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‘Death & Donuts’ By Stan Schatt

Sea View Police Department 1 California

Detective Francis “Frankie” Ryan lay in bed and watched the flat screened TV on the wall in front of her while a lanky, distinguished looking man, whose carefully coiffed hair had just begun to gray, nestled close beside her.

A young, shapely, blonde reporter, looking like she was only a year or two from her senior high school prom, described in breathless detail how a police officer had shot an unarmed homeless man who had pulled a toy gun out of his pocket and then refused to put it down as the officer aproached him. “Bang,” the homeless man had shouted and then smiled as the officer drew his weapon and opened fire.

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    • Hi Gilion,

      No problem, it just meant that I couldn’t link up until I got home from work this evening.

      You are definitely forgiven seeing that it is your birthday and I hope that you have plans made for something nice this evening and over the weekend.

      Thanks for always being the gracious host 🙂

  • I’ve enjoyed the posts you’ve done about this author in the past and will admit this opener sounds timely and interesting. My favorite part, though, is the cover. I love it! That alone would make me pick it up for a closer look in a bookstore.

    I’m in the last 20% or so of Ultima and hope to get a review posted sometime next week, so I’ll spare you its opening lines until then.

    • Hi Kelly,

      You certainly can’t say that the cover doesn’t reflect the book’s title, or vice versa, can you? In fact, Stan has created quite an eclectic mix of cover art styles for his many books and could definitely never be labelled “typecast”.

      That is however, definitely a distinctively American Donut on the cover, as it has thin icing glaze, whereas the UK version, the Doughnut, would either be sugar dipped, or coated in a much thicker, firmer iced topping – Not that I’m picky about my doughnuts or anything! In fact we very seldom have one, usually only if we are away on holiday – I’m just saying!! 🙂

      I hope that you are enjoying the end of your mini series and I shall definitely stop by and check out your review 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      The cover certainly “does what it says on the tin”, doesn’t it. No need to guess how the cover art fits the book title, or vice versa.

      The opening lines are quite good as well. They are already setting the scene for what I am assuming is a new case on the horizon for “Frankie”

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope that all is well with you and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Sandra,

      The shooting of the homeless man, which almost amounts to suicide by the sounds of things, doesn’t seem to relate to the Goodreads premise in any way. Frankie does appear to have several cases running concurrently however, so I am sure the shooting will inevitably find its way onto her desk.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always enjoy reading and replying to them 🙂

  • I’d always heard coiffed referred to a woman’s hair, but a quick google image search revealed more men than women. Funny how one word can catch your attention like that.

    • Hi Roberta,

      Don’t you find that men are every bit as vain, if not more so than women these days.

      I am always on the lookout for new to me words, to use in my posts for the “Wondrous Words Wednesday” meme. I generally have pen and paper to hand, so that I can make a note of the word, the sentence in which it was used and reference to where the word was found. The television also provides a rich source of new words in some of the political and discussion programmes I enjoy watching.

      Stan takes great pains to describe the unnamed man, whereas Frankie gets barely a mention, apart from the fact that we know her name and that she is a police officer. I wonder if that was intentional?

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and “Happy Reading” 🙂

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