Murder on Sunset Trail (Sky High Pies Mysteries #21)

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Oliva calls Katie is a panic, one of her friends found a diary that not only implicated her friend Roxanne in a murder, but also Trent. The diary was obviously burned and gives information about a missing person from 5 years prior. Katie quickly brushes off the idea that Trent has anything to do with the murder, so she starts digging into the mystery to figure out what exactly happened. Soon, Katie is digging up the past that even the victim of the crime, at one point, wanted to keep hidden.

This was an interesting story, I have always been a fan of the stories that investigate cold cases and things that happened years before. This book taps into a cold case from 5 years prior and they get to delve into the people connected at that time. Not only do you see how each of the characters has grown, but also how they are interconnected. I really wanted to get more information about the family and friends of the victim, however, it was a little on the light side.

I feel like, at this point in the series, the character development has become stunted. I know that at some point in a series the characters can fall into a holding pattern, and this book has gotten there… books ago. If there isn’t going to be more character development on the main characters, maybe they should work on the secondary characters or even the victims.

It’s was a fun book, not my fav but not the worst either.


Cupcakes & Cobwebs (Sky High Pies Mystery #20)
Malice on the Menu (Sky High Pies Mysteries #22)

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Blackmail & Blueberries (Sky High Pies Cozy Mystery #18)

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Every small town has that one story of a kid who goes to Hollywood and makes it big, and Cynthia was that star for Crescent Creek. However, a surprise visit home comes to a tragic end when her body is found in her hotel room. With a blueberry found on the scene and her roots in Crescent Creek, the investigation come home. Katie starting taking a look at the case as a favour to town and their local hero. However, the more she looks into it the more the past comes sneaking back up.

The mystery of this book really helped to expand the town as well as Katie’s past. It’s an interesting story that has a tragic ending which led to the people in the high school at the time be a little different. I really wanted the mystery to be a little more difficult to figure out, however, there was one piece of information that Dina gives us that none of the characters seem to pay much mind to it. Though the history of the past was interesting, the murders weren’t very interesting which was a pity, however, not all of them can be.

I enjoyed this book more than the last few. The characters grew a little bit and I felt like they had been stale for a while. There is no person that doesn’t grow over time, so a character remaining the same is not only boring but also unrealistic.

I enjoyed this book overall, however, I am getting to the end of the series.


For the Love of Murder (Sky High Pies Mystery #17)
Murder at Marigold Inn (Sky High Pies Mysteries #19)

A Zest for Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #5)

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One of Kate’s friends suddenly disappears one day, and Kate discovers her house ransacked and an unknown woman bleeding out from a bullet wound. Suddenly, Kate and Crescent Creek PD are on high alert and are working overtime to find her. Kate is now worried sick about the possibility that she’s already dead.

It was nice getting back into this book series again. We get to find out more about the town in this book, and like in all small towns, there are feuds and harmless competitions between people. The victim in this book was one of Kate’s friends so she has a vested interest in the case. Though Kate only really does some legwork and speaks with Tipper’s boyfriend. It was still interesting to see how this case advanced.

Trent and Kate’s relationship was put on display in this book, though they really just act like siblings with their banter. Kate and Zack’s relationship is still so cute, it’s just sad that Zack wasn’t present through a good chunk of the book. There were some minor inconsistencies through the book, nothing that really changes much, just things like Zack was supposed to help out at the store and that never happened.

I still really liked this book and it was an interesting read.


When Magic is Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #4)
Deadly Desserts (Sky High Pies Mysteries #6)