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 . . .[summary via Amazon]
It's been a while since I've read a cozy mystery, and I thought I would dip my toe back into the genre, with this new series from Ginger Bolton. I couldn't have picked a better choice! From the first chapter, this story featuring amateur sleuth Emily Westhill grabbed me and didn't let go, until the final denouement.
Emily and her father-in-law run a donut shop, the Deputy Donut. She's still nursing heart ache, following the death of her husband, Alec, who died on the job as a police officer. She's a heartwarming and caring woman, and I think readers will warm to her instantly.
When one of her donut shop regulars turns up dead, she naturally is determined to find out who the killer is. Her method of investigating what one of my favourites. While she does ask questions, she isn't overly nosy and doesn't go looking for trouble. With an adorable sidekick in her feline companion "Dep", she goes hunting for clues.
Survival of the Fritters was a delightful first novel in this series. I really enjoyed the Threadville mysteries (written under the name Janet Bolin), and I can't wait to see what Ginger Bolton dishes up next. If you enjoy culinary mysteries, with beautiful constructed characters, and a cute feline too, you will certainly love this series!