Book Review: Grilled for Murder by Maddie Day

March 22, 2017 Book Reviews, Cozy Mystery 0

Book Review: Grilled for Murder by Maddie DayGrilled For Murder (Country Store Mysteries, #2) by Maddie Day, Edith Maxwell
Series: Country Store Mysteries, #2
Published by Kensington on May 31st 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
Source: Purchase
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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 runaway hit Pans 'N Pancakes. But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble. Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsome 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…
Includes Recipes for You to Try!

Reading Challenges: Craving for Cozies

 

There was so much fun in this one! Surprisingly, I liked it more than the first, Flipped for Murder, which was good but for some reason did not hit all the right (griddle) spots. This one brought me in for a hug and held on tight!

First of all, one big difference is Robbie. In the first she was pointing fingers left and right. Her character upset me and because of that, I think I had a hard time enjoying the book. This one, Robbie seems to have grown a bit. Although she nearly falls into her old habits, but not quite, thankfully! There is quite a bit more that she’s dealing with, her romantic situation, or kind of, and another murder! This is also only a month after book one, which is lovely that the authors thought to put in the time frame but wow! How many murders can there be in one small town?!

One weird thing is that there is a love square. It’s not a love triangle, and I guess it is not even exactly a square because everyone is on the up and up, but it is a bit odd. It isn’t enough to get thrown off the plot, just enough to go hmmm…

Like the last book, this is peppered with Robbie’s ideas and different recipes. Some of them are in the back of the book. I cannot wait to try them! This is just another added, special touch. There’s also a small quote that makes me love Robbie even more ” I refused to stock American cheese even though customers occasionally asked for it.” Being a hater of American cheese since I was a child, I completely agree and have to give Robbie an internet high five! That’s not cheese, it’s a space station!

She is an amateur detective, if it can even be called that, and does, once again, go out of her way to try to solve the murder. I wanted to smack my forehead a lot less than when I read book one, although, she does need to learn to not voice to everyone in the world that she is looking for a murderer! What a great way to get yourself killed and then I won’t be able to look forward to the next book!

In short: Another, fun, very easy to read cozy mystery. More exciting than the first.

 

Rating Report
Plot
4.5 / 5
Character Development
4.5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
4 / 5
Overall: 4.6 / 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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