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Killer Crullers (Donut Shop Mystery #6)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  983 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
WELCOME BACK TO DONUT HEARTS—where the coffee is hot, the donuts are fresh, and the crullers are to die for…

As owner of April Springs's one and only donut shop, Suzanne Hart is privy to the deliciously personal, downright eccentric tastes of her customers. One man is crazy for crullers—heavy on the icing. But when he doesn't pick up his order, a tall dark stranger buys the
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Minotaur Books
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
The mystery was hum-drum, but the donuts made me drool. I ended up caving and going to buy donuts this morning!

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magainze in the January 2012 issue:

May 27, 2015 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killer Crullers is a cozy mystery that is book 6 in the Donut Shop Mysteries by Jessica Beck. I have read all the previous books in this series and enjoyed them and this one was no exception. Suzanne investigates the death of a man who had threatened her and Gabby’s stores. Besides the murder, Suzanne is also dealing with a possible competitor for her boyfriend Jake’s attentions and a possible wedding in her mom’s future. All the stories come together in a satisfying conclusion. A good read for ...more
For some reason, I keep returning to this cozy mystery series featuring doughnut shop owner, Suzanne Hart. Even though I've given 2- 2 1/2 stars (rounded to 3 stars) several times. I think it's because I like culinary mysteries. But, there are a lot of weaknesses in this series. For example, the books tend to be badly paced- the endings seemed very rushed. Leisurely paced for most of the books, then an abrupt unmasking of the killer- like the author just decided she got her 275-ish page count an ...more
Text Addict
This is the second of the "Donut Shop Mystery" series that I've read (out of six total), and it'll be the last.

I recognize that cozy mysteries are supposed to be fairly low-key - that's one reason they make nice reads for me when I'm feeling stressed - but these two books were so low-key they're practically comatose.

And that's just about the only thing wrong with them. Yes, there is character conflict and there are interesting characters. Yes, there is personal drama and actual change occurs o
Jessica Flaska
it wasn't bad. this is the first book i read and from the first chapter i kept thinking of joanne fluke's hannah swenson mysteries, which were written first, i had to look that up after reading this. they are to similiar. killer crullers was fine, i will admit i'll most likely ready more, but i do prefer the hannah swenson books. going off the story and comparing the 2 writers the similairites in this book to joanne flukes are: with hannah swenson: she's not married, owns a bakery that she gets ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Luffy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a short while, I had the idea that this series would be decent all the way through. But though these books are mostly awful, I can't stop reading them. Or rather, I can keep reading them. That counts. There are so many respected books that I've tried reading and were unreadable. I don't know how Jessica Beck keeps churning out books that are enticingly readable to most of HIS target demographic.

I'll try to make a few points. Suzanne Hart's big thing in the book was her being alone. Prolong
Mar 08, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series, but I am afraid of 2 things happening. One,the premise of just how the donut shop doughnuts end up connected to a crime will wear thin and get stupid. And 2, the small town murder thing. I mean how many people can die in this town before everyone in dead? It's what I call the Cabot Cove syndrome. All murder mysteries can suffer the Jessica Fletcher syndrome, which is where only one character always finds the bodies.
this may be my favorite one in the Donut Heart series..I loved that all of Suzanne normal cohorts were busy or away and she was left to "investigate" for the most part on her own..So it wasant the same poeple doing the same thing again thru the whole book.. And ..the killer wasnt so easy to figure out this time in my opinion..( although I did have it figured out.. I dont mind that as it wasnt blatantly obvious from the beginning)
Fantastic novel!

I think that Suzanne is brilliant! She always seems to solve the riddles that no one else seems to be able to see...

I hope that Grace has finally found someone who deserves to be with her, and that Trish finds someone reliable to help her with the Boxcar so that she can get a life...

Apr 05, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oOOps I skipped book 5. oh well, I will go back to that one. this was my favorite in the series. It was not as predictable as the rest of the books. Again, light reading. Took 3 hours to read. Fun and easy...
Feb 05, 2012 Melodie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Not bad, not great, but worth a read if you've read others in this series. I didn't like these books at first, but they've gotten somewhat better. Not as good as the previous one, but I'll read the next one.
Jun 21, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I have read 6 and enjoyed all of them so far! Sounds like a great little town to live in if you aren't murdered. lol Looking forward to moving on to book 7.
Mar 04, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Love the characters, the town, doughnuts, and the romance! Another great entry in the series.
Jun 09, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series, it's just fun reading.
Dec 16, 2014 Fmorlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Hart runs a donut shop. But it happened that someone purchased her curlers in order to attack her neighbors shop. The man threatened them. Of course he was found dead. That starts Suzanne on her investigation. Meanwhile her mother and the chief of police are getting closer. With murder and her mother on her mind she has lots to deal with. She found various suspects that would want the man dead and continues to question. It does end with the capture but a surprising culprit. Good easy rea ...more
How many donuts can you give out for free and still profit? I think the biggest issue I have with this series, after 6 books, is the inconsistencies with how Suzanne's shop runs. In the first few books, she needed any customer and any donut sold she could get. Losing her recipe book was a mighty blow that could mean the end. Suddenly, without much noticeable change, she can cut hours and gives out dozens like it isn't an issue. I guess I'd believe it more if she had outside income, but it just d ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oh no! Poor Donut maker, Suzanne Hart, owner of "Donut Hearts" and more often than she cares for, sleuth is thrown into another murder!

