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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 abouDonut 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…...

Title : Evil Eclairs
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ISBN : 9780312541071
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Number of Pages : 277 Pages
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Evil Eclairs Reviews

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-02-18 11:17

    A nasty radio personality does a editorial opinion piece on our favorite donut maker, Suzanne's "Donut Hearts" in April Springs, that leaves, us, the readers, incensed. You can imagine Susanne's feelings as a call for boycotts are issued.As Suzanne reminds us "donuts don't kill people, people kill people," but April Springs isn't quite so sure about that when the nasty man turns up dead with an eclair at the scene!I really like this series. I enjoy the gentle, laid-back, feel of the Southern living in April Springs. I enjoy the relationships of our Sleuth and her family, friends, romances. This was a good book and I'm ready to read "Tragic Toppings."

  • Judy
    2019-02-08 12:23

    Being on a diet had me craving for a doughnut. Since I can't have 'em, will just read about them. This series is now 20 books long, I am curious on how Jessica Beck will sustain Suzanne, who still remains one of my favorite cozy heroines. This is book is just like how a doughnut should be, a breather, light and easy reading and revs your sugar rush. Though I got who the killer was toward the end (angle I wasn't expecting). 2 out of 4 so far.

  • Amanda McGill
    2019-01-27 08:13

    The 4th novel in the Donut Shop series was a bit of a letdown compared to the other novels in the series. A local radio commentator Lester Moorefield goes off on Suzanne's donut shop saying how donuts are killing people. After Suzanne pays Lester a visit to give him a piece of her mind, he is found dead with an eclair shoved down his throat. Suzanne is the one number suspect, so she teams up with her friends to find the killer. The novel started off great, it was fast paced and had the murder with the first few chapters. However, around the midway point, the novel started to get a bit boring and I got a pick tired of Suzanne asking everyone what their alibi was. Still liking the series though and will continue on.

  • Robin
    2019-01-23 11:18

    I liked this book. I love eclairs so the title page got me salivating. This book is the usual premise. A lady owns a doughnut shop, someone is murdered. Small town life, which I find endearing, and like most southern women she has a strong minded momma, who is forever watching her daughter's back. Someone on the goodreads posted they were reading this book, and since Diane Mott Davidson latest book hasn't been requested by me from the library yet, I wanted to read something along those lines.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-17 14:21

    Another great book by Jessica Beck... Just realized all the other books in the series that I've yet to read and will need to hunt down. Excellent series for those who love a good light murder mystery!

  • Ali
    2019-02-08 11:09

    Not my favorite book of the series...a little slow, no real mystery or intrigue, and a fairly obvious murderer right from the get go. Maybe I'm just getting bored with series in general, but this one was very lackluster to me.

  • Brenda Kirton
    2019-01-20 13:07

    I can't decide about this series. They're not bad but they are like a reworking of the Hannah Swenson series by Joanne Fluke. And the characters are almost formulatic.

  • Jayne
    2019-02-02 11:58

    The best thing about this story is the inclusion of donut recipes.

  • Karen
    2019-02-13 11:15

    Cute light reading, took me a night to read. I liked this series. It's just like the fact that this series is like joanne flukes series, just with donuts and yummy recipes.

  • Kirsten Anderson
    2019-01-23 12:04

    I accept that cozy mysteries are a little light on character development and plot plausibility compared to other literary fare, but these novels take my patience for that too far. I'm tired of reading about Suzanne pestering people for an alibi constantly, her cold, non-romantic relationship with Jake, and the limited inner dialogue. Inner dialogue is what gives characters more depth, and there is not enough of that in these novels. The scenes move so fast with little depth and it makes me just not care what is going to happen. The breaking point for me was early on in this novel when the clown came into the store and Suzanne refused him service because she was traumatized by a clown as a child. Seriously? Refusing service? Then having all the other customers cheer? That just made Suzanne (and the other townspeople) even more unlikable. A good author knows that discrimination is not something that the main character should be involved in. This incident is odd enough that it is surely something related to the mystery, but I just don't care to find out. There are plenty of other cozy mysteries out there that do a great job of writing likable, deep characters, so I'll just focus on those.

