The Diner of the Dead #1 – 4

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When Sonja gets a call from her mother, she drops her life in New York City and returns to the small town of Haunted Falls. She returns to find out that a lot has changed in only 9 months. When she thought that she saw something in her friend’s dinner, things go from weird to weirder. They find a body in the freezer of a woman that was not well liked in the community. Now that Sonja is stuck in the middle of it,  she is determined to get to the bottom of this.

This was an interesting mystery. The mystery was very character focused and I felt like a little bit more time could have been spent and expanding the characters, and the city. It wasn’t that solidified as a story arch, however, it is only the first book of the series. I’m hoping that the mysteries are a little more fleshed out the in the future.

 Similar to what I have mentioned before, this store was very character driven, however, the character development was weak. It seems to be a common downfall for this genre of books. The main character was interesting, and the town was fun, but there was so much more potential. I enjoyed the town’s name and feel, I just hope it gets better in the future.

 It’s not a horrible book, however, it’s not one of my favourites.

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Sonja’s dinner’s finally up and running again, however, on opening day the cast and crew do the hitTV show the Spooks come crashing in. Given the body found in the freezer, it is a prime site to film the latest episode of the show. After unsuccessfully trying to film at a local farm as well, The crew, Sonja, the sheriff and the farmer are stuck due to a rainstorm. When Sanja finds Spook dead the next morning suddenly the search is on for the murderer.

This book was a variation of the contained murder mysteries, but instead of all of the book is limited to one scene, we only have the murder being segregated. The reason behind the murder was interesting but a classic story of greed. I found that the murderer was a little obvious early on, but I feel like I say that all the time.

The characters were a little better this time, however, they were still really flat. Ally was developed upon, she has a fun quirky attitude. Sadly, the main character, Sonja, is still fairly flat even though the book series follows her. I am really hoping that she is flesh out soon because I feel like there is so much potential in her character.

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Sonja is settling into running the diner alongside her best friend, Ally, and her husband, Alex. However, when she gets ready to do some landscaping things start getting a little weird. After she and the head landscaper gets threatening messages for them to break the contract, Sonja gets the sheriff involved to see who could be behind it. Who knew that getting some landscaping done could be so dangerous.

I should just make a note at the top of my blog stating “No I wasn’t surprised when the murder was revealed and yes I saw it coming from a mile away.” This wasn’t a complicated murder mystery, however, I did like how they tied together the past and the present together. With Sonja digging into the past it allowed us a brief glimpse into the past of Haunted Falls. I also liked how, though Sonja’s sleuthing did put her in danger, she didn’t let herself do anything too dangerous.

Sonja grew a little bit in this book, which was a nice change. I also enjoyed how we got to know murderer and goes motives a little bit. Even though the story was obvious it was still interesting. Ally and Alex were definitely acting like the matchmakers in this book, but Sonja was having none of it which I found funny. Also liked the added paranormal aspects that are starting to be peppered through the book. I wouldn’t call it urban fantasy but it has a hint of it.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, I just wish it wasn’t so obvious.

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The Father’s picnic is an excellent place for The Waffle to promote their menu, even though they are already starting to get their regulars. When a ghost leads Sonja to find the body of the winner of the award. However, things get a little complicated when Benjamin comes back into town and Sonja’s love life gets thrown into the mix with the murder case.

Though the mystery wasn’t terribly interesting,  I did enjoy how they incorporated the slight supernatural influences in the book. There wasn’t must information about the mystery, or the victim, and I felt like most of the store was focused on Sonja’s love life. It would have been interesting to see more information about the murderer.

Sonja came off as annoying in this book which was really annoying. I really just wanted to point out that she has some excellent suitor and though she’s stressed she should realize that. Though I enjoyed the advances of Sherriff and Benjamin, they were both a little all over the place in this book, I felt like I was listening to the Hot and Cold song by Katy Perry.

It was an ok book, but it had much more potential


Pumpkin Pie Waffle (The Diner of the Dead #5)

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Blueberry Spangled Murder + Strawberry Sprinkled Swirl Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #48 + #49)

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After a horrible accident at a 4th of July celebration, Heather, Amy and Ryan get pulled away to look at the scene of the crime. They have to figure out if the death was a result of an accident or if someone had tried to murder the seemingly lovable man. But things only get a little more complicated when they find out that he had wanted to change his will. This isn’t going to be an easy

I enjoyed the book, however, as without a confession this case wouldn’t have been solved. Everything is circumstantial and there is no proof to point the finger at anyone. I really don’t like books like this because without the confession it would have never gone to court. I know there are cases like that in the real world, but it bothers me.

We got to see the other characters more in this book which was nice. Though there wasn’t much character development in this book, I still love seeing the ever-expanding characters in this book.

Overall, it was a fine book. Just could have been a bit better.

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When the speaker at a function at the newly opened hotel is murdered in his room in the middle of the night trouble start brewing. With only 2 keys to the room and both accounted for, they have to figure out how the murderer got in and out without the use of the key. Heather and Ryan have to figure out their own locked room mystery.

I have read many locked door mysteries and this one took an interesting look at the common mystery. I felt like it may have been a little obvious from the get-go, but then again… I read too many mystery books. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story. I have read some very elaborate ways for the mystery to work.

The world in this books has expanded a little more with the addition of the hotel. Though this was very focused on the mystery and we didn’t really get to see anyone except Amy, Heather and Ryan in this story.

