Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cozy Mystery Book #Review: Flipped For Murder (Country Store Mysteries, Book #1) by Maddie Day

Synopsis from Back Cover of Paperback:

In this freshly baked series, author Maddie Day lifts the lid on a small town in southern Indiana, where a newcomer is cooking up a new start--until a murderer muddles the recipe...

Nursing a broken heart, Robbie Jordan is trading in her life on the West Coast for the rolling hills of southern Indiana. After paying a visit to her Aunt Adele, she fell in love with the tiny town of South Lick. And when she spots a For Sale sign on a rundown country store, she decides to snap it up and put her skills as a cook and a carpenter to use. Everyone in town shows up for the grand re-opening of Pans ‘n Pancakes, 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...

Book Details:

Series: Country Store Mystery

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Kensington (October 27, 2015)

ISBN-10: 1617739251
ISBN-13: 978-1617739255

Amazon Link:

My Review:

Roberta "Robbie" Jordan has finally made it to opening day of her new cafe, Pans n' Pancakes.  With the help of her late mother's sister, Adele, and some friends, the day is a huge success.  The road to Pans n' Pancakes wasn't easy and took Robbie hard work and determination, especially since the Mayor's assistant, Stella, was difficult.

When Stella is found dead in her home, between the incriminating evidence at the scene, and the known difficulties regarding Pans n' Pancakes, Robbie finds herself one of the main suspects.  Now it's up to Robbie to piece together what she can and prove she isn't a murderer.

During the investigation, Robbie also discovers some information about her family tree.  Upon further searching, she finds that there are people in the town of South Lick, Indiana that could be tied to her father - in turn, tying them to Stella.  The town is full of secrets, backstabbing, and blackmail.  Will Robbie figure out how everything is tied together before it's too late?

Flipped For Murder is a really good first book in Maddie Day's new Country Store Mystery series.  The plot is full of twists and turns that keep you guessing about a lot of different things.  The author did a great job adding different plot lines into the story and then connecting them all at the end.  The whos, whats, and whys of the story are engaging and the reader will not want to put down the book.  Several of the characters introduced in Flipped For Murder could be who murdered Stella, as they all have motive.

Robbie is a great main character.  She's realistically written as a kind, generous person who had a dream and worked hard to make it a reality.  She treats people with respect and dignity, the perfect person to work in a retail/food establishment.  The secondary characters all have their perfect places within the pages of the novel.

I enjoyed the world building in South Lick, Indiana.  Robbie's roots are there and she's able to find out things from her family's past - some good, some bad.  The interwoven storylines keep the story exciting and engaging.  If you are looking for a cozy mystery that is fast paced (never a dull moment) and will keep you on the edge of your seat, I suggest you give Flipped For Murder a try!

Review copy is a verified Amazon purchase.

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