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Review of ‘The Donut Shop Murder’

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Detroit Homicide Detective Jill Zanos and her partner, Detective Albert Wong, are called to the scene where a young woman is found dead, shot in the head at close ring. As they investigate, the suspects keep piling up, each shown to be at the scene around the time of the murder, and each with a motive, but how do they separate the wheat from the chaff, and nab the true murderer? One way, a rather unorthodox one at that, is Jill’s ‘gift’ bestowed upon her by her mystic Greek grandmother, and as they work methodically through the case, her ‘gift’ keeps pulling her in different directions.


The Donut Shop Murder by Suzanne Jenkins is a short read, but, man oh man, is it riveting. False trail after false trail, clues sprinkled like Hansel and Gretel’s bread crumbs lead them up one false trail and down another, until, BINGO, Jill figures it out. Even she is unsure just how her gift works, and believe me, you’ll be surprised at the conclusion.


This one is one of the best one-hour reads I’ve encountered so far this year, and I recommend it highly for all mystery fans. An easy one to give five stars to.

Review of ‘The Greeks of Beaubien Street’

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Jill Zanos is a Detroit homicide detective with one foot in the traditional Greek community of the Motor City’s Greektown and the other in some of the city’s most devastated neighborhoods. While she’s investigating a brutal murder, a young woman found shot and physically assaulted, she has to deal with some of her family’s deadly secrets.

The Greeks of Beaubien Street by Suzanne Jenkins follows along with Jill as she’s whipsawed between a murder case that has some bizarre twists and family secrets that lead to a death in the family. Jenkins digs deep into family histories, exposing the good and the bad as she puts her characters through their paces.

Don’t pick this book up if you have anything important or time-sensitive to do, because I promise you, you’ll not put it down. I give this four stars.