Frosted Love Cozy Mysteries 21 – 26

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Echo is having a hard time settling into her life in Florida, she just feels like everyone around her is moving on, while she’s being left behind. When she meets up with a young man who is down on his luck and left homeless. Echo, the bleeding heart, takes him in and gets Missy to help out. After a neighbour was murdered, everyone at the inn gets pulled into another mystery, and with Echo’s new lease on life, she’s ready to take on the world.

Ok, I’m really starting to like Spencer and all of his quirks. We get to see him in action again in this book, and I love reading about it. We are really starting to get to understand Spencer as he grows as a character throughout the series.  All of the characters are growing into their roles into the book, and I’m glad that Echo is getting her sea-legs again. We only see Clara at the end of the book, and I’m kind of wondering how Prescott is going to be using her in the future. I enjoyed her at the beginning but she doesn’t seem to fit anymore. Unless something changes, she might turn into a throwaway character. 

This mystery was interesting, but a little too obvious. I didn’t really enjoy the fact that I could figure it out so quickly and so close to the beginning of the book. I still enjoyed the characters looking into the murder and trying to figure out who did it. I figure that Chas had an idea of who it was relatively quickly, as near the end he did leave town to check something out.

I enjoyed the book, however, I feel like they’re getting shorter but I really like settling into this book series.

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A triple homicide rocks the small town of Calgon, and Chas is on the case. With a young girl suddenly becoming an orphan, and someone who seems determined to harass Missy and her friends. With everything going on, Missy also has to plan a party for 100 guests, life is getting very interesting.

We get to see Clara more in this book, and I’m not sure whether or not she’s going to stay but we did see her trying to move on past her husband’s and son’s deaths. The fact that she became an alcoholic wasn’t surprising, but she does show the will to get past it. I wonder if Echo and Clara will ever be civil towards each other because I don’t see why it’s still going on after so long. Also, I feel like Echo and Kel’s relationship should be developing more than it currently has. Maybe it’s the issue of being on the outside looking in, but I feel like they need to get together soon. 

The murder was a little intense, especially with the little girl who we meet at the beginning of the book. Clara’s reaction was perfect to that little girl, she also seemed to be very motherly towards her. I enjoyed the way that Spencer was used in this book in this murder investigation. I know that it wasn’t in the vain of the police investigation, but his marine training paid off. I also enjoyed how Chas and Spencer kept Missy in the dark about what had potentially happened in Spencer’s apartment.

This was a fun little read.

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A newlywed couple book into the inn and Missy rolls out the red carpet for them. Everyone around the inn starts noticing some worrisome signs. Echo confides in Missy that she may have had a slightly less savoury relationship in that past that reminded her a lot of the newlywed. When the wife goes missing, the occupants all turn their attention towards the husband, but is there more going on than meets the eye?

This isn’t my favourite book in this series. I have all of the things that I normally love, a bait and switch, new characters and a lot of character development. However, the plot just falls flat for me which was really sad. I could see the plot twist coming from a mile away and it wasn’t really handled that well. It had so much potential to be more enjoyable for me.

I enjoyed getting to know more about Echo’s neighbour and a little more about Spencer in this book. Spencer is a lot like a nice mix between Chas and Missy. He is definitely written to be their adoptive son that they take care of. The relationship between Kel and Echo, though they work day in and day out together, is still very static. Even if it doesn’t develop into a romantic relationship, there should be some development in the friendship department.

It was still a relatively enjoyable book, I just wish it was better.

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Christmas is coming up and Missy couldn’t be more excited planning a Christmas get together with her friends. However, when some weird occurrences start happening to Clara and Echo, everyone’s a little on edge. With a stalker following them and a murder just a town over, things turn dangerous for the unlikely duo.

After the last book, I’m super happy with this book. I was a little worried, but Prescott used a new element in her book with the introduction of a serial killer. Having a serial killer in a book is always hit or miss, as they can feel a little too much like a crutch. However, this killer was used excellently.

Prescott managed to make Clara relevant again and made Echo and Clara realize how much they actually have in common. Clara’s character has finally expanded a little more and grown. She is still a little awkward in the book, however, I can see it getting better. We get to find a little more about Kel’s feeling for Echo and I really want something to happen between those two at one point in the series. We also get to see Spencer open up more to Missy, which was trigger by seeing a fellow marine living the way that he could have ended up.

I found that the mystery was a little obvious, but I’m going to blame it on how many mystery books I’ve read. *hides my GoodReads account* It was a little obvious that there was something off about the character of the killer, however, I still liked how it was expanded on.

I enjoyed this book, and it was a nice after the last book.

