Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cozy Mystery Review ~ GRILLED FOR MURDER by Maddie Day

Grilled for Murder (Country Store Mystery, #2)
by: Maddie Day
Series: Country Store Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Source: Kensington via NetGalley


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 South Lick, Indiana, 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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REVIEW
Robbie Jordan is back in Grilled for Murder, the second book in Maddie Day’s Country Store Mystery Series.  Robbie is venturing out and has agreed to cater a welcome home party at Pans ‘N Pancakes, her restaurant and country store.  The welcome home party is for Erica Shermer, Robbie’s boyfriend Jim’s sister-in-law. The evening gets off to a bad start when Erica is late to her own party and then proceeds to have run-ins with several people in attendance.  The next morning, Robbie discovers Erica’s body inside the store.  When the police close her store and bring in her friend Phil for questioning, Robbie knows she has to do something.  As if worrying about her livelihood isn’t enough, things on the personal front are becoming a little shaky with the arrival of someone from Jim’s past.  

I loved Grilled for Murder.  It was one of those books I got into from the very beginning and didn’t want to put down.  I loved the characters and the way they all look out for each other.  The mystery was good, with so many suspects to choose from.  The story had me second guessing myself.  There were definitely some surprises with this book.  I must admit that one completely blindsided me, but in my heart, I’m thinking it was for the best.

Maddie Day has written a well-rounded, easy to follow mystery that will have you immersed from beginning to end.  I’m so happy that there are going to be at least four more books in this series.  I can’t wait to return to South Lick, Indiana and see what else is in store for this small community.  Oh, one other thing I love about this book is that it is a standalone read.  If you haven’t read the first book, Flipped for Murder it’s okay.  You won’t be lost or confused about anything at all.

**Received a copy from Kensington in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 5


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Flipped for Murder ~ Review

MADDIE DAY (aka: Edith Maxwell) is a former farmer of a certified organic farm, holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies Stone Cold, Fish Nets, Burning Bridges, Thin Ice, Riptide, and The Larcom Review. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts, where she’s currently working on her next Maddie Day mystery when she isn’t out gardening.

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6 comments:

  1. Great review. It looks like Kiki on the cover of this book.

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  2. I love the cover of this book and will definitely check it out as it looks like something I'd love. Great review!

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    1. Thanks. If you're interested, the first book in the series, Flipped For Murder is currently on sale for $1.99.

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  3. It took me a little bit to get into Robbie's first story, but I can't wait for the follow-up!

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    1. I definitely liked Grilled for Murder better than Flipped for Murder. Maybe with the first one I was trying to figure out all the new characters. Plus, it was my first time reading Maddie Day/Edith Maxwell.

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