Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck is the first in the new “Donut Shop” mystery series. Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, March 2010

WELCOME TO DONUT HEARTS—where the coffee is hot, the donuts are fresh, and the local police aren’t the only ones solving crimes.

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.

This was a fun book to read and very enjoyable. We are introduced to Suzanne and her friends in a small town in North Carolina. When a body is dumped outside her donut shop, Suzanne feels the need to sift through clues to find the person who murdered her friend. I like the characters and tone of the story and look forward to the next book in the series.My rating: 4.5 stars

*new-to-me author

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