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… (Summary via Amazon)
If you are anything like me when you read books, you "get" into the book. And when I say "get" into the book, I mean you can actually see everything, feel everything, smell everything.....it's like you are IN the book. Maddie Day's Country Store Mystery series has that impact on me. As I read the story I feel like I am right there....and it's such a nice setting to be in.
Grilled For Murder, Book two in this series, finds Pans 'N Pancake owner Robbie with a dead body in her country cookware store / restaurant. Erica Shermer has returned home to stay so her parents and sister hold a welcome home party for her at Pans 'N Pancakes to celebrate. But the morning after the party when Robbie goes in to open up the restaurant she finds Erica dead on the floor near the pickle barrel and her front door window shattered. After witnessing some of the goings on at the party and after, it is apparent that Erica wasn't liked by quite a few people. But is one of them capable of murdering her ? And why leave her in Robbie's restaurant ?
When Phil, Robbie's dessert maker and friend is taken in for questioning on the murder, Robbie jumps
into high gear to prove his innocence not knowing she is putting herself in danger also.
How can she help solve the murder when everyone she comes into contact with seems to dislike Erica ? Even her own parents said she was difficult. But who would have wanted her dead and why ? When the State Police are brought in to investigate the murder, Robbie finds herself unable to concentrate on anything else. She needs to find out who murdered Erica in her store and soon.....before she becomes next on the murderer's list......
Review by Missi S.
Maddie Day is a pseudonym for author Edith Maxwell. Check out her website for all her great books.