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Fatally Frosted (Donut Shop Mystery #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,430 ratings  ·  99 reviews
A local busy body has dropped dead after eating one of Suzanne's famous treats. A forensic team is soon swarming through the Donut Hearts kitchen, dusting for clues, sifting through sugar, and suspecting the worst of Suzanne. But with the help of police inspector Jake Bishop and her ex-husband Max, Suzanne hopes to clear her good name--before another bad donut is fatally f ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 363 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Wheeler Publishing (first published July 26th 2010)
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Karyn Lewis Bonfiglio
I was looking for a quick, cozy mystery and loved the premise of this book, so I snagged it at the library.

But everything disappointed me in this book, from the way the main character unrealistically jumped to the conclusion of murder before anyone had even examined the body, to the way she interviewed and annoyed all her neighbors in her small town.

There was no tension, just a huge snooze.

However -- this writer showed competence in her writing and in the way she thought up her characters, and
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Jo Anne B
Not nearly as good as the first on or the most recent Drop Dead Chocolate. At least I know the rest of the books in the series aren't all downhill after this one. If I hadn't already read the latest one to know this then I may be hesitant to read another book in the series. It just seemed so rushed and the exact same thing as the first book but with subpar writing and a boring murder victim. Plus, how does Suzanne afford to pay for her friends' meals when they go out to eat or give them all free ...more
Judy
Three things: 1) i love donuts(at least reading about them) 2) the series has spanned 17 books and Im curious with the anonymous writer as he/she is still churning out more 3) i actually guessed whodunit!

I like Suzanne Hart, one of the stronger willed cozy heroines. Being divorced and living with your mom, running your own business is not as pathetic as it sounds. Interested to know more as I devour more of the series. Thanks Katie for introducing this! :)
bella
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Glazed Murder, and was so enthused to start reading the second book, Fatally Frosted.

This time it is Suzanne that is framed for murder, when Peg Masterton eats one of her donuts and dies!

Fatally Frosted was a enjoyable read, as Suzanne tries to discover who the murderer is, with the help of her friends Grace and George. However her love interest, Jake, is caught up in the investigation and unable to help, so its up to them to solve it themselves.
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Amber
I wanted to love this series but just can't seem to. The characters don't gel for me, like they are not multidimensional . Even the main character, Suzanne, sometimes I think I get her, and then there will be some dialogue or an exchange with another character and I realize I can't pin her down at all. Her relationship with Jake is flimsy at best, and even her day to day encounters with Emma, her assistant, are weird to me. She will be some sort of boss lady to Emma one day and joking around the ...more
Kate
I thought this donut mystery was even better than the first one. A fun, light and quick read that will leave you craving donuts! Suzanne Hart is in the middle of doing a cooking demo at a neighbor's house when Peg, the sharp talking woman who organized the event, is found dead in the backyard. When it becomes clear that her death was caused by one of Suzanne's donuts, she sets out to find the killer and clear her name. This book wasn't exactly life changing but it was a real page turner- I was i ...more
Luffy Monkey D.
It takes a peculiar mind to be able to appreciate Fatally Frosted. I mean, most of the fans of the series are normal, but it takes someone with a different set of priorities and limitations to really not only overlook but turn the stilted aspect of Fatally Frosted into a success story. I like that there were no impenetrable word play. I loved the slightly boring signature of Jessica Beck. I knew 'her' as Chris Cavender in the Pizza Lover Mysteries. He brings the same welcome additions to the ta ...more
Theresa
Well, this book kind of sucked. From the start of the book Suzanne comes across as rude and judgemental, but frankly I find a lot of protagonists in this genre are hyper-critical of other female characters so I let it slide. But she doesn't get better. She harasses people then acts surprised when they don't like her or want to talk to her. She has absolutely no business investigating, since the police seem to be doing a perfectly fine job. (view spoiler) ...more
Carmen
I didn't really care for the first book in this series- I'm pretty sure I also rated it 2 stars. I normally wouldn't have continued with the series, but I bought both books at the same time and I figured I would go ahead and read the second one, just in case it was better than the first. It wasn't. I can't really even begin to express how awful I found this book. I suppose if you really liked the first one, you might like this one, but I wouldn't count on it.
Fanficfan44
Fatally Frosted by Jessica Beck is another book in the Donut Shop series that I can’t even believe I am reading because I really do not like donuts :) but the series is great. Maybe that actually says how good it is, you don’t even have to enjoy the theme to read it.

