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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 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 . . .


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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 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 . . .

30 review for Survival of the Fritters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton is the first book in the new cozy Deputy Donut Mystery series. The main character Emily Westhill runs a donut shop with her father in law in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin and when one of their regular customers is found dead Emily finds herself in the middle of the case. This series to me has a lot of potential to be a really good one but I didn’t think it stood out and shined much in the first book. Emily was likable enough as a character but I didn’t feel ove Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton is the first book in the new cozy Deputy Donut Mystery series. The main character Emily Westhill runs a donut shop with her father in law in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin and when one of their regular customers is found dead Emily finds herself in the middle of the case. This series to me has a lot of potential to be a really good one but I didn’t think it stood out and shined much in the first book. Emily was likable enough as a character but I didn’t feel overly drawn to her either. I would have liked to have seen her have a bit more determination in solving the crime instead she seemed to be dragged into investigating. The book also starts off in the donut shop with a whole group of local elderly ladies attending their knitting club so I was immediately on alert hoping this group would be featured quite a bit with some hilarious hijinks and when that didn’t come about I thought it was a missed opportunity. The main characters in the story felt like they weren’t quite fully developed so the secondary ones seemed to completely hide in the shadows but hopefully we’ll get more in the future. The setting is a nice one that I enjoyed and I was glad to see some sort of connection to law enforcement giving the main character a bit more believability. There was a possibility of a future love interest but thankfully so far it wasn’t pushed as we just touched on what had happened to our character in the past. In the end I'd rate this at 3.5 stars and I thought while there was room for a bit of improvement this could still lead to a great series overall in the future. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    The cover caught my eye and made me decide to give this book a try. I love everything about it: the super cute kitty (and I am not a cat person due to allergies), the donuts, the colours - it absolutely screamed READ ME...and I was not disappointed. A great mystery that didn't let me go and kept me thinking about the book when life got in the way and I couldn't just sit and read. Emily and Tom, the father of her late husband and ex police chief, own the Deputy Donut coffee and donut shop. The Kni The cover caught my eye and made me decide to give this book a try. I love everything about it: the super cute kitty (and I am not a cat person due to allergies), the donuts, the colours - it absolutely screamed READ ME...and I was not disappointed. A great mystery that didn't let me go and kept me thinking about the book when life got in the way and I couldn't just sit and read. Emily and Tom, the father of her late husband and ex police chief, own the Deputy Donut coffee and donut shop. The Knitpickers, a local knitting group, are regulars at the donut shop. One day Georgia Treetor a member of the group doesn't show up for their meeting and Emily and the Knitpickers go to check up on her and find her dead in her home. Lois an old friend of Georgia just moved back to Fallingbrook is attacked in her backyard soon after... Interesting characters, a pinch of romance and Emily's cute cat Deputy Donut after which the donut shop is named are some of the ingredients for this fast paced and fun mystery. I got hooked and added the Deputy Donut mysteries to my "must read series". I requested this book from NetGalley and am thankful that Kensington and the author provided me with an advance copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    An entertaining debut featuring a great cast of central characters. Protagonist, Emily, opened the Deputy Donut Shop with her father-in-law after the death of her husband, Alec, a police detective. She has a clever, protective cat, ‘Dep’ who the shop is named after. When an elderly customer who is a knitter and a doll doctor doesn’t show up for a Knitpicker meeting at the shop, Em joins the other ladies in the group to go to her home and check on her. They find her murdered. Em, and her husband’ An entertaining debut featuring a great cast of central characters. Protagonist, Emily, opened the Deputy Donut Shop with her father-in-law after the death of her husband, Alec, a police detective. She has a clever, protective cat, ‘Dep’ who the shop is named after. When an elderly customer who is a knitter and a doll doctor doesn’t show up for a Knitpicker meeting at the shop, Em joins the other ladies in the group to go to her home and check on her. They find her murdered. Em, and her husband’s ex-partner, Brent; work closely with Lois, Georgia’s best friend; and some of Emily’s law enforcement contacts to establish a timeline of events before and after Georgia’s death. They must also figure out how her death could be related to the unsolved mystery of her son’s murder five years ago. The story pacing is fast; the Wisconsin location is charming; there are red herrings galore; dry humor; and I didn’t realize the identity of the culprit until the protagonist put two and two together herself. I’m looking forward to reading book two.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Emily Westhill owns a doughnut shop with her father-in-law, Jack in Fallingbrook, WI. They named the shop Deputy Donut. The shop's logo features a cute kitty cat wearing a policeman's hat. Jack used to be Fallingbrook Police Chief, but hung up his policeman's hat in favor of a fuzzy doughnut cap after his retirement. Many of the town's officers come into the shop for coffee and pastries. A local knitting group, the Knitpickers, are regulars as well. However, this time one of their most dependabl Emily Westhill owns a doughnut shop with her father-in-law, Jack in Fallingbrook, WI. They named the shop Deputy Donut. The shop's logo features a cute kitty cat wearing a policeman's hat. Jack used to be Fallingbrook Police Chief, but hung up his policeman's hat in favor of a fuzzy doughnut cap after his retirement. Many of the town's officers come into the shop for coffee and pastries. A local knitting group, the Knitpickers, are regulars as well. However, this time one of their most dependable members is missing. Georgia Treetor is a no-show. The group gets worried, so Emily accompanies the knitters to Georgia's house to check on her. Turns out Georgia isn't just late......she's dead. Murdered. Who would kill a friendly, little old lady who repairs dolls for a living? And is the crime related to the disappearance and killing of her son 5 years before? I loved this book! What a cute start to a new cozy mystery series! The shop sounds like a a place I would love to have coffee -- bright colors, local artwork, tables made from clear coated slices of tree trunk. And all named after Emily's tortoiseshell kitty cat -- Deputy Donut or Dep for short. I would definitely stop for coffee if Deputy Donut were a real place! The mystery was more complex than I expected, and moved along at a nice pace. The characters are varied and well developed for a cozy. The cover art is cute! And there are yummy recipes at the back of the book. :) Great start to a new series! The second book in the Deputy Donut series, Goodbye Cruller World, will be out in August 2018. I will definitely keep reading this series! Well-written, great mystery and cute theme!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    An entertaining debut featuring a great cast of central characters. Protagonist, Emily, opened the Deputy Donut Shop with her father-in-law after the death of her husband, Alec, a police detective. She has a clever, protective cat, ‘Dep’ who the shop is named after. When an elderly customer who is a knitter and a doll doctor doesn’t show up for a Knitpicker meeting at the shop, Em joins the other ladies in the group to go to her home and check on her. They find her murdered. Em, and her husband’ An entertaining debut featuring a great cast of central characters. Protagonist, Emily, opened the Deputy Donut Shop with her father-in-law after the death of her husband, Alec, a police detective. She has a clever, protective cat, ‘Dep’ who the shop is named after. When an elderly customer who is a knitter and a doll doctor doesn’t show up for a Knitpicker meeting at the shop, Em joins the other ladies in the group to go to her home and check on her. They find her murdered. Em, and her husband’s ex-partner, Brent; work closely with Lois, Georgia’s best friend; and some of Emily’s law enforcement contacts to establish a timeline of events before and after Georgia’s death. They must also figure out how her death could be related to the unsolved mystery of her son’s murder five years ago. The story pacing is fast; the Wisconsin location is charming; there are red herrings galore; dry humor; and I didn’t realize the identity of the culprit until the protagonist put two and two together herself. I’m looking forward to reading book two.

