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#Review / #Giveaway – Goodbye Cruller World (A Deputy Donut Mystery) by Ginger Bolton @KensingtonBooks

Goodbye Cruller World (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Kensington (August 28, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711890
ISBN-13: 978-1496711892
Kindle ASIN: B077X2DMNR

Named after her beloved tabby, Deputy Donut, Emily Westhill’s donut shop in small-town Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, is doing so well, she’s expanding into catering weddings. But a killer is about to crash the reception . . .

Normally, Emily’s eyes tend to glaze over when prospective brides go on about their wedding plans. But when the owner of the clothing shop, Dressed to Kill, asks Emily to design a donut wall for her reception, she’s immediately sweet on the idea. With the help of her father-in-law and business partner—the former police chief of Fallingbrook—she hangs the treats from dowels on the wall so guests can help themselves.

But that night, when the groom ends up on the floor with signs of poisoning, Emily suspects someone has tampered with her treats. When the groom dies, there’s no way to sugarcoat it: she’s got a murder on her hands. Despite a list of suspects as long as the guest list, Emily vows to find out who created the killer confection to save her shop’s reputation and keep the bride out of handcuffs. She’ll have to move fast . . . before the poisoner takes a powder.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Weddings and donuts, that is a new tradition I would love! Emily and her father-in-law, Tom, create a donut wall for the wedding of Jenn, the owner of Dressed to Kill. The bride’s favorite donuts on one side and the groom’s favorites on the other. It is a big hit with the guests and the groom makes a regular pig of himself eating one after another. That is until he ends up dead on the floor. Seems someone has added their own secret ingredient to some of the pastries. An item that was made to kill. Everyone at the reception becomes a suspect, especially the bride. Emily knows the connection to her confections is going to be bad for business. She knows Detective Passenmath would love to pin the crime on her and Tom. She has no choice but to try the puzzle out the killer herself.

Tom and Emily own Deputy Donut, named after Emily’s tabby cat. Tom is the former police chief of Fallingbrook. His son was on the force too and Emily is a former 911 operator. The shop has a police theme complete with an old squad car for deliveries. These characters stole my heart in Survival of the Fritters. The nice thing about Deputy Donut is that police and fire personnel hang out there. Some key suspects also stop in a time or two, in addition to all the regulars. It is a unique place because Deputy Donut, the cat, has his own lair to watch over all the all the happenings. I really enjoy how the author has set this up as we get to know the characters better at this special gathering place.

The mystery this time had so many suspects but I set my sights on someone very early in the story. Then I followed along with Emily and let me tell you the author built everything up to a very exciting ending. I was right about the who and most of the why, but boy I was on the edge of my seat at the climactic scene that brought everything together.

The story is set in my wonderful state of Wisconsin and the author described everything wonderfully. The closest thing to Deputy Donut that we have nearby now is Dunkin’ Donuts, but growing up we had a wonderful bakery that reminds me in many ways of Emily and Tom’s shop. Great donuts and a great gathering place to find out all the latest news about town. Crullers are some of my favorites as are powdered sugared (I may be looking at those a little closer now). 🙂

I can’t wait for my next visit!

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About the Author

Ginger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series–cops, crime, coffee, donuts, and one curious cat. When Ginger isn’t writing or reading, she’s crocheting, knitting, sewing, walking her two rescue dogs and generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts, coffee, and cafes where folks gather to enjoy those tasty treats and one another’s company.

 

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Cozy Wednesday with Janet Bolin – Author of Seven Threadly Sins – Giveaway too!

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I love when Janet Bolin drops by for visit!! Her new book hits stores May 7 and we are going to tell you all about it today!!

Make Believe by Janet Bolin

EPSON MFP imageFor as long as I can remember, I’ve loved putting on costumes and pretending I’m something I’m not. Never mind the pout on the face of the girl wearing the telephone costume: after my cheerful siblings were pulled aside and I had the limelight to myself, I was all smiles.

Make believe does not always require costumes. Sometimes, it requires only a pencil and paper. Or a computer and word processor. I created a village where I would want to live, chock full of shops where crafty enthusiasts could buy supplies for sewing, quilting, yarn arts, machine embroidery, and nearly everything else they wanted or needed for making clothes, quilts, home dec, and yes, costumes. The village quickly earned a nickname—Threadville. I filled it with citizens. Most of them are people I would like as friends.

Some of them, however, are not quite as pleasant as the others, and are not above committing a little murder and mayhem.

My characters (the nice ones, that is) are adept at putting together clothing and quilts, which meSEVEN THREADLY SINSans that they can also fit clues together and help solve murders.

I decided they should have the opportunity of solving a mystery related to the sins of fashion. Not surprisingly, my characters fond of wearing costumes and playing make-believe. I would let them be in a fashion show . . .

