Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Evil Eclairs - 1st in the Library Lover's Mystery series
Author: Jessica Beck
Publisher: Minotaur (St. Martins)
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, April Springs NC
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Jessica's Website/Blog: www.donutmysteries.com
Her donuts are poison? Suzanne Hart is furious. How dare Lester malign Donut Hearts on his live, evening radio broadcast with his lies! Without giving it a momentís thought, she makes her way to the station, steaming. Sheís ready for a confrontation. If civility doesnít work, that is.
Perhaps getting in Lesterís face hadnít been one of her better ideas. Heís soon found dead, with one of her ťclairs as the possible weapon of choice. Now her livelihood and reputation is in danger, not only from Lesterís lies, but his death, too.
Suzanne being Suzanne, sheís not going to take it on the chin. Immediately she and her best friends, Grace and George, set out to uncover the truth. Strategies are planned, questions are asked, secrets are revealed, and it seems as if there is a killer who doesnít want to get caught.
But Suzanne has other ideas.
Iíve read all the books in the Donut Shop series and I must say I think this is by far my favorite. Suzanne seems more relaxed yet still strong and stubborn (maybe a wee bit sometimes) while exuding a likable persona. I see her, Jake (boyfriend), Grace (BFF), and George (good friend) as an adult Nancy Drew team and that makes the book/series all the more enjoyable to readÖitís more flavorful with its small town grapevine news delivery. Unfortunately (for Suzanne) any feeling of close-knit community scatters when thereís a murder and one of her creations is involved.
Ms. Beck has a great strategy with the wheel spinning and pointing to any number of suspects and motives, itís really anybodyís guess as to the who and why.
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