Crescent Creek is all in the buzz when there is talk about an old indie rock band getting back together after a decade old falling out. However, when the lead singer is found dead in his own attic, things get a little weird. Katie get’s visited by the current girlfriend’s sister of the lead singer who was adamant that the supposed suicide wasn’t actually a suicide. Now the Katie gets dragged into yet another mystery.
This was an interesting premise that I’ve seen before in other book series. It is a classic murder option in mystery novels. The murder that was made to look like a suicide has many different ways that it could take place, however, in this book we got the classic hanging. I didn’t like how obsessed the sister of the victim’s girlfriend was about the murder and breaking laws to get access to information about the case. Despite that, Katie worked hard to figure out that murder.
Sadly there wasn’t much Character development in this book. Most of the characters have hit the status quo, which I don’t like. We did learn about Sonny’s past which also gave a little insight into Katie’s high school years. This still didn’t develop or even add on to the character. I really hope the next book expands on the characters some more. There is always more to learn about the characters in a book series.
The week seemed normal until Katie receives news about a childhood friend being accused of murder. After being reached out to by the family, Katie decides to take a deeper look into her friend’s life since leaving Crescent Creek. She quickly finds out that things aren’t as Rosie for her friend and their cafe. However, things get even more bizarre as it takes forever to find out who the mystery dead man was, and none of the clues are adding up.
This was an interesting mystery that was focused on circumstantial evidence that Katie focuses on explaining all the things that are happening. She does face a little more resistance in this book than in previous books. I do get to see her deal with police officers and even the lawyer that her friend’s family was working with. We are so used to seeing Katie get her way with the local police that it was a little more interesting seeing the pushback.
We also got to learn a little more about Katie’s high school years. Since she gets to talk with Holly about the past for a little bit at the end of the book. Katie and Harper also talk slightly about their relationship back in high school and how it wasn’t as close as a reader would imagine.
It was a very interesting read and I’m still enjoying the series.
Zack and Katie plan to have a nice relaxing day at the theatre, however, when they hear a call for help, those plans are dashed. Katie runs to the aid of the lead actor who had just been stabbed. After a person of interest is found dead the next day, things get a little weirder.
The mystery was actually quite interesting. They had to figure out if the two crimes were related, or just coincidental. I did feel like the reader never got enough information to go on to really figure out who the prime suspects here. I know that the author does that on purpose, but it really irritates me. I enjoy following along with the main character’s thought process which is hard when vital information is kept from us. The motive of the killer was a little all over the pace, and it’s actually quite hard to follow.
I do like finally meeting Julia’s kids thought it was really short. The background that is finally building around some of the main characters is quite nice. Trent and Dina were no where in this book other then one quick phone call to Trent. Taylor is growing into a a strong character, I just kinda want a little more information about him.
Overall, it’s a really interesting story line in this book.
Sky High Pies is pretty regular, so when one morning Katie receives a billfold, hotel key card and a mysterious phone call things get a little weird. Kate starts looking into the information that was handed to her she finds herself going down the rabbit hole. She finds out about the mysterious disappearance that occurred while she was away. While trying to track down the owner of the billfold, she gets dragged deeper into the mystery.
There was a novel written inside of the book that had had the same storyline as the one that we were reading. The story that was explained in the book, leads the reader to know exactly what is going to happen in the current story. I did the premise interesting, and we did get to find out more about Cresent Creek in this book.
We sadly don’t see Zack much in this book, however, we do get to see Katie talking to people around town. Due to this, we do get to meet more secondary characters. I am starting to really like the dynamic relationship between the three women at the bakery, they are really close and they work together the entire time. I really wanted to see Kate’s relationship with Zack to grow more, however, this will only happen if he appears more in the book.
Everything is calm around Sky High until the local police come to see her. When a vintage pie pan from Sky High Pies is found at the scene of two murders, it starts to look like it might have something to do with a part occurrence that happened at Sky High Pies while her grandmother was still alive. Now, Katie starts looking into the murders to figure out what could have possibly lead to the murders.
This story pulled a lot on the past of Crescent Creek, which was nice. We got to hear more about her grandmother. The murders were very precise and used very specific details from sky high’s past that expanded to the history of the town. I did enjoy the significance of the murders and the almost ritualistic aspects to them. It really allowed us to find out more about the characters involved.
Since Blanche plays a large role in the book we get to find out more about her and her past. I’m pretty sure we knew that she was a teacher at one point, but that must have slipped my mind while reading this book. We also get more information about Kate’s high school career and what it was like for the students in the school. The map gets expanded as well, as we find out a little about the neighbouring town and the outskirts of Cresent Creek.
I felt like this book was very focused on the character development aspect of the story, which I loved, but didn’t really leave much to the mystery. Also, a good part of the book was just Kate fuming about the out of town police officer. I still enjoyed the book however.
It was an ordinary day at the bakery when Katies hears of the untimely death of her friend. Without anything seemingly wrong in her friend’s life, it doesn’t make sense why anyone would want to kill the sweet woman. However, the more that Katie digs into the people around her, the more she can figure out who was really to be blamed for the murder.
it was an interesting mystery and not as straightforward as you would think it would be. It contained interesting twists and turns along the way that allowed the story to be more intricate than most. The Case of mistaken identity that was interesting, and though there wasn’t really anyone living a double life, the fact that she was accidentally killed was interesting.
This book was really well crafted when it came to character building. We got to learn a lot about Katie in this book, and though we already know a lot, it just builds her character even more. Crescent creek expanded in this book and we learnt a lot about the infrastructure. I know that’s not something that would be very interesting to most, but I do like a look into the world of other businesses and how the town’s inner workings… well work. Sadly, Zac wasn’t really in this book and neither was Trent, however, we did get to see Tyler as a main player in this book rather than just a secondary character. I will be really interested to see how he will be used in future books.
I really enjoyed this book, and found it a good continuation of the series.
When a distraught man comes in looking for his older brother, Katie is thrown for a loop. His last social media update was a picture he had taken on Sky High’s porch. Katie is thrown into looking for the brother as well as digging up the family’s past. She might have bitten a little more than she could chew.
It was actually a fairly interesting story. The mystery is actually based on something that started 6 years before the actual story. Due to the interesting introduction, we get to see Katie actually dig into complete strangers pasts due to the implication of her shop. I noticed that Kate is working a lot quicker than the police until the end, it almost feels like playing catch up. I’ve noticed that this is starting to be a theme in these books.
Kate seems to be getting more comfortable in her relationships, not only while dealing with Trent and Dina but also with Zac. Trent seems to finally be accepting what happened in the past and moving on because Katie has obviously not let that stop her. Trent has also become more of a character and less of the caricature of a police. We also get to see the backgrounds of all the parties that were involved in the initial crime as well as the current missing persons. It was interesting how it was fully explored in this book without appearing dry.
I really enjoyed this book, it is a great continuation.