Lavender Grape Dust Murder + Neapolitan Delight Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #32 + #33)

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Living with a movie star, even aging would be a dream for most people. However, after Thaddeus Turlington is found murderer in his nursing home, everyone is shocked. Determined to get in bottom of the beloved actors death, as well as getting to the bottom of what he was truly like while he was alive.

This was a good little book, however, I really wanted it to go further into the family dynamic of the victim’s family. The length of the books seem to be a reoccurring issue I have with this series. All the books have a similar problem for me.

The characters are growing nicely. Heather’s contributions to the police force is finally being recognized and a permanent position may open up for her. I’m not sure how Heather would be able to balance the new role along with running the store. I feel like me staff would have to be added.

I also feel like the shop was just forgotten because Heather had only added one employee sobe the expansion and with how busy the shop was she needs more.

Overall it was a fun book but it needs a little something more.

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After a long time running around, Heather and Ryan get to have a lovely night at the motion pictures. However, their peaceful evening is shattered when a man is murderer in front of everyone. Now Heather has to push through the first time that she sees someone die in front of her. Heather is determined to figure out this murder as to not feel any more useless that she already does.

I actually really enjoyed this book. I must say that it addresses some of the concerns that I mentioned in my last review. We get a little bit on insight into Donut Delight and how the little doughnut shop was doing. There is also the chemistry between Ryan and Heather that I fell in love with in the first few books. They still make a cute couple.

Though the murder wasn’t terribly hard to figure out, the background to the murder victim and murderer was very interesting in this case. I enjoyed that Gillard went a little further than she normally goes, but I still would really love it if she were to developed all her characters a little more.

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Peanut Butter Fudge Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #30) + Christmas Donut Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #31)

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While at a gingerbread workshop with Lilly and Amy, Heather is witness to a murder… Ok by witness I mean she heard someone through a door and when they finally got in it was too late. The victim was a well loved baker in the community and will be missed. Her guilty conscience of not being able to get there to help her spurs Heather on to discover who killed her, and why did they use the weapon that they did.

This book was a little weird, I have to admit. It was interesting and the story had a nice flow to it… but there were some oddities in it. I would love to discuss it but I don’t want to give anything away because I really like that part of the book.

The mystery was simple but interesting. The murderer wasn’t in the book very much so it was a little difficult to figure out. You really have to think out side of the box with this book. I will say one thing… Heather really needs a gun license if she’s going to continue working these cases.

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Christmas is supposed to be a festive time of the year, however, when Victor Hardbody is found dead in is own basement there are only 3 suspects. With the FBI called in due to someone browsing the Dark Web, Heather has to not only deal with the lack of co-operation of the Hardbody family but also an FBI agent with an ego the size of Texas. Oh well, at least Christmas is just around the corner.

Ok… So I have never been a fan of a who-don-it where the members of the victim’s family are the suspects. I know that realistically you are more likely to be killed by someone that you know than a complete stranger, but it’s still not a story I enjoy. I had an incline part way through the book that I knew who the murderer was but I didn’t know for sure until the end of the book.

This book introduces another cocky law enforcement agent, this time how ever Agent Orchard is an FBI agent. Though he was not in much of this book, I have a sneaking suspicion that, similar to other annoying characters I’m not a fan of, he’s going to be showing up again in future books.

Over all, this was a fun little book.


Peppermint Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #28) + Hot Chocolate Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #29)

Culinary Cozy Mystery Box Set 2: Books 6-10 of the Frosted Love Series

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When a customer of Echo’s drops dead in her story, there isn’t much anyone could do but be surprised at this. Echo is such a quiet girl, but now she’s a prim suspect in the murder investigation. Missy can’t stand by as he best friend is being framed for murder. She also has to deal with someone defacing her property, and she tries to find the culprit.

This is the first book in the series that I could see the culprit from a mile away. The murder and the reasons for the murder seemed obvious from the start which made it a little sad. The relationship between Missy and Chas in this book was a little strained but they talked it out like adult, which I liked. Though not completely realistic, being able to talk to each other about their feelings is a refreshing concept.

I did like how Safflower gave more background to Echo that we were given a few books before. I really did like the interaction and the first fight between Echo and Missy. Though they made up like old friends would.

Though Chas wasn’t in the book much when he was, it was fun and quirky. He has become a lovable character that definitely had to grow on me. He has done a completely 180 when it comes to Missy which I adore. He’s random thoughts popping into the story is a little distracting but fun.

Over all I like this book.

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Echo and Missy join forces to expand both of their businesses. However, when a mutual client of their two stores is found dead, they are once again under investigation for yes another murder. However, nothing is adding up with this case, and it all seems like Echo’s past might be catching up with her again.

I swear, Echo’s past won’t stay where it needs to, in the past. She once again goes through a beating when she’s in the middle of a murder investigation as a suspect. However, Missy is right there with her in the hot seat. Though Missy tries to let the police do their work, she does voice her opinion on the case.

The murderer was an easy guess about 1/2 through but most mysteries are. The characters in this book negates me disliking the fact that I figured out the murderer quickly.

