Monday, April 24, 2023

Cinnamon Twisted - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Cinnamon Twisted (Deputy Donut Mystery #7) by Ginger Bolton

Rating:  Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Weeks before summer begins, Deputy Donut CafĂ© owner Emily Westhill has it all—a tabby cat by her side, cinnamon twists powdered to perfection, and a murderer on her case . . .

An ordinary late-spring afternoon for Deputy Donut Cafe owner Emily Westhill becomes one that will remain baked into her memory from the moment a customer gives Emily’s cat a toy donut and then flees Deputy Donut, dropping an earring in her panic. Concerned about the customer, Emily attempts to return the earring . . . only this time the customer doesn’t have a pulse. Things get more complicated when an ambitious police detective finds the earring and an unsealed envelope addressed to Emily at the murder scene. The envelope contains a cryptic letter and a fading photograph of a woman standing in front of Emily’s house.

Why did the customer grab her cinnamon twists and flee Deputy Donut? With the detective eying Emily as a prime suspect, Emily is determined to find out. But once a donut-shaped murder weapon is discovered in her own backyard, Emily has no time to lose as she pulls apart the connection between the victim and the strange history of her property—while stopping the real culprit from ensuring her fate is done and sugar-dusted . . .

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This sounded like a fun series to try and I was intrigued by the premise involving the fading photograph.

My Impression: I've become a big fan of reading a series in order and if the premise for this one hadn't hooked me I probably would have passed.  I'm so glad I didn't!  For starters, I was able to jump in with absolutely no issue and felt connected to Emily right away.  Emily is a nice person with a quick mind.  While not in law enforcement herself, she is surrounded by people who are and is aware of how things work.

The mystery is a good one.  Emily's attention is caught by a woman at her shop who seems very unhappy and then scared.  She is shocked and saddened when she later finds the woman dead and is pulled into the investigation only by the strange actions of the new Police Chief.  When odd things start happening around Emily's home and things may connect back to the murdered woman Emily is pulled even farther in.  

This was a fast read with likable characters.  I loved the community the author created - especially Emily's strong group of friends - and can easily see this being a favorite series just so I can revisit these characters.  The mystery was woven into Emily's day to day life so that while she is investigating it doesn't come off as over the top nosiness.  I really wasn't quite sure what was going on until Emily herself figured it out.  If you're looking for an interesting mystery with a great community this is a fantastic choice.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Definitely!  I haven't read anything by this author before but will be going back to read the earlier books in the series.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy cozies I think you'd like this one!  It's a fun read though it did make me want donuts a time or two!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I think I just saw this title on Amazon when I was browsing! My latest series is a British detective one, just discovered te authhor from library browsing. I love the setting in Scarborough.

  2. Now if this mystery just came with an order of cinnamon twists! ;D