Peaches and Cream Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy – Book 41 by Susan Gillard

Peaches and Cream Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy – Book 41 by Susan Gillard

Heather Shepherd and her baking assistants from her popular bakery, Donut Delights finally got home after their vacation in Florida. All of Hillside, Texas is happy to have the bakery open again so they can once again dine on Heather’s donut delights. No one is happier than long time client Eva Schneider who has brought her friend Carly LaFonte.

Carly is not in a good mood and Eva explains that Carly has lost her  favorite sterling silver necklace. But Eva’s friend is not a nice person and even Eva says that she doesn’t trust her.

But before Heather can think much about mean Carly her husband, Police Detective Ryan Shepherd, calls and tells Heather that yet another murder has taken place in their home town. This time the victim is Shane Price who owns the Tourism Depot. Heather leaves for the store to investigate the murder as she is hired by the Hillside Police Department to work with them as a consultant.

There is a broken window at the back of the store and Heather thinks that this might be the place where the murderer entered but Ryan tells her that the spray pattern of the glass proves otherwise. He also believes that the crime scene was tampered with because there is no evidence at all. It’s almost as if the killer cleaned up after himself.

Shane’s wife and ex beauty queen, Hannah, is on the suspect list because she doesn’t seem all that upset over the death of her husband, is more concerned about his will, and she had a quick alibi for the time he was killed.

Tristan Turner, who worked for Shane and found his body, is also on the suspect list as is another of Shane’s employees, Jean LaFonte, who supposedly had been having an affair with Shane. Making things more interesting is that Jean is also the granddaughter of Eva’s friend, Carly.

Heather and her friend, Amy Givens, investigates and finds out a few things. Shane and Tristan argued all the time; others also believe that Jean was having an affair with her Shane; and Carly is getting very defensive about her granddaughter and is loudly warning Heather to stay away from Jean.

So many suspects but Heather and Amy will help the Hillside Police find the killer while still creating some luscious donuts in their free time.

“Peaches and Cream Murder” by Susan Gillard is the 41st installment of her Donut Hole Cozy Mystery Series and of course it’s another good one. All the usual characters are present and accounted for and ready to help Heather in any way possible.

This is a cute series and each book can be read in a day. The murders are interesting and easy to follow. No wonder Ms. Gillard has such a huge fan base. Yet another Donut Hole Mystery not to be missed.

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Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy – Book 40 (Donut Hole Cozy Mystery) by Susan Gillard

Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy – Book 40 (Donut Hole Cozy Mystery) by Susan Gillard

Everybody needs a vacation every so often and Heather Shepherd surprises her baking assistants with a vacation after all their hard work baking donuts. Off they went from Hillside, Texas to sunny Key West, Florida to swim, sail, eat a lot, have lots of fun, and maybe think of some new kinds of donuts to bake.

Florida is one steamy state but Heather and her assistants are used to the heat in Texas but Florida’s weather seems to be worse. So one night Heather leaves her hotel room to get a breath of steamy air when what does she find but a dead body. No matter where she goes there’s always a murder that she needs to investigate.

This victim is a woman lying beside a pool with blue-gray jelly blobs next to her. The woman,  Daphne Wilder, is a waitress from the hotel and it looks like the murder weapon of choice was jellyfish. She went into anaphylactic shock after being stung several times. But how did these potentially deadly jellyfish get to the pool? Obvious someone wanted Daphne dead. But who and why?

Key West police Detective Smith is sure that he and his department can solve this murder without Heather and her her assistant Amy Givens’ help but Heather and Amy aren’t so sure about that. Heather has been working with the Hillside Police Department for quite some time helping to solve murders there and she knows that she can help Detective Smith. After all, Heather is really good at finding bad guys. She’s also a witness of sorts in this murder because she’s noticed a dangerous looking strange man hanging around the hotel.

Even though the detective doesn’t want Heather’s help that isn’t going to stop her from investigating just the same. She’s already discovered where the jellyfish came from and has even found a suspect or two. Nothing will stop Heather until she finds out who the killer is.

“Kiwi Lime Surprise Murder” is the 40th book in author Susan Gillard’s Donut Hole Cozy Mystery Series and of course it’s another winner. Like all the previous installments it’s chock full of fun and likable characters. The story line is short and sweet and easy to follow. Another good book to hunker down with on a snowy cold winter’s day and read about Florida, a good murder mystery, and a new yummy donut.

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Creme Brulee Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 39 by Susan Gillard

Creme Brulee Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 39 by Susan Gillard

Things have not been going well for Heather Shepherd lately. There’s been a rash of articles about her in the Hillside Reporter about her investigating tactics. The articles say that she is unprofessional and mean with the people she interviews. Well, that’s not at all like Heather who also runs her donut bakery, Donut Delights, in Hillside, Texas. She’s also a private investigator who the Hillside Police Department consults with when they need help. Heather is always polite with the people she speaks with and usually brings them a box of her yummy donuts. Who can resist a box of donuts?

Kate Laverne, Heather’s nemesis from when they both lived in New York, is behind all these vicious articles telling the reporter lots of lies. But Heather can’t worry about Kate right now because another murder has been committed in Hillside.

