during the fair and couldn’t attend.

I liked how the roles were reversed with Ryan and Georgina in this book, it continued one of the arches from last book and puts them on even footing. Their relationship was a little rocky in this book but it was an interesting story line to follow. It’s a fun to watch a budding relationship. Also, we never found out how old Ryan is, and I’m curious.

Overall it was a fun little book.

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George is finally settling into her new live in Pottsville when her ex-husband, Adam, comes knocking. The memories of the start to resurface after the rival craft story’s owner was found dead in her own store. Suddenly Adam is in the hot seat, and George is not trying to exonerate her ex-husband… again… talk about deja-vu.

Ok… I’m really liking this series. The fact that we get to meet George’s ex-husband is really fun. We get to find out more about her past and what she was like up to the time that she moved to Pottsville. Her relationship with Ryan is pretty much at a standstill at this moment but I think this is partly because Adam is on time.

This murder investigation is interesting, simply because we get to see the strain between Brenda and George, as well as seeing more of Pottsville. Though we do get to know the victim and her family well through out the book. The background story is even more interesting than the murder investigation.

I would really like to know more about the Hills than we already learned in this book. There seems to be a lot more that we can learn and can be expanded on in future books.

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After George witnessed a local amateur musician stealing cats in the middle of the night from the local shelter, she’s on a quest to find them. However, when she finds him, he’s not exactly available to answer he question. After calling Ryan, she’s starting to looking into why he was stealing the cats in the first place.

Well this was really fun. I could see myself working in a shelter as a volunteer, however, I would probably end up adopting far too many animals that can’t find homes. George is very relatable in this book while she is trying to hide away from her problematic ex-husband. I would be able to relate if I was trying to not be anywhere near one of my exes.

This book entailed 2 different mysteries that are also connected together. We do get to find out more about the shelter that George got her dogs from, and learn a bit more about Brenda. George definitely takes a more aggressive approach to this investigation. Even though this character was never really a passive investigator really.

Over all this was a really fun book, and I enjoyed it.

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When a loyal customer is getting married with a DIY style wedding, George offers to help. However, when her new car is delivered with a body in the trunk, her hopes of having a new car is dashed. Now she has to find out who killed the man in her trunk, and finish getting this wedding ready with out access to a car.

Well this is an interesting little turn of events. This also shows the issue with not knowing when to say no. Little did George know that agreeing to help prepare a DIY wedding was in her future. I will say though, I don’t know why anyone would agree to that in the beginning.

Similar to so many of these series, murder just seems to follow George around like a bad omen. So much so that she can’t even get a car without something bad happening. I personally wouldn’t wanted to be in the same town that she lives in.

I do enjoy that the relationship that is developing between Adam and George. I was a little against it at the beginning because I don’t believe that you should get back with your exe no matter what. (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt) but at the same time they are really cute together. I’m interested in seeing what is in the future for these two.

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After starting a blog, George becomes close with people in the community. However, when one of her online friends stops posting, she gets worried. She takes an impromptu road trip to check on her and falls into the middle of a murder investigation. With her friend as a main suspect things are looking dire, so she sticks around and does what she does best, finds the true murderer.

So I caught up with this series and I a little sad about it. This is a really fun book series that has some quirky characters that seem to fit together perfectly. We meta new character that I happy will no longer be in the series, one book was long enough.

This time George is in a different town which added variety to the story and the world that it happens in. I really loved the little town that she visites in this book. She meets a lovely woman and starts blogging in this book, which is a nice addition to this book series.

I will say that I don’t understand why everyone lies to George when she first asks a question. I mean no one cares if you know a murder victim. Other then that I enjoyed the book and it was a good book.