Funfetti Murder + Wild Raspberry Murder

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While helping out at a PTA event on Lilly’s request, Heather has a strained encounter with the president of said PTA. When she is found dead in her home, Heather must step back as she is aware she may be a suspect. Now Ryan must figure out whether or not Heather is a suspect and who actually wanted to kill the PTA president, not like it’s a short list.

Well, this was a fun book. Unlike in previous books when Heather is potentially one of the suspects in this book. She actually does volunteer the information to Ryan when she finds out who the victim is. We get to see the relationship between Lilly and Heather grow deeper in this book. We also get to see Heather work through her feelings after being confronted with not being Lilly’s biological mother. For parents who are busy, the worry that they are not taking care of their children the way they should is always a worry.

The murder was fairly simple to solve however, I wonder if the means of murder wasn’t thought through. I work with insulin needles daily and they wouldn’t fit through the cork. Gillard never specifies if she removed the cork or put the poison through the cork but the description of a “big” needle is wrong. My cat’s insulin needles are much bigger than my mother’s and it isn’t long enough to go through a cork.

Other than that inconsistency, it was a fun story.

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Just so that they can relax, heather and the crew when to enjoy a murder mystery show at a local restaurant. However, little did they know that they would find the valet of the night dead. Now Ryan and Heather must look into the past of the valet, as well as look into the past of everyone in the theatre group.

I enjoyed this book more than the last few books. This mystery had an interesting backdrop of a murder mystery play being performed the same night. The characters were a little more eccentric than normal, but we can typically brush it off to them being actors and actresses, so they have the flair for the dramatics. We got to see Heather and Amy untangle the intricate relationship web between the victim and the cast of the play.

I enjoyed the character of the Tracey Trigger, she attempts to work as an amateur sleuth but does more harm than good in the end. This almost plays on the idea that due to her not having any idea of police procedures she can contaminate the scene. This is also a little nod to the genre of cozy mysteries as the main characters typically don’t follow the law.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it’s one of the better books in the series.


Banana Fudge Murder + Blueberry Stars & Stripes Murder
Peanut Butter and Jelly Murder + Vanilla Glazed Murder

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Frosted Love Cozy Mystery 11 – 15

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Yeah, I don’t know why this image has Book 8 on it, but I swear this is book 11.

When a movie company comes to town to film a movie, Missy is hired to provide cupcakes for the cast and crew. Though her main customer is taxing, she manages to still have fun with the rest of the crew. When her friend is found dead, Missy is pointed at to be the murderer due to a cupcake that was found at the scene of the crime.

It’s been a little while since I read this series and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. This book the mystery was a little overshadowed by the drama between Chas and Missy. It was a fun story with a character you love to hate. The way that Missy is involved is interesting, to say the least.

Missy didn’t really investigate much this book but we say many of our favourite reoccurring characters.

My only real issue with this book was the ending felt a little rushed and I felt like it could have been given a book on its own even if it was a non-mystery book.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.

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After the incident with the movie, Missy is called on again because her late friend mentioned to a producer just how good her cupcakes were. So she gets invited to try out for a cooking show. However, not everything is as it seems when one of the judges for the bake-off was found dead. Now Missy is the prime suspect.

I enjoyed this book, even though there wasn’t much Chas in it. I really enjoy how he treats her in this book, it’s so sweet. She gets pulled into another murder mystery while away in New York. She doesn’t really investigate anything as she is the murder suspect and Chas is back home, but she does have her friend to look into what he could while she waited.

Missy is thrown for a loop in this book, and wants to make the situation work. Her strength as a character comes out in this book, which is lovely. Though she gets really close to losing it in this book, she does well to power through.

I enjoyed the end of the book when there was some character development and we got to see the side characters that weren’t present through the rest of the book. It was a nice to see them when there isn’t a mystery to solve.

I am still really enjoying this series.

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Well, this was an interesting book. I must say, Missy gets herself is the oddest predicaments. Her Hollywood adventure it’s quite over at the moment. She is so swamped that we see her hiring new staff. The new staff don’t really get introduced in this book, but there was a lot more going on at the time, so it’s forgiven.

I am enjoying the new things that are happening with the book. Though she does talk about the crime, she doesn’t actively put herself in any danger during the length of the book, however, that doesn’t stop danger from finding her.

I really enjoyed this book, but I swear they are like tic-tacs, they don’t last very long.