This week crime novelist, Grayson Stark was found dead in his home and it looked like he committed suicide. Heather last saw the author when he left her donut shop when he was stopped, by of all people, Kate Laverne! Kate started yelling at him and pushed him into the street where he was almost hit my a car.

Oh, something fishy is going on here. Grayson had no reason to kill himself and the detective on the case, Heather’s husband Ryan, isn’t buying the suicide angle either. Yes, Grayson did have a problem with depression but he was on medication for that but he also had problems with his father and brother. His brother edited Grayson’s books and they always argued.

And  let’s not forget Kate’s nasty run in with the novelist outside of Heather’s bakery. Something is afoot in Hillside and Heather and Amy Givens, her assistant in the bakery and in investigating, are determined to find out why the man was killed, because he certainly did not commit suicide.

“Creme Brulee Murder” is the 39th book in Susan Gillard’s must read donut hole mystery series. It’s fun and quirky and gets the readers involved in the lives of Heather and all her friends and family. I’ve been reading and reviewing this series for quite awhile and am always looking forward to the next installment. These books are a keeper for all cozy lovers. Make sure you don’t miss them.

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Raspberry Coulis Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 38 by Susan Gillard

Raspberry Coulis Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 38 by Susan Gillard

A new week means a new beginning for many people but in Hillside, Texas, a new week means another new murder in this small town community.

Bella Vita restaurant owner, Chef Filippo Guidi, is stabbed in his kitchen when bakery owner, Heather Shepherd and her best friend, Amy Givens, go there for lunch one day. According to their server, Charlie, the Chef was not alone in the kitchen. The chef’s wife, Carla Guidi, was in there and she and her husband were arguing about money.

Of course Heather and Amy start investigating the murder as consultants to the Hillside Police Department and have discovered some interesting facts. First of all the Guidi’s were not a happy couple and fought about many things. They even found out from Carla’s brother that the Chef had tried to harm his wife once. But Carla’s brother doesn’t look so innocent either. It appears that he’s been asking his sister for money and that was the reason for the argument when the Chef was murdered.

Making matters worse for Heather is an article that has come out in the Hillside Reporter saying that Heather is being unethical in her investigations. This upsets the donut maker more than she’d like to admit because it is also affecting her daughter Lily’s school life. The Hillside Police Department seems to believe the article too since they don’t want heather involved in the investigation of the Chef’s murder.

Finding a murderer is hard enough but Heather also has to retain her good reputation as well and it’s getting hard to do that with her arch enemy, Kate Laverne, feeding fake news to the newspaper. What is Heather going to do? Things are getting very complicated.

“Raspberry Coulis Murder” is the 38th installment of Susan Gillard”s hit donut hole mystery series. If you’re a fan of Heather, Amy, and all the other characters living in Hillside, Texas this book is not to be missed. It’s interesting to see how the community is changing their view about Heather just because of what the newspaper is saying about her.

Grab this wonderful new entry and enjoy yourself.

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Birthday Sprinkle Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 37 by Susan Gillard

Birthday Sprinkle Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 37  by Susan Gillard

Heather Shepherd, owner of bakery Donut Delights in Hillside, Texas, is busy planning her daughter Lilly’s 12th birthday party and has no time to help investigate a murder but fans of this series know that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

The superintendent of a building has gone missing and so has his two little dogs. No one knows where he or the pups are. No one can find the man’s body but the police are almost positive that a murder has occurred. There are blood stains near a window in his apartment and Heather’s husband, Police Detective Ryan Shepherd, is sure that the man has been killed and asks his wife to help investigate as the consultant to the Hillside Police Department.

As Heather and her best friend, Amy Givens who is a P.I. in training, look into the murder they find two people in the building who complained about the super’s two barking dogs. But is it possible that one of them hates the dogs so much that they would kill the man and the animals just to stop the noise?

They also find a woman who claims to be the dead man’s long lost daughter and says that she’s entitled to his estate but is she really his daughter and if she is did she kill the man to get his money? And how much money could this superintendent possibly have?

Heather and Amy have a lot to look into and there’s still Lilly’s birthday party to plan and figuring out what gift the girl would like. Oh well, just another week in the life of Heather Shepherd.

“Birthday Sprinkle Murder” is the 37th book in author Susan  Gillard’s A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery series and the author’s huge fan base will adore this installment as much as the previous 36 books. Like the rest of the donut hole cozies this is a fast, fun read loaded with murder, fun, and lots of donuts. If you’re a fan this is one not to be missed.
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Toasted Coconut Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 36 by Susan Gillard

Toasted Coconut Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 36 by Susan Gillard

Finally the Hillside Tea and Donut Fair 2017 is ready to happen and Heather Shepherd and her assistants at her bakery, Donut Delights, are working hard to make sure there’s plenty of treats for the hungry mob that will certainly be at the fair. But this is Hillside, Texas and it’s a new week and we all know what seems to happen every week. Yep, another murder.

This time their are two victims and it looks like they shot each other but Heather’s husband, Police Detective, Ryan Shepherd, thinks that something is off at the crime scene. He feels that the evidence was tampered with. Ryan knows that his wife is busy with the Tea and Donut Fair but he needs her private investigator skills to help him and asks if she can meet him at the crime scene, The Forest near South Bosque River.

