Glazed Murder: A Donut Shop Mystery by Jessica Beck
After her divorce from Max, Suzanne Hart buys a donut shop and renames it Donut Heart. All is going well and she is developing a loyal core of customers, when early one morning she watches as a body is dumped in front of her shop. It's one of those loyal customers and she is left wondering if she will be the next victim.
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.
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