SERIES: A Country Store Mystery #6
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: June 25, 2019
Robbie Jordan’s rustic country store is growing in popularity. But when a dead body appears, it turns out that Robbie’s home-style cooking attracts hungry customers—and murder!
While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders for her expanding clientele at Pans ‘N Pancakes, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat in South Lick, Indiana. Real-estate developer Fiona Closs plans to build a towering luxury resort at one of the most scenic hilltops in Brown County, and not everyone can see the sunny side of the imposing proposition—including Robbie’s furious Aunt Adele, who doesn’t waste a minute concocting protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next . . .
Includes Recipes for You to Try!
This is my first book that I’ve read in the Country Store Mystery series but I only had to catch up a little bit to figure out who is who. The characters are nicely drawn and layered… and yes, a lot of them are quintessentially cozy-Mystery quirky 😉
Adele and Vera very much fit that definition, and every scene they were in had me grinning from ear to ear. Throw in Buck, too, and you’re sure to be entertained from beginning to end.
The author keeps the story moving, giving us a peek behind the scenes of the restaurant & B&B that Robbie owns as well as the scoop on the latest murder mystery in this small southern Indiana town. You’ll easily feel like you’ve grabbed a table at Pans N’ Pancakes to quietly observe everything that unfolds around you. The mystery and the solving of it were a little slow for me but the rest of the story is so charming & fun that I didn’t care if we meandered a bit to get to the whodunnit.
Bottom Line: Strangled Eggs & Ham brims with clever characters and a delightful small town that’s starting to feel a little too much like Cabot Cove for the heroine’s liking. The plot is multi-dimensional and the “voice” progresses through the pages at a steady pace. Great weekend read!!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Loved it!
Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. 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 writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).
You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell & Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell & @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.
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