Review of Buttered and Scrambled With Murder


Buttered and Scrambled With Murder

A Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery, Book #4

J R Pearson

5 Stars



Murder & Maple syrup…

Josie and Tony are back for another savory mystery!

This time, with a stack of pancakes on the side.

Since having their relationship outed—much to Josie’s dislike—the couple has been summoned by Mama Rizzo to the family’s breakfast diner for a Sunday morning brunch.

A mouthwatering spread is expected from Josie’s culinary-genius parents, but serve up a rebellious older brother, a furry bacon thief, and a wealthy businessman bludgeoned to death, makes for a very unappetizing event.

Josie soon learns that before the wealthy stranger’s demise, his plans of rebuilding the town into a flashy money-grabbing hotspot would’ve affected the town’s hardworking locals. Which leaves quite the list of suspects of who may have wanted him dead.

Unfortunately, Josie’s parents are on the police’s radar for the crime.

Backed by an army of Rizzo brothers, she, Tony, and best friend Brad set out to uncover the truth in the beachy town of Jewel Cove, where a killer lurks deeper in the shadows than french toast sticks do in a bowl of maple syrup… (Goodreads)


This book is another great installment in the Josie Rizzo Mystery series.  Josie and Tony get to spend time with Josie’s crazy family, who now know that they are dating.  Josie knows that her mother will be hearing wedding bells and the crying of a grandchild and will not hesitate to ask the hard question: When’s the wedding?

Josie is more worried about her mother’s questions than she is finding a murderer. Unfortunately she has to deal with both.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Josie and Tony make a cute couple and their relationship is progressing nicely.  Josie’s family is a hoot and any of the scenes with them are very funny.  They are loud, opinionated and busybodies but they are also a caring loving family.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the book.  There are some twists and turns that make it difficult to figure out the killer. There has been a mystery at the end of the other three books and this book gives a little more information concerning that mystery, but it is not resolved yet.  I cannot wait to read the next book to see what will happen next.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and there were times I felt I was right there, watching all the action take place.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery.  I actually recommend that you read all of the books in the series, they are all quite entertaining.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I honestly enjoyed this book a lot.



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