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Saturday, April 8, 2017

When the Grits Hit the Fan

When the Grits Hit the Fan (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (March 28, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1617739293


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 . . .

What I Thought:

This was another great installment to the Country Store Mystery Series.  Robbie has only been running her restaurant for a couple of months and has encountered a couple murders and murderers already.  In this installment, her and her friend Lou are out on a snowshoe walk when they find the body of a local professor in the lake.  Of course, Lou is a major suspect because she had a public argument with the professor at Robbie's restaurant the night before.  So, of course, Robbie has to investigate and gets herself into some scraps to prove her friend Lou is innocent. There a many twists and turns in this book and the writing is superb.  I was left guessing till the very end because there is not a shortage of suspects to choose from.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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 She blogs every week day with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.
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  1. Thanks for featuring When the Grits Hit the Fan on your blog. I enjoyed your review!

  2. I love this series. Thank you for this chance.