  6. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Set in fabulous Wisconsin this book gets this series off to a wonderful start. We meet widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law Tom, owners of the local donut shop lovingly named after her tabby cat Deputy Donut. When one of their regulars fails to show up to meet her knitting circle her friends get worried. By the end of the day, Emily tags along with the group to see if something happened to Georgia at home. When they find the woman dead on the floor surrounded by donuts fr Dollycas’s Thoughts Set in fabulous Wisconsin this book gets this series off to a wonderful start. We meet widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law Tom, owners of the local donut shop lovingly named after her tabby cat Deputy Donut. When one of their regulars fails to show up to meet her knitting circle her friends get worried. By the end of the day, Emily tags along with the group to see if something happened to Georgia at home. When they find the woman dead on the floor surrounded by donuts from Emily’s shop, Emily has to draw on her dispatch training to get them through the aftermath of their discovery. The woman’s son died on the same day 5 years ago. A case that stuck with both her husband and his partner. Since her husband’s death, Emily has steered clear of his partner Brent, but this new murder has brought them back together. Emily used to be a good sounding board for her husband. Can she and Brent work together to solve this murder? This author also wrote the Threadville Mysteries as herself, Janet Bolin. A series I absolutely loved. So when I heard she was writing a series set in my home state I was over the moon. This new set of characters is very captivating. The idea of Emily working with her father-in-law/retired police chief is such a fun idea. Everyone knows how much police officers love their donuts. Emily and Tom work well together and the shop has a set up where Deputy Donut “Dep” can watch over the whole place without getting in trouble with the health department. He is a very special cat too, attentive, inquisitive and very important to Emily, the donut shop, and this story. Emily’s friends, Misty, a police officer and Samantha, an EMT, have Emily’s back no matter what. Emily is a wonderful protagonist. You know right away she has a caring heart, but it is a little closed off dealing with the grief of losing her husband and guilt thinking had she been working the dispatch when the call came in that maybe he would still be alive. The mystery itself is pretty complex. The suspect pool was very small until Emily did a lot of snooping in both in the cold case and the new one. To say I was shocked at the big killer reveal would be an understatement. I really enjoyed the ending, it sure got my heart rate escalating. As I said, the story is set in Wisconsin, but it was Emily’s Fallingbrook home and yard that were very intriguing. Her place and her neighbors are connected in a unique way, and she didn’t know it until this mystery begins. The author writes with a delightful descriptive style that makes the story flow so well. She drew me in quickly and I was actually sad when I reached the final page. I want to know these characters better. I am excited to see what happens next in their lives. Goodbye Cruller World hits bookstores August 28 and I can’t wait.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Shaheen

