Tragic Toppings

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Tragic Toppings (Donut Shop Mystery #5) by Jessica Beck

Emily Hargraves, the owner of Two Cows and a Moose, the local newsstand, was last seen stopping at Donut Hearts to purchase two candy covered donuts.

After that she has disappeared without a trace: no answer on her phone, the newsstand left open, and nowhere to be seen.

Also missing is Suzanne’s ex-husband Max. Could he be involved with Emily’s disappearance? Or just involved with Emily?

As Suzanne was the last one to see her, she feels it is her duty to solve this case.

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Thoughts After Reading:

It was horrible!

The mystery described is solved in less than 15 pages and not even about that. It was badly written and a dumb move.

I was so mad I wanted to just toss it, but it was a library book so I didn’t. It is really about a handyman being hanged in a tree in the park and just horribly written and a horrible mystery, plot, characters, etc.

For more Donut Shop Mysteries, go to Evil Eclairs

For more mysteries by Jessica Beck, go to Sinister Sprinkles

For more mysteries involving disappearances, go to Death by Divorce

For more mysteries, go to The Boscombe Valley Mystery

 

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Evil Eclairs (Donut Shop Mystery #4) by Jessica Beck

Lester Moorehead, the local  radio DJ is always complaining about something or somebody, and recently he has decided to take a shot at Suzanne Hart.

He has created a vendetta against donuts trying to get the shop and Suzanne shut down.

Suzanne and him get into a giant argument in which Suzanne says a few words in anger it would have been better of she had not said.

Especially when Lester is found dead, stuffed with one of Suzanne’s eclairs.

If Suzanne doesn’t figure out who the killer is, she might find herself being tried for the crime.

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was sooooo badly written.

I mean I’m serious about that, in fact I gave it one star.

It was a dumb premise, dumb plot, and I don’t know how these characters have kept their jobs/businesses as they are always going out solving crimes.

The person who ended up being the murderer was a stupid “twist'” and the reason Suzanne solved it made no sense at all.

Just a bad read all around.

For more Donut Shop Mystery reviews, go to Sinister Sprinkles

For more by Jessica Beck, go to Fatally Frosted

For more mystery reviews, go to The Andromeda Strain

Sinister Sprinkles

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With Christmas coming, I decided that I would review Christmas mysteries and Christmas recipes! I know I am behind, and am sorry. December has barely started, and I’m already tied up. Happens every year.

Well to kick-off this Christmas-polooza, here we go with:

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Sinister Sprinkles (A Donut Shop Mystery #3) by Jessica Beck

It’s Christmas time in April Springs, North Carolina. Suzanne is getting ready for the 19th Annual Winter Carnival, an even that occurs right before Christmas.

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However, this year’s event falls flat as her ex-husband’s ex-mistress, Darlene is found dead.

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What makes it even stranger, is that Darlene, a woman who inspires to be a Marilyn Monroe type girl, is found in another woman’s clothes; along with a wig to make her appear older.

Very suspicious

Now Max is suspected of the murder, and Suzanne finds her life all mixed around.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I did not like this book at all.

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I was very disappointed as I enjoyed the last book, Fatally Frosted

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I thought the storyline was not that good, and once again the cop thinks Suzanne did it, until evidence shows she couldn’t. In every book he suspects her, but is wrong. You think he would realize his stupid mistakes and move on.

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The mystery was lame and easily solvable.

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And this mystery has a weird feeling to it. Almost as if it is the final episode in a series. Suzanne’s boyfriend dumps her in the most horrible and stupid way. They’ve been dating for like a year and he pops out of the blue telling her he’s not over his wife. Why didn’t he mention something earlier?

How rude

Grace, Suzanne’s best friend, gets offered a job in California, one too good to turn down;

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And Suzanne starts to think that having a Donut Shop was a bad idea and she should do something different.

I never get to do anything fun.

Weird to do on the third book, especially since I know there is more books coming after. But maybe the author was thinking of stopping this series and doing something else?

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But of course in the end all is wrapped up with a shiny bow like a new present.

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Lots of customers come which convinces Suzanne she is right with having the donut shop; Grace gets a promotion but gets to stay; and Jake comes back and begs forgiveness.

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For me it is the end for a while. I was extremely disappointed with it and am taking a break from the series.

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I will say there is something good about this book, there were a lot of recipes I’m thinking of trying.

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For more Donut Shop Mysteries, go to Fatally Frosted

For more Christmas mysteries, go to Candy for Christmas

For more Winter Carnivals, go to Blueberry Muffin Murder

For more mysteries, go to Fudge Cupcake Murder

 

Fatally Frosted

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Fatally Frosted (A Donut Shop Mystery #2)

This is the sequel to Glazed Murder, and finds Suzanne Hart once again investigating a murder.

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Suzanne has recovered from her previous discovery of a dead body, is currently dating Jake Bishop, North Carolina Police Investigator, and has recently accepted an offer to give demos on her donut making.

