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Halloween in the small town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin, is the perfect season for Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill to unmask a killer. October 31st is just around the corner and Emily Westhill's Boston cream donuts, carved with a scream, have made an indelible impression on local eccentric Rich Royalson. So much so that he's ordered three dozen, with twice t Halloween in the small town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin, is the perfect season for Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill to unmask a killer. October 31st is just around the corner and Emily Westhill's Boston cream donuts, carved with a scream, have made an indelible impression on local eccentric Rich Royalson. So much so that he's ordered three dozen, with twice the fudge icing, for his 70th birthday--a special event in more ways than one. It's to be held on fog-shrouded Lake Fleekom where, twenty years ago, his wife mysteriously drowned. But the next day, when Emily arrives with her scrumptious screamers, she stumbles upon Rich's corpse. The poor guy wanted a unique birthday bash--just not one to the side of his skull. With a guest list of possible perpetrators, and his last will and testament suspiciously left at the scene, Emily soon discovers that the Royalson closet is rattling with skeletons. As the fog thickens, motives mount, and the tricks outnumber the treats, Emily fears that Rich may not be the last one in Fallowbrook to go out screaming.


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Halloween in the small town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin, is the perfect season for Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill to unmask a killer. October 31st is just around the corner and Emily Westhill's Boston cream donuts, carved with a scream, have made an indelible impression on local eccentric Rich Royalson. So much so that he's ordered three dozen, with twice t Halloween in the small town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin, is the perfect season for Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill to unmask a killer. October 31st is just around the corner and Emily Westhill's Boston cream donuts, carved with a scream, have made an indelible impression on local eccentric Rich Royalson. So much so that he's ordered three dozen, with twice the fudge icing, for his 70th birthday--a special event in more ways than one. It's to be held on fog-shrouded Lake Fleekom where, twenty years ago, his wife mysteriously drowned. But the next day, when Emily arrives with her scrumptious screamers, she stumbles upon Rich's corpse. The poor guy wanted a unique birthday bash--just not one to the side of his skull. With a guest list of possible perpetrators, and his last will and testament suspiciously left at the scene, Emily soon discovers that the Royalson closet is rattling with skeletons. As the fog thickens, motives mount, and the tricks outnumber the treats, Emily fears that Rich may not be the last one in Fallowbrook to go out screaming.

30 review for Boston Scream Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    Newest Adventure Details: Where: Fallowbrook, Wisconsin Who: Emily Westhill I'm always up for a trip to the small town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin to visit the Deputy donut shop, Emily, Tom, and the knitpickers. The fact that my visit was going to be during Halloween, and I would be able to sample the newest holiday special the Boston cream donut was just icing on the…..DONUT! When I arrived, there was an obnoxious man in the shop going on and on about Boston. Very loudly...I might add. Turns o Newest Adventure Details: Where: Fallowbrook, Wisconsin Who: Emily Westhill I'm always up for a trip to the small town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin to visit the Deputy donut shop, Emily, Tom, and the knitpickers. The fact that my visit was going to be during Halloween, and I would be able to sample the newest holiday special the Boston cream donut was just icing on the…..DONUT! When I arrived, there was an obnoxious man in the shop going on and on about Boston. Very loudly...I might add. Turns out he was there for a blind date with one of our very own knitpickers Cheryl. Once Cheryl arrived, he explained that the next day was his 70th birthday, and he wanted to serve the Boston cream cupcakes at his shindig. Emily agreed to deliver three dozen donuts and coffee to his party at his lake house. Bizarre...by the end of the day both Cheryl and Boston guy (Rich) were in the shop with other dates….wow these retired people here move fast! The next morning...we packed up the delivery car (this was what I was most excited about...riding in the deputy donut delivery car...that thing is amazing!!), and headed to Rich’s birthday party. He was VERY specific about the time for our drop off. Emily advised that some customers are just more particular….I get it... Emily the customer is always right. When we arrived...his home is beautiful by the way... we knocked on the door, but no one answered. We went around back because we knew he was having an outdoor party overlooking the lake. Again we were taken with beautiful scenery...lots of fog rolling off the lake….almost seemed magical. We heard a paddle hitting the side of a canoe, so we knew others were enjoying the misty enchanted morning. Continuing toward the tent we found tables...where cards labeled with lots of yummy seafood delights would go, and the body of the man who was celebrating his 70th birthday and who the party was for. Emily who is no stranger to police work...her father in law is a retired cop and her husband was a cop who was killed in the line of duty….decides it is up to us to find out what happened to Rich… My Thoughts: Another good solid addition to this series. This series has all the checks for a good cozy: great characters, great setting (love love love the delivery car...a 1950’s black and white ford sedan with a donut on top that has sprinkles that light up...and the donut shop is awesome too), and great community involvement. I really like Emily...she is down to earth, smart, and levelheaded. The mystery as always kept me guessing from start to finish. I do wish we would see Emily and Brent move into a romantic relationship. I can’t wait for another to visit to Wisconsin (hopefully in the summer), but in the meantime I will be trying some of the delicious recipes included to tide me over! For more book fun subscribe to my blog @: http://beachbumbookworm.com/ I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Ginger Bolton, and the publisher for this opportunity.