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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Original edition (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312541090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312541095
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #583,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A delight. Suzanne Hart is a lovable amateur sleuth who has a hilariously protective mother and great donut recipes! Readers will have a blast with this book.” ―Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of Fatally Flaky

“A tribute to comfort food and to the comfort of small town life. With great donut recipes!” ―Joanna Carl, author of The Chocolate Cupid Killings

“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

“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

“A yummy new treat in the culinary mystery genre. Skillfully weaving donut recipes throughout a well-plotted story, the author proves that life after divorce can be sweet; all you need are good friends, your own business, and comfort food. Delicious!” ―Tamar Myers, author of Death of a Rug Lord and The Cane Mutiny

“A clever plotted cozy mystery with a wonderful small Southern town…Fatally Frosted is a great follow-up to Glazed Murder. Suzanne is a great heroine, Ms. Beck has a sure-fire winner!” ―Fresh Fiction

“A sugary concoction that provides readers a glimpse through the donut hole of living in a small town.” ―Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews

From the Back Cover

WELCOME BACK TO DONUT HEARTS―where the coffee is hot, the donuts are fresh, and the toppings are criminally good…
Donut shop owner Suzanne Hart sees customers come and go all day long. But when one of them up-and-disappears, the police start asking questions. It seems Suzanne is the last person to have seen Emily Hargraves, who runs the local newsstand. Suzanne has nothing to report about their encounter. But when Emily doesn't turn up, no news is bad news…

"A tribute to comfort food and to the comfort of small town life."―Joanna Carl

Suzanne has to admit that Emily's last request was a little odd―a blueberry donut made to order, with chocolate icing, sprinkles, stars, and a chewy sour gummy worm coiled on top. Odder still: Suzanne's ex-husband Max also appears to be missing. But what really takes the cake? The corpse Suzanne finds hanging from a tree in the park. Who knew donut-making could turn out to be such dangerous business…

"This delicious series will give readers some serious cravings."―Publishers Weekly

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa323d93c) out of 5 stars 54 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa320e540) out of 5 stars A good, easy read Sept. 9 2011
By swissmiss - Published on
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Many times I want a book to read that is just very easy reading, but still holds my attention and Jessica Beck's books always meet that criteria. If you have not tried her books and want just an easy read, try this one and her other "donut shop" books.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa320e78c) out of 5 stars Great series, good book Nov. 1 2011
By Sarah J. Carlin - Published on
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The Donut Shop Mystery series is about Suzanne Hart who owns a donut shop called Donut Hearts. This is the fifth installment in the series.
1. Glazed murder
2. Fatally frosted
3. Sinister sprinkles
4. Evil eclairs
5. Tragic toppings

In previous books, Suzanne has investigated some of murders that have occurred in her small town with the help of her friends- Grace, retired cop George, and her boyfriend, state police investigator Jake. Tragic Toppings begins with Suzanne investigating the disappearance of Emily, a local newsstand owner. She is able to quickly crack the case, but later that night she finds a dead body hanging in the park. It's Tim, a local handyman who was well liked by all. Of course Suzanne starts digging into the case and this time, Jake is not on a job somewhere and is able to help. They quickly discover that Tim was quite a ladies' man, so the suspects are plenty.

Tragic Toppings is another good book in this series. The characters are their usual quirky selves and the mystery has lots of twists and turns. I would like to see more drama in their personal lives, just to have an interesting back story. I am eager to read the next one!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa320e750) out of 5 stars "Tragic Toppings" by Jessica Beck July 28 2013
By Andrea - Published on
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"Tragic Toppings" by Jessica Beck. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these books. They, to me, are fun and fluffy and cozy and comfortable. However, they are not for everybody.

I love the small town of April Springs, NC. I have never been to North Carolina, except a plane stopover, it that counts. I have, however, lived in the South all my life, so I can relate to that dimension of it. I love Suzanne, the main character, and I also love Emma, her assistant, and also Grace, her best friend. But most of all, I love Momma, Dorothy. She is the sweetest, most loving person and mother ever. Suzanne is so lucky to have her as a mother.

I also love Napoli's, an Italian restaurant in the next town over. The owner, Angelica, is Suzanne's personal friend, and Angelica and her three daughters make homemade pasta. I want to eat there!!!!

I love Donut Hearts, the donut shop owned by Suzanne. Even though I don't eat donuts any more for a couple of different reasons, it is still a cozy situation.

I also love George. He is a very good person and a friend of Suzanne's. He is loyal and awesome. If Suzanne and Jake don't work out, I wonder if Suzanne and George will get together.

I love this book, and all the books in this series. To me, it is a soft, lovely, fun, cozy, warm, comfortable, fluffy mystery series.

Now, on to the review of this particular book:

There is a murder (because this is a murder mystery), and Suzanne and Grace find the body. They are determined to find the killer. Jake and George help them find the killer. George walks with a cane because he had an accident in the last book. He is a retired police officer, so he loves opportunities to help out investigating. The foursome split up and talk to people. While Suzanne is busy trying to run her donut shop AND find the killer, something else happens that hinders her being able to do both (I can't tell you what it is because I don't want to ruin the book for those who haven't read it yet). She also gets a warning message to lay off investigating.

Meanwhile, her mother, the lovely widow, is trying to start dating again. They (she and the guy) keep having setbacks and problems in that department. I kept wondering if they will ever actually get a decent date in!

This is a really good book. I enjoyed it so much.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa320ec48) out of 5 stars 3 stars but really 2 Sept. 19 2014
By Pepper - Published on
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I was tempted to give this a 2, but then you might decide not to read them, and that wouldn't be fair because even though I think they are only a 2, I am reading all of the donut mystery books, I am not sure why. I think they are slightly entertaining, or very easy reading for falling asleep at night, or maybe OK for in between better books while you are waiting for the next one of those, or something. There are so many things wrong with them though, that I am overlooking. There are tons of mistakes in the grammar, the main character is not likeable, in fact I may hate her, the storyline is totally unbelievable (like for instance how does it happen that one donut maker in a small town in NC somehow gets involved and even implicated in 12 murders in a row, one in each book I've read. How does that small town even have 12 murders!!), the donut thing is totally annoying (who cares about donuts!), and I even think the author uses some of the same text in multiple books. In fact I think you could pick up another of the books in the middle instead of your own book and not really care. All that said, I am reading them after all, so maybe you should try one and make up your own mind. Really though if you have a better book waiting, read that first!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa320eae0) out of 5 stars Killer donuts indeed!! March 16 2013
By Francine D Crocker - Published on
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I have come to really love this series. Great recipes!! I enjoy the relationship between the 2 friends and the whole small town vibe