    I have read the 2nd book in series first. And I just got done with the first. First one is about Emily and her late cop husband Alex father in law Tom owning Deputy Donuts a donut and coffee shop (the coffee from all over the world) Deputy Donut was Emily and Alex kitty too she had donut designs on her side.Emily decided to open up a donut shop after her husband Alex died in line of duty. She used to be 911 dispatcher buy after her husband died she did not want the job anymore. Bring back to muc I have read the 2nd book in series first. And I just got done with the first. First one is about Emily and her late cop husband Alex father in law Tom owning Deputy Donuts a donut and coffee shop (the coffee from all over the world) Deputy Donut was Emily and Alex kitty too she had donut designs on her side.Emily decided to open up a donut shop after her husband Alex died in line of duty. She used to be 911 dispatcher buy after her husband died she did not want the job anymore. Bring back to much emotional memories of her husband dyiny. The 1st book in series. Tom and Emily had not seen one of their favorite costumers Georgia come in with the Knitpickers. A group where ladies knit in shop. Lois a very old friend of Georgia was in her place Emily never saw her before. All the Knitpickers and Emily were worried about her because she never missed anything. So they decided to go to Georgia house. There they saw an upsetting scene. 5years ago Georgia son got murdered. Too. Brent a cop that Emily late husband Alec best friend try to find out who killed son and mother. They were suspecting Lois and her great nephew Randy that Emily remembered from high school were the ones who did it. This first book tells about the squad car 1950 Fordor for Ford the one in book 2 how they found it. I love all the different donuts and fritters that they make raised donuts with fudge frosting, raise blueberry donut with lemon icing with raspberry jam dusted with powdered sugar unraise donut confetoners sugar and nutmeg fundraiser orange with orange icing with bits of candied ginger and sprinkled dark icing, fritters orange blueberry fritter strawberry donut pink icing and dark pink sprinkles shaped tiny strawberries and many more. I really love these books. Will keep reading them

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ell

    Survival of the Fritters is the first installment of the Deputy Donuts Mystery Series. Emily runs a donut and coffee shop in Fallingbrook WI with the father of her late husband. Her father-in-law is a former retired police chief. Emily is a former 911 operator, so both have experience in dealing with emergencies. When one of their regular customers fails to show up at the coffee shop, Emily and a few members of the local knitting group become concerned. Soon, the customer is found dead in her ki Survival of the Fritters is the first installment of the Deputy Donuts Mystery Series. Emily runs a donut and coffee shop in Fallingbrook WI with the father of her late husband. Her father-in-law is a former retired police chief. Emily is a former 911 operator, so both have experience in dealing with emergencies. When one of their regular customers fails to show up at the coffee shop, Emily and a few members of the local knitting group become concerned. Soon, the customer is found dead in her kitchen, five years after her son was murdered. Could the suspicious deaths be related? Emily is determined to find out. I give this book a solid 3 stars. It is an interesting story line and the mystery is well-crafted. The recipes provided at the end of the book are appetizing and I plan on trying at least two. I wish the characters had been a little more developed and therefore more relatable. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series to see how the characters develop. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley, but this did not affect my rating. I have provided an unbiased and honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Reads

