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Product Details

  • Series: Donut Shop Mysteries (Book 7)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001054
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Donut Shop Mysteries by Jessica Beck

“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 cleverly 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

“Along with the hilarious plot, author Jessica Beck treats the readers to a few recipes strategically placed within the novel. Sinister Sprinkles will keep you guessing until the very end.”—The Mystery Librarian

From the Back Cover

WELCOME BACK TO DONUT HEARTS—where the coffee is hot, the donuts are fresh, and murder is cheaper by the dozen…

The whole town of April Springs is stirring over the upcoming mayoral election. Suzanne Hart’s mother, for one, is dead-set on replacing the current mayor…and what better way for Momma to drum up support than by luring in voters with Suzanne’s drop-dead-delicious donuts? Just add chocolate, and they’re sure to kill the competition…

“A yummy new treat in the culinary mystery genre…Delicious!”
—Tamar Myers

With Momma’s half-baked campaign heating up faster than a donut shop deep fryer, Suzanne wonders if they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. But when Momma’s opponent is brutally murdered, the odds of winning are suddenly, and suspiciously, in their favor. Sure, they’d been planning to beat the mayor—but with speeches and donuts, not a blunt instrument. If Suzanne hopes to reveal the killer’s recipe for revenge, she’ll have to uncover a plot that’s darker than any chocolate…

“A tribute to comfort food and small-town life. With great donut recipes!”

— JoAnna Carl, author of The Chocolate Cupid Killings


More About the Author

Jessica Beck is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Donut Shop Mysteries, the Classic Diner Mysteries and the Ghost Cat Mysteries. For more information, go to http://www.jessicabeckmysteries.net

Customer Reviews

As usual the recipes sound yummy and it's great they're included between chapter.
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I love this series, they are very entertaining and I can't wait until the next book comes out.
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If you love cozy, fluffy mysteries, then I highly recommend this book (and the whole series).
Andrea

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rummel - YABookNerd on May 6, 2012
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When reading the newspaper one day, Dorothy Heart sees red. when she learns about the mayor's latest scheme. She marches down to his office to get some answers. Suzanne follows her mother, wanting to see this argument.

Dorothy's unsatisfied with the conversation and threatens to run for against him for mayor. The mayor doesn't believe her, but by the end of the day, Dorothy has enough signatures to allow her name to be on the ballot.

When the mayor's body is found in a building that Dorothy owns, Suzanne knows she must investigate the murder. She doesn't want her mother's name dragged through the mud. She and her usual investigating team have a hard time narrowing down the suspect list. It seems everyone they talk to reveals someone else with a grudge against the mayor.

My Thoughts: I adore this series for the small charming town, the unique cast of characters, and the donuts.

I really liked Suzanne's mother and I'm happy her character had a bigger role in this book. Previously we didn't know much about her except that she enjoyed cooking, read mystery novels, and dated the sheriff. After reading this book, I feel we came to know her a little better.

There were so many big changes for several of the characters in this addition to the series. They make me curious as to where the next book will lead. I want to learn more about Emma's future and what it will mean for Suzanne's shop. While I saw George's twist coming, I'm intrigued to see how it will change the books.

I'm interested to undercover more about Grace and Peter's relationship. I hope the next book shares more details. I have a feeling Suzanne's right about Peter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy S. on April 30, 2012
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Jessica Beck has written another light-hearted murder mystery. The plot is great, and with so many suspects it's difficult to predict the actual killer. Of course, the description of those donuts make my mouth water. Characterization could be a little stronger. The mother is a bit wishy-washy at times. Suspense is excellent. I can't wait for the next book about the donut lady.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Stephens VINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
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This was a great addition to the Donut Shop mysteries. Suzanne's mom is running for mayor. Then the mayor is found dead in Suzanne's mom's building. Who did it?

Suzanne, Grace, and George play detective to solve the murder.

Jake is on the scene but since Suzanne's mom is a suspect he has to avoid being seen with Suzanne due to the appearance of conflict of interest.

Toward the end of the book a bombshell is dropped but it has nothing to do with the murder!

This is a great series. It is well written and set in North Carolina! It also has donut recipes throughout!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Reviewer on May 29, 2012
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This entire series of books is good reading. As you continue through the books, you start knowing the characters in the book on a more personal nature. The author gives enough details that you find yourself eliminating the various "suspects" and adding new ones as well. Job well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on September 2, 2012
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I love this series!!!! Anyone who loves food,mystery and romance will love it!! Go out and buy the entire series today, you wont be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MsMonty on August 25, 2012
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I really enjoy these Donut Shop Mysteries --they're fast and fun. I just started reading them on a regular basis over the past year or so when I bought one for something to read that was easy to carry, and I've been reading them ever since as they come out. Already have the next one on my list so I can see how the different events effected everyone, and what mischief the crime-solving little bunch will get into next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paula A. Moore on September 8, 2012
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I love this series and this one is just as good as the rest if not better. I love that there are recipes included.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gogranny on July 18, 2012
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This is another light and entertaining read. Recipes that she uses in her donut shop are included for you to try.
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