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Meet Suzanne Hart, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she’s dubbed “The Great Impersonator,” Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown.But when a dead body is dumped on h Meet Suzanne Hart, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she’s dubbed “The Great Impersonator,” Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown.But when a dead body is dumped on her doorstep like a sack of flour, Suzanne’s cozy little shop becomes an all-out crime scene. Now, everyone in town is dropping by for glazed donuts and gruesome details. The retired sheriff warns her to be careful—and they’re all suspects. Soon Suzanne—who finds snooping as irresistible as donuts—is poking holes in everyone’s alibis…


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Meet Suzanne Hart, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she’s dubbed “The Great Impersonator,” Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown.But when a dead body is dumped on h Meet Suzanne Hart, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she’s dubbed “The Great Impersonator,” Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown.But when a dead body is dumped on her doorstep like a sack of flour, Suzanne’s cozy little shop becomes an all-out crime scene. Now, everyone in town is dropping by for glazed donuts and gruesome details. The retired sheriff warns her to be careful—and they’re all suspects. Soon Suzanne—who finds snooping as irresistible as donuts—is poking holes in everyone’s alibis…

30 review for Glazed Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Almost every afternoon, my co-worker and I wander into the Rite-Aid by our office and browse the displays of candy, greeting cards, and magazines. While I was going by the literary wasteland that is Rite-Aid's book section a few days ago, Glazed Murder caught my eye. The cover advertised a story about a North Carolina donut shop owner who becomes entangled in a small town murder mystery when someone dumps a body at her door. That sounds cool, I thought, ...and kind of terrible. But that afternoo Almost every afternoon, my co-worker and I wander into the Rite-Aid by our office and browse the displays of candy, greeting cards, and magazines. While I was going by the literary wasteland that is Rite-Aid's book section a few days ago, Glazed Murder caught my eye. The cover advertised a story about a North Carolina donut shop owner who becomes entangled in a small town murder mystery when someone dumps a body at her door. That sounds cool, I thought, ...and kind of terrible. But that afternoon, I kept wishing I'd bought the novel the way that other people wish they'd bought a Snickers. Finally, I gave in, walked back to Rite-Aid, and forked over five bucks. If you're wondering why that lead-up is relevant, it's partly because I'm still trying to explain to myself how I could have gotten such disproportionate enjoyment out of such a badly written book. Glazed Murder reads as though it was never edited or proofread. For example, at one point the protagonist serves her new pumpkin donuts to a regular customer who ordered glazed to see if he'll notice the change. "I wasn't going to tell him about my new recipe," the protagonist narrates. "If he couldn't tell it was different, I had more work to do on it." The customer eats the donuts, he and the protagonist discuss the murder, and the customer leaves. Not a word about the donuts. Not a thought about it by the protagonist. In other words: the author forgot to resolve the mini-story arc. Which was kind of hilarious. In another scene, the protagonist makes a big deal about her date's meal of exotic Italian food . . . . which is spaghetti and meatballs. The writing was so amateur that as I read I kept imagining a slightly dumpy but sweet Dunkin' Donuts employee somewhere in North Carolina writing it (Jessica Beck is a pen name and there's no author information or picture). I believe that everyone who wants to write should, regardless of whether they're perceived as talented by mainstream standards, so believing that I was reading the book of an amateur felt kind of like wearing my grandmother's home-made sweater: awkward, but cozy and even a little inspiring. Then I found out that Glazed Murder was published in 2010. Why does that matter? Because seven sequels have been written since then . . . leading me to believe that Jessica Beck is not a humble Dunkin' Donuts employee at all, but a corporate mask for manufactured chick lit. There's just no way that one person can write eight novels in two years ("Maybe if they're bad novels . . ." my fiance says). Maybe. But I think it's more likely that "Jessica Beck" is a facade for a team of writers, like Carolyn Keene or Frank Dixon. So Glazed Murder has gone, in my mind, from being like nourishing homemade vegetable stew to being like high-sodium canned soup flavored with high fructose corn syrup and rendered chicken fat and colored with yellow #5. So with this ambiguity about authorship, I feel less charmed by the book and less interested in reading the sequels. Which is kind of a shame, because I think the book titles in the series are hilarious, and I would have loved saying them when people asked me what I was reading. Fatally Frosted. Sinister Sprinkles. Tragic Toppings And, my favorite: Evil Eclairs. Final thought: check out the size ratio of the fork to the donut. I mean, say what?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alannah Davis

