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Fatally Frosted (Donut Shop Mystery #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,141 Ratings  ·  130 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
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I initially picked this book up on the assumption that it may be similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. It's a cute,
easy, fast, mindless read... it started off strong. and I had some hope .. but then I just found it boring.. I had to finish it because I had to know who dun it ..! I thought the doughnut recipes were a very cute and unique touch... the middle of the book dragged on though... I'm glad I'm finally done it and I can move on..
overall a cute, easy read.. I won't be reading
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-own-tbr
A very good and fast paced read. The only real problem I had about this book was that the murder weapon (poison) will not kill you that quickly. Mouse and rat poison can take up to 7 days to work and that's if they get enough of a dose. Judging by how much Peg ate, it should have just made her sick. Other than that, it was a good mystery that allowed you to piece together the suspects yourself as the novel gives you hints. I can't wait to read the next one!
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
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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! :)
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bingo
This was a quick, easy and fun read. If you weren't in the mood for donuts before you started this book you will be by the time you are finished. I enjoy reading the donut recipes included as well. They sound easy enough to do at home even though I probably never well (better to leave some things to the professionals). I like Suzanne and the mystery was done well.
❂ Jennifer
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. :)
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.
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
~ 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!
I felt the series started to gel a little more in this title. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Deb Sharp
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Love Donuts!
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like really shallow, overdramatic characters.
Shelves: 2014-read, reviewed, 2star
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
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed sitting down with this cozy mystery. It’s been a while since I have. Ms. Beck has written a fun book that takes you around a sweet, small, North Carolina town. Suzanne will warm you heart and make you chuckle as she attempts to clear her name. The inclusion of donut recipes sprinkled throughout the book was a fun surprise.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really like this series. Am reading it in order. Not my "very" favorite, but really close.
Lorraine Shaw
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book.
Julie Fetcho
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed Jessica Beck's doughnut shop mysteries. They are fun and easy reads. Something that takes you away from your own troubles for awhile and focus on Suzanne and the gang.

The town of April Springs is having there annual cooking demonstration in the kitchens of of various towns people. Suzanne is going to be demonstrating doughnut making in Marge's kitchen. The demonstrations gets started with the discovery of Peg's body in the backyard with a bite taken out of a doughtnut.

Suzanne is
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
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimes
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
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I previously read Glazed Donuts and Evil Eclairs but backtracked in this series to read Fatally Frosted by Jessica Beck. Since I am diabetic, I limit my intake of donuts to reading about them in this series. Somehow, this story didn't seem to satisfy my sweet tooth. Suzanne Hart, the owner of the Donut Hearts solves another murder mystery. But this time, her romantic interest, Jake Bishop. a police inspector, didn't spend much time with Suzanne. He was constantly popping in and out of the story ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Other Books in the Series

Donut Shop Mystery (1 - 10 of 35 books)
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  • Sinister Sprinkles (Donut Shop Mystery, #3)
  • Evil Eclairs (Donut Shop Mystery, #4)
  • Tragic Toppings (Donut Shop Mystery, #5)
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