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After burning the candles at both ends for so long, Missy finally takes a step back from her stores. She starts letting her employees do more. She finally has time to participate in the book club that comes to the shop on a regular basis. When the leader is found dead, and another member is suspected of being the killer, Missy wonders if she ever really knew the people in the book club.

I really want to talk about the end of the book but I don’t want to ruin it. I will say that Chas was really cute. It was the perfect ending for the book.

Missy was more active in the investigation this time around. We got to meet the book club members and learn a lot about them in this book. I enjoyed their character development throughout the book. Their background gets incorporated so well into the mystery that it was out of place.

This was a fun book and it was a good add-on to the series.

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While working an event, the 2nd candidate is found dead in the back of the van. Now Missy’s employee is being looked at for murder even though there was no proof. Meanwhile, Missy has to come to terms with some major changes that are coming down the pipes.

This was sadly not my favourite book in this series. It focused greatly on character development, however, I felt like it came too quickly. At the end, I could see what was happening but it seemed to come out of nowhere.

The mystery interesting but I am getting tired of the plot being someone actively trying to frame someone else. At least in the last book, it made sense, but trying to frame someone because of tattoos and piercings is a bit of a stretch.

I also don’t like books that end with a cliffhanger like how this one did. I enjoyed the book, but I wish it was better.

Raspberry Coulis Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #38) + Creme Brulee Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #39)

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When the chef is killed in the kitchen at the Bella Vita Restaurant while Heather and Amy are there, everything gets a little wild. Ryan is quickly called to the scene and they notice that everyone is pointing their fingers at everyone else. Not only does Heather need to keep her good name, thanks to Kate, but she also has a murder to solve.

Welcome to the dysfunctional family Kelly Lemon, I now dislike 2 people in this book. Kate has now a tabloid writer working with her. I feel like the ill intent of Kate is seeping further into the book and I dislike that. Though Kelly seems like an ok person, I don’t like his introduction to us in this book.

The mystery was interesting and understandable when you look at it from all angles. It was a simple mystery but it still had its challenges thanks to Kate.

I sadly don’t really have much more to say. It was an ok book but nothing fantastic.

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When Grayson Stark is found dead, shortly after visiting Heather’s store, everything is looking a little odd. Between Kate’s argument with him, and fans who are a little too close for comfort. Amy, Heather and Ryan have to work together to figure out who killed him and what the motive could have possibly been.

This was a fun book to read. We get to expand the universe a little by looking into a beloved author’s death. We also find out that Amy likes to read, as she knew who the victim was and loved his books. Kate places a very small role in this book, so it was nice to not have her in the book for any length of time or even mentioned.

Though the murder was interesting, I wish we had gotten a few more hints on who could have done the crime. Also, I would have loved a little more information about the killer and why they did what they did. I felt like the ending was a little weak.

I really want to like this book more than I did, but it’s a fine addition to the series.


A Donut hole Cozy Mystery 36 – 37
Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #40) + Peaches and Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #41)

Raspberry Mojito Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #20) + Banana Coconut Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #21)

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Heather finally has a week off before the new and improved Donut Delight is re-opening. However, when Ryan finds Quick Paul dead in his office, she gets pulled into the case. With a long list of shady business deals, it’s a surprise that he wasn’t knocked off sooner.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It was interesting, and finally the murder has nothing to do with doughnut delight. I don’t like the aspect that Heather as a character has taken. I prefer her as an amateur detective rather than it being the only purpose of the book. Geoff is still weird but thankfully he only appeared for a very short amount of time.

I really enjoyed Lilly in this book. I haven’t every mentioned her, however, she is a really sweet girl. The character has been built to be very similar to Heather with the instinct to investigate. That character as a whole is fun and works well in this series. It was an ok book, but nothing really wowed me with it.

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After the lead ballerina is found dead right before the performance in Hillside. Heather gets brought in because there are more suspects then there are leads and they all have reason to want her dead. Between juggling donut delight and the investigation, Heather looks into the murder to make sense of the madness.

This is an interesting book. Though it seems that there are a lot of suspects but if you think about it for a second the murder is clear. It was well plotted and the pace was nice. Sometimes, I feel like the coincidences are a little exaggerated in the books but it’s sort of par for the course.

Hannah is flourishing into a good investigator, however, I feel like it would be nice to have her in the shop a bit more. I really wanted this series to turn into something similar to the Hannah Swensen series, but it is fun in its own rights.


Chocolate Pomegranate Glaze Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #18) + Caramel Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #19)
Oreo Sprinkled Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #22) + Spooky Choc Orange Glazed Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #23)