    Book 1 of a series about Suzanne Hart, owner of Donut Hearts in rural North Carolina. After she witnesses a dead body being dumped in front of her shop in the wee hours of the morning and discovers it was a customer of hers, she decides to investigate the murder herself. The cast of characters includes her ex-husband Max, an out-of-work actor. The premise of this book sounded like fun. Unfortunately, it was horrendously disappointing. In fact, this book is so bad that I had to double check to mak Book 1 of a series about Suzanne Hart, owner of Donut Hearts in rural North Carolina. After she witnesses a dead body being dumped in front of her shop in the wee hours of the morning and discovers it was a customer of hers, she decides to investigate the murder herself. The cast of characters includes her ex-husband Max, an out-of-work actor. The premise of this book sounded like fun. Unfortunately, it was horrendously disappointing. In fact, this book is so bad that I had to double check to make sure that a real publisher actually put this thing into print and that it wasn't self-published. Why is Suzanne going to the trouble to look into this guy's murder at all? She claims he's a friend as well as a customer, but there's no indication of any kind of friendship between them. Not even so much as a memory of them having coffee together to show us why it's so important to her to get involved in this case. The book is full of amateurish plot points that one might find (as one of the characters so aptly put it) in a Nancy Drew novel. For instance, interrogating secretaries and exes that even a small-town police department will already have in their radar. Even this could be forgiven, IMO, if the characters weren't so lifeless and the dialogue so flaccid. And a special note to the publisher: did you miss running this one by your proofreader? Because it's so loaded with comma splices that I would have been distracted even if the writing had been decent. Jessica Beck is supposedly the pseudonym of a well-known, Agatha-award-winning mystery author. I find that difficult to believe, unless she scribbled this out over a weekend for extra money, or wrote it as a joke to see if people were paying attention. The only reason I forced myself to finish reading this book is because I spent my hard-earned money on it. Rest assured I will not be reading anything else with Jessica Beck's name on it. And if I discover who the real, "well-known" author is, I don't think I'll feel inclined to read anything of HERS either.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    The first in a series, this novel certainly reads like an author’s first mystery. That is to say, it is not very good. Not very good at all. As I read it, I kept thinking that the author had never before read an actual mystery. It was as though she read an essay about how to write a mystery and then proceeded to write her book. She covered the main elements: • Dead body/mystery to be solved, • Sleuth (Suzanne Hart), • Setting (Donut shop in North Carolina), and • Gimmick (Donut shop mystery complete The first in a series, this novel certainly reads like an author’s first mystery. That is to say, it is not very good. Not very good at all. As I read it, I kept thinking that the author had never before read an actual mystery. It was as though she read an essay about how to write a mystery and then proceeded to write her book. She covered the main elements: • Dead body/mystery to be solved, • Sleuth (Suzanne Hart), • Setting (Donut shop in North Carolina), and • Gimmick (Donut shop mystery complete with donut recipes). The problem? Everything is just slapped together. Suzanne Hart is not an interesting or sympathetic character, and her sleuthing skills lack polish and subtlety. The setting (NC) isn’t well defined or unique, there’s nothing compelling about the murder/crime to be solved, and the gimmick is just plain silly. Why would you include donut recipes? Who makes their own donuts? All in all, this is a most awkward attempt at mystery writing. I cannot imagine why anyone would publish this. The worst part? Even the donuts don’t sound appetizing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    I felt the little mixed about Glazed Murder but over all it scores 5 stars. The characters were strong and likable enough that I really want to get to know them better. For the most part the plot was good, but I didn't quite buy Suzanne's insistence that she was investigating the murder because she felt that she might be in danger. I love cozy mysteries but often have trouble accepting the main character's justification for investigating murder. We just have to set aside that niggling concern an I felt the little mixed about Glazed Murder but over all it scores 5 stars. The characters were strong and likable enough that I really want to get to know them better. For the most part the plot was good, but I didn't quite buy Suzanne's insistence that she was investigating the murder because she felt that she might be in danger. I love cozy mysteries but often have trouble accepting the main character's justification for investigating murder. We just have to set aside that niggling concern and enjoy the book for what it is and for all it has to offer. The first half was good but the second half felt like the author hit her stride and seemed stronger and seemed to move at a faster pace than the beginning. I especially appreciated the fact that the nosy neighbor was allowed to have a complex character. Glazed Murder made me want to read other books in the Donut Shop series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Noriko

