Firstly, an apology to the wonderful folks at Kensington for providing access to this book, and my very slow turnaround. The first in the Country Store Mystery series by Maddie Day, the characters, elements and food chatter kept me glued to the pages. Read on for more about
Flipped for Murder
Robbie has moved inland from California to Salt Lick, Indiana after her mother’s death and a relationship that went south in spectacular fashion. Putting her dream into reality, she’s opened a small diner after three years in town, and is finally ready to serve her first customers. Not everything has proceeded smoothly, and while the first day was a success, she’s still nervous about making everything work. Unfortunately, the mayor’s assistant, a woman known by all and liked by few turns up dead, with one of Robbie’s signature biscuits shoved in her mouth, and her pen, stamped with her mother’s former business logo, was also on the scene.
A wonderfully engaging small town murder mystery, where the characters and their interactions are the highlight as the search for the culprit proceed. Robbie was engaging and intriguing, trying to adjust (still) to a whole new community. Still feeling the loss of her mother, while not exactly a solitary being, she’s been so absorbed in getting the café opened her experience with the townspeople has been limited. As a person of interest in the murder because of the scene staging, she’s worried about the effect to her business, and the less than friendly vibe from some of the locals after the murder.
Secondary characters are many, and add to the sense of place and community. An unexpected bonus in the story are both Danna who comes to work for her and Phil, her dessert baker. Danna is a bit of a rebel in the small town, daughter of the newly elected mayor who has done her best to stay away from the whirlwind that is her mother’s bulldozing, she’s a breath of fresh air and a calming influence. Phil is a wonderfully supportive friend with plenty of skills and the ability to bake a killer brownie. Add in a romantic element with her lawyer turned friend, her aunt and her new beau and a chirpy stray cat as well as a handful of locals friendly and not so, and you are never at a loss for suspects. Fun and intriguing, the mix of mystery, friendship and the small town make for a wonderful curl up with a cup of tea and a brownie or two from the included recipes read.
Title: Flipped for Murder
Author: Maddie Day, Edith Maxwell
Series: Country Store Mysteries #1
Also in this series: When the Grits Hit the Fan (Country Store Mysteries, #3)
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Food / Recipes, Murder, Small Town
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 27 October, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 38 minutes
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In this freshly baked series, author Maddie Day lifts the lid on a small town in southern Indiana, where a newcomer is cooking up a new start--until a murderer muddles the recipe...
Nursing a broken heart, Robbie Jordan is trading in her life on the West Coast for the rolling hills of southern Indiana. After paying a visit to her Aunt Adele, she fell in love with the tiny town of South Lick. And when she spots a For Sale sign on a rundown country store, she decides to snap it up and put her skills as a cook and a carpenter to use. Everyone in town shows up for the grand re-opening of Pans ‘n Pancakes, but when the mayor's disagreeable assistant is found dead, Robbie realizes that not all press is good press. With all eyes on her, she'll have to summon her puzzle-solving skills to clear her name, unscramble the town's darkest secrets, and track down a cold-blooded killer--before she's the next to die...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.