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About the Author
- Publication date : January 30, 2018
- File size : 985 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Publisher : Kensington Books (January 30, 2018)
- ASIN : B071HKMK38
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #66,828 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Emily is part owner of a donut shop called Deputy Donut. Her father in law, retired police chief Tom Westhill is the other half of the owner. The donut shop is very popular among cops and patrons.
Every morning, there is a circle of friends called the Knitpickers who arrive at the donut shop to eat donuts, drink coffee and knit. When one of the knitpickers fail to show up, the other knitpickers and Emily go to her house and find her dead. And this begins the mystery.
I wish I could of liked the main character Emily but I found her to be dumb and contradictory.
She was not true to herself and did not develop over time in this book. For example: When Brent gave her a hug bye, she thinks it is a pass. When Oliver offers to give her a ride to the fire safety meeting, she thinks it is a date. When Brent gets demoted off the case, she thinks its cause she was his partner’s wife and touched everything in the crime scene, which she did, but that was not why he was demoted, her best friend Misty said this to her, but she still thinks she is the reason for his demotion. When Lois lies constantly to her about not being attacked, Emily still thinks Lois is a sweet and honest lady. When Randy tells Emily he use to rent her house before she moved in, Lois (the liar) says Randy had roommates to help him. Emily thinks because Randy led her to believe the wrong thing (he lived by himself). It wasn’t exactly a lie, but she thinks it is a sign that trusting everything he said might be foolish and could be dangerous. But, yet Lois lied to her constantly and Emily trusts her.
Emily and the Knitpickers found the dead body. Emily touches the toilet paper roll, the donut box, the Barbie doll in Georgia’s mouth, the door knob leading outside to the backyard. She did all this without thinking, She said she didn’t know it was a crime scene. She use to be a 911 operator, her late husband was a detective, you would think she would of known better. I just couldn’t relate to this character.
Don’t get me started on her cat Dep. That cat was always mentioned. And the cat did nothing. The only thing it did was go bring Emily and Lois together. When an author writes about a cat the way this cat was written it’s cause the cat plays a huge part in helping with the investigation, or has magical abilities or is one of the main characters. This cat did nothing but be annoying. For example: When Emily and Brent are having an important conversation about the murder case, the cat is between them wanting to be picked up. Emily will pick the cat up, the cat will squirm, Emily puts the cat down. The cat goes to Brent, Brent picks up the cat, the cat squirms, Brent puts the cat down. The cat goes to Emily, Emily picks up the cat, the cat squirms, Emily puts the cat down. The cat goes to Brent, Brent picks up the cat, the cat squirms, Brent puts the cat down. Again and again, 6 times this happens. I guess the author thought this was cute. But it’s NOT. It’s was annoying. If a real cat was acting like this, any other person would of put the cat out of the room, close the door, have their 10 min important conversation and then open the door back up.
Also, Emily seemed to think when her cat puffs up and gets twice her normal size that means she doesn’t like someone. Well, the cat puffed up to Randy and Misty. The cat is useless. It got to the point that I felt the cat was just filler for the author to get her word count in. She described every little details pertaining to the cat. I felt the author tried too hard on the cat.
If you take the cat parts away from the storyline, it wouldn’t be missed, it probably would have been better. At least it wouldn’t of frustrated me.
The character Lois was just confusing. Just dealing with her lies and her going back and forth with Emily took 4 chapters. You automatically know she is lying, then you start to think maybe she is not lying, maybe she is making the whole thing up to cover for someone, than you go back to her being a liar and crazy, than you just start to think she is plain crazy.
The only character I like in this book was Brent the detective. He stayed true to his character. Why he liked Emily, I have no clue.
There are twists and turns in this book. One particular twist that I didn’t see coming, was when Randy went to Lois house. I liked that part. That was a wow moment.
There are 2 murder mysteries in this book; One from the past which is 5 years old and the other current.
As soon as the character was introduced, I knew who the killer was due to the authors writing style.
When the killer murdered the victim, the killer stuffed something in the victim’s mouth and put donuts on it and took an item from the victim’s bathroom, this was never explained as to why the killer would do this.
The ending felt abrupt. The killer was apprehended, and we only get 4 paragraphs of epilogue.
Quote: “No matter how much I sound like one, I’m not a weak-kneed blob of jelly.” – Emily
Quote: “Crime has a way of not making sense.” – Misty
Quote: “Who’s going to reveal their deepest secrets in a donut shop full of cops?” – Tom
Quote: “I think I chose the wrong profession. The way to a man’s heart is not through IV drips.” – Samantha
The donut shop is a hit with police and knitters from the community. However, for one reason or another, one of the knitters is missing from the usual gathering and the group is very worried.
Emily joins the group as they decide to find the missing member...
Becoming friends with next door neighbor and the best friend, or so she self-proclaims, of the missing knitter, Emily finds herself shocked as the ladies find the body of their dear friend. Emily has a strong liking for the friend and despite all evidence tries to find the real killer.
This was a very likable cozy murder mystery. I liked the characters, dialog, and locations within. I also developed a desire for donuts...ah well. I'm personally looking forward to the next novel in the series.
I thoroughly enjoy reading a book not filled with gore, over sexed and full of foul language, this is it. Even though there are murders and an investigation, Ginger allows the characters to lead their lives within the story and investigation and fear of a murderer on the loose.
I recommend this cozy book to anyone who loves a solid happy story with great recipes as a bonus. I will read more of Ginger Boltens work.