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Glazed Murder (Donut Shop Mystery Series #1)

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9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

lazed Murder is an enjoyable Tarheel whodunit

In April Springs, North Carolina, population 5001, Suzanne Hart is the one who bought a coffee shop with her divorce settlement. She calls her café the Donut Heart, which requires her to prepare pastries at 2:00 AM to open four hours later. To reduce expenses, Su...
In April Springs, North Carolina, population 5001, Suzanne Hart is the one who bought a coffee shop with her divorce settlement. She calls her café the Donut Heart, which requires her to prepare pastries at 2:00 AM to open four hours later. To reduce expenses, Suzanne moved back in with her mom while also eluding her former spouse Max who makes it clear he wants her back with him.

One night with all the businesses shut, Suzanne notices a car parked in front of her store dumping the body of Patrick Blaine before speeding away. She is stunned as she and Patrick became friends with him being a steady customer of her shop. Though she knows better, Suzanne feels obligated to investigate partly because she distrusts State Police Inspector Jake Bishop who leads the official inquiry. Sparks fly between the cop and the donut maker, but in the shadows watching both of them is the culprit ready to kill either if they get too close to the truth.

Everyone warns Suzanne not to pursue a killer; but she insists justice must be served. Although why she obsesses as she does will be asked by even the amateur sleuth audience used to feisty females investigations by those with no business doing so made even stronger by Jake being a good honest cop. Readers will admire Suzanne's fortitude.
And she makes the tale with her small town relationships with her mom, her employee, her cop and her ex "The Great Impersonator". Glazed Murder is an enjoyable Tarheel whodunit that stars an obstinate innately good person albeit misguided by charming.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on February 8, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I just didn't care for this book. There were too many pointless

I just didn't care for this book. There were too many pointless plot
points, the mystery was sloppy, and I didn't like the heroine. It was as
though the author added unnecessary scenes to add to the 'mystery' that
had nothing to do with anything. I figured out who the k...
I just didn't care for this book. There were too many pointless plot
points, the mystery was sloppy, and I didn't like the heroine. It was as
though the author added unnecessary scenes to add to the 'mystery' that
had nothing to do with anything. I figured out who the killer was the
minute they stepped on page. I've read a lot of cozies and this one was
just not up to par with what I've come to expect. I've also noticed
excessive fake 5 star reviews to drive up the rating, so take that into consideration.

posted by 5488721 on August 18, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    I just didn't care for this book. There were too many pointless

    I just didn't care for this book. There were too many pointless plot
    points, the mystery was sloppy, and I didn't like the heroine. It was as
    though the author added unnecessary scenes to add to the 'mystery' that
    had nothing to do with anything. I figured out who the killer was the
    minute they stepped on page. I've read a lot of cozies and this one was
    just not up to par with what I've come to expect. I've also noticed
    excessive fake 5 star reviews to drive up the rating, so take that into consideration.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    It's Okay

    But like a previous reviewer said, it is a complete knock off of the Hannah Swensen series. From the slightly overweight 30-something heroine that owns a dessert shop, the widowed over protective mother, the included recipes - heck, even the law enforcement love interest! It's all in there. Only, Joanne Fluke does it a lot better with Hannah - the characters are way better developed and a lot more likable and even the recipes are better. Skip Suzanne and go download Hannah.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Can donuts really help you catch a murderer?

    Author Jessica Beck's new "A Donut Shop Mystery" series introduces Suzanne Hart, owner of Donut Hearts Coffee Shop, her mother, town gossip Gabby, ex-husband Max, along with several other characters who work and play in the small town of April Springs, North Carolina. The book was mostly slow paced and easy to follow. It was hard to believe that the police chief and state police inspector would stand idle while Suzanne indiscreetly conducts her investigation. The action picked up noticeably in the last chapter which shows promise for future books in this "recipe" enriched mystery.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    Meh

    Seems like it was written by a twelve year old. Everything is predictable. Got cliche?

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