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The Christmas season has started and on the coattails of a large crime wave. While Chas is working around the clock, Spencer is helping around the inn. When Spencer finds something out about the recent crimes, it’s now a race against time to catch the people who are committing the crimes. Meanwhile, Spencer wants nothing more than to keep Missy in the dark of everything.

We really get to know a lot more about Spencer in this book. Though we still don’t know a lot about his past, we do get to know more about his psyche throughout this book. Missy has definitely become like family to him, as she does with many people. I also enjoy the slowly blooming relationship between Clara and Echo. We don’t see much in this book, but enough to see some development.

The mystery in this book was really short and I felt like it was sped up. I know that this book was really focused on character development and to given Spencer more depth, however, it still felt too rushed. The mystery took about ½ this book, but there was a little more she could have expanded on. What I did like was that we got to know more about the bad guys in this book than previous. A few chapters and sections of chapters were dedicated specifically to the bad guys.

The town was expanded and was given a little more history in this book. We got to meet a family in town that tries to live off the land who have been around for awhile. We learn a little more about Kel this book and his network of people throughout the town.

I really enjoyed this book.

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New Years is here, and all is quiet around the inn. With everyone back home and Spencer on vacation, it leaves Missy all alone to set up the New Year’s Eve Gala at the inn. When things start happening, the inn doesn’t seem like a safe place anymore. On High alert, Missy tries to continue getting everything on, despite the number of dead animals appearing near the inn.

Missy getting a little more forward in this book, to the point that she visits someone in prison. Though it’s not very dangerous, it’s definitely something that she should have talked with Chas about. I do enjoy her being a little more brazen, however, I think that Kel is rubbing off on her. Echo and Kel have a little moment in this book, but I’m not certain if anything will come of it. Though Spencer was not really in the book this time around, what till he was in the book allowed us to see how much he cares for Missy and Chas.

I really enjoyed this mystery, we get to learn more about Kel’s vast knowledge on murderers (of all things), as well as his gym workout. It also gave depth to the world outside of Florida. They go to Illinois in this book which allows us to see a bit more of the world. I do love how Missy figures out the mystery a little before Chas.

I really enjoyed this book.


 

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Murder + Vanilla Glazed Murder

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Leila and Eva’s house is finally complete and to fill the last corner of the house they go shopping at an antique shop. However, when the owner is found dead the next day under suspicious circumstances. Though the police are writing it off as a suicide, Heather knows better and persuades Ryan to take another look at the body.

Hello, Lyle my old Foe, I really didn’t miss that character, but he’s back in his book again. I am not a fan of him, and there aren’t any redeeming qualities like there had bee with Geoff. I guess I can be happy that Kate is still quiet. I don’t know why those characters are in the series, to be honest, but I can deal.

The mystery was a little interesting. I felt like it was a little easy to figure out in the end but that’s ok. Heather and Ryan work well together in this book like always. There really wasn’t much character development in this book but I’m coming to expect it from this series.

It’s not a bad book, I just wish there was a little more meat to these books.

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Amy and Jamie have finally found their new home. They are settling in well together. However, when one of their new neighbours was found murdered, Amy has to meet her neighbours is the most awkward way possible. Can Amy question her neighbours while not getting on any of their bad sides while also trying to find out who killed the man?

This was an interesting little book that foreshadows what is going to happen in the last book in this series. With Amy and Jamie finally moved in together, Jamie is going to have to get used to Amy being pulled away from the house to investigate murders.

This murder was a little random when it comes to motive, and to be honest I don’t fully understand what the reason was in the end. It was just a little weird, to begin with, but then again so was the victim.

We get to see Rodney again in this book, which is nice since he kinda just fell out of the picture after his girlfriend was murdered in an earlier book. We also got to find out more about him and his family in this book. The character development was utilized well for the furthering of the storyline.

Overall, this was a good little book.


Funfetti Murder + Wild Raspberry Murder
Donut Hole Cozy Mystery 58 – 60

Vanilla Cream Murder + Chocolate Peanut Brittle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #44 + #45)

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When Heather finds out that Roadkill Rodney has found love, and also found his way to Hillside. However, after only a few hours together, Rodney comes in search for Heather as he has just found his girlfriend dead in her store. Ryan and Heather must no sift through Norma’s past and figure out who would have wanted to kill her.

This was better than the last book. I was not terribly sure how this story was going to play out, however, I did feel like it was a little obvious. Clarke was used a little more in this book compared to the last book, however, not to the point that I would like. We do get to see the friendship between Eva and Leila developing even more throughout the book. They seem to be two peas in a pod in this book.