All Suzanne did was sell a dozen iced crullers to a client. Then, to her shock, she sees the customer pelting the store next door with them. What the heck? Suzanne goes over to find out. Gabby, owner of the used clothes store has a conflict with threats. Later that evening there is a man murdered between the two buildings. Police Chief Martin has no choice but to
Aug 25, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 6th book in the Donut Shop cozy mystery series. Suzanne’s day gets off to an odd start when a man buys the iced crullers that were from a special order that was never picked up. He proceeds to fling them at the front of her neighbor’s shop, a vintage resale shop, accusing her of stealing money and a brooch that was in a coat. He threatens both Suzanne and Gabby when they try to stop him. When the man ends up dead, Gabby asks Suzanne to help her by investigating as Gabby is the prime ...more
It is a pleasure to drop in on Suzanne at Donut Hearts in April Springs, NC. I always imagine a small town in the mountains like Clyde or Bakersville when I read this series. Both are places I like to visit. This installment opens with a stranger buying crullers from Suzanne to throw at Gabby's second hand clothing shop. He accuses Gabby of stealing from his aunt. When he later turns up dead in the alley behind the shops, Gabby is suspect number one. Of course, Suzanne, Grace and George have to ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know this is not the first book in the series, but this is the book I started with. I got it for a heck of a deal on my Kobo. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Its quick, funny and a good old fashioned cozy. The characters are likable and the pace of the story is just right. I will absolutely be reading the others in the series, and have already went back and bought 3 more. I cant wait to read more of these adventures.
Lynn Demsky
Aug 02, 2014 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This series is a true treat to read! This time Suzanne’s friends were nowhere near her and couldn’t help her figure what who the killer was! And, by herself she truly almost got killed in trying to help Gabby, from next door! A GREAT read with super great recipes to try --- I can’t imagine anyone who enjoys cozies not enjoying this one!
Versel Rush
Mar 12, 2012 Versel Rush rated it liked it
I love this series but this book--not so much.

The mystery itself was only so-so. Yep, there was a murder but, as the book went along, I found myself caring less and less about solving it. The deceased was not particularly likeable and, frankly, not particularly memorable. Jessica Beck did not take the time to flesh him out enough to make me care about him. And, in this case, I didn't care about the "wrongly accused" that Suzanne was working for.

I admit that the romance, such as it is, with Suzan
Ann Boytim
Another donut mystery and again some great recipes if you into donuts it makes your mouth water. Suzanne and her donut shop seem to attract killers and she gets very involved solving crimes as well as working hard to keep her donut shop going.
Jun 25, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is lightweight entertainment -- mediocre writing and an unimaginative plot. The most exciting thing about this book is the collection of donut recipes.
Kathy Van Atta
Dec 05, 2015 Kathy Van Atta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun reading.

Often exciting. Sometimes hard to put down. But I wish the recipes were all in the back of the book. They are difficult to find.
Apr 15, 2016 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I didn't figure out the killer until close to the end so that makes it good , for me.
Jeanne Stephens
Jul 08, 2012 Jeanne Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great addition to the Donut Shop Mystery Series. Suzanne gets involved in investigating another murder. Her business neighbor, Gabby is accused of stealing a large sum of money and a diamond brooch that had accidently been left in a coat she had bought for her second hand store. The man accusing her is killed outside between Gabby and Suzanne's shops.

Suzanne helps her neighbor to clear her name. Although the story takes place in the fall, you would think it takes place in the spring w
Jordan Taylor
Feb 11, 2015 Jordan Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book, looking forward to the next one.
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Nancy H
Mar 06, 2013 Nancy H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying this Donut Shop series, although it makes me want to eat donuts when I am reading it. In this book, Suzanne's crullers are used as weapons against Gabby's shop next door by a man who thinks she stole a great deal of money and a valuable brooch from his aunt. Even though they are not great friends, Gabby requests Suzanne's help to clear her when the man is found dead near her shop and Gabby is the major suspect.
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Jessica Beck is a pseudonym used by
Tim Myers.
Jessica Beck is the penname of an author who has been nominated for the Agatha Award and named an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association national bestseller nearly a dozen times.

Jessica Beck loves donuts, and has the figure to prove it. It's amazing what people can convince themselves is all in the name of research! For each recipe featured in the
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