Powdered Peril (Donut Shop Mystery Series #8)

Powdered Peril (Donut Shop Mystery Series #8)

by Jessica Beck


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ISBN-13: 9781250176912
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/08/2012
Series: Donut Shop Mystery Series , #8
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 527,183
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Jessica Beck is the New York Times bestselling author of the Donut Shop mysteries. She loves donuts, and has the figure to prove it. It's amazing what someone can convince themselves is all in the name of research! For each recipe featured in the donut mysteries, a dozen more are tried and tested. When not enjoying delicious treats, Jessica enjoys the rare snowfalls near her home in the foothills of North Carolina.

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The dead body was hard to see at first in the deep shadows that surrounded it. Soon enough, as darkness faded into the edges of light, a false dawn would spread over the crime scene and reveal some of its secrets; photographs and videos would be taken, notes would be written, and the careful study of not only the victim, but the area around it, would occur. An amount of intense activity like no other would consume the investigators as they sought to solve the murder in the early hours of discovery.

But none of that would happen for hours yet.

For now, only one person knew about the crime, and they weren’t about to tell anyone.

One thing was certain; the lives of the people in April Springs, North Carolina, would never be the same once they knew that murder had come back to visit their sleepy little town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Copyright © 2012 by Jessica Beck

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Powdered Peril: A Donut Shop Mystery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
legalbees More than 1 year ago
Susanne and Grace are great. Love the mess they find themselves in from time to time, lol. You will find yourself lost in their lives and the town and will not be able to put it down! Must read!!
WendyB More than 1 year ago
Powdered Peril stands up just fine as a stand alone mystery, but one of the many things I love about cozy mysteries is the sense of being part of a family that you get from reading each book in a series. When we first met donut shop owner Suzanne Hart she was recovering from a broken marriage and just learning to stand on her own. In the books since then we have come to know and enjoy the growth in Suzanne's personal and business life. Suzanne's mother has grown as well, moving on to a new chapter. I enjoyed the fact that this newest entry focuses on Suzanne's friend, Grace, who has her own challenges to face. Even minor characters and friends evolve in Beck's series and I am always glad to see what's new in their lives as well. If you like a small town cozy with a strong amateur sleuth and lots of good food try the Donut Shop series (I personally advise starting at the beginning with Glazed Murder because it's too good a treat not to eat your way through all the books).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great to read while relaxing. Good characters and plot.
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Each book keeps getting better and better. This series is almost getting better then the Hannah Swanson Murder Mysteries.
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If you enjoy reading Joanne Fluke or murder mysteries with food this book is for you
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gardengirl58 More than 1 year ago
Love all her Donut Shop mysteries. Each one just gets better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not the best in the series but characters continue to evolve slowly. If you enjoy the series, you'll enjoy this one; it just seemed to drag in some parts.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Suzanne and Grace are on the hunt for a killer who murdered Grace's ex-boyfriend, especially when Grace becomes the top person of interest. The mystery kept me guessing with the many directions the author took to tell this wonderful story. There were some good moments that had me quickly turning the pages to see what happens next. With all that was occurring in April Springs, it was good to see the rest of the supporting cast.
SnowBears2 More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I agree with some of the other reviews. This is a great series - you can read one book or read the series - and I've read them all. The author has created a great town where I'd love to live and characters with whom I'd like to be friends. (Although I'd probably gain too much weight from eating all the donuts!) The other great thing about this cozy series is that the author has managed to straddle the fine line when using a non-professional to investigate murder. Too often when there's a love interest involved, there is a lot of anger and irritation with the non-pro investigator and thus extra conflict between the couple. This series manages to avoid that because the detective boyfriend is concerned about Suzanne's welfare but knows she's curious and will no doubt investigate. And she manages to keep it as safe as possible while still not letting folks get away with murder. I also love the relationship she has with her mom - in some series it's an antagonistic relationship and, with loving memories of my late mother, I really appreciate this touch.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
suzanne hart is the baker of wonderful donuts in her own shop. grace is her best friend. grace's boyfriend turns up dead. suzanne and grace need to find the culprit before grace is arrested for murder! their are many suspects, but they narrow it down to three, including suzanne's new helper at the donut shop. whodunit? you will need to read the story to find out, my lips are sealed. the characters in these stories are so well written they seem real. i get totally involved with the story. of course, the donut recipes are a tasty bonus! love, love, love this series!!!!
LenaSP More than 1 year ago
Suzanne really annoys me at times
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