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"Evil Eclairs" - Donut Shop Mystery.
This is one of those series that is not for everybody. It is cozy, warm, comfortable, fluffy. If this is not your type, then please do not read. We are all different, and we like different types of books. I prefer this type of mysteries: the cozy, loving, homy, warm, secure & comfortable over the non-cozy, dry, more serious and less loving, cold, uncomfortable type.
In this particular book, "Evil Eclairs", Suzanne Hart, the main character, is determined to the find the killer. Someone is murdered and her eclair is stuffed down his throat. Did someone put it there to make it appear as though he choked on Suzanne's eclair? Or did he really choke on it? Either way, it doesn't look good on Suzanne. Will customers continue to come to her donut shop? Or will they be frightened by that eclair? How will Suzanne pay her bills and make her living if business slows down because of that eclair?
Suzanne's friend, retired police officer George, as usual, helps her to solve the murder. Is he safe? Has he gone too far for Suzanne? George is a true friend of Suzanne's, and will anything for her.
Suzanne and her best friend Grace interview suspects and do some interesting sleuthing. Emma, Suzanne's assistant, manages to run the donut shop by herself when Suzanne is sleuthing. I love and admire Emma. She is young, but yet responsible and mature and trustworthy. I "imagine" her as the bouncy, attractive, pretty, full of youth and energy type, but also has a good head on her shoulders. Emma will go far and is the type that will be a good mother when the time comes.
Characterization is done really good. I feel as though I know these characters.
I especially love Suzanne's mother. She loves Suzanne so much. The love in that house is so thick, you can feel it in your bones (and in your heart) when you are reading the book. I feel that cottage (that Suzanne and her mother live in) is a thick block of pure love. Go inside (actually, as soon as you get on the porch) and you are transformed. All hatred stays outside and you are a different person. I can literally feel the love in that house. It is more than just a building; it is a home in which you are protected and safe from all danger and harm. I loooooove Suzanne's mother.
This series has gotten a lot of negative reviews. But like I said earlier, it is not for everyone. But you should know whether or not you are the type that prefers the cozy, fluffy, loving, comfortable, warm mystery series or if you prefer the more solemn, serious mystery series. And if you are not sure, you can always try one, and if you don't like it, you don't have to read anymore. (If you don't like one in the series, you probably wouldn't like the others, either.) So if don't like one, I wouldn't recommend you continue on.
Suzanne Hart runs a donut shop called "Donut Hearts" and this series is one of the coziest, warmest, homiest, most comfortablable, most loving series I've ever read.
Highly recommended if you enjoy this type of books.