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    One of my favorite cozy destinations to visit is Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, home of the Deputy Donut Shop. Owners, Emily and Tom couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate mascot than ‘Dep’, Emily’s tortie Cat. In book four, the author serves up some mighty tempting donut flavors for Halloween, plus a murder with a lengthy list of “could be” killers for cozy readers to nibble on their alibi’s. I really enjoyed the story with its cast of relatable characters and great plot! This reader would like to se One of my favorite cozy destinations to visit is Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, home of the Deputy Donut Shop. Owners, Emily and Tom couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate mascot than ‘Dep’, Emily’s tortie Cat. In book four, the author serves up some mighty tempting donut flavors for Halloween, plus a murder with a lengthy list of “could be” killers for cozy readers to nibble on their alibi’s. I really enjoyed the story with its cast of relatable characters and great plot! This reader would like to see Emily and Detective Brent Fyne move their relationship several steps forward as the chemistry is certainly there! The author provides some delicious sounding recipes for readers to try. I highly recommend this yummy series to Mystery fans! I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    I do so love holiday themed cozy mysteries, and this one fits the bill perfectly. Suitably festive. A well-written mystery that kept me guessing until the end. A likable group of characters, and it held up well as a standalone. Throw in some yummy recipes and what more can you ask for? 👍👍

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the 4th book in the Deputy Donut Mysteries and the series just continues to keep me engaged and entertained. This one is set around Halloween, so Emily, Tom, and the rest of the staff at Deputy Donut are busy cooking up plenty of Halloween inspired donuts. Emily is the kind of cozy mystery protagonist I think most reader enjoy. She is smart, kind, has a warm heart, and has a stubborn streak. The cast of secondary characters is solid. The relationship with her former father in law and mot This is the 4th book in the Deputy Donut Mysteries and the series just continues to keep me engaged and entertained. This one is set around Halloween, so Emily, Tom, and the rest of the staff at Deputy Donut are busy cooking up plenty of Halloween inspired donuts. Emily is the kind of cozy mystery protagonist I think most reader enjoy. She is smart, kind, has a warm heart, and has a stubborn streak. The cast of secondary characters is solid. The relationship with her former father in law and mother in law is heart-warming. Her friends are starting to pair up in relationships and we see this progress in this book. The jury is still out as whether Em's relationship with Brent will progress beyond friendship, but I think the author has written this storyline true to a young widow. Emily is an accidental sleuth who has a good relationship with the police (considering her deceased husband was a cop as is his best friend). She is not a reckless sleuth with something to prove, but has good insight and tries to work with the police. Once again, she is in the wrong place at the wrong time and discovers the dead body of a client who hired her to provide donuts for his birthday party. We didn't get to know a whole lot about the victim except for his love of Boston and that he cheated on his wife. However, the author does a good job of weaving the clues throughout the story, dropping bread crumbs for the reader to follow. Emily has a few viable suspects and her theories on motive are realistic. I was surprised by the identity of the killer and did not even consider this person a suspect. I always finish one of these books feeling entertained and having taken a fun adventure with Emily. I will be back for more books. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    It had been about a year since I went book tripping to Fallingbrook, Wisconsin during their July Fourth celebration. I loved how the town did up Halloween. It was the perfect Halloween cozy from the decorations and kids' Halloween parade to the murder case itself set on an eerie-at-night lake. There was a decent amount of suspects in this case, but I got a weird feeling about someone kind of early although going down all the red herring paths is always fun. My gut feeling came true but the reaso It had been about a year since I went book tripping to Fallingbrook, Wisconsin during their July Fourth celebration. I loved how the town did up Halloween. It was the perfect Halloween cozy from the decorations and kids' Halloween parade to the murder case itself set on an eerie-at-night lake. There was a decent amount of suspects in this case, but I got a weird feeling about someone kind of early although going down all the red herring paths is always fun. My gut feeling came true but the reason was something I couldn't have known. I always have loved it when Emily's best friends all got together, and since she's been hanging out with Brent in a non-dating sort of way, there were three happy couples (when Brent wasn't working a murder, that is), one of which was super happy due to an announcement. I think Tom will always be my favorite character. He's kind of the patriarch figure but only offers his expert protection as an ex-police chief when he feels it's absolutely necessary. I really liked Nina a lot--she fit right in with the Deputy Donut family which still did have Jocelyn, but she was mainly off at college. She did get a small but important role in the book. We got to see a little more of Cindy, Tom's wife and who knew, she's a cat whisperer as well as a talented pottery artist. I'm hoping the next book might be a Christmas themed one, and as always, I can't wait for it. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Emily Westhill, a young police detective's widow, owns and runs Deputy Donuts (named after her beloved cat), along with her father-in-law Tom. When a man shows up and starts raving to other men about how great Boston is, it seems that's all he wants to talk about. But Emily discovers that he's there for a date with her friend Cheryl, who is one of the single women in the Knitpickers, a group of older women who come in daily to knit, eat, and chat. Before Cheryl shows up, the man identifies himsel Emily Westhill, a young police detective's widow, owns and runs Deputy Donuts (named after her beloved cat), along with her father-in-law Tom. When a man shows up and starts raving to other men about how great Boston is, it seems that's all he wants to talk about. But Emily discovers that he's there for a date with her friend Cheryl, who is one of the single women in the Knitpickers, a group of older women who come in daily to knit, eat, and chat. Before Cheryl shows up, the man identifies himself as Rich Royalson, and asks Emily if she'd cater donuts for his seventieth birthday party in a few days, and tells her where she should bring them -- out to nearby Lake Fleekdom where he has a home. But when Emily arrives, she finds everything set up for a party, including food from a local caterer...and the body of Rich. Now, with her friend Cheryl involved, an old girlfriend of Rich's, even neighbors who might have a grudge against the man, she needs to find out who killed him and what would drive someone to do so. Standing in her way is the fact that she's planning a Halloween costume party at her home, friends trying to push her toward her late husband's partner, Brent, and she