Saturday, November 9, 2019

Unintended Consequences

by Cheryl from JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS, the third book in the Deputy Donut mystery series by Ginger Bolton

Friends and I call ourselves the Knitpickers. We're all retired. Some of us are married, some of us live alone, some of us live with relatives.

We all love to knit, and we all like to get out of our houses once in awhile. Like every weekday morning...

We meet at Deputy Donut to knit, chat, laugh, drink coffee or tea, and eat delicious donuts and other treats, not necessarily in that order.

Actually, there is an order. We finish our donuts and wash our hands before we start the day's knitting. The chatting, laughing, and  the drinking of coffee and tea can go on all morning.

The other Knitpickers tease me because, well, to tell you the truth, I'm not much of a knitter. But I bring my knitting along every day and make a few stitches. This morning I opened my knitting bag and pulled out the yellow scarf I've been working on for a few years. Priscilla asked, "Are you knitting lace now, Cheryl?"

I looked down at the pretty yellow scarf and laughed. "How did that big hole get there? Did I drop a stitch again?"

Priscilla held out a hand. "Let me see." Minutes later, my scarf was as good as I thought it had been before Priscilla noticed my unintended lacy effect.

Emily came along and refilled our coffee mugs. She and her father-in-law, Tom, own Deputy Donut together. They named the shop after Emily's cat. Dep comes to work with Emily, but health regulations require that Dep can't be in the kitchen or the dining area. I wish the sweet tortoiseshell tabby could come in and just sit on my lap. I'd have an excellent excuse for never finishing the scarf.

"That's coming along nicely, Cheryl," Emily told me. She's a sweetie, and we all love her. We worry about her, too. She has a penchant for getting herself into trouble. She's only in her early thirties, but she's already widowed. Her husband was Tom's son. Both Alec and Tom were detectives, and Tom was our chief of police until he retired and opened Deputy Donut with Emily. Some of Emily's friends are among the police officers who come into Deputy Donut for breaks.

Emily knows more about crime-solving than is good for her. True, she's found out things that have led to murderers being put behind bars, but she sometimes accidentally gets herself into danger.

She should tell us whenever she's about to snoop into things. The Knitpickers could come along, knitting needles in hand, and protect her!

Then I could honestly say that my knitting needles were being put to good use.

Meet Emily and the Knitpickers in SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD, and JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS, available wherever books are sold. If your favorite bookstore doesn't carry them, ask. Stores are always happy to order for you. And so are libraries!

Three more Deputy Donut Mysteries are in the works.

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Do you have UFOs (Unfinished Objects) hanging around? Or do you always finish one project before starting the next? If so, can you give Cheryl (and Ginger Bolton, who really will finish that sweater some day...) advice? Either way, comment below for a chance to win your choice of a print copy of SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD, or JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS.


  1. Yes, I have plenty of UFOs. None of them are knitting related, but I imagine if I were a knitter there would be a lot of half-done items. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  2. I think I'm sort of middle of the road when it comes to UFO's. I seem to start all projects with a burst of energy, but some seem to lose stream along the way. Now mind you, I'm no middle of the road person either. I either seem to obsess about what I'm working all like a team of worker bees thinking of nothing else with every spare moment OR it seems to get pushed to the side sometimes forgotten but always glaring at me when I open the closet until I finally get it done or hand it off to someone else with more interest in finishing it than me. :)

    Sorry, but I'd sure be more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to knitting. <3 I can crochet though. Who would think that one needle would be easier than two!

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy of your book!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. I am always in the middle of something and the worst part is I do not finish before I start something else.
    debby36 at gmail Dot com

  4. Yes, sadly I always have a lot of projects going on. A few years ago I decided that since I enjoyed embroidering when my mother taught me as a child I would take it up again. That box of supplies has been sitting there for awhile. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I am not much of a project person in terms of creating things. The closest are my teaching and writing projects, and the former have to be completed.
    I have wanted to try this series for quite a while and appreciate the opportunity!

  6. I was envious of a friends embroidered bag and decided to make one of my own I even found and embroidery kit for it.

    That was 35+ years ago. I used to move it with us when we relocated, but at some point it got lost in the shuffle.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  7. I do have a few UFO'S hanging around. One is from years ago when I was learning to crochet. It's about a quarter of the way finished and I'm sure it will never be completed. I knit now and most of those projects get completed. I'm now taking refresher lessons in crocheting and maybe some day I'll be able to make a crocheted afghan.

  8. have a few, but nothing too bad

  9. I love this series. I do have a few unfinished projects. Oops! Thanks for reminding me. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. I’ve got lots of unfinished projects, unfortunately.

  11. Yes I do I have tons of pictures to put in 📚 books I need to finish.😳

  12. Taylor R. WilliamsNovember 9, 2019 at 8:49 PM

    No help here, I have all kinds of unfinished projects - trwilliams69 (at) msn (dot) com

  13. I have a few UFOs around, mainly sewing projects. I also have lots of unused material that was purchased with a project in mind. I wish I had advice to share. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  14. Love this series! I have lots of UFOs, mostly scrapbooks. I am not the person to give you advice!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. I do a lot of knitting. Love it. What I don't like is sewing the garment together. Yes I have UFOs.


  16. I, too, have some UFOs around. I have scrap book projects and some knitting projects. My current UFO is a set of pillowcases my Mother started before she passed (3 yrs ago). I finally found the box where the set was and now plan to finish the set. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  17. I have a few sewing projects that are ufo's. I finish one and then have a couple of others sitting around. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. I have a few UFO'S. Like my reading. I have a book & a project for each room. And one in a tote ready to go. Used to be it was not problem getting a book or project done in just a day or two. But the past 4 yrs the extended family has been on the move and in need. I have yet to read this author. The synopsis on her books are most intriguing and am hoping this will be a start. deepotter at centurylink dot net

  19. I always have a project or two that needs to be finished. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. Looks like a fun series, and yes I do have a few UFO'S.

  21. I have lots of UFOs around, from scrapbooks to cross stitch to jigsaw puzzles that I never put together. I'll get to them someday. Or maybe not.
    Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

  22. I live with people that like to start things but never finish anything so, yes, we have a lot of UFO's arouund here.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  23. Thank you for all your comments. I still haven't picked up that sweater to complete it--and it's almost done! The winner is (drum roll!!!) tetewa. I have sent you an email, tetewa.

  24. Looking forward to the read and I received your e-mail!

  25. I have several cross stitch samples unfinished