Glazed Murder: A Donut Shop Mystery Paperback – Mar 30 2010
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“The perfect comfort read: a delicious murder, a likeable heroine, quirky Southern characters--and donut recipes!” ―Rhys Bowen, Agatha and Anthony award–winning author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mysteries
“If you like donuts--and who doesn't?--you'll love this mystery. It's like a trip to your favorite coffee shop, but without the calories!” ―Leslie Meier, author of the Lucy Stone mysteries New Year's Eve Murder and Wedding Day Murder
“Jessica Beck's Glazed Murder is a delight. Suzanne Hart is a lovable amateur sleuth who has a hilariously protective mother and great doughnut recipes! Readers will have a blast with this book.” ―Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of Fatally Flaky
From the Back Cover
WELCOME TO DONUT HEARTS―where the coffee is hot, the donuts are fresh, and the local police aren't the only ones solving crimes…
MEET SUZANNE HART, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she's dubbed "The Great Impersonator," Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown.
"The perfect comfort read."―award-winning author Rhys Bowen
But when a dead body is dumped on her doorstep like a sack of flour, Suzanne's cozy little shop becomes an all-out crime scene. Now, everyone in town is dropping by for glazed donuts and gruesome details. The retired sheriff warns her to be careful―and they're all suspects. Soon Suzanne―who finds snooping as irresistible as donuts―is poking holes in everyone's alibis…
A DONUT SHOP MYSTERY
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Top Customer Reviews
Suzanne is determined to find out who killed her friend, before the killer finds her.
This was a fun holiday read. One thing I have never made is a donut. I admit to being kind of afraid of huge pots of almost boiling oil. It was interesting to learn a bit about the process involved first in making donuts and then to running the shop. There are eleven yummy sounding recipes included in the book, most of them for donuts. I am looking forward to trying the recipe for the baked donuts.
There were two things that bugged me about the story. Suzanne claims that the victim Patrick Blaine is her friend, but we don't learn anything other than he was a customer of hers. The other is that she jumps right into investigating his death almost without any pushing or threat to her. I wish we had learned more about their friendship, such as they played cards together, or that they discussed books whenever Patrick was in the shop. A few menacing phone or text messages or even the passing of a bit of time before she started investigating would have made more sense to me, but Suzanne didn't wait at all. She just finished her shift and started asking questions.
From that point, the story got better. We were introduced to her friends and to the busy body in the shop next door. I like the owner of Re-Newed, she would be fun to have tea with.
Author Jessica Beck has introduced us to an interesting set of characters. I do look forward to reading more about them in her upcoming books: Fatally Frosted and Sinister Sprinkles.
I won't bother with any more of this series. I hadn't expected great literature, but this was as dull as day old donuts. The ending was a surprise but not one that left me feeling good.
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This series follows the owner of Donut Hearts, Suzanne Hart. Suzanne bought the shop on a whim after her messy divorce from Max, an aspiring actor who is trying to win her back. Now she wakes up every morning around 1 a.m. to go to her shop and make donuts.
One early morning, she opens the shop, looks outside and sees a body being thrown from a vehicle. Turns out one of her regular customers was murdered and for some reason, the body was dumped on her doorstep. Unfortunately, Suzanne is now in danger because she is a witness to part of the crime. In an effort to protect herself and her shop, she sets out to investigate who might be involved. Along the way she meets Jake, a state police investigator, who offers her a romantic diversion.
Though this follows the standard cozy mystery formula, I really enjoyed the story and characters. however, everything wraps up very quickly at the end, and I would have liked to have more clues along the way. If you enjoy light mysteries and romance, this is a fun one to try!
Suzanne Heart owns a doughnut shop. Alls she wants to do is to make doughnuts for the small town she lives it and live a regular life. Well, one morning, that all changed. It seems that someone dumped a body on her doorstep (literally) and Suzanne finds herself drawn in the mystery. She feels that she has to solve the murder because the person that was killed was a friend of her and since the body was dumped on the doorstep, she feel's it's her job to solve it. A state trooper, Jake Bishop, is also on the case. Jake and Suzanne at times, team up to solve the case. The problem is that the killer is keeping close tabs on Suzanne and tries to warn her off. Suzanne doesn't listen and very soon, the killer has their eyes on Suzanne.
This book has some interesting cast of characters that we meet along the way. Beck has a pretty solid writing style that will keep the reader engaged. Not to many plot twists, maybe just one, even that one isn't really a plot twist, but this will hold the readers attention. Beck also has the ability to set a "hometown and small town" feeling in the settings of the story.
Glazed Murder also has some recipes that look really good!
Overall, it's a pretty good start to a promising series. I look forward to the next one.
UPDATE: The premise still continued, she did indeed end up dating a cop. And has a young co-worker who is college student (yes, like the Goldy Schultz books). However, by the end of the book I ended up liking it enough to give the second book in the series a chance. Glad I did, as it was even better. The main character mellowed out some and am enjoying the relationship with frinds and family and boyfriend. Now I've read all 5 of the books in the series and am eagerly awaiting number 6.