Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Double Grudge Donuts - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Double Grudge Donuts (Deputy Donuts Mystery #8) by Ginger Bolton

Rating: Liked It! (3.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  The countdown is on as Deputy Donut CafĂ© owner Emily Westhill gets ready for married life. But before she takes the plunge, she’ll need to poke a hole in a deadly criminal’s plans . . .

When the Fallingbrook Arts Festival rolls into town weeks before she’s set to tie the knot, Emily expects talent and friendly competition at the week-long summer series to go together like coffee and double fudge. But the fun crumbles fast after a lively bagpiper takes first place on day one and turns heads for the wrong reasons—all before Emily and her tabby cat find him dead in a clear case of murder. Along with a distinctive weapon at the crime scene, several strategically placed items leave disturbing clues about the killer’s identity, including a broken piece of a Deputy Donut mug . . .

While detectives aren’t sure who silenced the bagpiper’s music, they don’t trust Emily or her family to tell the truth. With her nuptials and career on the line, Emily launches an unsettling investigation to save herself from trouble and bring a dangerous figure to justice. The search not only brings too many suspects into the picture, but also leads to a strange discovery on Deputy Donut’s rooftop. A discovery that tells Emily she better get cooking, because someone may be watching her every move . . . and carefully plotting to turn a wedding into a funeral!

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I really enjoyed the previous book in the series so obviously I had to pick up the next book.

My Impression: I was so glad to get back to Emily's world with Dep the cat, her employees at Deputy Donut, her friends and family and of course lots of donut mentions!   The victim is basically ambushing musical performers with bagpipes so no one is sad to see him go but it makes for a fun read to figure out just who was pushed over the edge.  Other than the rogue bagpipe player most of the people who make up Emily's world are nice and people  I would actually want to spend time with.

I also like that Emily has common sense.  She's strongly connected with the police and communicates theories and listens to cautions.  It's refreshing after reading a number of mysteries with To Stupid To Live characters.  She also doesn't jump to conclusions like its her job which is another refreshing trait.  

The mystery itself is well done with an unlikable victim and a surplus of suspects.  I enjoyed the journey and this is a series I'm really looking forward to going back and reading from the beginning.  If you like a foodie cozies with a likable cast of characters this series is a must try - though you will want donuts before you're more than 20 pages in!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I've enjoyed both books that I've read in the series and I'm looking forward to going back and reading the series from the beginning.  I'll also be looking for the next book!

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy foodie cozies this series is definitely one I would recommend.  While I'm sure it's better read in order you can jump in anywhere without too much trouble.

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


  1. I read the first book in this series. I enjoyed it and really need to read the rest of the books.

  2. Another one that sounds good. I was reading a book last week and I found myself saying well Katherine would say "too stupid to live" about this character!

  3. Cute cover. I am glad the mystery was well done.

  4. I really don't need more donuts in my life. LOL But I do want to try this series. I am glad you enjoyed this one.