has a business to run. It doesn't leave a lot of time for her to think about killers, but Emily wants to know the truth, even if it's closer than she might ever imagine... This is the fourth book in the series and I absolutely loved the third, so couldn't wait to get to this one. But there was something that bothered me, so I guess I'd better get it out there right away: (and I've hidden it in a spoiler, even though it really isn't one at all but some people are sensitive to anything that even hints of one): (view spoiler)[ Emily is insisting she's only friends with Brent, and she still loves her late husband. I get that. I really do. But her husband, Alec, has been gone for six years, and she was married to him for four. So he's been gone longer than they were wed, and even if that sounds cold, perhaps it's time she moved on with her life. She's only thirty-one years old, and she needs to think if Alec would want her to mourn him forever. Would he want her living alone? Having no one in her life? Or would he want her happy with someone new? After all, if you've happily loved once, it's easier to love again (at least I've always believed so). Emily is still living in a relationship that's gone, and she's not willing to move into one with anyone else. I'd much rather read that she's starting to realize her life isn't over, and while Alec will always be a part of her, it would be more interesting to read about her if she were moving on. Right now she's stagnant in her life, even if she doesn't know it. (hide spoiler)] So there, I've made my point. As to the rest of the book, the mystery was excellent, as always. I enjoy the characters the book is peopled with, and I enjoyed the fact that it took place at Halloween, so we got to see what everyone's costumes were (which always give an idea of someone's personality). Emily's friends are always there for her, and they make the book more enticing to read. Finding the killer gave us plenty of suspects, and even though I pretty much knew who it was from the moment that person stepped onto the page (I read a lot of mysteries), it was still fun watching Emily figure it out; and even more fun watching her get out of a sticky situation with the killer. In the end, everything came together nicely, and, I am hoping, leading us toward another chapter in her life. Recommended.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Emily Westhill runs the best doughnut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tortoiseshell tabby cat, Deputy Donut. with Halloween looming, Emily has already made a good impression on local eccentric Rich Royalson, with her speciality cream doughnuts. Royalson has planned his 70th birthday and although the catering is already sorted, he has requested an urn of coffee and a batch of the doughnuts with double thickness chocolate frosted icing to b Emily Westhill runs the best doughnut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tortoiseshell tabby cat, Deputy Donut. with Halloween looming, Emily has already made a good impression on local eccentric Rich Royalson, with her speciality cream doughnuts. Royalson has planned his 70th birthday and although the catering is already sorted, he has requested an urn of coffee and a batch of the doughnuts with double thickness chocolate frosted icing to be supplied by the Deputy Donut Cafe. The celebration is being held on fog-shrouded Lake Fleekom where, twenty years ago, Royalson's wife mysteriously drowned, but when Emily arrives with her scrummy Boston scream doughnuts, she happens across Royalson's corpse... Boston Scream Murder is my first read in this remarkable series. Although it is book four, I had no difficulties keeping up with characters and events, but I would have preferred to have started from the first novel for continuity reasons. Protagonist Emily, a former 911 operator and widow of a police officer, brought her sparkling personality to the proceedings and I also enjoyed the contributions from Brent (Emily's husband's partner). Events moved along at a comfortable pace and the mystery itself was fantastic. There were plenty of suspects to choose from, to satisfy my armchair detective propensities and the denouement was a surprise to me. I had a ball reading this highly amusing and entertaining cozy mystery and I'm already looking forwarding to catching up with Emily in book #5, Beyond a Reasonable Donut, as well as grabbing copies of the first three books. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Seriously, this series is a winner. Deputy Donut and everything about the store and the cat stole my heart long ago, and make for the purrfect setting for mystery! Emily is an excellent sleuth, even if she makes some questionable decisions sometimes. She does put herself in danger more often than not, but it all works out in the end. I'm getting a little frustrated on the romance side; will they or won't they? I just wish Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Seriously, this series is a winner. Deputy Donut and everything about the store and the cat stole my heart long ago, and make for the purrfect setting for mystery! Emily is an excellent sleuth, even if she makes some questionable decisions sometimes. She does put herself in danger more often than not, but it all works out in the end. I'm getting a little frustrated on the romance side; will they or won't they? I just wish a concrete decision would come out of it already, but there's always next book! I really enjoyed this mystery, even though I had suspicions about different characters. I thought they wouldn't go for the obvious, and I was right. Sometimes a single line is a hint you can't ignore, and this was the case this time. If you haven't read any of this series yet, I highly recommend it. A really great cozy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Boston Scream Murder by Ginger Bolton is the 4th book in the Deputy Donut Mystery series, and another great book. Emily Westhill, a widow, and her retied chief of police father- in- law run a donut shop, Deputy Donut, in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. In this exciting adventure, Deputy Donut shop is busy making scary donuts for Halloween. I love reading cozy mystery's about Halloween, always so much fun. When Emily makes a delivery for a party, she finds the client's dead body. Emily starts to investi Boston Scream Murder by Ginger Bolton is the 4th book in the Deputy Donut Mystery series, and another great book. Emily Westhill, a widow, and her retied chief of police father- in- law run a donut shop, Deputy Donut, in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. In this exciting adventure, Deputy Donut shop is busy making scary donuts for Halloween. I love reading cozy mystery's about Halloween, always so much fun. When Emily makes a delivery for a party, she finds the client's dead body. Emily starts to investigate. I really liked this book, and can't wait to read the next one in the series. I enjoyed the characters, which are well written. I am rooting for Emily and Brent to get together, 6 years is long enough to morn. