When a firecracker becomes a murder weapon, Emily Westhill pursues a killer with a short fuse …
It is a truth universally acknowledged—cops and donuts go together. Exhibit A: Deputy Donut Café, owned and operated by detective's widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law, the retired police chief of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Named after Emily's adored and adorable tabby, the donut shop is a favorite among cops, firemen, and EMTs, as well as tourists and townspeople. So when Fallingbrook needs donuts for their Fourth of July picnic, Emily's shop gets deputized.
But a twisted killer has found another use for Emily's treats. At the picnic, a firecracker is hidden in a stack of raspberry-filled donuts and aimed at the unwitting queen of the festivities. When it explodes, she is killed. Having her jelly donuts involved puts Emily in a sticky situation, and when a shady shutterbug tries to frame her with incriminating photos, she finds herself in quite a jam. To preserve her freedom and her shop's reputation, Emily needs to solve this case—before the fuse-lighting felon goes off again …
Praise for Goodbye Cruller World
“Food scenes tantalize with description of single-origin coffee as well as classic and trendy donuts—solid recipes included.”
Set in Fallingbrook, Wis., Bolton's charming third Deputy Donut mystery (after 2018's Goodbye Cruller World) opens on the morning of the Fourth of July when Deputy Donut shopkeeper Emily Westhill is supposed to drive the festivities' king and queen in the town parade. Emily ends up with the duke and duchess, however, after the queen, Taylor Wishbard, turns up her nose at Emily's restored Ford. That evening during a picnic, someone aims a firework, hidden in a batch of Emily's donuts, at the snooty Taylor, killing her. When photographer Philip Landsdowner accuses Emily of lighting the firework, and Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation detective Rex Clobar considers her a suspect, Emily turns sleuth. Could it have been Taylor's best friend or her old boyfriend? Maybe the hairdresser Taylor maligned or Landsdowner or someone from the ice cream shop where Taylor worked? Bolton keeps the reader guessing throughout. Yummy donut recipes round out a whodunit (or is it a whodonut?) sure to please cozy fans.