A few months after I turned in the manuscript for SEVEN THREADLY SINS, my editor sent me a copy of the cover painting—a conservatory with clothes hanging in it and fabrics nearby.

Janet Bolin crowning herselfAnd then I was offered a small part in a mystery dinner theater play, Murder at the Pie Auction. I jumped at the chance. Who knew if I could act, memorize lines, or project my voice beyond the first set of dining tables? I could wear costumes and generally goof around. That was good enough for me.

Other than being handed a paper chef’s hat, told I should wear an apron for part of the play, and that the rest of my outfits should be mostly lime green, I was in charge of creating my own costumes. I haunted consignment shops. I made a long apron and used my embroidery machine to put punny sayings on the bib. I decorated the chef’s hat with stick-on “gems.” I found lime green sneakers that suited my character—and my feet–perfectly.

There were only two performances. They went rather well, I thought. The audience laughed when we hoped they would, anyway.

After having shopped for lime green, I kept seeing it everywhere.

And then I needed the cover for SEVEN THREADLY SINS for a blog. I dug out the photo, took one look at it, and burst out laughing. Wouldn’t you know? A couple of the garments hanging in the conservatory, waiting for someone to wear them in the fashion show, are lime green.

Don’t you love it when make-believe and real life converge?

~Janet

Janet Bolin’s acting career may be really, really short. In addition to goofing around in costumes, Janet likes sewing, machine embroidery, all sorts of other needlecrafts and handcrafts, reading, writing, and walking with her dogs. SEVEN THREADLY SINS, the fifth book in the Threadville Mystery Series, comes out May 5.

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SEVEN THREADLY SINSSeven Threadly Sins
(A Threadville Mystery)

5th in series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Pennsylvania
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 5, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Robin Moline
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268001
E-Book ASIN: B00O2BKLAM
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Fashion turns killer in the latest novel from the national bestselling author of the Threadville mysteries…

Threadville, Pennsylvania, is famous for its fabric, needlecraft, and embroidery, so it’s only natural that it would become the home of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. While Willow Vanderling has certainly never wanted to be a model, here she is, voluntarily strutting her stuff in a charity runway show in outrageous clothing, all to support the Academy’s scholarship fund.

But the lascivious, mean-spirited director of the academy, Antonio, is making the fashion show a less-than-fabulous affair. After Antonio plays a shocking prank on Willow and her friends that doesn’t exactly leave the ladies in stitches, he mysteriously winds up dead—and someone is trying to pin the blame on Willow.

Now, she must do whatever it takes in order to clear her name, even if it means needling around in other people’s secrets…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Time for your yearly trip to Threadville and it sure was a fun escape.

Willow and the other Threadville shopkeepers take part in a fashion show hosted by Antonio of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. He was quite a jerk and I wasn’t surprised he ended up dead, but Willow doing him in, no way. Willow and her friends work hard to stitch together the clues and make sure the right person is pinned for his death. As usual they put themselves in some precarious situations to sew everything up.

All our favorite characters are back. Willow, Haylee, Opal, Naomi, Edna, Ashley and even Mona could all be suspects because they all made up the seven Antonio accused of committing “Threadly Sins”. But they are joined by some very eccentric characters, of course they are “fashion designers” but that doesn’t explain all the eccentricities 🙂

Janet Bolin takes us on quite a ride with several twists and turns. She stitches in humor, a bit of romance and jealousy, along with a finely crafted mystery.

I should mention that this story was one that gave me a “book hangover”. I started reading and stayed up until I finished it. Just couldn’t put it down.

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Cozy Wednesday with Janet Bolin – Author of Night of the Living Thread (Giveaway too!)

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am super excited to have Janet Bolin visit today!!

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Beware the Wandering Thread
Janet Bolin

Lots is happening in Threadville in early October. The owners of the textile arts shops are holding a NightOfTheLivingThread_Cover (2)Get Ready for Halloween Craft fair. The owner of the notions shop is going all out for her wedding–and for her gown. A bunch of people dressed and made up as zombies are attending what they call a “Zombie Retreat” and they’re lurching around both day and night. The village is crowded, and some of the craft fair participants end up staying with the Threadville ladies.

Willow, who owns In Stitches, the machine embroidery boutique, has no houseguests until her mother forces a thread distributor on her. What could possibly be wrong with a thread distributor?

Lots, as it turns out, despite all the lively-looking threads that the young woman offers for sale.

Another craft show participant dies, the victim of a flamboyant wedding overskirt wielded by a murderer. The thread distributor points at Willow, who naturally suspects the thread distributor. Willow would love to send the thread distributor packing, but Willow would not love to be disowned by her mother.

