4th in Series
Setting - Indiana
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 292 Pages
E-Book ASIN: B071DZ1K5W
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?
Review: I always look forward to a new release in this series and this fourth book doesn't disappoint. If you haven't read the first three (which you should!), this story is easily read as a standalone novel.
There's a Maple Syrup Festival going on in South Lick, and that means Robbie has her hands full. She is hosting a cooking competition, feeding tourists, and trying to take in some of the festival activities as well. And that's BEFORE she has a murder to solve.
I love the people of South Lick and getting to know more about them in each book. Seeing Robbie's relationship with Abe grow and deepen is fun, and I am looking forward to when Robbie's father and stepmother visit her from Italy. Aunt Adele is a real character, and always good for a few laughs.
There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, leaving the reader guess as to the identity of the killer right up to the minute of the big reveal. Check it out soon if you enjoy a cozy Midwestern mystery.
Rating: Four stars
Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.
As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).
You can find all Maddie's/Edith's identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.
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