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Glazed Murder (Donut Shop Mystery #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  2,737 ratings  ·  235 reviews

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 o

ebook, 320 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published March 25th 2010)
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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 ...more
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 so wanted to like this book! Sadly, I just thought it was so so. I liked the small North Carolina town and there was some tantalizing descriptions about doughnut making. These were outweighed, however, by the stilted dialog that reiterated the protagonist sleuth really needed to be careful. I didn't particularly care about Suzanne Hart, nor most of the supporting characters. Suzanne's friend Grace showed a little promise. I may at some point read the next in the series to see if it is an impro ...more
Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck is the first book of the Donut Shop mystery series set in modern-day April Springs, North Carolina. Recently divorced Suzanne Hart owns and manages Donut Hearts, where she follows her creative passion and designs her own recipes. Most of all, Suzanne loves her shop because she makes new friends there often. She works in the wee hours of every morning, so doesn’t need and can’t manage a busy social life. Suzanne has one assistant in her shop, Emma Blake, a friendly a ...more
It is kind of odd. I do love the idea of cozy mysteries, but I have only read ones where I was not a fan of the execution.

Glazed Murder is no exception... which is a pity, as I love donuts and I liked the cover. But.

I did not see any justification for Suzanne to start her own investigation... only her being scared, but then, I hated how she kept emphasising that the police did not do enough, when it was only one or two days after the murder, and she should have known that they are working, just
Glazed Murder was a total impulse by for me. I have a confession, I have always avoided this series because I have a pretty big aversion to donuts. I worked for a nation wide donut chain that will not be named in college, back in…1984, and I think that I can count the number of donuts I have eaten since then on one hand.

Anyway I picked it up and read it last night and was really surprised, I will admit i flipped quickly past the donut recipes, which were plentiful, so anyone who does want to mak
Feb 15, 2011 Natalya rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Natalya by: Glenna Sheets
Writing was okay nothing fantastic but few glaring mistakes.The plot was predictable. Characters were rather wooden.And the villian did the usual "I'm going to kill you anyway so I might as well monologue" trip.
The protagonist refuses to forgive her ex-husband. She also has little love for the truth since she lies constantly.There is no mention of God when her life is in danger(please, 90% of people are praying when their lives are at stake)So I obviously didn't think much of Glazed Murder
I didn't have high expectations for this book. I picked it up mainly because I just wanted something fun to read that wasn't for school. It was fairly predictable and Suzanne was often annoying in her persistence in trying to solve the murder. Her logic for snooping didn't make sense (if she doesn't keep snooping, the killer could come after her but the killer has already warned her to stop interfering or she will be next) and her ex-husband is annoying. Despite that, it was a cute little read. ...more
Yvette (hooked on the nook)
This book was a little slow to start but did pick up in the middle. I thought I would give this a try since I am such a big fan of the Stephanie Plum series. I thoroughly enjoyed the main female character and her wacky donut world. The author did a great job with keeping the mystery of who done it a secret to the end. I just could not figure it out and that kept me reading. BRAVO!! Fun read and highly recommended.
I don't think I will be following this series. The recipe idea wsa interesting, but the characters were a little flat. And the author seemed to really, really want readers to know that the character likes owning a donut shop because it was stated repeatedly throughout the book. I picked the book up, so clearly I thought the idea of a donut shop owner was fine for a main character...
None of the characters rang true. The situations were not realistic. I couldn't take it any longer and skipped to the end just to be done with it already. I am not continuing with this series.
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 ...more
Don't laugh at me. I'm trapped on the Great Barrier Island until the weather clears and it was $2 on my iPad.

I enjoyed the book for the most part. I did find it a bit odd that both the police chief and the state detective both allowed the main character to continue to put her nose into police work and interfere with both of their investigations. In fact the state detective laughed about it at times.
Other than that, it was a nice quick read. It was a fun theme being centered around a donut shop and the recipes that were talked about/eaten in the story were included which was a nice touch. It's nice to
so cute and cozy! exactly what i needed. not too scary or dark
Alyssa White
This book was calling me! I am addicted to the series now!
This was recommended to me because I read the Hannah Swensen mystery series. I did quite enjoy it though some bits I found a bit hard to believe with the business side as far as being economically possible to run and have some much left over but at the same time, its not what should matter so I guess I was being a bit nit picky with it. I just enjoyed it and like how the main character doesn't have that dated attitude towards how women should act and be and the recipes look interesting but I hav ...more
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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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