Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1)

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Anita receives a summons from the master vampire of the city to take a look into the recent vampire murders. As she’s already looking into it for the police she refuses. Anita soon finds out that even though most vampires are scared of her, the master vampire doesn’t take no for an answer. So Anita not only has to looking into the case but also balance her work has an animator.

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I was looking for a fun urban fantasy and though I wouldn’t call this book fun, it was interesting. Anita is a very strong character, and though she gets beat up, she just bounces right back. I enjoyed how she was written as the character who is respected, not just by default, but because she has earned it.

The only thing that I don’t like about Anita is how stuck to her prejudges that she is. Jean Claude has does almost nothing wrong but she treats him like the run of the mill killer. I hope that this series will get better in the future.

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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.

Margot Durand Series

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When Margot returns from picking up her friend at the airport, they are both surprised to find a man dead in the draft store. After a quick call to Adam, an investigation is started and a witness can place someone at the scene of the crime. Margot works with Adam to find out who really committed the crime.

This was a little harder to read than the first book. I still really enjoyed it, as well as the characters in the book. We found out a little more about Adam, and Julian. Adam is actually a really nice character and mirrors Margot really well in many ways.

Adam and Margot work really well together on the case, and though Margot is a little head strong, she is well aware that Adam has her best interest at heart. I will mention, that the chief character in this book, similar to most murder mystery books, was very blase about Adam sharing details with Margot.

Dex was also a nice addition to the series. He fits in perfectly with Margot and Rosie at the bakery. He also provides Adam with more of a back story so we get to see where he came from, and what made him the man he is today.

Overall this was a really fun little book.

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A little vacation is just what Margot needs. However, when a murder happens on board, and it appears to be a simple overdose, Margot goes into investigation mode. She starts looking into it, even though no one else will.

Oh, I really liked this one. This series, though still early on, is really fun. Margot has never been a suspect of a murder investigation, unlike so many female leads in mystery books. Also, this series has also left the small town and Margot was able to look into a mystery away from home. Adam has become even cuter in the book series, and though he is hiding something, probably about Julian’s death, he still fits together with Margot.

The mystery was very well thought out, and made complete sense. It was obviously planned out and none of the clues seemed like it was spur of the moment. Though the connection between Gab and Adam doesn’t seem clear, and the reason that Adam managed to get to follow Margot is a little ify, it was still a really good book.

As you can tell, I really enjoyed this book.

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While Bentley is out with a sore back, his old friends start passing away. It doesn’t make any sense until another old friend shows up. Margot finds it do until she finds out about the treasure hunt that they had a young adults. Adam and Margot work together to find out who is after the pair of old men.

Ok so I really love this book series. It’s hard to find a book series that grips me with the characters and not as a passing fancy. This series is on the small side of cozy mysteries but it is fantastic.

Margot and Adam’s relationship is very nice. They are open and honest, and though its not easy they are willing to work together to make their relationship work in the long run. It is nice seeing adults being just that,adults. Also, all of the characters are very well developed, making them very relatable.

This mystery was a little more complex in comparison to the previous books. I enjoyed that it also gave Bently more of a back story, as I really like the character. Though I had an idea who was behind it, it was still interesting watching the characters unravel the mystery. I hope that the new characters stick around in the next book because there is so much to explore in with them.

I really enjoyed this book and think that this series is worth the time

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

Second Chance Boyfriend (One Week Girlfriend, #2)

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After disappearing in the middle of the night, Fable has had it waiting for Drew to come back. She gets a new job with a better pay and begins to move on with her life. Drew on the other hand is working really hard on getting over his past. Certain the Fable has moved on by then he went out with his team mates to celebrate the birthday of one of the team members. Their paths cross and their plans go out when they are in the same room again.

This book is a direct continuation of the 1st book. I feel like they could have just been one book but I digress.

We get to see a more realistic relationship between Drew and Fable in this book. Though the stunt that Drew pulled at the end of the last book and the beginning of this book annoyed me a little, it’s understandable after what he’s been through. How quickly Fable forgives him is a little odd given her background. However, they do have their fights which stems from her inability to trust him for a while.

The small town is expanded in this novel to incorporate more characters who will eventually be featured in their own novels. I still love how imperfect the characters are and how realistic it makes them. It’s a nice quick read, but still a warning that it’s not for all audiences.


One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend #1)

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)