Robbie Jordan is temporarily leaving Pans ’N Pancakes, her country store in South Lick, Indiana, to visit Santa Barbara, California—where wildfire smoke tinges the air, but a more immediate danger may lie in wait . . .
While looking forward to her high school reunion back in California, Robbie’s anticipation is complicated by memories of her mother’s untimely death. At first, she has fun hanging out with her old classmates and reuniting with the local flavors—avocados, citrus, fish, and spicy Cali-Mex dishes. But then she gets wind of rumors that her mother, an environmental activist, may not have died of natural causes. With the help of friends, Robbie starts clearing the smoke surrounding the mystery—but what she finds could make it hard to get back to Indiana alive . . .
Includes Recipes for You to Try! (Summary via Goodreads)
Being a fan of the Country Store Mystery series by Maddie Day, I was very excited to dig into the seventh book in the series, Nacho Average Murder. I was a little nervous and upset because in this installment main character Robbie Jordan is leaving her quaint little country store/restaurant/B & B in South Lick, Indiana to go back home to Santa Barbara, California to attend her 10 year high school reunion. One of the things that I love about this series is the setting of the stories. I have everything imagined quite well in my mind.....the layout of the restaurant, Robbie's apartment behind it, the way the street looks when you look out the front door, even the newly renovated rooms upstairs making the country store a B & B .....everything !!! And now she is leaving and going back home where I know nothing !!! But like any other devoted fan of the series, I packed my imaginery suitcase and prepared to go home with Robbie.
And am I glad I did !!! Who knew that Robbie was going to learn more about her mother's death and that she was going to reconnect with some old high school friends and that one of them would be a detective on the police force and that Robbie was going to get herself right in the middle of a murder ?? Well okay, the murder thing we can all agree that we saw that coming !! No matter what Robbie is doing or where she is murder seems to follow her. So why should a visit back home to attend her high school reunion be any different ??
While Robbie is reconnecting with her old classmates, she learns some interesting things concerning her mother's death and how it might not have been an accident. She also learns that a company run by the father of a classmate that she didn't really get along with may have had something to do with it. This company produces chemicals that they say are not harmful to people, animals or the environment but Robbie's mother and an environmental group believed they were and they were trying to get them to stop making the harmful chemicals. After talking with her mother's best friend, she talks to Phil, a gentlemen that is active with the group and knew her mother. Unfortunately before Robbie can look into any of the information she is just learning about, Phil is found dead in his apartment and it looks exactly like the way her mom died two years ago......
Readers will be on the edge of their seats reading Nacho Average Murder. I have to admit I did enjoy the change in scenery and going back home with Robbie and getting to know that part of her life. And as with the previous six books in this series, you are surrounded by good food so make sure you have a yummy snack to eat while you read. If you don't, you may find it hard to concentrate on the words. I look forward to the next time I can hang out with Robbie to see what kind of trouble she can get into next......
Review by Missi M.