Book Review: When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day

March 24, 2017 Book Reviews, Cozy Mystery 0

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

Book Review: When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie DayWhen the Grits Hit the Fan (Country Store Mysteries, #3) by Maddie Day
Series: Country Store Mysteries, #3
Published by Kensington on February 28th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
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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 . . .

Reading Challenges: Craving for Cozies

 

This series just keeps getting better and better! Flipped for Murder sadly did not hit the right spots but I had this, the third in the series from Netgalley, so I wanted to continue as I figured I could always put it down if it got worse. Lucky for me book two, Grilled for Murder was adorable, and book three was even better!

Interestingly, there is always something that throws me off a little, in each book. This time it’s Robbie’s feelings for Abe. I don’t think there is enough to explain how their attraction is or is not growing. This is not a romance, but since there is this supposed attraction, I’m curious. Fortunately the author gives us the amount of time that has passed since the last, three months. So, as a reader, I can assume these two have been dating for three months. They do flirt but after Robbie’s interest in Jim, I was sure this was going to turn into some weird love triangle. Or in this case, a strange love rectangle. Thank goodness the author did not go that route but at chapter 28 I was getting squeamish about  these two and I didn’t feel really invested at all in their relationship until much later in the book.

I think it’s also that there’s not much of Abe in the stories so it’s hard for me to get a feel for him when he’s never there. Although a pretty small portion of the story, for the most part, I think it’s worth noting that sticking with, as a reader, is a good thing. I hope that’s not too much of a spoiler, as this isn’t a romance and it doesn’t have anything to do with the mystery. And honestly, the entire relationship drove me crazy, so if you’re feeling the same, just stick with it!

As for the mystery. These are getting better and better! I was pointing my fingers at everyone but Robbie is starting to learn to not talk to everyone in the situation. She still does have a bit of a big mouth, and many people do talk to her, but she’s learning. This is the one thing that I absolutely love about her. She is curious and wants to ask questions but sometimes knows it’s not in her best interest.

The entire plot was good. The characters have a lot of growth this time around.

I can’t find out when the next, Biscuits and Slashed Browns comes out! I’ll be searching for that one, for sure!

In short: Loved it! Robbie and her town of crazies are plenty of fun! How many times can someone find a body though!? Poor girl.

 

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