In this outing in the series, Suzanne is cooking donuts at one of the houses being exhibited for a home tour and of course a dead body, of the local busybody, turns up right where Suzanne is cooking. The murder weapon appears to be o
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❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
I struggled with the first in this series and this one just didn't do it for me either. I found the dialog to be stilted and un-natural, although there were some hints of humor, and I just didn't care about the characters. I did love how the main character didn't hold back and stood up for herself, though. Something that should happen a bit more often in cozy mysteries. :)
Robyn
It was a very good book and a great mystery. However, the romantic part of Suzanne's life still feels like it's up in the air. I don't know if Jessica Beck intends it that way or not, but some of the things the character said about her current boyfriend left a bad taste in my mouth.
Lisa
This is a cute, mindless read for those days when you just want to relax. I picked it up at the library on a whim. It would be good for plane/train rides or vacation, but I think I'd wait for it to be available at the library instead of paying any money.
Melissa
~ This was the first book that I have read in this series. I really liked it.
The story seemed to move along - and the characters were interesting.
Plus..there is a little bit of a romance brewing..
If you like doughnuts and cozies, you should try this one!
Paula Ratcliffe
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Shannon
i really did enjoy this book but I have one complaint. Seems like Suzanne (the main character) is getting really pushy. It kind of got on my nerves. But other than that the book was great and the recipes are definitely going to get a try.
Philip
I just love this North Carolina town and the Donut Hearts bakery. It is amazing how much murder takes place in such a small town! If you read it, you will want to return again and again.
Heather
I felt the series started to gel a little more in this title. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Michelle
This the second book in the Doughnut Shop mystery series. Suzanne has been asked to be a demonstration chef on a tour of homes, and is making a modified version of beignets. She is being harassed by tour organizer, Peg, who thinks Suzanne is not qualified and may embarrass the tour; however, even Peg can't resist Suzanne's delicious lemon filled doughnuts. When a dead body is discovered before the first beignet is made, it looks like someone is trying to frame Suzanne. She must use her amateur d ...more
Catherine
Aug 30, 2014 Catherine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like really shallow, overdramatic characters.
Shelves: 2014-read, reviewed
I've scrapped my first review and I'm just going to be blunt rather than a tip toe through the tulips.

My first thought is that this book is a major downgrade from the first one. I thought Glazed Murder was okay, despite not particularly enjoying anything about it. It was decently written. However, in Fatally Flawed, it seems like every single thing happening is aiming to create drama, right from the start. Despite Peg actually turning out to be a bad person, I still think Suzanne was unnecessari
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David Caldwell
This book was hard to rate.I felt it was had a very strong mystery especially for a cozy, but I also had a very serious problem with the set-up.So I guess I will start with waht I liked and then go to what I didn't.

My favorite scene is when Suzanne meets with her book group friends.They are discussing why people in mysteries always act so strangely. Suzanne's response is if they called the police at the first sign of trouble, it would be a very short book.That was the perfect response.

As i said
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Rebecca
I actually give this 1 & 1/2 stars. The dialogue is stilted, and I never grew to care about any of the characters. I felt disconnected from everyone.
However, I was interested in the mystery towards the end. The author did make me guess.
Adding the donut recipes was a cute touch but not enough to warrant a higher rating.
I actually quit reading this for a while, because it didn't hold my interest. But I wanted to be fair, so I made myself finish it.
Sandy Polhemus
Over all this was a fun, light read. It's worth a lazy afternoon. At times the dialogue seemed forced, and didn't flow naturally in general.

The spare character, (view spoiler)

Overall there wasn't much character developm
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Kristi
Average cozy fare here. Nothing spectacular, but not awful either. I did find the author had a tendency to be a bit repetitive with some details which was slightly annoying. Especially since they were not really of any importance. I'm not likely to buy the books at full Kindle price, but will likely pick up more at bargain prices if given the opportunity or check them out at the library if they would decide to add them to their collection.
Lindsay
Great quick mystery read. I love the developing relationship between Suzanne and the other characters and people who live in her town. I read a book further along in the series first so its interesting to see things play out. As usual I didnt figure this one out until the end, and I dont know if i just missed reading a chapter or got lost somewhere but there were something I didnt understand once Suzanne solved it. I wont give it away as i dont like to do spoilers but I was more then a little co ...more
Susan
Beck's Donut Shop series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I really enjoyed reading Suzanne's first adventure, and her second adventure was just as enjoyable. Fatally Frosted picks up with Suzanne dating Jake after the events of book one. Unfortunately once again Suzanne becomes embroiled in the middle of another murder mystery when someone dies with one of her donuts in hand. This book is full of enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, and I just really enjoy this series' se ...more
Elise Dubois
Quick, easy read. Either I missed a few things or the solution to the mystery was a stumble. Enjoyed the story line enough to order the first and third from the library.
Annamarie
Absolutely delicious! This mystery was fun and light hearted. I am in love with this little town that Jessica created, I even do venture to say that this book is even better than the first. Here we are introduced to the higher society of the town that Suzanne lives in, which is being headed by the town jerk who is just waiting for our new favorite detective slash baker to fail. Within the first couple chapters someone is murdered and all of the blame is being placed on Suzanne, and her love life ...more
Lynn Demsky
This is a delightful series that I’m glad I ran into! Suzanne and her friends make for a interesting read! You don't have to like donuts to like the series!
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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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