Deputy Donut Mysteries by Ginger Bolton
At this time of year in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, I'm arriving at work before dawn and leaving at twilight. I'm lucky that I live only about ten blocks from the donut shop, Deputy Donut, that I own with my father-in-law. My cat, whose name is also Deputy Donut, Dep for short, comes with me. In good weather, she wears a harness and leash and we walk. In cold weather, I tuck her into a specially made pouch that I wear inside my warmest parka.
Yes, there is some complaining about the indignity of it all at first, but as I walk to work, I often feel the vibration of her purrs. We help each other stay warm.
Dep spends her days in our office in Deputy Donut, a room that is also fitted out as a kitty playground. She is cheerful, our cafe is cheerful, and our customers are cheerful. And it's not wonder! They are drinking some of the best coffee and eating some of the best donuts anywhere. Okay, you're right. I could be biased.
My father-in-law Tom is usually cheerful, too, but now that the holidays are over, I caught him frowning down at the donuts he was frying. "You need a vacation," I said. "Somewhere warm and sunny."
"Maybe next winter, after we hire and train an assistant."
It was a sunny day, and although the actual sunbeams don't reach into Deputy Donut on winter days, it was bright inside. "Tell you what," I said. "It's not crazy busy here in the winter. Why don't we each take at least a half hour in the lightest part of the day to get some exercise outside?"
He tilted his head. "Good idea. You go first." How like him . . .
And that's why the citizens of Fallingbrook will often see Tom or me striding around downtown Fallingbrook around noon. They might even hear a "meow" coming from deep inside my parka. Or a furry little face with a cute orange stripy patch on the forehead peeking out above the parka's zipper.
To learn how Emily, often with the help of Tom, retired Fallingbrook Police Chief, solves murders, check out the Deputy Donut Mysteries, SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS and GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD.
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