    've just started branching out into cozy-mystery lately thus I'm still naive with this genre, yet I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery. Suzanne Hart, the owner of a doughnut shop witnessed a dead body being dumped out of a car's window right in front of her shop in the wee hours of the night and the victim turned out to be her favorite customer and a good friend. Par for the course, she starts her own investigation to find out the killer was. Overall, there was not much that stands out of the rest 've just started branching out into cozy-mystery lately thus I'm still naive with this genre, yet I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery. Suzanne Hart, the owner of a doughnut shop witnessed a dead body being dumped out of a car's window right in front of her shop in the wee hours of the night and the victim turned out to be her favorite customer and a good friend. Par for the course, she starts her own investigation to find out the killer was. Overall, there was not much that stands out of the rest of the pack. I thought this is a typical cozy-mystery having an owner of a dessert shop as the main character. The writing is decent and solid, and the pacing is generally good. It's got enough length to develop a story as well as establishing character backgrounds, it also nicely depicts some cozy, heart-warming moments that offer some lull from the murder case. I totally enjoyed her interactions with her customers at her doughnut shop. That said though, there were some odd and abrupt moments and twists that threw me off a bit. Take Jake Bishop, a State police investigator's sudden interest in Suzanne for instance. I don't believe much of his interest toward Suzanne was hinted in his first appearance, there was not much foreshadowing about the budding romance.  But the next second we have Suzanne feeling butterflies in her stomach when Jake presses her into dropping formality and calling him by his first name. It felt pretty abrupt and it didn't sit well with me at first. ("At first" I said, which means it grew on me as I got deeper into the book.) Secondly, I had some issues with Suzanne; simply put, she was annoying especially in the beginning. She came across curt, blunt and borderline obnoxious. When it comes to her obstinacy in doing some digging to find the murderer, I honestly don't know what drives her into being so headstrong and stubborn. The victim is her favorite customer and her friend, yes, but was their strong friendship portrayed strongly enough to back her urge to keep digging? I don't think so. That was another thing that bothered me a bit. The mystery and the culprit reveal were good. Several characters - potential killers were thrown into the mix and that had me vicariously guessing who the culprit was. I felt the mounting tension as Suzanne pieces together the information she has gleaned and finds out who could be the killer, I enjoyed her thought process. The decent writing helped build up the tension and I was happy with how the scene turned out. Sadly, the ending wasn't favored by me as much. It was good enough, highlighting a new chapter of Suzanne's life BUT it felt a teeny bit rushed as though the author ran out of pages and had to wrap up the book in the next ten lines of something. I wouldn't say it was utterly anticlimactic, yet it felt a bit rushed. Other than those issues and rather amateurish investigative tactics (but I think a bit of stretch will be condoned in cozy mystery genre), I enjoyed this first installment of this series. If you have a few hours on your hands and feel like a bit of a break, this book might be for you. I gave this book 3.5 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I love doughnuts, especially ones with chocolate icing, so when I heard about this series I was on the lookout for it, and when I found it while on vacation, then I bought it. However, I fear that I was a bit too excited for this book. Though it had some good qualities, there were also a few not-so-great qualities that I didn't care for in this book. To start with the characters were too willing to jump into a murder investigation, especially Suzanne's best friend, Grace. In other series authors I love doughnuts, especially ones with chocolate icing, so when I heard about this series I was on the lookout for it, and when I found it while on vacation, then I bought it. However, I fear that I was a bit too excited for this book. Though it had some good qualities, there were also a few not-so-great qualities that I didn't care for in this book. To start with the characters were too willing to jump into a murder investigation, especially Suzanne's best friend, Grace. In other series authors have pulled off best friends jumping into an investigation, and it worked, two examples of that would be Nina in Krista Davis's Domestic Diva Mystery series and Belinda in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness Mystery series, however in this book it fell flat. The MC, Suzanne was a likeable character except when she was around her mother, whom she was incredibly rude to, and when she was investigating, which was unfortunately half of the book. Her investigation tactics were so blunt that I'm surprised nobody called the police. However, there were a couple of characters that I really enjoyed reading about. Jake the state investigator, Suzanne's mother, and Gabby the nosy next-door shop owner were all fun, enjoyable characters that I enjoyed reading about. The mystery was very good, there were lots of clues that directly led to the unveiling and I didn't guess the killer until Suzanne started putting the clues together in