Monday, February 5, 2018

Review ~ BISCUITS AND SLASHED BROWNS by Maddie Day

Biscuits and Slashed Browns (Country Store Mystery, #4)
by: Maddie Day
Series: Country Store Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Kensington
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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?



I feel like a broken record. Once again Maddie Day has written a very nice, well-rounded, cozy mystery. Biscuits and Slashed Browns finds Robbie Jordan and her country store and restaurant Pans 'N Pancakes hosting a breakfast-themed cook-off, featuring maple, to tie in with the annual Brown County Maple Festival. On the day of the event, out of town Professor Warren Connolly clashes with two local professors, Sonia Genest and Sajit Rao. Sajit happens to be the father of Robbie’s newest hire, Turner. In less than twenty minutes, Professor Connolly seems to get on everyone he encounters bad side, including Robbie. Later in the day, Connolly returns to the restaurant for the judging event. When he chokes on one of Robbie’s biscuits, she immediately starts to wonder if someone is trying to kill the man. Robbie is proved right when Connolly’s body is later discovered at the Rao farm and Sajit goes missing. Once again, Robbie takes it upon herself to find a killer.

There is no shortage in the number of people who had an issue with Warren Connolly. While it’s true he didn’t believe in climate change and may or may not have falsified information to steal grant money, is that really a reason to kill him? As Robbie starts to investigate, she learns more than she bargained for. It seems Professor Connolly was worse than she ever imagined.

With twists and turns and various forks in the road, Biscuits and Slashed Browns takes readers on a wild journey. In the process of looking for a killer, Robbie comes the closest she’s ever been to losing her life. With courage and determination, Robbie will single handedly peel away the layers of the mystery to make sure justice is served.

**Received a copy from Kensington and reviewed voluntarily.**

Rating: 4

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The Country Store Mystery Series:

Flipped for Murder ~ Review
Grilled for Murder ~ Review
When the Grits Hit the Fan ~ Review

Death Over Easy, the fifth book in The Country Store Mystery series releases July 31, 2018.

Read Maddie’s Guest Post on Multi-Tasking Protagonist, Robbie Jordan here.

Edith Maxwell is a 2017 Macavity and Agatha Award nominee and has also had several short stories nominated for an Agatha. She writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries. Under the pseudonym Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Her award-winning short crime fiction has appeared in many juried anthologies. She is honored to serve as President of Sisters in Crime New England and as co-chair of the New England Crime Bake in 2018 and 2019.

A fourth-generation Californian and former tech writer, farmer, and doula, Maxwell now writes, cooks, gardens, and wastes time as a Facebook addict north of Boston with her beau and two cats. She blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com, Killer Characters, and with the Midnight Ink authors.

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