    Great start to a series! Loved this book. Great characters and mystery and the writing flowed nicely. Excited to continue the series soon!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    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 wo 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. 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin Leslie Coxon

    Former 911 operator, Emily Westhill and her father-in-law and former police chief, Tom Westhill, are co-owners of Deputy Donut, a donut and coffee shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. After Emily’s husband was killed while working a call, Emily quit her position. While coping with the loss of her husband, she found her donut making talent, hence the opening of Deputy Donut with her husband’s father, Tom. The name Deputy Donut was adopted from their tabby cat, Deputy Donut, who went to work with Emil Former 911 operator, Emily Westhill and her father-in-law and former police chief, Tom Westhill, are co-owners of Deputy Donut, a donut and coffee shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. After Emily’s husband was killed while working a call, Emily quit her position. While coping with the loss of her husband, she found her donut making talent, hence the opening of Deputy Donut with her husband’s father, Tom. The name Deputy Donut was adopted from their tabby cat, Deputy Donut, who went to work with Emily every day. A favorite meeting place for the area police officers, it was also a favorite for a group of ladies named the Knitpickers, a knitting circle. Every morning the ladies would arrive to sit and share gossip while they enjoyed the daily donut special and coffee. When Georgia Teeter, a member of the Knitpickers, doesn’t show up one morning and is unable to be reached by Lois Underlaw, another member, the Knitpickers as well as Emily decide to check out Georgia’s residence. When Georgia doesn’t respond to their knock or their call, the ladies enter the house. Georgia was found in her kitchen dead, surrounded by the donuts she had purchased at Deputy Donut’s. 911 is called and the ladies await the arrival of the police and emergency personnel to arrive. Unfortunately, when Emily’s husband’s former partner, Brent Fyne arrives as the officer in charge, Emily has a hard time. With the aid of the Knitpicker’s will Emily be able to solve the case of who murdered Georgia even though they are warned to not get involved. The answer can only be found by reading the book. Ginger Bolton has presented a storyline that will keep reader’s page turning to the end. The characters are well-developed and believable. I fell in love with Deputy Donut, a cute little tabby cat who has a personality that will win over most anyone. This is the first book in the series, so it will be interesting to see where Ms. Bolton takes her characters and their relationships.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    The first in a new series and a new author for me. In Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, Emily Westhill has open a Donut Shop with her Father-in-law, Tom after the death of her husband a few years ago. It is named her cat, Deputy Donut aka Dep. The pair established the shop as Emily had many requested to buy her donuts. The shop has become popular with the police department. Tim was the police chief for many years. Tom fixed the office as a cat so she is with them during the day but not breaking any health The first in a new series and a new author for me. In Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, Emily Westhill has open a Donut Shop with her Father-in-law, Tom after the death of her husband a few years ago. It is named her cat, Deputy Donut aka Dep. The pair established the shop as Emily had many requested to buy her donuts. The shop has become popular with the police department. Tim was the police chief for many years. Tom fixed the office as a cat so she is with them during the day but not breaking any health code laws. One of the regular knitknickers group Georgia Treetor is late for coffee and we meet Lois Unterlaw , a close friend of Georgia. Later the Knitkniters picked up Emily and they go to Georgia's home to find her dead. Lois becomes a person of interest in the murder. Emily works with her husband partner to clear Lois. The ending will please you. Dep has a special role in the story. I am looking forward to Emily and Dep's next adventure. I highly recommend this book. Recipes are included. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kennington Books through NetGalley for a review. My thanks to them for the opportunity to review this book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Prockish

