Review of Batter Off Dead

Batter Off Dead

A Country Store Mystery, Book #10

Maddie Day

5 Stars


In South Lick, Indiana, fine foods and classic cookware can be found at Robbie Jordan’s Pans ’N Pancakes. Unfortunately, her country store also seems to stock up on murder . . .

Robbie and her new husband Abe O’Neill are enjoying a summer evening in the park with fellow townsfolk excited for some Friday night fireworks. In attendance are senior residents from Jupiter Springs Assisted Living including Roy Bird, father to South Lick’s very own Police Lieutenant Buck Bird. Despite his blindness, Roy is a member of his group home’s knitting circle, spending quality time with some lovely ladies.

But when the lightshow ends, one of the knitters who sat with Roy is found dead, a puncture wound in her neck. The poor woman’s death echoes that of Buck’s mother and Roy’s wife—an unsolved homicide. To help find the killer, Robbie’s going to have to untangle the knotty relationships deep in the victim’s past . . .

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“This deliciously clever cozy—set in a deceptively charming little town—is fresh, intelligent and delightful. A winner!”

—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning Author for Flipped for Murder  (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Robbie and her friends and family are like one big happy family.  She loves her employees and they work together very well.  While Robbie and her husband are enjoying some fireworks, someone from the Jupiter

Springs Assisted Living is murdered.  Robbie has to figure who the murder is to be sure they do not kill again. She will get help from Roy Bird, who is the father of Buck Bird, the Police Lieutenant. 

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing.  I was pulled into the story from the very beginning and the descriptions brought the story to life in my mind’s eye.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book was an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and it was not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  The whole series is very good and if you haven’t read them give them a try.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.