  • Debbie
    2019-01-21 08:23

    I'll admit- this fourth book in the series shows some improvement after the second and third ones fell flat for me. I still think that the romantic subplot between Suzanne and Jake could be left out of the story altogether and it wouldn't really matter. I think that the author either needs to show us some real emotion, or just remove it altogether. The actual mystery was definitely better in this story than the last one, however, I always wonder about these things when I'm reading this series: Why would anyone want to stay in this town or hang around Suzanne after four murders have happened (in quick succession) around her?! And why is it that Suzanne is the only one capable of solving these mysteries with her "bumbling" around, while both the local and state police are always several steps behind?At least the ending was a bit of a surprise in this one, and Suzanne's relationship with George shows some actual development. To me that was the best part of this addition to the series.

  • C
    2019-02-04 12:10

    A nonsensical snafu: when one of the suspects is introduced, he's delivering sinister threats to the main character about not telling his wife he's having an affair; later in the plot, his alibi for the murder is he was proposing to the woman that afterwards he found out was already married and this made him upset -- the author seems to have completely forgotten he was also married (and therefore shouldn't be proposing in the first place, or at least shouldn't mind his intended fiancee's similar status). Otherwise, a pleasant read but very slowly paced, giving you time to spend with the characters.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-25 07:17

    Local radio personality Lester Moorefield is known for going after residents, and when he rants and raves against donuts (specifically Suzanne Hart's donuts), she happens to hear it...and she heads down there and gives him a piece of her mind. When he's found murdered the next day, with one of her eclairs stuffed in his mouth, she's on the suspect list. Suzanne, George, and Grace take to the streets to find the real killer while endangering themselves.Had a feeling I'd already read this one while reading...maybe I've read too many of this genre.

  • Michael crage
    2019-01-31 10:22

    This was a fun book. The main character, Suzanne Hart, owns and runs a donut shop seven days a week. A radio jockey urges people to boycott her donut shop because it is deadly. She gets into a tiff with him, and the next morning he is found dead with an elair stuffed in his mouth. The police interviewed her as a suspect, but let her go. But heer business has gone down because of the suspicion that she is a murderer. Therefore he decides that she has to find the murderer herself.

  • Yvonne Crawford
    2019-02-11 13:14

    loved it

  • Cathy
    2019-02-03 10:23

    The police allow the owner of a doughnut shop, who is considered a murder suspect, to conduct an investigation of the murder of a local radio personality.

  • Julie Fetcho
    2019-01-28 11:02

    Enjoy Jessica Beck's books. They are a quick and easy to read. They definitely have the small town flavor.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-12 07:18

    Evil Eclairs is a Mystery/Suspense novel. It is a little different from others in the genre because it tends to revolve around the donuts and the donut shop. The Donut Shop Mystery Series and Evil Eclairs focus' on Suzanne Hart, Jake Bishop and the murder of Lester Moorefield. Suzanne is owner of Donut Hearts. Jake Bishop is her boyfriend and also an investigator with the State Police. Whenever Suzanne is pulled into a murder and starts investigating it on her own she enlists the help of George Morris and Grace Gauge. All of the characters are very believable and have flaws or shortcomings just like us. They live in a small town so everyone knows everyone. This makes for very interesting situations when it comes to Suzanne trying to question someone about the murder that has happened.Suzanne is my favorite character. She loves her shop that she has started. She is confident in herself and her relationships with others. When things happen and her shop is questioned she isn't afraid of standing up and even getting into a few confrontations because of it. She loves her family and friend unconditionally. I enjoy reading about the mornings when Suzanne makes the donuts and opens the shop. It's fun to read about her interactions with Emma her assistant and the customers that come in. The parts where Suzanne and Grace are going around making up stories so that they can question people about the current murder are always interesting to read. Suzanne and Grace work very well together. I don't really care for the scenes when a character that you've come to love is hurt or are being put in a position where they may get hurt. But at the same time I understand that it is a part of the story line and that there is a reason for it.Jessica Beck's writing style has a nice easy flow to it. It makes it very easy to read and nothing felt rushed. Evil Eclairs is a nice easy read, easy to understand so no rereading was needed for me. All plot twists or points seemed to fit and worked towards the final reveal. I was pulled so far into the story line that at parts I was worried about the characters. At other times I found myself laughing at some of the things they did and said.I will definitely be continuing with the Donut Shop Mystery Series. Also I would recommend this book to all who enjoy reading murder mysteries mixed with light humor and romance.

