Mar 172017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Grilled For Murder (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Indiana
Kensington (May 31, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617739279
Kindle ASIN: B01501H4MK

 

 

Robbie Jordan may have had reservations about the murder victim, but she still needs to turn up the heat on a killer if she wants to keep her new restaurant open for business…

In the charming small town of , Robbie has transformed a rundown country store into the runaway hit Pans ‘N Pancakes. But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble. Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsome local lawyer Jim Shermer’s brother, but she doesn’t appear to be in mourning. At a homecoming party held in Robbie’s store, Erica is alternately obnoxious and flirtatious–even batting her eyelashes at Jim. When Erica turns up dead in the store the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie’s friend Phil, who closed up after the party. To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order…

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

It is getting close to Christmastime in South Lick, Indiana. Robbie Jordan has a welcome home party booked at Pans ‘N Pancakes before she can start decorating.  Erica Shermer is back in South Lick after the death of her husband, but she sure doesn’t seem to be grieving. I completely understand we all grieve in our own way but flirting with her departed husband’s brother and every other man in the room seems just a bit off. When Robbie finds Erica’s very dead body spread out on the floor next to the pickle barrel the next morning she knows right away there could be plenty of suspects. She just never imagined the police would hone in on her friend Phil. It is up to her to find the clues that will send them in another direction or Christmas in South Lick will be far from Merry.

This second installment to this series was a very fast read for me. Ms. Day’s well crafted mystery drew me right in and didn’t let go.

I really like Robbie Jordan and the place she has created with Pans ‘N Pancakes. A gathering place for the community and great comfort cooking too. Robbie is quick and smart and so friendly. She can easily question several people with simple conversation over breakfast. She also passes along what she knows to the police, although she is putting herself in the line of fire when the real murderer sees she is getting to close to the truth. I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters and the bit Indiana – ish way of speaking added a true local feeling.

This mystery moves along at a good clip. Several twists had me truly wondering if the person I wanted to be the guilty party would actually be the guilty party. You will have to read the story to see if I was right.

There was some unexpected drama on the romantic front too. I am anxious to see how it continues to play out in future stories, regarding both parties.

Grilled For Murder is a down home kind of cozy with colorful characters, a comfortable setting and a fun mystery.

I do suggest starting with Flipped for Murder, but the author gives plenty of detail if you start with this one. The 3rd book in the series When the Grits Hit the Fan will be released March 28. I have added it to my reading schedule. 

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About The Author

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD 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 write 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 week day with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.


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Mar 132017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?
I am putting on a lot of reading miles this week!

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Books Completed

Cruel Winter: A County Cork Mystery
Release Date – March 14, 2017
My Review
Setting – Ireland

Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Release Date – February 28, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Review will be up tomorrow! 

Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – California
Janet Finsilver will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Beginner’s Luck (The O’Briens Book 1)
Release Date – October 16, 2016
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday.

Books Scheduled

Grilled For Murder (A Country Store Mystery)
Release Date – May 31, 2016
Setting – Indiana
My Flashback Friday Read


Kneaded to Death (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Release Date – February 28, 2017
Setting – California


The Silence of the Flans (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
Release Date – March 7, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Laura will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
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May 152016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
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~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

I missed this post last week because I posted a tribute to my friend, author Jim Lavene, who died on May 5. So I didn’t get to tell you about the fantastic time I had getting together for lunch with my friends from high school. We don’t see each other often, but when we do we always have fun. I also know these ladies have my back and I have their’s no matter what.

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Look how nice it was outside. Today it is so cold and snowflakes have been falling off and on all day. I have also been sick for 2 days. I hope whatever I have goes away quickly.

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Weekly Rewind May 2 – 14, 2016

Week 1 – To catch up for missing last week.

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #18

Plus – Spotlight – The Sharyn Howard Mystery Series by Joyce and Jim Lavene

And – #Spotlight/ #Giveaway – FRAMED to death by Christina Freeburn

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – May 2016

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Sally Goldenbaum – Author of Murder at Lambswool Farm – #Review/ #Giveaway – Giveaway still open.

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – House of the Hanging Jade by Amy Reade – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – Played by the Book by Lucy Arlington – #Review – #Giveaway – Giveaway still open.

