Book Review: “Tragic Toppings” by Jessica Beck (Donut Shop Mystery #5)


Title:  Tragic Toppings

Author:  Jessica Beck

Series:  Donut Shop Mystery #5

Synopsis (from

Donut shop owner Suzanne Hart sees customers come and go all day long. But when one of them up-and-disappears, the police start asking questions. It seems Suzanne is the last person to have seen Emily Hargraves, who runs the local newsstand. Suzanne has nothing to report about their encounter. But when Emily doesn’t turn up, no news is bad news…

Suzanne has to admit that Emily’s last request was a little odd—a blueberry donut made to order, with chocolate icing, sprinkles, stars, and a chewy sour gummy worm coiled on top. Odder still: Suzanne’s ex-husband Max also appears to be missing. But what really takes the cake? The corpse Suzanne finds hanging from a tree in the park. Who knew donut-making could turn out to be such dangerous business…

 My thoughts:
As you know already if you have read my last blog post, I am working my way through the Donut Shop Mystery series to catch up on the series.  (Oh dear if this was the only cozy series I had to catch up on, how lucky that would be. . . but alas that is not the case, so many books, so little time.  But I digress!)
I truly enjoy this entire series.  As I have said before I find the main characters, Suzanne and her best friend Grace, really great . . . fun, charming, successful, strong-willed.  Now that I am reading the books closer together, I am finding that I am really enjoying watching Suzanne grow as the series moves along.  She is strong, successful, and ready to meet her amateur sleuthing responsibilities head on.  Go Suzanne!
I know there are more books for me to catch up on, but I am hoping the next couple of books show me how this relationship between Jake and Suzanne is moving along . . . or not moving along?  Do tell Jessica Beck, do tell!!
A great, light cozy mystery read set in a great location that will leave your mouth watering just thinking about the donuts she talks about in her shop!  Yum!
Oh and by the way . . . I am not ashamed to admit that I have actually been thinking about buying a small deep fryer so I can actually try some of those delectable donut recipes the author has in the book!
And remember,
Books Are Life,

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