Let’s head to southern Indiana with Maddie Day and her Country Store Mysteries. I’ve had this book in the tbr pile for quite a while – apologies. I really enjoyed the first in the series, and now I’m ready to return to the little town with complex relationships in
When the Grits Hit the Fan
My favorite of the two I’ve read, Robbie’s story is reaching for, and achieving the promise so prevalent earlier in the series. Winter has come and things are cold and frosty, but inside the walls of Pans ‘n’ Pancakes, the cozy welcome hits all who enter. She’s offered to host the University’s Sociology department two evenings a week – hoping the discussions will be interesting and benefit the business and her expansion plans with a much-needed infusion of cash. Surprised by the infighting and hostility of these meetings, she’s off snowshoeing with her friend Lou when they discover a body. Under Ice. In a pond. Of course, Lou had words with the now-dead man, and as everyone runs to cover their own tracks, her guilt increases.
Now, Robbie knows that Lou had no hand in the murder, but she’s been fairly successful in her earlier investigations, so why not nose around and see what she can discover. And could it all be connected to the discoveries she’s making as she digs in to expand the shop to a B&B, or the secret tunnel to the barn. A barn with secrets of its own to conceal?
Robbie has found her place in this little town, and built quite a series of friendships and respect, even from those who first doubted her ability. The shop was the best move she made, and the opportunities and possibilities that she imagines are exciting. Since she “just” owns a small café and store, many people discount the clever woman behind the apron: she’s good at putting pieces together and discovering answers, and she’s decided she NEEDS to know the answers to the questions uncovered in this story. Secondary characters are clever, the culprit is well-disguised and the secrets (some long buried) in this small town are never safe from a determined sleuth. This series is working into a solid favorite with a solid sense of place, a few clever recipes and plenty of intrigue to keep the pages turning.
Title: When the Grits Hit the Fan (Country Store Mysteries, #3)
Author: Maddie Day
Series: Country Store Mysteries #3
Also in this series: Flipped for Murder
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Food / Recipes, Small Town
Published by: Kensington
Published on: February 28th 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 hours and 6 mins
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Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?
Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .
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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.