her head at the very end. Overall this was a book that I probably won't read again. However I might read the next one because of Gabby, Jake, and Suzanne's mom, and of course for the mystery. With a number of unlikeable characters, an obnoxious MC, but yet a stellar mystery and setting, Glazed Murder gets 3/5 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    2 1/2 stars. Suzanne Hart is a divorcee with a donut shop. She rises each morning at 1 am and gets to work making cake and yeast donuts (some recipes included). One day, she's just arrived at work when a car stops in front of the shop and a dead body is thrown out. Instinctively, Suzanne flips the lights on and see the driver for a split second, wearing a sweatshirt with a tiger or cat on it. The dead body is a local banker that has been a regular customer at the Donut Heart. Suzanne decides she 2 1/2 stars. Suzanne Hart is a divorcee with a donut shop. She rises each morning at 1 am and gets to work making cake and yeast donuts (some recipes included). One day, she's just arrived at work when a car stops in front of the shop and a dead body is thrown out. Instinctively, Suzanne flips the lights on and see the driver for a split second, wearing a sweatshirt with a tiger or cat on it. The dead body is a local banker that has been a regular customer at the Donut Heart. Suzanne decides she must find out who the killer is, even though the police, both local and state, have investigators on the job. She puts herself in harms way, receives a couple of threats to stop her snooping, even gets attacked in the park during an evening walk, but still says she must continue. Why? This was a dull and uninspired work of fiction, and no more in this series for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Two stars because this book is probably okay if you like that kind of thing. It has reminded me why I don't read cozy mysteries (too twee) or books with recipes in them (if I need recipes I go to a recipe book). To be honest this book was poorly written with a very weak plot line, insignificant characters and too many pages dedicated to doughnut recipes. Does anyone actually make doughnuts themselves? Oh and I forgot to mention the awful dialogue. I should probably go back and change that to one Two stars because this book is probably okay if you like that kind of thing. It has reminded me why I don't read cozy mysteries (too twee) or books with recipes in them (if I need recipes I go to a recipe book). To be honest this book was poorly written with a very weak plot line, insignificant characters and too many pages dedicated to doughnut recipes. Does anyone actually make doughnuts themselves? Oh and I forgot to mention the awful dialogue. I should probably go back and change that to one star but I feel generous this morning.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    A Delicious Debut. ** 3.8 Stars ** I love me a good cozy mystery now and again. I picked up this one for cheap online as it is a series first and I am always looking for new series to dive into. In this case I am glad I did! Glazed Murder centers around a woman named Suzanne who owns a donut shop. Not long after returning to work one morning Suzanne is surprised and horrified to find that a dear friend of hers lay dead outside her shop. Not wanting to be the next victim Suzanne quickly becomes A Delicious Debut. ** 3.8 Stars ** I love me a good cozy mystery now and again. I picked up this one for cheap online as it is a series first and I am always looking for new series to dive into. In this case I am glad I did! Glazed Murder centers around a woman named Suzanne who owns a donut shop. Not long after returning to work one morning Suzanne is surprised and horrified to find that a dear friend of hers lay dead outside her shop. Not wanting to be the next victim Suzanne quickly becomes a part of the case (while sharing delicious donut recipes along the way). Glazed Murder is a GREAT cozy mystery. Readers are left wondering who the killer is while satisfying their sweet tooth with the YUMMY donut recipes that are included within the story. I liked this one and will be reading book #2. Overall Rating: 3.8 Stars Would I recommend: Yes, to all fans of cozy mysteries! Would I read it again: Maybe AFTER I finish the series HAPPY READING :0)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shan

    This book was one of the worst stories I've read - ever. I'm having a hard time remembering something worse, but I'm drawing a blank. I picked it up because a friend of mine read it and it seemed like a mindless fluff that I would breeze through and get my goal back on track. Not so much. Character interactions were flat and forced, plot was nonexistent and main character's motivations for solving the murder were slim at best. Also, I figured out the killer the first time he showed up in the sto This book was one of the worst stories I've read - ever. I'm having a hard time remembering something worse, but I'm drawing a blank. I picked it up because a friend of mine read it and it seemed like a mindless fluff that I would breeze through and get my goal back on track. Not so much. Character interactions were flat and forced, plot was nonexistent and main character's motivations for solving the murder were slim at best. Also, I figured out the killer the first time he showed up in the story. Talk about lame. I probably should have known better, but oh well. Live and learn. One thing for sure: I will NOT be picking up next installments.