All the characters were front and center in this book which is nice. I kinda wished that we learnt more about them, or even got to see them interact with each other more. However, this was a good book to add to the series

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While helping out with the children’s fundraiser, Ben went missing and a dead man was found in his clown suit. With Ben no where in sight, he becomes the first suspect in the crime. When the man is tied to Cheryl, there are a lot more complications that sneak into the case. Missy can’t sit on the side lines when one of he staff is a murder suspect.

For once Missy isn’t the suspect, however, it is someone in her staff. Finally, Cheryl has finally gotten some backstory which I felt was lacking. This is a very interesting finding out what happened before she came to Missy’s Muffins. However, everything felt a little forceful through out the story. I felt like the story was put together just to give her a backstory and wasn’t really planned.

The murder mystery itself was well thought out and interesting, even though they kinda shoe horned Ben and Cheryl into the story line. I also enjoy how they worked in more history to the victims in the story which makes you relate to them more.

Over all this was a very good book.

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After the high school baking contest, a judge is murdered and a losing student is suspected of being the murder. As Missy knows the student she is highly skeptical that the she committed the crimes. She goes after the truth even though the police seems certain they know who the killer is.

Well that’s one way of getting out of planning a wedding. We get to meet the Mayor’s daughter and might I say that she was written to be a piece of work. She gets along with Missy as well as oil and water combine. I must say though that the murderer wasn’t terribly difficult to figure out. However, they were well thought out and explained. There was a few things that were left hanging at the end that I hope are explained more in the next book.

I did enjoy the way that they used the high school’s bake off to jump off into the mystery. Given that Missy is a known baker it makes complete sense that she would be present at that even. This book again, does not have Missy in the hot seat, and for once her staff aren’t being checked into.

I did enjoy how the relationship between Chas and Missy has grown over this book, and how cute they are together. This was a really fun little book to read.

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After a little prying, Chas finally opens up to Missy about his past. Given that it’s his father’s birthday, they agree to go to his estate in New York. However, when someone is murdered at the party, Missy is once again a suspect even though she never met the man. Chas is determined to make sure the actual murderer is caught so that they can go home together.

Chas’ background was quite a shocker I feel. I suspected that he probably had a secret or two, but that is big. Missy finally meeting his family was interesting, as they come from a very different upbringing. I will say though, given what they’ve been through you would think that Missy would have more confidence in their relationship bit she’s the first person to jump ship.

I enjoyed the story line and mystery, it was interesting to see the Beckett family dynamic and how Missy fit into it. Though I found that murderer was a little obvious I still liked how it played out in the story.

This book went into Chas’ past up until parts of his high school. I am hoping that the trend to develop characters continues into future books.


Culinary Cozy Mystery Box Set 2: Books 6-10 of the Frosted Love Series

Peppermint Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #28) + Hot Chocolate Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #29)

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After Amy tries to get Heather to go Skydiving for her birthday, she reluctantly agrees to go look at the airfield but makes no promise of jumping. As she arrives, she spots her husband looking over what seems to be a crime scene. The seeming accident, has all the signs of tempering and murder. With the entire family to look into, as well as the owner and the instructor, this case is a murky as they come. Even after the arrest is made, Heather just can’t seem to shake the feeling that something is wrong.

This book felt a little like a rinse and repeat plot for me, but that might be because it uses a very common plot that is found in a lot of mystery books. The death my Parachute was interesting though. Though I will say that the coincidence that Heather and Amy happened to be going to the air field right after the accident is a bit much.

The victim and her family really wasn’t expanded on much and I felt like had the book been a little longer we could have gotten to know about the family and victim more. After the last book, I was a little disappointed about that aspect. The book was also heavily focused on Heather’s impending birthday which I felt took away from the story.

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After watching her car get stolen, just a few hours later Ryan calls Heather and tells her that it has be used in the murder of Sharon Janis. Sharon isn’t the most well liked in the town, and that’s putting it lightly. However, because it was her car used, she is taking it personal and pours herself into the case more than ever.

This was a fun little book. It took a very interesting spin that couldn’t be figured out in this book. The story didn’t quite follow, and how Heather figured it out, I have no idea. We do get a throw back to the first book in this book however since it was 28 books ago my memory was a little foggy on who the person was until it was explained. This may only happen if you have a horrible memory for names like I did.

The family life of Heather, Ryan and Lilly was definitely looked into and the truth of having a police detective and a PI as parents were brought to the forefront in this book. It added a bit more reality to the book that I felt was lacking in their lives.

It is a good continuation of the book series.


Iced Pumpkin Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #26) + Double Chocolate Pistachio Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #27)
Peanut Butter Fudge Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #30) + Christmas Donut Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #31)

Mystery Party: A Cozy Mystery Boxed Set

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Margot’s niece is down visiting her for the summer as a way to get her back on track. However, when a boy who accosted her the day before was murdered, she’ss now the prime suspect. Margot is suddenly thrown back into the realm of police work as she working to clear her niece’s name even though the police are certain that she commited the crime.

