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Jessica Beck. Fatally Frosted. New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2010.

Things have settled down for Suzanne Hart.  State police investigator Jake Bishop, who readers met in the first book in this series, is now Suzanne’s boyfriend, and business at the donut shop has picked up.  Business is so good that Suzanne has received some hostile comments from the chief wedding cake creator in town; it seems some couples prefer trays of small baked goods to a traditional wedding cake.  But Suzanne has made friends too, and one of those friends, Marge Rankin, asks Suzanne to cook in her kitchen as part of the town’s Kitchen Extraordinaire Home Tour. Suzanne will make beignets–a new offering at her shop–and Marge will get to show off her newly renovated kitchen.

Suzanne is worried about using baking powder rather than yeast in the beignets and how the portable fryer will perform, but these turn out to be the least of her problems.  As the first group of visitors arrive, Peg Materson, tour organizer and town busybody, is found dead in Marge’s backyard–holding a lemon-filled donut from Suzanne’s shop. Just like that, the tour is canceled and Suzanne’s business is shutdown while police search the premises for the poison that killed Peg Masterson.  George Morris, an ex-cop who is one of Suzanne’s best customers, volunteers to do his own investigating.  Peg was a force to be reckoned with, but she was not well liked, except by a niece who she raised.  Friends, especially the other shop owners in downtown April Springs, rally to Suzanne’s side, and one of the pleasures of this novel is the way the author brings the town to life with a cast of interesting, likable characters.

Like the first book in this series, Glazed Murder, Fatally Frosted includes recipes and a charming map of the April Springs.

This is the second Donut Shop Mystery.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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Jessica Beck. Glazed Murder. New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2010.

Suzanne Hart is trying to rebuild her life after a divorce.  She’s back in her hometown, the fictional April Springs, North Carolina, living with her mom, and trying to make a go of it as the owner of the local donut shop, Donut Hearts.  Suzanne has made some changes to the shop since she took it over.  She’s added a range of donut flavors and redecorated with couches and comfy chairs to encourage people to linger rather than just get takeout. Keeping the regulars while attracting new customers is her goal.

And she wants all her customers to be alive, but just as she’s heating up the fryer one morning someone dumps a body outside Donut Hearts.  The police are quickly on the scene, but Suzanne gets a bad feeling about the investigation.  The police chief is still carrying a torch for Suzanne’s mom, who spurned him forty years ago.  Is that unsuccessful courtship the reason he is so hostile to Suzanne?  Or is there something fishy going on with the police department?  That might explain the presence of Jake Bishop, a state police investigator who warns Suzanne to let the proper authorities handle the case.  But Suzanne believes that she’s in danger and so she starts to look into the affairs (personal and professional) of the dead man.  Soon Suzanne is in danger, but she unexpectedly finds a new love.

This is the first book in the Donut Shop Mystery series.  As an extra gift to readers, it includes recipes for for some of the treats mentioned in the novel.

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Katy Munger. Out of Time. New York: Avon Books, 1998.

In the second book of the Casey Jones series, it is Casey’s client who is running out of time. Gail Honeycutt is on death row for killing her husband, her appeals are pretty much exhausted, and she only has a month before her execution, but she continues to declare her innocence. Unfortunately, Gail’s husband was a cop (maybe a dirty one) and Casey’s investigation into his death puts her on the wrong side of the local P.D., including her non-boyfriend Bill. Fingers are pointed at Casey when people connected to the case start dying and the donut-loving private detective has to find the killer before she is framed for his work.

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