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When the Grits Hit the Fan (A Country Store Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
“A well thought out mystery with suspense and characters you can’t help but root for” from the author of Grilled for Murder—includes recipes (A Cozy Experience).
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 . . .
“It’s always a pleasure to return to this series and visit Robbie her restaurant and read about the yummy food she prepares.”—Lola’s Reviews
“This book made me hungry. Hungry for more from Maddie Day, and for the food mentioned in the book.”—Bibliophile.reviews“I really like this narrator, she does a great job. She just has a great voice for cozies!”—Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!
About the Author
Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Awardnominated 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.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01GBAIXGK
- Publisher : Kensington Cozies (March 28, 2017)
- Publication date : March 28, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1094 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 216 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,518 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Robbie's is working on redoing the upstairs of her country store to give it a bed and breakfast feel also.
But someone is very nervous and worried about what she is going to find hidden in the walls.
When she finds a hidden passage from the top floor going to her garage and someone has been in there that's when things start to happen.
Robbie has the University of Indiana's Professors hold there weekly meetings every other Friday evening, there were some very heavily heated arguments, that had to be settled down. The meeting ended a little early
Professor Charles Stilton was a very nasty ego jerk to women, and he messed with the wrong one for the last time.
When Robbie and her friend Louise went snowshoeing the next morning on a well frozen lake, they will never forget what they found.
Now Louise is a suspect and there were a lot more to the list for detective Octavia Slade to find out who, but she knew a lot of why.
That meant Robbie has to clear her friends of the crime and stay out of danger, but it didn't work well, even with Abe her new beau.
You will want to find out, so get this book and have plenty of time to read this.
But this is short-lived when she and her cyclist friend Lou find the body of a not so well liked professor and local guy named Charles. He was in the frozen lake under an ice fishing hole. Detective Octavia is back in this book as well so she's taken over the case. Buck tried to keep Robbie up to date but there's not a whole lot he can tell her. Robbie still investigates despite a warning note found in her barn that got broken into.
I can't really dislike Octavia for doing her job so I wasn't too upset to see her return. I like the turn that Robbie and Abe's relationship has taken. I think one of my favorite parts was when Robbie got Buck to explore a secret tunnel with her. It was almost like something out of an old Nancy Drew book which Robbie and Danna talked about later. I like the father-daughter type relationship Robbie has with Buck. Adele and Samuel were on a mission trip to India setting up a library so they were definitely missed in this story. Phil pitched in to help a lot, everyone needs a friend like him!
This time I really wasn't sure about the killer due to some clever red herrings the author put in but it was fun to see it play out. The take down was really exciting and there was some good closure to a couple of other side mysteries. Now I'm all caught up and ready for the next book in this series!
The series so far has been a great series to read, books 1-3. I've enjoyed the setting as well as the characters, including the main character Robbie. On top of owning a restaurant she is a avid puzzle solver, which is a great trait for a amateur detective. I look forward to the rest of the series and can't wait for the next book.
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Though, I will also give a shout out to the publisher Kensington Books. They are probably my favourite publisher of cosy crime/ mysteries at the moment. If it’s a cosy crime published by Kensington Books, I’m pretty much expecting an enjoyable read. So, thanks guys. I love your work. <3
And, yes, this is yet another book I read last year but am only just now getting around to reviewing. I told you a read a lot that I didn’t review at the time!
Here we go… ‘When the grits hit the fan’ is book three in the ‘Country Store Mystery series’. I’m loving this series so far as the characters are relatable, the town setting is well described and enticing, and the diner/shop/ and then some is a pipe dream of mine, so also VERY enticing indeed. Add to this the crime, whodunit red herrings, and sleuthing by our protagonist, well-balanced with the characters and settings, and all of this makes for good reading.
‘When the grits hit the fan’ brings a new aspect of the Country Store to the reader, as well as another tantalising piece to her personal past. Add to that the shocking murder of a not so pleasant person meaning there are a few suspects to get through. As usual, with this series, there were enough red herrings involving these suspects to keep me guessing and second guessing myself. And I need that in a whodunit. If I figure out who the murderer is almost right away, and I’m not discouraged by the author’s skill of twisting and turning the tale, I find it a dud book. ‘When the grits hit the fan’ is NOT a dud book, I was not left disappointed. Yay!
So thank you Ms Day for adding another enjoyable read to your ‘A Country Store Mystery’ series.
Usual book nerd comment – As this was a published book and not an ARC, the copy contained no memorable clangers or knots in the story thread that an editor had missed. Plus it was perfectly formatted for Kindle. We all knew it would be, right?
Would I recommend this book to others?
I do, I have, I will continue to do so. ‘When the grits hit the fan’ is another well-balanced, small town America cosy crime. And so lovers of this series, lovers of cosy crimes, you know you’re going to enjoy this tale.
Would I buy this book for myself?
I did, I’m glad I did, and do not regret it. And, even now with the Australian/ American exchange rate, I feel it’s still a reasonable price on Amazon Australia as either an eBook or paperback.
In summary: A great addition to an entertaining small town American mystery series.