Review of Grilled For Murder

Grilled For Murder

A Country Store Mystery, Book 2

Maddie Day

5 Stars


Robbie Jordan may have had reservations about the murder victim, but she still needs to turn up the heat on a killer if she wants to keep her new restaurant open for business…

In the charming small town of South Lick, Indiana, Robbie has transformed a rundown country store into the runaway hit Pans ‘N Pancakes. But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble. Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsome local lawyer Jim Shermer’s brother, but she doesn’t appear to be in mourning. At a homecoming party held in Robbie’s store, Erica is alternately obnoxious and flirtatious–even batting her eyelashes at Jim. When Erica turns up dead in the store the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie’s friend Phil, who closed up after the party. To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order…

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This is the second book in the Country Store mystery series and it is every bit as good as the first book in the series.  With great characters, setting, romance and suspense, it has everything that I consider necessary to be a fantastic cozy.

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 characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional and are people I enjoyed spending time with.  The setting perfectly portrays a small town, with all the quirkiness that goes along with that.  There is plenty of small town nosiness with everyone knowing everyone else’s business.  But there is also the small town neighborliness and willingness to help each other.  

One of the things that I found refreshing about this book is that Robbie does not take a lot of unnecessary chances while trying to solve the mystery.  In so many books the protagonist does things that any normal person would not risk doing.  At times this can become annoying and unrealistic.  Don’t get me wrong, Robbie still does plenty of snooping and clue collecting, but in a much more realistic way.  There are still enough suspects and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.    

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  My suggestion to you would be to pick up Flipped For Murder, book 1 and this book, sit back and enjoy your reading.  I am already looking forward to reading the next book, when it is released.

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.   



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