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book/series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    Emily is gearing up for Halloween with a variety of Spooky donuts to sell to their costumers. She soon meets Rich Royalson, he comes into her donut shop to meet up with one of her regulars for a date. Rich fell in love with her Boston Cream Donuts and asks her to provide three dozen for his upcoming 70th birthday party. Emily is happy to make them and when she goes to deliver them the next day is truly surprised to find Rich dead, murdered right before his party. Emily soon learns that there is Emily is gearing up for Halloween with a variety of Spooky donuts to sell to their costumers. She soon meets Rich Royalson, he comes into her donut shop to meet up with one of her regulars for a date. Rich fell in love with her Boston Cream Donuts and asks her to provide three dozen for his upcoming 70th birthday party. Emily is happy to make them and when she goes to deliver them the next day is truly surprised to find Rich dead, murdered right before his party. Emily soon learns that there is much to learn about Rich, the man has quite a few skeletons hiding in his closet. Now all she has to do is figure out if one of those skeletons is the killer or could it be someone unknown. Follow along as Emily does her own investigation will she figure out who the killer is before she ends up as the next victim?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Emily Westhill, owner of Deputy Donuts, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when she delivers donuts to a wealthy man's birthday party and discovers he's been murdered. Now, she and the Deputy Donuts team have to find out why before Emily becomes the next victim. Emily is a great cozy heroine - smart, kind, stubborn and doesn't let anyone tell her what to do. Sometimes it gets her into a jam but fortunately, she's been able to get out of those situations. This one is a bit trick Emily Westhill, owner of Deputy Donuts, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when she delivers donuts to a wealthy man's birthday party and discovers he's been murdered. Now, she and the Deputy Donuts team have to find out why before Emily becomes the next victim. Emily is a great cozy heroine - smart, kind, stubborn and doesn't let anyone tell her what to do. Sometimes it gets her into a jam but fortunately, she's been able to get out of those situations. This one is a bit trickier. There are so many possible suspects (I loved that!) and each one has a creditable motive. I also liked the slow pace of the Emily/Brent relationship. A fun read that keeps me entertained! I'm curious to see what sleuthing Emily will get into next! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This is a cute cozy series, and I enjoy Emily, the main character, very much. This book takes place at Halloween, which is my favorite holiday, so I was really having fun reading Boston Scream Murder. I’m always looking forward to reading more in this great series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Okay this is my new favorite series and author.  I had read the previous book and enjoyed it and I just read this one in ONE DAY. I could not put it down. Ginger Bolton not only has amazingly smooth writing that is both cozy, but also keeps you on your toes. But she's created the perfect cast of characters, lovely setting, and feelings of suspense that combine for an amazing cozy mystery. _ The entire time I read this book I was craving donuts so badly that I had to go out and get one (not nearly Okay this is my new favorite series and author.  I had read the previous book and enjoyed it and I just read this one in ONE DAY. I could not put it down. Ginger Bolton not only has amazingly smooth writing that is both cozy, but also keeps you on your toes. But she's created the perfect cast of characters, lovely setting, and feelings of suspense that combine for an amazing cozy mystery. _ The entire time I read this book I was craving donuts so badly that I had to go out and get one (not nearly as good as the creations Emily and her crew would make). The descriptions of the Halloween themed treats was so well done that I could practically see and taste them. I love that Emily has Deputy Donuts, but also caters donuts and fancy coffee to events. Unfortunately for her, it seems to get her constantly stumbling onto murder scenes. _ I appreciated that in this mystery, it wasn't the despicable, much hated stranger that gets murdered. The victim is a slightly annoying, but affable guy and it makes you want Emily and the police to find his murderer even more. I was very surprised by the culprit and explanation and the ending was action packed! I also love that Emily is spurred on to investigate so that she gets to spend more time with "not her guy" Brent. I really appreciate that he wants her to be careful and not get involved, but also appreciates her input and doesn't treat her like a meddling know-nothing. I am so rooting for some romance! _ I also really love the characters in this series; not only are her friends EMTs, police, and fire fighters, but also an artist, a gymnastic and her in-laws (yay for representation of women getting along with their in-laws!!) I love that so many of them get interesting stories along with the main murder and Emily's personal life. I love Dep the cat and how smart and sassy he is (and how he's always involved somehow in major way). _ Thank you to the publishers for a netgalley copy; all my opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Rincón

    I confess that I didn't know this that the 4th installment in a series when I requested this ARC from NetGalley. I'm happy to say that this book can be read and greatly enjoyed on its own. Boston Scream Murder tells the not so sweet tale of a murder, a murderer and the woman trying to uncover the mystery surrounding them both while dealing with some sprinkles of romance and managing a donut shop with your ex father in law. Emily drives directly in danger's direction and stands up for herself by no I confess that I didn't know this that the 4th installment in a series when I requested this ARC from NetGalley. I'm happy to say that this book can be read and greatly enjoyed on its own. Boston Scream Murder tells the not so sweet tale of a murder, a murderer and the woman trying to uncover the mystery surrounding them both while dealing with some sprinkles of romance and managing a donut shop with your ex father in law. Emily drives directly in danger's direction and stands up for herself by not flaking in the face of injustice or assholes that think they can do a better job at her own job. While this is reckless of her, it sure makes up a great story to read because her many discoveries do help and even guide the investigation. The only thing I disliked was how rushed the revelation was. It didn't come out of nowhere but I would have liked a couple of more clues just to have that option midway into the mystery. But the book did offer the mouthwatering recipes it mentioned many times right at the end so I may try to make my own Boston scream donuts soon.