Book Review: Flipped for Murder

March 17, 2017 Book Reviews, Cozy Mystery 2

I received this book for free from Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Flipped for MurderFlipped for Murder (Country Store Mysteries, #1) by Maddie Day, Edith Maxwell
Series: Country Store Mysteries, #1
Published by Kensington on October 27th 2015
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
Source: Purchase
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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...Advance praise for
Flipped for Murder
  “What a terrific debut! This deliciously clever cozy—set in a deceptively charming little town—is fresh, intelligent, and delightful. A winner!” —Hank Phillippi RyanAgatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author
“You’ll flip for this mouth-watering new series. Maddy Day serves up a tasty mystery with a side of scenic country charm.”—Leslie Budewitz, two-time Agatha Award winning author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries

Reading Challenges: Craving for Cozies

 

Being in a Cozy Mystery kick lately, this one looked right up my alley! The third is coming out soon and this is only book one, so I knew I needed to get cracking!

Robbie has a lot on her plate, so a mystery is the last thing she needs! This girl is tenacious but sadly her spunk was a little lost on me when she started pointing fingers at just about everyone in town. She knows she didn’t commit the murder and that the murderer is still on the loose, but who goes around blaming everyone they see?

This downside to her character took a bit away from the plot since she was pointing fingers without an ounce of evidence. Fortunately, the cops in this small town were good at their job and knew that something was off. Unlike some other cozy mysteries where the town’s police immediately arrest someone because of one suspicious act when it could have been 14 other individuals that all had more motive than the person arrested! So that portion of the plot I really liked.

The mystery was done quite well also. There is a lot going on in Robbie’s life but she was able to unearth a few clues, not many but enough to point to a couple people (with actual reason this time). There are enough clues that when the killer is revealed it was not a surprise. I really love when there are pieces like a puzzle to put together so the reader can make up their own mind who they think the killer is. It just makes the mystery even more fun!

Not to do with the book technically but sort of since Robbie owns a diner, there are also recipes in the back of the book! I can’t wait to try the biscuits and pancakes!

In short: This was a brisk, effortless read. Only had a few things that annoyed me, but not enough to keep me from wanting to get to the end. Now for book two!

 

Rating Report
Plot
4 / 5
Character Development
3.5 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
Cover
4 / 5
Overall: 3.7 / 5

 

 

About Maddie Day

Maddie Day is a pseudonym for Agatha-nominated mystery author Edith Maxwell.

As Maddie Day, Edith writes the Country Store Mysteries, from Kensington, set in southern Indiana. FLIPPED FOR MURDER releases in October, 2015. Edith lived in Bloomington, Indiana and earned a PhD in linguistics from Indiana University. Her roots in the state go back five generations.

Please see Edith Maxwell's author page for more information about her three other mystery series and her award-winning short stories.

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