I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Maddie Day and her new book Biscuits and Slashed Browns, Book #4 in her Country Store Mystery series. I have read all of the books in this series and they have all been great.
For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana–until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes–and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer? (Goodreads)
The characters are well wounded and well developed. I enjoyed getting to spend time with Robbie, her aunt Adele and her friends. Robbie works hard to keep her cafe/store successful and her friends are always ready to help her in any way they can. I found the sayings and southern ways endearing and they really made me feel like I was in a quaint southern town. The nosiness of the citizens and the helpfulness of them also added to this feeling.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, visiting Pans ‘N Pancakes, and it made my hungry. The mystery was well paced and had enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was not an easy one to solve. I had the culprit narrowed down to two and I was right with one of them.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This is a relaxing read with lots of southern charm and a series definitely worth reading.
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.
Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.
As Edith Maxwell, she write the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).
You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at http://www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every week day with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter. (Amazon)
Web Site: edithmaxwell.com
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