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    I like these mysteries a lot but this one felt like it lagged a little. However, I am undeterred in my enjoyment of the stories. Except they make me want delicious donuts like the ones in the books! I guess I did not care for this one because one - I am not a kayaker or a canoer so I didn't really get into that part of the story. I thought the back and forth with the murder suspects in this one dragged out a little too long. I also feel this attraction-tension between Em and Brent is getting a l I like these mysteries a lot but this one felt like it lagged a little. However, I am undeterred in my enjoyment of the stories. Except they make me want delicious donuts like the ones in the books! I guess I did not care for this one because one - I am not a kayaker or a canoer so I didn't really get into that part of the story. I thought the back and forth with the murder suspects in this one dragged out a little too long. I also feel this attraction-tension between Em and Brent is getting a little old. I appreciate she wants to honor her late husband and his memory but six years is a long time. The best part of this book is Dep, short for Deputy Donut, Emily's cat. I want a snuggly purring kitty like that.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Boston Scream Murder is a cozy mystery set in a northern Wisconsin donut shop during Halloween. The characters are engaging with intriguing relationships. There's also the charming Dep (Deputy Cat), who plays a rather large role. The donut shop setting is fun and left me craving all the amazing Halloween-themed desserts described (check out the cover picture for some of the decorated donuts)! This is a great mystery recommended for fans of cozy mysteries. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley Boston Scream Murder is a cozy mystery set in a northern Wisconsin donut shop during Halloween. The characters are engaging with intriguing relationships. There's also the charming Dep (Deputy Cat), who plays a rather large role. The donut shop setting is fun and left me craving all the amazing Halloween-themed desserts described (check out the cover picture for some of the decorated donuts)! This is a great mystery recommended for fans of cozy mysteries. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. The opinions in this review are honest and my own. #cozymystery #culinarycozy #BostonScreamMurder

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rima Aiello

    Just when you think a series cannot be any better, the author lets you dip into a delectable treat of a mystery like this! Not only is the mystery well written and executed, but the characters are moving right along in their development and so are the relationships between them. The author makes everything so real and relatable. A perfect addition to a wonderful series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. The Deputy Donut series tends to be on the more "traditional" side of cozy mystery series coming out these days, it's incredibly reliable and enjoyable. I love the Wisconsin set donut shop and the characters, and there is growth from book to book. This one shows Emily still wrestling with not being ready to take her relationship with her late husband's police force partner further, as well as helping him solve a my Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. The Deputy Donut series tends to be on the more "traditional" side of cozy mystery series coming out these days, it's incredibly reliable and enjoyable. I love the Wisconsin set donut shop and the characters, and there is growth from book to book. This one shows Emily still wrestling with not being ready to take her relationship with her late husband's police force partner further, as well as helping him solve a mystery she's (obviously) once again found herself a part of. There were good candidates for the murderer, but the author managed to pick a very interesting and surprising one to reveal. Hope to see this series continue!

  19. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    BOSTON SCREAM MURDER, the fourth book in the Deputy Donut Mysteries by Ginger Bolton, is another terrific addition to a truly delicious series. With a fun title and a Halloween-worthy cover to draw the reader in, Ms. Bolton delivers entertainment along with humorous puns throughout the entire book. Protagonist, young widow Emily Westhill, is one of those delightful characters that I enjoy spending time with. She’s smart, hardworking, and has a caring side that extends not only to her family and BOSTON SCREAM MURDER, the fourth book in the Deputy Donut Mysteries by Ginger Bolton, is another terrific addition to a truly delicious series. With a fun title and a Halloween-worthy cover to draw the reader in, Ms. Bolton delivers entertainment along with humorous puns throughout the entire book. Protagonist, young widow Emily Westhill, is one of those delightful characters that I enjoy spending time with. She’s smart, hardworking, and has a caring side that extends not only to her family and friends, but is shown to anyone who walks through her Deputy Donut shop. I love how she works alongside with her father-in-law, who just happens to be the retired chief of police. Not only does she manage to have a congenial work relationship, but she’s remained very close to her in-laws even after the death of her husband. The author has developed numerous memorable characters throughout this series and I especially enjoy the fun names assigned to the groups of people who hang out at the donut shop. “Retired Men” and “Knitpickers” are favorites of mine and it’s been delightful to see these two distinct senior groups interact and become part of the story. Despite Halloween being the theme of the book, it was a fun change to find that the murder mystery happens to center around a birthday party being thrown by the 70-year-old birthday boy himself. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of Halloween ambience woven into the tale throughout. The author does an admirable job of entwining a possible cold case, a long-lost love, and a jealous, jilted boyfriend. With lots of suspects, Emily must separate the tricksters from the treaters while dishing out donuts. The protagonist takes a few chances with her own safety that had me cringing but once she finds evidence or a possible clue, she’s quick to turn it over to the police right away. The clues were expertly plotted throughout and I’ll admit, I didn’t figure it out because I fell for every misdirection. All in all, this newest addition is a bewitching read and I can’t wait for the next book to release. As with previous books, there are delicious donut recipes included at the back of the book. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Smitten

