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Glazed Murder

(Donut Shop Mystery #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,053 ratings  ·  338 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 on

Paperback, 291 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Alannah Davis
May 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jeanie Jackson
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-amateur
I felt the little mixed about Glazed Murder but over all it scores 5 stars. The characters were strong and likable enough that I really want to get to know them better. For the most part the plot was good, but I didn't quite buy Suzanne's insistence that she was investigating the murder because she felt that she might be in danger. I love cozy mysteries but often have trouble accepting the main character's justification for investigating murder. We just have to set aside that niggling concern ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
've just started branching out into cozy-mystery lately thus I'm still naive with this genre, yet I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery.

Suzanne Hart, the owner of a doughnut shop witnessed a dead body being dumped out of a car's window right in front of her shop in the wee hours of the night and the victim turned out to be her favorite customer and a good friend. Par for the course, she starts her own investigation to find out the killer was. Overall, there was not much that stands out of the rest
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
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Two stars because this book is probably okay if you like that kind of thing. It has reminded me why I don't read cozy mysteries (too twee) or books with recipes in them (if I need recipes I go to a recipe book). To be honest this book was poorly written with a very weak plot line, insignificant characters and too many pages dedicated to doughnut recipes. Does anyone actually make doughnuts themselves? Oh and I forgot to mention the awful dialogue. I should probably go back and change that to one ...more
Elle's Book Blog
A Delicious Debut. ** 3.8 Stars **

I love me a good cozy mystery now and again. I picked up this one for cheap online as it is a series first and I am always looking for new series to dive into. In this case I am glad I did! Glazed Murder centers around a woman named Suzanne who owns a donut shop. Not long after returning to work one morning Suzanne is surprised and horrified to find that a dear friend of hers lay dead outside her shop. Not wanting to be the next victim Suzanne quickly becomes
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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 ...more
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fall-into-bingo
Just as Suzanne turned on the lights to her shop, Donut Hearts, the unthinkable occured. A car stopped and dumped a man at the front door, and he was not alive. It happened so fast that she was unable to recall any details. As the donut shop becomes a crime scene locals stop in to buy donuts and hear the detail of what happened. Regular customer and former sheriff, George warned Suzanne away from digging into what happened to the victim. She can’t help herself and soon Suzanne finds herself in ...more
I really enjoyed starting this new to me older series. Even though it started in 2010, it's still going strong and looks like the newest is scheduled for sometime this year. I kept seeing it recommended and decided to borrow this first book from Overdrive. The main characters of Suzanne, her mom and Jake are awesome, and I loved George (their retired police friend) so much. What a sweetie that doesn't want to be known as a sweetie. I was glad that for once, a main character liked a guy and ...more
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.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Alyssa White
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This book was calling me! I am addicted to the series now!
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is a cute cozy with a spunky new character, Suzanne Hart (owner of Donut Hearts). I found myself really rooting for her as she tries to solve the mystery of who dumped a body in front of her donut shop, despite all the warnings for her not to do so.
I do wish that the author had gone a little further with her new love interest, as it would have added a little something to this story, but from the looks of it (from the excerpt), she'll be developing that relationship more in her next book
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this mystery. Printed off 2 of the recipes to try them out. Wish me luck!
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5. Light, easy read. I had issues with the sleuthing. Didnt seem very realistic. The protagonist hardly had to do anything and she was able to get all these answers and talk to all the suspects no problem. No real character development. Plot was just kind of everywhere . I did like the love interest, Jake though. He seemed sweet. Only reason this is a 2.5. Might give the second book in the series a shot to see if I like it better. There is potential here but this book fell quite flat.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was...not very good. There are so many problems. So, a dead guy is dumped in front of a doughnut shop. The owner witnesses this and feels compelled to search for the killer because she evidently liked the guy. I guess. I mean, she tells us at least 10 times, so I guess it must be so, but she doesn't seem to even really know the guy. We certainly never find out.

The doughnut recipes were obnoxious. How many people REALLY make honest to goodness real, deep fried doughnuts at home? It felt
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Diane ~Firefly~
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, food
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.
Emma Hillman
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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).
Sylvia McIvers
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why, but the 'cozy' in this mystery is so much better than most others I have read. Now I want the next book, I want to read the whole series.
After a bitter divorce from her actor husband Max, Suzanne Hart decides to follow her passion and open a doughnut shop. While opening the shop at 2 am one morning, a masked man dumps a dead body outside Suzanne's shop. She's horrified and frightened and doesn't trust the police chief because has he a past history with her mom (or lack thereof). When a state detective warns her off investigating, Suzanne gets mad. The victim was a good customer, someone she considered a friend and Suzanne fears ...more
Aurora Dimitre
This was actually like, super fun. I'm not all that entrenched in the world of adult baking mysteries (though there are so, so many), so maybe this book follows a lot of the conventions of the genre that I'm not picking up on, but I did have fun with this. I thought the characters were engaging, even if they weren't particularly memorable, and the writing was easy to follow and quick to read. The mystery itself was good, and the romance was cute enough that it made me not hate it. So, overall, ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I couldn't finish this. It was so stupid that the main character, Suzanne, felt that she had to solve the murder. Especially since there was already a special investigator assigned to the case. And she goes to the bank where the victim worked and starts snooping. I just couldn't bear it. And then to realize that there were 39 books in the series, having been cranked out at a rate of 3 or 4 a year! No wonder the writing is sloppy and the characters unbelievable.
Jul 09, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: series-dnf, mysteries
I got about 46 pages before I decided to stop. The characters were not compelling and the main character read more like a woman in her 50s instead of early 30s. Maybe someone else might like it but this was not for me.
Jessica ☕ Rodrigues
Jul 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't like leaving reviews with 1-star ratings, but since this is a popular book club pick, I wanted to let my thoughts be known before someone else spends a lot of time making adorable bookmarks to go along with this book and must now make new bookmarks for a different book because this one was disappointing --

It doesn't make sense that a donut shop owner would endanger her life to discover the killer of one of her customers (with whom she shares no apparent personal relationship) when there
This was a re-read for me. Mainly because I was looking for a certain recipe and my library had the books in their sale, so I decided to see why I fell behind on the series.

Suzanne Hart moved back home with her "momma" after her divorce. With the divorce settlement she bought a donut shop. Then one morning, arriving about 2 am to start her day a body is dumped in front of her shop. When she finds out it is one of her customers and friend she decides to find the killer herself because the police
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