We got to see Rodney Roadkill in this book. It was a little surprised to see him in this book, though he was an interesting, I’m not sure how else they are going to use the character further in this series.

This book was enjoyable and a good continuation to the series.

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Leila gets Donut Delight one morning, pale and shaking. When she reveals that she’s found a dead body in the entrance of her and Edna’s house. She doesn’t know who it is or how he got there. Heather acts quickly to get Ryan on the case. Now with 2 more adults in the house, Heather and Ryan work together to figure out who committed the crime and get her friends back into their home.

Ok, so this book wasn’t my favourite. It actually took longer than normal to read. Heather’s obsession with Clarke is a little out to left field I find. Though Heather is written as an obsessive character, this is even much even for her level. I get that this businessman is bad news, but the focus on him is a bit much.

The story was interesting, as was the murder mystery. The added aspect that Eva and Leila are caught up in it due to the scene of the crime is interesting. I’m not sure how they are going to continue and finish off that storyline as it might be a little difficult to tie up one week to the the next.

I have my standard complaint of not giving enough time for the story on the victim’s background or the store staff. But these seem par for the course now.

Overall it’s an ok read, just not great.

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 outside 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-done-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 that 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, however, 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.

Overall, this was a fun little book.


Peppermint Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #28) + Hot Chocolate Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #29)
Lavender Grape Dust Murder + Neapolitan Delight Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #32 + #33)

Ouna Bay Cozy Mystery (Ouna Bay #1-4)

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So I read an Omnibus of this series, so instead of writing 4 posts because each story is only about 65 pgs long. I’m only going to write one. Sorry but this is going to be long. Also I’ve noticed that my mystery of choice recently seems to always involve sweets… I sweat I’m on a diet.

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After repeatedly refusing offers from the Heyes company to buy out her Café, odd things start happening. The odd coincidence it that it starts the day her new man comes into town. As he is the nephew of the owner of the Heyes company she is a little suspicious that he could be the one behind it.

This is a fun little short story, or maybe it’s a novelette. Though the story is set up as a mystery, I wouldn’t call it a mystery myself. There isn’t really a who done it, and you never meet the culprit until the end of the book. There is no plot for you to follow, so it’s more of a light romance with a hint of mystery. You become more invested in the characters’ relationships rather than the ‘mystery’.

Houston and Becky have great chemistry together. Though I do have to admit that the reason that Houston claims that he came to Ouna Bay for is a little creepy. All and all it’s a cute little quick read.

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Rosalie has finally quit her job at the bank and has decided to come work for Becky. However, when they go to pick up Rosalie’s last pay check, they find the bank director dead with Rosalie’s check in his hand. Now with her best friend as a murder suspect and Houston out of town, Becky starts snooping around to find out who killed the Bank Director.

Ok, so this is the type of story that I like. Though again, we don’t have any hints of who could have done it, it was really fun. Also, through out the book we start to get a feel about the other people in town other than those directly involved with Becky on a regular basis. There is an undisclosed amount of time since the first book, but we can assume that it hasn’t been long because Becky doesn’t comment that she hasn’t been dating Houston for very long.

Becky and Rosalie do get to play a bit more of amateur detectives in this book, and the romance does take a back seat. However, I must say Becky and Houston are very cute together.

I much prefer this book over the first as it expands the city more.

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When Ada was murderer in cold blood at the baking contest, the entire town is ho

Man I really, like this book. Though it was death at a food fair and that isn’t exactly the newest idea. However, the way that it was incorporated into the murder was an interesting spin. The characters have been growing and the chemistry is excellent.

Though Becky is reluctant when investing most if the cases, she goes all in when Rosalie starts investigating. Houston is the first male partner that isn’t out right trying to stop using his girlfriend from investigating. However, its not a bad idea when you’re looking into a murder case.

Overall, I really enjoyed the novella.

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After one of her peanut butter cupcakes is used to kill a local at a charity event. Suddenly, Becky is under the microscope and is worried about how it’s going to affect business. Suddenly, Rosalie is on the case to track down the killer and clear Becky’s name.

Ok, so this is a fun little book to finish off the series. I kinda wish there were more books, but alas that is it. But I can hope.

In this book, Becky and her relationship with Houston is in the forefront as he has a relatively hot assistant working with him at the company. She gets pushed to her limits in order to ignore the jealousy of the working conditions. Also, once one of the blue bay cafe’s cupcakes were used as a murder weapon, Becky is a little on edge the entire time. Rosalie is a little more adventurous than Becky and does push her quite a bit more in this book.

I do like how they some how got a dog in this book, but I find it very cute, and enjoyed how they used his in the story. It’s a really good book.