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Illegally Iced

A Donut Shop Mystery

Donut Shop Mysteries

St. Martin's Paperbacks

Illegally Iced

Jessica Beck

Donut shop owner Suzanne Hart knows how to treat her customers. But sometimes life can get a bit sticky. When a spat she has with a local blacksmith—one that could have been solved with a handshake and a mixed dozen—ends with his murder, Suzanne is caught dead in her tracks. Suddenly everyone in April Springs has their eyes on her. And they’re hungry with suspicion. 

Left with little choice but to catch the killer herself, Suzanne starts lining up suspects. But her case is full of holes. How did the killer strike in the middle of the day without a single witness to the crime? Who knew that the humble blacksmith was actually an heir to a family fortune? The heat is on as Suzanne tries to solve the case and save her business. Can she have her cake-donut and eat it too?

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CHAPTER 1
 
 
I heard the woman’s scream coming from the park across the street just as I closed the front door of my shop a little after eleven-fifteen on a rare chilly day near the first of May. I was ready for warmer temperatures—along with the rest of April Springs, North Carolina, where I ran Donut Hearts—but the unseasonable cold snap had forced us all into our jackets again. The “Donuts” in the name of my business is pretty self-explanatory, and the “Hearts” part is, too, if you know that my name is Suzanne Hart. I bought the donut
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Praise for Illegally Iced

Praise for the Donut Shop Mysteries by Jessica Beck 

“A delight. Suzanne Hart is a lovable amateur sleuth who has a hilariously protective mother and great donut recipes! Readers will have a blast with this book.” —Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of Fatally Flaky

“A tribute to comfort food and to the comfort of small town life. With great donut recipes!” —JoAnna Carl, author of The Chocolate Cupid Killings

“If you like donuts—and who doesn’t?—you’ll love this mystery. It’s like a trip to your favorite coffee shop, but without the calories!” —Leslie Meier, author of the Lucy Stone mysteries New Year’s Eve Murder and Wedding Day Murder

“The perfect comfort read: a delicious murder, a likeable heroine, quirky Southern characters—and donut recipes!” —Rhys Bowen, Agatha and Anthony award–winning author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mysteries

“A yummy new treat in the culinary mystery genre. Skillfully weaving donut recipes throughout a well-plotted story, the author proves that life after divorce can be sweet; all you need are good friends, your own business, and comfort food. Delicious!” —Tamar Myers, author of Death of a Rug Lord and The Cane Mutiny

“A sugary concoction that provides readers a glimpse through the donut hole of living in a small town.” —Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews

“Along with the hilarious plot, author Jessica Beck treats the readers to a few recipes strategically placed within the novel. Sinister Sprinkles will keep you guessing until the very end.” —The Mystery Librarian

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Fiction Review: Illegally Iced: A Donut Shop Mystery by Jessica Beck. St. Martin's, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-00107-8
Beck's frothy ninth outing for April Springs, N.C., donut shop owner Suzanne Hart (after 2012's Powdered Peril) wastes no time in whipping up a bloody mix of murder and sweets. Though Suzanne had been
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jessica Beck loves donuts, and has the figure to prove it. It's amazing what people can convince themselves is all in the name of research! For each recipe featured in the donut mysteries, a dozen more are tried and tested. Jessica Beck is the penname of an author who has been nominated for the Agatha Award and named an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association national bestseller nearly a dozen times. When not concocting delicious treats, Beck enjoys the rare snowfalls near her home in the foothills of North Carolina.
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A Donut Shop Mystery

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