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Just as Suzanne turned on the lights to her shop, Donut Hearts, the unthinkable occured. A car stopped and dumped a man at the front door, and he was not alive. It happened so fast that she was unable to recall any details. As the donut shop becomes a crime scene locals stop in to buy donuts and hear the detail of what happened. Regular customer and former sheriff, George warned Suzanne away from digging into what happened to the victim. She can’t help herself and soon Suzanne finds herself in d Just as Suzanne turned on the lights to her shop, Donut Hearts, the unthinkable occured. A car stopped and dumped a man at the front door, and he was not alive. It happened so fast that she was unable to recall any details. As the donut shop becomes a crime scene locals stop in to buy donuts and hear the detail of what happened. Regular customer and former sheriff, George warned Suzanne away from digging into what happened to the victim. She can’t help herself and soon Suzanne finds herself in danger. She sorts through the information she uncovers and finds eliminating suspects almost impossible. This is the first book in the Donut Shop Mysteries. While I felt like the plot moved a bit too slow I wanted to finish the book. The characters are interesting and they kept me reading. I found myself very hungry with every mention of a donut. The recipie’s that have been included look great and easy to follow. I will read the next book in this series and look forward to doing so. I’m just hoping the action will move a bit faster.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Barely a 3 star book. It was fine, but extremely typical. And the heroine's constant excuses for why she was involving herself in something so dangerous were absurd. Every cozy mystery lead character stretches the bounds of good sense by investigating murders, but this was just silly. She barely knew the guy. Spending about 1/5 of the book on excuses was just annoying. The recipes are fun but a bit excessive as well. It was fine, but nothing special.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    This was a boring mystery with a super annoying main character. She finds the dead body of a customer she doesn't know very well and she "has" to investigate it. Then she gets mad when her neighbors don't want to tell her all their secrets. I picked this up since it's set in a small town in NC and it's about doughnuts. I am 100% this author has NEVER been to NC. I figured out the mystery very early and didn't bother to finish the book. Based on other reviews, that was a good idea.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Good introduction for a new series. There were a lot of characters, but I really did enjoy meeting the main ones. The mystery was good and the setting was great. Beware it will cause you to crave doughnuts ( although that could just be me since I'm currently 36 weeks pregnant ;) and there are some really yummy sounding recipes included at the end of quite a few of the chapters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa White

    This book was calling me! I am addicted to the series now!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is a cute cozy with a spunky new character, Suzanne Hart (owner of Donut Hearts). I found myself really rooting for her as she tries to solve the mystery of who dumped a body in front of her donut shop, despite all the warnings for her not to do so. I do wish that the author had gone a little further with her new love interest, as it would have added a little something to this story, but from the looks of it (from the excerpt), she'll be developing that relationship more in her next book (Fa This is a cute cozy with a spunky new character, Suzanne Hart (owner of Donut Hearts). I found myself really rooting for her as she tries to solve the mystery of who dumped a body in front of her donut shop, despite all the warnings for her not to do so. I do wish that the author had gone a little further with her new love interest, as it would have added a little something to this story, but from the looks of it (from the excerpt), she'll be developing that relationship more in her next book (Fatally Frosted). I did have an idea of who the murderer was by about the fourth chapter, but I enjoyed seeing how the story played out. I loved the antics of Suzanne's best friend Grace! Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach... you'll be on your way to the nearest donut shop in a hurry! :) (The recipes in it look really yummy too! I may have to copy them and try making a few!)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Enjoyed this mystery. Printed off 2 of the recipes to try them out. Wish me luck!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    This was...not very good. There are so many problems. So, a dead guy is dumped in front of a doughnut shop. The owner witnesses this and feels compelled to search for the killer because she evidently liked the guy. I guess. I mean, she tells us at least 10 times, so I guess it must be so, but she doesn't seem to even really know the guy. We certainly never find out. The doughnut recipes were obnoxious. How many people REALLY make honest to goodness real, deep fried doughnuts at home? It felt lik This was...not very good. There are so many problems. So, a dead guy is dumped in front of a doughnut shop. The owner witnesses this and feels compelled to search for the killer because she evidently liked the guy. I guess. I mean, she tells us at least 10 times, so I guess it must be so, but she doesn't seem to even really know the guy. We certainly never find out. The doughnut recipes were