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.
Cozies 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 www.edithmaxwell.com, @edithmaxwell, and on Facebook.
Find More Books on her Amazon Author Page.
Flipped For Murder (Country Store Mystery)
Brand New Series
Setting – Indiana
Kensington (October 27, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00TE7O9HK
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…
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!
The 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.
Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.
You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.
Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.
Leave a comment for Maddie for 5 Bonus Entries.
Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.
If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.
Contest Will End November 18, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.
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.”