Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Tragic Toppings - 5th in the Donut Shop Mystery series
Author: Jessica Beck
Publisher: Minotaur (St. Martins)
Release Date: September 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
Things were going well and good in Suzanne Hartís life and business, Donut Hearts. Until the moment Chief Martin walked in the door, and not to buy a donut or cup of coffee. It seems that Emily, owner of the newsstand, had gone missing just after being in the donut shop. Anyone who knows Emily knows she would never willingly leave her newsstand unlocked and unattended. Especially with Cow, Spots, and Moose there, alone.
It took a little sleuthing to figure out what happened to Emily. But come to find out, Emilyís honorary uncle, Tim, has been missing, too. Is it a coincidence? Suzanne and her best friend Grace sure hope so.
Yes, they found Tim. Hanging from the Patriot Tree.
Who in their community, their county, would want to kill Tim? (Providing he was murdered) He was respected and liked by everyone. Time to do some serious sleuthing. With Grace, George, and Suzanneís law enforcement boyfriend Jake on the case with her theyíre bound to find the answers quickly. Right?
Wrong! The more they learn about Tim and his personal life, things they never had an inkling about, the more discombobulated the case gets. Plus, something dear to Suzanne goes missing. Sheís sure itís not a coincidence but is related to the case. She sees this as a personal attack, which makes her all the more determined to nab the person(s) responsible.
Sadly for Suzanne, as the case comes to a head, she finds herself on her own. And solving it may cost her, her life.
I really have enjoyed this series. Iíve come to look forward to each new book with anticipation of whatís in store, not only for Suzanne and her sleuthing crew, but me as a reader, too. With the characters easy interaction, the thought process that goes into their investigating, and the even-paced timing, the reader is easily transported to April Springs for the duration of the story.
A comfy, cozy mystery filled with friendship, romance, and recipes. Could a reader ask for more?
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