obnoxious. How many people REALLY make honest to goodness real, deep fried doughnuts at home? It felt like filler. Early on, we're told the MC is trying a new recipe for a pumpkin doughnut. One of her regulars comes in and she gives him pumpkin instead of his usual to see if he'll notice the difference. Because if he doesn't, she knows she's got work to do. This is after she's scarfed down two in a row because they were just so good. He eats the doughnuts, they talk about something or other, and then he leaves. Neither mention the doughnuts. Also, she bemoans the fact that the doughnut business isn't very profitable. Well, no wonder. She sells a cup of coffee and a doughnut for $1! I understand this is more rural North Carolina, but WOW that's cheap. The love story felt weird. The ex was annoying and I didn't get her even slight want to rekindle that relationship. The MC and the cop had ZERO chemistry. For that matter, there was zero chemistry of any type between any of the characters. I didn't buy her and her best friend's relationship either. I picked this one up because we had a ton of the series at our store and I love a good cozy. Sadly, this was not good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    New cozy series about a divorcee who started a donut shop in her small hometown and after a body is dropped by her back door, starts investigating why he was killed. The book was enjoyable even if the heroine was a bit unbelievable in her reasons and passion for finding the killer. She really was aiming for TSTL status. The supporting characters were interesting, especially her best friend. The recipes sound good, but I'm not one for frying donuts so I don't know if I will actually try any.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma Hillman

    I'm not entirely sure what I don't like about this book. I liked the recipes, of course, but there was something missing. It felt...disjointed. The dialogue didn't flow, the heroine was bordering on TSTL. I didn't feel any real connection with the hero (if you can even call him that).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aurora Dimitre

    This was actually like, super fun. I'm not all that entrenched in the world of adult baking mysteries (though there are so, so many), so maybe this book follows a lot of the conventions of the genre that I'm not picking up on, but I did have fun with this. I thought the characters were engaging, even if they weren't particularly memorable, and the writing was easy to follow and quick to read. The mystery itself was good, and the romance was cute enough that it made me not hate it. So, overall, n This was actually like, super fun. I'm not all that entrenched in the world of adult baking mysteries (though there are so, so many), so maybe this book follows a lot of the conventions of the genre that I'm not picking up on, but I did have fun with this. I thought the characters were engaging, even if they weren't particularly memorable, and the writing was easy to follow and quick to read. The mystery itself was good, and the romance was cute enough that it made me not hate it. So, overall, not bad.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I got about 46 pages before I decided to stop. The characters were not compelling and the main character read more like a woman in her 50s instead of early 30s. Maybe someone else might like it but this was not for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ☕

    I don't like leaving reviews with 1-star ratings, but since this is a popular book club pick, I wanted to let my thoughts be known before someone else spends a lot of time making adorable bookmarks to go along with this book and must now make new bookmarks for a different book because this one was disappointing -- It doesn't make sense that a donut shop owner would endanger her life to discover the killer of one of her customers (with whom she shares no apparent personal relationship) when there I don't like leaving reviews with 1-star ratings, but since this is a popular book club pick, I wanted to let my thoughts be known before someone else spends a lot of time making adorable bookmarks to go along with this book and must now make new bookmarks for a different book because this one was disappointing -- It doesn't make sense that a donut shop owner would endanger her life to discover the killer of one of her customers (with whom she shares no apparent personal relationship) when there is no indication that law enforcement isn't doing a good enough job to solve the crime on their own. Also, the main character is not likable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This was a re-read for me. Mainly because I was looking for a certain recipe and my library had the books in their sale, so I decided to see why I fell behind on the series. Suzanne Hart moved back home with her "momma" after her divorce. With the divorce settlement she bought a donut shop. Then one morning, arriving about 2 am to start her day a body is dumped in front of her shop. When she finds out it is one of her customers and friend she decides to find the killer herself because the police This was a re-read for me. Mainly because I was looking for a certain recipe and my library had the books in their sale, so I decided to see why I fell behind on the series. Suzanne Hart moved back home with her "momma" after her divorce. With the divorce settlement she bought a donut shop. Then one morning, arriving about 2 am to start her day a body is dumped in front of her shop. When she finds out it is one of her customers and friend she decides to find