Yep, a charity is putting on a kitchen tour; showing the top kitchens in April Springs, with chefs giving demos in each one. Suzanne’s friend Marge has her kitchen in the show and graciously asked Suzanne to show off the beautiful and functional features. Suzanne leaped at the chance as it allowed her free marketing, and the high possibility of more customers to her little shop.

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The only downside? Peg Masterson.

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Yep, Peg is a mean, gossipy, snobby woman who hates Suzanne and always gives her a hard time.

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But Suzanne is determined to have the best demonstrations out of the whole tour. She arrives early to Marge’s, but unfortunately has a run-in with Peg.

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Peg’s complaining once again. Ugh. Well, Suzanne just tries to put that behind her and move on.

She gets ready to start, when someone finds a dead body. Peg Masterson

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Canceling the tour.

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To make matters worse, the death is a rat poisoned coated, lemon filled, donut.

One of Suzanne’s donuts.

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Crap

Suzanne is once again the main suspect, propelling her into investigating the case. But this time more is on the line than her freedom, it’s her reputation and business.

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Thoughts After Reading:

So at first I found a hard time getting into this novel. It seemed like something I read before.

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I can’t think of an exact book, but this seemed so familiar, so much like some other small-town mystery novels.

I also thought that it was quite redundant. I mean the last book she was the main suspect, it seemed a bit cheap to have her number one suspect again.

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BUT then, then the mystery got really good. Peg turned out to be playing everyone and skimming off the top of her charity events. Then Suzanne discovers there are many people who want to get rid of Peg, and it is going to be a lot of work to figure out which one actually did her in.

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In fact it was in true Agatha Christie fashion. I thought it was one character, but just like the great Dame, Beck had one great twist in her.

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I say five out of five stars! 🙂

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For more Donut Shop Mysteries, go to Glazed Murder

Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken

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Thoughts prior to cooking:

This is a recipe I absolutely love and thought I would share with you all. It kinda fits with the previous book, Glazed Murderas Suzanne and Jake go out to eat at an Italian restaurant, but that’s all the connection. Be sure to give this recipe a try as I’m not kidding. It is delish!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 4 Skinless, boneless Chicken Breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 Carrots, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 10-oz package of frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 12-oz package of Angel Hair pasta
  • 2/3 Cup of Chicken Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dried Basil
  • 1/4 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; add chicken. Cook, stirring until chicken is cooked through. Remove from skillet

Begin heating water for pasta. Heat another tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet. Add carrots to skillet, cooking for 4 minutes. Add broccoli and garlic to skillet, cooking for two minutes.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Add chicken broth, basil, and Parmesan to skillet. Stir the skillet. Return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes.

Drain pasta. Place in a large serving bowl. Top with chicken and vegetables. Serve with added parmesan cheese if you so desire.

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Thoughts after cooking:

Love this recipe and could eat this pasta until I burst!

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For more recipes, go to Italian Flavor Fused Popcorn

Glazed Murder

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Glazed Murder (Donut Shop Mystery #1) by Jessica Beck

This is the first book in the Donut Shop Mystery novels. In this we are introduced to Suzanne Hart. Suzanne lives in the small town of April Springs. She was married to an actor, Max, who was a huge jerk and pretender. He cheated on her, and that was the end for Suzanne. Good-bye Max.

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As soon as the divorce was final, Suzanne bought the old railroad depot and changed it into a donut shop. She doesn’t even know why she picked donuts, but that’s what she wanted to do.

Life is very different as she had to move in with her mom, she has to get up at one in the morning in order to make all the donuts, and is trying to get her business off the ground. It doesn’t leave her much time for socializing, :(.

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She is helped out by a college student, and friend Emily. And she has her best friend Grace, who makes due with Suzanne’s alternate hours.

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One day as Suzanne is heading into work, she finds a dead body.

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Making her donut shop a crime scene and her the main suspect in his murder!!

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The Chief hates Suzanne and won’t look at any other person as the killer but her. This puts Suzanne on the case as she needs to find out who killed her customer and clear her name.

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Luckily the Chief isn’t the only one investigating. Hot, North Carolinian, State, Detective, Jake Bishop has been called in and it looks like he is interested in Suzanne for more than just her alibi. 😉

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Thoughts After Reading:

I didn’t really like this book. I thought it was alright, but the mystery was too easy to solve. It was pretty obvious who the killer was from the moment they were introduced.

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I also thought the characters were two one-dimensional. On a whole I didn’t enjoy it, BUT, BUT it is the first novel and it wasn’t as horrible as Lane Changes. It has the potential to be better, which means that I am going to give the second novel a try.

This book includes lots of recipes for donuts, but I never gave them a try. The main reason because I don’t want to prepare them and see how horrible they are for me. I want to be able to continue to eat and enjoy them.

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For more mystery reviews, go to The Dollhouse Murders