Oh, I really liked this book. There were a couple of inconsistencies that made this book a little wonky. Most have to do with Adam and Julien. For once, the cops aren’t macho idiots in the first book. We get to see Adam as a person. My only question is how does he know so much about Margot, no matter how close you are to someone, you don’t mention their coffee habits. Also, why didn’t we get more information about Julian? There is a huge wealth of information and story right there. I really want to know more about him.

The mystery was really well thought out, and interesting. I liked how all the pieces fell into place, near the end without ruining it too early. The murder was intricate and interesting, but it never took away from the character’s development. The relationships between the characters were well described and brought you into the story.

All in all this book makes me excited for the rest of the series.

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After moving to a new town, George setups her roots. She starts her craft store, but no more than a week later a fellow crafter is found dead in her home. Though the police are considering the death to be accidental. However, this explanation doesn’t feel right for Goerge, so she takes it upon herself to look into her friend’s death.

As a crafter myself I enjoyed this book immensely. Though it would be a bit of a leap to say I would want to own my own craft store, it does seem fun. We get to meet an unconventional character who has just moved back to the US from France. I would have liked her to have used a little French, but that could be the Montrealer in me.

I find it funny that the main character is interested in a man who is younger than her, at typically read books that the couple are roughly the same age. Though nothing has happened in this book, you can tell that the author’s setting it up that they are going to end up together.

I was a little sad that I could figure out who the murderer was so early into the book. I found that it was a little too obvious early on in the book. Also, one of the people she suspects doesn’t make any sense at all. I can understand why he gets mad at her about it.

I still enjoyed the book however, it was a nice fluffy read.

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Felicity is finally setting up her storefront for her event planning business. While working on a city event, a man is murdered. Due to Felicities background in investigative journalism, she works hard to figure out who killed him. The only thing is that she is now working the case and trying to stay as far away from her ex who is also working the case for the police. Felicity is determined to find the murderer and not let this death tarnish her company’s names.

I really wanted to love this book. The concept was so good, the characters were fun and interesting. I enjoyed the back and forth between Felicity and Jefferson. It obvious that she’s oblivious to Jefferson being completely enamoured with her. They are really cute together, even though she’s a little flaky.

My biggest issue with this series is the lack of time markers or continuity between the scenes. We don’t know what happened or how long certain time periods were. I wanted to know more about the characters and the town, but I felt like the story was flitting around.

It has a really good base, I really hope the rest of the series gets better.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #13.5)

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Alright, so there is 2 stories in this book similar to book 9.5. I still have not read the Jaine Austen series so I will only be reviewing the first 1/2 if the book… and when I say the 1st half I mean like the first 100 pgs.

The Christmas season has gotten very loud in Hannah’s condo as soon as Ernie Kusak moved in. After many complaints, Mike and Hannah head to Ernie’s condo to turn off the music. However, when Mike goes to restore the power, Hannah finds Ernie dead in his kitchen. Now she has to find the killer during the busy Christmas season.

This book was a fun little short for this series. Delores plays a crucial role in solving the murder. I am enjoying how much Delores has grown in this series. At the begin, I found her quite annoying but now I quite enjoy her. This mystery was quite simple, but you can’t really expect anything difficult for such a short story. Norman and Mike don’t really make much of an appearance in this book, but it didn’t hurt the story at all. I enjoy these little stories that get added to the story.


Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #14)
Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen #13)

Iced Pumpkin Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #26) + Double Chocolate Pistachio Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #27)

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When Hillside’s local poacher is found dead in his apartment thanks to a poisonous snake bite. Heather is thrown into another interesting case. Though a poacher isn’t exactly someone that anyone will miss, Heather feels the need to find out who placed the snake in his house which led to his death. Sometimes having a moral compass is hard.

Well, this one was a little more interesting than the past books. I enjoyed the take on the new ways of murdering someone that isn’t with a knife or gun. I feel like some of the characters have been lost due to the refocus on the investigation, and I miss that time that Heather spends in the doughnut shop. Though in the series, Geoff has been replaced with Karen and she is a right bitch. There seems to be a bit more meat in that story, even though, she isn’t in the books very much nor is she ever mentioned.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book and the development between Heather and Lilly. I find this series is starting to have a really good flow.

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With the annual Hillside bake-off just around the corner, Heather can’t be more excited because she’s sure her new doughnut will wow the judges. However, when one of the reporters that was supposed to be covering the bake-off is found dead the festivities are postponed. Heather is on the case to find the killer and get the bake off back on again.

I get why Karen has been added, but at the same time I want her to be used more. With the new cupcake shop in town, I don’t know how that is supposed to be competing with the doughnut shop. Introducing the Bake off angle in this book was a fun way to actually make Karen and Heather go head to head, I just which there was more written about it.

The murder in this book was interesting, and I enjoyed how the clues didn’t add up until later on in the book. For the first time in a while I only figured out who killed the victim slightly before the end of the book.

Also, the victim was well fleshed out in this book, much better than previous books which adds to the story. This was probably on of the better books so far in this series.


Coffee Treacle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #24) + Choc Churro Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #25)
Peppermint Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #28) + Hot Chocolate Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #29)