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 . . .
SERIES: Deputy Donut Mystery #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2018
“Crime has a way of not making sense.”
Fair warning: Read this at your neighborhood bakery or donut shop because you WILL be craving donuts before you’ve read very far. Just sayin’. Don’t write me letters, complaining that the book made you hungry 😉 I did warn you lol.
One thing I really enjoyed about Survival of the Fritters is that the characters are slightly different than the stereotypical cozy mystery characters. The basic equation is there, but the ‘norms’ are just different enough in this series to stand out. The heroine Emily is a former 911 operator and the widow of a fallen police officer, and she runs the Deputy Donut shop with her father-in-law, a retired police chief who was a detective before that. Emily’s late husband’s partner Brent is still a detective with the local police force and is in charge of the murder investigation Emily happens upon. So, lots of ties to law enforcement, and while Emily is technically an amateur detective she has all this experience around her and works closely with them to solve the case. The familiar ‘why are they trusting her to help’ argument that is common from some cozy mystery readers sort-of doesn’t apply here because Emily is basically one of their own – with a baker’s apron instead of a badge. Plus, she makes donuts so you know the police are always hanging out at her shop lol.
Speaking of Brent… I smell romance potential!! He looks at her in a certain way and there are a few breathless moments when that crucial next step (kissing) hangs in the balance. Will they? Won’t they? You’ll have to read to find out but I predict it won’t be an easy path for them if they do decide to purse a relationship at some point. Lots of emotional baggage between the two of them… which may present several challenges but also promises some mighty fine kisses once they get around to it 😀 Fortunately, for those who prefer the mystery over the lovey-dovey stuff, this is a very minimal subplot in the overall scheme of the plot.
The mystery is well-plotted and I honestly didn’t know which of the suspects had truly killed Georgia now and possibly her son five years ago. The author did a great job of crafting the possibilities and presenting the story with enough twists to keep it interesting. In fact, I changed my mind several times about the identity of the culprit before all was revealed.
Bottom Line: Survival of the Fritters is a cute start to a new series, with characters you care about and a quaint small town Wisconsin setting. I enjoyed the way the characters interacted with each other – from Emily & her father-in-law, to Emily’s best friends, and even the KnitPickers group that meets in the donut shop. A well-written mystery and a nice start to a new series! Looking forward to more!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love 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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What about you? What’s your favorite type of donut? Mine are the apple cider donuts from Edwards Apple Orchard in northern Illinois!