    Top Pick! A new customer at Deputy Donut’s, just days before Halloween, in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, brings a batty (see what I did there) mystery-murder to Emily Westhill’s doorstep. Solving mysteries has become somewhat of an inclination as of late for Emily and this one will keep her on her toes…or rather, her kayak. Boston Scream Murder is Ginger Bolton’s, fourth mystery in the Deputy Donut Mysteries. Let me pre-face this review by saying how much I adored reading this book. Now, let me tell y Top Pick! A new customer at Deputy Donut’s, just days before Halloween, in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, brings a batty (see what I did there) mystery-murder to Emily Westhill’s doorstep. Solving mysteries has become somewhat of an inclination as of late for Emily and this one will keep her on her toes…or rather, her kayak. Boston Scream Murder is Ginger Bolton’s, fourth mystery in the Deputy Donut Mysteries. Let me pre-face this review by saying how much I adored reading this book. Now, let me tell you about it. Emily Westhill co-owner of Deputy Donut is once again smack-dab in the middle of a new murder-mystery in Fallingbrook. While Emily is used to the eccentric customers coming through year-round to her diner, this time…this murder brings in a whole new list of suspicious and enigmatic characters. The pace of this mystery is exceptionally well written and its timing, engaging. The main character, Emily is a wonderful, well-rounded character; decisive, tenacious, funny and caring. The author does a really good job at providing you with just the right amount of her character traits, for you to want to follow her along. Emily is definitely one of my favorite cozy-mystery characters. Solving mysteries for Emily, has not been a one-woman show. Following her along, her friends in Fallingbrook, have been there with her, every step of the way. With the help of her handsome detective, her worker/friend, Nina and a very opinionated little cat named, Dep, Emily is able to solve this difficult, raveling mystery. The supportive characters in this book add a great layer of strength to the protagonist, Emily. The dialogue between the characters was authentic, realistic and relatable. But what came as a true surprise was the chemistry between Detective Brent Fyne (the handsome detective) and Emily. I am very excited for this relationship to develop, perhaps in the next book? A true delight to read. This has it all (murder, mystery and love)! it was everything a cozy mystery should be. And I want to live in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin where I can visit and shop at places like Deputy Donut and the Craft Croft, where even the cleaning crew, Jolly Cops Cleaning Crew, has an amazing name. ~ Patricia

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is the 4th in the Deputy Donut Mysteries and it's Halloween time. My favorite time of year. So I couldn't wait to read this book. It's Halloween time and the donut shop is trying out new recipes for the day. One is called Boston Sream and there is a customer in there waiting for a blind date who loves everything Boston. So he asks Emily if she would deliver donuts to his house the next day for his birthday party that he is throwing for himself. And the date he is meeting at her shop is none This is the 4th in the Deputy Donut Mysteries and it's Halloween time. My favorite time of year. So I couldn't wait to read this book. It's Halloween time and the donut shop is trying out new recipes for the day. One is called Boston Sream and there is a customer in there waiting for a blind date who loves everything Boston. So he asks Emily if she would deliver donuts to his house the next day for his birthday party that he is throwing for himself. And the date he is meeting at her shop is none other than one of the knitters. Later that day he and the knitter come in with different dates and they laugh about it and he asks her and her date to his party the next day. The lady he is with was his long lost love from years ago renting his cabin with her boyfriend. Emily goes to deliver the donuts but instead finds his dead body. She sees no one else around and quickly calls the police. Brent and crew show up to take care of things. Emily starts her own sleuthing when one of her friends comes and talks to her. She finds that there could be many suspects in his death, his next door neighbor, his new love interest boyfriend. The new love interest herself who has disappeared. She goes through the cabin and the surrounding fields and finds some good clues she can give to Brent and the police. She even goes on a midnight kayaking trip in the lake by the deceased home and thinks she sees someone in the house. Everyone is excited for Emily 's Halloween party she is hoping Brent will be able to come but there is still a killer on the loose. As she is finishing getting ready the doorbell rings and her friend from the shop shows up with an unexpected guest. Can't wait to find out who it is? Read the book. I was so surprised at the killer, I didn't even give this person a second thought. I love this series and can't wait for the next book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Hand me a Boston Cream donut, ooey-gooey decadence as it oozes down my chin - ah, pure bliss. When it's the theme of the latest mystery to involve Emily Westhill and a virtual visit to the town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin, well wild horses won't hold me back. Emily and her father-in-law, Tom, co-owners of Deputy Donut Shop are getting ready for Halloween and are cooking up a batch of themed donuts. When a wealthy local, Rich Royalson, tastes the yummy creation, he decides they will be perfect for Hand me a Boston Cream donut, ooey-gooey decadence as it oozes down my chin - ah, pure bliss. When it's the theme of the latest mystery to involve Emily Westhill and a virtual visit to the town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin, well wild horses won't hold me back. Emily and her father-in-law, Tom, co-owners of Deputy Donut Shop are getting ready for Halloween and are cooking up a batch of themed donuts. When a wealthy local, Rich Royalson, tastes the yummy creation, he decides they will be perfect for his upcoming 70th birthday celebration. Too bad he isn't alive to enjoy it and poor Emily is the one to find his lifeless body.And so begins another investigation for Emily to unravel. With the help of her in-laws and her deceased husbands best friend and former police partner, Brent, Emily follows the clues in a very natural fashion. She's levelheaded, cautious (sometimes) and really has a knack for unmasking killers. With a list of suspects who would love to get their hands on his estate - like his new widow? Well, I enjoyed every single page, something I can honestly say about each of the four books in this series. My favorite parts of each mystery would be their cat, a sweet calico named Deputy aka Dep and the oh, so cool, donut delivery vehicle, a classic old ambulance with a donut on the roof. Now if Emily and Brent would get a move on with their relationship..... This is a series that always leaves me satisfied - a complex puzzle to unravel, great characters I like to spend my reading time with and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing wrong to the very end. And no calories unless I give in and make a trip to my nearby donut shop to get a very good Boston cream donut though probably not as top notch as Emily and Tom create. My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 4th installment in the Deputy Donut Mystery Series. Emily Westhill and her former father in law Tom (her husband Alec died several years ago) are