This story had a really good base and I really want Gillard to expand her books. It’s ok if she doesn’t put out a book a week and give the books a little more meat.


Vanilla Cream Murder + Chocolate Peanut Brittle Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #44 + #45)
Banana Fudge Murder + Blueberry Stars & Stripes Murder

Frosted Love Cozy Mystery 11 – 15

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Yeah, I don’t know why this image has Book 8 on it, but I swear this is book 11.

When a movie company comes to town to film a movie, Missy is hired to provide cupcakes for the cast and crew. Though her main customer is taxing, she manages to still have fun with the rest of the crew. When her friend is found dead, Missy is pointed at to be the murderer due to a cupcake that was found at the scene of the crime.

It’s been a little while since I read this series and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. This book the mystery was a little overshadowed by the drama between Chas and Missy. It was a fun story with a character you love to hate. The way that Missy is involved is interesting, to say the least.

Missy didn’t really investigate much this book but we say many of our favourite reoccurring characters.

My only real issue with this book was the ending felt a little rushed and I felt like it could have been given a book on its own even if it was a non-mystery book.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.

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After the incident with the movie, Missy is called on again because her late friend mentioned to a producer just how good her cupcakes were. So she gets invited to try out for a cooking show. However, not everything is as it seems when one of the judges for the bake-off was found dead. Now Missy is the prime suspect.

I enjoyed this book, even though there wasn’t much Chas in it. I really enjoy how he treats her in this book, it’s so sweet. She gets pulled into another murder mystery while away in New York. She doesn’t really investigate anything as she is the murder suspect and Chas is back home, but she does have her friend to look into what he could while she waited.

Missy is thrown for a loop in this book, and wants to make the situation work. Her strength as a character comes out in this book, which is lovely. Though she gets really close to losing it in this book, she does well to power through.

I enjoyed the end of the book when there was some character development and we got to see the side characters that weren’t present through the rest of the book. It was a nice to see them when there isn’t a mystery to solve.

I am still really enjoying this series.

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Well, this was an interesting book. I must say, Missy gets herself is the oddest predicaments. Her Hollywood adventure it’s quite over at the moment. She is so swamped that we see her hiring new staff. The new staff don’t really get introduced in this book, but there was a lot more going on at the time, so it’s forgiven.

I am enjoying the new things that are happening with the book. Though she does talk about the crime, she doesn’t actively put herself in any danger during the length of the book, however, that doesn’t stop danger from finding her.

I really enjoyed this book, but I swear they are like tic-tacs, they don’t last very long.

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After burning the candles at both ends for so long, Missy finally takes a step back from her stores. She starts letting her employees do more. She finally has time to participate in the book club that comes to the shop on a regular basis. When the leader is found dead, and another member is suspected of being the killer, Missy wonders if she ever really knew the people in the book club.

I really want to talk about the end of the book but I don’t want to ruin it. I will say that Chas was really cute. It was the perfect ending for the book.

Missy was more active in the investigation this time around. We got to meet the book club members and learn a lot about them in this book. I enjoyed their character development throughout the book. Their background gets incorporated so well into the mystery that it was out of place.

This was a fun book and it was a good add-on to the series.

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While working an event, the 2nd candidate is found dead in the back of the van. Now Missy’s employee is being looked at for murder even though there was no proof. Meanwhile, Missy has to come to terms with some major changes that are coming down the pipes.

This was sadly not my favourite book in this series. It focused greatly on character development, however, I felt like it came too quickly. At the end, I could see what was happening but it seemed to come out of nowhere.

The mystery interesting but I am getting tired of the plot being someone actively trying to frame someone else. At least in the last book, it made sense, but trying to frame someone because of tattoos and piercings is a bit of a stretch.

I also don’t like books that end with a cliffhanger like how this one did. I enjoyed the book, but I wish it was better.

Strawberry Cream Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #1)

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After Heather’s former assistant is found dead in her own doughnut shop, she finds herself as the prime suspect in the suspected murder. With no one believing her that something is off with the investigation she embarks on finding out who actually killed Christa.

If you like The Hannah Swensen Series then you’ll like this. The doughnuts that are described in the book just sound amazing. The character development is a little shallow in this book, but it’s a nice quick read so it’s forgivable. I still wish that there was more depth to the characters, but with 45 books I’m sure there will be more development.

Since it’s free on Amazon Unlimited I’ll probably be reading the entire series.


Maple Frosted Murder (Donut Hole Mystery #2)

Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #2)

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Hannah Swensen is back and there are more murders a foot. In the small town of Lake Eden, there are more people being murdered. In the middle of the bake off being held in Eden Lake, one of the judges, Boyd Watson, local football coach and wife beater, is found dead in his garage. Unsure who else to call, Danielle calls Hannah right after she finds the body. Unsure what else to do, he calls in Mike and Bill to do the police work. Though she claims to not want any part in the case, Hannah starts poking around and quickly finds out that someone doesn’t want her to figure out whose killed Coach Watson.

This is as cute as the first and because we already have the basis of the characters this time of round, it’s real easy just to jump right into the book. Though Hannah’s thought process was easy to follow, the killer came out from left field. I loved the book, don’t get me wrong, but I just didn’t see it coming. I loved the character relationships in the book, I just wish were more scene containing Hannah and her 2 men because I really would love to see a little more romance in this series.

The recipes look awesome as alway  I really wish that I wasn’t on a diet so I could check them out a little bit more.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #1)
Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #3)