Thursday, April 6, 2017

Book Tour, Review, & #Giveaway ~ When The Grits Hit The Fan (A Country Store Mystery, Book 3) by Maddie Day

When The Grits Hit The Fan
by Maddie Day

Title: When the Grits Hit the Fan
Series: A Country Store Mystery, Book 3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: March 28, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1617739293

About the Book:

Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?

Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .

Praise for When Grits Hit the Fan:

Once again I was glad to escape to the rolling hills of southern Indiana, and the joys of running the Pans ‘N Pancakes country store and restaurant. I have loved this series from the start, but this book was especially great!
~Classy Cheapskate

If you’re looking for a well thought out mystery with suspense and characters you can’t help but root for, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day. I think it is one you’ll be sure to enjoy.
~A Cozy Experience

WHEN THE GRITS HIT THE FAN was a mystery full of more twists and turns than a funnel cake.
~ Lisa Ks Book Reviews

The author keeps the story moving at a good pace with quite a few surprises….
~Texas Book-aholic

My reviews for Books 1 & 2 can be read here:

My Review:

Welcome back to South Lick, Indiana. Robbie's country store and restaurant, Pans 'N Pancakes is quite popular, albeit slow right now in the middle of winter. She's begun hosting dinners for a department from a local college in the restaurant to help bring in more revenue. Unfortunately, the latest dinner becomes heated at the hands of Charles Stilton, a universally disliked college professor, and two separate arguments break out during the time they are all together. One involves Lou, a college student and Robbie's friend, and the other involves Zen, the department chair. When he's found dead the next day frozen beneath an ice fishing hole, South Lick gets embroiled in another murder mystery. Robbie's discovery during an early morning snowshoe expedition puts the police's sites on the entire town but specifically on Lou and Zen. In order to clear the names of both Lou and Zen, Robbie takes it upon herself to "help" the police figure out how Charles Stilton ended up swimming with the fishes.

When Grits Hit the Fan is a fantastic 3rd book in the Country Story Mystery series. Robbie's relationship with Abe is progressing at a nice pace. Her renovation of the upper level of the building is moving along and as she's tearing out walls, she's discovering treasures from the past. Pan 'N Pancakes is very popular, even in the winter, but when news of the murder breaks, everyone lines up to eat at Robbie's establishment in order to catch all of the latest gossip about the death of a man that was disliked by pretty much everyone in South Lick.
The character development continues as we learn more about the main and secondary characters and are introduced to new ones. 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 enjoy the continued world building in South Lick, Indiana. The County Store Mystery series doesn't just focus on who was killed and who did it; there are parallel stories involving Robbie and other townsfolk. The interwoven storylines keep the story exciting and engaging. The conclusion to the murder investigation draws on the past and the author does a great job of building up to the reveal without rushing. I really 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 When Grits Hits the Fan a try!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the publisher.
My Rating:

Meet the Author:

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD 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 write 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 week day 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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Rhi said...

Your review has made me place the remaining books in the series on my tbr list and to give this new to me author a try. thank you!

Sapphyria said...

I'm so happy I could help, Rhi!

Margaret Appel said...

When the Grits Hit the Fan sounds like a great murder mystery. I love the cover, especially the cat on the steps going upstairs. Looks like one I used to have. Adding to my must read list, I love cozy mysteries & this one sounds like a good one!

Sapphyria said...

Hi Margaret! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the cover today!