the killer herself because the police aren't moving fast enough. And he was her friend. While the idea of the story is cute, the MC for me leaves much to be desired. Ms. Beck has Suzanne purchasing in donut shop with her divorce settlement, perfect use of the money. Except the main MC said she never wanted a donut shop, didn't know how to run a business and this was a whim. Then the author should have made the shop a struggling business and that's why Suzanne wanted to find the killer. She was afraid of loosing business. In this first book the characters are a bit boring with no depth. I like the map of the town in the beginning of the book, which helped me solve the murder right away, but also gives an idea of the town's southern charm. The best part of the book, of course in my eyes are the recipes. I just wish they were in the back of the book and not at the end of the chapters. This tended to break up the flow of the book, what little it had. It is a good basic story to start with and reading it do remember that I had become more attached to some of the characters. I always did feel that if I closed my eyes I could be in that little town and know the people. Try the recipes, the Cheesy chicken is really good along with a side of spaghetti.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Culinary Cozies thinks GLAZED MURDER is a “Delicious Read.” This first book in the Donut Shop Mystery series, by Jessica Beck, offers up a sugary treat. Donut Hearts is a cozy little donut shop nestled in a small North Carolina town. For its owner, Suzanne Hart, the little shop is all about new beginnings and a happier future - Until a body is dumped on its doorsteps. As I’ve already mentioned, I believe there are 4 major ingredients to any culinary cozy. So let’s go ahead and break this one down Culinary Cozies thinks GLAZED MURDER is a “Delicious Read.” This first book in the Donut Shop Mystery series, by Jessica Beck, offers up a sugary treat. Donut Hearts is a cozy little donut shop nestled in a small North Carolina town. For its owner, Suzanne Hart, the little shop is all about new beginnings and a happier future - Until a body is dumped on its doorsteps. As I’ve already mentioned, I believe there are 4 major ingredients to any culinary cozy. So let’s go ahead and break this one down and see how the recipe holds up. 1. Culinary Flavor – Donuts, Donuts, Donuts. This cozy not only makes you hungry for these glazed circular treats, but the reader is given a glimpse into how they are made and the amount of work needed to run a small donut shop. Should I also mention that a different recipe can be found at the end of every chapter? What can I say, absolutely scrumptious! 2. Cozy Setting – The quaint town of April Springs, North Carolina makes for a perfect cozy. There is even an abandoned railroad track with a converted boxcar used as the town grill … I loved the ambiance! 3. Amateur Sleuth – Suzanne Hart is a likeable and realistic character. This book jumps in after her divorce and deals with her moving on. GLAZED MURDER is as much about her life (dealing w her x-hubby, moving back in w her mom, accepting help from friends, and taking that first step back into the dating world) as it is about solving the murder. 4. Mystery – This cozy wastes no time! There is a dead body on the first page! What a “Delicious Read!” All the four major ingredients are well covered (or should I say, glazed?) GLAZED MURDER deserves a 5 out of 5.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Suzanne Hart owns her own donut shop, Donut Hearts, in the small town of April Springs in North Carolina. She continues to be pursued by her ex-husband, Max, and she lives with her overly protective mother. She works crazy long hours in her donut shop, but things turn even crazier when one of her customers is tossed at her front door. Problem is – he’s very much dead! The problem with small towns is that everyone knows everything. When people learn that the shop had been a crime scene, everyone w Suzanne Hart owns her own donut shop, Donut Hearts, in the small town of April Springs in North Carolina. She continues to be pursued by her ex-husband, Max, and she lives with her overly protective mother. She works crazy long hours in her donut shop, but things turn even crazier when one of her customers is tossed at her front door. Problem is – he’s very much dead! The problem with small towns is that everyone knows everything. When people learn that the shop had been a crime scene, everyone wants details and everyone is a suspect. Against everyone’s advice, Suzanne does some investigating on her own. She wants her name off the suspect list and she doesn’t want her quaint little shop associated with murder. The characters in this book were all fun. Suzanne is a strong character who has no intentions of backing down. Her ex-husband is not very likeable, but he's not supposed to be :) She also has a hot new love interest in the state police officer assigned to her case. Her mother may be overly protective, but she's loveable and truly cares about her daughter. There's the nosy neighbor and the retired cop watching Suzanne's back, too. This is a quick, light read which tosses mystery, romance and humor all into one fun package. Another fun cozy read for me. I just love finding “new-to-me” authors. Each chapter ended with a donut recipe. I was crazing donuts throughout the entire book, but I resisted! LOL!