SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, the first book in the brand new Deputy Donut Mystery series by Ginger Bolton is a great addition to the culinary cozy world! There’s a certain satisfaction from starting a brand new series: new characters to become friends with, new locations to become acquainted with, and new foods to be introduced to. Ms. Bolton has created a very likable and sympathetic protagonist in Emily Westhill. She is caring, ready to help out those in need, but is also quite plucky. A young widow, she works alongside and co-owns the Deputy Donut shop with her father-in-law. I love their easy, loving relationship with each other despite their grief over their tragic loss. The donut shop is adorable and the perfect place for the town’s police force to hang out, including Emily’s best friend, Officer Misty. It’s also the perfect meeting spot for the Knitpickers, a group of elderly knitting women. When one of the ladies in the group, Georgia, doesn’t show up, it doesn’t take long for Emily to get involved and assist the group in finding out what happened to their friend.
The mystery of the murder of kindly Georgia, who operated a doll hospital, is quite worrisome to the town, especially after another elderly woman in the Knitpicker group is attacked. The author provides a creative plot that ties in a cold-case murder involving Georgia’s son and the death of Emily’s husband. While getting involved means dredging up painful memories for Emily, she is determined to help solve the case and bring closure… not only for herself but for her elderly friends. There are plenty of viable suspects and the author provides an exciting, suspenseful finale where Emily shows her resourcefulness in bringing the murderer to justice.
There are plenty of mentions of mouth-watering donuts and fritters in the story. It was almost enough to make me head down to a local donut shop and stock up! Fortunately Ms. Bolton includes several yummy recipes at the back of the book. As I was reading through the recipes, long-forgotten memories from childhood of my mother and aunts getting together to make homemade donuts popped up! I had completely forgotten about that, and those memories brought back the tastes of smells of those yummy treats. I haven’t ever made donuts or fritters myself and was drawn to Ms. Bolton’s recipe for Cranberry-Orange-Walnut Fritters. The batter was super quick to mix up and the scent of frying dough made my mouth water. It just doesn’t get any better than hot fritters rolled in sugar and then popped into a waiting mouth!
Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay alive.
If Emily has learned anything from her past as a 911 operator, it’s to stay calm during stressful situations. But that’s a tall order when one of her regulars, Georgia Treetor, goes missing. Georgia never skips morning cappuccinos with her knitting circle. Her pals fear the worst—especially Lois, a close friend who recently moved to town. As evening creeps in, Emily and the ladies search for Georgia at home. And they find her—murdered among a scattering of stale donuts . . .
Disturbingly, Georgia’s demise coincides with the five-year anniversary of her son’s murder, a case Emily’s late detective husband failed to solve before his own sudden death. With Lois hiding secrets and an innocent man’s life at stake, Emily’s forced to revisit painful memories on her quest for answers. Though someone’s alibi is full of holes, only a sprinkling of clues have been left behind. And if Emily can’t trace them back to a killer in time, her donut shop will end up permanently closed for business . . .
A special thanks to Ginger Bolton for providing one winner with a print copy of SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS! Contest ends Monday, February 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST and is limited to U.S. residents only. Please use the Rafflecopter box located below the recipe to enter. The winner will be announced on this page and on Cinnamon & Sugar’s Facebook page, as well as notified by email (so check your spam folder!)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons fresh cranberries, chopped*
- 1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
- Granulated sugar
- Vegetable oil with a smoke point of 400 degrees or higher, or follow your deep fryer manufacturer's instructions
Stir flour and sugar together with a fork.
Stir in eggs, milk, cranberries, walnuts, orange zest, and orange extract until blended.
When oil reached 370 degrees (F), drop batter by large spoonfuls into the oil without crowding them. Fry until both sides are golden, approximately 1 minute per side, turning once. Lift basket to drain, then drain fritters on paper towels.
While still warm, roll in granulated sugar and serve.
*If fresh cranberries are out of season, substitute frozen or dried cranberries.
