Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Survival of the Fritters (A Deputy Donut Mystery) by Ginger Bolton (Blog Tour/Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Survival of the Fritters (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton

Survival of the Fritters (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
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 . . .

My Review

Emily Westhill used to be a 911 operator. After the death of her beloved cop husband, she decides it’s time for a career change. She opens a donut shop with her father-in-law and her kitty Deputy Donut. When one of her customers is murdered, Emily can’t stop herself from trying to figure out who the killer is.

Things take a scary turn when Emily’s next door neighbor is attacked in her own home. Then, Emily discovers this attack and the murder could be connected to the case her husband had been working on before his death. All kinds of emotions are stirred up for Emily, but it doesn’t stop her from trying to figure out what is going on in this small town.

The author did a good job of giving us characters the readers can care about. I felt that way especially about Emily. She has a lot on her plate, but it doesn’t get her down. She’s an easy character to root for and I wanted to see her succeed. There are many emotions running strong for her, but at the same time, she’s trying to establish herself and move on after the loss of her husband.

There’s, also, a cat involved so that always makes me happy :) The cat, Deputy Donut, lends a helping paw in trying to solve the case.

The secondary characters are interesting and are well developed. That’s sometimes hard to accomplish in the first book in a series, but this author did and she did it well.

The mystery is intriguing with many twists and turns. There were several different possible outcomes and it wasn’t easy to figure out.

I enjoyed this first book of the series and look foward to reading the next one. This series off to a great start.

For reading challenges:
Cruising thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2018
The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2018
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2018 (Wisconsin)

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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.

Author Links

Webpage: http://gingerbolton.com/

Ginger has joined Killer Characters! http://www.killercharacters.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGingerBolton/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ginger_bolton

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16834862.Ginger_Bolton

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  1. I'm going to add this book to my to-read list. I've been wanting to read more mystery books this year. Also, the book cover makes me want to eat a fritter!

  2. Hard to go wrong with a cozy. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Love the cover! The book sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading.

  4. Glad to hear it's a good one cause I have the audio to review! :)

  5. Love cozy kitchen mysteries :-) With a cat no less ;-) Congrats on the beginnings of this mystery series!

  6. Thanks for the review and information on "Survival of the Fritters" as well as being on the book tour!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  7. This looks like such a fun and cute cozy to read during a snow storm. I love the title too!


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