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I was very disappointed with "Glazed Murder." I had high hopes for this book, because Jessica Beck is a pen name for an Agatha Award winning author and I thought it would be a well-done culinary mystery, especially since it was endorsed by Diane Mott Davidson, one of my all-time favorite authors. Suzanne Harts launches Donut Hearts in a small town in North Carolina, after she divorces and moves back in with her mother. Shortly after opening the donut shop, the dead body of a good friend, Patrick I was very disappointed with "Glazed Murder." I had high hopes for this book, because Jessica Beck is a pen name for an Agatha Award winning author and I thought it would be a well-done culinary mystery, especially since it was endorsed by Diane Mott Davidson, one of my all-time favorite authors. Suzanne Harts launches Donut Hearts in a small town in North Carolina, after she divorces and moves back in with her mother. Shortly after opening the donut shop, the dead body of a good friend, Patrick Blaine is dumped in the street one night in front of the shop. As his good friend, Suzanne, despite warnings from local law enforcement, feels compelled to investigate. What she finds out about his murder, could get her killed. There are a few twists and turns, but I founds some of the dialog to be a bit stilted, and recipes were not that exciting, and it seemed overall to be a very formulaic mystery. In essence, there is not much below the surface on this one. I'm not sure if I will read the next title "Fatally Frosted," but I do feel like I owe it to the author to try one more book before writing off the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was able to download this book a while back for free off of Barnes & Nobles website. It seemed way too similar to Joanne Fluke's books which I really enjoy. After reading it I really do think Jessica Beck just copied Joanne Fluke's idea for her books. Joanne Fluke published her first book of the series in 2000. Jessica Beck started publishing her series of books in 2010. There are too many similarities for this not to seem like the concept was copied. Fluke offers recipes throughout her bo I was able to download this book a while back for free off of Barnes & Nobles website. It seemed way too similar to Joanne Fluke's books which I really enjoy. After reading it I really do think Jessica Beck just copied Joanne Fluke's idea for her books. Joanne Fluke published her first book of the series in 2000. Jessica Beck started publishing her series of books in 2010. There are too many similarities for this not to seem like the concept was copied. Fluke offers recipes throughout her book, as does Beck. Fluke's main character owns a bakery and ends up stumbling across a murder which she then tries to solve with her model like sister. Beck's main character owns a donut shop and witnesses a body being dumped which she then tries to figure out who killed the person with her model like best friend. This book did pass the time and if I have the chance to read the others for free at some point I may just to see if each book continues to follow Fluke's books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin L

    There were a lot of positives to this book. I (mostly) liked the main character. There are donut recipes. It's a good mystery and when I thought I had it solved, I didn't. I actually like all of the main characters in the book (mostly). The bad: It made me want donuts. The main character does irritate me slightly. I get really tired of everyone telling the amateur sleuth how dangerous it is only to get a response of, "but I HAVE to!" No. You don't. Especially in this case, there really was no rea There were a lot of positives to this book. I (mostly) liked the main character. There are donut recipes. It's a good mystery and when I thought I had it solved, I didn't. I actually like all of the main characters in the book (mostly). The bad: It made me want donuts. The main character does irritate me slightly. I get really tired of everyone telling the amateur sleuth how dangerous it is only to get a response of, "but I HAVE to!" No. You don't. Especially in this case, there really was no reason for her to believe that she needed to or that any of the police involved weren't doing enough. That bothered me. Just don't set the character up to NEED to defend what he/she is doing and it'll all go better in the end. Really. Also, her connection to the victim was shakey at best - especially to result in her feeling that she needed to investigate the murder.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kyrie

    I really wanted to give it 2 1/2 stars. The characters are kind of interesting, if deceitful. The part I never quite grasped was why Suzanne decided she had to investigate the murder less than 24 hours after it happened. She kept saying the police weren't doing anything and it would hurt her business. As nearly as I could tell, she hardly gave the police a chance to investigate. And how she gets by on 4 hours sleep a night is beyond me. The recipes sound good. Although, I confess, I'd rather jus I really wanted to give it 2 1/2 stars. The characters are kind of interesting, if deceitful. The part I never quite grasped was why Suzanne decided she had to investigate the murder less than 24 hours after it happened. She kept saying the police weren't doing anything and it would hurt her business. As nearly as I could tell, she hardly gave the police a chance to investigate. And how she gets by on 4 hours sleep a night is beyond me. The recipes sound good. Although, I confess, I'd rather just go to the local doughnut shop and buy a dozen rather then fire up the deep fat fryer.

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