Thanksgiving Waffle Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #3)

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Thanksgiving is a time to be together with friends and family, and this season, everyone is coming to Sonja’s house to celebrate. Festivities are somewhat halted when a dead body is found in the manor. Sonja is determined to find out who killed the last minute guest she invited, all the while trying not to step on Frank’s toes during the investigation.

This was a simple book, and the character building was minimal. Though the murderer was obvious, we saw how loyal Sonja was and never suspected them. I will say that Sonja’s loyalty also bleeds into the reader’s bias and affects the way that the reader experiences the novel. The use of a premonition was really interesting, even though she realizes what it meant a little too late. I did really like how the mystery paralleled with the premonitions from early in the book. 

The relationship between Frank and Sonja this book was tense. Frank does point out a serious issue with their relationship that the readers could see from a mile away. In most cozy mysteries, the issue of the main character poking their nose into police business, while dating a cop always causes issues.  I’m just surprised how long it took, seeing how Frank is written to be a stickler for the rules. I know that in the idealistic world of cozy mysteries, nothing will happen, but I can dream. 

Overall, it was an interesting book and a good addition to the series.

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Bacon Caramel Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #2)

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Halloween is a sacred time for Haunted Falls, and when a newcomer to town tries to remove three middle school’s Halloween party people are not happy. The principle is certain that someone is trying to scare him into re-implementing the party, but he will have none of it. However, when he’s found dead the next day, there may have been something behind the threat.

I will say that there are a few really annoying characters in this book, however, given the storyline it made sense. With the two new people in the comity moving the Halloween party and calling it a harvested part, tensions ran high in this book. The unlikable victim seems to be a comes trope in this series, however, this guy takes the cake. Though I understood the reason behind the murder, I found that it was really mundane. I expected something a little more interesting.

Frank actually asks Sonja to check for any paranormal activity surrounding this case. This book, similar to the last book is really focused on the normal mystery rather than the supernatural reasons. It was really fun to see the interaction between Sonja and the middle school kids that come to the eatery to play games. She is definitely the responsible adult, however, they also treat her like an older sister. We also get to see how frank acts around and it’s cute. Sonja even mentions that he will be the lenient dead when he has kids.

Overall, this was a really interesting book and I had fun reading it. I’m still interested in the rest of the series.

Hot Buttered Murder (Wicked Waffle Mystery #1)

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Belinda has decided to leave Haunted Falls and has requested that Sonja moves into the manor to take care of it until she comes back. Though Frank has some qualms about it, Sonja assures him that this is only because Sonja was Belinda’s only friend in haunted falls. After a year of calm, another murder has been dropped on Sonja’s doorstep. When a woman is killed in front of the eatery, Sonja’s gears start turning, there is something going on again.

This is an excellent start of the series. As nothing in Sonja’s life is allowed to be easy, she has to go through some trials and tribulations just to fulfill a friend’s request. Sonja doesn’t find out until the end, however, Belinda ends up sending this poor woman to her death. As the person who was trying to kill Sonja accidentally killed this woman. I wonder how Belinda will feel about that when she finds out. I did enjoy the little breadcrumbs leading the readers to the murderer.

I really liked the relationship between frank and Sonja in this book. Though they are not working together, Sonja happens to fall into it like she normally does. It was also interesting to see their fight about her moving into Belinda’s manor, as it doesn’t seem right to him. All in all, he does come around to the idea off it comes to an understanding behind Belinda’s reasoning. The relationship is back to being a little flat, I was really hoping for the development that we saw that the end of the last series to carry over.

I really enjoyed this book and like forward to the new series.

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)

Wicked Witches of the Midwest #1-3

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As the editor of the local newspaper, Bay has a lot of free time on her hands, as nothing really goes on in the small town of Hemlock’s Cove. However, when a murder rocks the small town, everyone becomes weary of Bay and her family. Though the FBI are certain that to apparently ritualistic killings were brought to town due to its rebranding, Bay things something else is going on. She starts diving into the mystery to keep her family safe.

It was a really solid mystery with an interesting premise. Though using ghosts to help solve crimes isn’t a new premise, seeing the family get together to weave a spell to help was new to me. I enjoyed the use of magic, as well as investigative report, worked so well, though it also helps that Bay has the local police detective under her thumb. Making the mystery about looking for an otherworldly answer was really fun.

Since we kind of step into the town and family, we can feel a little lost, however, she does an excellent job introducing us to the character. I loved the cousins as they are very sarcastic, and I actually read one of them in my friend voice in my head. The 3 cousins are really close and act more like sisters, but the bond seems to mimic their mother’s bond with each other. The family dynamic is interesting and it’s fun to watch the 3 generations interact, especially their great-aunt. Also, I had a guess who Landon was early on in the book but I’m glad that he’s a character that is going to stay in the series.

This was an excellent start to the book series.

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The town is getting ready for an all-out bonanza for Halloween, however, the festivities go south quickly when the body of the local drunk is found at the beginning the weekend. No one can figure out why anyone would want to kill him. Landon comes back to check up on things and bites off more than he can chew. Suddenly, Bay’s family is in the cross hairs again, but this time it’s the murder’s.

This mystery gave us very interesting insight into the town’s history. Though it was focused on one person, it expanded past that. Also, the girls check the forests around town which allows us to really see an expanded view of the town. Though the motive is straightforward, the murderer was actually hard to figure out, it took me a while. It was also interesting how Lee incorporated historical events, like stealing gold during the war, into the story and made it work.

They really delve into the victim’s past and it allows the readers to really connect with him which is rare in these kinds of books. Landon was back, and he still a little awkward in this book. We learn more about the Winchester clan.

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Everything seems normal around Hemlock’s Cove until a boat is discovered in the harbour. Two Canadian citizens have gone missing and Landon’s back in town. While Bay tries to be cordial with, it gets a little trickier when they both start giving into their feelings. That has to take a backseat however while they try and find out how and why the two older Canadian’s were killed.

It was an interesting sleight of hand with the 2 mystery going on at the same time. Though the girls always wanted to link them together, they were actually separate. It was also interesting how they used the characters to push the story forward, as well as the mystery.  The story involves a lot more information than one would expect however, it made it very interesting.

Brian is still a tool, he was introduced in the last book, and he is not a person I would like to know in person. Landon really grows a lot in this book, as does Bay, which gives me hope they ‘re going to have an interesting romance in the later books. We learn a lot more about the Winchester family, especially the ex-husbands. I somehow never questioned why none of the fathers were present in these books.

The main thing I disliked about this book was that it ended on a cliffhanger and I really hate cliffhangers at the end of a novel.