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This sounds like a fun series and a very tempting fritter recipe shared. I have had a weakness for donuts since I was a child. My favorite was chocolate frosted custard filled donuts. I still get cravings for those.
My favorite doughnut is an apple fritter.
My favorite doughnut is Krispy Kreme Original Chocolate Glazed
This looks like my mind of series. Favorite is a raspberry filled his mark!!!!!
My favorite doughnut is the Krispy Kreme Original Chocolate Glazed
It’s a toss up between apple fritters and golden puffs rolled in powdered sugar. We’re going to have to give this one a try this weekend. Thanks for the chance and for the recipe
My favorite type of donut is lemon jelly filled. Although, I never met a donut I didn’t like! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!
Chocolate long John
Chocolate glazed cream filled
I am so excited about this book! I’ve been wanting to read it since I first heard about it and I’m finally going to the bookstore at lunch today to see if they have it. Fingers crossed! As for my favorite donut, it seems to go between a good maple bar and a glazed old fashioned. Thanks for the recipe and chance to win too!
Those sound so good. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to walnuts so I’ll just have to leave them out.
Growing up we had a donut shop and my favorites were a long john with maple icing or the lemon filled. So yummy!! My daddy made the best donuts around!
This sounds like a super fun read! And the recipe sounds to die for!
Wow. Apple fritters, pumpkin scones, Devils food glazed donuts. This sounds like a great mystery…why would anyone kill someone who has a doll hospital?
My favorite donut is chocolate glazed cream filled
My favorite donut is maple glazed.
I love Old Fashion donuts not much of a lover of raised and glazed
I am tempted by all manner of donut types, but my favorite is a basic, plain one–crunchy on the outside and soft and moist inside.
They are few and far between! I found them at a farm stand in Armonk, NY years ago.
I love them all!! ? Lol ?
I love them all but I adore my Mom’s recipe for yeast doughnuts. I think it’s the fond memories of her making them and how heavenly they tasted right out of the icing that makes them so special. I also love cake doughnuts
I love glazed donuts. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy of Survival Of The Fritters.
I love a good cake donut!
I like a plain glazed raised donut.
My favorite donut is a maple frosted donut.
My favorite is a cinnamon and sugar apple filled donut!
Love lemon filled donuts!
I love glazed or blueberry donuts.
My favorite donut would be double chocolate.
I like jelly donuts.
Chocolate covered cream filled.
My favorite has always been a chocolate iced, custard filled donut. Though I love them all!
“What’s your favorite type of donut?” Those big buttermilk ones are very good!
As long as a donut has no coconut to which I am allergic, I will pretty much eat all donuts. But if I’m going to have a donut for breakfast I eat a homestyle one and put peanut butter on it. Delicious.
I love chocolate frosted donuts and Boston cream donuts.
Thank you for introducing me to another great series to start. I love fresh plain donuts.. kinda simple but not messy ?
So many favorites! I guess maple!
My favorite donut is chocolate glazed.
love frosted and cream filled the best.
My favorite is vanilla cream filled donut.
jelly donuts for me!
I love those chocolate-covered cream filled ones from Krispy Kreme
my favorite is old fashioned esp chocolate covered!
Those look devine and, like you said, relatively easy to make. That series looks wonderful, it has been on my list of must reads since it was first announced. Thank you both so much for the chance to win!
I don’t have a favorite donut, how could you choose?
I love glazed chocolate cake donuts.
My favorite donut is either glazed or sugar donuts (yeast variety).
My favorite is custard filled…gonna try the cranberry, orange, walnut fritters recipe..sounds good.
My favorite donut is glazed but I will eat almost any kind. I don’t like lemon or cream filled though.
Chocolate with sprinkles
My favorite is a simple glazed donut! Prefer plain to fancy. I have had some good apple fritters, though! Thanks for the review & recipe!
I love glazed. Im a plain type of donut person. Which is strange since my ex and I owned a bakery and he made several types
My favorite doughnut is a chocolate glazed filled Long John. Sounds like a great mystery.
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