Robbie Jordan is temporarily leaving Pans ’N Pancakes, her country store in South Lick, Indiana, to visit Santa Barbara, California—where wildfire smoke tinges the air, but a more immediate danger may lie in wait . . .
While looking forward to her high school reunion back in California, Robbie’s anticipation is complicated by memories of her mother’s untimely death.
At first, she has fun hanging out with her old classmates and reuniting with the local flavors—avocados, citrus, fish, and spicy Cali-Mex dishes. But then she gets wind of rumors that her mother, an environmental activist, may not have died of natural causes.
With the help of friends, Robbie starts clearing the smoke surrounding the mystery—but what she finds could make it hard to get back to Indiana alive . . .
Includes Recipes for You to Try!
Country Store Mystery series
Book 1 – Flipped for Murder
Book 2 – Grilled for Murder
Book 3 – When the Grits Hit the Fan
Book 4 – Biscuits and Slashed Browns
Book 5 – Death Over Easy
Book 6 – Strangled Eggs and Ham
Book 7 – Nacho Average Murder
A Fabulous, Engaging Mystery!
Another great read in what has proved to be a fun, puzzling mystery series.
Robbie Jordan has closed her diner in Indiana for a much needed break, coinciding with a school reunion in her home town of Santa Barbara where the climate is much gentler – even in winter! It’s a bittersweet visit as her mother died there a couple of years ago; when Robbie gets wind of the possibility that it may not have been from natural causes she can’t help but make further enquiries. As she begins to think she’s making headway, the dead bodies begin to turn up and Robbie feels threatened . . .
What a fabulous addition to this wonderful series! Maddie Day writes very plausible mysteries but, for me, what makes them truly different is the setting and – oh boy – the food! Being a Scot, there are very few dishes which are known to me and my mouth fairly waters every time Robbie enjoys a meal or a snack. This is a fine change from the usual setting in Indiana and I have been enthralled by the differences according to location. From an author who never fails to deliver (I adore her Quaker Midwife Mysteries, written under her real name of Edith Maxwell), this is another engaging and enigmatic read which I almost finished reading in bed last evening: I just couldn’t put it down! A sparkling 5* read and worthy of a hearty recommendation to all lovers of cosy mysteries.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: cosy mystery
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 336 pages
- Publisher: Kensington
- Publication Date: 30 June 2020
- Links: Goodreads
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Agatha- and Macavity-nominated author Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef who knows both Indiana and Cape Cod intimately. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and blogs with the Wicked Authors and at Killer Characters. Day lives with her beau and two elderly cats north of Boston, where she gardens, cooks, and devises new murderous plots.