getting in the Halloween season with creative donut ideas. Nina who is working with them is artistic and they have just come up with a Boston Scream donut and they are enjoying the day when a new customer Rich Royalson is there to meet Cheryl, one of the knitters who comes in all the time for a morning date. Rich is all about Boston and is This is the 4th installment in the Deputy Donut Mystery Series. Emily Westhill and her former father in law Tom (her husband Alec died several years ago) are getting in the Halloween season with creative donut ideas. Nina who is working with them is artistic and they have just come up with a Boston Scream donut and they are enjoying the day when a new customer Rich Royalson is there to meet Cheryl, one of the knitters who comes in all the time for a morning date. Rich is all about Boston and is all about giving advice about how to frost the donuts and artwork (Nina is an artist) and strikes up a conversation with Emily and asks her to make some of the Boston Cream donuts (no scream) for his birthday party the next day. Emily agrees. Later that day Rich arrives with another woman Terri who is the love of his life and Cheryl comes in with another date as well… awkward. Emily arrives the next day and no one is around until she finds the dead boy of the birthday boy. Rich’s new girlfriend Terri arrives on the scene and Emily is trying to keep all the party guests from staying away from the crime scene. This mystery had a lot going on with few suspects but the culprit was a surprise to me (even though I wondered…). I like this series and I like how Emily is so close to her former in-laws and all her friends and supportive of Nina and her artistic ambitions. She is smart and picks up on nuances and people talk to her. She did take some chances that I thought were a little risky but that is our spunky heroine. I also would like to see resolution with her relationship with Brent, would like to see it evolve into a romantic relationship. Love this series and will look forward to the next installment.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    Review delayed due to fire evacuation. . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinions are my own This is the 4th in series of the "Deputy Donut Mystery Series by cozy author fan favorite Ginger Bolton. This is a wonderful Halloween theme mystery with all the fun elements of Halloween. It is Halloween time in the small town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin. Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill is busy running her successful business and specializing in a Boston Cream Donut that the Review delayed due to fire evacuation. . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinions are my own This is the 4th in series of the "Deputy Donut Mystery Series by cozy author fan favorite Ginger Bolton. This is a wonderful Halloween theme mystery with all the fun elements of Halloween. It is Halloween time in the small town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin. Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill is busy running her successful business and specializing in a Boston Cream Donut that the community loves. Her donut shop is popular with local law enforcement as well as the towns people. A local man the obnoxious Rich Royalson is so smitten with the donut he has ordered three dozen for his 70th birthday event. He is holding a holiday theme Birthday event on the foggy mysterious Lake where his wife mysteriously drowned in front of his lake front house. When Emily arrives with her Boston Cream Donuts she finds him dead . Emily knows he had many that wished him dead and with the help of her local enforcement she investigates the many clues he left behind both of his life and his death. I enjoyed this Halloween addition to this series. The charcters are all well matched to the story. and all add to the fun of the theme. The mystery was interesting and kept me guessing. I like Emily as the widow of a police officer who is smart and kindly to everyone . I look forward to the next in series . This series is a favorite and is always a enjoyable fun read. .Very well done to the author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is the fourth installment of the Deputy Donut Mystery series. As always, Ginger Bolton does not disappoint. Set in a small town in Wisconsin, Emily Westhill and her father-in-law own a donut shop. Tom, her father-in-law is a retired police chief. It is just before Halloween and the donut shop is deep into conjuring up themed donuts for the occasion. In walks Rich Royalson, talking loudly about Boston- everything’s better in Boston. He is nicknamed by the donut shop as the Boston screamer. A f This is the fourth installment of the Deputy Donut Mystery series. As always, Ginger Bolton does not disappoint. Set in a small town in Wisconsin, Emily Westhill and her father-in-law own a donut shop. Tom, her father-in-law is a retired police chief. It is just before Halloween and the donut shop is deep into conjuring up themed donuts for the occasion. In walks Rich Royalson, talking loudly about Boston- everything’s better in Boston. He is nicknamed by the donut shop as the Boston screamer. A few days later Emily finds him dead in his party tent in his back yard as she is making a catering delivery. The whodunnit(donut) is on. The protagonist is a strong stubborn young woman. Her backup crew are well-developed and good friends or family. We learn that Cindy Westhill, Emily’s mother-in-law, is a reputed artist. Rich has done a few shady things in his past but does that lead to a motive? There are plenty of suspects so, who will it be? The relationship between Brent and Emily is a difficult one as they struggle with the death of Emily’s husband and Brent’s partner. I like how this shows both side of the grieving process. The slow approach is practical and rings true to many sudden deaths. They need to come to terms with it before they can move on in the emotional department. Looking forward to the next installment. I was given an advanced reader’s copy. I am not required to leave a positive review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the fourth book in the Deputy Donut mystery series by Ginger Bolton. It was really fun getting back into this series again. I love it when I can recall so many of the characters from a previous book. I really seem to resonate with this series and its people. So much fun to be had here. The Deputy Donut gang is making Halloween faces on their donuts, witches, zombies and a screaming looking Boston Cream donut. One of the locals, an older gent, has a date with a local gal he met on 4.5 stars This is the fourth book in the Deputy Donut mystery series by Ginger Bolton. It was really fun getting back into this series again. I love it when I can recall so many of the characters from a previous book. I really seem to resonate with this series and its people. So much fun to be had here. The Deputy Donut gang is making Halloween faces on their donuts, witches, zombies and a screaming looking Boston Cream donut. One of the locals, an older gent, has a date with a local gal he met on a dating site and he is very specific