Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ARC Book #Review: Grilled For Murder (A Country Store Mystery, Book 2) by Maddie Day #Kensington #CozyMystery

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 reunaway hit Pans 'N Pancakes.  But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble.  

Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsomme 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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Book Details:

Series: A Country Store Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington 
Publish Date; May 31, 2016
ISBN-10: 1617739278
ISBN-13: 978-1617739279

My Review:

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When I was given the chance to read Grilled For Murder I jumped on it faster than kids on a trampoline.  You see, I fell in love with Flipped For Murder, book 1 in Maddie Day's new Country Store Mystery series.  Just like in book 1, Grilled For Murder has a plot that has more twists in it that keep you guessing about the demise of Erica Shermer.  The author did another spectacular job of weaving several story threads throughout the book.  This kept the book from getting monotonous or stale.  The entire book is engaging and I couldn't put the book down.  Trying, and failing, to figure out who and why was a challenge, which is a good thing in a mystery novel.  Many of the characters in the novel, from book 1 and some that are new, could be the murder(s), as many people had 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 continued 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 Grilled For Murder a try!

Paperback ARC provided by the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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