After a slightly stressful girls vacations, Alison and Sonja are on their way back on to Haunted Falls. However, when a flash storm happened, they get stranded at a rest stop. Everything seems fine until a girl’s dead body just outside the door, this gets dangerous. Between not being able to contact the Sheriff’s office, and the legend of the wolf pack, Sonja is between a rock and a hard place.
I enjoyed this book, it was more of Sonja doing her thing without having to worry about stepping on Frank’s toes. We also got to learn more about the legends that surround the woods of Haunted Falls. Though this was a one-room mystery, it really did help to build Haunted Fall’s surrounding area. The owners of the pit stop were really interesting acute, they were the standard all American couple. We also got to see how Alison would react to yet another dead body. This book was really good for the character development and expanding the world.
I really found that the mystery was a little simple and odd. Though the reasoning behind it made a lot of sense, the story was told a little oddly. I also found that it was a little obvious right off the bat. I wish there had been more nuance to the murder and mystery. I did like how everything in the book was related which is nice. I also enjoyed the way that the wolf pack also ended up being a part of it.
After failing to have a proper Girls day, Alison and Sonja finally get away to a local haunted hotel. Much to Sonja’s chagrin, she agrees to go along with the slight fear that she might be thrown into an actual ghost hot spot. However, when a murder is committed during the haunted tour, things get even more dangerous. Now, Sonja gets caught up with another murder mystery and this was supposed to be a weekend away to relax.
We got to see Alison in a different light in this book. She isn’t as childish and she actually grows quite a bit on me in this book. She is very understanding about the circumstance and actually starts to understand why Sonja gets caught up in the murder investigations. Mind you both Alison and Frank don’t know about her ability to see ghosts yet, but I believe that if Alison grows a little more in this series than she would be able to understand and believe Sonja in the future. We got to see a little more about what Frank is thinking in this book in comparison to the other books. He does admit even though it’s too himself, that Sonja has helped in many murder investigations. I feel like he really believes in her, however, there are always protocols to follow.
I really enjoyed this mystery. They got to explore the history in a place that isn’t Haunted Falls. The history of the Hotel is very similar to a lot of real-life hotels in the world. It doesn’t seem completely out there that there were ghost stories hovering around the place. You have hotels in the world that have equally as many ghost stories, I can think of a few in this book. I enjoyed seeing Sonja work out the mystery and work more with Frank that opposing him. It was a nice change.
Overall, I actually really liked this book more than the past few books.
Spring is in the air and a garden party is the best start of the season. Sonja and Alison were hired to make some foods. However, when someone is looking for the host, Sonja finds her convulsing on the ground. After calling the ambulance and Frank. Sonja starts to worry that the poisoning wasn’t accidental. While looking for who could have done this, Sonja finds out a lot about Bertha that she didn’t know before her passing.
The character development in this book was interesting. We got to see a little more about Alison’s and Sonja’s relationship. Alison gets a little annoyed that everytime that they are supposed to go out together, something happens. I feel like Alison is a little childish and she’s the one that has been busy the most for the last little while. I really hope that Alison grows up soon in the book series. We did get to find out a lot about Bertha at the beginning of the book, and that was nice and interesting.
I found that this mystery was very easy to figure out, and I found it really odd that no one figure it out sooner. The clues were kinda obvious really early on. I know that this might just come from me reading far too many mystery books, which I admit is true. However, I still thought that their line of investigation was a little lacking.
This was an Ok, book but not my favourite from the series.
Valentine’s day has arrived and a big party is happening at Belinda’s manor and Sonja can’t wait. However, the day gets a little wobbly when Sonja finds the local garbage man dead in the diner’s dumpster. She moves her operation to the manor to finish the desserts for the party. But when Belinda if arrested for 2 murders, Sonja is determined to find out who really is behind the murders, good thing her father is back in town.
This murder was super speedy. I believe it happened all in one night, or at least that’s how it felt. I feel like, given the story arch, it’s only natural that Belinda would be arrested for the murder. Frank was a little MIA in this book, however, if I had just arrested my girlfriend’s friend I would also be MIA. This book leaned do heavily on the occult that it was used as the reason for the murders. I’m not sure how I feel about that, however, when someone is mentally unstable they will do weird things.
We got to see how Allison feels about Sonja spending more time with Belinda and Frank. I understand that feeling when your friend starts a new relationship and seems to be spending more time with their significant other than you. That’s normal on the honey phase of a relationship. I enjoyed the character development in this book and finally meeting Sonja’s father. I feel like we’re going to need a lot more time to really understand that man.
Sonja’s birthday has come around and Frank decided to do something special for her to help her relax. What was more relaxing than a relaxing weekend in the woods? Everything starts off well until Sonya is certain she witnessed a murder. There is nothing they can do, however, until the local sheriff arrives.
I kinda dislike how Frank doesn’t believe what Sonja saw. I get that there is nothing that they can do until the sheriff’s men arrive, but he didn’t have to be dismissive. I know that he still doesn’t know about her powers but I didn’t like how that scene was written. Them spending some time alone was nice, however, this book seems a little sporadic. This book series normally has a formula or at least an understandable plot to follow. This was a little too over the place than normal.
The mystery was pretty simple given there were only 2 suspects in my mind. Due to the fact that we never really get much information it was hard to narrow it down. The fact that Frank didn’t really ever give Sonja’s worries a second thought was annoying. Hunter added in a little more magic into this book with another cursed item, at least they didn’t pull because magic in this book… they pulled because of ghost, oh well.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and it was fun… though aspects were grinding.
Christmas is here, Sonja’s second favourite season of the year. With everyone getting together, times couldn’t be better. However, when a mysterious package is left on Sonja’s doorstep things get weird. With murder occurring at the party that Sonja and Frank were at, things are just not adding up to the murders. Sonja had a suspicion that they have something to do with her
This one was a little more of a kerfuffle then the last book. This book had Sonja ruining all over the place. With so many murders in a sorry book, it gets confusing and not as armless as the last book. I liked the character building in this book with the ending scene, but the mystery fell flat for me.
In this book, they pulled the, because magic, and that’s not cool. Never once in the previous book did they do that. They brought in a mystical stone that makes people get murdered. I get that Sonja has become a target with her powers, but this is getting a bit much.
I still enjoyed the book, however, it’s not one of my favourites.
Thanksgiving is a big thing in Frank’s family, and Sonja is along for the ride. Having to split holidays between family isn’t easy but they have it figured out. After a long drive to Frank’s family home, everyone is ready to have a good time. However, when Sonja finds a body in a field, things get a little spooky. Now Sonja must deal with 2 native spirits who have been warring for centuries.
I loved this book. I felt like it went a little to fast for my liking, however, that’s how all these books are. I enjoyed getting to know Frank’s family, as well as sinful. I felt like Frank became a more fleshed out character in this book. He’s always been in the background even though he is one of the main characters in the book. Having the background is something that has finally anchored the character past being Sonja’s boyfriend. Sonja has also grown in this book and has become more adept with her powers, though she still can’t tell Frank about them. I feel like this is going to be a theme throughout this book series.
The mysteries have definitely trailed towards the supernatural. Like the last book, we have a witch or at least someone who tried to kill people using a summoned spectre. I will say that it was interesting. However, the reader was never given enough information to really know who did it or make an educated guess. My gut feeling was right but it wasn’t supported by anything.