The murdered men are Gerard Furrows and Charlie Pole, both independent contractors. Charlie had lived in Hillside and Gerard had lived in town for only a month.

Heather and Ryan had some ideas as to why they killed each other or were murdered by another person, but it’s all speculation. There was one witness who heard gunshots and there were two distinct bullet holes through each man’s heart. It would seem as if the two men fired at each other at the same exact moment except that a bullet hole was found in  nearby tree.

Why were the two men fighting and was this a deul that they planned? Heather, even though she’s busy with the Tea and Donut Fair, has to investigate.

The most interesting thing Heather discovers is a treasure map that Gerard Furrows was in possession of when he was killed and, according to Charlie Pole’s wife, Julie, Charlie was very interested in it too. Now what kind of treasure could be hidden in Hillside that would cause two men to kill each other?

There are quite a few suspects that Heather and her best friend and private investigator in training, Amy Givens, have to question as they sort out the murder.

Adding to their problems is Kate Laverne, another baker who threatened Heather because Heather and Col Owen, owner of the tea shop and collaborator of the Teas and Donut Fair, wouldn’t allow Kate to sell the donuts from her bakery at the Fair. Kate has followed through with her threats and now the Donut Delights bakers have to deal with the problems that Kate caused along with figuring out what was going on with the two murdered men.

“Toasted Coconut Murder” is the 36th installment of Susan Gillard’s A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery Series. This book has a few nice twists in the story which will thrill the fans of this series. And of course there’s a new donut for Amy and Dave, Heather’s dog, to nosh on to keep their strength up. All the usual wonderful characters return to help give suggestions on how to solve the murder.

This yet another good story that cozy lovers will enjoy. Grab a donut and some tea, relax for an hour or so, and settle down in a comfy chair and visit Heather and the gang on their new murderous adventure.

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Pecan Nut Crunch Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 35 by Susan Gillard

Pecan Nut Crunch Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery – Book 35 by Susan Gillard

Heather Shepherd and best friend, Amy Givens, are very excited about their joint venture with Col Owen. Heather’s bakery and Col’s tea shop plan on having a Tea and Donuts Fair for their hometown of Hillside, Texas. Now they just have to figure out a date for it and Col wants the fair to be very soon because he wants to propose to his girlfriend, Mona Petrov. But there’s a little problem. Heather’s nemesis, Kate Laverne, wants her bakery included. That’s the last thing that Heather, Amy, and Col will agree to and Kate threatens them.

Kate isn’t the only problem with setting things up for up the fair; another murder has happened and Heather has to investigate and solve it.

Librarian, Helena Chadwick, was crushed by a bookshelf when it fell on her. Eva Schneider, Heather’s best and favorite customer, was at the library when the murder happened and is now a witness to the event. Helena worked at the library for only a week and not much was known about her except that she moved to Hillside from Dallas.

When looking at the fallen bookshelf Heather noticed that there were scratches on it, as if someone used a crowbar to tip it over causing it and another bookshelf to fall on the librarian. There weren’t any witnesses except for Eva who didn’t really see anything and another man who was sitting in the back in an alcove. Heather knew that nothing of the library could be seen there.

Eva did say that she spotted a man with a mohawk hanging out in front of the library. He looked suspicious to her but she didn’t know who he was. The other librarian, Martha Rizzo, said she heard the crash but didn’t see anything. After asking Martha more questions Heather found out that Martha didn’t like Helena and believed she had a shady past. Heather was thinking that might be true too. Helena had a diamond tennis bracelet on her wrist when she was killed and the outline of a ring on her finger. How could a librarian afford a tennis bracelet and a ring on her salary? And where was the missing ring? Heather spotted a diamond ring on Martha’s finger and thought that there just might be a connection.

Things get even more suspicious when Heather finds out that a jewelry  store, Krakowski’s, was recently robbed. The owner, Jones Krakowski, said someone broke into his store and took a lot of merchandise.

Heather and Amy asked him if he knew the victim and he said he did. He accused Helena of being the person who robbed his store. He said he didn’t know who killed her but said he didn’t and used his wife as an alibi. Mrs. Krakowski confirmed that her husband was with her. She wasn’t feeling well and he was there to give her some medicine.

So who murdered the librarian? Could it be the jeweler because he thought Helena robbed his store? Maybe it was the other librarian, Martha, who didn’t like her co worker, or was it that strange man with the mohawk who was hanging around outside the library when the victim was killed?

No need to fear,people of Hillside, Heather is on the case and will somehow solve this latest murder.

“Pecan Nut Crunch Murder” is the 35th Donut Hole Cozy Mystery by author Susan Gillard and it’s a fun, fast read like all the past installments in this series. It only takes an hour or so to read and it leaves you satisfied especially if you eat a donut or two, or three while you solve the latest murder along with Heather and Amy. The characters are likable and friendly and Heather’s donuts can’t be beat. Read any of the books in the series and like Heather’s donuts, you’ll be hooked.

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