    This book was fantastic! I literally couldn't put it down. I am so excited that I am behind because now I can binge the series. I would highly recommend you read this one if you haven't already. This book was fantastic! I literally couldn't put it down. I am so excited that I am behind because now I can binge the series. I would highly recommend you read this one if you haven't already.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton is the first book in the Deputy Donut Mystery series. Following the death of her police officer husband, Emily Westhill opens a donut shop together with her father-in-law, a retired police chief. When one of her regular customers fails to attend, Emily discovers her murdered when she goes to check on her. A nice start to the series. I enjoyed meeting the characters and finding out some of their back story. Emily seems very capable. Recipes are included a Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton is the first book in the Deputy Donut Mystery series. Following the death of her police officer husband, Emily Westhill opens a donut shop together with her father-in-law, a retired police chief. When one of her regular customers fails to attend, Emily discovers her murdered when she goes to check on her. A nice start to the series. I enjoyed meeting the characters and finding out some of their back story. Emily seems very capable. Recipes are included and sound tempting. Overall an engaging and interesting mystery.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Ginger Bolton is a new to me author and this is the first book in her new Deputy Donut Mystery. I found this to be a fun, easy read with a steady pace that had me turning pages. Emily Westhill is a sympathetic, likable main characters. She is a widow still trying to find her footing after the death of her police officer husband a few years earlier. She comes across, at least to me, as caring and genuine. There is an interesting cast of secondary characters that round out the story nicely. This i Ginger Bolton is a new to me author and this is the first book in her new Deputy Donut Mystery. I found this to be a fun, easy read with a steady pace that had me turning pages. Emily Westhill is a sympathetic, likable main characters. She is a widow still trying to find her footing after the death of her police officer husband a few years earlier. She comes across, at least to me, as caring and genuine. There is an interesting cast of secondary characters that round out the story nicely. This is a first book in a new series, so I am looking forward to seeing the characters develop and grow more. I thought the mystery was well done. There are clues, twists and turns sprinkled throughout the story and done well enough to throw the reader off the trail of the real killer. There is also the hint of a potential future romance down the road for Emily if she is willing to take the chance. This book is scheduled for release on January 30th. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    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 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. ;)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I read Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton yesterday. This was a very compelling cozy mystery with a great story, filled with twists turns and nostalgia. I love the complex relationships and back story of main character Em. A young widowed police officer's wife, who together with the retired chief of police who also happens to be her father in law open a doughnut and coffee shop. The mystery and the unraveling of facts was fascinating, and so well thought out. This is a very well written c I read Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton yesterday. This was a very compelling cozy mystery with a great story, filled with twists turns and nostalgia. I love the complex relationships and back story of main character Em. A young widowed police officer's wife, who together with the retired chief of police who also happens to be her father in law open a doughnut and coffee shop. The mystery and the unraveling of facts was fascinating, and so well thought out. This is a very well written cozy and I think this will make a wonderful series. I really enjoyed it and this one comes out January 30th from Kensington.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kendrea Parsons

