Donut Disturb by Ellie Alexander is the 15th A Bakeshop Mystery. It can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series. I found Donut Disturb to be easy to read. I like the author’s writing style. It is light and casual. Jules and Carlos have settled into their new home and are enjoying their time together. Both are busy but they make sure to make time for each other. I enjoyed learning more about Kerry. We finally learn about her background and why she is the way she is (totally makes sense now). There is plenty of baking and cooking. The food descriptions will have your mouth watering. Brett, a bass player with Heart Strings, ends up dead in a park storage area. Jules stumbles upon the scene. I found it odd the way Jules acted upon seeing the victim. This is not her first rodeo. By now, Jules should be used to seeing dead bodies (I do not expect her to be casual, but I did not expect her to act like this is the first time she has seen such a sight). I expected her to take note of the scene and any potential clues. I did not expect her to freeze up and go into shock. In fact, Jules seemed to freeze up frequently. Whenever she would end up alone with a suspect, she acted like they were going to attack her any second. Jules is a smart woman who has to think on her feet in the bakery. I expected her to be logical and no act like a scaredy cat. I could excuse it once, but it happened multiple times. There are several suspects in this whodunit along with a red herring or two. There are good clues to help readers solve the crime before the reveal. I enjoyed the lovely word depictions of Lithia Park. It is a lovely park, and I can see why the wedding took place in that location. Donut Disturb is an upbeat cozy mystery with an offender father, park nuptials, a stabbed bass player, the problematic Richard Lord, curious clues, delicious donuts, and a tricky takedown.
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