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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to have Maddie Day 🙂 stop by!


What Makes Flipped for Murder a Cozy?

Thanks for having me over for Cozy Wednesday, Lori! I’m delighted to launch a new Country Store cozy mystery series with Flipped for Murder.  (Yes, I am also Maddie Day.)

So what puts this book, and this series, into the cozy subgenre? So often cozies are defined by what they aren’t: not noir, not dark. Not explicitly violent or sexual. Not laden with obscenities. Cozies, as well as most other “traditional” mysteries, have a village or enclosed setting plus an amateur sleuth with a personal stake in solving the crime. She isn’t paid to do the work of unraveling a mystery, unlike a police officer, FBI agent, or private detective.

flipped for murderCozies are often associated with crafts usually done by women – knitting, quilting, weaving. Most have a lighter tone than other traditional amateur-sleuth mysteries. Lots have recipes at the end, or sprinkled throughout. Many have a hint of romance. Light or not, recipes or not, I agree with Barbara Ross that the most important aspect of cozy mysteries is that justice is done at the end. The world of the village is put to rights again – except for the victim and the villain, of course.

So let’s see where my series fits in. Not noir and no overt violence or sex? Check. A budding romance? Yes. Non-offensive language: of course. Definitely village-based: fictional South Lick has a downtown with Robbie’s country store restaurant, a library, a hardware store, the bank, and some shops, but not much else. And an amateur sleuth – do you know any other chef-carpenters who find murderers? In  Flipped for Murder, Robbie Jordan’s own cheesy biscuit was found stuffed in the mouth of the murder victim, with whom Robbie had had public disagreements. So Robbie has a strong motive to solve the case before she herself lands in jail. Oh, and there are recipes…but no crafts other than cooking. Robbie being a puzzle master doesn’t quite count as a craft.

At the end, justice is definitely served, and all is right in the village – until the next murder, at least. But there are different flavors of cozy mysteries. Several reviews of Flipped for Murder confirm that this isn’t a too-cute-by-half cozy. Several have mentioned that I paint a portrait of real people, not overly eccentric or quirky characters. For this I am grateful – because that was what I was aiming for.

Readers: What do you look for in a cozy? What makes you put one down before you’ve finished reading it? And do you use the recipes in foodie cozies like mine or ignore them?


About The Author

Agatha-nominated and national best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mysteries and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can also find her at, @edithmaxwell, and on Facebook.

Find More Books on her Amazon Author Page.

flipped for murder

Flipped For Murder (Country Store Mystery)
Brand New Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Indiana
Kensington (October 27, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617739255




Blurb: Flipped for Murder, the first book in the Country Store Mysteries series, was released October 27. The series features Robbie Jordan and Pans ‘N Pancakes, her country store restaurant in fictional South Lick, Indiana. When she remodels the store full of antique cookware and turns it into a local breakfast and lunch establishment, she doesn’t plan to have murder on the menu. But small-town secrets and bitter rivalries put sand in the batter and before Robbie knows it, her new life is a lot more complicated than she had expected.

Everyone in town shows up for the grand re-opening of the store, but when the mayor’s disagreeable assistant is found dead, Robbie realizes that not all press is good press. With all eyes on her, she’ll have to summon her puzzle-solving skills to clear her name, unscramble the town’s darkest secrets, and track down a cold-blooded killer–before she’s the next to die…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Maddie Day has given this series a fine start.

Robbie Jordan is a woman of many talents, business owner, cook, carpenter, and now amateur sleuth. She opens her country store/restaurant with a fabulous turnout only the whole thing put into jeopardy when someone kills the witchy assistant to the mayor and sets up Robbie to take the fall. She doesn’t “flip” out but she does her best to flatten the killer and ride her bike off into the sunset. Not quite how it happens though 🙂

I liked Robbie at lot. She is fair and hardworking and smart. She really is determined to make her business a success. One thing she is going to have to do is hire more help especially if sleuthing is added to the menu.

The other characters we meet in South Lick are very engaging as well. Next to Robbie I would say her employee, Danna would be my favorite character. I think we have just scratched the surface on all of the characters but Danna is the one I am excited to see more of. She gets her nerve up to put someone in their place in this story and I wanted to jump right into the pages to give her a “high five”. The mayor is a bit over the top but I think Robbie will learn how to handle her.

Day gives us a compelling mystery and an intriguing subplot too. The victim wasn’t like by many so there were plenty of suspects. Robbie did find herself in some hair-raising situations that were pretty intense and made the paging fly. There was just a touch of romance that I anxious to see what develops.

There are recipes in the back of the book and a sneak peak of the next book in the series Grilled For Murder out May 31, 2016. Can’t wait to return to South Lick, Indiana!


 a perfect escape5 STARFISHDollycasGIVEAWAYThe author is giving a copy of
Flipped For Murder away
and I am giving away my Advance Reader Copy too!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  37 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday with Maddie Day – Author of Flipped for Murder – #Giveaway too!”

