Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Flipped for Murder

It is National Tell-a-Story Day in Scotland and United Kingdom.  It celebrates storytelling in all its forms.  In the United States we celebrate this day on April 27.  It is also Navy Day.  We celebrate the United States Navy.  My father was in the navy.  I am shocked at some of his tales.  But it is interesting to hear about the places he got to visit during his service.  He was in Panama and got to see the Panama Canal (I am fascinated by the locks on the canal).  He also went to New Orleans.  He arrived the day after Mardi Gras much to his disappointment. Do you know someone who was in the navy? Ask them about their adventures! 

Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is the first book in the new Country Store Mystery series.  It is opening day for Pans ‘N Pancakes in South Lick, Indiana.  It is a restaurant that sells breakfast and lunch as well as having a country store that sells vintage kitchenware.   Roberta “Robbie” Jordan is excited to finally have her dream become a reality.  Robbie had been working for the Nashville Inn for the last three years (since moving to Indiana from California).  Stella Rogers, assistant to the mayor, gave her a hard time in obtaining the necessary permits to open Pans ‘N Pancakes (her son wanted the same location).  Stella has held the position in the mayor’s office since she was in her twenties (which means she knows a lot of secrets).  Her opening day is a success.  When Robbie comes back from a date with Jim Shermer, Buck Bird is waiting for her.  Buck is second in command at the police department.  Stella Rogers was found dead in her home with one of Robbie’s cheese biscuits stuffed in her mouth (Stella purchased extra biscuits to take home).  Robbie is considered a person of interest.  Someone does not want Robbie to succeed in her new venture. 

Robbie wants to stay out of jail so she starts looking into Stella’s life to see who wanted her dead.  Turns out that Stella had made a lot of enemies.  Robbie uses her crossword puzzle skills to figure out who killed Stella Rogers and is trying to frame her for the crime.  After twenty-seven years Robbie finds out the identity of her biological father.  Her mother never told her about him and now she is deceased.  Will Robbie be able to connect with him?  There is also an adorable little kitten named Birdy (his meows sound like cheeps). 

I found Flipped for Murder to be a good cozy mystery.  I enjoyed the characters (and thankfully, there are not too many and they are not too quirky), the town of South Lick (a typical small town), and the mystery (it is a medium level mystery).  The author provided some great clues the lead the reader to the killer (she also provided some information that could lead the reader down the wrong path).  I did like the side mystery of Robbie trying to find out information about her father.  It gives the reader more insight into Robbie.  I give Flipped for Murder 4 out of 5 stars.  I look forward to the next book in the Country Store Mystery series.  I would like to see the characters fleshed out a little more (we did not get many details on Robbie’s past and really no details on Jim Shermer) and a more complicated mystery (I have only been stumped once this year).  There are some nice recipes at the end of the novel (cheese biscuits included) and a preview of the next book in the series.  If you like to read cozy mysteries, you will love reading Flipped for Murder! The next book in the series is Grilled for Murder and it will be out on May 31, 2016!  It will take place just after Thanksgiving.  You can pre-order it on Amazon.

You can follow Maddie Day on Amazon and Facebook.  I received a complimentary copy of Flipped for Murder from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my review!  I am currently reading Passing through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby.  I hope everyone has a good afternoon.  It is raining in my area so I am staying inside and doing housework!  Take care if you are out and about.  Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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