Saturday – #Guest Post/ #Giveaway – Failure Is Fatal by Lesley A. Diehl – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Special Guest – Heather Blake – Author of Gone With the Witch – #Review/ #Giveaway – Giveaway still open.

Week 2

Sunday – Remembering Jim Lavene

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #19

Tuesday – #Review/ #Giveaway – The Final Tap by Amanda Flower – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Peg Cochran – Author of Berry the Hatchet – #Review #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review/ #Giveaway – Clouds In My Coffee by Julie Mulhern – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – Murder With A Twist by Tracy Kiely – #Review

Saturday – Spotlight/ #Giveaway – A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett

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Feb 132016
 

I was scheduled to review this book but I had a little problem with my e-copy. Entirely my fault. The publicist is sending me a new copy and I will squeeze it in and post my review as soon as I can.

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Dearly Departed
by Hy Conrad

DEARLY DEPARTED is a truly cool cozy, truly delightful: engrossing, at times dangerous, at times light-hearted, variably romantic, humorous, wraparound comfy…
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

You will be whisked away on a new adventure when you pick this book up.
~Shelley’s Book Case

This is one of the most humor-filled cozies I have read in a long time. However, that is not to say that the humor overpowers the mystery. It merely adds to the fun of reading the book.
~Book Babble

I love the idea of a mystery series centered around a travel agency. Imagine all the wonderful settings and unique mysteries such a setting offers. If you enjoy mysteries and arm chair traveling, this is the series for you.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

DEARLY DEPARTED
Dearly Departed
(An Amy’s Travel Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2016)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617736827
E-Book ASIN: B00X2EOZPW
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Fanny and Amy Abel, the dynamic mother-and-daughter owners of a NYC travel agency, have just booked their biggest trip yet. But with danger in the air, the itinerary may include murder…

Paisley MacGregor, a maid to the rich, made a dying request to send all of her wealthy employers on a first-class wake to spread her ashes around the world. Amy has her suspicions about these “mourners,” especially when one has a life-threatening “accident” at the first stop in Paris. And when a mysterious American stranger tagging along with the group has his ticket punched in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, Amy knows she may have a killer on her tour.

Who was this stranger, and what’s the connection to someone in her group? Digging for clues while continuing on with the trip is a lot for Amy to manage, especially when another mourner has a possibly fatal encounter with a Hawaiian volcano. Back in the States, Fanny and Amy start to piece together a secret worth killing for, but someone is hot on their trail, and ready to send them on a one-way trip–to the morgue!

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Hy Conrad was the co-executive producer of the hit television series Monk. Monk received three Edgar nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best TV Series.” The author of hundreds of short stories and ten books of short whodunits which have been sold around the world in fourteen languages, he’s also the author of the novels, Mr. Monk Helps Himself and Mr. Monk Gets On Board. Hy splits his time between Key West, Vermont, and New York City. Readers can visit his website at hyconrad.com.

 

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Thread and Gone
by Lea Wait

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Thread and Gone
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Maine

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617730085
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When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine…
 
Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group’s Fourth of July supper with a question about antique needlepoint she’s discovered in her family Colonial-era home, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.

Their best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If they’re right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in her office safe. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was so impressed with this story. Could you imagine having a piece of needlework that could be from the 1500’s? What a treasure, until it goes missing. They had thought a lawyer’s safe would be secure but sadly it wasn’t and the attorney was killed when it was stolen. I think I would have gone over the edge.   But Angie and the Mainely Needlepointers keep their heads about them and do the research and investigate not only the provenance of the stitched piece but do everything to catch a murderer too.

This was one of those stories that once you start reading you just can’t stop. I really enjoyed all the history. The many Mary’s of Scotland and the connection to France and Maine. It was so interesting and tickled my memory. I probably learned all about it back in school and this story brought it all back and more.

Lea Wait also shines a light on the local economy which reflects the economy nationwide as we all are working harder just to get by. It really helped me to identify with the characters in the story. Gram is away on her honeymoon for most of this story but Angie is getting much more comfortable running the business. Sarah Byrne, one of the Mainely Needlepointers, played a big part this time with her knowledge of history and antiques. They were also assisted by fellow needlepointers, Dave Percy and Ruth Hopkins. Dave teaches biology at the high school. Ruth is elderly and arthritis in her hands makes it hard to do much stitching but she a huge help investigating.

