Review of Four Leaf Cleaver

Four Leaf Cleaver

A Country Store Mystery, Book #11

Maddie Day

5 Stars


The eleventh installment in Maddie Day’s deliciously popular Country Store cozy mysteries . . . It’s Saint Patrick’s Day in  South Lick, Indiana, but a holiday cooking competition at Robbie Jordan’s country store and restaurant Pans ’N Pancakes is put on the back-burner when a killer strikes.

There’s no mistaking Saint Patrick’s Day at Pans ’N Pancakes. Robbie may only be Irish by marriage to Abe O’Neill, but the shelves of vintage cookware in her southern Indiana store are draped with glittery shamrocks and Kelly-green garlands and her restaurant is serving shepherd’s pie and Guinness Beer brownies. The big event, however, is a televised cooking competition to be filmed on site.

Unfortunately, someone’s luck has run out. Before the cameras start rolling, tough-as-nails producer Tara O’Hara Moore is found upstairs in her B&B room, bludgeoned apparently by the heavy hilt of a cleaver left by her side. Now, not only does Robbie have a store full of festive decorations, she’s got a store full of suspects . . .

Includes Recipes for You to Try!  (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Robbie and her gang are getting ready to hold a holiday cooking competition at her restaurant.  But before the competition can begin the producer is found dead.  Robbie and her friends have to find the killer before her husband is accused of the deed.   

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions made the book come alive in my mind’s eye.  The mystery was well plotted and there were plenty of people to suspect and clues to find.  I was not entirely sure who the killer was until it was revealed at the end, which is how I like my mysteries. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I have read all of the books in this series and the were all really good.

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

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