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Sinister Sprinkles (Donut Shop Mystery #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,804 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Just in time for the Winter Festival, a glistening layer of snow has covered the streets of April Springs, North Carolina. Of course, it reminds donut shop owner Suzanne Hart of sweet delicious frosting. But her visions of sugar plums plummet when her ex's ex-girlfriend gets iced …

"If you like donuts—and who doesn't?—you'll love this mystery series."—Leslie Meier Suzanne c
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Minotaur Books
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Okay. Some folks aren't too thrilled with this series but I like it. It's realistic in that Suzanne has some problems with her mom but really loves her all the same. (I felt the same way about my mom) And I love the relationship between her and her best friend, I love the snow, and I love the relationship between Suzanne and Emma. I thought it was a very good book and a lot of fun to read. Just relax and enjoy it. : )
Dec 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Very surprised with this one! I didn't care for the first one in this series much at all and thought the 2nd was only marginally better. I would have never read this one, but it was given to me. I actually liked it! Suzanne wasn't as abrasive as she was in the previous books and the story wasn't bad either. I grade on a 1-10 scale and this is a solid 7.5, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt and giving it the full 4 stars here in Goodreads.
Kodi Bryant
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I did a little research on the author of this book, which I don't normally do, but something got me interested. I have an inquiry on my blog on whether Jessica Beck is really Joaane Fluke, author of the Hannah Swensen series. Now, I have compared these two quite a bit in my previous posts and it got me thinking, could it be true. I discovered that Jessica Beck really is a pen name, the books that come out from her are spaced in between Joanne Flukes books and the artwork is also very similar. I ...more
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't crazy about the first two books in this series, but for some reason I continued on. I have to say I'm glad I did! The author has hit her stride and as a result this book is really GOOD! The characters are really growing and developing, the donut shop is coming to life for me, and the dialogue is less akward (although it still bothers me when Suzanne chastizes people, from her best friend and her mother right down to her co-worker's father). As an added bonus this book takes place during ...more
❂ Jennifer
I wasn't much of a fan of the first two, but this one was a bit better. Something about the characters though; I have a hard time really caring about them, as they all feel a bit flat to me. Perhaps a bit formal and earnest to me for a cozy mystery. I probably wouldn't have continued with this series at all except that I bought this one and the next one at closeout prices and this one was a fit for a reading challenge. However, it's a good mystery with lots of suspects and I didn't guess the mur ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well the trick was on me this Halloween. I thought this book was set at Halloween and it was really set at Christmas, either way it was still a treat. Good story and characters and a happy ending.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many things have changed in Suzanne's life. While working a festival, her ex's mistress is murdered. Her ex is the main suspect. He has gone into hiding. The mistress was also dressed like another woman in town and she and her friend, Suzanne's business neighbor, have gone into hiding, as well. The sheriff is after her thinking she is harboring her ex-husband. Her boyfriend breaks up with her at the beginning of the story and April Springs has been having very heavy snows before Christmas. Can s ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful cozy murder mystery. Sinister sprinkles is set during the Christmas Season and despite a murder happening the book is full of Christmas miracles, blessings and new beginnings. Not only is the mystery solved but the story takes you on a personal journey of what is important in your life, in your hear of hearts. A book I will read again and will purchase for my library.
Monica Mason
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good one to start on, even if it's not the first in the series.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Sinister Sprinkles

Author: Jessica Beck

Series: Donut Shop Mystery #3

ISBN: 9780312946128

Synopsis (from Just in time for the Winter Festival, a glistening layer of snow has covered the streets of April Springs, North Carolina. Of course, it reminds donut shop owner Suzanne Hart of sweet delicious frosting. But her visions of sugar plums plummet when her ex’s ex-girlfriend gets iced …

