I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton
Length: 9 hours and 37 minutes
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on January 30th 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Emily Durante
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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 . . .
Here is what I thought
Great start to the Deputy Donut mystery series!
Emily is still grieving the loss of her husband who was a policeman, she quit being a 911 operator as well. She started making donuts and it started out with making a donut cake for someone and then others wanted them. So she opened a donut shop with her father-in-law, Tom, who was an ex-policeman.
The donut shop has it’s regulars and one of them is a group of knitters, when one doesn’t show up the others are a bit worried. Emily is not real worried but she is concerned, so when a group of them decide to go to Georgia’s house to check on her. They find Georgia dead with a doll sporting a donut skirt in her mouth.
The investigation brings her husbands partner and she reignites a friendship with him that she had sort of let fall by the wayside as it was just hard to be friends with him since her husband died. She also starts a friendship with her new neighbor Lois who gets conked on the head and has a link to what happened to Georgia. Lois refuses to believe that the person she thinks of might have done anything to Georgia or hit her on the head even though a lot of the evidence points their way.
Emily decides to do a bit of snooping and knows some information that Lois has told her that she knows she should share and so she tells Brent and he tries to get Lois to talk about it on her own. Sometimes it looks like Lois could be guilty of some things but Emily just doesn’t believe that. By the time Emily figures things out she is in a dangerous situation.
I liked Emily but I also thought as a former dispatcher and having a cop for a husband, she should have known better than to do some of the things she did at the scene of the crime. I know some of it was just a reaction but after she knew the lady was dead she still did some things that drove me crazy. I love her idea of donut cakes I think I might like those more than regular cakes…yum. I liked the secondary characters too, Brent sounds like a nice guy, I also liked her father-in-law, Tom too.
It has a really good mystery and I didn’t guess who the bad guy was as I thought it was someone else, so that is always good. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what will happen next in this series. Though I am not a cat person, Deputy Donut aka Dep is kind of cute. 😉
Emily Durante is one of my favorite narrators and does a real good job with this series.
Audio rating: 4