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...
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Kensington
Three and a half stars: A nice cozy mystery with lots of comfort food and suspense.
Robbie flips the sign to open. Today is the day that her little restaurant, Pans 'n Pancakes, opens. It has been a labor of love for Robbie, and she has worked her tail off to restore the building and establish her restaurant. Now she is prepared to serve delicious comfort food and to sell some vintage bakeware. Her first day is a smashing success, but that night, trouble strikes. The mayor's assistant is found murdered, and one of Robbie's cheesy biscuits was shoved in her mouth. Now Robbie's dream is in danger as the police have on her their suspect list. Can Robbie clear her name and save Pans 'n Pancakes?
What I Liked:
- Flipped For Murder is exactly the kind of cozy mystery I crave. I features a cozy, comfortable little restaurant brimming with vintage bakeware and plates of decadent comfort food. The small town setting of South Lick adds to the charm. There is also just a touch of romance and plenty of suspense. If you are hunger for a comfy cozy, this is a fun one to try.
- I loved Pans 'n Pancakes. It is one of those cozy little cafes with loads of yummy breakfast food and scrumptious burgers and sandwiches. I loved the decadent descriptions of all the food, and I loved being in the comfortable confines of the little restaurant.
- Robbie is the heroine of the book, and she is easy to like. At twenty eight, she is recovering from the sudden death of her mother, and nursing a broken heart. She starts over by opening her dream restaurant. She is driven, and determined, and I loved how hard she works in her little restaurant. I also enjoyed watching her learn about her biological father, and the mystery surrounding him. Along with Robbie, there is a nice eclectic cast of characters from the ambitious and bubbly teenager, Danna, who goes to work for Robbie, and Robbie's charming Aunt Adele. Jim, the love interest, is easy to like as well. Add in one sweet and cuddly stray cat, Birdie, and you have a fun cast. All in all, I enjoyed getting to know the townsfolk, and I am looking forward to more from this cast of characters.
- The mystery is solid. When one of the residents is murdered, there is a long list of suspects since the deceased was rumored to be blackmailing many of the townsfolk. I liked that there were lots of leads, and plenty of suspects. I also liked the mystery in Robbie's personal life as well.
- I always love a cozy mystery with recipes, and this one doesn't disappoint. There are recipes at the end for cheesy biscuits, gravy and Kahlua Brownies to name a few. I can't wait to try the Cheesy Biscuits.
- The book ends a bit quick, but all the story lines surrounding the murder mystery are tied off. There are still plenty of tidbits to follow up on, and I most curious to learn more about Robbie's father.
And The Not So Much:
- I appreciated the quick pace of the story, but I thought the ending was a bit too abrupt. I wish that the author had taken a bit more time with the conclusion. I would love to have seen how everything was fixed with the health inspector, and how the townsfolk felt about the murder once it was solved. It felt a bit too hasty.
- I did think that the part where the finger was immediately pointed at Robbie because a biscuit from her restaurant was found at the scene was a bit unrealistic. I also found it disturbing that there were reports in the newspaper that were nothing more than fabrication. Where is the integrity in reporting?
- The romance was pleasant and subtle, and I liked that it remained in the background. However, at the end, there was the introduction of a possible second suitor, and I am desperately hoping that a love triangle is not in the works.
- I felt like there was not enough detail about the victim. Of course as in many cozies, the murder victim is portrayed as nasty person whom most of the town didn't like. I was curious as to how she got away with blackmailing so many people.
- There was an incident where someone was shooting at Robbie. At the end, the person responsible is found, but there isn't more detail. I wanted to know why this person was shooting at her.
Flipped For Murder was a pleasant cozy with yummy food, likable characters and a solid mystery. I loved all the day to day happenings in the restaurant, and I liked getting to know the townsfolk. The mystery was solid, and I appreciated that there were plenty of suspects and motives. The ending was a bit abrupt, but I still enjoyed the book overall. I am looking forward to catching up with Robbie in the next book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. all opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.