about what he wants served to them. No scream faces, please. His date goes well but later in the day, he is reconnected with his true love and then days later is found dead just as he has signed his will over to this newfound love interest. This was a pretty complex mystery and I love it when authors can figure out this stuff and make it seem so effortless. I think I still need to read books one and two in this series and I am going to get on that ASAP! Definitely a series you should put on your must read list! If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Boston Scream Murder is a fun, engrossing, cozy mystery. It is the 4th in a series, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Emily Westhill, her former father-in-law Tom, and co-worker Nina are busy making Halloween-themed donuts in their donut shop Deputy Donut. Rich Royalson, lover of all things Boston, is waiting in Deputy Donut to meet his online date Cheryl. While conversing with Emily, Rich asks her to provide donuts for his 70th birthday party the next day. On the day of the party when Em Boston Scream Murder is a fun, engrossing, cozy mystery. It is the 4th in a series, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Emily Westhill, her former father-in-law Tom, and co-worker Nina are busy making Halloween-themed donuts in their donut shop Deputy Donut. Rich Royalson, lover of all things Boston, is waiting in Deputy Donut to meet his online date Cheryl. While conversing with Emily, Rich asks her to provide donuts for his 70th birthday party the next day. On the day of the party when Emily is delivering donuts, she stumbles upon Rich, laying dead in the tent where the party was to be held. Emily quickly becomes involved in solving the murder, regularly providing insight and assistance to her dead husband's best friend Brent. There are many twists and turns to the mystery, including a connection to the death of Rich's wife. Many possible suspects abound, including Rich's long-lost love Terri, and the boyfriend who Terri has just left for Rich. In the midst of all of this is the budding relationship between Emily and Brent, as well as Emily's relationship with her friends and co-workers. The story moves quickly, keeps you guessing until the end and looking forward to the next installment. Review based upon advanced copy received from Kensington and NetGalley.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace Koshida

    It's almost Halloween and Deputy Donut cafe owner Emily Westhill is busy creating Halloween-themed donuts such as Boston cream donuts carved with a scream. Eccentric Rich Royalson III arrives for an online date with Cheryl, one of the knitting regulars. He is so impressed with the donuts that he orders 3 dozen of the Boston scream donuts with double the fudge icing for his 70th birthday party. When Emily arrives at the foggy Lake Fleekom with the treats, she finds Rich's corpse in the temporary It's almost Halloween and Deputy Donut cafe owner Emily Westhill is busy creating Halloween-themed donuts such as Boston cream donuts carved with a scream. Eccentric Rich Royalson III arrives for an online date with Cheryl, one of the knitting regulars. He is so impressed with the donuts that he orders 3 dozen of the Boston scream donuts with double the fudge icing for his 70th birthday party. When Emily arrives at the foggy Lake Fleekom with the treats, she finds Rich's corpse in the temporary birthday tent. Rich had his quirks but who would want to kill the wealthy man? Is his reunion with his long-lost girlfriend Terri a motive for murder? What about the unsolved death of Rich's first wife Patty who drowned on Lake Fleekom 20 years earlier? Emily is curious and determined to find the truth. A confrontation occurs at her house as she prepares for a Halloween party. Fortunately, Emily's spunky cat Dep comes to her aid twice before the police can arrive. This was another fun, tasty read in the Deputy Donut mystery series. I received an eARC from Netgalley and Kensington Books with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and provided this review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This is such a fun series and it’s slowly moving to the top of my all time favorite cozy series! Why its so good of a read to me is the characters - Emily is great, so is Brent and all their friends and family make up a great group of characters. Although Dep, Emily’s cat Deputy Donut, might actually be the favorite! The whodunit part is good too, Ginger Bolton gives just enough clues to keep me guessing. In this addition to the series, Emily meets Rich in her donut shop and when she brings donu This is such a fun series and it’s slowly moving to the top of my all time favorite cozy series! Why its so good of a read to me is the characters - Emily is great, so is Brent and all their friends and family make up a great group of characters. Although Dep, Emily’s cat Deputy Donut, might actually be the favorite! The whodunit part is good too, Ginger Bolton gives just enough clues to keep me guessing. In this addition to the series, Emily meets Rich in her donut shop and when she brings donuts to his house the next day as requested, Rich is dead. This leads into an investigation into a previous murder as well. Ultimately, I think the Halloween setting worked well and I especially loved how Dep helped save the day towards the end! The only downside to this was some of the Emily and Brent interaction. While I was reading this, their potential relationship seemed to go backwards a bit compared to the previous book. I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes cozy mysteries, especially cat cozies.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Rich Royalson might have been obnoxious but he did place a special order for three dozen Boston cream donuts at the Deputy Donut shop run by Emily and her father-in-law Tom. Unfortunately, Emily finds his corpse when she delivers them- he's been bashed in the head! Readers of cozies know that he's upset more than one person (especially among a variety of women.). Emily, a former 911 dispatcher and widow of a police officer, and Tom, a retired police officer, have solved murders in the past and t Rich Royalson might have been obnoxious but he did place a special order for three dozen Boston cream donuts at the Deputy Donut shop run by Emily and her father-in-law Tom. Unfortunately, Emily finds his corpse when she delivers them- he's been bashed in the head! Readers of cozies know that he's upset more than one person (especially among a variety of women.). Emily, a former 911 dispatcher and widow of a police officer, and Tom, a retired police officer, have solved murders in the past and they do it again here. They're a treat- with great repartee- but the other characters in this small town cozy are nice too. Emily has been having a back and forth with Brent, her husband's partner, which is slowly (very slowly) moving toward a romance. Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier books, this will be fine and quite enjoyable as a standalone. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A fun cozy read.

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