    Survival of the Fritters is a really good mystery. I love the main character, Emily, as well as her friends. I was glad to see that a romance wasn't a focal point for the main character right off the bat. It's good to have a change of pace in that regard because so many mysteries focus on romance too. I was actually shocked by who the killer was. I love it when I'm blindsided by who the killer is in mysteries... because it rarely happens. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series Survival of the Fritters is a really good mystery. I love the main character, Emily, as well as her friends. I was glad to see that a romance wasn't a focal point for the main character right off the bat. It's good to have a change of pace in that regard because so many mysteries focus on romance too. I was actually shocked by who the killer was. I love it when I'm blindsided by who the killer is in mysteries... because it rarely happens. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series because the first chapter was included at the end of this book and it already caught my interest. I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers, especially if you like mysteries featuring cats, because Emily's cat, Dep, is featured prominently in the book. Note: I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Survival of the Fritters is the first in a new series by Ginger Bolton. I found the cover to be colorful and the description was interesting. The story centers around Emily Westhill, a previous 911 operator and her retired chief of police father in law, who now own Deputy Donut,the best donut shop in town. Locals are drawn to the donut shop and this includes a group of knitters who spend their time drinking cappuccinos and having a good time. When Georgia Treetor doesn't show up for her morning kni Survival of the Fritters is the first in a new series by Ginger Bolton. I found the cover to be colorful and the description was interesting. The story centers around Emily Westhill, a previous 911 operator and her retired chief of police father in law, who now own Deputy Donut,the best donut shop in town. Locals are drawn to the donut shop and this includes a group of knitters who spend their time drinking cappuccinos and having a good time. When Georgia Treetor doesn't show up for her morning knitting session, everyone begins to worry, especially her friend her Lois, who just moved to town. When Georgia's body is discovered, Emily cannot help but investigate and before long she finds herself in harm's way. I always find it difficult to review a first in a new series. There is a lot to learn, characters to get to know, the location of the story and how it all melds together to form a perfect cozy mystery. While I enjoyed the story-line, there was nothing about Emily that made me like her or hate her. She felt a bit stale to me- (yes, pun intended) and I had a difficult time getting to know her. The story itself was well written and the plot was good. I will definitely read the next book in the series to see if Emily has grown to be a more likeable and relate-able character. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    Still reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Alec, 3 years ago, Emily is trying to move on with her life at the donut shop she owns with her father in law. Among the donut shop's favorite regulars is a group of older ladies, who have a knitting club called Knitpickers. So when one of the Knitpickers doesn't show up one morning, everyone is concerned. Later, they go to her house to check on her and find her dead, surrounded by donuts. Who killed Georgia and why? Is it related to the un Still reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Alec, 3 years ago, Emily is trying to move on with her life at the donut shop she owns with her father in law. Among the donut shop's favorite regulars is a group of older ladies, who have a knitting club called Knitpickers. So when one of the Knitpickers doesn't show up one morning, everyone is concerned. Later, they go to her house to check on her and find her dead, surrounded by donuts. Who killed Georgia and why? Is it related to the unsolved murder of Georgia's son, Mattias? I'm not going to lie, the adorable cat on the cover made me want to pick up this book and it didn't disappoint! The excellent plot reeled me in like a fish and kept me turning pages and guessing almost up to the very last page! I liked that Emily didn't really go out and investigate, she just put the clues together (not that it didn't stop her from getting into trouble at the end.) I loved the characters, from spunky Lois and the Knitpickers to pragmatic Brent and the spark between him and Emily (mmph) they were all charming and realistic characters - but let's face it, we all know it's the adorable feline Deputy Donut who steals the show. An excellent introduction to picturesque Fallingbrook, Wisconsin and definitely a place I'm eager to visit again.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    Cute cozy, once you get past the bit of 'ehh no that's not going to happen', in the first chapter, it was cute and cozy. It's not really my fav genre, but what are you going to do when there are no more Agatha Raisin or Hamish Macbeth books to be had? (Those are more, IMHO, character driven humorous stories that happen to be mysteries...) So there you go, if you like cozy mystery you'll like this, but in the scheme of things it's a cute read. The rating doesn't surprise me, I think it's accurate Cute cozy, once you get past the bit of 'ehh no that's not going to happen', in the first chapter, it was cute and cozy. It's not really my fav genre, but what are you going to do when there are no more Agatha Raisin or Hamish Macbeth books to be had? (Those are more, IMHO, character driven humorous stories that happen to be mysteries...) So there you go, if you like cozy mystery you'll like this, but in the scheme of things it's a cute read. The rating doesn't surprise me, I think it's accurate. I'm being generous because it didn't make me cringe, barring the first chapter, which is hard to do for a cozy).

  22. 4 out of 5

    PugMom

    A fabulous start to a new series! The setting is a enticing (I'll never get tired of donut shops in cozies) and the characters are well rounded and likable (even the killer)! Lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I will definitely read more books in this series. Recipes at the end of the book look delectable! If you are a culinary cozy fan you will love this book! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book via NetGalley. A fabulous start to a new series! The setting is a enticing (I'll never get tired of donut shops in cozies) and the characters are well rounded and likable (even the killer)! Lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I will definitely read more books in this series. Recipes at the end of the book look delectable! If you are a culinary cozy fan you will love this book! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book via NetGalley.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Good first book in the series. Good and enjoyable first entry in the series. I liked the setting and the characters. I’m looking forward to seeing how these characters change and grow. Donut recipes included at the end!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    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 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) first seen at ReadingIsMySuperPower

