Investigation, from Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton.
I'm a detective with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI.) You can call me Agent Clobar or Detective Clobar. Most people call me Rex.
The DCI helps investigate serious crimes in Wisconsin.
We had an interesting case recently of a skyrocket hidden in a stack of jelly-filled donuts and aimed at someone watching Fourth of July fireworks in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Two Fallingbrook police officers, two EMTs, and the fire chief were all nearby when the incident occurred, but no one could say who had planted the skyrocket.
Evidence pointed to Emily Westhill, who co-owns Deputy Donut, a popular coffee and donut shop, with her father-in-law, Tom Westhill. Tom was the town's police chief until he retired a few years ago. So, already, I knew I was going to run into trouble if I made accusations against Emily.
Fallingbrook has its own detectives. One of them is Brent Fyne. He led the case until I arrived in Fallingbrook. Brent had a partner on the force who was killed while on duty. The partner was Alec Westhill, Tom's son, and Emily's husband. She was widowed very young. She's only in her early thirties.
When I arrived in Fallingbrook, Brent was already balking at the idea that Emily could have harmed anyone. We interviewed Emily together, and I detected another problem. Brent likes his late partner's widow more than he's willing to admit.
Emily had other defenders on the Fallingbrook police force. In addition, one of the EMTs present at the scene and even the fire chief vouched for her.
The evidence was pretty strong, but right away, Emily started whittling away at it, and I have to admit that she had persuasive arguments.
But in my job, you can't let personal preferences, winning (and persevering) personalities, or innocent blue eyes deter you from obtaining justice for the deceased.
You can read about the case in Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton, available at your favorite library or bookseller.
Praise for Jealousy Filled Donuts:
Grab yourself a donut and a copy of this page turner! - Connie Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, moderncat
Bolton keeps the reader guessing throughout. Yummy donut recipes round out a whodunit (or is it a whodonut?) sure to please cozy fans. - Publishers Weekly
Like in Goodbye Cruller World, I was on the edge of my seat as the drama played out. - Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
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Jealousy Filled Donuts is the third Deputy Donut mystery
after Survival of the Fritters
and Goodbye Cruller World
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