My thoughts: Suzanne Hart, owner of Donut Hearts, and her best friend Grace are back in action in thi
Not a bad series as cozies go. Cozies just aren't my favorite genre, as I find myself yelling at the main characters to "mind their own business and let the police handle it." This series takes place in the fictional North Carolina town of April Springs and involves a Donut Store owner/operator, Suzanne. Other characters include Suzanne's Mom, best friend Grace, ex-husband Max, on and off boyfriend Jake, co-worker in the donut shop Emma and various small-town residents and business owners. In th ...more
Lynn Demsky
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
“Just in time for the Winter Festival, a glistening layer of snow has covered the streets of April Springs, North Carolina. Of course, it reminds donut shop owner Suzanne Hart of sweet delicious frosting. But her visions of sugar plums plummet when her ex’s ex-girlfriend gets iced …
“If you like donuts—and who doesn’t?—you’ll love this mystery series.”—Leslie Meier Suzanne could never understand why her ex-husband and actor Max cheated on her with Darlene Higgins. Why Darlene’s body was found we
Alicia Jespersen(BehindThePicketFence)
I found "Sinister Sprinkles" to be a very enjoyable read. I'm very glad to be able to say that about the third book in the Donut Shop Mystery series. Especially since I found the second book to be rather irritating.

I didn't have any clue on who the murder was, it was definitely a well guarded secret. I don't know if it was the winter feeling or the further progression of Suzanne's relationship with Jake but I absolutely loved this cozy mystery. There was a lot of intrigue and rumors that made m
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the third installment of the Donut Shop Mystery Series; here we follow Suzanne Hart owner of Donut Hearts where the tastiest treats in town are created. The book opens in the winter wonderland that takes over April Springs North Carolina during the Winter Festival. All is well, everyone having a good time when the crisp winter air is interrupted by a chilling murder in front of Town Hall. Darlene Higgins has been found dead with a plastic candy cane stuck in her chest. With some hesitati ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The third book in the Donut Shop cozy mystery series starts off at the town's winter festival. Suzanne is shocked when someone is murdered with a candy cane lawn ornament. When it turns out that the person murdered was in disguise and was actually the woman with whom her ex-husband cheated on her, Suzanne falls under some suspicion, as does her ex, Max. Snowy weather puts some challenges into her investigation to clear their names, as do some relationship woes. While Suzanne and her best friend ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the Donut Shop Mystery series by Tim Myers writing as Jessica Beck. Even though I am not a fan of donuts, I do like this series. The main character Suzanne, her sidekicks Grace and George and the relationship with her mom are all well written and engaging. The mystery this time involves secrets, mistaken identity, elder fraud,I internet fraud, and of course murder. I especially thought the internet fraud was timely, there was a tragic case in the news locally of an older wom ...more
A set of mysteries in a doughnut shop. Hmmmm... this could be interesting.
If you like cozies in general, I think you'll like this book. Suzanne Hart has been involved in two other mysteries (I'm guessing, since this is book three, see, I can deduce things too). These activities have not endeared her to the local police chief. So when there's a murder at the town's Winter Carnival, he's not happy that Suzanne is on his list of suspects.
See, the murder victim is the woman Suzanne found her husband
David Caldwell
The third book in the series.The series continues to grow stronger with each book.Another strong mystery that was well thought out and investigated in a logical manner.The characters continue to develop as well.

I am not sure how the sherriff keeps his job.In my part of North Carolina(not too far from where April Springs is described as being),a sherriff that treated everyone as a guilty felon would not be re-elected.It is easy to see why so many people don't coopearte with him.

I really like that
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For much of the book, the rating was averaging a strong 5 stars. The pages flew by quickly, which is a requisite for a perfect score. But then while reading I frowned at the last part. That's a big no no. If I frown, either in concentration or with annoyance, then that disqualifies the book for a perfect score. The bummer is that things were bubbling and changing hue excitingly, only for everything to go back to square one at the end. But still, make no mistake, this is a book that kept me thri ...more
Text Addict
Not bad, not brilliant. Even for a cozy mystery, I feel like it has a remarkably small cast of characters, and most of the action seems to take place in a three-block area of a miniscule North Carolina town. On the other hand, it has a reasonably likeable (if surprisingly socially isolated) heroine, and the question of who killed the victim - in broad daylight, no less - had several equally viable answers.