Each chapter starts with verses that were stitched on samplers from the past.

“When idle drones supinely dream of fame the industrious actually get the same.” – Verse stitched on sampler  by Sally Alger at Miss Polly Balch’s School in Providence, Rhode Island, 1782

Another marvelous mystery from Lea Wait.

perfect 2016

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About The Author

Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.

 

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Jan 072016
 

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Murder Most Malicious
by Alyssa Maxwell

 

MURDER MOST MALIOUS
Murder Most Malicious
(A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery Book 1)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – England

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617738302
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In post–World War I England, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, step outside of their social roles and put their lives at risk to apprehend a vicious killer…
 
December 1918: As a difficult year draws to a close, there is much to celebrate for nineteen-year-old Phoebe Renshaw and her three siblings at their beloved family estate of Foxwood Hall. The dreadful war is finally over; eldest daughter Julia’s engagement to their houseguest, the Marquis of Allerton, appears imminent; and all have gathered to enjoy peace on earth, good will toward men.

But the peace of Foxwood Hall is shattered on the morning of Boxing Day, when the Marquis goes missing. Not entirely missing, however, as macabre evidence of foul play turns up in gift boxes given to lady’s maid Eva Huntford and a handful of others. Having overheard her sister and the Marquis in a heated exchange the night before, Lady Phoebe takes a personal interest in solving the mystery.

As the local constable suspects a footman at Foxwood Hall, Phoebe and Eva follow the clues to a different conclusion. But both young women will need to think outside the box to wrap up this case—before a cornered killer lashes out with ill will toward them…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe’s sister, Julia to be his wife. Phoebe happens to hear the argument that ensues when he gets a very unexpected answer. The next morning the Marquis is missing and foul play is suspected. Phoebe enlists Eva’s help when she notices the police go after an easy suspect, not necessarily the right suspect.

In this story we are given fantastic characters to love and fantastic characters to hate.

Inspector Perkins is an incompetent twit.  A man with a small mind who drove me crazy. Thank goodness for Constable Brannock. He was not so sure of the inspector’s findings and was open to listen to other theories. Henry Leighton, Marquess of Allenton, was a really gem, I say that very sarcastically. He has quite a checkered past that visited his present and could be the reason he ended up dead.

I really enjoyed the other characters, both those upstairs and down. Lady Phoebe is strong willed and a great protagonist. Her lady’s maid Eva, treads lightly when necessary but she has the trust of Phoebe and the rest of the family. Phoebe, her sisters, Julia and Amelia and their brother Fox, have been raised by their grandparents, the Earl and Countess of Wroxly. Grams and Grampapa are devoted to these children/young adults and want the very best for them. There are quite a bit of staff, shopkeepers, Eva’s family and the Allenton family as well. A big number of characters to keep straight but the author makes it easy because they all bring important qualities to the story as a whole.

The story itself is created with immense precision and flowed so perfectly. I was surprised at how quickly I reached the end. It has the expected twists and turns but that final one just caught me by total surprise.

The grounds of Foxwood Hall sounded so beautiful all covered in snow. I bet the place is gorgeous in the spring, summer and fall too. The hall seemed to be a complex place with so many rooms and hallways. Plenty of places to hide for a bit a eavesdropping. I would enjoy actually visiting a place like that.

 I have loved this author’s Gilded Newport Mysteries. She takes us back in time so effortlessly. I know it takes so much time for her to research each story, and it clearly shows in her writing. I am so pleased she has traveled across the pond to bring us a new captivating series.

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About The Author

 Alyssa Maxwell has worked in publishing as an assistant editor and a ghost writer, but knew from an early age that being a novelist was what she wanted most. Growing up in New England and traveling to Great Britain fueled a passion for history, while a love of puzzles of all kinds drew her to the mystery genre. She lives in South Florida in the current year, but confesses to spending most of her time in the Victorian, Edwardian, and post WWI eras. In addition to fantasizing about wearing Worth gowns while strolling manor house gardens, she loves to watch BBC and other period productions and sip tea in the afternoons.

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Jan 052016
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

It the first New Release Tuesday of 2016!
I am so excited about all the new books!

