Sunday, January 21, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Survival of the Fritters

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 . . .
Review: I love discovering new cozy mystery series. Survival of the Fritters is the first book in the Deputy Donut series. Its one of the smarter cozy mysteries that I've read.

Emily owns and operates a donut shop with her father in law. Her husband was a police detective, killed in the line of duty.

When a regular goes missing Emily and her friends go searching for her only to find her murdered. She becomes friends with Lois, who was the bff of Georgia, the murder victim.

What made this book stand out for me was the characterization. Emily, Tom, Brent, Lois and even Dep the cat were really well rounded. If an animal is going to be an integral part in a book they should have a personality and they should be more than a prop to the story. Dep definitely had personality.

Lois is another stand out character. She was likable and yet hard to figure out, as a possible suspect or someone close to a suspect. She was a character that really inspired a lot of emotions in the reader. You hurt for her, because she lost her friend and she was trying to protect the nephew that she loved. You were a little wary of her too, because you weren't a hundred percent sure she was honest.

The pacing of the story was a little slow which is the only problem I had with this book, but that's common for first books in a series.

The ending was definitely not what I was expecting, which is a plus for me.  I love it when I can't figure out the killer.

This was a fabulous start to a new series.  There are just enough crazy character and a lot of twists and turn, so it kept everything interesting.

A great read.

Rating: 4 flowers

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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