Written by Maddie Day
Restaurateur Robbie Jordan is ready for the boost in business a local music festival brings to South Lick, Indiana, but the beloved event strikes a sour note when one of the musicians is murdered . . .
June’s annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in neighboring Beanblossom is always a hit for Robbie’s country store and café, Pans ‘N Pancakes. This year, Robbie is even more excited, because she’s launching a new bed and breakfast above her shop. A few festival musicians will be among Robbie’s first guests, along with her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria. But the celebration is cut short when a performer is found choked to death by a banjo string. Now all the banjo players are featured in a different kind of lineup. To clear their names, Robbie must pair up with an unexpected partner to pick at the clues and find the plucky killer before he can conduct an encore performance . . .
Fun and Entertaining!
The fifth County Store Mystery is a great addition to the series!
Pans ‘N Pancakes is busier than ever; Robbie Jordan now has three rooms to let above her store and with the Bluegrass Festival in full swing, she has no vacancies. In addition, her father is visiting from Italy and the town is packed full with visitors. So with being run off her feet on all fronts the last thing Robbie needs is murder rearing it’s ugly head .. but murder isn’t something which waits for a convenient opening!
I really enjoy these books; the characters are from various walks of life and each one brings a range of interests to the story. The mystery – as always – is well planned and beautifully plotted with an element of danger. The food – well, risking a pun here – is to die for. The recipes at the back of the book help this Scot understand most of them but I will admit to having to google ‘fried mush’! My taste buds take a hit with every restaurant scene! And then there’s the daily specials .. I swear I put weight on just reading this novel but it is soooo delicious! Whilst this all contributes to such a terrifically enjoyable novel, none of it takes away from the skilfully crafted mystery which is both fun and entertaining. If you enjoy a cozy mystery, this is one I highly recommend!
My thanks to publishers Kensington Books for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: cozy mystery
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1180 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Kensington
- Publication Date: 31 July 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon UK
- Amazon US
Meet the Author
Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha-nominated and Amazon-bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction, which has appeared in a number of juried anthologies. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts, where she’s currently working on her next Country Store mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.