Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery Boxed Set: Books 1-6

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While trying to get her failing bakery back on its feet again, Rachel works her tail off at the street fair. However, when a local critic that gave her a bad review, she is now suspected of murder. This makes her financial woes even worst. She now needs to figure out who was actually behind the murder and clear her name.

After warming up to the crafting series I really wanted to like this book. I felt like this book was a little disjointed. We got relatively no background to the characters. We get a little background to Rachel but not enough to really connect. Pippa is a character that I wanted to love but we don’t get any meat to enjoy her as a person more than her weird talents.

The link between Rachel and the murder victim was strained a best. From what we find out about the victim anyone could have wanted to kill her.

This series had the possibility for a good start but it fell flat for me. Due to my enjoyment the other series I will read more of this series in hopes it gets better.

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After clearing her name, Rachel’s bakery is busier than ever. Rachel begins the process to expand the shop. However, the stories of a painting being haunted in the antique¬†store next door has gotten Pippa in the tiff. After two murders in the antique shop next door, the deal is now up in the air. To calm Pippa’s nerves, Rachel is determined to prove to her that the killer is actually human and not the vengeful spirits that were trapped in the painting next door.

Ok, this book’s beginning is confusing. There was a murder before the book even starts that Rachel is thinking about. Also, Pippa seems to know she’s buying the shop next door before it was even mentioned in the book. This left me a little confused at first. After about chapter 4, everything evens out in the story.

We meet a new detective in this book who doesn’t really seem to fit in with the rest of the established characters. She even seems a little bland next Jackson who is supposed to be the stable character in this book.

If the mystery had a little more meat and maybe with a little more character development, this could have made an excellent book. I’m still hoping they get better.

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Rachel applies for a cooking show, however, when one of the judges turns up dead, the filming is pushed off indefinitely. Now they are looking at the director as the possible murderer. Just reaches out to Rachel, after knowing about her work in the past, to prove that he is not the killer. While working parallel investigations to the police, she tries to track down who actually killed Pierre.

There is a lot of things I don’t understand in this book, but let’s start with what I do like. Something happened while Pippa was away that works perfectly with her character. Though she isn’t completely fleshed out, getting swept up in a romance while on vacation is something she would totally do. I also like how there is a timeline so that we can follow the time progression in the story. It makes it feel like a murder isn’t happening every week.

Now, normally I complain about there being 2 love interests. Well, this book is different, there is only one, however, Jackson is currently dating his partner. Racheal is my age, 28, and if the guy you like is dating someone else, you don’t have to like it but at least don’t be petty about it. Jackson does point it out in the book, so I liked that however, it still annoyed throughout the book.

The mystery was interesting, as well as the expansion of the world and addition of new characters. I almost feel though that some of the new characters feel more fleshed out then the main characters.

I enjoyed this book far more than the previous books. I hope this series is finally on an upward swing finally.

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After everything that has happened back in town, Pippa and Rachel finally take some to themselves. Rachel booked the time away to understand and come to terms with everything that has happened in the last year. While away, the head chef was found dead from an apparent accident. Now Rachel is embroiled in yet another mystery, and she is trying to get the local Rangers to take the murder seriously before she leaves to go back home.

Out of all the books so far I would say that this was the best one by far. We get some character development for Pippa and Rachel which was nice. Though 4 books into the series is a little late for my liking. Rachel feels a little more fleshed out thanks to their “girls only” vacation. They expanded past their romantic affiliations which were nice.

The mystery this time was interesting and could have gone many different ways at any point in the story. I don’t know if the actual murderer makes much sense, but it wasn’t terrible. I’m also not sure if the murderer at the end of the book was the intended murderer, but it worked.

I enjoyed how the world was expanded as Rachel and Pippa were in another town, and we got to hear about another town in the area. We also got to learn a lot more about the secondary characters in this book, this allows the reader to become more invested in the story as they can relate to the characters.

This was actually a fairly enjoyable book. I’m really happy that I’m still sticking with this series.

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The business is not doing very well, however, Pippa has an excellent idea: Catering. While catering an event, Jackson comes to see Rachel to as an important question. Suddenly, Rachel is catering Jackson’s and Emma’s wedding. When Emma’s aunt is found dead and Emma is missing, Jackson and Rachel work together to find out who the killer is.

