Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton
Maybe I shouldn’t have driven our Deputy Donut delivery car to the fairground in Falling brook that August morning.The sturdy Ford sedan had been through a lot in its seventy-plus years. With luck, it would survive creeping down this grassy hill even though its springs squeaked with every bump and hollow. I eased it around a grove of spindly trees.
On the passenger side of the wide front seat, Nina pointed ahead. “Emily! Look!”
A village of colorful tents, food trucks, and amusement rides had sprouted up on the flats below us. A jaunty banner fluttered above an opening in the orange plastic fencing surrounding
the site. “FAKER’S DOZEN CARNIVAL,” Nina read aloud. “GOOD LUCK ON FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH!” Laughing,
she turned toward me. “That sounds like a dare.”
I cranked down my window, letting in sunny breezes and the smell of freshly mown grass. “Or a threat.”
“Mirrors to break, black cats to cross paths, salt to spill,and ladders to walk under!” Although in her midtwenties, my enthusiastic assistant was bouncing almost more than the car was. “Too bad we’ll be selling fritters all day. We could go play with the ladders. I just had a new, fourteen-foot-tall one delivered, and now I can safely reach the top of my biggest canvas ever. I walk underneath ladders all the time,and I’m one of the luckiest people in northern Wisconsin,maybe in the whole world! I still can’t believe that the Arthur C. Arthurs Gallery is giving me a one-person show.”
I was almost as excited as she was about her show at the prestigious art gallery in Madison. “It’s not luck,” I reminded her. “Did you finish your paintings in time for the movers last night?”
“All but one, so they crated the others and took them away.All I have to do is put the finishing touches on the biggest,and, I hope, most expensive one. And don’t worry. I scheduled time for the preparations for Samantha and Hooligan’s wedding on Wednesday. The florist has already ordered the flowers. We’ll decorate the tent Wednesday morning, and then I’ll help you, Samantha, and Misty with your hair and makeup before I scoot into my seat to watch you all walk down the aisle. I can hardly wait! Samantha and Hooligan are a perfect couple, and it was sweet of them to ask me to design the flowers.”
I steered toward an opening in the fencing. “They’re thrilled to have a real artist doing it.”
“They’re paying me too much.”
“I doubt that.” I knew that Nina was worth every cent,and she could use the extra funds, besides. She worked full time at Deputy Donut, but the combination loft apartment and artist’s studio she rented had to be expensive, as were art supplies. And she hadn’t yet sold many paintings. She’d been saving for that ladder for about a year.
A tall and imposing woman stepped in front of our pretend police car, thrust out her hand, and yelled, “Stop!”
About Beyond a Reasonable Donut
Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
5th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (May 25, 2021)
Paperback: 256 pages
Digital ASIN: B08GY9Z1PD
Selling her corn fritters at a carnival, Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill faces off against a murderer who doesn’t play fair . . .
Emily and her assistant, Nina, are looking forward to manning the Deputy Donut tent at the Faker’s Dozen Carnival in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin—a festival held on Friday the thirteenth to celebrate good and bad luck. But Emily has barely dropped the corn fritters in oil when bad luck boils up. First, their bucket of confectioner’s sugar disappears—and then while a mime creates a distraction, a magician robs their cash register.
After the carnival, their misfortune continues. Emily discovers that someone has broken into artist Nina’s loft and vandalized a large painting in progress with the bucket of stolen sugar, which is now on the head of the mime, who seems to have been suffocated. Emily would bet Nina was the intended victim, but the cops think Nina silenced the mime. Now Emily must catch the killer white-handed—before someone else kicks the bucket . . .
About Ginger Bolton
Ginger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series—coffee, donuts, cops, danger, and one curious cat. The first four books in the series are SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD, JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS, and the latest, BOSTON SCREAM MURDER. JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS was chosen as the Woman’s World Best New Cozy Mystery of the week and was named as one of Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2019. BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT will be on store shelves May 25, 2021. When Ginger isn’t writing or reading, she’s crocheting, knitting, sewing, or generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts and coffee. As Janet Bolin, Ginger wrote the Threadville Mysteries—murder and mayhem in a village of crafty shops.
Website – https://gingerbolton.com
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Review of Beyond A Reasonable Donut
Review (4 Stars): What a great and enjoyable mystery!! This was so much fun to spend time with Emily and Nina even though Nina was framed as a murderer. I loved this well-written story and it had so many twists and turns, that it was hard to keep up. I haven’t read the rest of the series but I was still able to enjoy this lovely mystery and can’t wait to go back and read the rest.
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