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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 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 wearing another woman's clothes is an even bigger mystery. Now Max is suspected of murder—and Suzanne is sifting through her mixed-up love life looking for clues. If she can't sprinkle evidence on her half-baked theories of whodunit, Max is as good as fried….


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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 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 wearing another woman's clothes is an even bigger mystery. Now Max is suspected of murder—and Suzanne is sifting through her mixed-up love life looking for clues. If she can't sprinkle evidence on her half-baked theories of whodunit, Max is as good as fried….

30 review for Sinister Sprinkles

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    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. : )

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    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 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 Christmas time, something you would never know from the cover (couldn't the donuts have had red and green sprinkles on them?). For the first time ever I can't wait for the next installment in this series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rage

    this was some fun light reading that managed to avoid some of the things that have been bugging me about cozies recently. the main character does have the police officer boyfriend, but her reason for investigating seemed a bit more compelling than in some stories (she herself is considered a suspect, but so is her ex-husband). there were lots of details about making donuts and being a small business owner. I did not realize I was reading a Christmas story out of season, but the Christmas element this was some fun light reading that managed to avoid some of the things that have been bugging me about cozies recently. the main character does have the police officer boyfriend, but her reason for investigating seemed a bit more compelling than in some stories (she herself is considered a suspect, but so is her ex-husband). there were lots of details about making donuts and being a small business owner. I did not realize I was reading a Christmas story out of season, but the Christmas elements were so minor that I would actually have been more disappointed if I planned for that seasonal feeling.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kodi Bryant

    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 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 don't know, I guess I'll just have to wait and see if it's true. So, this third installment of the Donut Shop Mysteries is a case of mistaken identity. At least that's what they think at first. The murder victum in this book is... To read more, check out my blog - http://kodisbookblog.blogspot.com/201...

  7. 4 out of 5

    ❂ 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 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 murderer until the big reveal. I'd recommend these for someone who wants a bit of light reading and might be between favourites.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Oberth

    I almost gave this four stars but everything fell apart at the end. The "clue" wasn't really a clue and actually makes no sense. I can't say more without spoilers, so I'll just say I enjoyed the characters and most of the story but the end irritated me greatly. Oh, and I absolutely loved the weather in this book. The snowstorms were epic and wonderful, and I felt cold reading it under my cozy blanket. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    This cozy mystery series was new to me. I really liked it. I was kept guessing on who the murderer might be until the end which is great. I liked the premise and the characters. I'd definitely check out more of this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Harper

    This book had me totally confused. I had my suspicions, but, it didn`t become clear until the last chapter who the murderer was. Poor Suzanne, can`t catch a break with love, romance any more than I can. Well maybe Jake will come around this time. This book had me totally confused. I had my suspicions, but, it didn`t become clear until the last chapter who the murderer was. Poor Suzanne, can`t catch a break with love, romance any more than I can. Well maybe Jake will come around this time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Clara Smith

    Suzanne Hart just cannot sit still after a murder - but it also involves some soul searching along with the sleuthing

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Not one of the best. Some loose ends were not tied up, in my opinion, and some situations just were not quite realistic.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Suzanne Hart is the owner of Donut Hearts in April Springs, North Carolina. It's just before Christmas and everyone is loving the Winter Festival, especially Suzanne. She has a booth set up outside her shop where she's selling her donuts, and couldn't be happier. That is, until there's a commotion in the town square a few blocks away, and Suzanne hears someone shout that Muriel Stevens has been murdered. Suzanne asks her employee Emma to watch the shop and goes to see what happened, and she notic Suzanne Hart is the owner of Donut Hearts in April Springs, North Carolina. It's just before Christmas and everyone is loving the Winter Festival, especially Suzanne. She has a booth set up outside her shop where she's selling her donuts, and couldn't be happier. That is, until there's a commotion in the town square a few blocks away, and Suzanne hears someone shout that Muriel Stevens has been murdered. Suzanne asks her employee Emma to watch the shop and goes to see what happened, and she notices Muriel's distinctive winter coat. But then she notices something else -- Muriel's hair has streaks of grey, which Muriel would never allow, and a touch of blonde. She tells them that's not Muriel, and it's discovered that the dead woman is Darlene Higgins, the woman who destroyed Suzanne's marriage by sleeping with her husband, Max. Now Max is a suspect in the murder, but he's disappeared and Chief Martin thinks Suzanne is shielding him. But Suzanne knows Max is no killer, so she and her best friend Grace set out to find the truth. But that's only going to work if the killer doesn't find her first... This is the third book in the series and I have to tell you that it's improved over the first two. The characters are starting to come together and Suzanne is beginning to grow on me. I didn't much care for her in the first book, so that's saying a lot. I even like Max the Dirtbag. At least he's remorseful, but I agree with Suzanne wholeheartedly in her decision. In this book we have a few changes in Suzanne's life and even Emma's, that make them rethink a few things. It's a nice concept and we see how they react to them. In all these cases, I like Suzanne more. She's generous, kind, thoughtful, and whole-hearted. Those are good qualities in a person. She's also strong and independent, and can give as good as she gets. Watching her reactions to people in different situations gives us an eye to her as a person, and it's nice to see. Suzanne isn't sure who killed Darlene, or why, but she's determined to find out, and with this in mind she and Grace are asking questions -- as surreptitiously as they can, of course -- and while they're not quite discovering a murderer, they are discovering suspects, and reasons why someone would want Darlene out of the picture. When the ending comes and the murderer is revealed, it's a bit of a surprise, but not an unwelcome one, at that. I really liked how this was done, and as unexpected as it was, it was a nice touch in the last few scenes. I also did like the ending of the book, giving us a hint of what might be next in Suzanne's life. Recommended. https://joannesbooks.blogspot.com/202...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Mccluskey