I actually really enjoyed this book. Out of the previous books, I’d say this was the best. I feel like Alabaster is really getting into her stride with this book. Rachel and Jackson grow into characters that we can connect with. They are much more three dimensional in this book than the previous ones. Jackson and Rachel spend quite a bit of time in this book, and it’s almost reminiscent of the 2nd book but better. Though Emma, as a character, doesn’t really make much of an appearance in this book, she is speaking about quite a bit. She gets more of a back story in this

The mystery this time was really interesting. As the case involves Emma’s family, Jackson has to keep Rachel with him to leave the distance between him and the case. The case becomes very personal for them both, but Rachel manages to keep a level head during the course of the investigation.

I don’t like a couple of things that happen between Jackson and Rachel throughout the book. It just seemed so out of character for the two‚Ķ Ok maybe no out of character for Rachel as she’s been pinning away after Jackson, but it is really out of character for Jackson.

Overall I still really enjoyed the book.

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With Pippa off sick from work, Rachel’s newest employee has to fill in. When a woman is killed mysteriously in her bakery, Rachel is now under suspicion for murder. Without being able to work with Pippa on this case, Rachel must find out who murdered the woman and how they got the poison in the food at the bakery.

After the last book, I was super excited about this book. However, with Rachel being the prime suspect in this murder, which made little sense, the chemistry between Jackson and Rachel is back to zero. With Pippa acting like an entitled child for most of the book, that was even gone. Like, under the circumstances I get being touchy, but it was a little much. To replace Pippa we have Chloe, who is a fine cookie cutter character who’s good at research, however, she feels like a placeholder throughout the book.

The mystery was a little interesting, I didn’t figure out who the murderer was until nearer to the end of the book. If only everything else in this book was better.

This book was not the best and I wished they had continued with the character development.

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Craft Circle Mysteries

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When the annual crafts fair arrives, George is still getting used to life in the small town. When one of the Crafters is found dead, George is suddenly a suspect. Between finding out who killed her, and finding Casper, George’s hands are filled. She doesn’t have any time on her hands.

This was an interesting little book to add to the series. the little town is interesting and has it’s own defining characteristics. We also get to see a little bit more of the town with the craft fair, and meet a few more people in the town. We also got to know Brenda a bit more, and her families which is very interesting. I like how calm her husband in comparison to Brenda.

We get to see how serious this town takes crafting. The fair’s contest is intense, and it makes me wish we saw more of it than we did. Sadly, Georgina was a little busy during the fair and couldn’t attend.

I liked how the roles were reversed with Ryan and Georgina in this book, it continued one of the arches from last book and puts them on even footing. Their relationship was a little rocky in this book but it was an interesting story line to follow. It’s a fun to watch a budding relationship. Also, we never found out how old Ryan is, and I’m curious.

Overall it was a fun little book.

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George is finally settling into her new live in Pottsville when her ex-husband, Adam, comes knocking. The memories of the start to resurface after the rival craft story’s owner was found dead in her own store. Suddenly Adam is in the hot seat, and George is not trying to exonerate her ex-husband… again… talk about deja-vu.

Ok… I’m really liking this series. The fact that we get to meet George’s ex-husband is really fun. We get to find out more about her past and what she was like up to the time that she moved to Pottsville. Her relationship with Ryan is pretty much at a standstill at this moment but I think this is partly because Adam is on time.

This murder investigation is interesting, simply because we get to see the strain between Brenda and George, as well as seeing more of Pottsville. Though we do get to know the victim and her family well through out the book. The background story is even more interesting than the murder investigation.

I would really like to know more about the Hills than we already learned in this book. There seems to be a lot more that we can learn and can be expanded on in future books.

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After George witnessed a local amateur musician stealing cats in the middle of the night from the local shelter, she’s on a quest to find them. However, when she finds him, he’s not exactly available to answer he question. After calling Ryan, she’s starting to looking into why he was stealing the cats in the first place.

Well this was really fun. I could see myself working in a shelter as a volunteer, however, I would probably end up adopting far too many animals that can’t find homes. George is very relatable in this book while she is trying to hide away from her problematic ex-husband. I would be able to relate if I was trying to not be anywhere near one of my exes.

This book entailed 2 different mysteries that are also connected together. We do get to find out more about the shelter that George got her dogs from, and learn a bit more about Brenda. George definitely takes a more aggressive approach to this investigation. Even though this character was never really a passive investigator really.

Over all this was a really fun book, and I enjoyed it.

