My Rating ~ Four stars
RELEASE DATE: 26 October 2021
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Company
It’s Christmastime again in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Emily has truly decked the halls of her donut shop and decorated her donuts with festive designs from green and red frosting to snowflake sprinkles. For the annual Ice and Lights Festival, she’s commissioned a sculpture with three ice-carved donut shapes to form a holey snowman, Frosty the Donut. She has one Christmas wish this year–to spend some time under the mistletoe with a certain detective.
But the holidays just aren’t the same without an unexpected disaster or two. A tour bus on its way to the festival has crashed and a snowstorm has left all the shaken passengers stranded and shivering. Emily and her friends open their homes to shelter the traveling families, while the bus driver is admitted to the hospital for his injuries. But the following morning, Emily discovers his body–buried beneath Frosty the Donut.
The bus passengers show little sympathy for the man who dashed through the snow so badly, some claiming he was under the influence while behind the wheel. Emily also discovers that the driver had a history with folks in Fallingbrook. With multiple motives for murder piling up, it will take a Christmas miracle for Emily to solve this crime…
Thankyou to Kensington Publishing Company for providing me with a copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
When Emily is one of the first people at the scene of a bus accident, full of tourists, she just wants to help. As the driver is taken to hospital, she offers to host the driver’s assistant (and girlfriend) at her house until she can get home. But when the driver is discovered dead, Emily finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation that has fingers pointing in all directions, including at her house guest.
I haven’t read any of the other Deputy Donut books yet, but this was so much fun! (And look at those gorgeous covers! I think I need all these books for my shelf!) Deck the Donuts read like a traditional murder mystery style book, with a cosy feel and plenty of twists to the whodunnit. I really enjoyed the characters too. As this is the sixth book in the series, there wasn’t too much time devoted to their backstories, but there was enough there for me to be invested in their lives. I also loved Emily’s cat, who she carries around din her jacket and has a whole playroom built for at her donut shop.
If you enjoy easy to read mysteries that keep you guessing, add this one to your TBR!