Evil Eclairs

Donut Shop Mysteries, #4

Suzanne Hart, owner of the donut shop Donut Hearts, just can't seem to stay out of the latest scandal happening in April Springs, North Carolina. It seems that the local news jockey, Lester Moorefield, has chosen to use Suzanne and her donut business as the next on air topic for all of April Springs to hear. He feels that her shop should be closed down because essentially she's supplying people with deadly, toxic sugar fixes and is causing the local population to slowly become obese. Being outraged by his diatribe, she decides to put an end to this harassment and drives down to the WAPS station to give Lester a piece of her mind. But as she arrives, it seems that Lester has disappeared out the back door after he finished his show. She is told by his producer that he's probably on a cigarette break outside the employee entrance. Sure enough, he's there and as soon as she approaches him she lets him verbally have it. Feeling satisfied that she told him off; she heads home and gets ready for bed.

As she's working at her shop the next morning, she's shaken to her core that Lester has decided to make her his next target and she worries that his rant will have repercussions on her business financially. She and her assistant, Emma, have everything ready to open the shop up for the day's business. When Suzanne unlocks the front door, she notices that one of the local police cruisers is pulling into her parking lot. One of her police friends, Stephen Grant, approaches her and it's not for a social visit or to pick up some coffee and donuts for himself. He's been told by the police chief to pick Suzanne up and bring her to the WAPS station because they have a murder on their hands and it seems she just might know something about it.

When she arrives at the radio station she can't believe what she's being told. Lester has been murdered and it seems that whoever killed him used one of her pastries as the weapon. Just as she's done in the past, she begins her own investigation with her closest friends, Grace and George, to get to the bottom of this case so they can clear her name of any wrongdoings before the case gets totally out of control. But it seems as they start digging for information, they find out quite a few things about people that would surprise any citizen of April Springs. Now the investigation has just become harder to solve because the list of suspects keeps growing by the minute.

The question is does Suzanne and her friends find the real murderer before the chief locks Suzanne up and charges her with committing the crime?

As always Ms. Beck supplies her readers with a fun, murder filled mystery that you just can't put down. Her characters are well-rounded individuals that you just can't help but fall in love with. I love that the series keeps involving all her characters and I eagerly look forward to seeing who the next victim is in each new book she writes. Although this is a series, each book can stand-alone without a problem. If you're in the mood for a fun, light mystery and you're looking for a few chuckles here and there from Suzanne and her friends' antics, than look no further. This is a series that's a definite keeper in my library and I've enjoyed it so much I've gotten friends hooked on the series as well. Don't pass this one up!

Book Blurb for Evil Eclairs

Donut shop owner Suzanne Hart admits her sweet treats don’t exactly qualify as health food. But does she really deserve to be labeled a “killer” by local radio jockey Lester Moorefield? The annoying host is urging citizens to boycott Suzanne’s “deadly dough” factory—until he’s found dead himself, stuffed with one of Suzanne’s éclairs…

Everyone in April Springs knows about the feud between Lester and Suzanne, which makes her the number-one suspect. She tries to use the donut defense—donuts don’t kill people, people kill people—but that cream-filled éclair at the scene of the crime has the whole town filled with suspicion. If Suzanne can’t figure out who killed the radio star, she’ll soon be filling a prison cell instead of a pastry… 

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 5.00