A donut shop popular with cops loses a customer to murder in a mystery with “much to enjoy”—recipes included (Publishers Weekly).
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 has 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 . . .
Seductive as the aroma of powdered sugar and warm spices, this cozy series opener from the pseudonymous Bolton also delivers nourishment. When doll-mender Georgia Treetor fails to show up for her usual rendezvous with other knitters at Deputy Donut in scenic Fallingbrook, Wis., the shop's owners 28-year-old Emily Westfall, a cop's widow, and Tom, her retired police chief father-in-law become alarmed. The mystery deepens with the arrival of Lois Unterlaw, who just moved back from Madison and claims to be Georgia's oldest friend. Lois (who has a key), Emily, and the knitters enter Georgia's house, where Emily finds her body, grotesquely masked with an overturned Deputy Donut box. A 911 call brings Det. Brent Fyne, the former partner of Emily's late husband, and her distress intensifies; discomfort has reigned between them since the awful night when her husband was shot. Will Emily go a-sleuthing? Will Georgia's killer threaten her, Brent save her, and Tom offer his blessing? Dollars to penuche donuts (recipe included), the reader knows the answer but will still find much to enjoy.