Author: Maddie Day (a/k/a Edith Maxwell)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Description: 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...
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the first in a new series by Edith Maxwell writing as Maggie Day. In this first installment, Robbie Jordan heads home to her Midwest roots in Indiana to open a cafe/antique cookware store. I thought this was a charming start to the series. The characters we ones that the reader could relate to as well as being likable. I felt that the author did a good job of giving us the back-story without bogging us down with too much description. For the first book in a new series, I thought the pace of the book moved along nicely. The mystery surrounding the murder built nicely throughout the story and I also enjoyed the sub-plot with the mystery surrounding the father of our main character. I found the locale and the cast of secondary characters to be charming and added to my enjoyment of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will definitely be back to see what Ms. Day has in store for these characters in the future.