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.

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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.

A Flurry of Lies (Bison Creek #4)

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Essie is enjoying the summer, however, her boyfriend Patrick is going a little insane without access to snow. All is peaceful for the pair until a tragedy happens on the main street when an actor in the shootout is killed. At first, everyone believes that it’s a horrible accident, however, when Essie’s brother-in-law’s gun is found missing and at the scene, things go from bad to worst. She’s no pulled in to try to figure out who would want the victim dead, and why would they want to frame Wayne for it.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s been quite some time since I read this book series. However, to be fair that last book was written in 2016 so it’s been 2 years. I really do love the characters in the book, however, I felt like Patrick was a little 2 dimensional in this book. I get it that he’s a retired snowboarder, however, he has to have more interests then snowboarding. I did feel like the camping trip really solidified Essie’s and Patrick’s relationship in this book. I find that they are a very cute couple and that they are still in their honeymoon phase because of it. I also enjoyed the readers to continue learning about Essie’s past and father, even though she, herself, doesn’t know about him.

The mystery in this book was actually quite interesting. Though she tries really hard to not get involves, Wayne’s possible conviction didn’t allow her the option. Though she didn’t really have to force anyone into giving her the answers, the information was given to her. She did, however, have to piece it together. I felt like it was a simple mystery, but given the fact that I felt like this book was very much focused on character development, that was ok.

All in all, I enjoyed this book.

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.

Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3

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I haven’t read a cozy mystery trilogy for a little while, but here’s one.

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Jamie Quinn is a family lawyer that had to take some time off after her mother’s death. However, when her cousin is suspected of murder, she comes out of her vacation, and her field of expertise to help him. She is certain that her autistic cousin is not capable of murder and she determined to find who framed him.

This is a really interesting book and an excellent start to the series. This series deviates from the typical cozy mystery as instead of following a baker, writer, etc, we’re following a lawyer. This makes a lot more sense from a context stands point. It was also nice that in the first book the main character wasn’t the one being suspected of murder which was nice. I also like that though there is the asshole character in this book, there is absolutely no chemistry between them… Another trope broken, I love it.

In a lot of cozy mysteries, the main character is the one to do the investigating, however, in this book she actually pulls in a PI to do that. This is the intelligent thing to do to mitigate risk. Though Duke is a little rough, the character really grew on me. He gets the information Jamie needs which helps further the plot.

Overall this is a really fun book. I looked forward to the rest of the series.

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Jamie is handling a messy divorce, not something she ever likes doing. However, when the joy yet ex-husband is found dead from mixing sleeping pills and drinking, her client is suspected of murder. As if Jamie didn’t have enough on her plate, she figures out who her father is now just to track him down.

This was an interesting book, there are a few things that don’t make sense to me. The main one is why is Jamie still getting updates about a client that is no longer hers? Seems like a breach of privacy. I get that Duke is her friend and would likely talk with her about things, but that doesn’t make it professional.

I did enjoy finding out a little more about Jamie’s past by meeting Kip. It also proves my theory of the last book that even though the trope is that the main character gets with the asshole male seen in the first book, that is not the case in this case. Nick is good as a plot point and helps build the universe as well as the law field, doesn’t mean I like his character.

I found that the book divides a lot more on Jamie’s search for her father than the murder investigation differs from the standard book in this genre. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Compared to the previous book, this book felt much slower, and I think it’s because of the lack of movement in this book, a lot of the information comes to Jamie without her looking for it.

Overall it was an ok book, just not my favourite.

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Jamie has nothing big on the docket, and tyre only pressing thing is spending tone with Her new boyfriend Kip. When she gets an odd e-mail threatening Kip she didn’t take it lightly. She reaches out to her friend Duke to do a little snooping for the person threatening her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Kip works hard from his side to save the wetlands that are behind the threats.

This book is much more action-packed than the previous book, and I really enjoyed it. Though Jamie doesn’t actively go out looking for the culprit, she works worth Duke and Kip to find. I found that the renaissance fair was actually my favourite part of the book. It gave some reality and believability to the book. It was also nice to see Kip and Jamie’s relationship in this book. Though they are really different, they work well together and make a fairly balanced couple.

Given that Duke is looking for the blackmailer as well the murder in this book. As the reader, it is really obvious who it was as soon as we’re introduced to the character. However, that may have just been me.

The second story arch in this book was figuring out why the visa of her father was declined. Grace does a lot of digging up find out why. Continuing from the previous books grips… privacy means nothing in this world apparently. Also to my knowledge they should always put the reason for the denial of the notice. However, that would be too simple as s mundane for a cozy mystery.

This book was much better than the previous book, however, I would like to see more privacy laws upheld.


I was given a copy of the trilogy for free from the author herself, however, you can read it for free on Kindle Unlimited.

A Death Downtown (Senoia Cozy Mystery #11)

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Overton is still working towards finding out who broke into their office, however, they can’t stand still. With some many events on the go, including the car show, Overton Events are running. They work to make the event bigger and better than ever. However, when yet another death occurs during the event, Felicity is starting to feel cursed.

Alrighty then… where do I begin? Maybe I should start with, this was simultaneously the most interesting and most boring book in this series. It’s amazing when I feel like that because that mean 1/2 of the story was interesting and the other 1/2 was really boring. Let’s start with the interesting points. I loved how Felicity grows in this book in her personal life. She works towards strengthening her relationship with Jefferson, as well as balancing her work life with Jack. She also self-reflects more in this book than last. We also get to see a little more of Felicity’s family. Though we only get to meet Her grandmother in the end, she feels like a good fit.

Now for the bad. The mystery aspect was all over the place in this book. We didn’t really get to grasp what’s going on and we had the gang deducing things, seemingly at random. Sometimes it’s nice to have a throwback, however, when it’s pushed in like it “makes sense” when it really doesn’t, that’s when it starts to annoy me. They were also really sloppy in this book. In theory, all of them who are working in the investigation aspect of the company have their PI licence, however, they are all still acting like amateurs… and Jack used to be a cop. In most books, I can let that slide, however, when the set up for this book is that they are supposed to have that background, I can’t just let sloppy investigation slide.

This was an ok book, however, it’s not going to top any lists any time soon.

Catering and Crime (Margot Durand #11)

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Margot and Adam are slowly preparing for their wedding. While doing so they cross paths with a caterer with some suspicions of her own. Margot agrees to look into it, after that week festival, however, things go off the rails quickly. The caterer is now a suspect in a murder investigation, though it doesn’t add up to Margot. She pulls out all the stop and favours to find out what really is going on at the little bistro.

I really enjoyed how active Margot was in this book. Normally, she has an active role in most of the investigations that are going on in the book series, however, in this one, in particular, she works with friends from around town to have wiggle room to help out. We also got to see how connected Margot is in town, though being the owner of a local bakery would always help.

I enjoyed the way that Collins worked in Ben Anderson in this book. The last time we saw him, it was a little more cloak and dagger. However, with his skill set, he does work in perfectly with this book’s story. We get to see how much Adam and Margot trust each other which is really nice.

As always with this book series, I really enjoyed the book.