  • Heather
    2019-01-29 09:15

    Title: Evil EclairsAuthor: Jessica BeckSeries: Donut Shop Mystery #4Synopsis (from 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…My thoughts:Well I have gotten back to my desire to finish up the Donut Shop mysteries and I am sure glad I decided to do so.I truly enjoy this series. Of course I love the location . .. and like most of my cozy series, I truly so wish that I had a shop like Donut Hearts in my community where I could hang out and have such lovely people! Ok, yes folks . . . I like to live in my books :)I also truly enjoy the characters in this series. Suzanne and especially her best friend, Grace, are fun, charming, endearing, and just a pleasure to read.Overall, a great foodie themed series! If you are a fan of cozy mysteries and particularly foodie cozies . . . definitely give this series a try!And remember,Books Are Life,

  • Annamarie
    2019-01-31 13:01

    Returning to Donut Hearts where Suzanne cannot seem to live a quite simple life as a donut shop owner in a small town; where everyone knows each others business (whether they like it or not). A few months since the incidents of Sinister Sprinkles Suzanne is up and running again and right in the middle of a fight with the town radio host who seems to have a bone to pick with our hero. Saying that her donuts are death treats, the icing is the metaphorical glue that seals their coffins because of their ill-informed decision to eat Suzanne's tasty treats.Without thinking Suzanne picks a fight with Lester, quickly composing herself she tries to continue her day as normal, but when a police escort shows up to take Suzanne away she soon regrets her rash actions. Because Lester has now been murdered; an eclair shoved into his mouth, and Suzanne is the number one suspect. With help from her best friends Grace and George Suzanne is at work yet again trying to clear her name and rid her town of yet another murder. Jessica Beck brining to life yet again a dreadfully sweet murder mystery with her lovable cast of characters that live nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. This is a great read for a summer day laying in the backyard relaxing.

  • Carol
    2019-01-26 11:12

    Evil Éclairs by Jessica Back was an easy reading cozy for me. Right type I love to read when I am not feeling good. I love doughnuts but have diabetes so I haven’t eaten one in years. I think if I can’t eat them at least I can still read about them. The main character, Suzanne Hart has a donut shop so there are doughnut recipes sprinkled throughout the book.This is the first of the cozies that I have ever read that I figured out the killer at the beginning of the book! One clue really stood out and then there was another one at about the end. So the mystery wasn’t the chief thing with this book. It was the characters that I loved. Suzanne is a role model for all workaholics, her mother is very sweet and sensible and her boyfriend was adorable. That was the same for the previous books. So this book is like going home and seeing your mom and your best friends and that is good enough for me. I was glad to read about old George Morris, a retired law enforcer.I love the drawing of April Springs, North Carolina in the front of the book. It made it so easy to visualize the small town in the tale. So when I feel down, I will pick up another Jessica Beck cozy for a comfort read.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-04 14:03

    The 4th book in the Donut Shop mystery series has Suzanne going up against her nemesis on the radio, Lester Moorefield, who once again is denouncing her sweet treats as deadly on his show and tells his audience to boycott her shop. Unable to control herself, Suzanne heads down to the radio station and gives him a piece of her mind when she catches him outside. When he later shows up dead with one of Suzanne's eclairs stuffed down his throat, Suzanne becomes a suspect. In order to help clear her name and reputation, Suzanne begins her own investigation, with help from her friends. It turns out that she is not the only person Lester had a vendetta against, and he even had an estranged wife that no one knew about. When one of them gets too close to the truth, an accident occurs that is potentially life threatening, so the group must solve the case before another death occurs. This was another amusing cozy mystery in the series. While some of the circumstances were a bit contrived, overall it was a fun, easy read, and included some interesting recipes throughout the book.

