Friday, March 9, 2018

How Did I Get Into This?

by Emily Westhill from Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton

It all started with donuts. I like making them. The police officers at the Fallingbrook Police Department like eating them. Somehow, I started making birthday cakes out of stacked-up donuts for kids' birthday parties, and the next thing I knew, I was owning a donut and coffee shop along with my father-in-law, Tom. He had  retired as Fallingbrook's police chief.

Since we're only a few blocks from the police station, it's not surprising that police officers come to our shop, Deputy Donut, for their breaks. Other people flock in, too, and it was a real shock when Georgia, one of my favorite customers, was murdered.

I did not mean to tamper with the crime scene. I know better. My late husband was a detective, I worked for awhile as a 911 operator, and one of my best friends is a cop. All I can say in my defense is that I hoped I could save Georgia.

And then, thanks to my cat, who is also named Deputy Donut (she had the name first), I ended up in more of a tangled mess than I could have foreseen.

If Dep could only speak, we'd have solved the crime a lot sooner than we did. I say "we" because I ended up being instrumental in solving it.I can pick up a lot of clues while going from table to table serving delicious donuts and fritters and pouring rich and satisfying coffees and teas...

If you had to create a kids' birthday cake out of donuts, what would you make? The easy one (for me) is a rocket ship. Comment below for a chance to win a copy of Survival of the Fritters.



Goodbye Cruller World, the second Deputy Donut Mystery, will be on store shelves in September 2018 and can be pre-ordered now.


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45 comments:

  1. Read it - LOVED it - definitely recommend it to anyone that wants a great read!

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  2. A dolphin or a mermaid. Can't wait to read this book!! mcastor07(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  3. A cowboy. This book sounds captivating and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Traveler. A cowboy would be quite a challenge.

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  4. I think I would make the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. LOL! That's how my rocket ships would probably end up! That idea might end up in a book. Thanks, Abby!

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  5. My younger grandson's favorite birthday cake was a fire truck. He had to have the wheels! bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I would love to see a cake that is a castle. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. I just love cruellers and cats we feed all of the stray cats that come around with homemade cat food . This sounds like a wonderful book and would love to read and review. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  8. The rocket ship is a nice idea. Keying the shape to the birthday person's likes is key.
    But I'd make the shape out of something not donut. Then use something peg-like to hang the donuts on it. That way they are easily removed without destroying the basic design.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. That's sort of like the donut wall on the cover of Goodbye Cruller World...

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  9. A surfboard. That might be easy enough that even I could make it.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That's even better than a rocket ship or a rocket ship that becomes a Leaning Tower of Pisa (thinking of food, I almost typed Pizza...)

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  10. I think I'd try to make a big beach ball---or maybe make the number of the birthday being celebrated.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  11. A caterpillar (friendly of course) dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  12. I think I'd try to make a dinosaur. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. You could build a castle. Lots of lovely donut towers.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  14. How about a snowman with different sized donuts, or use mini fritters to make a Lego creation...I am do looking forward to reading this, and meeting Deputy Donut. Love orange kitties. jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Ooh, a snowman--what a good excuse to coat donuts in shredded coconut!

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  15. Maybe a truck or doll. I am looking forward to this book and getting to know Deputy Donut. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  16. I would try a Radio Flyer wagon. That would be fun. Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Well this book sounds so good! How about a Train Locomotive cake??? The donuts would be the wheels and maybe the train part made from a cake???? Can't wait to read this book! Thanks for a chance to win! Patty Kovach

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    1. An old-fashioned locomotive, maybe, with a smokestack!

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  18. How about a teddy bear, maybe a couple of teddy bears? Actually what came to my mind first was a Christmas tree. But that's not a good idea for a kid's birthday party! This sounds like a fun series. Looking forward to reading the first book!

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    1. Teddy bears would be adorable, and a Christmas tree would be great for a Christmas party!

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  19. I have a granddaughter, my first thought is a castle incorporating ice cream cones for the spires.

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  20. I just added both of these to my Goodreads list. I can't wait to read them and learn more about Deputy Donut. :)

    If the party were for boys, maybe make a donut shaped race car or truck? Thanks for the opportunity to win. toriacat@yahoo.com

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  21. I think I'd try to make a car. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. And then warn party attendees, "Donut try to drive it."

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  22. A lighthouse - I think the shape would lend itself well to doughnuts. I love that Emily was with 911 - it's what I do! RobinChase2010@gmail.com
    RobinChase

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    1. A lighthouse would be perfect. And how wonderful that you work for 911. I hear it can be heart-wrenching. I hope that doing so much good for others helps make the pain easier to bear.

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  23. Random.org chose Autumn Trapani as the winner of a copy of Survival of the Fritters. Congratulations, Autumn!

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