Even though this is the third volume, and I haven't read the first two, I was able to foll
Donut store owner, and chief fryer Suzanne Hart is shocked when a body is found at the local Winter Festival. She's outraged when her ex-husband becomes a suspect, and there are no words strong enough to express her feelings when the local police chief seems to suspect her as well. As though that isn't bad enough, her boyfriend wants to break up with her, and it keeps snowing. A White Christmas is all very well and good, but this is North Carolina--they shouldn't have snow like this! Unfortunate ...more
Dharia Scarab
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, a cozy mystery with decent characters and a good plot! I liked that the donut shop was present but not the main focal point of the series. I also really like that I was able to jump in on the third book in the series and know what is going on, especially since I had bought the third in the series by accident.

I knew the killer relatively early, but there was enough distraction that it wasn't an issue. I really liked Suzanne and Grace. My only wish was that the book was a tad longer to en
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
LIKES: Just like the others in the series, this is a very light, easy read. I like the setting of this series, and the characters have good personalities. The book itself didn't require much thinking, and I was (somewhat) surprised when I found out "who done it".

NOT SO MUCH: I wish the author would tie up some of the loose ends that are made throughout the book. Also, she tends to reference things later that didn't happen within the pages. Maybe some of this will come together in later books? I
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
While joining in a winter festival a woman gets stabbed. Who, what and Why? Well, with an author as skilled as Ms. Beck, you can be sure you will guess incorrectly.

Poor Suzanne, a gentle donut shop owner gets mired within the mystery due to the fact that her ex has a possible connection to the corpse.

With recipes to make your tummy growl, the mystery gets more cloudy and why is it Grace, Suzanne's best friend is acting so mysteriously?

There are many layers to this book and I've decided that th
Connie Easlick
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mysteries
Boy, does Suz get herself into the biggest messes or what?!
In this one we aren't even sure at the beginning if the victim was even the intended target or not. There are a bunch of people that think they're next that go into hiding and it gets pretty comical throughout. I'm sure glad that Suzanne has friends that help her out or she really wouldn't survive at all! :) At the end, there are a few issues that get resolved, but I did shed some tears...good ones. I can't wait to read the next one and
Jeanne Stephens
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series a lot. It reminds me a lot of Joanne Fluke's books. So in a way when you read this series you have two mysteries. One is the actual story and the other is, "Who is Jessica Beck?" I don't know if I subscribe to the theories that Joanne Fluke is Jessica Beck or not, but I enjoy both series. In this book, Suzanne breaks up with her boyfriend right before Christmas, only to find out she has to save her ex-husband from being charged with murder. I enjoyed the descriptions of the sn ...more
Amanda McGill
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I'm really enjoying the Donut Shop Mystery series!

Suzanne is working her donut booth at the local festival when someone is said to be murdered. It turns out that the person murderer is Darlene Higgins, the woman that Suzanne's husband, Max, cheated with. The lead suspect is Suzanne's now ex-husband, Max. Even as much as Suzanne can't stand Max, she knows he is not a killer and sets out to clear his name.

A cute novel with a good mystery. I'm excited (and a bit intimidated) to try to tackle the
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Donut Shop series. This story opens with a scream of discovery, and keeps on going. It keeps you on your toes to figure out who the murderer is and even then you'll be guessng. There are lots of references to the first books and fortunately there is a map in the first pages, so you get more of an idea of the layout of the town. Relationships need to be kept in mind in this one as to who's going with or knows who. Curl up with your cup of tea and your back to a wall ...more
Penny McGill
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
This one was not as much fun as former Doughnut Shop Mysteries. There seemed to be way too much angst going on to balance off the murder investigation. Very few high points in this book and, although it took place near December 25th, they actually forgot about celebrating the holiday at all. I'll not give up on Jessica Beck but I won't be tracking down any further Doughnut Shop mysteries for a long time.
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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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