Thursday, January 18, 2018


Survival of the Fritters (A Deputy Donut Mystery)

by Ginger Bolton

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Kensington (January 30, 2018) 
Paperback: 256 pages ISBN-13: 978-1496711878 
E-Book ASIN: B071HKMK38

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 . . .

Cops and donuts go together like cozy mysteries attract quirky characters. Ginger Bolton has mixed up a delicious new series for us to enjoy. Set in one of my favorite areas, northern Wisconsin, young widow Emily not only owns a designer coffee and donut shop, she is also friends with several of the town's emergency service providers. Her place is a haven for local knitters to gather and gossip.
When one of her loyal customers becomes a victim Emily can not sit on the sidelines and wait for news of the investigation.
I enjoyed the characters, especially intuitive Deputy Donut. While there wasn't a lot of fast paced action, much intellectual investigating was being bandied about. As we got to know the characters, the closest friends reminisced about their high school days and school girl crushes. There are also various mentions of creative arts. A nice first book setting up the potential for a fun cozy series.

Ginger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series--cops, crime, coffee, donuts and one curious cat. When Ginger isn't writing or reading, she's crocheting, knitting, sewing, walking her two rescue dogs and generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts, coffee, and cafes were folks gather to enjoy those tasty treats and one another’s company.

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