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I couldn’t wait to dive into this book, I loved the entire premise of it (I told my best friends about it as soon as I saw it because a cat named Deputy Donut? I’m so there) but unfortunately, it really didn’t work for me. I actually DNF’d this one at about 34% because I just couldn’t make myself keep reading it. It’s not often that I don’t finish books but this one was just missing something to draw me in, and it has a ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I couldn’t wait to dive into this book, I loved the entire premise of it (I told my best friends about it as soon as I saw it because a cat named Deputy Donut? I’m so there) but unfortunately, it really didn’t work for me. I actually DNF’d this one at about 34% because I just couldn’t make myself keep reading it. It’s not often that I don’t finish books but this one was just missing something to draw me in, and it has a few too many issues for me. First of all, I loved the setting of this book, I’m a sucker for a good small town setting and the way it’s described seems really lovely. But that’s kind of where the good things end. My biggest issue with this one is the characters, I know basically nothing about them but I still managed to be irritated by, well, all of them. I especially dislike the main character, she’s beyond judgmental about such superficial things and I just can’t deal with it. I also do not care at all about the murder, so the actual point of this book. I don’t even care enough to check the end to see who killed her because there’s nothing that pulled me into this story. I love cozy mysteries, and I’ve never not finished it, even when I didn’t like it. But unfortunately this one just wasn’t my cup of tea. If you like mysteries then I’d give it a shot, I’ve seen some amazing reviews so I guess I’m in the minority here, I just don’t have time for bad man characters. The cat is great though! Honestly the best character in the whole thing and the best pet sidekick in any cozy mystery I’ve read, so there’s that!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Ginger Bolton is off to a good start with her Deputy Donut series. It is full of engaging characters like the widowed Emily who runs the towns donut shop which is named after her cat, Deputy Donut. She goes to the home of a regular customer with the woman's friends who are worried about her and they find their friend's body. Emily's husband was a cop killed in the line of duty and she becomes involved with the investigation, especially since helping her neighbor Lois after she was attacked as sh Ginger Bolton is off to a good start with her Deputy Donut series. It is full of engaging characters like the widowed Emily who runs the towns donut shop which is named after her cat, Deputy Donut. She goes to the home of a regular customer with the woman's friends who are worried about her and they find their friend's body. Emily's husband was a cop killed in the line of duty and she becomes involved with the investigation, especially since helping her neighbor Lois after she was attacked as she was the best friend of the victim. Her best friend is a cop and her husband's partner is still on the force too. Some future sparks maybe? The story is fast paced and has a twist that I didn't see coming. Another treat is the bonus donut recipes at the end of the book as well as a peek of the next story. I will definitely be waiting for the next book! I received an ARC from NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    A Nice New Series and Author for Me. This is a new writer and a new series for me. While I enjoyed the story and the characters a couple of things, for me, seemed a bit silly. The story revolves around a police officer's widow, a former 911 operator who left her job after her husband's murder leaves her job and with her father-in-law opens a coffee shop called Deputy Donut. She discovers a friend dead and tries to help her new neighbor prove that the neighbor's great- nephew isn't the killer of tw A Nice New Series and Author for Me. This is a new writer and a new series for me. While I enjoyed the story and the characters a couple of things, for me, seemed a bit silly. The story revolves around a police officer's widow, a former 911 operator who left her job after her husband's murder leaves her job and with her father-in-law opens a coffee shop called Deputy Donut. She discovers a friend dead and tries to help her new neighbor prove that the neighbor's great- nephew isn't the killer of two people. The story is good and I see a lot of great stories coming Ginger Bolton. And can't wait to read the next book in the series. The things that seem a little silly to me The cafe name. Deputy Donut, where cops hang out and they wear hats with the name and a fuzzy donut on top. But that is just me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    What an awesome first book for this new series! And what a great idea for a donut shop with the whole police theme going on. Emily and her father-in-law own Deputy Donuts and are usually host to most of the town of Fallingworth's (WI) police force. When Emily and some of the older ladies in a knitting club find one of the donut shop's favorite customers murdered in her own home, Emily is forced into interacting with her late husband's police partner, Brent. They had all three been good friends u What an awesome first book for this new series! And what a great idea for a donut shop with the whole police theme going on. Emily and her father-in-law own Deputy Donuts and are usually host to most of the town of Fallingworth's (WI) police force. When Emily and some of the older ladies in a knitting club find one of the donut shop's favorite customers murdered in her own home, Emily is forced into interacting with her late husband's police partner, Brent. They had all three been good friends until one evening when Alec was shot and Brent was just hurt. Emily hadn't contacted Brent since then. I liked how Brent and Emily can now remember things that Alec had said or done. Just before the murder, the murdered woman's good friend Lois moved back into town. This murder also took place five years after the murdered woman's son was killed. This was a case Alec and Brent had not been able to solve. The main suspect now is Lois's great nephew, Randy who was a real stinker in