Murder at Marigold Inn (Sky High Pies Mysteries #19)

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A lovely evening at home with Jack is shattered by a phone call. A local resident called Kate to ask for her advice about a potential break-in. Though Kate suggests that she stays away from the door, and to let the police take care of it. However, a gunshot a piercing scream tell Katie she didn’t listen to her instructions. After driving to town she finds out that not only is Meg missing, but the cause of death of the victim was blunt force trauma. Now Katie must figure out if she was played off if Meg is actually in danger.

The mystery was a little more interesting than the last one. Having Kate as a witness, over the phone, is an interesting add-on to the story. I wished we had learnt more about the victim in this book, it seemed to just be brushed over but we didn’t really learn anything. I felt like this story was not really focused on leaving the mystery to feel flat.

We got to see a new town and learn a little more about Katie’s high school years. I would really love a little more expansion on her time as a PI other than the death of her boss. I felt as though we learnt a lot about some people, there wasn’t a cohesive story and it felt a little weird. Though we did learn about a town next to Crescent Creek and a little about some secondary character, I felt like it was a little dry.

It was a fine book but nothing really stood out in this book.


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Cupcakes & Cobwebs (Sky High Pies Mystery #20)

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For the Love of Murder (Sky High Pies Mystery #17)

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Kate has wrapped into another mystery again. After a friendly face in the neighbourhood comes asking for some help from a friend, then later that same friend is found beaten, and his girlfriend murdered, this just looks a little weird. Soon things aren’t adding up, and it all seems to backtrack to a dating website. Kate looks deeper and deeper into the case and only manages to get more questions.

I will say, I don’t know it’s because I read it on my flight to Japan, or because I just couldn’t follow the story well. I knew who the murderer was, however, I was confused like nothing else when it actually came to the point of the murderer is arrested. I still didn’t quite get why he did was he did. I know that Trent explains it, but I don’t know, it didn’t add up to me. The characters were really developed well in this book, and it kind of just felt like they were going through the motions. I know that I love this series, but this book was a bust. I really wanted to get into it, but I just couldn’t.

That being said, I was heading to Japan when I read it so I might need to give it another shot when I’m not so distracted.


French Silk & Cyanide (Sky High Pies Cozy Mysteries #16)
Blackmail & Blueberries (Sky High Pies Cozy Mystery #18)

French Silk & Cyanide (Sky High Pies Mysteries #16)

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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 Body in the Bakery (Sky High Pies Mysteries#15)
For the Love of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #17)

The Body in the Bakery (Sky High Pies Mysteries#15)

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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.


A Final Act of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #14)
French Silk & Cyanide (Sky High Pies Mysteries #16)

A Final Act of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #14)

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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 nowhere in this book other than one quick phone call to Trent. Taylor is growing into a strong character, I just kinda want a little more information about him.

Overall, it’s a really interesting storyline in this book.


Sweet, Sweet Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #13)
The Body in the Bakery (Sky High Pies Mysteries#15)

Sweet, Sweet Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #13)

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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.

Overall, I do enjoy this book.


The Pie Crust Killer (Sky High Pies Mystery #12)
A Final Act of Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #14)

The Pie Crust Killer (Sky High Pies Mystery #12)

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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.


The Marzipan Murders (Sky High Pies Mysteries #11)
Sweet, Sweet Murder (Sky High Pies Mysteries #13)