Death by Donut (A Pismawallops PTA Mystery)
by Rebecca M. Douglass
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About Death by Donut
Death By Donut (A Pismawallops PTA Mystery)
5th In Series
Independently Published (May 16, 2021)
Digital ASIN: B08VKSZV2D
Election day’s almost here, and the island’s new pool is on the line. JJ should be all in with the campaign, but when a prominent Island businessman drops dead at her feet in the Have-A-Bite Bakery, someone has a mystery to solve. JJ’s fiancé—police chief Ron Karlson—is out of town. Who else is there?
JJ is missing her sweetheart, tired of the winter rains, and distracted by everybody’s questions about when the wedding’s happening. Even more worrying, her foster daughter’s father has failed to show up on schedule. No wonder JJ’s struggling to wrap this one up before someone else bites into the wrong donut. There’s no time to lose because something truly essential is on the line: saving the bakery—and JJ’s favorite espresso brownies!
This is my second visit to see JJ McGregor on Pismawallops Island, one of the many picturesque islands that make up the Puget Sound in Washington State, albeit under very unfortunate circumstances for one businessman, Brady Ginnis. The reader is straight into the drama and action when Brady dies whilst sipping his coffee and eating a donut. He had a known peanut allergy and carried an EpiPen but could not be saved, though JJ does her very best to try. JJ is puzzled as to why Brady would eat a donut containing nuts and what happened to his breakfast companion, a woman named Wanda Stromburgh. Busy forty-something JJ has a part-time job at the local library as a general dogsbody who sorts and shelves books. Vice president of Orcaville High school PTA, divorced JJ is hard-up, has a teenage son, Brian, and is engaged to her sweetheart, hunky police chief Ron Karlson. With Ron off the island attending a conference, JJ begins her sleuthing without frustrating the police too much. In addition to all of this, she has her six-year-old foster daughter, Holly, staying with her and has to cope with Holly's dad, Pete's vanishing act. I enjoyed Rebecca Douglass's touches of humour, demonstrated in JJ and Ron's ribbing of each other. Though Ron is away for the duration, JJ stays in contact with him and they have a strong, solid and slightly saucy relationship, even if JJ is stalling on the next step for them - actually planning the wedding. Then there's JJ's heavy involvement in the PTA elections and the campaign for a swimming pool for the school. It's no wonder she feels she has no time for wedding planning! Every good cozy mystery needs a great baddie or a nasty gossiper and in Death by Donut, Moira certainly fits that bill! This is a compelling tale that's put together extremely well and includes a tight plot. With buckets of drama, fretting and emotion, it is a masterful addition to the series. Very highly recommended. Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours and Rebecca M. Douglass for a complimentary copy of Death by Donut at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About Rebecca M. Douglass
Rebecca M. Douglass was raised in Washington State on an island only a little bigger than Pismawallops. Though she has lived most of her adult life in California, the salt waters of Puget Sound continue to call to her and she enjoys owning an island in the Salish Sea, even if she had to invent one to do so! Rebecca has written a number of children’s books as well as her Pismawallops PTA mysteries and has had short stories published in several anthologies. When she isn’t writing, she likes to spend her free time hiking and biking, and her vacations exploring the outdoor world by camping, hiking, and backpacking.
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