    This being the third book in the donut shop mystery series I thought it would be equally ok. I, however, enjoyed this book more than the first two. Suzanne is still making donuts and someone still is murdered leaving her to get involved in the case. The same characters help her and her love interest Jake Bishop makes an appearance. The whole investigation is set with christmas and snow as I tr a backdrop which was kind of fun when it's only September. Overall I liked this one more and I'll keep This being the third book in the donut shop mystery series I thought it would be equally ok. I, however, enjoyed this book more than the first two. Suzanne is still making donuts and someone still is murdered leaving her to get involved in the case. The same characters help her and her love interest Jake Bishop makes an appearance. The whole investigation is set with christmas and snow as I tr a backdrop which was kind of fun when it's only September. Overall I liked this one more and I'll keep reading this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    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 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 she find the real murderer or will her ex be arrested and charged. Good story. Set before Christmas, good to read in November and December (or whenever).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan Green

    I grabbed this book for my library's summer reading challenge for the assignment to choose a book based only on its cover. And it turned out to be true that you can't judge a book by its cover because this one wasn't great. There wasn't any major problem with it, I just couldn't get into any of the characters, the dialogue seemed strained most of the time, and the story just wasn't very interesting. It's definitely not a series I'm going to read more of.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    For some reason I thought this book was going to be disappointing. Maybe is was the book cover... I couldn't put it down. Very well written with solid characters and very believable character relationships. Based on reviews, the 1st &2nd books didn't fare as well as this one, but I ordered them anyway. This is a series I want to read in its entirety. For some reason I thought this book was going to be disappointing. Maybe is was the book cover... I couldn't put it down. Very well written with solid characters and very believable character relationships. Based on reviews, the 1st &2nd books didn't fare as well as this one, but I ordered them anyway. This is a series I want to read in its entirety.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monica Mason

    Good one to start on, even if it's not the first in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kiersten Larsen

    Lots of of adventure, heartbreak, and happiness. Loved the way the ending was resolved. Can't wait for the next book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mardi D

    While I do enjoy the characters and getting to know them a bit better with each book, I find the quality control overall quite poor, at least of this edition. I did see errors in the previous book, but this one was worse with typos scattered throughout. Really? "let's got home", where did that t come from on the "go"? Spell checkers don't find wrong words, proper proofreading does. And there were many more errors of this type. Also, I could not see any tie-in between the title and the story line While I do enjoy the characters and getting to know them a bit better with each book, I find the quality control overall quite poor, at least of this edition. I did see errors in the previous book, but this one was worse with typos scattered throughout. Really? "let's got home", where did that t come from on the "go"? Spell checkers don't find wrong words, proper proofreading does. And there were many more errors of this type. Also, I could not see any tie-in between the title and the story line so I have no idea what the sinister sprinkles were. This story seemed to move much slower. By page 3 we have a murder but it takes until page 114 for the sometimes sleuth to decide she needs to become involved in investigating. For these reasons, the best I could give this one was 2 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Sinister Sprinkles by Jessica Beck is the third book of the Donut Shop mystery series set in contemporary (fictitious) April Springs, North Carolina. Weather plays an important role in the story, which starts with the frosty Winter Festival, continues with a major snowstorm that traps residents inside. Suzanne's ex-husband's ex-girlfriend Darlene is murdered at the Winter Carnival. Darlene was wearing another woman's coat, confusing the facts of the crime. Max disappears, fearing arrest due to t Sinister Sprinkles by Jessica Beck is the third book of the Donut Shop mystery series set in contemporary (fictitious) April Springs, North Carolina. Weather plays an important role in the story, which starts with the frosty Winter Festival, continues with a major snowstorm that traps residents inside. Suzanne's ex-husband's ex-girlfriend Darlene is murdered at the Winter Carnival. Darlene was wearing another woman's coat, confusing the facts of the crime. Max disappears, fearing arrest due to the lack of evidence suggesting any other person as the killer. The police chief suspects Suzanne and/or Max of murder, because Max's affair with Darlene ended Max and Suzanne's marriage. Implausible, but it provides Suzanne with a 'compelling' reason to go haring off after clues (mostly red herrings), leaving her donut shop in Emma's care. The weather helps Suzanne leave the shop short-handed; not many people go out for donuts during a snowstorm!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Title: Sinister Sprinkles Author: Jessica Beck Series: Donut Shop Mystery #3 ISBN: 9780312946128 Synopsis (from bn.com): 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 Title: Sinister Sprinkles Author: Jessica Beck Series: Donut Shop Mystery #3 ISBN: 9780312946128 Synopsis (from bn.com): 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 this third installment in The Donut Shop Mystery Series! Darlene, the woman that Suzanne’s ex-husband cheated on her with has been found dead in the snow at the winter festival! And we all know who jumps in the murder and mayhem to solve the case . . . Suzanne and Grace! YES! I am at home recovering from getting my wisdom teeth out a couple days ago and am literally flying through these books. I just love the cozy company of my friends Suzanne and Grace . . . not to mention what they will get themselves into next. This book is set in the dead of winter . . . snowstorms included, and what says cozy more than winter, cold temperatures, snow falling, warm coffee, tasty donuts, and good friends! I want to visit Donut Hearts bad! One thing I realized about the cozy mystery series I really, really like is when the authors have a great deal of the book actually set in the cozy location whether it be a coffee shop, a donut shop, a craft shop, a library . . . or wherever. After all this is why I read cozies. I have found recently some authors that really take their books outside of the cozy locations and it bugs me . . . I highly suggest this series. Excellent for a vacation read, an airplane trip, or a great quick beach read! And thank you Jessica Beck for keeping me company during my wisdom teeth recovery! And remember, Books Are Life,

