If you're hungry, now is not the time to read about Jessica Beck's Glazed Murder. If you're not hungry for a donut and a cup of coffee after reading the first in the Donut Shop mystery, you're a stronger person than me. (And, I don't even drink coffee.)
It was so early in the morning that Suzanne Hart, owner of Donut Hearts, was probably one of the few people awake in April Springs, North Carolina. She was making donuts at 2 a.m., when someone dumped a body on her doorstep, the body of a friend, banker Patrick Blaine. And, Suzanne feared the killer might have seen her in the light from her shop.
Since the local police chief isn't particularly fond of Suzanne, and she doesn't know the attractive state police officer working the murder case, Suzanne is a little uneasy. When she realizes that her own life might be in danger, she starts her own investigation. Despite protests from her mother and the police, Suzanne and a couple friends take matters into their hands. Their investigation uncovers money problems, business problems, and women problems for the banker Suzanne thought she knew.
Glazed Murder marks the solid debut for a new series. Sometimes it's hard to accept an amateur sleuth poking around in an investigation. In this case, Suzanne feels threatened, and the local and state police don't trust each other. It seems a natural move for the donut shop owner to take action to protect herself.
Beck provides readers with recipes, humor, interesting characters, a hard-working sleuth, and keeps readers guessing to the end. Glazed Murder is an appetizing treat, hopefully, a taste of more mysteries to come.
Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck. St. Martin's Press, ©2010. ISBN 9780312946104 (paperback), 301p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this ARC from the publisher, in order to review it.