  1. Thanks for the review and giveaway opportunity. I love getting in on “first in a series” books. This one sounds great!

  2. Sounds like a good complex story.

  3. Another great post. You make finding new books and series so much easier. Your reviews are always insightful, balanced and fair. Thanks for all you do for us readers.

  4. I like to start reading a cozy series from the first book, and Makes Flipped for Murder sounds like a fun mystery. I have it on my TBR list. Thank you for the review and giveaway.

  5. This sounds like a good start to a new series, country, antiques, food and mystery who could ask for more.

  6. I enjoy her other series, so I am sure I will enjoy this one.

  7. Love the sound of this new series, and especially love that it takes place in my home state of Indiana! Can not wait to get my hands on this one!

  8. I’m not familiar with Edith Maxwell and there’s no better way than to start with the first book in a series. Thanks for the introduction.

  9. This is one I definitely want to read. Congratulations, Maddie/Edith!

  10. This book sounds intriguing and special. Thanks.

  11. Another book added to the list!

  12. Your a new author for me exciting.

  13. This looks like a fun new series–thanks!

  14. I do try recipes I find in cozies. I also love series that teach me things about which I know nothing…e.g. wood working as in restoration of properties…

  15. Can’t wait to read this book!

  16. “Several reviews of Flipped for Murder confirm that this isn’t a too-cute-by-half cozy. Several have mentioned that I paint a portrait of real people, not overly eccentric or quirky characters. ”

    Well done.
    We readers applaud and thank you for this.

  17. I think you covered all of the bases as far as a cozy. Not much makes me put a book down. But, if it starts off too slow, I can’t handle it. If it doesn’t pick up by a third of the way, good bye.

  18. I did a Read & Review for NetGalley on “Flipped for Murder ” and it’s a wonderful book. I’d love to be able to add a print copy to my bookshelf and be able to loan it to my granddaughters and friends to read. Thank you for this chance!

  19. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  20. Usually what catches my eye in a cozy is the hobby or title, then I read the back. If the character sounds interesting or how well written the back is written, then I’ll take the book or keep it in mind for my next bookstore trip. Same goes for a Facebook or online post of a book. If it catches my eye, I’ll go to amazon to read the description.

    I gravitate towards foodie stuff and I read the recipes but I have yet to use a recipe. But don’t be offended by that, I have a tendency to be a recipe hoarder but only bake for Christmas.

    It’s not often that I leave a book unfinished. It may take me a while to finish it but I’ll read those books in between my next eye catcher.

  21. Thanks for the review and giveaway. I love finding new authors and series.

  22. I have not read any Maddie Day/Edith Maxwell books yet, but this looks like a good place to start!

  23. When I read a mystery, I love to try and figure it out, so I want to find some clues along with the protagonist. I also have to like the characters, people that I would want to hang out with, because actually I am, and if they can make me laugh, I’m won over. As for recipes, I have tried a few from the books and there are many more I want to try, so I enjoy when they are there, I consider it a bonus. There are very few books that I have not finished reading. The couple that I haven’t is just because I could not stand the characters, I remember one where the main character was a sleaze, her boss a sexist, some cop she runs into an arrogant bully womanizer, I dropped that book really fast. I ramble on, thank you for the chance to win, this sounds great.

  24. Wow, thanks, everybody. And I’m so pleased, Dollycas, that you liked the book!

  25. What a wonderful review! Would love to visit the Pans and Pancakes in this new series! Thanks!

  26. I can’t wait to read this. Sounds like a great book and I like the cover!

  27. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great new series and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  28. Another great cozy mystery.

  29. I love cozies for all the reasons Maddie has. They are fun and mysterious and the small town feel and the normal people makes them seem like I am there. If I ever put one down and not finish, I think it would only be if there were too many characters. Sometimes when there are so many people in the story it is hard to keep track of who is who. There have been a few books that I had a hard time with for the first few chapters. When I finally start to get a feel for the people, I can enjoy the story. Anyway, this looks like a very fun read! Thanks for the review!

  30. Congratulations Maddie on the release of your newest cozy mystery! I have yet to read anything that you’ve written and will choose this one to read first. I’ve heard only good things about Flipped For Murder so I am definitely looking forward to reading it. Thank you both for this give-a-way. Good luck everyone!

  31. Loved the interview & blurb!

  32. Sounds like a fabulous read. Thanks for the contest.

  33. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the story sounds every bit as good! Enjoy reading the first in a new series, getting in on the “ground floor” of a story. Congrats, and all the best to you!

  34. This sounds like a great start to a series. Love the cover. 🙂

  35. Congratulations on the new series. I look forward to checking it out!

  36. Haven’t read any books by this author, but they sound good and I may read one someday.

  37. It sounds like the only thing missing to make it a perfect cozy is a cat! I will have to read it and find out if there is one. This one sounds like a very fun read.

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