Survival of the Fritters (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton
Survival of the Fritters (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
1st in Series
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
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 . . .
Survival of the Fritters is the first book in the Deputy Donut series.
Emily Westhill runs a donut and coffee shop in Fallingbrook WI surprising with her father- in-law. She has a delightful fur baby named Deputy Donut AKA Dep. Her best friends are Misty, a police officer, and Samantha, an EMT. Before the shop her FIL use to be the Cheif of police and her husband was a police office killed in the line of duty.
The Knitpickers has Emily to go to the home of Georgia Treetor. When they arrive they find her body in the kitchen.
When they arrest someone for the murders she doesn’t think they have the right person.
This was a fun read and the twist and turns will keep you turning the pages. You will not want tout this book down.
THE ARDUOUS THRILLS OF RESEARCH
First, a disclaimer. Because I write the Deputy Donut Mystery Series, I need to say this a lot: I know that police officers do loads of worthwhile work and they’re not always eating doughnuts and drinking coffee. Some of them probably never touch coffee or doughnuts. Most of them probably don’t binge on either one, and if they do, it’s probably coffee. I’m also guessing that no police officers exist on a diet of only coffee and doughnuts. However, if patrol officers can find nowhere else that’s open in the wee hours, and they are hungry, well, what can they do?
Author Laurie Cass, who writes the Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series, told me about Cops & Doughnuts, a bakery in Clare, Michigan. Originally the Clare City Bakery, the shop had been in continuous business since 1896 when the owners announced they were going to close it.
The members the Clare Police Department, all nine of them, loved that bakery and decided they couldn’t let it close. Together, the nine cops bought the bakery. They opened it as Cops & Doughnuts in 2009.
My first thought after Laurie told me about Cops & Doughnuts was that a doughnut shop catering to cops, where an amateur sleuth could pick up all sorts of rumors, clues, and gossip, would be a fun concept for a cozy mystery series.
My second thought—actually, I think it was my first—was that I would like to visit Cops & Doughnuts. I write mysteries, so I need to know about policing. Besides, I am rather fond of doughnuts . . .
Last summer, while I was writing my second Deputy Donut mystery, I did visit Cops & Doughnuts. By then, several franchises had opened—who can help wanting to buy doughnuts in shops run by (sorry, all you police officers out there who aren’t crazy about doughnuts) the real experts? I went to the original Cops & Doughnuts in Clare.
In addition to the bakery, there’s a diner that features interesting fare like the Misdemeanor Weiner. There’s also a store, its shelves and racks crammed with merchandise to thrill even the giddiest writer of books involving cops, coffee, and doughnuts. I wanted one of everything.
I ended up behind the bars of the Cops and Doughnuts Jail. I cleverly engineered my own escape.
On one wall in the store, there’s a world map, and pins to stick into your hometown. Pins are nearly solid within a 300-mile radius of Clare, but pins are also in far-flung points of the world.
The bakery smells delicious and is full of tempting goodies—bread, cookies, cakes, and, of course, doughnuts. I made a beeline for those doughnuts.
Out on the sidewalk there’s a cut-out where you poke your head into a hole and someone takes a picture of you looking like a cartoon while the good citizens of Clare try pretend they see this every day. Oh, wait, they probably do.
I posed as the cop.
I also posed as the robber, biting into a fudge-frosted raised doughnut. With sprinkles.
That doughnut was probably the best I’ve ever tasted.
Research can be tough, but someone has to do it . . .
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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