Usually, I don't care for culinary mystery series, but I needed a cozy mystery break and this one sounded good. It lived up to my expectations for a book that entertained, had a good mystery and was a relaxing read.
No one makes homemade donuts like Suzanne Hart does in her donut shop, Donut Hearts. In the opening of this book, Suzanne is very nervous about an upcoming event organized by perfectionist town resident, Peg Masterson. Peg has redone her kitchen and has engaged Suzanne to go through the steps of making donuts and then serving them to those coming through on a kitchen tour. Peg doesn't like donuts, but she will eat one of Suzanne's lemon donuts once in a while. Suzanne had just made some of Peg's favorites.
The kitchen tour has barely started when a murder occurs. The murder weapon is found in the deceased's hand and it happens to be a lemon donut with a bite out of it. The town police look straight at Suzanne and Donut Hearts as the suspect. Suzanne is a good amateur sleuth, and with the help of her sometimes-boyfriend and her ex-husband, she manages an investigation of her own.
This is a very good cozy series and the characters are very likeable, especially Suzanne and her overbearing, but well-meaning mother. Her donut shop has a feeling of reality to it, and her helper, Emma, is a good character, too, and both have a great work ethic.
The book is full of donut recipes that are so delicious-sounding, they are to die for.