Sunday, September 4, 2016

Review: Strawberry Cream Murder by Susan Gillard

Cozy Mystery


Guardian Publishing Group

Release Date:
March 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Donuts, deceit and the potential murder of a former assistant find Heather Janke at the center of a mystery in which she is a potential suspect and possibly the only one capable of discerning the truth.

Was her former assistant Christa murdered and if so, why?

Follow Heather as she searches for clues to get to the bottom of this sweet caper.

My Review

This is the first time I’ve read anything by this author, but I’ve been so intrigued by this series. I’ve seen it around for months. It’s the first book in the “A Cozy Donut Hole Mystery” series. So far there are 16 books in the series. That’s a lot but they are short books. It’s approximately 200 pages a book.

I liked the main character, Heather. I did have a couple of problems with her walking freely around the crime scene. She’s not part of the police, she owns a donut shop. Then, there were a couple of problems with the editing of the book. I was bothered by a couple of things, which I don’t want to specify because I don’t want to inadvertently giveaway spoilers, but I got over it. I was still able to sit back and enjoy the story.

It’s not a complex storyline, but I also didn’t figure out who the killer was until the end. So, that’s a good thing. It’s a fast read and I’ll definitely continue reading this series. Did I mention how hungry I’ve been for donuts since finishing this book? LOL

For reading challenges:
Foodies Read Reading Challenge 2016

Disclosure: I got this one as a Kindle freebie. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Sounds short and sweet. And now I am craving a donut :)

  2. I think I'd enjoy this book. I like reading series in order and when I saw that there were 16 books I thought I'd skip reading them, but since they're only about 200 pages each, it's not as daunting. I just checked out the series on GoodReads and all the books have good ratings. Maybe I'll decide to read it.

  3. Sixteen books? Wow. I don't think I've heard of this series before. The walking freely around a crime scene would annoy me too. that's just not likely. I'm intrigued too by what bothered you. Not intrigued enough to read though; I have too many other options n my TBR pile that are more promising.

  4. I have that problem with a lot of mysteries with amateur detectives. Why are these people not getting arrested for obstruction of justice or something?

  5. I think when we read cozys we just have to acknowledge them for the fun mind releasing relaxation they are and not expect them to be realistic.


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