Strangled Eggs and Ham (A Country Store Mystery)
6th in Series
Kensington (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Robbie Jordan’s rustic country store is growing in popularity. But when a dead body appears, it turns out that Robbie’s home-style cooking attracts hungry customers—and murder!
While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders for her expanding clientele at Pans ‘N Pancakes, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat in South Lick, Indiana. Real-estate developer Fiona Closs plans to build a towering luxury resort at one of the most scenic hilltops in Brown County, and not everyone can see the sunny side of the imposing proposition—including Robbie’s furious Aunt Adele, who doesn’t waste a minute concocting protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next . . .
Includes Recipes for You to Try!
Robbie’s Bed & Breakfast portion of her business is in full swing, with her three rooms booked. One of her guests is an environmental lawyer who is on sabbatical and just happens to be in the right place. With a new resort trying to get approved just outside South Lick, Adele, Robbie’s aunt, is trying to stop it and he has agreed to help them. The next day, he’s dead. Things start to happen that have Robbie worried about Adele, so she steps in to help solve the mystery.
I love this series, it is one of my favourite places and people to visit. Adele has a much larger role in this book and I enjoyed that. She is just so sassy and does not act like others believe a septuagenarian should act. Her friend Vera jumps right into the fray with Adele and they are wonderful. I hope I can be like them when I get older. Robbie is a much smarter investigator in this book. She has installed all kinds of security and reports whatever she finds right away to the police so she does not put herself in danger. The characters that I love from previous books are back. Buck is there with his southern phrasing that always makes me laugh. Abe was away for this story, but they kept in touch on a regular basis and their relationship seems to be strong. Danna had a larger role in the story, and I love how she supports Robbie in the restaurant. As much as this series is very character based, the mystery is well-written and woven into the story maintaining a great pace. While the identity of the killer was not a surprise, the author does a good job of dropping hints and adding red herrings to throw the reader off track. The final reveal had a twist that I was not expecting, but I loved. Overall, this was a great story. I am already looking forward to the next Country Story Mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: 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 http://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.