  • AngryGreyCat
    2019-01-20 13:03

    Evil Eclairs is the fourth in the Donut Shop Mystery series that I am thoroughly enjoying despite myself. I am one of the terrible people donut shop owner Suzanne Hart would not want to deal with in that I really don’t like donuts. It says a lot about the quality of the series that I can enjoy it even with a theme that does not appeal to me at all. The characters of Suzanne, Grace and George are fun to read about and make a great crime solving team. The addition of George as a sidekick is one of the aspects of this series that I really like. In this outing, Suzanne’s livelihood is threatened by an obnoxious shock jock type of DJ, who ends up dead right after an argument with her. Suzanne wants to solve the murder to protect her business and her reputation . Well written, fun to read cozy mystery.

  • Luffy
    2019-02-02 11:17

    I was flummoxed for once concerning my rating of Evil Eclairs. I've always prioritized a strong finish, and I loved knowing the identity of the murder, and maybe so will you. The issue with this book is that for one fifth of it's duration little, if anything, happens.There was no real purpose to the investigation and there were too many interludes during the said inquiry. The previous book was action packed. But this one holds its own. Slowly, events did accumulate, giving us an illusion of overload. It's a fairly unfair 3/5 stars, but then when compared to better books, I simply can't give it a four. Reading the Donut Shop Mysteries is one of the highlights of my readership and I particularly like the fact that I'll be ending my reading challenge for the year with half of the books read - from now till the end - being Jessica Beck's.

  • Kim
    2019-01-29 09:15

    There's something about being able to sit down and read an entire book in about 6 hours that is just so caliming.This is the fourth donut shop book in the series, and I liked it, but it got bogged down a bit by too much exposition. Not that it ruined the experience, far from it in fact, but there were times when the Suzanne went into odd introspective dialogues and it left me wondering why she was telling me about what she was thinking.But, definitely a gold donut shop mystery. I love the cozy vibe, and despite some issues with not going very deep, the mystery is still good. I was actually able to figure out the murderer, which to me is a bonus because it makes me feel smart! It would be a good beach read since it isn't deep and doesn't ask too much from your brain.

  • Fmorlan
    2019-01-30 10:14

    Suzanne Hart runs donut hearts. When their local radio station runs an editorial about her serving donuts and that they were poison, she berates Lester the host for saying those accusations on the radio. Unfortunately, he ends up dead. She starts investigating when Jake her boyfriend is assigned the case. She has plenty of suspects and her friends Grace and George help her investigate. She is also dealing with her mother who may start to date but unfortunately it might be the chief of police (not Suzanne's favorite). In the end the killer is caught, i will say it was a surprise to me. Good book, quick read.

  • Nancy H
    2019-02-14 14:17

    This book is #4 in the Donut Shop Mystery series, and in it, Suzanne rapidly becomes a murder suspect when Lester, an acid-tongued radio commentator, trashes her donut shop and announces to the world that she is selling poison. When he is killed with an eclair stuffed in his mouth shortly after her confrontation with him in the radio station parking lot, she is the major suspect because it was an eclair from her shop. Suzanne gets help from her friends Grace and George, and her state police inspector boyfriend Jake, as her digs deeper into Lester's world to see who wanted him dead.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-31 15:15

    Suzanne Hart does it again. This divine doughnut maker has landed herself and her assorted batch of family and friends in yet another murder investigation...Will they be able to survive this one? There are more suspects than ever when the local trouble maker/disk jockey turns up dead after a heated argument with Suzanne, and unfortunately one of her confections has been found at the crime scene. What is a girl to do?Who can you trust when the suspect pool is larger than the town of April Springs?

  • Kyrie
    2019-02-03 13:57

    I don't usually food based mysteries. They make me way too hungry while I'm reading. But the cover got my attention in the library, so I picked it up.It was a good story about a sleuthing doughnut shop owner. Someone tried to frame her for murder by shoving an eclair down the throat of a murder victim.It's apparently one of a series, and despite not coming in at the beginning, I had little trouble following relationships or the story line. That was a bonus. I wasn't crazy enough about it to rush out and get the others in the series, but I wouldn't avoid them either.

  • Robin
    2019-02-16 13:59

    Jessica Beck writes a nice mystery & shares some yummy recipes. The characters are a lot of fun. The recipes give me something useful that I'll remember this story every time I use them in the kitchen.The book was a good read & I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a light hearted mystery. The ending on this one surprised me which can be a little hard to do.Two thumbs up. I will be looking for more of the books from this series to read!