Meet Suzanne Hart, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she's dubbed "The Great Impersonator," Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown.
But when a dead body is dumped on her doorstep like a sack of flour, Suzanne's cozy little shop becomes an all-out crime scene. Now, everyone in town is dropping by for glazed donuts and gruesome details. The retired sheriff warns her to be careful-and they're all suspects. Soon Suzanne-who finds snooping as irresistible as donuts-is poking holes in everyone's alibis.
©2010 Jessica Beck (P)2013 Jessica Beck
I will speak of the positives first. There are recipes included. The narrator Linda Bloom did a pretty good job giving the characters a voice.
Now the negatives. There is no reason for Suzanne to investigate this murder. She claims he's a friend as well as a customer, but there's no indication of any kind of friendship between them. She knows nothing about this guy. The characters, including Suzanne, are unlikable and uninteresting. Suzanne keeps telling her friends not to get involved because it's dangerous yet she insists on getting involved. She lacks people skills when talking to suspects. The book is slow paced and not very interesting. I read this book out of sheer determination because I paid for it!
It was okay
Other cozy mysteries but others were quite a bit better.
Fairly well, she changed her voice to some degree but I've heard better narrators. Her voice just seemed, what's a good word.... ummm.... plain maybe? I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it was just that the book wasn't exciting enough, fairly good book but no anticipation? Difficult to explain. Read it yourself and see. Love to see other reviews of this book.
No, it wasn't that type of book
I've read better cozy mysteries. A bit too simple, not really the kind of book that makes you anxious to "get back to it"... I did keep reading and it was okay but not a great book. Just seemed much too simple, no excitement, nothing kept me really enthralled and anxious to "turn the page", if you will.
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