These wonderful books are available today
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To Helvetica and Back: A Dangerous Type Mystery
Paige Shelton will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday tomorrow.
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Foreign Éclairs: A White House Chef Mystery
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Kingdom Come: An Elizabeth Harris Mystery
Jane Jensen will be my Special Guest on January 14.
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Daisies For Innocence: An Enchanted Garden Mystery
Bailey Cattrell will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday January 20.

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Sweet Pepper Hero: A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade
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The Cakes of Monte Cristo: A Piece of Cake Mystery

Jacklyn Brady will be my guest on January 28.
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Another month of fantastic reads!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

 

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Yarned and Dangerous
by Sadie Hartwell

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(A Tangled Web Mystery)

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Setting – Connecticut
Publisher: Kensington (November 24, 2015)
Paperback: 288 pages
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Time has not been kind to sleepy Dorset Falls, Connecticut, where an erstwhile resident is hoping to bring a tattered yarn shop back to life—but with a murderer on the loose, the whole town is in knots…

Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago in hopes of making it big in New York City. But after earning an overpriced master’s degree and getting fired by a temperamental designer, she finds herself heading back to her hometown. Her great-uncle was injured in a car accident, and newly unemployed Josie is the only person available to take care of him. Uncle Eb’s wife didn’t survive the crash, so Josie is also tasked with selling the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop. But the needling ladies of the Charity Knitters Association pose a far bigger challenge than a shop full of scattered skeins…

Miss Marple Knits is one of the few businesses still open in the dreary downtown. Josie can’t imagine how it stayed open for so long, yet something about the cozy, resilient little shop appeals to her. But when one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn, Josie realizes there’s something truly twisted lurking beneath the town’s decaying façade…

INCLUDES ORIGINAL KNITTING PATTERNS!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s been a long time since Josie Blair has set foot in Dorset Falls but she really wants out of New York City and away from her cantankerous boss. When her mother sends her to help her great uncle Eb she balks a bit but makes the trip. Eb and his wife Cora were in a auto accident and Cora didn’t survive.  Eb is a handful but Josie knows how to deal with him. Josie never met Cora but gets to know her through her friends when she closes up her yarn shop, Miss Marple Knits. She knew she was going to have to inventory everything at the store but never expected a dead body to be added to her list.  She does have some friends in town but she definitely has not been welcomed by the community. Something isn’t right in Dorset Falls and while she really doesn’t want to try to find a killer she just needs find out what is truly going on in a town she used to call home.

The author has set her story in a strange little town. Most of the storefronts are empty. Everyone seems to have a secret or something shady going on.  It truly is an “Tangled Web” of a place.

Josie Blair is quite a leading lady. She arrives in town with a very clear agenda but each day that agenda unravels just a little more.  I liked her Uncle Eb too. He is a man set in his ways and it is hard for him to take help from anyone. He and his neighbor Roy have a bit of feud going on and play nasty tricks on each other. Roy’s grandson, Mitch, tries to keep the peace between them or at least clean up their messes. Mitch and Josie make a great team and I love where that relationship is heading.

The author does a slow build with the mystery part of the story which is very smart. We meet the characters, become engaged and form our opinions and then we follow the clues to the murderer and the other craziness in Dorset Falls.

Josie Blair may not know how to knit one stitch but Sadie Hartwell knows how to knit and purl and yarn over to create a charming story. With the twists, turns, and the control of a master she has written a story that is very hard to put down. It has a very comfortable flow and evolves at a perfect pace. There were a couple laugh out loud moments too.

What a great start for this series! I hope we don’t have to wait too long for another visit to Dorset Falls.

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Sadie Hartwell grew up near the Canadian border in northern New York State, where it’s cold, dark, and snowy almost half the year—a perfect environment for nurturing a simultaneous love of mystery fiction and needlework. She attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a degree in history, and has worked as a waitress, handbag designer/manufacturer, paralegal, and copy editor before turning to writing full time. Now she gets to play with yarn and make up stories whenever she wants, and wishes everyone had a job as much fun as hers.

 

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Nov 042015
 

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

Maxwell

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?

~Maddie

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 www.edithmaxwell.com, @edithmaxwell, and on Facebook.

Find More Books on her Amazon Author Page.

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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
E-Book ASIN: B00TE7O9HK
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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!

 

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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.”

Oct 062015
 

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