Chocolate Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #5)

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After being invited to Tia Teresa’s 75th birthday, Heather is enjoying herself. However, one phone call from Ryan changes that. They find out that Gustavo, the grandson, was killed at the local park. Though the shooter was found and tells the police what happened, something seems off about the story. Maricela and Angelica beg Heather to take a look into his death because she’s previously managed to solve crimes before.

I feel like this book took a step back from the sleuthing and focused solely on the character building. It’s less of a let’s go find the murder and more of a sit back and see what happens novel. Since it does delve so much into the character building, we get to see Maricela’s and Angelica’s home life, as well as the connection they have with Heather. I would have preferred her sleuthing a little more but it was a nice light read regardless.

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Tricky Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #4)

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Heather finds out about the murder of a nursing home employee while visiting her grandmother’s friend at Hillside Manor. Betty had been found killed just out of the back door, right before her shift starts. With very few suspects on the list, Heather helps Ryan figure out who wanted Betty dead.

Ok so Gillard has seemed to get the sleuthing right in this book. Though the killer was easy to figure out, Heather did the appropriate sleuthing that an amateur detective should. We do get to meet Heather’s grandmother’s friend, Leila, who is a sweet lady. Through Leila, we find out more about Heather’s past and her family. we also find out more about Eva which is nice.

This is a really easy read that out can easily read in a short spurt. The simple writing is lovely as well. I would recommend this series to a new or young reader.


Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)

Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)

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Eva comes to Heather and asks her to look into her best friend’s murder. After all, she’s cleared her own name twice. Heather feeling confident that she can leverage her boyfriend’s, Ryan, knowledge, she agrees to look into it. Now she just needs to find out who would want to kill the sweetest and most loved woman in Hillside, Texas.

My issues with the first 2 books have in been cleared up a little in this book. The progression in the relationship between Ryan and Heather, though fast, works. Heather starts to get a little more into the sleuthing as she isn’t the prime suspect. The characters are starting to get fleshed out even more in this novel, in comparison to the earlier novels. This story had a better flow and I feel like Susan Gillard is starting to hit her stride with the characters. I’m starting to look forward to the next book.


Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)
Tricky Blueberry Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #4)

Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)

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This is not the this isn’t the first time that Heather is the prime suspect in a murder case. But when the owner of a corporate doughnut shop is found dead the day after they had a public dispute, Heather is back in the hot seat. Though Ryan, a local cop, doesn’t actually believe that she did it, he still has to do his do diligence. Heather is back, figuring out who killed the man and clear her name… again.

This book feels very similar to the previous one. There is a little more depth given to the characters. I feel like Ryan’s personality might have flipped a little too quickly in regards to the books but if you remember that there are several months between the 1st book and the 2nd book it can be understood, we just don’t get to see it. Because the books are so short, and maybe because of Heather’s character, there isn’t much in the way of clues to follow to deduce the killers. Unlike other amateur sleuth novels, she’s not really looking into the case rather; everything is just falling into her lap. It’s still short and fun enough to read but don’t go in expecting anything highbrow.


Strawberry Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #1)
Cadbury Creme Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #3)

Strawberry Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #1)

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After Heather’s former assistant is found dead in her own doughnut shop, she finds herself as the prime suspect in the suspected murder. With no one believing her that something is off with the investigation she embarks on finding out who actually killed Christa.

If you like The Hannah Swensen Series then you’ll like this. The doughnuts that are described in the book just sound amazing. The character development is a little shallow in this book, but it’s a nice quick read so it’s forgivable. I still wish that there was more depth to the characters, but with 45 books I’m sure there will be more development.

Since it’s free on Amazon Unlimited I’ll probably be reading the entire series.


Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)

Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #5)

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It’s election year and Bill is running against the current Sherriff. After he turns up dead, Bill is the first person that they accuse of for the murder. Hannah gets roped into the investigation to clear her brother-in-law’s name. Not only that but after Hannah was given a book deal at the end of Blueberry Muffin Murder, she brings together all of Eden Lake to create the cookbook. So she has the mystery of missing ingredients on her hands as well.

This is one of the books that was made into a movie, however, the ending is completely different. I did figure out who the murderer was until Moishe scratches Hannah. If you have watched the movie, the thought of the movie killer is soon removed from your mind as the circumstances of the death is very different. I love the growth in the relationship between Norman and Hannah, at the same time, it looks like Mike is digging himself a hole and hasn’t realised it yet in this book. With being the acting Sherriff and being a little too close to the secretary has Hannah seeing red. I want to point out that she still hasn’t decided who she wants to commit to. This is a fun book, but it seriously make me want to bake again.


Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #4)
Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)

Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #3)

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When a big TV cooking star comes to Eden Lake for the Winter Festival, everything was on the road to being perfect. But when that same personality is found dead in Hannah’s pantry, everything starts to go off the rails. With the Cookie Jar being the primary crime scene. Hannah is thrown head first into yet another murder investigation, but this time the suspect list is as long as her arm and no one seems to have any hard feeling with the victim’s death. Hannah wouldn’t have even looked into it if it wasn’t directly affecting her bottom line.

This wasn’t my favourite book of the series so far. The victim wasn’t someone that I felt any empathy for. Also, there was no development in Hannah’s relationship with Mike and Norman, other than them all admitting that they are jealous of anyone else being with Hannah. Once you notice 1 detail in the book, you realise who the murderer is pretty quickly. I feel like Fluke is getting into her stride in this book but the later books get better and not every book has to be amazing right away. Overall, I still like it but it’s not my favourite of the series.


Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #2)
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #4)