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… (Goodreads)
Flipped for Murder is the first book in the Country Store Mysteries series and it was very good. I am looking forward to reading more in the series.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Robbie is so excited to be opening her restaurant/store and she is willing to do whatever it takes to make her shop successful. Just reading about all the hard work that goes into running a restaurant on a daily basis wore me out. She has put in all the long hours to get the store ready and she has the right people helping her, her aunt and her friends and she thinks that she is well on her way to realizing her dream. That is until someone is murdered and she learns that one of her biscuits has been found in the deceased mouth. It appears as though someone is framing her and she knows she needs to find the killer before her store and her life take a turn for the worse.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in creating characters, settings and suspense with the written word. The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book and there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
One of the many things I enjoyed about this book is the fact that, although Robbie’s mother has passed away, she is still a big part of the book. Robbie talks about her mom a lot and remembers many things that they did together. Her mother even plays a part in solving the mystery. I think this was clever and added a lot to the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This is such a great start to the series and I am definitely a fan of Maddie Day.
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.