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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Biscuits and Slashed Browns

Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day

Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting - Indiana
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 292 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496711212
E-Book ASIN: B071DZ1K5W

For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?

What I Thought:

I really enjoy the writing of Maddie Day/Edith Maxwell, and this installment in the Country Store Mystery Series did not disappoint me.  I like visiting the community of South Lick, IN and all of it's inhabitants.  Robbie is an exceptional protagonist and very well developed character.  She seems to always find trouble, even though this time, she was not the one to find the body of the murder victim.  The murder victim is an academic from Boston who is in town for the National Maple Syrup Festival and Robbie's best friend, Christina,  is the number one suspect.  So of course, Robbie has investigate and find out who the killer is.  There were several who could have been the killer, but the clues keep pointing to Christina, so Robbie has her hands full.  And not just with the murder, but also with arranging a breakfast-themed cook-off for the festival.  I thought this was a well written book, as are all of Maddie Day's books.  I was enthralled from the beginning and it kept my attention throughout.  I was surprised by the killer's motive in this one.  Even though this is part of a series, if this is he first that you read of the series you will not be lost.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. 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 writes 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 weekday 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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