Friday, November 6, 2015

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, for Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day.  Please leave a comment or question for Maddie to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  

Flipped for Murder
By Maddie Day
Country Store Mystery, Book 1

Publisher:  Kensington
Release Date:  October 27, 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: eBook/Print
Length:  304 Pages (937KB)
ISBN:  978-1617739255

About the book:

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…

About The Author:

MADDIE DAY (aka: Edith Maxwell) is a former farmer of a certified organic farm, holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies Stone Cold, Fish Nets, Burning Bridges, Thin Ice, Riptide, and The Larcom Review. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts, where she’s currently working on her next Maddie Day mystery when she isn’t out gardening.

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A huge fan of cozies with food, I jumped at the chance to read Flipped for Murder, the first book in a new series by Maddie Day and I was not disappointed.  Colorful quirky characters, a solid mystery with a subplot and a good pace kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen next.  If you like cozy mysteries set in small towns, a charming mystery solver and new recipes to try out, then this is the book for you.

Ms. Day does a great job introducing us to her primary character Robbie Jordan; a divorced woman who leaves the West Coast and moves to a small town in Indiana to get a fresh start.  I easily connected with her and was rooting for her as she opened a combination restaurant and cookware store.  Robbie’s future looks bright when her grand opening is filled with customers and well-wishers.  Only things turn sour when the mayor’s cranky assistant, Stella Rogers, is found dead in her home with one of Robbie’s cheesy biscuits in her mouth.  Realizing her business and possibly her freedom are at stake, Robbie decides she has to solve the mystery behind Stella’s death and track down the killer before he or she strikes again.

The secondary characters are well developed and contributed a lot to the story.  Colorful and sometimes behaving in crazy ways, they were a fun bunch to get to know.  I also liked how Robbie gave herself a second and very personal mystery to solve when she decided this was the time and place to discover her real father’s identity.  Something her mother never revealed before her death, and that she’s been wanting to find out for a long time.  Both mysteries are filled with twists and turns and are well paced.  

Will Robbie discover who killed Stella and why they used one of her cheesy biscuits to kill her?  Will she be able to solve the crime before she becomes the killer’s next target?  And will she discover who her father really is or run into a dead end?  You’ll have to read Flipped for Murder to find out.  I loved it and can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns

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  1. Flipper For Murder sounds like a great cozy mystery! I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I'm so pleased you liked the book! And to have a Queen like it makes it extra special. ;^)

  3. Great review, I can't wait to read it.

  4. Great title! Maybe the next one will me something hinting at syrupy, sticky? An enticing review; one that has caused me to put this book on my to-read list immediately!

  5. Thanks Maria for the great review! Looking forward to reading this one!