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When a loyal customer is getting married with a DIY style wedding, George offers to help. However, when her new car is delivered with a body in the trunk, her hopes of having a new car is dashed. Now she has to find out who killed the man in her trunk, and finish getting this wedding ready with out access to a car.

Well this is an interesting little turn of events. This also shows the issue with not knowing when to say no. Little did George know that agreeing to help prepare a DIY wedding was in her future. I will say though, I don’t know why anyone would agree to that in the beginning.

Similar to so many of these series, murder just seems to follow George around like a bad omen. So much so that she can’t even get a car without something bad happening. I personally wouldn’t wanted to be in the same town that she lives in.

I do enjoy that the relationship that is developing between Adam and George. I was a little against it at the beginning because I don’t believe that you should get back with your exe no matter what. (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt) but at the same time they are really cute together. I’m interested in seeing what is in the future for these two.

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After starting a blog, George becomes close with people in the community. However, when one of her online friends stops posting, she gets worried. She takes an impromptu road trip to check on her and falls into the middle of a murder investigation. With her friend as a main suspect things are looking dire, so she sticks around and does what she does best, finds the true murderer.

So I caught up with this series and I a little sad about it. This is a really fun book series that has some quirky characters that seem to fit together perfectly. We meta new character that I happy will no longer be in the series, one book was long enough.

This time George is in a different town which added variety to the story and the world that it happens in. I really loved the little town that she visites in this book. She meets a lovely woman and starts blogging in this book, which is a nice addition to this book series.

I will say that I don’t understand why everyone lies to George when she first asks a question. I mean no one cares if you know a murder victim. Other then that I enjoyed the book and it was a good book.

Mystery Party: A Cozy Mystery Boxed Set

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Margot’s niece is down visiting her for the summer as a way to get her back on track. However, when a boy who accosted her the day before was murdered, she’ss now the prime suspect. Margot is suddenly thrown back into the realm of police work as she working to clear her niece’s name even though the police are certain that she commited the crime.

Oh, I really liked this book. There were a couple of inconsistencies that made this book a little wonky. Most have to do with Adam and Julien. For once, the cops aren’t macho idiots in the first book. We get to see Adam as a person. My only question is how does he know so much about Margot, no matter how close you are to someone, you don’t mention their coffee habits. Also, why didn’t we get more information about Julian? There is a huge wealth of information and story right there. I really want to know more about him.

The mystery was really well thought out, and interesting. I liked how all the pieces fell into place, near the end without ruining it too early. The murder was intricate and interesting, but it never took away from the character’s development. The relationships between the characters were well described and brought you into the story.

All in all this book makes me excited for the rest of the series.

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After moving to a new town, George setups her roots. She starts her craft store, but no more than a week later a fellow crafter is found dead in her home. Though the police are considering¬†the death to be accidental. However, this explanation doesn’t feel right for Goerge, so she takes it upon herself to look into her friend’s death.

As a crafter myself I enjoyed this book immensely. Though it would be a bit of a leap to say I would want to own my own craft store, it does seem fun. We get to meet an unconventional character who has just moved back to the US from France. I would have liked her to have used a little French, but that could be the Montrealer in me.

I find it funny that the main character is interested in a man who is younger than her, at typically read books that the couple are roughly the same age. Though nothing has happened in this book, you can tell that the author’s setting it up that they are going to end up together.

I was a little sad that I could figure out who the murderer was so early into the book. I found that it was a little too obvious early on in the book. Also, one of the people she suspects doesn’t make any sense at all. I can understand why he gets mad at her about it.

I still enjoyed the book however, it was a nice fluffy read.

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Felicity is finally setting up her storefront for her event planning business. While working on a city event, a man is murdered. Due to Felicities background in investigative journalism, she works hard to figure out who killed him. The only thing is that she is now working the case and trying to stay as far away from her ex who is also working the case for the police. Felicity is determined to find the murderer and not let this death tarnish her company’s names.

I really wanted to love this book. The concept was so good, the characters were fun and interesting. I enjoyed the back and forth between Felicity and Jefferson. It obvious that she’s oblivious to Jefferson being completely enamoured with her. They are really cute together, even though she’s a little flaky.

My biggest issue with this series is the lack of time markers or continuity between the scenes. We don’t know what happened or how long certain time periods were. I wanted to know more about the characters and the town, but I felt like the story was flitting around.

It has a really good base, I really hope the rest of the series gets better.