Jealousy Filled Donuts (Deputy Donut Mystery #3) by Ginger Bolton #bookreview #mystery

Title: Jealousy Filled Donuts

Author: Ginger Bolton

Publisher: Kensington Books

Publication Date: August 27, 2019

Page Count: 290

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

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 Caf�, 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 …

Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton is the third installment of the cozy Deputy Donut Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book of this series can be enjoyed as a standalone with the mystery being completely solved within each book. Of course there is some character building that carries over from book to book for those that follow the series from the beginning.

In the first book of this series we met Emily Westhill who co-owns the Deputy Donut donut shop named after her tabby cat in small-town Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Emily used to work as a 911 dispatcher until the day her husband who was a police officer was killed so now she and her retired police chief father-in-law sell donuts at their shop instead.

Although Emily thought opening a donut shop would be safe she keeps finding herself mixed up in solving murders. This time around the donut shop was invited to participate in the local Fourth of July festival but their delicious donuts were used in a murder plot with someone loading a firecracker inside which was aimed at the queen of the festivities. Emily of course can’t stand by and let the culprit get away with murder so she again gets pulled into investigating.

I have been following the Deputy Donut mystery series from the beginning and have gotten to know and like these characters along the way. This one isn’t quite as quirky and humorous as some that I follow but it has won me over anyway. I enjoy that there is a tie for Emily and her father in law to the local police which makes them a little more believable being involved and I love the holiday adventure in this current book so I’ll definitely be back for more.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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About the author:

I like donuts and I like coffee. I like reading and I like writing. I like lots of things, actually…

People gather in donut shops to drink coffee and eat delicious treats, and also to spend time with neighbors and friends. What if a murder occurred in a small town? Wouldn’t patrons who spend time enjoying each others’ company in the town’s favorite coffee shop gossip about the tragedy and the possible culprits?

And the people who own that shop would hear things that might lead them to a murderer. Anything could happen…

Usually, when people ask where I get my ideas, I say, “Everywhere.” That’s true, but the idea for a donut shop run by people with connections to a police department came from Cops & Doughnuts. You can read their wonderful story at

Finally, I have a confession. I have an alias. Readers might know me as Janet Bolin, author of the Threadville Mysteries.

Ginger Bolton

Janet Bolin

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