Review of When The Grits Hit The Fan


When The Grits Hit The Fan

Country Store Mysteries, Book #3

Maddie Day

5 Stars


Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?

Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . . (Goodreads)


Robbie is a smart, hardworking woman who knows what she wants and is willing to work to get it done.  Her restaurant is thriving and her love life is not doing too bad either.   But when someone is murdered and her friend is accused of killing him, she decides that she needs to find the killer.  So she adds sleuthing to her many jobs to accomplish.

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.  I felt like I was right there in Salt Lick, Indiana, watching all the action take place and listening in on conversations.  I enjoyed the small town setting and the nosiness of neighbors, everyone getting into everybody else’s business.  The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I liked getting to spend more time with Robbie and her friends.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book.  With so many suspects to consider, clues to sift through and red herrings thrown in, the mystery was not easy to solve.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.   Do yourself a favor and grab this book (and the first two in the series), sit back and enjoy your reading.  And you will get some good recipes to try out too.

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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