I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Ginger Bolton and her new book Survival of the Fritters, Book 1 in the Deputy Donut Mystery. It is a great debut for the series.
Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay alive.
If Emily has learned anything from her past as a 911 operator, it’s to stay calm during stressful situations. But that’s a tall order when one of her regulars, Georgia Treetor, goes missing. Georgia never skips morning cappuccinos with her knitting circle. Her pals fear the worst—especially Lois, a close friend who recently moved to town. As evening creeps in, Emily and the ladies search for Georgia at home. And they find her—murdered among a scattering of stale donuts . . .
Disturbingly, Georgia’s demise coincides with the five-year anniversary of her son’s murder, a case Emily’s late detective husband failed to solve before his own sudden death. With Lois hiding secrets and an innocent man’s life at stake, Emily’s forced to revisit painful memories on her quest for answers. Though someone’s alibi is full of holes, only a sprinkling of clues have been left behind. And if Emily can’t trace them back to a killer in time, her donut shop will end up permanently closed for business . . . (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Emily is a hardworking compassionate woman. She has had her share of heartbreak but she has worked hard to get over her loss and get her life back on track. She is doing a good job of that with the donut shop she co-owns with her father-in-law. When one of the regular customers is found dead, Emily feels like she needs to find the killer. With the help of the Knitpickers, the knitters who frequented the shop (and the group that the deceased belonged to), Emily starts investigating the murder to find the culprit. I thought the secondary characters added a lot to the story and I was happy to get to know them better. There is even a possible love interest for Emily, if she is willing to take a chance.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and while reading the book, I felt like I was in the donut shop, with all of it’ doughy goodness. It made me hungry for my own donuts.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well plotted and not easy to solve. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through. Throw in some twists and turns and red herrings and even a seasoned armchair detective will have a hard time solving it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I will definitely read more of this series as the books are released.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
I like donuts and I like coffee. I like reading and I like writing. I like lots of things, actually…
People gather in donut shops to drink coffee and eat delicious treats, and also to spend time with neighbors and friends. What if a murder occurred in a small town? Wouldn’t patrons who spend time enjoying each others’ company in the town’s favorite coffee shop gossip about the tragedy and the possible culprits?
And the people who own that shop would hear things that might lead them to a murderer. Anything could happen…
Usually, when people ask where I get my ideas, I say, “Everywhere.” That’s true, but the idea for a donut shop run by people with connections to a police department came from Cops & Doughnuts. You can read their wonderful story at copsdoughnuts.com.
Finally, I have a confession. I have an alias. Readers might know me as Janet Bolin, author of the Threadville Mysteries.
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