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...
Review: This is the first book in a new series set in "The Middle" erm, Indiana. Robbie moved there from the West Coast and she is opening a new store/restaurant
This one kind of follows the successful cozy mystery format, with Robbie having two guys vying for her attention. But what is a good cozy without the hope of love triangle? In this book lawyer Jim and Abe vie for her attentions. I have to say, right now I like Jim, but only because he was the more prominent character in this book.
I always love first books, because you get to know all the characters you will be seeing in future books and there are some great quirky people in South Lick that you'll definitely come to love and some that you will come to hate. cough....Corrine.
I got hungry every time there were scenes at Pans 'n Pancakes. The food sounded so good. It definitely made me want to try some of the recipes that you'll find at the end of the book.
The mystery unraveled at a nice pace with a lot of twists and turns, with Robbie being a suspect in the case for awhile. There were two characters that could have done it and both end up on the wrong side of the law at the end, but Maddie did a good job of keeping things under wraps until the end of the book.
This book was such fun and the mystery was too. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this series, especially with the Robbie and her long lost father.
Rating: 5 flowers
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