On the night of the murder, Willow saw and heard people, but she can’t pinpoint their identities. A undulating trail of glow-in-the-dark thread leads almost nowhere. Or does it? And what do ancient Egyptian curses have to do with the murder? The spells were cast against the bride, Edna. Willow needs to prove to the police that Edna cannot be a murderer.

What were the “zombies” up to that night? And how about the other crafty ladies and the thriller writer? Can Willow and her friends snoop without alarming the police or being attacked?

Maybe the answers will be at the Haunted Graveyard staged by the zombies. Then again…

~Janet

About This Author

To read excerpts, keep up with Willow’s activities between books, and learn more about Threadville, visit http://ThreadvilleMysteries.com/

Dire Threads was nominated for an Agatha Award for the Best First Novel of 2011 and was on the shortlist for the 2012 Bloody Words “Bony Blithe” Light Mystery Award.

Threaded for Trouble was on the shortlist for the 2013 Bloody Words “Bony Blithe” Light Mystery Award.

Thread and Buried has been nominated for the 2014 Bony Blithe Award!

Night of the Living Thread is the latest Threadville Mystery.

NightOfTheLivingThread_Cover (2)Night of the Living Thread
(A Threadville Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 3, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425267998
E-Book File Size: 2012 KB
ASIN: B00EOARZ3M
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Zombies, killer dresses, and ancient curses prove that Halloween in Threadville can be sew spooky…

Could there possibly be more things going on in Threadville, Pennsylvania? Edna and Gord are getting married, there is a Halloween Craft Fair and don’t forget the Zombie retreat!!  If that isn’t enough Willow’s mother has sent her a cranky house guest to stay with her and Edna’s mother is in town for the wedding. There are also some other unique individuals in town for the festivities. Hold on to your sewing machines and knitting needles, this is going to be a crazy week in Threadville!!! Especially when someone ends up dead!!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

If you know me you know zombies/living dead are not by thing. If anybody was going to get me to read a book witth zombies it would be Janet Bolin. Truthfully these were not the real “walking dead”, the were human alive and mostly well, attending a zombie retreat. They would only make you scream if you ran into them in the dark. Not too scary in the light of day.

In addition to the zombies we meet Edna’s mom, Mrs. Batterby. She will grow on you as the story continues. Willow house guest is a whole different story. Willow has the patience of a saint! I would have sent this girl packing after the first night no matter how much guilt my mother foisted upon me.

All our favorite characters are back too, Opal, Naomi, Haylee, Clay, Vicki, Tally-Ho and Sally-Forth. They are joined by Mustache and Bow-Tie, 2 frisky felines.

The author has written a fantastic story that will have you chasing clues, visiting a haunted graveyard, and finding what glow in the dark thread is all about.

She will have you laughing out loud and the last line will again bring a smile to your face.

She also has all set for our next visit to Threadville. I can’t wait to make the trip!! I know she has just turned in the manuscript and we have a long wait ahead but these stories are so good they are definitely worth the wait!! She has given us some crafty inspiration to take up some of the time too.

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!

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Review: Threaded For Trouble by Janet Bolin

Threaded for Trouble
(A Threadville Mystery)

Book 2 in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group (June 5, 2012)
Cover Illustration by Robin Moline
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251324

Threaded for Trouble

Threadville Pennsylvania is a street of craft shops the feature everything from Quilting to Yarn Crafts. Willow Vanderling owns In Stitches, the embroidery shop. Today is a special day at In Stitches as Darlene Coddlefield will be presented with her new top of the line sewing machine. She has won a national competition sponsored by The Chandler Company. The company representative has arrived to award the prize and she is driving Willow crazy with her demands.

Poor Darlene never gets to do more with her new machine but test it out for a few minutes. She is found dead under her sewing table that looks to have collapsed from the weight of the extremely heavy machine. It soon becomes apparent that this way no accident and the suspects are many including Darlene’s fire chief husband, “Plug” . Willow and her best friend Haylee even become volunteer firefighters to see if they can uncover the true culprit. Hopefully they can do it without getting burned.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 
I was excited for another trip to Threadville. It is a place I would love to live.

The characters are so well defined, they are already a group of literary friends. The high-jinks of “The Three Weird Mothers”, Opal, Naomi and Edna actually has me “in stitches”. I was laughing so hard I was crying.

As a formerly addicted crafter who had been knitting, quilting and sewing since I was 8 years old until my accident in 2001, I can identify with each and every shop owner in Threadville and this story has given me a new respect for my sewing machine. My father was also the fire chief of our small town so the firefighters in this story made me smile even the cantankerous one. With the drought this year we can all understand the fire outbreaks and the sirens at all hours usually at night.

Filled with all the elements a perfect cozy and a perfect escape!

I loved the first book in this series and this one is even better. Kudos to the author! Do we really have to wait until June for the next installment?

Dollycas
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”