high school but seems to have reformed. A state detective is pulled in eventually on the case so Brent, Emily and Lois decide to do a little sleuthing on their own. There were so many good twists in this plot that I never saw it coming when the killer was revealed. The ending was pretty exciting and Emily took charge of the situation until the police arrived and took the perp into custody. I like that Emily is at least acknowledging that Brent was hurting too when Alec was shot. I know their friendship is going to be a little slow coming but I hope they can become even better friends. If Alec was anything like he was described, I would think he would have wanted his partner and best friend to be there for his wife after he passed. There were some good funny parts too. I think I have new favorite little catch-phrase (non verbal kind of noise now), mmp! Even the cat was saying it. The characters were really well developed and very easy to like. Tom seemed like the type that anyone would just love to have as a friend or father-in-law. Emily's friends Misty (police officer) and Samantha (EMT) were a lot of fun and good, faithful friends. Lois was a hoot! She was the funniest thing at times, kind of made me think of Betty White. Oh there are some yummy sounding donut and fritter recipes at the end of the book, the favorites that Deputy Donuts serves. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book which was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, the first book in the brand new Deputy Donut Mystery series by Ginger Bolton is a great addition to the culinary cozy world! There’s a certain satisfaction from starting a brand new series: new characters to become friends with, new locations to become acquainted with, and new foods to be introduced to. Ms. Bolton has created a very likeable and sympathetic protagonist in Emily Westhill. She is caring, ready to help out those in need, but is also quite plucky. A young w SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, the first book in the brand new Deputy Donut Mystery series by Ginger Bolton is a great addition to the culinary cozy world! There’s a certain satisfaction from starting a brand new series: new characters to become friends with, new locations to become acquainted with, and new foods to be introduced to. Ms. Bolton has created a very likeable and sympathetic protagonist in Emily Westhill. She is caring, ready to help out those in need, but is also quite plucky. A young widow, she works alongside and co-owns the Deputy Donut shop with her father-in-law. I love their easy, loving relationship with each other despite their grief over their tragic loss. The donut shop is adorable and the perfect place for the town’s police force to hang out, including Emily’s best friend, Officer Misty. It’s also the perfect meeting spot for the Knitpickers, a group of elderly knitting women. When one of the ladies in the group, Georgia, doesn’t show up, it doesn’t take long for Emily to get involved and assist the group in finding out what happened to their friend. The mystery of the murder of kindly Georgia, who operated a doll hospital, is quite worrisome to the town, especially after another elderly woman in the Knitpicker group is attacked. The author provides a creative plot that ties in a cold-case murder involving Georgia’s son and the death of Emily’s husband. While getting involved means dredging up painful memories for Emily, she is determined to help solve the case and bring closure… not only for herself but for her elderly friends. There are plenty of viable suspects and the author provides an exciting, suspenseful finale where Emily shows her resourcefulness in bringing the murderer to justice. There are plenty of mentions of mouth-watering donuts and fritters in the story. It was almost enough to make me head down to a local donut shop and stock up. Fortunately Ms. Bolton includes several yummy recipes at the back of the book, which I can't wait to try! I received an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Former 911 operator Emily Westhill is now a widow and she and her father-in-law, Tom, own and operate Deputy Donut in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. She enjoys her job, and the people she serves every day. One group of loyal customers are the Knitpickers, who come in every day to knit, chat and enjoy the donuts. But one day Georgia, a member of their group, doesn't show up. Later in the day the knitters ask Emily to go with them to search for Georgia, and they find her dead in her home. Georgia's death Former 911 operator Emily Westhill is now a widow and she and her father-in-law, Tom, own and operate Deputy Donut in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. She enjoys her job, and the people she serves every day. One group of loyal customers are the Knitpickers, who come in every day to knit, chat and enjoy the donuts. But one day Georgia, a member of their group, doesn't show up. Later in the day the knitters ask Emily to go with them to search for Georgia, and they find her dead in her home. Georgia's death happens five years after the murder of her son. It's obvious that Georgia has been murdered, too, and when other strange things happen, Emily works to get to the bottom of things. Complete with Deputy Donut, a cat who travels between home and the donut shop, this book is a perfectly crafted cozy mystery. There is a chance for romance, murder and interesting characters that are well drawn. I think Emily is the perfect cozy heroine. She is strong, and has fought her way back after losing her husband. She is caring and the way she interacted with the Knitpickers was perfect. I particularly liked her interactions with Lois and the way she cared about the elderly woman. There was a nice twist in this book that made me doubt my solution to the mystery, which was well drawn and kept me guessing. For me that is always a plus. I always like it when I don't guess the murderer until the end of the book. For me, the success of a book is whether or not I am looking forward to the next one in the series. When I was done with this one I looked up the title of the next one--Goodbye Cruller World--and when it comes out--August 28. Grab a donut and dive into this book. It will leave you looking forward to the next book, like it did me.

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