Monday, September 9, 2019

Meet Detective Rex Clobar

By Rex Clobar, agent with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal
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

Connect with Ginger:
Jealousy Filled Donuts is the third Deputy Donut mystery
after Survival of the Fritters

and Goodbye Cruller World

For a chance to win a copy of one of the books (your choice) tell us in the comments below how important you think first impressions are when determining who is innocent and who is guilty. A winner will be chosen at random.


  1. First impressions can be wrong but often they are not.
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  2. First impressions or gut feelings are good, but shouldn't be relied on unless then based on facts. As humans, we are bound to make errors and being judgmental or fast to jump to conclusions is one of them. This can go both ways. The one you thought couldn't possible be involved may very well be too. The way I look at it, follow that instinct for facts. If the add up, you have your answer. If not, then you have eliminated one suspect AND that fact finding mission may lead you to other clues or suspects.
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  3. I always trust first impressions since they are true. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I love this series. I don't think first impressions are that great. It's best to always get both sides of anything including people. ckmbeg(at) gmail (dot) com

  5. First impressions have to be deliberated upon since we can rush to the wrong conclusions. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. First impressions can be misleading. Someone innocent might have something else going on that could make them seem guilty. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  7. First impressions can be tricky, especially when criminals are involved. They have the type of personality thatcan easily deceive you.

  8. Unfortunately, first impressions are very powerful. It can take a lot to overcome a bad one.
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  9. First impressions can be difficult, but I always think that trusting your gut gets you the right answer. Thanks for a chance to win!

  10. First impressions should not be ignored. They tell you a lot about a person and are correct more often than not. Although they may not be guilty of the crime, it doesn't mean they didn't do something else.
    I love this series.

  11. First impressions give off a gut feeling but can sometimes be wrong. Thanks for the chance.
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  12. First impressions obviously should not determine innocence or guilt. Evidence and facts should. But first impressions are important in determining what a person is like.


  13. I would LOVE to win Ginger Bolton's book! I like the series! First impressions can be deceiving! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. First impressions can be very telling.


  15. First impressions are not accurate at all--especially for sociopaths! anajs95 at gmail dot com

  16. As they say you can't judge a book by the cover so goes the same with first impressions. I know when I first meet a person I'm guarded about what I say or do. It is after I have been around someone and get to know them better that I may let them into my private world. I love Ginger Bolton's books and love this series not just because of the theme being around a donut shop but it helps. lol!

  17. I’ve found in cozies, if there’s a first impression that someone is guilty, they’re definitely not the culprit. It will be someone less obvious.

  18. I usually think that first impressions are usually right!

  19. For the most part, I think first impressions do matter. Lovely books!
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  20. I think first impressions are very important and often accurate, but sometimes can be misleading. Thanks for the chance!

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  22. First impressions always matter..but one must follow through and not jump to conclusions. Just because something about a person puts you off, doesn't mean he/she is the culprit. I've known some that are guilty parties but always appeared innocent as well as some who are off-putting, but are truly innocent.... so the key is to follow up with all and do not fixate on anyone in the beginning..

  23. I think first impressions are important but shouldn’t be the only thing. You should do your due diligence

  24. Congratulations to Jaime Minter, who has won a Deputy Donut Mystery of her choice. I've emailed you separately, Jaime.

    Thank you to everyone who commented. I love reading your responses.