Thursday, May 10, 2018

Survival of the Fritters

When you read Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton, be sure to have at least a dozen donuts on hand. You will need them.

Emily Westhill and her father-in-law Tom are co-owners of Deputy Donut in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. It is frequented by the local police and many others including the Knitpickers, a knitting group. It's a person not in attendance at the Knitpickers meeting that worries the group.

Georgia Treetor has been a loyal supporter of the group and never misses a day. Repeated phone calls go to voicemail.  At the end of the day, the group led by newcomer Lois, but old friend of Georgia's, returns with a key to her house. Lois had lived in Fallingbrook before and had been a close friend of Georgia's. Now back, she had hoped to renew their friendship.

Convinced to go along, Emily and the others drive to Georgia's house and find her vehicle in her driveway. After searching through the house, Emily finds Georgia
lying on the floor with a donut box over her face and a plastic doll shoved into her mouth. Obviously dead. But why would someone kill a sweet lady who made her living operating a "Doll Hospital"?

Disturbingly Georgia's death occurs very close to the five-year anniversary of her son's unsolved murder. That murder brings back painful memories of the sudden death of Emily's husband in the line of duty.

When evidence begins to point to Lois' grand-nephew and former town bad boy Randy, Emily is coerced into trying to prove his innocence. With so much evidence pointed to Randy as the murder, Emily enlists of aid of Detective Brent Fyne, her late husband's former partner. 

An entertaining first in the new series book by Ginger Bolton.

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