Saturday, May 28, 2016

Grilled for Murder

Author:  Maddie Day (also writes under Edith Maxwell)
Series:  Country Store Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Kensington
Expected Publication Date:  May 31, 2016

Description:  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.

My Review

This is another hit for Ms. Day. Grilled for Murder is the second installment in this series and I enjoyed it as much as the first book. It is a fast paced romp through South Lick as Robbie tries to puzzle out another murder while staying out of danger. 

The mystery is solid with plenty of suspects, twists and turns. I like the way the author crafts her mysteries; just when I think I know who did it, she throws in some red herrings and distractions and I move on to another suspect.  I like the challenge of trying to figure out the identity of the culprit in a book to see if I have caught all of the clues the author has left and have interpreted them correctly or if I was fooled by a misdirection.  Just for the record, I had considered the culprit at one point, but was fooled by some red herrings and moved on to another suspect.

All our favorite characters are back and they are developing along nicely. I really like Robbie and her aunt Adele. Robbie Jordan is a well written, warm, compassionate character that is really likable.  I also enjoy the fact that she rides her bicycle around town to get to where she wants to go.  The townspeople provide a wonderful cast of secondary characters and help draw the reader into the story and keep them engaged and turning pages until a very climactic ending.  There is a little romance developing for Robbie but you will have to read the book to learn more about that storyline.  The pace was nice and steady, holding all the way through the book.

Don't forget to read through to the end of the book as Ms. Day provides what appear to be some rather delicious sounding recipes.

A strong mystery full of twists, turns and suspects coupled with well written characters makes this a highly entertaining book. I will be back for the third book in the series to see what happens next for Robbie.

I received a copy of this book from Kensington, the publisher, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Loved the book and loved your review. Thanks for sharing.