For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana--until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans 'N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes--and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur's knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer? (Summary via Goodreads)
How do they do it ?? Authors I mean..... It amazes me when I read a book what imagination the author has....such a talent !! Take Maddie Day for instance .... one line in her Biscuits and Slashed Browns is going to stay with me forever. A river dirt cheap. Whatever does that mean ?? Well it means a word that it sounds exactly like....arrivederci. ( I betcha you'll never say it that way ever again ) And the Country Store Mystery series is full of quirky sayings and words just like that.
One thing that I always do when I read a book is I read everything. I read the dedication, the acknowledgements and the authors notes. You learn a lot by reading those. You read the author's recognition to people that have helped them in their research, you read about their family and friends who support their writing, and you realize that there is so much more that goes into writing a book than you ever imagined !!! It makes you appreciate the story even more.
Maddie Day goes above and beyond with her Country Store Mystery series with each book drawing you deeper and deeper into South Lick Indiana and Robbie Jordan's life. You will fall instantly in love with Robbie, her Pans 'N Pancakes restaurant/store, her little town, her friends and family and especially the grub !!! Even the murders that occur will help draw you in !! And in Biscuits and Slashed Browns with a Professor being murdered during a Maple Syrup Festival right next to a sugar shack how can you not want to dive right in ?? Robbie always does....
Robbie has this love for solving puzzles and her love and devotion to her community will always have her asking questions and doing whatever she can to solve any case that involves someone she knows. And well in a small town, theres a good chance she knows whoever is involved.
So you might coulda want to mosey on up to a comfy seat and take a load off whilst you catch up with Robbie and her crew....believe me Maddie Day says it a lot better but I think y'all catch my drift.....
Review by Missi S.