  24. 4 out of 5

    BJ

    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 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 this installment, which is I think the third one, the woman who was having an affair with Suzanne's ex-husband (which effectively ended her marriage to Max) is murdered. Further muddying the waters is the fact that Darlene is dressed like another of the town's residents, so at first no one knows if the killer meant to kill Darlene, or Muriel, the person that Darlene was dressed as. So, it starts out as a mystery within a mystery. Of course Suzanne and Max both are considered suspects and Suzanne just can't keep herself from getting involved to clear her and Max's names. Of course, it doesn't help that Suzanne's Mom once dumped April Springs' police chief for Suzanne's father, so he always suspects Suzanne of every crime that happens in April Springs. So in spite of the fact that cozies continue to annoy me, this series is better than some I've read and I will probably pick up the next installment.

  25. 5 out of 5

    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 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 me not want to put the book down until the murder was solved. Also, speaking of the murder. What a creative plot twist! It really puts a spin on this when the murder victim is dressed up like another townie. And it worked as the perfect deterrent for me with solving the case. I'm a big fan of Suzanne, Grace, Jake, and all of April Springs. And I am eager to see what happens next for this group of amazing characters. There's nothing quite like a deliciously sweet cozy to keep you company during those bleak winter days.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Demsky

    “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 “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 wearing another woman’s clothes is an even bigger mystery. Now Max is suspected of murder—and Suzanne is sifting through her mixed-up love life looking for clues. If she can’t sprinkle evidence on her half-baked theories of whodunit, Max is as good as fried…. “ An interesting good read! I don’t even really care for donuts but this was a good story. The characters are interesting, the plot was developed quite nicely and the ending was nothing I expected and just great. Some really nice recipes in the book also and they’re all not donuts!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annamarie

    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 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 hesitation at first Suzanne stays out of the investigation but is quickly pulled in by George (friend and retired cop) and her best friend Grace. Diving deep into the life of the woman who ended her marriage will uncover some hidden truths that without her death would have never been recovered. Jessica has done it again creating a fun, page turning mystery where there is something sinister and sweet around every corner!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    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 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 Grace come across some red herrings in their investigation, they persevere through the threat of bad haircuts, dental appointments, and crazy radio show hosts. The descriptions of these delightful delicacies along with coffee and hot chocolate under the wintry Christmas time conditions make you feel warm and cozy. As in the prior books, throughout the story, recipes for doughnuts or related creations mentioned in the text are found at the end of chapters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    AngryGreyCat

    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 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 woman who committed suicide after losing all of her money to internet fraud. The town is a nice place to visit through Jessica Beck’s writing. The locals are recurring features and over the course of the series I am sure we will get to know them better. This is a Christmas book that I read in August so it was a fun change of pace for that reason, I loved all the snow descriptions when it is hot and humid here. Overall, a well done cozy mystery series that I will continue reading.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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! Unfortunately, the murder mystery gets bogged down in the problems of running a donut shop in a series of snowstorms. Too bad--I enjoy Suzanne's narrative voice, but we don't hear enough of it in this series entry.

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