Glazed Murder – Jessica Beck

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3/5 Glazed Doughnuts

On The Back:

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…

My Thoughts:

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.

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